Best Restaurant: Monsieur Paul
Food at WDW is always a popular topic. Long gone are the days when theme park food was relegated to simply popcorn and hotdogs (although Disney has excellent options for both of those). Now guests can enjoy a wide range of food and cuisines to fit every taste, style, and budget. Epcot has always been the culinary highlight of Wdw—with the World Showcase being home to dozens of fantastic restaurants featuring the food and flavors from across the globe. Today we are going to take a stroll into the France pavilion for a look at Monsieur Paul, one of Disney’s signature fine dining experiences.
About The Restaurant
Monsieur Paul is a revamped and updated dining experience to replace the former Bistro de Paris, a fine French cuisine restaurant inspired by decorated French chefs, Paul Bocuse, Roger Verge, and the late Gaston Lenotre. The “Paul” in Monsieur Paul is referring to chef Paul Bocuse, one of France’s most famous chefs, and one of the first celebrity chefs to name a restaurant after himself. The food is authentically French and the dishes come from a variety of French regions—designed to showcase classic French flavors and cooking techniques.
Know Before You Go
Monsieur Paul is located in the France pavilion at Epcot. You will need theme park admission to access the restaurant, and an ADR is strongly recommended. The restaurant occupies the second floor above Les Chefs de France, and guests will check-in behind the restaurant near L'artisan des Glaces. There is a dress code in effect in order to maintain the atmosphere and setting of the restaurant. According to Disney, the dress code includes:
Appropriate attire for men includes khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts and collared shirts; appropriate attire for women includes capris, skirts, dresses, jeans and dress shorts.
Attire that will not be permitted includes tank tops or hats for gentleman, swimwear, cut offs or torn clothing. In addition, while T-shirts are allowed, T-shirts featuring offensive language and/or graphics are not.
The restaurant does accept some Disney Dining Plans, and, depending on your entitlements, may require two credits per person. Monsieur Paul does not participate in the Tables in Wonderland program. While kids are welcome and the restaurant does offer a limited kids menu, the setting is quiet and intimate and meals can be lengthy, so this may not be an ideal dining choice for the whole family. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and offers a prix fixe menu and a la carte dining.
There is no fusion or hybrid-cooking happening at Monsieur Paul. The food here is classic French cuisine through and through. Expect dishes with heavy cream, rich buttery pastries, slow cooked and roasted meats, and a variety of seafood. All the dishes are presented quite beautifully and are chosen to represent the very best of French flavors and cooking styles. The menu is the brainchild of Chef Nicolas Lemoyne, who previously practiced his craft at l'auberge du Pont de Collonges, the 3-star restaurant from Paul Bocuse. The menu and dishes do change seasonally, as the restaurant likes to cook with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Fan favorite dishes include the Homard du Printanier (Maine Lobster) appetizer: Maine lobster with lime sweet peas and puree, white asparagus and porcini mushrooms, lobster veloute. The Filet de boeuf grillé forestier (Grilled Beef Tenderloin) main: with mushroom crust, mashed potatoes, Bordelaise sauce and Le Moelleux for dessert: Warm chocolate almond cake with raspberry coulis in the center, hazelnut crust, hazelnut ice cream. The bread service is also very popular with a variety of freshly baked French breads.
● The staff is extremely attentive and knowledgeable at Monsieur Paul. They will happily provide recommendations and explanations about the food and culinary regions of France.
● When making your reservations, keep in mind that the second floor restaurant has excellent views of World Showcase Lagoon. If you time it right, you can enjoy lluminations: Reflections of Earth while you eat!
● While the chefs are happy to cater to dietary needs and restrictions, there are no dishes on the menu that are completely vegetarian. Even the vegetarian soup has a meat-based broth. There are mixed reports online of the kitchen preparing off-menu vegetarian options upon request but depending on your dietary needs, this restaurant may not be suitable.
If you’re looking for a little bit of fine French dining, then look no further than Monsieur Paul. If you’ve already been to Les Chefs or are considering some of the pricier options on their menu, you may find the atmosphere and service to be even more enjoyable upstairs. Also, depending on your order, you may want to take advantage of the Prix Fixe at Monsieur Paul, which includes some of the most popular and expensive dishes on the menu. By all accounts, a meal at Monsieur Paul is always a beautiful and decadent French meal. Perfect for a romantic outing, a special occasion, or for the culinary traveller.