Many people think that food at the Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando is going to be all about quick meals – pizza, burgers, and chicken nuggets. But the Walt Disney World experience in dining is much more than just fast food. There are many fine dining locations to enjoy exceptional food and wines in a sophisticated setting.
But what is the most expensive restaurant at Disney World? I will tell you about not one but five of the most expensive places to eat at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. You can be sure that the Walt Disney Company has left no stone unturned to make these dining experiences memorable.
Join me as I introduce you to some of the most upscale restaurants you can eat at on your Disney vacation. But let me warn you, fine dining at Walt Disney World does not come cheap. You can easily spend the equivalent of an entire family’s vacation budget on just one meal!
1. Victoria & Albert’s – The Most Expensive Restaurant in Disney World
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Cuisine: Modern American
Price: This is the most expensive restaurant in Walt Disney World, so brace yourself. It’s $185 for 7 courses and $235 for 10 courses (per person) in the main dining room.
You’ll pay $235 per person in the Queen Victoria’s Room. The cost is $250 per person at the Chef’s Table.
Dress Code: Dinner jackets and dress pants or slacks and shoes for men (ties optional). Cocktail dresses, dressy pantsuits, or skirts and blouses for women.
Jeans, shorts, capris, sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes are not permitted.
The multi-award-winning Victoria and Albert’s (AAA Five Diamond Rating) is one of the most upscale dining options and restaurants at Walt Disney World.
The dining room here exudes refined opulence and timeless elegance. The food at Victoria and Albert’s is not something you’d expect in theme parks.
You can choose from a 7-course or 10-course menu created using the freshest ingredients from around the world. Pair your meal with a wine from the restaurant’s world-class wine selection (they have over 4,000 bottles in their cellar!).
Live harpist music completes the picture at this memorable culinary experience by the Walt Disney Company. The accolades, including the AAA Five Diamond Award, are no surprise.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion with friends or family, consider the Queen Victoria Room, an intimate dining space for 8 guests where they serve the Chef’s Degustation Menu.
You can also enjoy an 11-course mouthwatering meal at the Chef’s Table that starts with a champagne toast to the culinary team. There’s only one seat every night at the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s, so this 3-hour personalized dining experience is as exclusive as it gets. Guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Good to Know: Per official Disney information, children below age 10 are not permitted at Victoria Albert’s.
2. Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Cuisine: American Coastal/Seafood
Price: $35 to $59.99 per guest
Dress Code: Khakis, slacks, or dress shorts and collared shirts for men (jackets optional). Capri pants, dresses, skirts, and dress shorts for women. Jeans in good condition are permitted for both men and women.
Tank tops, swimsuits, flip flops, torn clothing, and t-shirts with graphic or offensive slogans are not permitted.
The superb views from the waterfront location of Narcoossee’s are reason enough for this to be one of the most expensive restaurants at Disney World.
But the real draw at this signature dining location is the coastal cuisine with fresh seafood sourced both locally and internationally.
There are great options for those who favor land-based fare, too, such as a Black Angus New York strip and a grass-fed filet mignon. My favorite, though, is the Surf & Turf with a choice of Blackened Salmon or Grilled Shrimp (you can upgrade to a filet mignon too at extra charge).
Among the desserts, the artisanal cheese platter is a great pick. If you’re craving something sweet, I recommend the almond-crusted cheesecake dessert. Delicious!
I advise you to make advance dining reservations as soon as they open. Book a table for around 8:00 in the evening. That way, you can watch the Electrical Water Pageant that crosses Narcoossee’s at 9:15 pm.
Good to Know: Narcoossee’s is only open for dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the evenings. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted here and costs 2 table service credits.
3. Tiffins at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Cuisine: African, Asian, Latin
Price: $35 to $59.99 per adult (open for lunch and dinner)
Dress Code: No specific dress code, so you can wear your travel gear.
Behind the rustic front doors of the Tiffins Restaurant is an authentic, warm, and inviting dining area that transports you to faraway exotic places like Africa and Asia. The artwork is spectacular!
