Be Our Guest is one of the most popular restaurants on any Disney property. I tried in vain the first year we had annual passes to get a reservation, although I didn’t try every day. Every time I opened the My Disney Experience app and couldn’t get a reservation I’d flash back to when I was a kid. Back then we’d walk through Cinderella Castle and I’d see a hostess standing at the bottom of the stairs that leads you to Cinderella’s Royal Table. There would be a few people standing around her making reservations for later in the day. I remember the day that my dad was one of those people and I got to eat dinner in the castle that night- I still remember the dessert I had. But boy, have things changed! I was on the app this morning at 6am and there was nothing available for Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table. (I just read this though and reservations open at 5:45am-Eastern). So imagine my surprise when I was able to book Be Our Guest for lunch during our little impromptu trip a couple of weeks ago.
Be Our Guest is a very different sort of restaurant in that it’s a quick service location for breakfast and lunch and is table service for dinner- although you still have to have a reservation. We were very lucky to get an 11:05 reservation and didn’t have to wait very long to order. I would have been happy to wait a little longer though because there’s so much to take in when you step inside the Beast’s castle.
Since these suits of armor are enchanted, they talk to you. I thought they were so funny.
When we were waiting to order, we were in this first corridor. When we left the restaurant an hour or so later the line was very far out the front door and guests were standing directly in the sun because there’s no shade. I didn’t realize this before we ate there but for breakfast or lunch you can place your order up to 30 days in advance online.
The theming of this restaurant is elaborate and wonderful.
There are three themed areas for dining- The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing & The Castle Gallery. The West Wing was imagineered perfectly and I loved it. It’s very dark and difficult to get good pictures so I only got one good shot of the rose but it’s definitely worth seeing in person.
The Castle Gallery was the room that I liked the least but was still lovely and had a revolving statue of Belle and the Beast dancing.
The Grand Ballroom was my absolute favorite. It’s the biggest of the dining rooms and I managed to snag a table by one of the windows which was lovely because snow was falling outside. It made me miss Tennessee just a little bit and made me wish it was cooler outside.
The food offerings for lunch is a mix of quiche, salads and sandwiches with braised pork thrown in for good measure. You can find full menu here.
I ordered the Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style) for $16.99- Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Jardiniere.
It was delicious! The pork was tender, the gravy had depth of flavor from being braised for 8 hours and I loved every bite. It’s a large portion and could be shared, especially if you wanted to try a soup from the menu as well. My one complaint is that it wasn’t hot enough. It was warm but was on it’s way to being lukewarm.
Travis ordered the Croque Monsieur for $13.99- Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham and Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel with Pommes Frites.
So basically this is a fancy grilled ham and cheese sandwich. It was fine but I’d pay the extra 3 dollars and get the Braised Pork. The fries were bordering on cold but the sandwich was very hot…and it was very okay. The fries taste the same as nearly every other fast service restaurant I’ve tried.
Then it was time for dessert. I normally don’t order dessert but you can’t go to a French restaurant and not order dessert.
I ordered the Éclair à l’Orange for $4.99- Custard Filling with zested Orange and finished with Chocolate Ganache
Delicious, wonderful, heavenly…oh my, it was seriously good! The orange custard was light with plenty of orange flavor but not too much, the éclair was light and airy and the semi-sweet chocolate ganache was perfect.
Travis, unfortunately, wasn’t as lucky. He wanted to order the Éclair à l’Orange but I ordered first not realizing that. Since we knew we’d be reviewing the restaurant he decided to order something different.
He got the Lemon – Raspberry Cream Puff for $4.99, not realizing that it was a Gluten Free & No Sugar Added. The filling was good and for a gluten free option, the cream puff was good. It was a bit grainy but to be expected (I ate gluten free for years and for a gluten free treat this is better than average) but without added sugar the lemon custard overpowered everything. If you’re on a restricted diet then this would be a nice choice- otherwise I’d go for something else.
All-in-all this was a wonderful experience and the restaurant lives definitely lives up to the hype. If you’re only going to be at Disney once then this is a must-do, especially for Beauty and the Beast fans.
So, what’s your favorite restaurant on Disney property? Let me know in the comments.