Lunch at Chefs De France Has An Authentic Atmosphere

There are so many places to eat in Epcot it can be trouble choosing which restaurant to try. When you add in the ones that are a must visit on every visit it can be hard to try and fit in new places. On our most recent trip we finally were able to squeeze in a meal at Chefs de France. It's been on the must-try list for some time now however it took a while to reach the top as we visit the 'real' France frequently and were worried that it wouldn't compare.

Les Chefs de France EntryLes Chefs de France Entry

Walking over the bridge from the UK pavilion to the France pavilion you step into a stereotypical Parisian street, the only thing missing for me is lots of graffiti on all of the walls! Chefs de France is right in the middle of the pavilion, it wouldn't look out of place along the true Champs Elysees. It certainly captures the essence of a real French Bistro.

Check-in is outside under a covered archway. Once you are checked in you can have a seat along the benches while you wait to be called. We had an early lunch so we had barely touched down on the seats when we were called in to be seated. We were led through the restaurant and shown to a table in the window and given menus to peruse. The table layout is very much in keeping with the traditional French style, paper place mats, folded napkins and wine glasses with dark wood tables and chairs.

The Best Bread In All of Disney?The Best Bread In All of Disney?

Our waitress came to take our drink order while we decided on our food choices. We both ordered soft drinks when she then offered a traditional orange drink they serve - Orangina - Orange juice mixed with sparkling water. This is all I ever order when in France so I was very excited! She also asked if we would like some bread. Yes please!

Now it's worth saying, I would go back to Chefs De France just for the Orangina and the bread. I can tell you that it was very authentic and fresh, without question the best bread that we had all vacation.

French Onion Soup French Onion Soup

My husband had the 3 course 'Prix Fixe' menu. This is one of the few occasions that a single Table Service dining plan credit can be used for 3 courses. He had the French Onion Soup to start - he loved it and commented on how authentic he thought it was. We both then had the Croque Monsieur with a side of 'pomme frites' (French fries) as our entree, this was slightly less authentic but still tasty, the fries though were spot on. For dessert Sy ordered Profiteroles which he enjoyed but he probably wouldn't have again as there were so many other things he wanted to try on the menu.

A Classic Croque MonsieurA Classic Croque Monsieur

If you're lucky when dining here, you can get a special visitor to the table - Chef Remy. Sadly for us though he didn't make it round before heading back inside. I was a bit sad we didn't get to meet him but I guess that means we will just have to go back another time.

If You're Lucky Remy May Visit Your TableIf You're Lucky Remy May Visit Your Table

Our server was great throughout the meal, bringing more bread, answering questions about the menu and was able chat with us when she wasn't too busy. Sometimes the French get a reputation for being a bit snooty but that's just not the case, in Chefs De France nor in the country - I don't know where they get that reputation from!

We paid our check and thanked our server and headed back out into the park after a very relaxing lunch feeling full and satisfied. If you're looking for a taste of France then this bistro comes pretty darn close, in fact I think it will be the closest you can find outside of France and would even fit in around most French towns. I'm sure we will be back in the future.

Thanks so much to the lovely Robyn Watson for sharing her Chefs De France experience with us in this guest post. You can find Robyn and read her full trip report in our member forums. Have you eaten Chefs De France? Leave us a comment and let us know if you saw Remy!

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 12:07:

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This is totally on my "to do" list for restaurants now!

Kristina wrote on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 12:37:

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I LOVE this place and dream of the mac n cheese. Its so rich, but so incredibly tasty.

JoAnn C wrote on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 22:16:

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I've always had good meals and good service here. I did see Remy two out of three times here.

"Sometimes the French get a reputation for being a bit snooty but that's just not the case, in Chefs De France nor in the country - I don't know where they get that reputation from!"

I so agree with this statement. When I was in Paris everyone was very friendly. There were a couple of people who didn't respond when I said "bonjour" while passing them in the streets. Heck, you get that here too.

Great job on the review, Robyn!

pinkflamingotravel wrote on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 22:58:

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On my list now.

ScottFL wrote on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 21:47:

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This has been on our 'we need to try that one' list. After reading this, it is moving to 'we are doing this one next time'. Great review, Robyn!

RobynPrincess wrote on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 21:57:

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Thanks for the lovely comments! We are heading back there on our next trip in October :)

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