Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Most Romantic Restaurants at Walt Disney World

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite romantic restaurants at Disney. Today I am going to list my top 5 romantic restaurants at Disney World and Thursday I’ll post my top 5 at Disneyland.

To be honest, it was hard to narrow down my favorites at Disney World. There are so many great restaurants at Disney World and many of them can be very romantic - it just depends on who you go with! I tried to stick to ones that I have personally tried but I did throw one in that I have yet to eat at but hope to very soon. I even have a bonus restaurant that pushes the boundaries a bit on “romantic” (I told you I had a hard time picking five!)

5. Flying Fish Cafe

Flying Fish Cafe is a high-end restaurant on the Boardwalk. With the Disney Dining Plan it is considered a signature restaurant and uses two table service credits. I ate at Flying Fish Cafe for the first time in November. Though I was with a group of women and we ate at the open kitchen bar I couldn’t help but think I would love to be with my husband there for a romantic dinner. The ambiance is beautiful with the open air kitchen and flying fish overhead on parachutes with a cloudy sky painted above. Make sure you order a side of the Leek, Fontina and Truffle-laced Trofie Mac n Cheese - it’s beyond delicious. It’s a pretty large side so easily sharable. After dinner you and your honey can take a romantic stroll along the Boardwalk or head over to Jellyrolls for some dueling piano fun!

4. Jiko - The Cooking Place

Jiko is another signature restaurant that uses two credits on the Dining Plan. This is one of two restaurants on my list located at The Animal Kingdom Lodge. I love the decor in this restaurant. Describing it just does not do it justice - just check out the photo above! Jiko is known for having the largest selection of South African wines in North America so definitely plan on ordereding a bottle. Though there are some great adventurous choices, I admit my favorite item on the menu is the Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. Share the Banana Bread Pudding for dessert! After dinner grab a seat next to the Arusha Rock Fire Pit to continue the romance.

3. Narcoossee’s

As it seems to be a theme with this post, Narcoossee’s is a signature restaurant. Located at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and tends to be rated as one of the best restaurants at Disney World. It is also one of the most expensive restaurants meaning if you have the Dining Plan you should definitely head to Narcoossee’s! If you are on the dining plan you will love the Filet Mignon and Maine Lobster Tail. At $71 it is quite pricey out of pocket but delicious. The decor is fairly simple with a coastal feel which is enhanced by the large windows overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon. Make your reservation around thirty minutes before Wishes and you will enjoy the fireworks during your meal. You can’t beat that when it comes to romance! After dinner you can take a romantic walk around the Grand Floridian and the Seven Seas Lagoon.

2. Sanaa

Located in Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Sanaa is my first non-signature restaurant on the list! That means you can eat here using only one table-service credit on your Dining Plan. This is also the only restaurant on my list that I have never eaten at. We toured Sanaa during the on-site agent education program I attended in November and I fell in love. The decor is beyond stunning. Sanaa is Swahili for art - the perfect description for this restaurant. Known for African cook with Indian flavors the menu is a bit on the adventurous side. Though there are some “safe” items like the New York Strip. I am excited to try the Naan and the Sanaa Vegetarian Sampler! What makes this restaurant so romantic is the view of the Sunset Savanna. You will want to request a window seat when you check-in - it is worth the wait! Also try to book a reservation for before dark as the view tends to be hindered by the reflection in the windows after dark. Even better, try to make your reservation around sunset!

1. California Grill

Located on the 15th floor of The Contemporary Resort, California Grill is a signature restaurant and one of my husband and my favorites! The restaurant underwent a major renovation last year and the new decor is stunning. You can’t really go wrong with the food here. The sushi and flatbreads are known to be pretty great and you could just stick with those for your romantic meal. If you want to go beyond sushi and flatbread, my favorite entree is the Bison Center Cut Strip Loin - the madeira-fig demi-glace is amazing. Atmosphere and food aside, what puts this at the top of my list is the view. You just can’t beat looking out on The Magic Kingdom. Just like Narcoossee’s, make your reservation about thirty minutes before Wishes and you will enjoy the show from your table!

Now for something a little bit different…

Sometimes a romantic evening does not include getting dressed up and eating at a fancy restaurant. It can be just as romantic to share a milkshake and fries with your love after a fun day in the parks. That’s why I want to throw Beaches and Cream into the mix. This small restaurant, located at the Beach Club Resort, is adorably themed after a 50’s diner - jukebox and all! The menu includes burgers and sandwiches and of course - ice cream! You can’t beat the prices here for a romantic night out. You could also grab ice cream from the to-go counter and walk hand-in-hand around the Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts enjoying a view of the Boardwalk across Crescent Bay.

Everyone has a different opinion on what is romantic. Did I miss your favorite date night restaurant at Disney World? Leave a comment with that restaurant - I'd love to hear everyone's opinion!

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