15 Years in a Row: AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s


It’s been years since I dined at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian, but I still savor the experience and aim to return someday soon. The service and the food was impeccable. Besides being distinctive in flavor and service, it holds the distinctive honor of ranking on AAA’s Five-Diamond Award list for 15 consecutive years now. Only 15 restaurants in North America share that honor.

Victoria & Albert’s is the only Five-Diamond rated location in Central and South Florida, and one of only two in Florida. The restaurant offers three dining experiences: the dining room, the elegant Queen Victoria’s Room (pictured above) and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen.

We offer our congratulations to Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning the coveted award once again. Chef Hunnel is in his 20th year with Victoria & Albert’s, Chef Herbitschek has been there for 19 years, and Perez is starting his 10th. And the rest of the team gets kudos, too: Chef Aimee Rivera, Chef Tom Hill, Chef Mathew Sowers, and Manager Vivian Altesor.

“The backbone of Victoria & Albert’s continues to be the wonderful, loyal culinarians, dedicated servers and devoted reservationists,” says Israel. “They are the pillars that support our uncompromising commitment to greatness.”


According to AAA, Five Diamond restaurants reflect the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and “food prepared in a manner that’s highly imaginative and unique” and you’ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maître d’ must lead an expert service staff “that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

Have you dined at Victoria & Alberts? What was your experience like?