The cuisine at Tiffins is a treat for the palate with food from all over the globe. My favorites are the Butter Chicken from India (not as healthy as roasted chicken, I’ll admit) and the Surf & Turf from South Africa featuring beef tenderloin, seared scallops, and grilled veggies.
From the dessert menu, I can recommend The Lion King, a delectable mix of caramel mousse and chocolate brownies served with a mango and strawberry sauce.
Among the alcoholic beverages, I love the Night Monkey, a specialty cocktail with dark rum and guava puree.
Guests can choose from dinner-and-show packages that include priority seating at The Festival of the Lion King. There’s also a Rivers of Light dining-and-show package.
Tiffins participates in the Disney Dining Plan, and you will need 2 table service credits.
Good to Know: To dine at an in-park guest restaurant such as Tiffins, you need a confirmed dining reservation for the total number of guests in your party—plus a valid admission ticket and park reservation for every guest age 3 and above.
A dining reservation will not guarantee access to the Animal Kingdom theme park. Don’t rely on Park Hopper availability. I recommend you book in-park dining at Tiffins on the day you have a park pass reservation.
4. The Hollywood Brown Derby – An Ode to Hollywood from the Walt Disney Company
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park
Price: $35 to $59.99 per guest (open for lunch and dinner)
Dress Code: No specific dress code, but smart casuals are recommended.
Steeped in the glamor of Tinseltown, The Hollywood Brown Derby, located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is a takeoff on a famous chain of restaurants established in the 1920s in Los Angeles, California.
This authentic replica at Walt Disney World is a great way to relive the Golden Age of Hollywood. The decor features drawings and caricatures of celebrities.
Signature dishes include a Cobb salad, Faroe Island salmon, and a char-grilled filet of beef. The most expensive item on the menu is the filet mignon with Walt Disney’s Roast Beef Hash.
I love the Local Greens and Asian Pear Salad and the Wild Mushroom Risotto, but really, you can pick anything off the menu and are guaranteed an unforgettable meal. Of course, there’s a bar service and drinks.
Since it’s an expensive restaurant, you can be sure you’ll pay a pretty penny for your meal at The Hollywood Brown Derby. However, they do have some of the best deals in Walt Disney World, so be sure to check out the Fantasmic! Dining Package if you want to enjoy a signature dining experience and premiere seating at this nighttime show.
Also on offer is a four-course meal with a Disney Imagineer, in which guests aged 14 and older can enjoy an entree, soup, salad, and dessert AND spend time with one of the creative minds that designed the Disney theme parks and resorts. Prices for this experience are $89 per person plus gratuity.
Good to Know: The Hollywood Brown Derby participates in the Disney Dining Plan, and you need two table service credits to dine here. Valid theme park admission for Hollywood Studios is required.
5. Garden View Tea Room
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Price: $333 for the Princess Aurora experience (for one adult and one child) and $150 per person for the Berkshire Tea Service (phew!).
On a budget? The cost is $35 per person for the Bedfordshire Tea Service. The children’s tea service is priced at just under $25.
Dress Code: None, but it’s nice to dress up!
If there’s a single restaurant at Disney World where the experience is nothing short of magical, it’s the morning or afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Spa.
This quintessentially British tea room serves breakfast tea (9:00 am to 10:30 am) and afternoon tea (12:00 pm to 4:00 pm).
The tea room overlooks beautifully landscaped gardens. It’s a fantastic experience for the little ones. The meal includes finger sandwiches, cheeses, fruits, scones, caviar, and of course, tea (fruit tea or chocolate milk for the juniors).
Good to Know: One of the best tips I can give you is that the atmosphere in the afternoon is slightly more sophisticated and designed with adults in mind. But in general, this is a Walt Disney World dining experience that’s perfect for little ones who are into princesses.
The Garden View Tea Room does not participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
There are so many great dining options in the Disney parks that it is hard to pick just five. Here are a few more of Disney World’s most expensive restaurants that are well worth checking out.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT
- The Boathouse at Disney Springs
So, that’s my list of the most expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World. While these might well be the most expensive meals you eat on your Florida trip, they are worth every penny.
How many of these signature dining locations at Walt Disney World have you been to? Which is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below!