It’s amazing how traveling to new places truly broadens your horizons, and expands your knowledge. Not just of worldly events but geographical ones as well. We loved spending a month in Japan traveling from Hiroshima to Kyoto to Tokyo. While we are not suggesting, by any means, that visiting the Japan Pavilion at Walt Disney World compares to visiting the actual island of Japan in any way, it is interesting to note that until we went to Japan we never noticed the replica of the great Otorii gate located on the island of Miyajima outside of Hiroshima in the Epcot Lagoon. No doubt we saw it each and every time, just never understood what it was we were looking at.
We traveled all the way to Japan at Epcot, in part because we’d been wanting to try Katsura Grill. We’d read through multiple sources that the sushi here is some of the best that Walt Disney World has to offer, so it’s been on our radar for a few years. In true, Maury Povich style, that is a lie!
► Ranking: #stinkydiaper
Katsura Grill (QS)
Epcot | World Showcase | Japan Pavilion
Walt Disney World, Florida
Up the hill, as it’s described, is where Katsura Grill is located. We’ve never noticed it before, and never had any reason to traipse up the stairs at this location. Directly behind the massive pagoda located in the center of the Japan Pavilion is specifically where you’ll find Katsura Grill. Conveniently, there are also restrooms right next door.
There is always something new to discover at Walt Disney World. Having followed The Bucket List Family’s 30 stays in 30 days, we are incredibly jealous. After 8 consecutive annual visits, there is still so much that we haven’t explored at the parks, at the resorts, and beyond.
Katsura Grill is a small cafeteria type quick service restaurant located indoors with seating, offering a small selection of noodles, sushi and rice bowls. The service is fast, because everything is pre-made. It’s not that it was bad, per se, but it was not remarkable. It is no different than what you can pick up at the local supermarket in any city across America. We are happy to finally cross it off our list, but it’s not a place that’ll we’ll ever come back to again.
Herculean Disappointment about covers it. (This is my all time favorite clip – ever.)
Both Gabriel and I ordered the Tokyo Sushi Combo which included 4 pieces of California Roll & 3 pieces of Nigiri. The kids enjoyed a rainbow shaved ice from downstairs at the Kabuki Cafe. Check out our full review!
► For Kids: Eh. We only tried the grocery store equivalent sushi at this place, so we can’t vouch for the noodles or rice bowl, but without a doubt there are plenty of other much more interesting places to eat at Epcot than Katsura Grill.
Have you dined at Katsura Grill? What did you think? Do you disagree that the sushi is subpar? We want to hear all your opinions!
► Nap-Time Version: Family review of Katsura Grill. Sushi is no better than what you’d get at your local grocery store.
Check out our review of Kabuki Cafe, Tokyo Dining, and Teppan Edo – all located at the Japan Pavilion in Walt Disney World. You can also check out our full table of contents of restaurants at Walt Disney World.