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“Anniversary”

Victoria & Albert's
Ranked #5 of 4,282 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $120
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Victoria & Albert's restaurant in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers a unique dinner menu each night of exceptional, contemporary American cuisine served with unparalleled charm and elegance.A 13-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award, this Signature Dining restaurant serves fine cuisine with wine pairings from an award-winning cellar. The renowned, 6-course prix fixe menu is prepared artfully each day with ingredients culled fresh from the world market.Ambiance:Victoria & Albert's restaurant offers an intimate 2-hour to 2.5-hour dining experience amongst gentle harp strains and the sparkle of imported crystal in a Victorian dining room. Sit in the midst of romantic splendor in this establishment celebrated the world over for its exquisite culinary creations and transcendent atmosphere. Butler service, personalized menus and a long-stem rose for each lady are just a few of the touches that create an opulent, palate-pampering experience.Valet Parking is available at no additional cost. Children under the age 10 will not be served.
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is perhaps the most expensive meal in my fifty years of traveling . The service was great,the food was OK . It definitely not worth the amount it cost us

2  Thank Glenn P
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

My oldest daughter managed to get us a booking here about 6 months before we arrived. Apparently this place is very popular.
We arrived at the Grand Floridian and took advantage of the complimentary valet that came with restaurant visit. On arrival upstairs at the restaurant we were greeted by the maitre'd and shown to our table where drinks were offered before the arrival of the custom menus (one for each member of the table). My daughters allegories were requested days before we arrived and they constructed a special menu offering non sea food in place of the stand offerings.
Don't expect t be in and out in 10 minutes. Our meal consisted of 12 + courses and took the better part of 4.5 hours. The food was excellent and tastes and combinations were superb. My only slight complaint was the size of some of the servings was just to small and some of the earlier courses could have been a little larger.
Neither is this meal cheap. The bill at the end of the evening fr four people was a $4 digit amount.
Not sure we would just go back here for just any meal but this was a special occasion (our 29th anniversary and all the family were present)

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Reviewed September 30, 2018

I can not say anything bad about this restaurant. We have done it many times (3-4xs) and each time it lives up to our expectations. It is a multiple course meal and is costly, but if you want to splurge on food, this is a place to do it. We did it for our anniversary and a birthday and it was well worth it.

1  Thank Russell S
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

We have been fortunate to eat at some of the most highly respected restaurants in the World including many in NY, London and Paris. However, this stood out as literally the most enjoyable restaurant experience that we have ever had! Everything that was presented was the very best possible example of itself. The wine pairing was inspired and truly enhanced an already fantastic experience. Every aspect of the evening was wonderful; the food selections, the service staff, the harpist, the ambiance and the entire, immersive experience.

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1  Thank Adrian P
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

We went to V&A's when my wife and I were dating and we loved it! Very hard to get in, months long wait and so 20 years go by and we finally got a seat and loved it again!

Bottom line is that you'll spend about as much here as you would at French Laundry but without that caliber experience. It is the best in the Disney area and a treat to be sure, but "best meal in my life" (which I read often here) is a stretch unless you don't get out much when it comes to fine dining.

They set the expectation of a fine dining experience by requiring a jacket; already an outdated concept (you can even have high tea at the Dorchester and leave the jacket home!). In a gateway city maybe but making theme park vacationers in summer in Orlando pack a jacked just for this - that's obnoxious. Collared shirt, slacks and shoes should be it, get with the times.

We checked ahead on corkage as we had a special bottle and they need to pre-clear but do allow and will decant and hold for you. The atmosphere is a stuffy dining room; same decor as 20 years ago. Heavy carpet, drapes and heavy frocked wallpaper. The cocktail list hasn't been updated either. The Specialty cocktail menu consists of Rob Roy, Cosmopolitan, and Long Island Ice Tea - seriously popular in the 1990's but no modern craft cocktails here. They still have the harp which is a really nice touch until she starts covering Disney tunes Muzak style and it's truly cringeworthy (Hercules theme, Game of Thrones and Frozen...ugh). When the harpist takes a break the restaurant is deathly quiet - needs an update!!

The wine menu is great but the markups are truly atrocious - bring a good bottle and confirm with the restaurant in advance and save yourself getting ripped off this badly for wine that doesn't rate that level of pricing. $22 a glass for Fairytale Cuvee (price of a bottle)?? I get 100-200% markups but 400% is ridiculous and just disrespecting the customer. The wine service is, however, special. They decant by candlelight and are very knowledgeable and gracious - we selected a Sauvignon Blanc to start prior to the Cab we brought with us for dinner. The wine menu is a tablet and its easy to navigate and you'll be able to find something.

Boris was our server and he was an amazing gentleman, the service was very refined and suits what they're shooting for exactly. When my wife struggled with the menu in the dim light, they immediately produce a box of various reading glasses. The staff are passionate and describe each wine or dish knowledgeable and accurately and each time as focused as it's the first recitation of the night. The polyester garbage uniforms they make them wear must be horrible for a job they really take pride in.

We had the Chef's Tasting menu ($235 per guest with optional $150 wine pairing): asparagus w/caviar, Alaskan King crab with melons and peppercorn yogurt, Virginia duck with poppy seed and lemon ravioli, wild Turbot with toasted capers and preserved lemon, Dover sole with langoustine and Spanish chorizo, roasted French quail with corn pudding and spinach, Australian Kobe style beef with potato pinwheel... wow... and we supplemented with the $150 tagliatelle pasta with black truffles (worth it!). Every dish was outstanding - the corn pudding and spinach....the crisp on the duck... the portion sizes... excellent. The cheese course and dessert didn't match up to the experience of the tasting from start to that point. They have a cheese cart which I was so excited to pick from.... but nothing runny, nothing creamy, nothing soft, smelly, or adventurous... just cheddar, blue, havarti, manchego - safe supermarket cheeses. A few crisps were served with the cheese but no bread. A real disconnect from the rest of the meal. For $235 the meal delivered (but for the cheese course) - I would not recommend the wine pairing as the wines were just average at best and not stored at proper serving temps.

The meal ended with a bittersweet chocolate dome / praline. It was nice but also not the caliber of the balance of the meal. They send you home with some chocolates and two slices of delicious pound cake - the concept of takeaway treats is consistent with some of the world's best and it was well done.

Reading the above, there is more than enough complaining and don't pass this restaurant by - give it a shot! We had an immensely fun time and would certainly return. My comments above are more to set expectations and hopefully communicate certain disconnects or opportunities to raise the experience even higher. It screams for the full five starts but several glaring fails detailed above (cocktails, cheese course, atmosphere) just don't warrant it.

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