Best of the Best. California Grill serves award-winning gourmet dinners, but it's the view from the top of the Disney's Contemporary Resort that is most impressive. The menu changes regularly to utilize the freshest produce and the fine California wines are meticulously paired with dinner. This is truly the best restaurant in Walt Disney World Resort. Victoria & Albert's restaurant in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is also recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. Be prepared to pay too - prices begin at $125 per person - but most people report that it's worth it. Each table comes with butler service, and personalized menus but don't even think of bringing a child under the age of 12. Le Cellier Steakhouse really doesn't belong on the Fine Dining list. Recently it was upgraded to a Signature Restaurant purely based on how successful it has been in recent years. Yes, the steaks are that good, but Disney Dining Plan participants will now spend two table service entitlements. At Flying Fish Cafe, we liked the open kitchen atmosphere and seafood lovers will be impressed with Chef Tim Keating's contemporary menu. Special offerings at Flying Fish include the pre-fixe Chef's Table or Dine with a Disney World Imagineer. Jiko means "The Cooking Place" and it's one of Disney World's most honored restaurants - a AAA Four Diamond Award winner for starters. Dine in a dramatic atmosphere inspired by Disney's The Lion King film. Artist Point is a beautifully modeled after the Pacific Northwest lodges of America's national parks. The menu is rustic but everything is prepared with exquisite attention to detail.
What to expect with Disney World fine dining. First time visitors are surprised that there is more to Disney World than burgers, fries, and chicken fingers. But Disney World receives guests from all over the world, where tastes and recipes vary. To appeal to a global audiance, Disney World restaurants often prepare dishes that might seem slightly bland to some. However, fine dining, or Signature Dining in Disney speak, is where you can escape the otherwise dull dishes of Disney. Most of the chef's are well accomplished, semi-famous even, and know what it takes to impress foodies. Disney World Signature Dining is expensive, but in return you can also expect a dining experience - atmosphere and exceptional service. This is one reason why we disagree with Le Cellier being included in this category. For example, visit the California Grill one night, and the Le Cellier on another. The gap in service quality, atmosphere, and food presentation will be obvious.
Walt Disney World has a great selection of fine dining restaurants. Here, you can escape the rather bland food that is often served in Disney World's regular restaurants. The California Grill offers a rooftop view of the Magic Kingdom and surrounding areas. There's a catwalk outside on the roof that is an excellent place to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks. If your reservation is too early for fireworks, save your receipt and you'll be allowed back up to the restaurant before the show starts. Did you know the interior decor of the Flying Fish Cafe was inspired by the Coney Island Boardwalk in New York? Disney brags about Jiko's collection of South African wines, but we don't know why. What's so special about that? Even though Artist Point is considered fine dining, it has a relaxed atmosphere - perfect if you don't want to pack your sport coat or evening gown.
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