There is something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to Disney dining. Disney World has dozens of restaurants to choose from whether they be casual, fancy, or themed. If you enjoy special dining experiences and fine dining, then you’ll really love the 5 fanciest restaurants at Disney World!
1. Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant – Grand Floridian
Located within Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant is perhaps the most exquisite restaurant that Disney has to offer. This restaurant has earned itself several awards including the AAA Five Diamond Award yearly since 2000. Victoria and Albert’s restaurant features an ever-changing menu by Chef Matthew Sowers and a wine list of over 500 pairings. This restaurant offers three distinct experiences to choose from. The Dining Room is the main experience taking place in the large rotunda dome of the restaurant. Queen Victoria’s Room is a more private experience with table-side service, only serving four parties per evening. The Chef’s Table is a dinner experience in which guests are able to view chefs at work, just 6 guests at a time.
Guests are expected to dress in formal or semi-formal attire for this fine-dining experience, and Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant is limited to guests ages 10 and above. Reservations are required, and there is a cancelation fee of 100 dollars per guest if the reservation is cancelled within 5 days.
2. California Grill – Contemporary
Another high-end restaurant located nearby is California Grill, which resides within Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This fine-dining experience is located on the resort’s 15th floor and features stunning views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom. Book your reservation just before Magic Kingdom‘s nightly fireworks show for a beautiful bird’s eye view complete with dimmed lights and music playing within the restaurant. There is also an observation deck for guests to step outside and watch the show.
California Grill serves a three-course meal in which guests can choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Entrees to choose from include pumpkin ravioli, steak cooked to perfection, halibut, chicken, and fire-roasted venison. Guests are expected to dress accordingly in attire that respects the fine-dining atmosphere.
3. The Hollywood Brown Derby
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Hollywood Brown Derby, a replica of the famous Brown Derby restaurant in old Hollywood, serves guests in an elegant and sophisticated way. This restaurant aims to take guests back to the golden age of Hollywood, and its menu reflects that with recipes created by the original owner of the Brown Derby. Brown Derby originals like the Faroe Island Salmon, char grilled beef filet, Cobb Salad, and Greenlight The Grapefruit Cake are served here. Wine and cocktail parings are also offered with your meal. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
4. Topolino’s Terrace
Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney’s newest DVC resort and also home to Topolino’s Terrace. Topolino’s Terrace is a fancy high-end restaurant with a stunning rooftop view of the resort. There is a dress code of neat and clean clothing with respect to the signature dining experience. French and Italian flavors are the focus at Topolino’s with entrees like sea scallops, filet mignon, braised lamb shank, and langoustine agnolotti. After dinner guests can access the rooftop lounge area and take in the views of the Riviera.
5. Le Cellier Steakhouse
This Canadian steakhouse is located within EPCOT’s Canada pavilion and offers a delightful fine-dining experience for guests. Le Cellier’s signature dish is the filet mignon, but also serves signature dishes like wild caught scallops, dry-aged pork chops, and bison strip loin. No Canadian restaurant is complete without poutine, which Le Cellier offers in two different varieties. For dessert, guests can indulge in a chocolate mousse, or maple creme brulee. Le Cellier is a popular dining experience and reservations are highly recommended.
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