Victoria & Albert’s Review, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World
Dining at Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World
Upscale dining inside the luxurious Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
On the second floor of the main building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — just to the left of the entrance to Citrico’s — there is a set of unassuming doors that most guests probably don’t notice as they pass by. Behind these doors, however, is a culinary experience unlike any other at Walt Disney World Resort. In fact, dining at Victoria & Albert’s is one of the premier dining experiences in all of Florida — and worthy of a mention among the top restaurants in the entire country.
A Review of Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant
If you are considering dining at Victoria & Albert’s, here is a review of our recent visit to this very upscale Disney dining experience.
There are several good reasons why Victoria & Albert’s is the only restaurant in Florida to receive both the AAA Five Diamond Award and the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. The level of excellence here spans many categories, including food quality and menu creativity, ambiance, service and much more.
Upon entering Victoria & Albert’s we were greeted and warmly welcomed to the restaurant. It’s unmistakably clear right from the outset that you will be treated with full attention while dining here. You are a valued guest and you are treated as such.
The atmosphere inside Victoria & Albert’s is very calm and subdued. It is an elegant dining room, with a harpist serenading diners over the course of your meal. There are no windows in the room. It was explained to us that this was by design, as dining here is meant to be a calm respite and escape from the hustle and bustle of the Disney world outside of the dining room.
A Prix Fixe Menu that can be Customized for Each Dinner Guest
The dinner service at Victoria & Albert’s is prix fixe, meaning you pay one price per guest. You can also choose to add a wine pairing (which we did), along with a “mocktail” pairing for younger guests (which we also did). The number of courses that you will receive can vary by time of year, chef’s choices and so on. In our case, our menu covered nine courses, from the “amuse bouche” through to dessert. If you chose to do the wine pairing, with each course there is a glass of wine chosen specifically to accompany the dish. During our meal, we were also treated to two additional courses throughout the evening — a little bonus from the chef. This brought the total number of courses to 11. Artisan breads were served with three of those courses.
Even though each course is a relatively small tasting, by the end of the evening you should be feeling quite full and satisfied. We definitely did not leave feeling hungry.
The menu at Victoria & Albert’s is very creative and everything that we tried was delicious. The menu will be tailored to your specific tastes and any other requirements (such as food allergies). Approximately a week before your meal, you will be contacted by Victoria & Albert’s to go over any of these important points of note. In our case, one guest in our party had a few different dishes than the rest of us and everything was spectacular.
Trust me when I say that the food is quite good. I am not a fish eater, but based on previous reviews I had read, I decided to keep the fish courses on my menu. I am glad that I did. The caviar, tooth fish and turbot were all spectacular and I could have easily eaten a full portion of the two fish dishes. I love shellfish, so the lobster portion was never in doubt.
On top of that, you will also be offered certain “upgrades” on select dishes. I indulged in one of these in order to taste the Miyazaki Japanese beef on what was my entree dish. If you choose to upgrade, you will receive the original dish — plus the upgraded portion.
Where Service is Taken to a Whole New Level
While Victoria & Albert’s is well known for its culinary creations, I cannot say enough about the stellar service that we received. We had two different attendants catering to our meal at all times and the service from both was impeccable. It is very clear that they strive to maintain exacting standards here, but it’s also very clear that the Victoria & Albert’s staff really love what they do. We had a lot of fun chatting with our attendants and the service itself went off like clockwork. There were no hiccups at all.
Dining at Victoria & Albert’s is meant to be a relaxing immersive experience. Leave your cares behind and enjoy the moment when you dine here. Our dinner lasted over four hours, so if you are not a late night diner, I would recommend getting an early reservation if possible (ours began at 5:45 p.m.).
Pricing for Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s
The cost for dinner at Victoria and Albert’s starts with a base price for each guest for the prix fixe menu. On top of that, you may choose to add the wine pairing option, mocktail pairing option, upgrades to select dishes and so on. To give you a rough idea of costing for dinner here, our dinner for three (with wine pairing, mocktails, one dish upgrade, taxes and gratuities) came to approximately $1,500.00.
Important Points to Remember
- Victoria & Albert’s does have a dress code, including jackets, dress pants and dress shoes for men (ties are optional). Check the Disney website for full details.
- Also, there is a minimum age of 10 years for any children in your party.
- All of this will be covered with you once you contact the restaurant to make a booking (bookings must be made by telephone).
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