Tucked away in a corner of Walt Disney World Resort is a dining experience unlike any other. It’s been called not only the best gourmet restaurant on Walt Disney World property but the best one in the entire state of Florida, with high ratings from the Zagat guide and a Five Diamond Award from AAA for the past 16 years. But what’s it really like to dine at Victoria & Albert’s? Here are some things to know about the most exclusive restaurant at Walt Disney World:
1. Guests are taken care of from the beginning
The Victoria & Albert’s experience starts even before a guest even enters the restaurant, which is on the second floor of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and is named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Because of the restaurant's popularity and exclusivity, reservations must be made in advance, up to 180 days before a visit. And when guests call to reserve, they'll be told about the restaurant's unique dining arrangements. There are three seating areas: the Main Dining Room, which seats 20 guests and has two seatings per night with a choice of a seven-course or a ten-course meal; Queen Victoria's Room, which seats eight people for a 10-course meal; and the Chef's Table, which is the most hard-to-get reservation, as it's just one table for one seating per night for up to 10 guests. This meal features 10 to 13 courses.
A few days before your Victoria & Albert's dinner, guests with reservations will receive a call from the restaurant to discuss any food restrictions that they might have. They'll be asked whether these restrictions are allergies or simply dislikes, as individual preferences will be kept in mind by the chef as he prepares each meal.
2. When the big night arrives...
On the evening of dinner, guests will be given free valet parking at the Grand Floridian, and will be able to wait for a table in the area that's shared with Citricos next door. When it's time for dinner, guests will head down a hallway lined with striped wallpaper and old Florida maps, entering Victoria & Albert's to the sound of live harp music and not much else ( no children under 10 are allowed, so noise is typically kept to a minimum). Guests are then attended to by two servers who are dressed in pale blue tails or puffy sleeves and long skirts (guests must dress the part too — the restaurant's dress code calls for men to wear a jacket and dress pants, with an optional tie, and women to wear a nice dress or pants).