10/4/14 Update: Menu updated.
Location: Sommerfest is located in the Germany Pavilion.
Food Type: German.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks. No Kids’ Picks so kids can easily order an adult entree on the Dining Plan.
Unique Items: Most items.
- Among the most inexpensive entree choices on property. Add a Pretzel and you have a ton of food for the same price as a lot of regular adult entrees.
- Frankfurters and Bratwurst are higher quality than your typical Disney Hot Dog and only cost about $1 more.
- Expanded menu offers more entrees.
- Very little , mostly outdoor seating. It’s quite possible there will be nowhere to sit.
- Menu items may not be accessible to all palates.
Value: Above average. For about $1 more than the standard Disney Dog, you can get a much more interesting Frankfurter or Bratwurst with a roll and sauerkraut.
Reputation: Those that dine here tend to enjoy it.
Bratwurst and “authentic hand-twisted pretzel:”
These pretzels are the best at Disney World (and huge) and the bratwurst is one of the cheaper entrees available in any of the Parks. Pretzel quality can be lower if they’ve been sitting for a while. Ask for a fresh one. Don’t discount Sommerfest just because you don’t “like” sauerkraut. First of all, they’re happy to serve it without sauerkraut. Second, it’s a mild sauerkraut. For example, I don’t like sauerkraut. Even the thought of sauerkraut makes me a little nauseated. But I like Sommerfest’s sauerkraut. Maybe that means I like sauerkraut, I don’t know. Anyway, this is the only place I’ll eat it. For the slightly less adventurous, the frankfurter is basically a hot dog. If you’d like to eat here and you’re uncertain whether junior will oblige you, you might just sit him down away from the menu and tell him that you’ll bring him a hot dog. I also like the fact that on the Disney Dining Plan you can order the pretzel as your “dessert.” And because there’s no “kid’s menu,” you’ll have no problem ordering the kids the full-size entree. Overall, I really enjoy Sommerfest and it’s an excellent choice for a quick, relatively inexpensive meal.
Currywurst and Nudel Gratin:
On the right is the Currywurst – Pan-seared fine Brat with Curry Ketchup, Curry Seasoning, and House-made Paprika Chips – $8.99. On the left is the $3.49 Nudel Gratin.
I had no idea what to expect from the Currywurst. It turned out to be a bland sausage topped with a forgettable ketchup and a sprinkle of curry powder. I was expecting a bit of a crunch from the exterior of the brat, but that wasn’t present either. I wouldn’t characterize the dish as bad necessarily, there just was not a lot of flavor for an item that seems like it should scream layers of complexity in my mouth. The scarce sprinkle of curry powder did add some curry flavor as one might expect.
Perhaps I am not a paprika person, but I didn’t care much for their chips either. They were basically the standard Disney chip with a dusting of paprika. On the plus side, the dish was filling, yet “felt” light in my tummy. It was not the gut bomb that I’m sure that Electric Umbrella hamburger is. And the sausage and chips would be extremely easy to share if you’re looking for a hearty snack to share that isn’t the pretzel.
The Nudel Gratin was better. Both items were served piping hot, to the point where they were still warm after I fiddled around with the pictures.
Half eaten for your viewing pleasure. This is a baked macaroni/heavy cream/cheese/egg hunk that should be similar/the same as what’s served at Biergarten. It was not as creamy and rich as I was expecting, which might be a good thing. It otherwise tastes like baked macaroni and cheese. For about treefiddy, you could certainly do worse.
Cold Potato Salad
It tasted pretty pedestrian – heavy on the mayo with red potatoes and chopped green onion. I’m not sure there’s anything particularly German about it. Anyway, it would be a decent side if you’re looking for something to add to the Bratwurst/Frankfurter, but it’s far from anything special. At least it’s not french fries.
Sommerfest has a limited number of covered tables near the cash registers as pictured in the first image above. It’s not a particularly popular place, so the number of tables is usually adequate