You can do a lot of things during a vacation to Disney World. You can soar over panoramic scenes of California in Soarin at Epcot, you can explores mountain myths in Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and you can check out a bit of American presidential history at the Hall Of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom.
Those are all exciting adventures. But at Disney World you can also have adventures of another kind – culinary adventures.
When people think of food at theme parks, they normally think of hamburgers and funnel cakes (and those are indeed delicious). But when you think of food at Disney World, you can also think about world famous master chefs and fine, elegant dining.
Let’s take a look at some of the fine dining establishments you can enjoy on your next Disney vacation.
Shula’s Steak House
This restaurant is located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and combines the best of steaks with an upscale football feel. On the menu you will find classic steakhouse entrees like a 12 oz. Filet Mignon, 20 oz. Kansas City Sirloin, and the whopping 48 oz. Porterhouse. The sides include all the expected steakhouse favorites like Caesar Salad, Creamed Spinach, and Baked Potato. Most entrees come in at around $50, but lobster and the mega-porterhouse can run $100 plus.
Yachtsman Steak Houses
Another steakhouse to give Shula’s a run for its money, the Yachtsman, offers a slightly rustic arts and crafts style décor. The menu includes items like a 28-oz Porterhouse, a 16-oz Boneless Rib-Eye, and a 12 oz. “Prime” New York Strip Steak. Most entrees run $40 – $50.
Todd English’s bluezoo
Todd English is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and entrepreneur whose bluezoo restaurant located inside Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel is as fascinating to look at as it is delicious to enjoy. It is another restaurant with an on-stage kitchen with an open rotisserie where seafood is grilled. An exceptional wine list accompanies the menu of items including Ahi Tuna, Miso Glazed Mero, and the Chef’s Creation with a seasonal fish offered at market price. Most entrees come in at around $40.
Flying Fish Café
This restaurant, located at Disney’s Boardwalk is a sea food lovers delight, also with an on-stage kitchen and an oak-fired grill. Wine is popular here, with more than 50 different options available by the glass and pairing suggestions on the menu. On the menu you will find dishes like Char-Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, Pan-roasted New Smyrna Flounder , and Oak-grilled Maine Diver Scallops. You can also order from a smaller selection of non-seafood items, including Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin. Most entrees are in the $35 – $45 range.
This restaurant, located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, looks out over the Seven Seas Lagoon, where you can see Cinderella Castle in the distance. The restaurant boasts an on-stage kitchen and Mediterranean-inspired food. On the menu you fill find dishes like Pan-seared Sea Scallops, Pan-roasted Free-range Chicken Breast, Braised Veal Shank, and Oak-grilled Filet of Beef. Plus, the menu suggests a wine pairing with each menu item, making it easier than ever to select a drink that will nicely compliment your meal. Most entrees are in the $35 – $45 range.
Jiko-The Cooking Place
This restaurant is located in the architecturally stunning Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can pair unique dishes from Africa with an extensive wine list from Africa. On the menu you will find dishes like Chermoula-roasted Nigerian Prawns, Seared Barbarie Duck Breast, and Guinea Hen. Check out the unique appetizers like Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin and desserts like Coconut Bread Pudding. Most entrees are in the $35 – $45 range. And before or after dinner, be sure to check out the wild animals on the savanna.
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Victoria & Albert’s
It’s the granddaddy of Disney’s finest restaurants – and with good reason. Victoria & Albert’s is located inside at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s an elegant, extremely upscale, highly acclaimed restaurant that provides an extraordinary dining experience perfect for life’s special occasions. Chef Du Cuisine Scott Hunnel is an award-winning chef who works with a team to create amazing culinary adventures. Really. The prix fixe menu begins at $135 per person, with wine pairings an additional $65 per person.
If you are looking for a special dining experience at Disney World, you won’t go wrong with any of these restaurants.
Do you like the fine dining restaurants at Disney Resorts? Which is your favorite?