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Be Our Guest is a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom inside of the Beast’s castle. When it opened, I shied away from eating there because the menu did not appeal to me, even though I loved the environment. But, I finally decided to give it a try for dinner a few years ago. This is my review of Be Our Guest restaurant.
Be Our Guest, as you might guess, is themed after the movie Beauty and the Beast. The restaurant itself is designed to look like the Beast’s castle. It has large, heavy doors, tiled floors, and stone gargoyles throughout. There are three dining rooms: the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. Additionally, you can also see a hall of armor and the Beast’s study.
The Imagineers did a great job carrying out the theme throughout the space. Every bit of decor works flawlessly together to make you feel like you just stepped into the movie. If you are a fan of this movie, you will instantly recognize many aspects of the decor. The theme is probably the best part of this restaurant. There are so many great detail both inside and out. I was very impressed by it.
The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom has high ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. This is the largest of the three dining rooms. It is a large cavernous space with beautiful arched windows that look out on the snowy night sky. Because it is so large, it can get a little loud in here. But, it adds to the feeling of being at a banquet in an actual castle. We ate in the Grand Ballroom. It felt fancy but not stuffy or overly formal.
The Rose Gallery
The Rose Gallery is a smaller dining room off to your right as you enter the ballroom. It has a large music box with a statue of Belle and Beast dancing in the center. It is small and quiet with framed paintings on the walls. This room is more intimate than the ballroom.
The West Wing
As you might expect, the West Wing is dark with paintings and curtains ripped by the Beast during his rage. It feels somber and like it is hiding a secret from you. You will also find the enchanted rose under a glass dome in the West Wing.
You will find Be Our Guest in Fantasyland inside of the Magic Kingdom. This is the perfect location for the theme of the restaurant. It is also convenient for those who are visiting the Magic Kingdom. Now, the downside to this location is that you must have admission to Magic Kingdom in order to enjoy this restaurant.
Be Our Guest is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During breakfast and lunch, the restaurant functions as a quick-service location. It is a little different than most quick-service places, however. At most restaurants, you order, pay, and receive your food at a counter, and then you find a table. Here, you order and pay at a kiosk and then find a table. Using modern technology and a little Disney magic, waiters find you at your table and bring your food to you. You can also pre-order your breakfast or lunch before arriving using the My Disney Experience app. And unlike other quick service locations, you can make a reservation for breakfast or lunch. At breakfast, you can enjoy quiche, croissant doughnuts, and open-faced breakfast sandwiches. Lunch features salads, quiche, and sandwiches.
At dinner, Be Our Guest becomes a table-service restaurant. It functions the same as any other table service location in terms of seating and wait service. However, please note that as of July 2018, dinner is now a prix fixe menu. You choose an appetizer and entree and receive the dessert trio. Appetizer choices include escargot, a salad, a meat and cheese plate, and lobster bisque. Entrees include scallops, pork tenderloin, filet mignon, lamb chops, or chicken. The dessert trio includes a white chocolate cup with grey stuff, a chocolate truffle, and vanilla cake with lemon curd. For kids, they have applesauce or fruit and cheese plate for appetizers. Children’s entrees include shrimp, chicken, beef, or mac and cheese. To see the full menu, visit allears.net.
We have only eaten dinner here, and that was before it changed to a prix fixe menu. None of us actually liked the food. The french fries were so salty that I could hardly eat them. The steak was mediocre. The strawberry cream cheese cupcake was decent, but not amazing. This was, by far, the worst meal of our trip. It was a one and done for us.
Even though I haven’t tried the new menu, I am not tempted to do so. Others have said that the quality of the food has not improved. And, the meal is not worthy of the hefty price tag.
I will say, though, that we had a great server. She was warm, engaging, and welcoming. Throughout dinner, she chatted with us and kept our drinks full. She even gave my son a special dessert of “grey stuff” to celebrate his completion of 4 parks in 1 day challenge.
There is no formal entertainment here. However, in each of the three dining rooms, there is something to keep you, and more importantly, your kids entertained. In the Grand Ballroom, there is a wall of “windows” looking out at the French mountains. You can watch it snowing outside. In the West Wing, you can see periodic lightening and can watch the enchanted rose. Over in the Rose Gallery, you can watch the giant music box.
Additionally, during dinner, the Beast is in his study meeting guests after dinner. A photopass photographer will take your picture with the Master, as he is called in the restaurant. Periodically, he will take a break. When he returns from break, the staff announces his presence throughout the restaurant. He then make an appearance in each of the dining rooms before returning to the study.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Be Our Guest does participate in the Disney Dining Plan. For breakfast and lunch, it will cost you 1 quick-service meal. If you are paying out-of-pocket, breakfast will range from $15-30 per adult and under $15 per child ages 3-9. For lunch, you can expect meals under $15 for everyone. If you are not on the dining plan, it is a fairly cheap place to eat, especially at lunchtime. Considering that at lunch and breakfast, you get a quasi-table service experience, and the atmosphere of the restaurant, it is a good choice for those looking to get the most bang for your buck when paying for meals out of pocket.
Dinner will cost you 2 table-service credits. This is not a good use of your dining credits. If paying out of pocket, dinner will cost $60 per adult and $36 for each child age 3-9. Regardless of whether you are on the dining plan or not, this is pretty expensive for dinner, especially for sub-par food.
All in all, I am glad that we finally tried Be Our Guest. The theme and decor is very impressive. It is beautiful inside and out. The details made me feel like I had just walked into the movie. The snow outside the “windows” was a nice touch. And meeting the beast is a plus.
However, the food is a huge negative to this restaurant. It is too expensive and doesn’t taste very good. We will not be eating here again. If you love the movie or are dying to see the atmosphere of this restaurant, I would recommend going for breakfast or lunch. You will pay less money for essentially the same experience. For ideas on character meals, see our complete list. For help planning your trip, see our step-by-step guide, best resources, and quick tips. Happy travels!