We all know that Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth but we really should remember that it can also be the most romantic. Disney World is very far from just for the kids. The grown ups can enjoy some quality time at some of the finest romantic restaurants at Walt Disney World. It is never easy to choose just 10 out of such a great selection of restaurants but here are some ideas for Walt Disney World restaurants for the romantics out there.
Which are the Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants at Walt Disney World?
The California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is as well known for it’s spectacular view over Disney’s Magic Kingdom as it is for it’s first rate cuisine. The food is best described as California fusion with an ever changing seasonal menu. Appetizers are priced around $12 to $14 with entrees around $30 and upwards. This is not an inexpensive place to dine – but most guests rate it well worth the cost. The views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks are spectacular. The California Grill is truly a Disney World experience for romantics.
Victoria and Albert’s
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This is the one place where you can guarantee that your dining experience will not be interrupted by younger diners as this is the only adult’s only Walt Disney World restaurant. Only guests aged 10 and older are invited to dine. Surely a great place for romantics!
Victoria and Albert’s is located inside the Disney Grand Floridian Resort and has received the AAA Five Diamond Award for the last 10 years. There is a 6 course prix fixe menu for $90 per person excluding tip, taxes and alcoholic beverages. Be prepared to linger over this experience. Dinner at Victoria and Albert’s lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. A dinner jacket is required for men (tie optional). If you want an even more special culinary experience (but you will have to share the table with other diners of course) then you could opt for the $200 prix fixe Chef’s Table. Or opt for the same menu in Queen Victoria’s Room where you will experience the same dining experience but in a room with just 4 separate tables. True dining luxury.
This very special restaurant is one of the very best in Florida and perhaps even North America. Well worth the splurge for the exceptional service and cuisine.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
One of my very favorite Disney restaurants and the perfect place for a romantic dinner is Jiko. Located inside the Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House the theme for the restaurant was inspired by the colors and landscape of the opening scenes of The Lion King movie. The colors, decor and overall ambience are very welcoming.
The cuisine has a very definite African influence but it has it’s tastes very definitely designed for the Norht American diner. The flatbreads are a specialty and definitely worth trying. Entrees range from around $30 and upwards. Great options include Swahili Curry Shrimp, Maize Crusted Halibut and Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. Jiko also has an excellent wine list which consists exclusively of South African wines.
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This exciting restaurant is a relative newcomer at Walt Disney World. Located at Kidani Village at the Disney Animal Kingdom Villas is described as serving African cuisine with Indian flavors. The setting is amazing – right on the edge of one of the Animal Kingdom Lodge savannas. Whilst you probably wouldn’t think about choosing a lunch time for a romantic meal then perhaps you should at Sanaa as this is the time when if you get a table next to the enormous picture windows you may just see a giraffe walking by. A very unique and romantic setting. Remember to look outside the restaurant on a savannah outlook where you can sit on a rocking chair by the open fire. A truly magical and romantic place to be at night time.
Sample the Indian style bread, or an appetizer sampler for 2. The tomato soup is particularly good too. For an entree choose from a selection of curries, Tandoori dishes and the more familiar New York Strip. Sanaa also has one of the most comprehensive gluten free menus I have ever seen! Desserts are perhaps a bit of a disappointment so if you have a sweet tooth it probably isn’t the best choice.
Bistro de Paris
France is of course the home of romance so where better for a romantic interlude than Chef’s de France in Epcot’s World Showcase? This wonderful romantic restaurant offers a delightful setting and excellent French cuisine. This restaurant truly does feel like an exclusive corner of Paris in the midst of Walt Disney World. And of course the wait staff are authentically French.
There is an excellent value 3 course Price Fixe menu for $54 without wine pairing and $89 with wine. From the menu outstanding appetizers include Escargot, Duck Pate, Smoked Salmon and Butternut Squash Soup. Entrees are priced around the $35 to $40 range and include Maine Lobster Risotto, Venison Medallions and Pork Tenderloin. You cannot skip dessert in a French restaurant with such treats as Grand Marnier Souffle, Crepes Duo and Vanilla Creme Brulee.
