Disney World food has never been known for being cheap, but one restaurant towers above them when it comes to expense. Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has always been far and away the most expensive restaurant on property…and it just got pricier.
The restaurant recently made waves when it reopened on July 27, 2022, after a lengthy closure due to COVID and subsequent renovation. Gone are the dark wood tones and the subdued atmosphere. The restaurant now sports a bright white color scheme and ornate murals adorning the walls. However, when the restaurant reopened, it did so with a price increase.
The revolving menu makes the restaurant hard to review because you’ll rarely find the same food twice, but the experience is consistent and unmatched. Disney puts it best, “Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication.” That is precisely what you get at this fine dining establishment. An in-house harpist sets the tone for an upscale experience that is truly unforgettable.
The price is unforgettable, too. While prices are increasing everywhere, especially food prices, many fans were upset at the increase at this AAA 5-Diamond restaurant. The standard menu begins at $295 per person, with optional wine pairings starting at $150 or nonalcoholic pairings, which start at $110. That is a $195 increase from before the closure. The specialty experiences have raised rates even higher. The Chef’s Table tasting menu, which is the restaurant’s most exclusive and most expensive experience (previously $350 per person), is now $425 per person with an optional wine add-on for $200, which makes this meal $625 per person.
Fans haven’t taken kindly to the increase and have aired their frustrations on Reddit. One Redditor commented, “Crazy overpriced Michelin-Star restaurants in NYC don’t even cost that much!” While another said, “I’m sure it’s a great experience and super fancy, but no thanks. I’m out. No chance I’m spending $300 a person to eat some food.” Still yet, one asserted that it costs more than a meal at the exclusive Club 33.
Others were quick to defend the experience saying, “If you really value an exclusive experience with elevated service and elevated food, $300 bucks is probably not unheard of.” “I agree with this 100%. Not everything Disney has to be attractive or affordable for every person,” responded another user.
It’s worth noting that Victoria and Albert’s is currently rated as the number one restaurant in Orlando on several foodie sites and proudly bears the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award. It also would likely be a Michelin-Star restaurant if it met the geographic requirements.