Located inside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, this restaurant, named for England's most famous pair of 19th-century royal lovers, offers an elegant ... More
Victoria & Albert's
Located inside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, this restaurant, named for England's most famous pair of 19th-century royal lovers, offers an elegant dining experience, complete with starched linen, fine china and handsome furnishings. As an added luxury, a pair of servers caters to each table. Seafood and steaks star here, but the menu is an ever changing seven course adventure in gourmet luxury. Taxes, gratuities and alcoholic beverages are all extra.
My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Victoria & Alberts. Given, the atmosphere is stuffy and snooty, but that is the point. The service was A-1, the food was spectacular, though little of it for each dish, but that is part of the alure. You're going for the whole package, the experience, one of a kind. Yes, it is very expensive, something you can only do once in a life time at those prices. But I am happy that I got the opportunity to experience it.
I took my wife to stay at the Grand Floridian the weekend of our first anniversary. Dinner the night of our anniversary was at Victoria and Alberts'. We arrived a bit early to see the menu for the evening, as it is not posted until around 4 pm. When we arrived for dinner, we were informed our table was being prepared as I had a floral arrangement being showed on the table for my wife. A few minutes later, the host brought us into the restaurant to the foyer. Our server came over and escorted us to our table which was across from the harpist. From the moment we sat down until the time we were finished with dessert, the service was nothing short of 5 star. Our servers were very attentive to when we were finished with each course, and explained what each course was in "English" terms as the menu is quite exquisite, yet delicious.. The ambiance is that of very romantic, and not one bit like a funeral parlor as one post in this forum mentions.I can go on about V&A's, but for 125 per person the food and service was well worth it and became part of a spectacular first anniversary weekend. Is 125 a person high for the quantity of food..yes, but it is the experience and quality you enjoy.. if you can fit them in.. I suggest not hesitating one bit to experience a great few hours.
I had made reservations several months ago for a special celebration. A week or so prior to arriving I communicated that that my a family member ate no meat but does eat seafood (except salmon) and are vegetarians. First, the reservation names were not accurate, although I was clear in my instructions on spelling of each person's name and dietary restrictions. You can imagine my surprise upon arrival to the restaurant when the hostess offered the wrong congratulations. We were then taken to our table in an almost empty restaurant and were seated back by the serving area. the loud harpist and the noise from the serving station made it close to impossible to hear our waiter. With a restaurant not even a quarter full, the choice of this table was questionable. I did not comment as I wanted the evening to go smoothly. Then we were presented our "customized" menus. First of all, names were incorrect despite repeating spellings at time of reservation. However, by far the most disturbing thing was that the menus were all the same - all with meat. I was stunned. I told our waiter who brought a menu which was all vegetarian with very limited choices per course. Another family member asked for a vegetarian menu as she was not interested in eating elk or some other game and was told he had no more menus! Within two minutes of this response, he asked us if we were ready to order. I told him we were not. Then about 8 - 10 minutes later, he brought out two "customized" menus. He then ignored us for approximately 15 minutes. I actually had to call him over to place our orders. The "customized" menus were exactly like the others with salmon on it. The overall quality of the food was fine but the evening was ruined. I chose someplace thought to be very special, but we were all deeply disappointed with the entire evening. Not sure why this place is so highly rated. It is very staid and quiet - the colors of the place remind one of a funeral parlor. When I reported this to WDW (could not get through to restaurant, itself), all I got was "so sorry." Do not waste your time and money on this place. So not worth it. Go to Jico's instead. Service was just awful, and at those prices, it should be perfect.
My husband and I dined here twice. This is not amusement park food, not even Disney food. It is amazingly gourmet, a foodie heaven. If you are lucky enough to get a reservation for the Chef's Table, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The meal here isn't cheap, but it is high quality food, prepared expertly and served with elegance. The dining room is quiet and romantic. The chef's table, in a corner of the kitchen, is exciting, an interactive activity with the entire kitchen staff. During our three-hour food fest, we had lobster, three types of Kobe beef, foie gras, caviar ... just a dizzying array of food, capped by multiple desserts.
We hosted 21 guests at Victoria & Alberts for my daughter's wedding reception. We were in the Fireplace room which was a very nice, private location. The ambiance was excellent, the food and it's presentation was superb and the service was impeccable. The menue was custom created for the event; seven courses, each was interesting and delicious. The staff was very professional and extremely accomodating. It was a memorable experience.
We ate at Victoria and Albert's during our recent visit (our 12th) to Disney World. Having dined at some of the great venues (French Laundry, Tru, Le Normandie) we were looking forward to the experience. We found the food on a par with some of our better local restaurants -- good but certainly not "world class". The wine pairing had only one wine that really complemented the dish -- the others were thin, overly filtered, lacking character and very ordinary. We were placed in a side room away from the atmosphere of the main room and live music. The service was very good but stuffy and impersonal. Our overall experience was good but certainly not what some of the selected posters have termed a mind-blowing, five-star experience. Our meal at the California Grill atop the Contemporary Hotel by contrast was superb, the setting beautiful, and the service outstanding!
My husband took me to Victoria and Alberts for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. It was the best food I have ever eaten in my life. The service was outstanding the food fantastic.
We both did the wine pairing, and if you can't hold your liquor, get a room for the evening, or plan on walking around for a while after dinner.
They also pick up the tab for valet parking if you eat here, which was a nice touch.
WARNING: Don't go into shock when you get the bill. Ours came to a little over $400.00, which included the wine parrying for both of us and my husband upgraded his entree with Kobe Beef (added $25).
If you are definitely planning on dining for a special occasion, then this is the place.
Attire - Men have to wear coats, but not necessarily ties. For women, I saw everything from formal evening gowns to standard dresses skirts and pantsuits.
My partner and I celebrated Valentine's Day 2005 in style at Victoria and Albert's. The food was phenomenal as was the service. For anyone who has never been, it is something that should be experienced at least once in your life!