It’s one of the more expensive restaurants in the parks, but for the price you get a fantastic French brasserie style dinner. The staff are all French, most spending a one year rotation in the U.S., and I always find it interesting to chat with them about where in France they’re from and where in the U.S. they’ve chosen to visit.
Make a dinner reservation around 7:00pm and you’ll finish up just in time to watch the Illuminations show and fireworks, which start at 9:00pm. Or, make a later dinner reservation and ask for a table by the window so that you can watch the show from your seat. The restaurant is always booked, so be sure to make a reservation (days in advance, if possible).
Here’s how Frommer’s Review (via the New York Times) describes Chefs de France:
“An eye-catching, domed-glass exterior hides an intimate Art Nouveau interior, filled with candelabras and glass-and-brass partitions. An outdoor dining area adds to the authentic brasserie atmosphere. You can credit three internationally acclaimed chefs — Paul Bocuse, Roger Verge, and Gaston LeNotre — with the menu here, which combines fresh Florida ingredients with a good dose of French imports. Light sauces (when compared to more traditional French cooking, that is) complement such tasty entrees as grilled tenderloin of beef with a black-pepper sauce, potato gratin, and green beans; or broiled salmon served with tomato Béarnaise and ratatouille. A substantial wine list complements the menu, and the desserts and pastries are among the best in the World.”