How the NEW EPCOT Restaurant Will Be Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

Have you heard the big Disney World dining news? A NEW restaurant will be coming to EPCOT soon!

Japan Pavilion

Okay, we’re not going to lie: we are SO excited (okay, so NEW Disney food and restaurants always make us happy). The new restaurant will be called Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya and will be opening this summer in the Japan Pavilion. But this restaurant will be unlike any other restaurant in Disney World! How thrilling!

So Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya will be a new table-service restaurant featuring a “festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style.” The menu will feature items like sushi and teppan, as well as an open sushi bar and grill. Sushi lovers will be able to enjoy Kobore Sushi, Tokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and more in an atmosphere that has a casual pub-style feel with an emphasis on drinks and conversation with friends.


It already sounds a little different from other restaurants in Disney World, right? But that’s not what really sets it apart. Here’s the thing — the menu at Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya will change…MONTHLY. That’s right, this restaurant will offer new foods EVERY SINGLE MONTH.


So once the restaurant opens, you’ll be able to enjoy  Karaage Chicken, Salmon Misoyaki, Tomato Salad with Avocado, and Okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake). However, the next month, you might be able to order COMPLETELY different menu items.

©Japan Pavilion-Mitsukoshi USA via Instagram

Why? Well, the concept of the restaurant is based on Japan’s seasonal festivals. Each month will represent a different Japanese festival. So every month will be a brand new celebration of Japanese food.

©Japan Pavilion-Mitsukoshi USA via Instagram

Although many Disney World restaurants do change SOME of their offerings on a seasonal basis, this will be the first Disney World restaurant that will deliberately offer a new menu every month. So if you love Japanese food, you’ll want to book a reservation here as often as you can to try everything.

Japan Pavilion

So where will you find this new restaurant? It will be located above the Mitsukoshi Department Store on the second floor of the Japan Pavilion. That means it will have amazing views of EPCOT, the World Showcase, and the nighttime fireworks on the World Showcase Lagoon.


We’ll be keeping an eye out for an official opening date for the restaurant PLUS we’ll let you know when advance dining reservations will become available, so stay tuned to DFB for more!

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