If you want the most upscale fine dining experience at Walt Disney World, you can do no better than Victoria & Albert’s inside The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The restaurant just picked up a 5th star in the latest Forbes travel guide becoming one of the highest ranked restaurants in the United States.
Other restaurants with a five-star rating include Alinea in Chicago, The French Laundry in Napa Valley, and Per-Se in New York. Victoria & Albert’s has also earned the highest ratings from AAA and Trip Advisor.
Known not just for the food and drink pairings that please the palate, Victoria & Albert’s raises the bar on service in the theatrical style that only Disney can deliver. Each table has a pair of servers who know the menu intimately and will provide customized service to each member of the table.
Unique for Walt Disney World is a firm dress code with a jacket is required for men and women are encouraged to wear either a dress or slacks and a blouse. One of Disney’s few restaurants with an age minimum, you must be at least 10 years of age to dine here (Palo and Remy on the Disney Cruise also have age minimums). There is no child’s menu though.
Each guest will be presented with a keepsake menu specially drawn up for that evening’s meal. The kitchen is happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or arrange a special dessert if you want to use the occaision to pop the question.
Reservations can be hard to come by and a dinner at the Chef’s table is even more elusive. The kitchen is now run by Chef de cuisine Aimee Rivera under the supervision of executive chef Scott Hunnel. While there is an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, the menu often features some far flung flavors as well. Don’t leave before you try one of pastry chef Erich Herbitscheck’s fantastic desserts either.
If you’ve ever dining at Victoria & Albert’s please share your experience with us so we can all be jealous.
We have been there twice and it is an unforgettable experience. We will never miss it during any trip to Orlando. Next time, we will probably try the Chef’s table.