*This gluten free dining experience took place in November 2018. It includes notes about dairy free options and modifications.
Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Tree Tavern, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, is a table service restaurant that serves classic Thanksgiving-style meals in a setting inspired by colonial America. Recently, we had dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to enjoy a meal that made us think of the holidays. I’ve been to Liberty Tree Tavern quite a few times over the years. But, this was Brandon’s first visit, and I was looking forward to hearing what he thought of the all-you-care-to-enjoy meal there.
Liberty Tree Tavern is set to resemble a colonial style inn. And, you can see touches of this theme as soon as you approach the restaurant.
Once you step inside the restaurant, you’ll find lots of colonial style touches, including a large fireplace when you first enter the building.
Although the fireplace isn’t functional, it does really add to the theming of the restaurant. I also love all the other touches, like colonial style cookware and china.
During the holiday season, Liberty Tree Tavern has simple, but festive decor, including this charming Christmas tree.
You’ll dine in one of 6 themed rooms that represent important figures from American history. This includes: Benjamin Franklin
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Paul Jones
- Paul Revere
- Betsy Ross
- George Washington
While you can request specific rooms, depending on when you visit request may not be able to be accommodated due to how busy it is.
On this visit, we were seated in the Betsy Ross Room. Because Betsy Ross was credited with making the first American flag, you’ll see touches of this throughout the room. That includes several flags and sewing tools.
There is a ton of detail in every dining room in Liberty Tree Tavern. So, I definitely encourage you to take a look around after your meal to check it all out.
Of course, we were there for the Thanksgiving-style food. We were both starving and definitely ready for a hearty meal. And, we were definitely not disappointed with our experience at Liberty Tree Tavern. If you have a special dietary need, you’ll be given an allergy-friendly menu before ordering. Everything at the restaurant is served family style. Depending on your special dietary need and those dining with you, you may be brought platters to share or your own platter. On this occasion, our server noted that we would each be given our own plates to ensure safety.
Up first, I was brought Deanna’s Gluten Free brand rolls. These are my favorite on Disney property. And, they were well heated at Liberty Tree Tavern. The rolls are gluten free and dairy free. If you are also dairy free, be sure to ask for Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, which the restaurant has on hand. If you can have dairy, you will be served butter with your rolls.
Next up was a platter of Declaration Salad which is safe for gluten/wheat, egg, fish/shellfish, milk, peanut/tree nut, and soy allergies. I was a bit sad when I learned that the salad dressing was no longer a strawberry vinaigrette — which Liberty Tree Tavern has been serving for years — and is not instead a honey-shallot vinaigrette. While the salad was just OK, I found the honey-shallot vinaigrette to be pretty bland, especially when compared to the original vinaigrette served here. Neither one of us ate that much salad, as were weren’t that impressed with the dressing, and we were saving room for the rest of the meal.
The great part about Liberty Tree Tavern is that you can get an entire Thanksgiving-style meal gluten free and even dairy free. That’s because the restaurant has made easy modifications to prepare dishes that are safe for a variety of special dietary needs. On this visit, I was served a plate that included gluten free mashed potatoes, green beans with garlic, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey, roast pork, pot roast, and gravy. The only component on my plate that contained dairy were the mashed potatoes. But, if you’re dairy free, you’ll be able to get a dairy free version of the mashed potatoes too.
In terms of the meal quality, I was super impressed. Both Brandon and I agreed that the mashed potatoes were excellent and that all of the meats were really good too. Of the meat, we both thought the pot roast was the most flavorful. The turkey was also good. We both liked the roast pork the least, and I think that’s primarily due to the sauce that was on it. It was some type of spicy mojo sauce that did not fit in at all with the meal or the theme of the restaurant. I really do miss the days when they had ham on the menu. My favorite parts of the meal had to be the gluten free (and dairy free) stuffing and gravy. Goodness gracious I could eat both of these everyday. I also have to have to give Liberty Tree Tavern credit for making really flavorful green beans too.
One of the benefits of an all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant is that you can order as much as you want. I did end up getting a second plate with turkey, pot roast, gravy, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. I’m not gonna lie, I was plain stuffed from all the stuffing I ate at this meal!
For dessert, I was served a gluten free brownie with ice cream. If you’re dairy free, you can get allergy-friendly cookies or sorbet for dessert as an option, which I’ve had in the past. I have to admit that I probably should have asked for sorbet because I was so full. But, Brandon and I ended up splitting the brownie as he actually preferred it to the Ooeey Gooey Toffee Cake that he was served. I believe they used the OMG It’s Gluten Free brand brownie, and we both thought it was delicious, especially because it was nice and warm. Next time, I would probably just order the sorbet or the brownie minus the ice cream.
Both Brandon and I thoroughly enjoyed Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner. We both thought the meal was very tasty and extremely filling. Although we both agreed that this is a restaurant that we wouldn’t go to all the time, we love the idea of dining here during the holiday season for a holiday inspired meal. It was absolutely perfect for as our dinner before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. If you’re interested in going to Liberty Tree Tavern but don’t want the all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner, you can also dine here a la carte for lunch. That’s definitely a much lighter way to enjoy Thanksgiving-style food.
Have you been to Liberty Tree Tavern? What did you enjoy when you dined there?