Why Victoria and Albert’s is Disney’s Best Restaurant (Review)

How can I describe Victoria and Albert’s at Disney World?

Magnificent!

Charming!

Absolutely fantastic!

The only ways I can describe this ultimate Walt Disney World bucket list experience.

…and yes, it was an experience!

This is THE place!

Victoria & Albert’s is Orlando’s only AAA 5-Diamond award winning restaurant and one of only three AAA 5-Diamond restaurants in Florida.

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Victoria & Albert’s Disney Restaurant Review & Guide

Prior to my arrival I received a call from the concierge about three days out to confirm my reservation. They also wanted to know the name of each person in my party and if there were any allergies.

When we arrived, we were warmly greeted and seated promptly.

Note the dress code: For guys a jacket is required. Women must also dress up nicely.

As I walked through the grand doors, I was pleasantly welcomed by the ambiance and décor of this romantic Disney restaurant.

My waitress and waiter were very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. They made me feel important and were not at all intimidating.

The Victoria and Albert’s staff took their time and explained every item on the exquisite menu (even the wine list). They also made me feel comfortable doing my blogging thing, since I was taking a lot of pictures for the website.

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As we sat in the superb Grand Floridian restaurant, we were treated by the talented harpist playing classic Disney songs.

This was by far the most lavish dining experience I’d ever encountered.

Each dish was skillfully presented combing a variety of complex layers of flavors. The wine pairing was also carefully crafted by the talented sommelier.

View the full Victoria and Albert’s wine list here!

What to Know About Victoria and Albert’s at Disney Before You Go

Victoria & Albert’s takes reservations up to 6 months (180 days) in advance, and they fill up INSTANTLY!

I recommend booking as soon as possible if you are celebrating a special occasion on your next Walt Disney World vacation. I was super lucky to get a reservation within 7 days of my requested date.

See the FastPass+ article to read my reservation hack.

Dining room at Victoria & Albert's
Dining room at Victoria & Albert’s

There are three areas within Victoria & Albert’s at Disney to enjoy your meal:

Victoria and Albert’s Queen Victoria Room

The Queen Victoria room allows you to have a magical Disney intimate dining experience in a classic London ambiance. This is the perfect place to have a romantic date inside of Walt Disney World.

How much does it cost to eat in the Queen Victoria Room at Victoria and Albert’s?

The Queen Victoria room features a 10-course meal, at $235, with the option for wine pairings (an additional $150).

Date night at Victoria & Albert's

The Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s

The Chef’s Table allows you get an up close and personal experience with the food and the great mind behind the cuisine.

At the Chef’s Table, Chef Scott Hunnel generally starts the evening with a champagne toast as he and the his team prepare an epic dining adventure customized just for you.

How much does it cost to eat at the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s?

The Chef’s Table currently starts at $250 and wine pairing starts at $150 per guest. Reservations are much harder to get for the Chef’s Table to get and book up quickly.

Per Disney, only one party per evening is seated. The table can accommodate up to 8 Guests, but reservations may be made for parties as small as 2. Also, guests ages 10 and older are welcome.

Victoria & Albert’s Menu and Food Breakdown

Victoria & Albert’s showcases modern American cuisine with impeccable ingredients sourced from around the world, including:

  • Truffles from Italy
  • Russian Osetra caviar
  • Beef from Japan
  • Poulet rouge from North Carolina
  • Shrimp from local Florida waters

Most of the ingredients are locally sourced or sustainable for fresh ingredients by Chef Scott Hunnel and his team.

Victoria and Albert’s Menu 2019

  • First Course (Amuse-Bouche) – Imperial Caviar with Ocean Kiss Oysters
  • 1st Course Enhancement – Galilee Osetra Caviar (1/2 oz or 1 oz Market Price) with Traditional Garnishes
  • Second Course – Maine Lobster Celery Root and Finger Limes
  • Third Course – Glacier 51 Tooth Fish Haricot Tarbais and Savoy Cabbage Broth
  • 3rd Course Enhancement – Wild Turbot with Toasted Capers and Preserved Lemon (Subject to Availability)
  • Fourth Course – Honey-lacquered Rohan Duck Sweet Potato Mosaic and Walnuts
  • Fifth Course – New Zealand Elk Tenderloin Borscht Consommé and Huckleberries
  • Sixth Course – Australian Kobe-style Beef with Bone Marrow Pain Perdu and Hedgehogs
  • 6th Course Enhancement – Miyazaki Japanese Beef (Market Price)
  • Seventh Course – Colston Bassett Stilton Cheesecake with Burgundy Pears
  • Dessert Course – Chocolate Bolivian Tart with Crème de Mint and Chambord Black Currant Sauce Beverage – Sulawesi Island Coffee by Joffrey’s®, Tea, and Friandises

Please note: The menu changes often based on the season, so what I describe today may be different during your dining experience.

When I went for my birthday a couple of years ago, I was presented with two menu options, a 7-course or a 10-course meal.

I selected the 7-course with a wine pairing, but you can order a glass or bottle of a specific wine to go with your meal.

They also provide three different breads where each had its own special butter.

Bread and Butter Course Victoria & Albert's
Bread course with unique butter

That’s right!

Three different butters were offered to compliment each bread course.

We were also given our very own personalized menu that was printed with the date, the occasion, and our names on it.

First Course – Amus-Bouche Paired with Drappier Carte d’Or NV

Amus-Bouche Victoria & Albert's

The Amus-Bouche Paired with Drappier Carte d’Or NV was a refreshing shrimp starter course meant to “entice” our palate.

