On the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, we field several questions every day from guests looking for ways to economize on their Disney food budget. These are meaningful and important questions, and we’re happy to help.
But every once in a while I find myself wishing that someone would send in a question like, “My rich uncle has died and left me a gazillion dollars. What’s the most expensive meal I can buy at Walt Disney World?” (Or maybe I’m just wishing that I had rich uncle in poor health :-).)
The quick answer to the expensive meal question is Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian. This posh-beyond-posh restaurant will set you back at least $125 in the main dining room, or at least $200 in the even-more-posh-beyond-posh Queen Victoria Room or Chef’s Table.
And that’s not including tax, tip, booze, and supplementary extra caviar. I’m sure Uncle Moneybags would approve.
Disney World’s Priciest Meals
But I found myself wondering if there were any “regular” restaurant meals that would inflict nearly this much damage to my shiny red Disney Visa. I decided to figure out the most expensive non-V&A’s meal you could find at Walt Disney World (not counting special event or private event meals).
And as an added bonus, I realized that this would be a good tool for a guest on the Disney Dining Plan who was REEEEALLY looking to get his money’s worth.
So in order to compare apples to apples, or more accurately steak to steak, I decided to construct the most expensive standard three course meal at each Disney World signature restaurant: one appetizer/starter course, one single-serving entree, and one dessert.
Flying Fish, Boardwalk (DDP = Yes)
- Chardonnay-steamed Mussels, $18
- Black Angus New York Strip Steak, $42
- Trio of Concession Sweets, $9
Bistro de Paris, Epcot (DDP = Yes)
- Smoked Salmon Pastrami, $16
- Maine Lobster, $46
- Raspberry Souffle (and others), $11
Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DDP = Yes)
- Cobb Salad, $15
- 8 oz. Charred Filet of Beef, $41
- Chocolate Three Ways (and others), $9
California Grill, Contemporary (DDP = Yes)
- Dragon Roll or Deluxe Sushi Platter, $28
- Oak Fired Filet of Beef or Cast-iron Seared Bison, $47
- Valhrona Chocolate Cake, $13
Citricos, Grand Floridian (DDP = Yes)
- Spiced Ahi Tuna, $16
- Braised Veal Shank, $50
- Chocolate Banana Torte, $11
Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Swan Hotel (DDP = No)
- Calamari Fritta (and others), $11
- Medaglione Di Filetto, $45
- Tiramisu, $10
Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge (DDP = Yes)
- Wild Boar Tenderloin or Spiced Ahi, $16
- Oak Grilled Filet Mignon, $43
- Artisanal Cheese Selection, $14
Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney (DDP = Yes)
- Crab Claws, $20
- One Pound Alaska King Crab Claws, $55
- Cheesecake, $8
Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge (DDP = Yes)
- Dungeness Crab Salad or Artist Point “BLT,” $15
- Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin or Buffalo Striploin Steak, $43
- Chocolate Indulgence, $11
Le Cellier, dinner, Epcot (DDP = Yes)
- Lobster Chopped Salad or Beef Tartare, $16
- New York Strip Steak, $44
- Trio of Chocolate, $10
Narcoossee’s, Grand Floridian (DDP = Yes)
- Jumbo Crab Cakes, $17
- Butter-poached Lobster Tail and Grilled Filet Mignon, $68
- Almond Crusted Cheesecake (and others), $10
Shula’s Steak House, Dolphin (DDP = No)
- 8 oz. Cold Water Lobster Tail, $41
- Surf & Turf, $84
- Chocolate Souffle (and others), $11
Todd English’s bluezoo, Dolphin (DDP = No)
- Baja Oct, $16
- Cantonese Lobster, $60
- Banana Cream Tart (and others), $14
Wolfgang Puck Dining Room, Downtown Disney (DDP = Yes)
- Pan Seared Scallops (and others), $18
- Prime Ribeye, $47
- All desserts, $8
Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club (DDP = Yes)
- Ahi Crudo (and others), $16
- Beef Wellington Deconstructed, $47
- Artisanal Cheese Platter, $14
Oh, and by the way, many of these venues also offer creamy, cheesy, potatoey sorts of side dishes available for an extra $7-10. You could also do some serious damage at the raw bars of Fulton’s or Narcoossee’s.
I left those factors off the analysis, but there’s no reason you have to leave them off your plate if you’re looking to bulk up your bill, or your belly.
What Can We Learn From This Experiment?
Are you feeling full yet? ‘Cause I am STUFFED just thinking about all this food. But think more I shall, and here are my thoughts:
- You CAN pay less: You can certainly visit a signature venue and spend much less than this, chicken and veggies are waaay less expensive.
- Or pay MORE: It’s possible to rack up a very substantial bill at any of the signature and fine dining restaurants at Walt Disney World.
- Pricy items are similar: The priciest items are fairly standard across all the menus: a seafood based appetizer, beef based entree, and chocolate based dessert will hit your wallet hardest every time.
- Pricing is similar: The Disney-owned, Dining Plan accepting restaurants have a very similar highest price point — typically between $65-75.
- Choice matters: Fulton’s looks high, but would anyone actually get crab claws for both appetizer and entree? Similarly at Shula’s, would you get both a lobster tail AND Surf and Turf?
- Don’t forget extras…” With drinks, tax, and tip, you can easily pay more than $100 per person at a signature meal.
- Calculate first: If you’re in splurge mode and paying out of pocket, the regular signature restaurants can hit you almost as hard as the main dining room at Victoria & Albert’s. It may be worth thinking about whether an even splurgier splurge is worth it.
So what do you think fellow eaters? Have any of you actually had a meal like one of these? If Uncle Moneybags left you gazillions, where do you go first to toast his memory? Let us know in the comments below.