Disney is all about celebrating the magical moments in our lives, and what better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a truly enchanting meal? Walt Disney World offers numerous dining options throughout the resort, from family-friendly food courts to award-winning dining experiences. Below, we profile some of the best restaurants to celebrate a special occasion at Disney.
Location: Disney’s Yacht Club
This nautical, upscale New England-themed steakhouse and seafood restaurant features grain-fed beef aged in-house and prepared on open oak-fired grills. With a more intimate setting than Le Cellier, the steakhouse at the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT, and off the beaten path from Steakhouse 71, which opened at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in 2021, Yachtsman Steakhouse offers high-quality dishes in a setting that allows you to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Situated on the top floors of the Contemporary Resort, California Grill offers stunning views of the entire Magic Kingdom resort area and Bay Lake. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide prime nightly firework viewing, which you can view from your table or on a private patio for restaurant guests just outside the main dining room. It’s one of the best views on property! The restaurant features a three-course selection menu inspired by West Coast flavors.
Victoria & Albert's
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Victoria & Albert’s is Disney’s most exquisite dining experience, referred to as the “culinary crown jewel” of Walt Disney World. It has won numerous awards throughout the years, such as the AAA Five Diamond award (since 2000), the Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Restaurant award (since 2018), and has been recognized in the Michelin Guide. The restaurant features a prix fixe menu with American cuisine with fresh ingredients from around the world. The restaurant also features an award-winning wine list with 500 wines—some over 100 years old! There are three separate dining experiences at Victoria & Albert’s: the main dining room, where you’ll sample 8 to 12 courses from the Chef’s Tasting Menu; the Queen Victoria Room, which only seats four tables of two per seating and offers dishes from the Chef’s Degustation menu; and the private Chef’s Table experience, where you’ll see your meal prepared fresh in the open kitchen.
Location: France Pavilion—EPCOT
This upscale French restaurant infuses the traditional art of French cuisine with a “gastronomic” style meal overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. Chef Paul Bocuse showcases his talents as a world-renowned chef with innovative dishes that show off his culinary creativity. The restaurant offers a new prix fixe menu with modern takes on traditional French cuisine.
Jiko - The Cooking Place
Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
African, Indian, and Mediterranean flavors combine here with an innovative menu featuring steak, chicken, and seafood dishes inspired by South African flavors. After your meal, stroll around the resort to catch a glimpse of African animals like zebras, elephants, and giraffes grazing upon the savanna.
Location: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
This Spanish-inspired rooftop eatery nods to the 1930s avant-garde and surrealist art movements. The menu features a range of tapas, seafood, and steak with over 50 wine choices. The restaurant is filled with culinary delights and was recently recognized by the Michelin Guide, making it the second Disney restaurant to appear on the list.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Location: Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom
Cinderella’s Royal Table is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with your royal family. The restaurant features princess character dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, located inside Cinderella Castle. During your meal, you’ll meet princesses like Cinderella (who takes pictures with guests in the lobby), Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, and Aurora (characters are subject to change). This restaurant isn’t just for families, though. Its fairytale setting makes it a popular proposal spot!
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Add a special moment to your next Disney vacation with a reservation at one of these signature dining locations. Reservations are required or highly recommended for all the restaurants listed above and are highly sought after. Contact me at Aileen@justaddmagictravel.com to add one of these experiences to your trip. Haven’t you booked your vacation yet? Get a free quote for your 2023 or 2024 trip with Just Add Magic Travel today!
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