Wondering what the vegan options are on the prix fixe dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom? Here’s our review.
Perhaps one of the hardest reservations to score in the Magic Kingdom, outside of Cinderella‘s Royal Table, would be Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland.
UPDATE 2/3/21: With the reopening of the Parks during the pandemic, there have been some menu changes to the prix fixe vegan dinner option. The prix fixe menu is now the only thing available for lunch and dinner, so that opens up more opportunities for reservations, but limits unique options. The review below was originally written in 2019. Please visit our newest post on the new vegan menu items and experience at Be Our Guest.
Vegan Dinner Review of Be Our Guest Restaurant in Walt Disney World
You can find Be Our Guest Restaurant in between Enchanted Tales with Belle and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland.
The theming here is magnificent with piney evergreen trees, waterfalls trickling over steep stone facades and a bridge lined with gargoyles that leads you over to a rock wall where the entrance to the restaurant is carved into the mountain side.
The entrance into Beast’s castle is grand.
The large wooden doorway is flanked on either side by magnificent beasts with ornate stained glass windows overhead.
UPDATE 2/2/21: Check in can now be done right on your phone on the My Disney Experience app, or you can walk in to the check in podium. There is no longer a meet and greet for Beast, who now comes in to visit all the dining rooms every 20 minutes or so. See our updated vegan experience at Be Our Guest post.
While you wait for your table to be ready, you can explore the hall lined on either side with armored guards who chat incessantly with one another.
Our wait was fairly short and in no time we had made it into the Beast’s study for photos.
You are able to take images on your own and a Photopass photographer is on hand as well.
After meeting the Beast we were escorted to the entry hall to await our table.
Be Our Guest Restaurant Atmosphere
There are three dining areas within Be Our Guest Restaurant.
The Grand Ballroom is the first dining room guests encounter when being seated. The ballroom looks as if it was plucked right out of Beauty and the Beast with its high 20-foot domed ceiling and ornate, golden chandeliers. The rounded ceiling is adorned with paintings depicting white doves, fluffy clouds and cherubs
The rear of the ballroom has floor to ceiling faux windows looking out over a dark wintery scene.
To the right of The Grand Ballroom is The Rose Gallery.
This dining room is the most well lit of all of the rooms in Beast’s castle.
The centerpiece of the room is a large Belle and Beast music box which spins as guests dine around its perimeter. Walls are adorned with framed portraits and candle sconces. Seating options include tables and banquettes.
We were seated in the smallest and darkest room at Be Our Guest restaurant.
The third and final dining space is The West Wing. This room is home to the enchanted rose. You’ll also find a tattered tapestry hanging on the wall that had been clawed by the beast which magically flickers from the face of the prince to the face of the beast when the lightning strikes.
Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant is a set $60.00 per person. Pricing includes an appetizer, entree and dessert as well as a non-alcoholic beverage.
Be Our Guest Restaurant Vegan Dinner Options
Dinner starts with complementary bread service.
The bread here is vegan friendly and our server brought me out a cup of Vegan Earth Balance Butter to go with it.
I found the bread to be slightly stale, like it had been cut up the night before and left out. An omen of things to come?
If you’re looking for a vegan wine to pair with dinner go for the Kurt Russell GoGi Goldie Chardonnay. It was lovely.
The bread service was the only thing besides dessert that was vegan as-is. Everything else must be modified.
Your appetizer option is the Mixed Field Greens salad.
The salad starts with a base of mixed greens which are topped with shaved radishes, asparagus and stone fruit. You have to omit the goat cheese and hazelnut brittle.
The dressing is a mild stone fruit vinaigrette. I had to ask our sever for salt and pepper to make it palatable.
Your one and only entree option is the modified Roasted Corn and Spinach Tortellini. (This item is no longer on the menu. See our updated new vegan menu items at Be Our Guest post here.)
Our server assured me that the chefs pre-make vegan tortellini for this offering. The dish is described on the menu as being composed of tortellini with a roasted corn and peppadew relish, rainbow cauliflower, and asparagus with a corn-infused nage.
Nage is an aromatic bouillon or stock.
If I had to describe this dish, here’s how I’d do that.
Imagine taking a pot and filling it with some tap water. Put that plain water on to boil and then throw in some vegan tortellini and some cauliflower.
When the tortellini is cooked, pour the plain veggies and pasta in a bowl with the unseasoned cooking liquid. Top with chopped peppers, uncooked corn, asparagus, greens and corn shoots. Serve.
Honestly, this was the worst plate of food I have ever been served at a Disney restaurant. Second only to a bowl of unseasoned vegetables and potatoes I was offered on New Year’s Eve at the old Artist Point Restaurant in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Dessert should have some thought put into it right? Dining… in a castle… at a signature restaurant… that’s $60 per person… that will take up TWO of your table service credits if you’re on the dining plan…
Well thankfully, at a recent media event, we were able to sample a brand new dessert that was added to the dinner menu.
Here’s what the option used to be… a plain scoop of vanilla Toffuti.
Rice Dream and sorbet could be counted amongst the other inventive dishes offered for dessert.
Now guests are able to indulge in Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd. This offering is delicious! The plate is composed of three small squares of glazed cake alongside lemon curd, berry compote, fresh berries and strawberry aquafaba meringues.
If cake isn’t your thing you can also opt for the The vegan Creme Brulee which is also available on the lunch menu.
Final thoughts. Stay FAR AWAY for dinner!
The only thing that saved this experience for me was the great company I was in and the wine. The service was excellent too.
Of course the atmosphere is also a selling point, but is it really worth $60 to peek inside the Beast’s castle and take a picture with him?
Be Our Guest Restaurant is doing fabulous things during lunch. Lunch is more affordable and you still get the same ambience. I would definitely skip dinner here and opt for lunch instead.
Curious about the lunch options? See her full review here: Vegan Lunch Options at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom
And here’s our review of the updated vegan breakfast option: Vegan Le Fou Festin Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant Magic Kingdom
For a complete list of vegan options inside the Magic Kingdom see our comprehensive guide here: What’s Vegan in the Magic Kingdom?