If you’re going to dine at the Victoria & Albert at Disney World in Florida you might need to pack a fat wallet.
After the post-pandemic re-opening in July, the restaurant’s cheapest option went from $185 to $295 for the tasting menu. It’s one of the most expensive restaurants in Orlando — and about the same price as high-flying Michelin restaurants.
Disney released photos of the new restaurant:
The Victoria & Albert at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens on July 28, but today we’ve got your first look at some new interior details. From delicate scroll work to shimmering chandeliers, take a look at the timeless opulence that awaits you. pic.twitter.com/vdLc0vDc6n
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) July 18, 2022
What’s happening in Victoria and Albert?
Victoria & Albert’s is a Victorian-era-themed restaurant at Disney’s luxurious Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa. The hotel itself opened in 1988 and the Victoria and Alberts has been operating since at least 1993.
It reportedly serves items like “New Zealand langoustine with passion fruit nuoc cham” and “soft poached quail egg with Galilee caviar” (which are not listed on the official website and change frequently), according to the Disney blog. In addition to fancy food, you’ll receive a menu with your name on it and listen to the harpsichord during dinner.
But all luxury obviously comes at a price.
The three areas of the restaurant are The Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room and The Chef’s Table. According to the Disney Food Blog, prices for all three rooms went up after the restaurant re-opened in July.
A cheaper option, The Dining Room, saw its prix-fixe menu jump from $185 to $295 per person. Now, if you want wine pairings, that’s an extra $150. “Zero-resistant” options come in at $110.
A prix-fixe menu costs $375.00 per person in the Queen Victoria Room. That’s up from $250 in 2020. Finally, to eat at The Chef’s Table, a very fancy place, it will cost you $235 to $425 per person.
According to the website, none of this includes tips or taxes.
How are people reacting?
According to the New York Post, some are questioning whether it’s worth the cash.
Victoria & Albert has been on the AAA Five Diamond Award list every year since 2000. It has 4.8 stars on Google.
“Pricey, but worth it for a world-class dining experience,” wrote one Google reviewer. But others on Reddit, as the post noted, were concerned about the price.
“We ate there for our honeymoon in the 90s and paid about $100 each. It’s always on my bucket list to go back at some point, but not at $445,” said one Reddit user.
Another mentioned zero-resistance pricing. “What can you get for $110 in mocktails?” He said.
TikTokers, as the post notes, are more complementary to the spectacular visuals of the dining experience at the restaurant. “I’m pretty sure I had a religious experience with some of these dishes,” said one TikToker.
Others praised the attention to service and presentational aspects of the food.
@touringplans This is the most expensive restaurant at Disney World, Victoria & Alberts at the Grand Floridian. ✨ Join us for re-opening dinner. #disneyworld #disney #disneyparks #disneydining ♬ Darling – Trees and Lucy
How others stack up
Disney World is home to plenty of fancy dining — one of its restaurants, Capa, received a Michelin star in 2022 for the Disney Food Blog. Victoria & Albert’s has been announced as the top choice, but so has Narcucci, which topped Victoria & Albert in 2019, according to Disney Fan magazine.
But it’s not even the most expensive restaurant in the Disney stratosphere. According to 21 Eater, the Royale at Disneyland in California costs $1,250 per person. A relatively fancy restaurant, Bis Ristorante at the competing park Universal Studios, has entrees in the $50s.
One Redditor pointed out that you can eat at three Michelin-starred Alineas in Chicago for “the same price” as some of the fare at Victoria & Albert. That’s actually true — the cheapest option at Alinea is $295 per insider. (But lunch can go for $800.)
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