Second Course – Seared Duck Breast with Farro and Asian Pear

Seared Duck Breast with Farro and Asian Pear Victoria and Albert's Disney

The Seared Duck Breast with Farro and Asian Pear was perfectly paired with Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas Blanc 2015.

This outstanding duck was accompanied with crunchy farro and sweet balls of pears.

Third Course – Alaskan Halibut with Baby Artichokes and Parmesan Foam

Alaskan Halibut with Baby Artichokes and Parmesan Foam Victoria & Albert's

This incredible Alaskan Halibut with Baby Artichokes and Parmesan Foam was paired with Domaine des Baumard “Clos du Papillon,” Savennieres 2010.

The sweet fluffy fish was topped with a creamy Parmesan sauce and it ended up being my favorite dish of the evening.

Fourth Course – Green Circle Chicken with Black Winter Truffles and Celery Root Puree

Green Circle Chicken with Black Winter Truffles and Celery Root Puree Victoria & Albert's

The Green Circle Chicken with Black Winter Truffles and Celery Root Puree was paired with Harford Court Land’s Edge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2014.

It was a terrific piece of tender chicken and the best tasting celery root puree I’ve ever had.

Fifth Course -Australian Kobe-Style Beef with Rosemary Jus

Australian Kobe-Style Beef with Rosemary Jus Victoria & Albert's

The Australian Kobe-Style Beef with Rosemary Jus was paired with Groth Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013.

I ordered my beef medium-well, which I thought the chef would frown upon, but he was wonderful at accommodating my request and created a delicious masterpiece.

The velvety potato stick took the dish to the next level and I was officially in love with Victoria and Albert’s!

Sixth Course – Cheese Selections

Cheese course Victoria & Albert's

We were greeted a selection of cheeses obtained from all over the globe and served in small, but perfect amounts just for us.

This course opened my eyes to the world of cheese and helped me get a brand new respect for how much work goes into creating really good cheese.

Seventh Course – Dessert

Chocolate Bar with Coffee Panna Cotta Victoria & Albert's

I selected the Chocolate Bar with Coffee Panna Cotta. It was a divine piece of chocolaty heaven accompanying a creamy, coffee flavored panna cotta.

Coffee Service Nightcap

To top our intimate dining experience at Disney, we were given Sulawesi Island Coffee from Joffrey’s served in a Cona Coffee vacuum coffee maker.

It was spectacular to watch and it’s such a cool classic way of making coffee and exciting to watch.

Coffee at Victoria and Albert's
Coffee doing its thing in the cona vacuum

How much does dinner at Victoria and Albert’s cost?

The final bill came to around $516.53 (plus a $100 tip) for the two of us.

So, plan to spend about $250 per person plus tip on your trip to this restaurant in the Grand Floridian hotel.

Does Victoria and Albert’s accept Disney Gift Cards?

Since Victoria and Albert’s is owned by Disney, you can use your Disney Gift Card or MagicBand to purchase your dinner.

6 Tips to Remember Before Your Trip

  1. Keep in mind that there is a dress code. A dinner jacket is required for men (tie optional) and dress or pants ensemble for women. If you show up without a jacket, a loaner will be provided.
  2. You have two menu options: 7 or 10-course meal menu.
  3. Remember that this will be a costly dinner. You should budget for at least $250 minimum for each person in your party.
  4. Book early. This place can be booked six months out, so reserve your spot early.
  5. Prepare for a lengthy dining experience. Dinner may take about 2.5 hours to do the 7-course meal and about 3 hours for the 10-course meal presentation.
  6. Keep the age restriction in mind. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted.
New 10-Course Menu at Victoria & Albert’s Expands Exquisite Dining Experience
Photo: Disney Co.

Awards and Accolades

  • AAA Five Diamond Award
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star
  • Mobil Travel Guide Four Star
  • Wine Spectator – Best of Award of Excellence
  • James Beard Foundation– Nominee for Best Chef in the South – Scott Hunnel
  • Santé Restaurant Awards – Grand Award Winner Culinary Professional of the Year – Scott Hunnel
  • Florida Trend Golden Spoon Hall of Fame – American Regional
  • ACF-Certified Executive Chef – Scott Hunnel

Final Thoughts

Overall, it was quite a memorable night ending with outstanding coffee and wonderful dessert!

A chocolate tray also came around, in addition to the dessert, to cap the night.

Chocolate from Victoria & Albert's
Decadent chocolate to take home

Hipster Power Tip: They will pack the one-of-kind of chocolate to go for you and give the lady of your party a beautiful rose.

Once the 7-course dinner was over, my husband and I received a small Orange-Date nut bread to take home. This delicious dense nut bread is baked fresh daily by the Grand Floridian Bakery.

Ingredients included, eggs, flour, sugar, sour cream, butter, orange peel, pecans, dates, dried cranberries, ripple sec, baking soda and baking powder.

Bread and rose to go Victoria and Albert's
Bread and rose to go Victoria and Albert’s

Is Victoria and Albert’s Worth It?

Absolutely!

This is definitely a place you want to go to celebrate something special. Every single item presented was phenomenal.

I was able to taste and explore the passion the chef placed into each beautifully prepared dish.

You have to place Victoria & Albert’s on your Disney bucket list! I give this restaurant a 5 out of 5 stars.

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Have you ever been to Victoria and Albert’s at Disney? Do you want to go? If so, let me know in the comments section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original article date March 2018/Updated July 2019)

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