When most people think about Walt Disney World, “family fun” is probably the first thing that comes to mind. So it might come as a surprise that there are actually many options available for adults to enjoy a date night while dining on some of the finest cuisine in the Southeast. From world inspired dishes to steak and seafood, there’s something to please every palate and combining these offerings with Disney’s highest levels of theming and service can make a truly romantic experience. Let’s take a look at the Professor’s top spots for date nights at Walt Disney World.
One of Walt Disney World’s newest restaurants is also one of the Professor’s favorite places for a quiet and intimate meal. Flying Fish is a Signature dining location at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. This restaurant features a contemporary and sophisticated interior with an upscale seaside theme and beautiful glass accents. Guests can dine in the main dining room or enjoy a special private dining area in the back of the establishment. There’s even a “Chef’s Counter” that offers three tables directly in front of the open kitchen, where a six-course dinner with its own menu is offered.
Flying Fish serves a dinner menu of fine seafood with a focus on sustainable fish, as well as some steak and chicken dishes. Guests can enjoy items like swordfish, Hokkaido scallops, sea bass, and Waygu filet mignon. The restaurant also offers a selection of nearly 300 wines and a large portion of those can be enjoyed by the glass. Some dining plans are accepted but 2 Table Service credits per person are required to dine.
Le Cellier Steakhouse
The Professor’s next pick is a perfect spot for a cozy, candlelit dinner for two. Le Cellier Steakhouse is a Signature dining location in the Canada pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. This restaurant is themed after a classic Canadian château featuring stone arches, wood-paneled walls and candlelit sconces invoking the wine cellars of the country’s grand château-style hotels.
Le Cellier serves a classic menu of steakhouse favorites like Canadian cheddar cheese soup, oysters Trudeau, filet mignon, and poutine. Guests can finish their meal with Le Cellier’s signature dessert of maple crème brûlée. A selection of Canadian wines served by the bottle and glass is offered with many of the wines on display throughout the restaurant. Some dining plans are accepted but 2 Table Service credits per person are required to dine.
Guests wishing to sample tastes from far-off regions during their date night can do no better than our next stop. Tiffins restaurant is another newer Signature dining location on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This spot is themed to the expeditions and adventures of Disney’s Imagineers featuring the sites, sounds, and tastes that inspired the creation of the park. The walls are lined with sketches and folk art collected and created in regions like Africa, Asia, and Latin America that give the location a comfortable yet exotic feel.
Tiffins features a rather eclectic menu of flavors from Indian, African and Latin cuisine. Guests can enjoy dishes like charred octopus, tamarind-braised short rib and shrimp and grits with applewood smoked bacon and heirloom tomatoes. Guests can add to their dining experience with a drink from the restaurant’s extensive wine collection or specialty cocktails including an assortment of after-dinner liqueurs and dessert wines. Some dining plans are accepted but 2 Table Service credits per person are required to dine.
Our next date night selection offers some of the best views of any restaurant at Walt Disney World. California Grill located high atop the main tower of Disney’s Contemporary Resort serves guests a menu of fresh California inspired dishes from an “onstage kitchen” with beautiful views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle. This spot features clean and vibrant decor giving the location a light and airy atmosphere. If you time your dinner right, you’ll be entertained by the nightly fireworks display from the Magic Kingdom.
California Grill serves dishes featuring seasonal ingredients that showcase the melting pot of cultures and flavors in California. Because of this seasonal focus, the menu changes periodically. Guests can enjoy dishes like handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, yellowfin tuna and oak-fired filet of beef. California Grill also offers guests a full menu of fresh sushi as well as oven-fired pizzas. Those wanting to add a drink to their meal can choose from over 300 hand-picked wines, most of which are from California. Some dining plans are accepted but 2 Table Service credits per person are required to dine.
Victoria and Albert’s
Our final and top choice for a memorable date night at Walt Disney World is also considered by many guests to be the best restaurant at the resort. Victoria and Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a Signature dining location offering guests a chance to dine on exquisitely prepared world cuisine in the height of classic elegance. This spot has the distinction of being awarded AAA’s Five Diamond Award, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award and a long list of glowing Zagat reviews.
Victoria and Albert’s serves a imaginative menu featuring flavors from around the world. Chefs constantly change and update the menu with seasonal flavors sourced daily from global markets. Although the menu changes seasonally, guests can look forward to expertly crafted dishes like Spanish octopus with Iberico ham and sherry vinaigrette or poached eggs with Florida corn and crayfish. Dinner is served in seven courses with a dessert and meals may be enhanced from a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.
There are three dining areas guests may choose from, the Main Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room and the Chef’s Table. Queen Victoria’s room is a special private dining area that seats up to 8 guests and offers a slightly different version of the menu with wine pairings. Guests of the Chef’s Table enjoy an 11-course meal at a table in the heart of the kitchen. This private experience features items like caviar, Maine scallops, and Japanese beef all expertly paired with the perfect wine and spirits. Guests can even enjoy conversation with the Chef inbetween courses. Dining plans are not accepted.
All of the Professor’s picks for date nights accept reservations starting at 180 days before arrival and are highly recommended.
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