You might think eating at Walt Disney World means a week of burgers, fries, and chicken fingers.
But there are many high-end restaurants to eat at during your magical vacation. Here are five of the most expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World for a great dining experience with top-notch food.
Narcoossee’s is a signature dining restaurant located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. They are only open for dinner, from 5:00 until 9:30 in the evening. They offer fine waterfront dining with seafood fare.
“Love the BBQ shrimp and grits appetizer at Narcoossee’s, it should be an entree! The filet with the butter poached lobster or scallops add-on is heavenly.” -Alicia Wright, WDW Magazine reader
Other Narcoosee’s menu favorites include the Surf & Turf with choice of Cold Water Lobster Tail or Pan-seared Scallops ($54), Crispy Organic Tofu ($34), and the Whiskey Butter with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey ($2 add-on).
TIP: If you book your dinner for a little later in the evening, you could catch the Electrical Water Pageant going by! It passes Narcoossee’s at 9:15 PM, so book your dinner for 8:00-8:15 and enjoy the pageant right before closing.
Narcoossee’s does have a dress code. Men should wear khakis, slacks or dress shorts and a collared shirt. Women should dress in capris, skirts, dresses, or dress shorts. Men and women may wear jeans if they are in good condition.
You can find the full dress code and more information on Narcoossee’s at Disney’s website. They do accept the Disney Dining Plan – it will cost 2 table service credits.
2. Victoria & Albert’s
Starting at $235 per guest, Victoria & Albert’s is famously the most expensive resort at Walt Disney World… but for good reason.
The head chef, Scott Hunnel, is a James Beard Foundation Nominee, and every year since 2000, the restaurant has received the AAA Five Diamond rating – and that’s only scraping the top of all the awards they’ve won!
You can choose to dine at the Chef’s Table, in the Queen Victoria’s Room, or in the Dining Room. Prices are fixed and you’ll be treated to a 7-course or 10-course meal, depending on what package you choose. The menu changes daily, and at the Chef’s Table, guests receive a totally personalized menu from the chef.
“It’s expensive but well worth the cost! The food is delicious and beautifully presented to you. And to top the evening off, the women leave with a long stem red rose.” –Sherri Apicella, WDW Magazine reader
Victoria & Albert’s boasts modern American cuisine with the freshest ingredients sourced from around the world, paired with the finest wines. Eating at this upscale restaurant will be the highlight of any foodie’s trip – it’s an unforgettable and unique experience at one of the best restaurants in the Southeast.
“You can’t go wrong at Victoria and Albert’s. My best advice is to leave your opinions about ingredients at the door. They will make you love things you hate.” – Alicia Wright
Victoria & Albert’s has a strict dress code. According to Disney’s website, men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants or slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. Women may wear a cocktail dress, a nice dress, dressy pantsuit or a skirt with a blouse. Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted.
Children under 10 are not allowed at Victoria & Albert’s.
You can find the full dress code and more information on Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s website. They do not accept the Disney Dining Plan.
3. The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby is a restaurant located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was based on a chain of restaurants in Los Angeles, California that were established in the 1920s.
The last branch closed in the 1980s, but Disney World revived the famous chain with this recreation in Hollywood Studios! The Brown Derby (both the chain and the Disney version) have caricatures and drawings of celebrities covering the walls.
According to our readers, the thing to get at The Hollywood Brown Derby is the Cobb Salad ($18). The dish was created by Bob Cobb, the owner of the original Brown Derby.
“I love the Brown Derby’s Cobb Salad. It is the only dish I get there because it is that good!” -Jenny Allen Stephan, WDW Magazine reader
“I love the Brown Derby. The Cobb Salad is great along with the steak. The desserts are also fantastic. Then there’s the whole atmosphere. The whole thing is wonderful.” -Nancy Meade, WDW Magazine reader
Another signature dish to try is the much-hailed Grapefruit Cake ($13), a light and fluffy ending for an intense meal like the Char-grilled Angus Filet ($49).
You can get a Fantasmic! Dining Package here, with a wonderful meal and premiere seating for Hollywood Studios’ nighttime show. They also offer a unique experience to share a four-course meal with a Walt Disney Imagineer.
There is no dress code at The Hollywood Brown Derby, so feel free to come in whatever you wore into the park that day! For more information on The Hollywood Brown Derby, visit Disney’s Website. They do participate in the Disney Dining Plan – it uses two table service credits. Valid theme park admission is required.
Tiffins Restaurant is slightly off the beaten path at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It offers up African cuisine — something you’re not likely to find in your day-t0-day life (at least in North America). They also serve food from all over the globe, including a South American Chocolate Ganache, Charred Octopus, Spiced Chickpea Falafel, and much, much more.
“Surf and Turf was our favorite! The meat was super tender and delicious!” -Jacqueline Byrne, WDW Magazine reader
The Surf and Turf is priced at $65, a popular follow-up to the signature Tiffins bread service featuring Red Pepper Hummus, Spicy Coriander Yogurt, and Ginger-Pear Chutney ($13).
Inside, Tiffins is beautifully decorated with artwork and decor honoring African and Asian cultures, as well as some exotic animals (this is the Animal Kingdom, after all)!
“Tiffins is a hidden gem. Amazing food and presentation.” – Matt Kojetin
If you’re looking for a little entertainment, guests can choose from three different dinner-and-a-show packages through Tiffins. Two different show packages offer priority seating at The Festival of the Lion King (Tier 1 and Tier 2 packages offer different benefits), and guests can also get a Rivers of Light dining package.
There is no dress code at Tiffins, so wear your traveling gear! For more information on Tiffins, visit Disney’s Website. They do participate in the Disney Dining Plan – it uses two table service credits. Valid theme park admission is required.
5. Garden View Tea Room
The last addition to the upscale restaurants picks is another at Disney’s Grand Floridian: the Garden View Tea Room. This isn’t a breakfast, lunch, or dinner experience, but a morning or afternoon tea in typical British fashion!
They are typically open from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM for a morning tea experience and again from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM for afternoon tea.
Morning tea is perfect for little ones who want to have a fancy tea party with favorite princesses. Younger guests can enjoy apple juice “tea,” while others have the option of brewed tea to go with their morning snacks – tea sandwiches, fruits, cheeses, and more.
The party is hosted by a magical rose from Princess Aurora’s garden, and guests might even have a special visit from Princess Aurora herself! This experience is priced at $333.64 for one adult and one child (ages 3 to 9).
At the top of the afternoon tea service tiers, the Berkshire Tea service will set you back $150. Among scones, finger sandwiches, and a dessert, this meal includes a serving of caviar with two pots of tea.
For a more budget-friendly tea room experience, order the Bedfordshire tea, priced at $35 per person. This service includes finger sandwiches, dessert, and one pot of tea. There is also a separate children’s tea service ($23.79) that includes a jam tart, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pastries, and the option to substitute “dark tea” (it’s chocolate milk) for a teapot.
In the afternoon, the atmosphere is slightly more refined with adults in mind (though there’s still touches for the younger ones in your party). Enjoy a selection of the best international teas alongside delicious sandwiches, scones, and other pastries.
“I love the atmosphere of the [Garden View Tea Room]. The portions are generous and so good. I am in love with their scones. It provides a calm break during the day.” -Susan Welsh, WDW Magazine reader
The Garden View Tea Room does not have a dress code, but feel free to come in your best if you’d like! You can find more information on the morning and afternoon teas at The Garden View Tea Room on Disney’s website. They do not participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
Reservations at Upscale Restaurants
For any of these upscale restaurants, Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended. They tend to book up quickly, so make sure to try and snag a reservation right on that 180-day mark!