Victoria & Albert’s was just named the 2nd best fine dining experience in the US. And I’ve been there! Here’s my Victoria & Albert’s review from a very non-foodie perspective.
Unlike most Disney adults, this was never on my bucket list.
Don’t get me wrong- I like food. I like it a lot. You can probably tell that by looking at me. HA!
But as a women in my early 40s, I haven’t developed a sophisticated palate and frankly eating at someplace like Victoria & Albert’s terrified me.
I have manners, mostly, but what if I hated everything they served me? And eating for 2-3 hours in a stretch?
That just didn’t sound like “me.”
Well, part of growing up is trying new things and I’m proud to say not only did I go to Victoria & Albert’s for dinner, I loved every bite (minus one cheese I wasn’t too fond of!) and wanted to MOVE IN.
That’s right- I’ll just curl up on this piece of bread we named “Pillow Bread” (not real name) and take a long nap.
Victoria & Albert’s Review | When a Non-Foodie Goes Fancy
This won’t be your typical food review of a restaurant because I know I can’t do it justice.
I simply don’t have that vocabulary.
My tablemates did, and when they share their experiences I’ll be sure to link them for you.
This is what I know:
We ate and drank for HOURS.
And it was GOOD.
Okay- so there’s more to the story than that. I’m going to post the meal I had, and let you oogle it a bit, as it was fantastic.
The Menu at Victoria & Albert’s
Courses 1 through 7 at Victoria & Albert’s
The serving sizes are deceiving. You think they are tiny and will never fill you up, but you waddle away from the table happy and satisfied beyond belief.
The Wine at Victoria & Albert’s
You can order a wine pairing (7 courses: 7 glasses of wine) for an additional charge.
I’m not a huge wine drinker so I ordered a bottle of wine instead. Since I didn’t finish the whole bottle (if I had- I seriously would have slept there!) I was able to re-cork the bottle and take it home with me.
My Three Favorite Moment’s at Victoria & Albert’s
Three moments stand out for me that had nothing to do with food.
1: Jen was cold
Our fabulous server, Beth, noticed this and asked if she would like a wrap.
Um, yes please!
From some back closet, Beth returned with the softest and warmest wrap ever.
Jen is now warm. And soft. And happy.
And I had to pretend I was cold to get one for myself because it was awesome.
2: The coffee bong
I’m sure that’s not the name, but that’s what we called it.
It was fascinating. Science, yo!
No, that wasn’t the 3 glasses of wine talking: this thing was just way cool.
3: Closing the restaurant down with Mike and Beth.
I already admitted my concern about feeling comfortable at such an establishment. If you feel this way: go in with an open mind and a willingness to ask questions.
Our servers, Mike and Beth, were simply amazing and practically perfect in every way.
Okay, they WERE perfect in every way.
I adored them and want to move next door- which would be convenient since they happen to be married!
They put up with our shenanigans as bloggers and photo-happy types.
And they were generous with their time. Which was a good thing since our meal took a long time.
A really. Long. Time.
Probably because we were a chatty group and kept asking questions- you know, typical blogger mentality!
The best part of taking a long time to finish a meal? The pixie dust that came with it.
Mike showed us around a bit since we were literally the last people there.
Beth also offered to take pictures for us and made sure to pose us in the right place.
The right place for Mike to jump in for a photobomb, that is!
We had no idea until we were in the cab going through pictures later.
Well played, Mike and Beth. Well played.
Almost 4 hours later, it was time to leave. You read that correctly: 4 hours.
When you are in the middle of the magic, you make it last as long as possible.
I’ll never forget the Mother’s Day I spent crossing something off my bucket list that I didn’t even know was on it!
Victoria & Albert’s holds the AAA Five Diamond Award® since 2000. It’s located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Reservations are required and a dress code is enforced.
And it costs a lot. But you’re worth it… so go ahead and splurge!
Do you enjoy fine dining? Have you ever enjoyed a meal at Victoria & Albert’s?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)