Victoria and Albert's reviews
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
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"Hands Down, the BEST Dining Experience I've Ever Had!"
Reviewed on Jul 10, 2013 by SPMTCP2003
It's been about 5 years since I've dined at Victoria and Albert's, but I can still visualize the setting and recall the impecable service and the superb flavors of the food and the wines.
To start, the atmosphere feels very "velvet-rope", like you are about to dine with the Queen. In fact, the cozy, dimly-lit room surrounded with marble columns and fresh roses makes you feel like you are the King or Queen who has been invited for a palacial celebration. There are no sounds of a noisy dive kitchen, but rather a tranquil harpist weaving the soundtrack for this culinary experience. You are seated at your table - complete with white linens and hand-carved wooden dining chairs with fine English upholstry - by your waitstaff who seem more like butlers, prepared to wait on you hand and foot. In fact (and this may be TMI :P) at one point during the meal, I got up to go to the restroom and when I returned, the napkin that I had left on the table was gone and was instead replaced over an arm of a butler after I'd sat back down. So over-the-top, but a really fine touch!
Next starts the food service. First off, when you make your reservation for Victoria and Albert's they ask for the names of those you will be dining with and if you are celebrating any special ocation. These names and the occasion appear printed on your personalized menu with the date, which you get to take with you as a tangible momento at the end of the evening. Next, the head chef himself comes out to welcome you and to go over the courses he is offering for the evening. He proceeds to answer any questions, and to ask if there are any dietary restrictions that he can accommodate. The menu is a six-course prix-fixe affair, but for each course you have options, so you can choose between two or three soups, two or three salads, two or three entrees, etc. You also have the choice to add the wine pairing option to the meal, and they bring out a new glass of wine for each option you choose per course. I used to have a "wine is wine" mentality, but after having everything paired for me during the meal I can now say, I get it! Amazing.
The menu is ever-changing, but you can rest assured that it will be fantastic. Even things you've had prepared a thousand ways before (steak for example) become a whole new experience here. Food is just transformed and is so succulent and flavorful that it really can be quite emotional, or at the very least memorable.
So now the particulars. This restaurant really is not for kids. The guidelines ask that children be 10 and over if you really must bring them, but I can tell you that the experience will just be lost on them. And while it is a bit pricey, I promise that you will walk out of there having felt that it was worth every penny. The food, the atmosphere, and the memories you will leave with are truly special. Enjoy!!
"High on the Shelf"
Reviewed on Jul 04, 2013 by Duke of Disney
The Grand Floridian in itself is to me the best place to stay in the park. Victoria and Alberts has always been a great place to dine. The atmosphere is romantic with a view of the copper encrusted kitchen and the food is fantastic. Ive had the Veal Shank here and their steaks. In short, if you are looking for an excellent experience all around, its great.
Reviewed on Mar 16, 2009 by look1angel
What a night to remember. The food was absolutely incredible!!! Everything from the service to the atmosphere & food is a 10+! My husband & I ate there in Dec. 08 and look forward to dining there again when we return as a couple.
Reviewed on Jun 19, 2008 by maryszhi
amazing. the food was delicious. they made a special menu for me becuase of allergies and because i am kinda pickey . really great service, and really amazing food. worth the price. i will def.go back
Reviewed on Sep 04, 2007 by summergirl32
This was a truly magical experience! It was worth every penny. My husband and I were treated like royalty. It is a memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.
Reviewed on Dec 18, 2006 by davinakb
We ate at the Chef\'s Table last fall and just loved every minute of it. The food, service and kitchen atmosphere were outstanding.
True it is more expensive than your average dinner, but this is fine dining at it\'s best and worth it. Perfect for the foodie willing to splurge a bit on an exceptional meal, and ideal for a special evening.
"Superb - with a catch..."
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2002 by dizneydaze
If you are celebrating a special occasion at Disney, you must visit Victoria and Alberts. The setting is perfect and there is no other place in disney where an experience like this can be found. The catch... I do not believe this restaurant is kid friendly. The menu would not suit children and the price is $$$$$. But if you are celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon at the world, this is the perfect place to go for the romantic dining experience of your trip!!!
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2002 by seano846
This will be the best dinning experience that you will EVER have. I have dinned in MANY exclusive restauraunts in and around NYC an none comes even close to this. This is an experience, not dinner
Reviewed on Aug 28, 2002 by galacticgobbler
If you can make the time for an unforgetable dining experience, Victoria and Alberts is a must. Simply put, it is the highest level of service and attention to detail(from personalized menus to the harp player) that one could experience. Yes it is pricey, but for a lasting memory of a special occasion it is a must.
Reviewed on Aug 22, 2002 by tmm7899
This is my favorite restaurant and well worth every penny. If you are at WDW for a special occasion then I recomend this restaurant fpr a truely magical experience.