Which are the Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants at Walt Disney World? 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?
Disney’s California Grill at The Contemporary Resort
The California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. As it is a Signature Dining Restaurant it will require two dining credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.
The California Grill 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 $18 with entrees around $40 to $60 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 15 years. There is a 6 course prix fixe menu for $185 per person excluding tip, taxes and alcoholic beverages. A wine pairing is available for an additional $65.
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. A tie is optional, but this is one of the most formal settings that you will find at Walt Disney World.
If you want an even more special culinary experience then you could opt for the $250 prix fixe Chef’s Table. The wine pairing takes the price to $355. However, this is the Chef’s Table, so you will be sharing with others. You need to decide whether that will be a great option for a romantic Disney meals. You can 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. The price is a little lower here at “just” $235 or $340 with wine pairings. 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 North American palate. The flat breads are a specialty and definitely worth trying. Entrees range from around $40 and upwards. Great options include Botswana-style Seswaa Beef Short Rib, Mrouzia-style Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Seared Hokkaido Sea Scallops and Peri Peri Green Circle Chicke.
Jiko also has an excellent wine list which consists exclusively of South African wines. Take some time either before or after your meal at Jiko to explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort.
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Sanaa is 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 Savanna outlook where you can sit on a rocking chair by the open fire. A truly magical and romantic place to be at any time of day.
Sample the Indian style bread, or an appetizer sampler for 2. The Tomato Soup with Paneer Cheese 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.
Epcot Monsieur Paul
France is of course the home of romance so where better for a romantic interlude than Monsieur Paul in Epcot’s World Showcase? Formerly known as Bistro de Paris, 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. All of the Cast Members working in World Showcase have to be from the relevant country of origin, so you will be treated to the French waiter experience too.
There is an excellent value 3 course Price Fixe menu for $89 without wine pairing. This is a Signature Dining Restaurant so you will have to use 2 Credits for the Price Fixe if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. There is also an additional charge of $30.50 even once you have surrendered those 2 Credits. This makes Monsieur Paul one of the worst uses of Disney Dining Credits!
From the a la carte menu there are outstanding appetizers include Escargot for $17, Smoked Salmon Mousse $18 and Grilled Maine Lobster for $29.
Entrees are priced around the $40 range and include Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Duck Breast or Seared Scallops. You cannot skip dessert in a French restaurant with such treats as La Mille-Feuille and La Barre au Chocolat.
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 Epcot 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 at Tutto Italia offer classic pasta dishes for around the $25 mark and meat and fish dishes at around $30. Desserts of course are another specialty and who can resist the Tiramisu, or perhaps the Cinnamon Ricotta Cheesecake or the simple Gelati?
The inside decor is fabulous and well worth a look. However, we prefer the outside seating. There is nothing quite like people watching whilst enjoying a romantic meal.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Artist Point
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 cozy 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 setting is why you dine here. The Wilderness Lodge is an oasis of calm – so much so that you can’t really believe it is so close to the theme parks. Perfect for a romantic meal.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Artist Point is another Signature Dining Location so you will need two Disney Dining Credits if you are using the Disney Dining Plan.
The Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon at $47 is the Artist Point signature dish. Other entrees include Half Roast Chicken, Seared Diver Sea Scallop Paella and 10-oz Prime Strip Loin.
There is an excellent Pacific Northwest based wine list. The Artist Point dessert menu includes the Artist Point Cobbler and the very tempting Warm Donuts with Seasonal Berries, Lingonberry Jam and Dark Roast Ganache.
Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
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.
This is another Disney Signature Restaurant so it requires two Dining Credits.
The cuisine is American favorites with a European influence. Seafood and steak entrees are priced in the $40 to $50 range. Entree include Red Wine-braised Beef Short Ribs, Yellowtail Snapper and Oak-grilled Beef Filet.
Citricos Desserts start at $8 and include Florida Key Lime Pie,Lemon-scented Cheesecake and the ever popular Tiramisu.
Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Narcossee’s is another restaurant in the flagship Disney hotel the Grand Floridian Resort. This is a real treat particularly if you like lobster. You guessed it. Another Signature Dining Experience so it will need 2 Dining Credits.
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 a whopping, but worth it $72. If you don’t like seafood there are other amazing entree options. Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork Rib Chop, Grilled Grass-fed Filet Mignon or Black Angus New York Strip Steak are included on the menu.
The Narcoossee’s dessert menu includes Lemon Custard, Coconut and Chocolate Crème Brûlée and Plant City Strawberry Shortcake
to tempt you.
Epcot La Hacienda de San Angel
This restaurant in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is a romantic choice in Epcot’s World Showcase. 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 at La Hacienda de San Angel 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. It is generic Mexican food which is reasonably well executed, but it’s the location which makes it special.
As an appetizer you can’t really fault the favorite Guacamole for $8.50. The Agua Chile de Camaron for $12.50 is another favorite. This is Shrimp, lime juice, chile Serrano, and cilantro served over a bed of guacamole.
Entrees at La Hacienda de San Angel are around the $30 mark, making it one of the least expensive of the restaurants on this list. A good choice is the entree sampler for 2 people for $58. La Hacienda is a mixed grill offering flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsa.
Del Mar is another mixed grill for two with mahi mahi, shrimp, scallops and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsa. This is also $58 for two guests.
Desserts are not a great feature of La Hacienda San Angel. The good news is that they are all priced at less than $8 and include Empanada de Manzana which is Puff pastry filled with sauteed caramel apples, served with dulce de leche ice cream and cajeta for a reasonable $7.95.
Flying Fish Café-Boardwalk Resort
This is another restaurant which is outside the Disney parks so does not need a park ticket to dine here.
If you enjoy seafood you will love Flying Fish Café which is located on Disney’s Boardwalk. The emphasis here is obviously on seafood, but there is plenty on the menu if that is not your favorite choice.
The Blue Crab Bisque is a great appetizer at $14. The Kurobuta Pork Belly is a good alternative if you are not a seafood fan.
There is a great choice of entrees at Flying Fish Café-Boardwalk Resort including our favorite Maine Lobster Nero Pasta at $59, Plancha-seared Hokkaido Scallops at $45 and if seafood is not your thing Bison Strip Loin is $49.
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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