When you think of Disney World, do you think of romance? If not, I think you should! There are definitely opportunities to find romance with your spouse or significant other on your Walt Disney World vacation. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or simply some special alone time, here are three fantastic choices for a romantic dinner on your Disney World vacation.
Le Cellier, Epcot’s Canada Pavilion
Le Cellier is a fantastic steakhouse tucked in a beautiful enclave in the back of the Canada pavilion in Epcot. This romantic dinner spot will require that you have a park ticket for your date night, but the amazing steaks will make it worth your while. Start your meal off with their famous Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup – the accents of bacon and Moosehead beer will make this one of your new favorites.
When it comes to the main course, I highly recommend the Le Cellier Filet Minion, their signature dish. The mushroom risotto is a perfect accompaniment, but it’s the truffle butter sauce that really takes this dish over the top. There is also an extensive wine list, cocktail menu and selection of beers to enjoy with your meal. My husband and I generally order a bottle of a robust Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy with our steaks.
You will find families and kiddos dining at Le Cellier, but usually, couples are seated in two-person tables that are a little more off to themselves.
I highly recommend doing a wander around the World Showcase while sipping a cocktail or two before heading to your dinner reservation at Le Cellier. I can’t think of a lovelier way to spend an evening.
California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
There are many fantastic restaurants at the Disney World resorts that would be perfect for a romantic dinner, but my personal favorite is the California Grill at the Contemporary. Known for bright, Pacific Coast flavors and an immense selection of wines, your meal at the California Grill starts out with a ride on a private elevator from the 2nd floor of the Contemporary that whisks you all the way up to floor 15.
If I were to only eat one Disney dish for the rest of my life, it would be the Chef’s Selection Cheese Board appetizer from this restaurant. Also available as a dessert, it is an expertly curated variety of cheese and little accompaniments – perfect for sharing. The sushi here is rumored to be amazing – I am not a raw fish gal, but if you are, this is the place on-property to get some. For your main course, I am a big fan of asking your server here for recommendations. The choices are so fresh and change a lot, but my go-to is a mild fish dish or the scallops.
Be sure to check out the huge selection of California wines when you enter the restaurant – they pride themselves on an amazing wine list and they deliver! If you are in the mood for a cocktail, the Anaheim Mule is a fun twist on a classic.
California Grill also serves families, but with the large size of the restaurant and the very high ceilings, we’ve never found this to take away from our romantic evening.
I would come to California Grill simply for the amazing food and cocktails, but the view and location really make this place something special. Time your meal for the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks and you will be able to experience an amazing view from the observation desk OR if you are lucky enough, from one of the tables right by the window.
Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Looking for a romantic meal that is really over-the-top? Book a reservation at the crown jewel of Walt Disney World restaurants, Victoria & Albert’s. You will be able to choose one of three dining experiences – The Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room and the Chef’s Table. All are magnificent. We chose The Dining Room for our first experience and it was spectacular – there was even a live harpist!
Victoria & Albert’s serves a prix fixe, seven-course menu, not including dessert, which is course eight! They also offer a wine pairing for each course for an additional charge. This meal is for the adventurous eater who is also willing to spend a large sum on perfectly crafted cuisine. Also note, this meal is also a time commitment. We spent three hours working our way through all of the courses.
No children under the age of 10 are allowed at Victoria & Albert’s. When I dined here with my husband, I did not see a child in the restaurant. There is also a strict dress code. Men must wear a dinner jacket and slacks, women should be in a dress, nice suit or skirt and blouse. It’s a great excuse to get dolled up at Disney World!
These are just a few of the amazing ways to spend a romantic meal with your significant other at Disney World. Whether you are traveling without kids, or with grandparents or someone else who can keep an eye on your kiddos for the evening, I highly recommend you take the time to enjoy a few hours of “couple time” at Walt Disney World.
Le Cellier Photo Source: Walt Disney World
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