Thursday, February 13, 2014

Magical Blogorial Green: Romance at Victoria & Albert's

Welcome to those of you joining me from Return to Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When the topic of "Most Romantic Restaurants" I almost giggled, because when we go to Disney, 99% of the time there is little to no romance!  We've been twice as a "couple" with no kids.  The first time was for the half marathon weekend.  We went to bed early, woke up early and I was in pain the whole time because of running injuries... very little romance!  The next time we went for Valentine's week in 2012.  I had high visions of romance... then I got pregnant.  I was 10 weeks pregnant while we were on that trip.  While I wasn't dealing with morning sickness, I was pretty queasy, extremely tired and uncomfortable.  Not a lot of romance.  


We did eat at California Grill, Le Cellier and 'Ohana.  I thought those were great restaurants and I would definitely eat at all three again.  I really thought California Grill was the most romantic, but it was already claimed by Kimberly at Frontierland Station!  So, I started searching for other romantic restaurants at Walt Disney World.

The first thing that came to mind was Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian Resort.  I have seen it featured on some Disney travel shows and have read a few reviews, but still didn't know too much about it.  After searching and reading, "romance" definitely fits!  
image from disneyworld.disney.go.com
Victoria & Albert's offers guests a full service, elegant dining atmosphere with a menu from around the world.  The menu changes to include the freshest ingredients from around the world such as truffles from Italy, beef from Japan and Australia and oysters from north Florida.  While eating you will enjoy music from a harpist and fresh flowers and candlelight on your table.  The table will be set with elegant silverware, crystal glasses and custom Wedgewood china. 
Queen Victoria's Room.  image from disneyworld.disney.go.com
There are two special areas where you can dine.  Queen Victoria's Room has just 4 tables.  Here you will enjoy a romantic, quiet dinner of up to 10 courses chosen by the chef de cuisine.  


the Chef's Table.  image from disneyworld.disney.go.com
At the Chef's Table, you will be seated in an alcove of the kitchen.  At this meal, the chef de cuisine will create a personalized menu of up to 13 courses.  The menus are typically extraordinary and the meal lasts approximately 3 hours.  This is a very exclusive table because only one party of up to 10 guests can dine here per night.

Chocolate desserts!  image from disneyworld.disney.go.com
The cost to dine in the main dining room is $125 per person plus gratuities.  The cost for the Queen Victoria Room and the Chef's Table is $200 per person, plus alcohol and gratuities. A wine pairing can be purchased for an added cost. 

Is the cost of this romantic restaurant worth it to you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts! 


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22 comments:

  1. Great choice! We ate there once during our last pre kids trip. The atmosphere was amazing! James had his favorite meal ever there. It's definitely something couples should do at least once.

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  2. I wouldn't pay that because (#1) I'm a cheapskate, and (#2) I'd feel extremely out of place due the fanciness of this restaurant. However, I would LOVE the harp music!

    And, I can relate - Disney hasn't been a place of romance for us either (yet!) Maybe someday!

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    1. Oh Heidi! I totally agree! I also wonder if I could even find enough to eat at V&A! I'm such a picky eater. Give me a meat and three and I'm set! ;)

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  3. Wow! A 10 course romantic meal sounds amazing! Not sure I could splurge on that cost though, $125/person is ALOT to spend on food. However, when you think about it, IF a family of 4 dines at a character dinner such as CRT they will easily spend that much. :)

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    1. That is a lot of money!! I don't know if I could justify the cost!

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  4. I'd take a reservation for the Chef's Table any day! Great choice :)

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    1. If someone else were to pay, sure I'd eat there!! I'm not so sure I'd be willing to pay for it though...

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  5. Victoria & Albert's is definitely on my Disney Bucket List. It seems like such an amazing dining experience. The cost is crazy, but we will bite the bullet and do it once!

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    1. Agree. I would like to do it once, but I doubt I'd return just because of the cost!!

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  6. This is on our special occasion list. One that will be without kids.

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    1. Most Definitely! I can't imagine taking my kids there! I didn't see chicken nuggets or fries on the menu! ;)

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  7. Victoria & Albert's is absolutely the jewel in the crown of romantic Disney restaurants! I'm so grateful that the few times we ate there, they still accepted the Tables in Wonderland discount. Now... I don't know when we'll get back!

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    1. I don't know if I'll ever get their either! Maybe if I win the lottery! ;)

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  8. Sounds like a very romantic restaurant! Although, I'm not sure it would be worth the cost for me.

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    1. I agree! So romantic I may be out of my league!! and price range! :)

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  9. I would say this is probably on of the most romantic Disney restaurants - at least that's what I have read. I would definitely love to go with the hubby sometime.

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    1. My husband would definitely enjoy this type of food more than I would! Plus, I don't want to deal with packing a nice dress to take to WDW! ;)

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  10. I'm dying to eat here...but my only reservation is that I don't eat fish. So I'm not really sure if it would be worth the money. I know my husband would absolutely love it. One day, when money is a little less tight, we WILL do this!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

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  11. I'm slightly concerned that my husband and I are picky - neither of us eat seafood, and he's incredibly picky about vegetables... I'd be tempted to go and say I was a vegetarian that didn't eat seafood (a vegan with dairy) and see what happens... maybe one day!

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  12. I imagine Victoria & Albert's is quite romantic! I've only read about it and seen pictures, but it sounds wonderful. I don't think we'd ever justify the cost, though. Shoot, we only went to Narcoossees because we were on Dining Plan, lol! :)

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  13. Oh wow, that would be incredible, Beth! Thanks for writing such a great post! *BucketListItem* :)

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