This is now one of the very best restaurants in Epcot World Showcase. The Italians of course know as much about romance as the French! The beautiful decor, excellent service (I would say the best in World Showcase) and great food make this an obvious choice for a romantic meal. The high quality ingredients make a huge difference to a menu which offers a variety of Italian favorites. You simply must try the Mozzarella appetizer, or select the Appetizer for Two so that you can sample a selection of delights. The entrees offer classic pasta dishes for around the $25 mark and meat and fish dishes at around $30. Desserts of course are another speciality and who can resist the Tiramisu, or perhaps the Cinnamon Ricotta Cheesecake or the simple Gelati?
Artist Point is the Signature Dining restaurant located in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. The setting is breathtaking. You can imagine that you have stepped into a cosy restaurant in one of the great Pacific Northwest lodges. The ambience is just right for a romantic meal. As soon as you walk in you just feel that this is a very special and relaxing place to be. The most romantic way to arrive is on a boat launch from the Magic Kingdom. This is part of the Disney transportation system so anyone can enjoy this boat ride.
The food is consistently good but perhaps not what you would describe as outstanding. The Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon at $37 is the Artist Point signature dish. Other entrees include Pan-seared Free Range Chicken, Fisherman’s Stew and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. There is an excellent Pacific Northwest based wine list and you can enjoy a wine flight for $28. The dessert menu includes the Artist Point Cobbler and the more unusual Goat Cheese Tart with Huckleberry Ice Cream.
This is an often forgotten Walt Disney World restaurant but it is well worth a visit, particularly for a romantic dinner. The style of the decor is light colors with a Mediterranean feel. The location in the Grand Floridian Resort is perfect and many tables have a view over the Seven Seas Lagoon. The cuisine is American favorites with a European influence. Seafood and steak entrees are priced in the $30 to $40 range. Entree include Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Swordfish and Roasted Chicken Breast. Desserts start at $8 and include Warm Chocolate Banana Tart, Lemon Cheesecake, and the ever popular Tiramisu.
This is another restaurant in the flagship Disney hotel the Grand Floridian Resort. This is a real treat particularly if you like lobster. It is located in a separate building overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon which means you get a great view of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Perfect for a romantic dinner. The emphasis is on seafood and the specialty is Whole Main Lobster at $58. If you don’t like seafood there are some entree options. Grilled Filet Mignon, Mixed Grill and Chicken Breast are on the menu. The dessert menu includes Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Dome, Almond-crusted Cheesecake and Strawberry Shortcake to tempt you.
La Hacienda de San Angel
This restaurant in Epcot’s Mexico Pavillion is a relative newcomer having only opened in 2010. The location is what makes it very special – it is one of the best places to view the Epcot Illuminations Fireworks. So make sure you book a table later in the evening close to the fireworks time. The best tables are of course right by the window overlooking World Showcase Lagoon. The food is not as good as any of the other restaurants on this list though in my opinion. The location is what makes this restaurant special. The cuisine is of course Mexican and entrees range from around the $25 mark. A good choice is the entree sampler for 2 people. La Hacienda is a mixed grill offering flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsa. Del Maris another mixed grill for 2 with mahi mahi, shrimp, scallops and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsa. Both selections are $49.95 for 2.
The Disney Sweetheart Dinner for Two
Disney even has a special Sweetheart Dinner for Two package. Included is a 3 course fixed price meal at a Signature Dining Restaurant. The meal includes an appetizer, entrée and a shared celebratory dessert. You’ll also appreciate a specially selected beverage in 2 commemorative etched champagne flutes which are yours to keep as a commemoration of your special dinner.
The Sweetheart Dinner for 2 is available at Citricos, Narcoossee’s, California Grill, Jiko, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Flying Fish, Artist Point, and Hollywood Brown Derby.
The price is $150 for all participating Signature Dining locations except California Grill; $170 at California Grill. Tax and Gratuity are extra.
Everyone will have their own opinions of the Top 10 most romantic restaurants at Walt Disney World. Which one has your vote? Leave me a comment if you have any special favorites.
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