La Crêperie de Paris is a table-service restaurant in the France pavilion of Epcot. This Walt Disney World restaurant review features food photos, menu thoughts, what we recommend ordering, and whether this creperie is worth your time given the wealth of culinary options at World Showcase and nearby Crescent Lake. .
La Crêperie de Paris as an extension of the World Showcase, built behind the existing French pavilion. This area is known as the Rues de Paris (although you won’t see that name on maps or park signage, it’s probably unnecessary information), and is home to the new family-friendly dark ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This attraction is currently one of the most popular at Walt Disney World – for strategy see How to Ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a clone of Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two versions is that the ride at Disneyland Paris ends at the restaurant with table service Bistro Chez Remy, where customers shrink to the size of rats and are served in a larger-than-life environment. Instead, Epcot got La Crêperie de Paris. Let’s see if this is a worthy “replacement” for Chef Remy’s restaurant…
In terms of background information, La Crêperie de Paris is a traditional creperie with a menu inspired by the Brittany region in France. At the crêperie, everything is homemade and to order, with savory galettes and sweet dessert crêpes, as well as some of the famous Breton hard ciders.
This creperie offers the cuisine of the famous chef Jérôme Bocuse, son of Paul Bocuse and operator of the two other restaurants with table service in the pavilion: Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul. We are big fans of the latter, considering it one of the best restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. On the other hand, Chefs de France is extremely popular but arguably overrated.
There are technically two creperies in the Rues de Paris neighborhood: the aforementioned La Crêperie de Paris table-service restaurant and a take-out storefront called Crêpes à Emporter by La Crêperie de Paris. Both are located on the approach to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, when you turn the corner into the new area on the right side of the boardwalk.
Stepping into the table service of the Epcot restaurant, the decor of La Crêperie de Paris consists of stone walls, exposed beams and blue glass windows. It supposedly pays homage to Brittany, while offering some Parisian twists.
In reality, it is exaggerated. La Crêperie de Paris is unremarkable and unambitious in theme, design and décor.
The interior reminds me of a fast casual restaurant in an upscale mall. (The kind with interior walkways, not a strip mall.) That’s not exactly high praise, and there’s nothing in the basic design to indicate it’s somehow French. Again, there are shopping malls in France, so this kind of generic modern design also exists there.
On the plus side, at least the interior isn’t yet another “rustic hipsters move into an old barn and find eclectic clearance decor at Anthropologie.” It also has a variety of textures; that plus the lighting keeps it from looking sterile so I guess that’s something.
Otherwise, La Crêperie de Paris is nothing special. A bland, boring and BLA bla look, through and through.
As for the menu, La Crêperie de Paris offers a variety of savory pancakes, buckwheat pancakes and dessert pancakes.
Like all pancakes and pancakes in Brittany, La Crêperie de Paris serves its very fine dishes. The patties are cooked at a high temperature, allowing the outside to become crisp and crunchy, surrounding a range of fillings. The gluten-free savory galettes are made with buckwheat imported exclusively from France and feature classic fillings with unique twists.
La Crêperie de Paris also offers traditional Breton hard ciders that accompany both savory galettes and sweet crêpes. From sweet sweet to less sweet raw and semi-dry, hard ciders are imported from France and made only with apples for which Brittany is known.
The restaurant also offers a fixed price menu which includes a choice of soup or salad, a savory galette, a crepe dessert and a glass of hard cider, soda or juice.
For our meal at La Crêperie de Paris table service, we opted for three savory crepes: Savoyarde, Chèvre and Ratatouille…
Let’s start with a look at the Savoyarde, which consists of raclette cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and imported Bayonne ham.
This galette is heavy on the onions and a bit too light on the cheese. That, coupled with the way the tougher Bayonne ham is spread with the rest of the dish, makes it a little trickier and more tedious to eat. The flavors are great and I suspect they are higher quality ingredients than the Classic. Although delicious, the egg is an excellent masking agent. Given that, whether we order it again or the Classic is probably a toss up.
Next is the ratatouille, filled with tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant.
This will be the default option for vegetarians and inspired by the namesake character from the nearby attraction. We chose to order it on these bases.
The ratatouille was good, with a hearty medley of vegetables that offered a surprising amount of flavor.
If you are a vegetarian, this is an interesting option. Unsurprisingly, Sarah was a bigger fan of this than me. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wants to try the whole menu and only order one patty. As a ‘bonus pancake’ for the table, it’s a good choice – and a nice change of pace from the rest.
Finally, Goat Cheese: Goat Cheese, Spinach, Walnuts.
We both agreed that the Chèvre is our favorite galette at La Crêperie de Paris. It had a tangy, earthy flavor thanks to the blend of goat cheese, spinach and nuts, which also offered a range of textures. The light crispiness of the buckwheat pancake also worked really well here. Certainly the star, from our point of view.
Finally, we ordered the Apple: Caramelized Apples, Salted Butter Caramel for dessert.
We were “inspired” to order it by our neighbors at the table next to us (like townhouses in Central Florida, your neighbors are practically above you due to minimal table spacing unless you’re at a stall). They made the wise choice to add ice cream – we should have done the same.
The apple pancake is delicious, but incredibly sweet. The caramelized apples give it a bit of bitter depth, but it’s really sweet, whatever. I liked this more than Sarah, but we both agreed that the quality was not up to par with the savory patties. The ice cream would have helped hide its flaws, but we thought we could head to L’Artisan des Glaces for “France Dessert: Part Two” instead. Going there for both “parts” of dessert would have been the best option.
Ultimately, La Creperie de Paris is neither a great nor a bad table service restaurant in World Showcase – it’s decidedly average. Bistrot Chez Remy would certainly have been a better option for a fun, family-friendly meal, but Imagineering might have (understandably) wanted to maintain World Showcase’s thematic integrity as much as possible. It may also be that there was not enough space for the Bistrot Chez Remy.
La Crêperie de Paris is at the height of savory pancakes. The ingredients in these are usually of high quality and the preparations are solid. They’re not incredibly filling, but they’re also priced accordingly. Nothing you order at La Crêperie de Paris is going to rank among the most interesting or ambitious dishes you eat at Walt Disney World, but you won’t regret eating here either.
In the end, the word that best describes La Crêperie de Paris for me is “forgettable”. From the bland and boring interior to the meal in between, this is a table service restaurant that will quickly fade from your memory. Don’t be surprised if you ask “did we eat again today?” in the evening after dining here for lunch. (I forgot we ate here until we went through pictures – luckily I take notes during our meals!)
While that might sound like a scathing criticism, it’s not necessarily the case — we’ve had plenty of meals at Walt Disney World still stuck in our minds a decade ago about how bad they were. La Crêperie de Paris will not be a favorite or infamous restaurant for Walt Disney World fans. For better or for worse, it’s just not that memorable.
In all honesty, your wallet also won’t “remember” La Creperie de Paris as well as the vast majority of the other table service restaurants in Walt Disney World. Where he Is excel is to offer a relatively inexpensive table-service restaurant option that will surpass most counter-service restaurants at Epcot for only a slight price premium.
Although the patties aren’t the most filling, that can make them a solid option for light eaters. In this specific scenario and in recognition of the poor counter service at Epcot, La Crêperie de Paris becomes a stronger recommendation. It’s also a decent pick for longtime Walt Disney World fans who’ve tried it all and want a change of pace that isn’t the festival stalls. Everyone should look elsewhere, because there are better table-service dining options at Epcot than La Crêperie de Paris.
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