Restaurants that Need Updating – Epcot’s China Pavilion

China Pavilion, Epcot

The China Pavilion has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Epcot.  The Pavilion is a great visual representation of China, complete with a replica of the Temple of Heaven, ponds, bridges, and artwork representing the country of China.  Unfortunately, there is one thing completely lost in translation: the food.

From reputation alone, I have avoided the Nine Dragons.  Reviews call it “flavorless” and recommend stopping pretty much anywhere else.   If you have a good Chinese restaurant in your home town, you will most likely be disappointed by the food here.  Definitely not “wowed.”  My experience comes from lunch several years ago at the Lotus Blossom Cafe – the counter service option in the China Pavilion.

Similar to mall food, the options were limited, and the flavors were greasy and not tasty enough for the grease.  Though I’ve heard great things about the egg rolls, the meal that I had sticks out for one reason – I have no idea what I ate, I just remember thinking that it was not good.   Surrounded by so many other great pavilions with other counter service options, I would definitely recommend to stop and watch the Chinese Acrobats, but to continue walking when you’re hungry for a full meal.


Enjoy the stunning Pavilion, but for me – let’s update the food options!

The China Pavilion at Epcot
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Restaurants that Need Updating - Epcot's China Pavilion
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3 thoughts on “Restaurants that Need Updating – Epcot’s China Pavilion

  1. I agree the chinese food in downtown orlando at exit 80 is 10 times better than at Epcot and about 1/3 the price! If they really want to liven things up they should have dim sum with the carts and everything 😉 yumm

  2. I totally agree! I hadn’t eaten there in years because I remembered it being mediocre, at best… when we ate there 2 years ago I was reminded to avoid Nine Dragons for any ADR I make! They definitely need better dining options in China!

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