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For my husband, Chris, the best part of any Disney trip is the food. He loves experiencing the different table service meals. On each trip, I try to plan at least one meal just for him. On one trip, I booked Teppan Edo because I knew that he would enjoy trying it. I was a little worried that my son and I would not like it because we are picky eaters. But I was willing to give it a try. How was it? Keep reading to find out!
Teppan Edo is a Japanese hibachi-style restaurant. In typical Japanese style, the restaurant is divided into several smaller rooms. Each room has 4 tables, sitting 8 people each. Parties of less than 8 people are seated with others. This ensures that each table will be full. The decor itself is very minimalist and subtle. The chefs are the stars of this restaurant, and the decor is such that it does not distract from the show. The surroundings are decorated to set the scene and be the perfect background for the dinner and show. It was done very well.
Teppan Edo is located inside of Epcot’s World Showcase in the Japan pavilion. You will find it on the second floor of the Mitsukoshi store. You can reach the restaurant either by stairs or elevator. Teppan Edo shares the second floor of this building with Tokyo Dining, another table-service restaurant. The two also share a check-in desk and waiting area. This can be a little confusing if you are not aware of it before hand. When you arrive, they will ask you which restaurant you are checking in for and then give you a buzzer. The buzzers for the two restaurants are different colors.
Teppan Edo is located at the back of the building, while Tokyo Dining is located in the front of the building. This means that you are not able to see out to the main promenade of World Showcase from the restaurant. You are also not able to see any of the fireworks if dining at Teppan Edo late. However, there is a balcony on the second floor of this building, which is a great spot for viewing the nighttime show. So, if you plan your dinner right, you can finish up eating and then walk out onto the balcony to watch the fireworks.
At Teppan Edo, the food is cooked by your chef at a grill, which is built into your table. So, you have a front row seat to the cooking of your dinner. Options include steak, shrimp, chicken, and vegetables. Each entree comes with a salad, vegetables, udon noodles, and rice. Kids’ meals also include soup. The dessert menu includes ice cream, green tea cheesecake, chocolate ginger cake, and a mango cake.
The food is very good here. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think I would like it, but this restaurant made me a fan of Japanese food! The steak was tender. The noodles were delicious. The mango cake was wonderful. It was light, airy, and refreshing. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but it was one of the best desserts of the week! Chris thoroughly enjoyed his steak and shrimp. Our son was also a fan of the steak. The food here was so good that this was quickly added to our list of must-do dining places on future trips! For a look at the full menu, see allears.net.
As stated above, the entertainment here is provided by your chef. Most, if not all, of the chefs are originally from Japan. Our chef had lived in Florida for many years, so his accent was non-existent. He was so funny! He cracked jokes the entire time he was cooking for us. His cooking skills were awesome to watch! The entertainment was our son’s favorite part of the meal. He loved watching the chef cook, juggle his utensils, and tap out the seasoning onto the food. His favorite trick was the onion volcano the chef made. Because the chef was so fun to watch, it seemed that our food was ready in no time.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Teppan Edo does participate on the Disney Dining Plan. It will cost you 1 table service credit to eat here. Teppan Edo is open for lunch and dinner. If you are paying out of pocket, you can expect to pay between $15-30 per person for either meal. This makes it one of the more affordable table service meals in Disney World. While it is not best value for your money if you are on the dining plan and looking for the most expensive food to eat, it is well worth the 1 credit per person for us when you consider the show you get with your meal.
I was very leery about booking a reservation for Teppan Edo. While Chris loves Asian cuisine, our son and I are both pretty picky eaters. I was afraid that neither one of us would like it. Despite my worries, I booked it anyways. I am so glad I did! We all loved it so much that it is now one of our new favorites! We will definitely be back on future trips. Our son loved the show put on by the chef, while Chris and I both loved the food. I did not like Japanese food until I ate here. It is that good! Now, it is not good enough to dethrone ‘Ohana as my favorite restaurant on property, but it is high on my list. The mango cake was to die for!
The restaurant is simple and quiet. I didn’t really even mind that we were seated with another family that we did not know. It didn’t bother us at all. It is tucked away from the crowds outside. Teppan Edo is a wonderful restaurant that I can’t wait to visit again! For help planning your trip, see my step-by-step guide, best resources, and quick tips. Happy travels!