Oldies But Goodies – Victoria And Albert’s
As you approach this door you are about to treat yourself to my favorite Walt Disney World restaurant – Victoria and Albert’s (V&A’s) in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I realize that as we Oldies become more “mature” we sometimes have a tendency to become a bit more frugal. I do recommend though, if Victoria and Albert’s falls within your budget do not miss an opportunity to dine there. It is the only five diamond restaurant in central Florida and on the top of my list of excellent restaurants in the country. I say that with some experience, having spent 25 years in the restaurant business.
There will be several links here so you may see for yourself what V&A’s actually has to offer rather than having me try to explain it in my own words. First, some housekeeping. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) are an absolute must and making them at 180 days is highly recommended. Reservations for V&A’s cannot be made through the regular ADR system and can only be done by calling the restaurant directly at 407 939-3862. If you are planning on dining in the Queen Victoria Room or the Chef’s Table the 180 day mark may be the only time you can get those particular reservations. You will be asked to leave a credit card number at the time of reservation and the cancellation policy will be explained in detail at that time. One key thing to note, you must confirm your reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling the restaurant. Please note that children under 10 years of age are not permitted (I can’t imagine anyone that age being able to sit still for the 2 – 2.5 hours that your meal will take). Jackets are required for men (tie optional) and evening attire for women.
There are three dining experiences to be enjoyed at V&A’s. There is the Dining Room Prix Fixe http://www.victoria-alberts.com/dining-room.html, the Queen Victoria Room http://www.victoria-alberts.com/queen-victorias-room.html, and the Chef’s table http://www.victoria-alberts.com/chefs-table.html. Each one is a unique experience and a delight to all who choose them.
The Dining Room Prix Fixe is a wonderful 6 course meal. Each course offers a selection with optional items available for a bit more money. The price for this meal is $125 per person and if you would like wine flights with the meal that is an additional $60. Here is a sample menu: http://www.victoria-alberts.com/pdf/diningmenuf.pdf . There is also a Prix Fixe Vegetarian Menu here : http://www.victoria-alberts.com/pdf/vegmenuf.pdf .
The Queen Victoria Room and the Chef’s table serve a 9 course meal (same menu for both) for $200 with wine flights for $95 . Here is a sample menu: http://www.victoria-alberts.com/pdf/chef_qvrmenuf.pdf. The experiences in each of these venues is a bit different in that the Queen Victoria Room is a 4 table room behind closed doors and the Chef’s Table is actually in the kitchen. The atmosphere’s are totally different.
For wine connoisseurs the wine list has 700 selections and they maintain 4200 bottles in the cellar. Just to make your heart (and wallet) flutter a bit, the most expensive bottle in the cellar is a 1961 Margaux Chateau Margeaux for a mere $9000.00. Here is a copy of the Wine List: http://www.victoria-alberts.com/pdf/winelistf.pdf .
Again, if it fits your taste and budget don’t miss it!!! Of course, since it’s Disney, menus and prices are always subject to change at any time.