Planning to celebrate Valentines Day, an anniversary or even your Honeymoon at Walt Disney World? There are SO many restaurants at Disney World and some of them are more kid-friendly than romantic. Because of the sheer number of places to dine, it can be extremely overwhelming to pick out a special or romantic eatery.
This list of romantic restaurants at WDW doesn’t even scratch the surface because, again, there are so many! Nonetheless, I’m excited to tell you about some of my favorite romantic places that I’ve had the privilege of eating at, as well as those restaurants that are still on my Disney Dining Bucket List!
Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort
No need to mess around here, lets start with a 5-Diamond-rated restaurant that really needs no introduction! For one of my husband and my milestone anniversaries, we really splurged and went to Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort.
This experience was nothing less than posh: the modern American cusine was captivating and demonstrated all of the newest culinary fads and techniques are used. The wine is scrumptious (the wine pairings with the pre-fixe are the way to go). The atmosphere is unlike anything I would ever expect in a Disney restaurant: you truly feel that you are the only ones dining there. The servers will take the most attentive care of you and this all adds up to an unforgettable experience.
Something to keep in mind: the dress code for this restaurant is formal. As a matter of fact, when we were there we witnessed a woman wearing a wedding dress! She had apparently bought two dresses and wanted a reason to wear the second one!
Victoria and Albert’s is indeed one of those once (or maybe twice) in a lifetime dining experiences. And while the price tag is extraordinary, it’s well worth it for the incredible experience.
Monsieur Paul at the France Pavilion at Epcot
This has become our favorite restaurant to celebrate at. The French cuisine is fabulous, the atmosphere is charming and the service is top-notch. One of our favorite things to do is to be seated at a window for one of the later reservations; if you time it just right you can watch the fireworks between your last course and dessert. After the fireworks, finish your dessert and savor a leisurely walk to the front of the park. There is something blissfully romantic about walking through EPCOT at night with barely any other guests around.
San Angel Inn Restaurante, Mexican Pavilion at Epcot
This may seem a little hokey but I LOVE this restaurant. I mean, how often do you get to dine by the light of a volcano? The low lighting, the rumbling volcano, the AMAZING Mexican food and the margaritas are just a wonderful change to the usual dining experience. I highly recommend it for a change in pace.
Flying Fish, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
This one may surprise you, since it absolutely caught us off guard. My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant the year that we showed up at our resort without a Dining Reservation for our anniversary. The Flying Fish happened to have had a cancellation, so that’s where we went. We fell in love with our server, who walked us through the mostly seafood menu and paired our meal with wonderful glasses of wine.
This restaurant has gorgeous décor and incredible food. The one really lovely bonus is that after dinner you are able to stroll along the Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and smells. One of the things that I really enjoy about both the Boardwalk and Beach Club Resorts is that they can be whatever you want them to be. Have family? They are extraordinarily accommodating to your family’s needs! Want a special place for just the two of you to unwind? They can make that happen too. I have experienced both and I think that this resort area can be a very romantic place.
Le Cellier at the Canada Pavilion at Epcot
This has been on our list for years. Unfortunately, it seems to have been on everyone’s list for years!
Le Cellier is supposed to feature some of the best steaks at Walt Disney World. This restaurant has a steakhouse menu and also offers Maple Crème Brule as a dessert option. The dark and dimly lit ambiance is what gives it that romantic vibe.
California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
I have friends that call The California Grill the most romantic restaurant at Walt Disney World. With its lovely décor and floor to ceiling windows, it’s easy to understand why!
If you can snag a window table at the right time of the evening, you get a captivating view of Magic Kingdom’s firework display. (But they also have a balcony for viewing so that everyone eating at the restaurant can enjoy the fireworks) I hear the mostly American themed seafood menu is wonderful but that the sushi stands out as a must-try!
Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian Resort
As of late, this restaurant keeps popping up in my Disney food blogs. I am captivated by the thought of another romantic contender in the Grand Floridian Resort! Featuring a delectable seafood themed menu, waterfront dining, and a view of Cinderella’s Castle, I can see why this would be a favorite among Disney romantics!
Other Fun Options
Here’s two lower-cost options for romantic reservations!
The Sci-Fi Drive-In Diner at Hollywood Studios is very fun! You are seated in an adorable car and dine while watching old Sci-Fi movies. The food is typical diner food but is delicious.
Beaches and Cream, at the Beach Club Resort, is also a fan favorite where you can enjoy chili or share an enormous, romantic ice cream sundae!
These are great spots that maybe aren’t so fancy but are just as romantic.
The Cast Members
The one constant at all of these restaurants is their fantastic service. Incredible cast members really go out of their way to ensure that every single table has a fantastic experience. Truly, it’s the little things that they do above and beyond standard service that make your romantic evening so special.
Having worked as a server for over 20 years, I know how difficult it is to balance up to 20 people at one time when all of them are celebrating something and want you to create a memorable dining experience for them. It’s suuch a huge responsibility and one that these amazing Cast Members tackle with much enthusiasm!
In my opinion, the Disney Parks have attracted a bad reputation for their restaurants. But I can honestly say that I have never had a bad meal or poor experience when dining on Disney property. Even though some will argue that you do not go to Disney for a romantic hand-holding experience, others would argue back with: “where else can you go and get to experience food, culture, and experiences from not just various countries but continents all within one place?!?” (I may be with the latter group!)
Once again, Walt Disney World shows us just how versatile it can be, from your typical family dining moments to romantic reservations it really does have it all!
Do you have a favorite Disney Dining Experience? Please share them, we would love to hear all about them!
Pixie dust and glamour!