There are literally HUNDREDS of restaurants to dine in around Disney World and Disneyland, so how could we ever pick the cream of the crop?
You’d be surprised — it’s actually pretty easy. There are a few Disney meals that stand head and shoulders above the others. That’s why we’re taking a look at these exclusive (and often expensive!) dining experiences. Check out the 7 best Disney restaurant meals of ALL TIME.
Note these are not RANKED…they all win awards for different reasons!
1. Twilight Feast
Note: The Twilight Feast is not currently offered.
First up on our list is the Twilight Feast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. We love a good meal at ‘Ohana, in fact, it’s one of our favorite restaurants in Disney World! We give their grilled meats, potstickers, teriyaki noodles, and bread pudding two enthusiastic thumbs up. Still, there is a way to make ‘Ohana a more relaxing and private experience — by ordering the Twilight Feast!
If you’re staying at the Polynesian, you can pick up that phone and order a special room service meal ONLY available at this hotel. The Twilight Feast brings alllll the ‘Ohana faves right to you in the comfort of your room (and if you’re anything like us, the comfort of you in your jammies!).
You’ll be dining on Pineapple Coconut Bread, Salad, Spiced Chicken Wings, Asian-style Pot Stickers, Yakisoba Noodles, Stir-fried Vegetables, ‘Ohana Sunset Punch (POG juice!!), Skewered Meats, Oak-grilled Shrimp, and ‘OHANA BREAD PUDDING. Oh gosh, now we’re hungry.
The full Twilight Feast used to be offered for $60 per person. We know, that sounds like a crazy high price for ONE PERSON but — here’s a tip — it’s easily enough food to feed 2 people (or more! We had leftovers for breakfast!).
2. 21 Royal
Now we’re taking a look at the most expensive Disney meal EVER. No, we’re not exaggerating. Tucked away in a historic space above Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll find one of the most luxurious dining experiences pretty much anywhere — 21 Royal. If you want to take part, you’ll just be dropping a cool $15,000 for a maximum party size of 12. Whew.
Part of Walt Disney’s dream for Disneyland Park included a private space within the park where he and his wife could entertain family, friends, dignitaries, and celebrities. Unfortunately, Walt passed before the space could be completed, but the escape did come to fruition.
21 Royal has served many purposes over the years, such as the Disney Dream Suite and an Art Gallery, but now it stands as a super-exclusive dining experience.
Now, we can’t say too much about what your menu will be at 21 Royal because it’s different for every group of diners; however, our menu was FANTASTIC. In fact, the entire experience is top-notch — as is to be expected with the price tag.
Not only is this six-course meal full of interesting and rare dishes, but each course is also accompanied by a sommelier-crafted wine pairing. Oh, and did we mention the cocktail hour? Plus, each diner receives Park Hopper tickets AND you’ll get a perfect view of Fantasmic from the 21 Royal balcony. Wow.
3. Marc Davis Centennial Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion
Ok so this next one isn’t really a RESTAURANT meal, but it certainly is one of the best meals we’ve had at Disney, and checked off some major items on our Disney Bucket List. Several years ago, Dining in Disneyland’s Heather Sievers (who’s also our original Disneyland correspondent here on DFB) attended the Marc Davis Centennial Dinner in a pretty cool location.
Now when we say pretty cool we mean a totally crazy, jaw-dropping, we can’t believe we got to do this (!!!) kind of place. She ate dinner INSIDE Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion!
How did she get to do this? Well, this dinner was actually a private Club 33 event. So, you either had to be a member of the ultra-exclusive Disneyland club or a guest of a member to attend. We’re not even sure Club 33 will ever do another event of this kind, so that makes it even MORE of an exclusive experience.
The evening started with a ride in the Stretching Room to get to her table set IN THE HAUNTED MANSION PORTRAIT HALLWAY. Yes, we’re still freaking out nearly ten years later.
Like at 21 Royal, each of the five courses had a wine pairing to accompany it. However, at THIS dinner guests were chowing down on stretching portrait-themed eats like the Quick Sand-wich, Out with a Bang, and Tightrope, and finishing their meal with the jaw-dropping Madame Leota’s Sweet Seance (yes, it’s a glowing edible Madame Leota crystal ball!).
So, yeah, this one kinda tops the charts for us. If that kinda thing strikes your fancy and you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars to spare, you might want to take a look at the exclusive Club 33 (but we’ll talk about that a little more soon).
4. Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table
Note: Victoria & Albert’s is currently closed, but is set to reopen on July 28th.
This next one isn’t QUITE as expensive or exclusive, but you’ll still pay a pretty penny to dine at Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table in Disney World. Victoria & Albert’s is an AMAZING fine dining establishment located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The Chef’s Table is a perfectly crafted extension of an amazing dining experience — perfect for any true food lover.
The Chef’s Table here may include up to thirteen courses with prices starting at $250 per person with an added $105-$150 for wine pairings. Those prices don’t include tax or gratuity either so this experience is STEEP. But is it worth it? Yes. So much yes.
This meal will have you dining IN the Victoria & Albert’s kitchen on a menu crafted just for your event. When we went, we had a positively stunning line-up on our menu with dishes like Bleu Cheese Fondue, Veal Sweetbread and Shank, and Roasted Quail. The BEST part of this experience for us was the chance to watch and interact with some incredibly talented chefs hard at work.
It’s truly amazing to get a close-up view of one of the finest kitchens around. It doesn’t hurt the food is incredible too. 😉
5. Napa Rose Chef’s Counter
Napa Rose, the Signature Restaurant in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Disneyland, offers an exclusive dining experience at the restaurant’s Chef’s Counter. This is offered in two seatings per night and has eight seats with an unobstructed view of the kitchen.
Dining at the Chef’s Counter means that you can either order from the regular menu or you can opt for a custom multi-course menu designed by the chef just for you. We bet you can guess which one makes for the more memorable meal. 😉
What’s really fun if you opt for the custom menu is that each person in your party will be served a unique dish for each course! This makes for a lot of fun if you’re willing to share!
This experience is going to run you $100 per person with an additional wine pairing available, but it sure is worth it.
When we dined at the Chef Counter at Napa Rose, our custom menu included truly delicious rabbit and pigeon. And we loved it!
6. Club 33 in Disneyland
Remember Club 33? Time to learn a lot more about this ULTRA exclusive secret Disney club.
Club 33 in Disneyland is an actual restaurant, and it’s got a pretty FAB meal that definitely makes this list. But first, we gotta talk about what it takes to dine here. Club 33 is members-only and the wait for membership has been said to be approximately 14 years. Whew.
BUT you can get in if you’re invited by a member of Club 33, which we were lucky enough to do! Like 21 Royal, this New Orleans Square space was designed by Walt with ideas of entertaining VIPs and friends and family in the comfort of the parks.
It is a GORGEOUS space. What really makes this experience special is WHERE you’re dining. Before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, this was famously the ONLY spot in Disneyland to serve alcohol!
Of course, the food is delicious, too! When we dined for lunch we had appetizers, chicken with truffled mac and cheese, and chateaubriand with Yukon mashed potatoes. Delish! Now, we will say that the food isn’t quite as culinarily stunning as what you might find at Napa Rose or Victoria & Albert’s, but the exclusiveness of the experience does PLENTY to make up for it.
7. Takumi-Tei Water Room
Note: Takumi-Tei is currently closed.
We’re wrapping up our list of the BEST meals in Disney with one of the newer options — the Water Room at Takumi-Tei in Epcot.
Takumi-Tei is a relatively new (opened in 2019) Signature Restaurant in the Japan Pavilion of the World Showcase. Our first meal here was a stunning and LENGTHY experience with traditional and delicious Japanese cuisine.
But the Water Room is EXTRA special. This gorgeous room houses the Chef’s Table experience at Takumi-Tei. This space was designed to “immerse diners in a tranquil setting that reflects the balance between nature and Japanese art.” With an indoor waterfall and a “river” in your table, this room really does what it set out to do!
Each meal at the Chef’s Table features an exclusive menu and is available for parties of six to eight for dinner service. The experience costs $180 per person with an added $100 for beverage service.
This is a 9-course, 4-hour meal but it is WORTH IT. We enjoyed gorgeous plate of food after gorgeous plate of food along with pairings of wine or sake per course.
The meal was capped off with a tableside green tea ceremony. The whole experience was matched with impeccable service. Every aspect was SO pretty, SO tasty, and SO fancy!
Sure, a few of these are WAY out of reach for average visitors, but if you’re looking for a next-level experience on either coast, there are a few fantastic options perfect for a special night out (or IN, if you’re getting that Twilight Feast!). We hope you enjoyed looking over these delicious meals as much as we enjoyed eating them to share with you!
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