When imagining time spent at the Walt Disney World Resort, many Guests picture family vacations with long days in the Disney Parks, iconic Disney snacks, and more. While this can absolutely be true, the Walt Disney World Resort is also an amazing place to celebrate a special occasion whether it’s a birthday, wedding anniversary, engagement, date night, or any other reason to celebrate. Enjoying a delicious and unique meal is always a popular way to celebrate a special occasion, and there are several restaurants throughout the property that feature beautiful ambiance and unforgettable cuisine that makes them ideal for celebrating.
Let’s check out the best restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort for celebrating a special occasion.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to several popular table service restaurants, including Chef Mickey’s and Steakhouse 71, but those looking to celebrate a special occasion should absolutely head to California Grill. This table service restaurant is open for dinner only and can be found at the very top of the Disney Resort, offering up stunning views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom amongst modern décor. While soaking in the beautiful views and even venturing onto outdoor observation decks to enjoy the breeze, Guests can enjoy a delicious menu of flavors and ingredients from the Pacific Northwest crafted to celebrate the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary. Some delicious highlights of the menu at California Grill include Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons, Wild Alaskan Halibut, Oak-fired Filet of Beef, and Cast Iron-grilled Pork Tenderloin.
Victoria & Albert’s
The ultimate restaurant to celebrate a special occasion can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Victoria & Albert’s is an opulent experience from start to finish that features an elegant décor of Victorian theming, where Guests can dress to impress and enjoy a culinary adventure. Open nightly for dinner, Victoria & Albert’s features two tasting menus that are completely unique each evening and inspired by the freshest ingredients available. In addition to the multiple courses, Guests can also opt to add on a wine pairing option that can elevate any meal to be completely unforgettable with every single sip!
Cinderella’s Royal Table
The Magic Kingdom offers up several table service restaurants that Guests love, including Be Our Guest Restaurant, Crystal Palace, Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern, but Cinderella’s Royal Table is the ultimate spot when celebrating a special occasion. This opulent restaurant brings Guests into the heart of Cinderella Castle and offers the opportunity to dine like royalty amongst vaulted stone ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows, and stunning views of Fantasyland. Cinderella’s Royal Table features a prix-fixe menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with indulgent options including Beef Tenderloin and Egg, Caramel Apple-stuffed French Toast, Magic Carpet Ride, and When Will My Life Begin Chicken and Pasta.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
One of the most unique Disney dining restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort is Jiko – The Cooking Place, which can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This wonderful and vibrant restaurant is open nightly for dinner and welcomes Guests into a visually stunning dining room with two wood-burning ovens and an open show kitchen where a blend of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines are prepared. In addition to an incredible selection of South African wines, Guests can indulge in mouthwatering menu options such as Moroccan Lamb Shank, Seafood Tagine, Oak-grilled Filet Mignon, and Sourghum Chicken.
Like Jiko – The Cooking Place, another unique and vibrant restaurant that is great for celebrating a special occasion is Tiffins Restaurant on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This table service restaurant welcomes Guests for lunch and dinner each day into a dining room that features stunning artwork and cultural items from around the world that come together to celebrate the adventure and beauty of travel. The menu at Tiffins Restaurant celebrates international cuisine with bold flavors and ingredients found throughout dishes including Surf and Turf, Butter Chicken, Tamarind-braised Short Rib, and 50h Celebration Braai-spiced Veal.
The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a wonderful option for special occasions, as it offers Guests the chance to feel as though they have stepped back in time to the golden age of Hollywood to enjoy a stunning menu of contemporary American cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner each day, the restaurant features an art deco-inspired interior with upscale details and wonderful caricature sketches of celebrities lining the walls. Guests who enjoy a meal at The Hollywood Brown Derby can dig into menu options like Our Famous Cobb Salad, Filet Mignon, Seafood Cioppino, Duck a l’Orange, and Free-Range Chicken Coq au Vin.
Le Cellier Steakhouse
EPCOT’s World Showcase is one of the most concentrated areas of Disney dining at the Walt Disney World Resort, with each pavilion boasting popular restaurants that serve up exceptional cuisine from around the world. Guests in the Disney Park looking to celebrate a special occasion should definitely opt for Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion, as the ambiance and menu cannot be beaten. The interior of Le Cellier Steakhouse is small and intimate and themed to feel like a cozy wine cellar with low vaulted ceilings and flickering candlelight. Guests who do choose to celebrate at the restaurant for lunch or dinner can enjoy classic steakhouse options with touches of Canadian cuisine including the Le Cellier Filet Mignon, Bison Strip Loin, Rib-Eye Steak USDA Prime, and Jumbo Chilled Shrimp.