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Character dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Victoria and Albert’s named one of top 15 iconic Restaurants in the U.S.

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If you are looking to venture to a celebrated local restaurant, Zagat, the quintessential dining guide, this week released their list of “America’s Most Iconic Restaurants.” These restaurants “embody the essence of their city,” writes Zagat.

Victoria and Alberts at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

 

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is on that exclusive list. (The only other Florida restaurant on the list is Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami.)

“Zagat is one of the most respected food guides in the world, and it’s an honor and a privilege to be included,” says Chef Scott Hunnel, who heads a team of culinary pros in the Victoria & Albert’s kitchen.

From Zagat: Victoria & Albert’s is a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”; this Grand Floridian “celebration destination” earns “superlatives all around,” from chef Scott Hunnel’s “exquisite,” “beautifully presented” New American prix fixes to “impeccable” service – and an “über-romantic, high-end” setting where “elegance rules” (jackets are required for men); you may “need to hock one of your kids” to pay, but those “trying to impress” say there’s “no finer place.”

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The Walt Disney World Resort restaurant also had the highest Zagat scores of any of the 15 notables – 29 for food; 28 for décor; 29 for service (out of a perfect 30). The scores are arrived at after thousands of people share their opinions through Zagat surveys. Zagat uses the results to create trusted rating and reviews (check it out at zagat.com).

Congrats to Chef Scott Hunnel, Manager and Sommelier Israel Perez and the entire team at Victoria & Albert’s! If you want to make a reservation at this very special restaurant, call 407-939-3862.

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Narcoossee’s Restaurant at Disney’s  Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

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Gasparailla Island Grill

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Citricos Restaurant

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Tea time at the Grand Floridian Resort

Menu at the Garden View Tea Room

A nice way to spend a few hours at the Grand Floridian Resort is to have tea.  The Garden View Tea Room opens at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. and is available seven days a week.  It is located in the lobby at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Disney Dining plan is not accepted and advanced dining reservations are recommended. 

13th AAA five-diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s

Victoria & Albert's Restaurant

Congrats to Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning their 13th AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Of 28,000 restaurants reviewed, only 53 have earned five diamonds – and a mere 21 have had that distinction for 13 or more consecutive years.

“Haute cuisine at its best” defines the AAA criteria. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and “food prepared in a manner that’s highly imaginative and unique” and you’ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maître d’ must lead an expert service staff “that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

That’s a tall order, and Victoria & Albert’s manages to wow guests every single night of the year with a fabulous “Contemporary-American” menu and refined touches such as Italian Sambonet silver, fine Royal Doulton and Wedgwood china, and Italian Frette tablecloths (hung, not folded, to avoid creases). Women get a small stool for handbags and a rose to carry home – and if you’re chilly, they’ll offer a cashmere wrap.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862) Dining room is $135 per person for six courses and $65 for wine pairings. Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room are $210 for 10 courses and $105 for wine pairings.

From the Disney parks

News-construction to impact shopping and dining

Please keep in mind that these dates can be modified by Disney at any time.  If you have a reservation at the Grand Floridian this fall you should be aware of the construction and how it could impact your vacation.

Narcoosee’s July 9 to July 22 2012

Citricos  July 23, 2012 to August 4, 2012

Beach Pool Bar Currently closed through August 24, 2012

Mizner’s Lounge  July 9, 2012 to July 14, 2012

Gasparilla Grill & Games August 24, 2012 til sometime in December 2012

Sandy Cove  August 21, 2012 til sometime in December 2012

While Gasparilla Grill & Games is closed for refurbishment guests will be able to use the newly refurbished Beach Pool Bar and Mizner’s Lounge for food.

The courtyard pool will be closing around August 24 and reopening sometime in December 2012.  Guests will be able to use the Beach pool during this time.  Disney is planning on adding updating this entire area and adding zero entry access to the pool.

Contact your vacation planner or Disney with any questions.  If you are staying club level you can contact IPO.