What better way to spend a meal with your valentine than at one of the romantic dining options at Walt Disney World? Disney’s restaurants cover everything from a backyard BBQ to seafood and steaks. You are sure to find the right dining experience for you and your special someone.
Here, in no particular order, are my choices for the three most romantic (and delicious) restaurants at Walt Disney World.
1. Le Cellier
With its soft lighting, low ceilings and stone arches reaching from pillar to pillar, Le Cellier’s atmosphere alone makes it among the most romantic restaurants at Disney World. Situated downstairs in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot, it’s easy to walk by and not even know the restaurant is there. Once inside, the warm tones and low noise from table chat are quick to draw you deeper into the cellar.
Dinner options include many different cuts of steak, wild game entrees, and seafood. In my opinion, the two best entrees on the menu are the the venison served “Osso Bucco,” aka “Bone With a Hole.” The marrow cooks into the dish to create a silky smooth rich texture. Another winner is the Confit Duck Dumplings served with a rich celery root purée. This purée will make you forget mashed potatoes were a thing.
In addition to those amazing entrees, Le Cellier also serves up some of the best desserts to share with your sweetheart, all Canadian-themed. Maple crème brûlée and Duke Kaboom’s Favorite Chocolate Nanaimo are some of the more popular choices. If you’re like me and watching your waistline, a tasty sugar free sweet (Yes, that is a thing!) is the Chocolate Mousse Maple Leaf.
2. Jiko the Cooking Place
Ahhhh Jiko…. This has, in my opinion the best wine selection in Disney World. Crackling, wood-burning ovens and cuisine with a vibrant blend of African, Mediterranean, and Indian flavors. This is the place to sip and savor your way into your valentine’s heart. Nestled in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the modern, African-inspired décor is subtle and reflects a sophisticated restaurant on par with Los Angeles or New York City.
With arguably the best selection of South African wines outside of . . . well, South Africa, you will undoubtedly have an enhancing and delicious wine experience. The staff is very wine knowledgeable at Jiko. Ask them to make a suggestion or let them know what you usually like and they are sure to deliver. If you are curious about South African wine they offer wine tastings to explore South African vino.
If your valentine is a foodie, they will be yours forever after this meal! Slow roasted meats with African and Indian spices are among the most popular dishes here. My favorite entrée on the menu is the Moroccan lamb shank paired with a South African Shiraz. Some other noteworthy items are the Botswana Style Beef Short Ribs and the Sustainable Vulcan-Spiced Fish.
Take note: this restaurant has a dress code. Jackets are not required, but dressier attire is recommended, so leave your flip flops at the pool.
3. Victoria and Albert’s
More of an experience than a restaurant, Victoria and Albert’s is a culinary masterpiece. As a AAA five-diamond award-winning restaurant and the most premier in Disney World, this exquisite experience is something you and your valentine will remember forever.
Located in the Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa, this restaurant is easily reachable by monorail or bus. The dining room has a beautiful Victorian motif. With white tablecloths and fine cutlery, Victoria and Alberts oozes elegance in every good way.
The food here is on another level. Bringing in fresh ingredients daily while also sourcing from every corner on the planet, you will try things you never knew you couldn’t live without. Dinner is served in six courses here and the offerings change depending on the season. You can expect to try food like wild turbot (that’s a fish right?), Japanese beef, or an international caviar tasting. Just remember all those little plates of food add up, so don’t plan on riding Space Mountain for at least three hours.
Not exclusive enough? Victoria and Albert’s also offers the Queen Victoria’s room for an intimate and exclusive experience that is worlds apart from ordinary. Of course, here there is a strict dinner jacket dress code.
The California Grill – Disneys Contemporary Resort
Narcoossee’s – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Sanaa – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
All of this romance has made me hungry! Reservations go fast at these at all Disney Dining locations, so contact your personal ConciEAR for dining reservations.