Be our Guest is the newest restaurant at Disney World which opened in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland November 2013. It is a visually stunning restaurant. The exterior is very majestic, featuring Beast’s castle which is located at the top of a rocky mountain terrain complete with snow caps and waterfall. One thing that needs to be mentioned is this restaurant doesn’t have a princess vibe like some believe when they hear it has a Beauty and the Beast theme. This restaurant is all about the main man himself…the Beast. It feels almost daunting as you walk across the bridge to get to the entrance.
You’ll notice eerie gargoyles which hold up the iron lanterns that lead to the large iron gate featuring a regal looking coat of arms. As you pass the iron gate you’ll see two wooden doors with large lions and winged creatures on either side and a lovely mosaic archway featuring a rose. Disney truly went all out with the details of this gorgeous restaurant. You can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into Beast’s castle from the movie, Beauty and the Beast.
Be our Guest is not your typical restaurant. Besides it’s amazing atmosphere, what makes it unique is the fact that it is a table service restaurant for dinner and quick service restaurant for lunch. Since I have only dined for table service, that is what I will be discussing in this particular blog.
There are three rooms located in the restaurant but only two of them are available for dinner, the lovely Ballroom and mysterious West Wing. The Ballroom is one large open room featuring floor to ceiling Palladian style windows at the far end. Look closely and you’ll notice mountains in the background complete with snow falling down. Look up and you’ll see an elaborate ceiling with lots of wood detail, large brass chandeliers and hand painted cherub babies. Note: the cherub babies were painted after the Imagineers who worked on the project.
The West Wing has a very dark, creepy feel to it, even the music that is featured is spooky. You’ll see a portrait which changes from Prince to Beast each time a petal falls from the Enchanted rose. There are tattered draperies, claw marks on the portrait, lightning and thunder. Needless to say, this is probably not the best room to dine in if you have sensitive children.
The menu is French inspired. You’ll find starters, soups and salads on the menu such as French Onion Soup, Potato Leek Soup, Mussels Provencal and a Charcuterie Plate. For entrees, there is Chicken Breast Provencal, Thyme Scented Pork Rack Chop, Pan-Seared Salmon on Leek Fondue, Grilled Strip Steak, Layered Ratatouille and Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops. Be our Guest is the only restaurant within Magic Kingdom that serves wine and beer so if you’re looking to enjoy a nice glass of wine with your meal, you can do so at this particular restaurant.
I ordered the Grilled Strip Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pomme Frites and it was outstanding. The steak was very tender and cooked perfectly and well, what can I say, I’m a huge fan of fries, especially dipped in that delicious herb butter. I can honestly say it was one of the best meals I’ve had on property.
For dessert, your server will wheel a cart to your table featuring a variety of cream puffs and cupcakes. You choose which one you would like and there is no waiting, the server will take it out of the cart and place it right in front of you to enjoy. Note: If you have a celebration, you will be served the infamous “Grey Stuff”. Be sure to try it, “It’s Delicious”!
The Beast may occasionally make his grand entrance in the restaurant as a quick walk through complete with music and applause. The walk through the restaurant is very quick, he won’t stop for photos. As you exit the restaurant, you’ll get the opportunity to meet the Beast and have a photo opportunity with him in the study. He is one big guy! He is the only character that is available for this dining experience.
Once you meet the Beast, you’ll then pass by the suits of armor. Make sure to listen closely to hear what they have to say!
Before Be our Guest opened, it was difficult to get a dining reservation. It has since become even more difficult due to rave reviews and word getting out. This is the hot dining ticket right now. It is highly recommended to book 180 days in advance as early as possible. And keep in mind, if you can’t get a reservation for dinner, you can always eat lunch for quick service instead where no reservations are required.
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