Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fine Dining in the World

An intro:
Disney has three types of sit down restaurants:
Wait-service, where you order from a menu and food is brought to your table
Family-style, where specific courses are brought to your table to served family style. This is also all-you-can-eat
Disney also has character dining, where Disney characters come to each table for photo ops. This is just as much for couples without kids (or maybe we’re just dorks).

Among the wait-service restaurants, there is a special category of fine dining establishments: the signature restaurant. There is typically a dress code, the service is exceptionally, and the food is divine. These include:

Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Winner of Zagat's National Top Ten Restaurants and the prestigious AAA 5-Diamond Award, which serves a prix-fixe seven course meal
California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot® FutureWorld
The Hollywood Brown Derby at the Disney's Hollywood Studios
Citrico's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Flying Fish Café at Disney's BoardWalk Resort
Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Lodge
Narcoossee's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Maya Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Artist’s Point, at Wilderness Lodge
The husband and I visit at least one each trip we make, with the goal of eating at all of them. We have been to Artist’s Point, which is worth the visit for the atmosphere alone, and to Yachtsman. That was the BEST steak either of us has ever had. More than worth the trip – too fabulous for words.
If you are on a dining plan, the signature restaurants (except V&A’s, which is not on the dining plan), each take two credits. Paying out of pocket, the meal runs hubby and I around $75-$100, so the dining plan really pays off in the case. Also, don’t be scared of the dress code. Hubby has worn nice jeans both times and fit right in.

Up next: character dining


  1. We love a lot of these places! We visited V&A's on our Honeymoon. We are going to Yhactsman on this upcoming trip and I've heard the steaks are awesome! We've also been to Coral Reef (my husband's fave), Cali Grill (you have to do this one around Wishes time...it's pretty awesome!), and Narcoossee's! Yum...you are making my mouth water! lol

  2. When did Coral Reef become signature? It's been a few years so I think I missed that. I know Le Cellier is now....
    I have heard amazing things about Yachtsman- and my friends just had a fantastic meal at Narcoossee's. And the Huz and I had a great Cali Grill meal on our last visit.
    Love Disney. Love eating....

  3. to the above poster, CR is not a sig. restaurant. its really nice though and I would have made it one well before Le Cellier! I think that place is all hype!