If there's one thing Disney visitors know, it's that Valentine's Day at Walt Disney World has a different vibe to it. Sure, there are lots of families around, but it's also a popular spot for couples, including those hoping to pop the question. As for dining, that can be tricky as some guests may prefer something casual in between the rides.
But others may want to add something special to the Disney World trip with a full romantic meal at the resorts. They can run from the parks to the hotels and scores of options around. Given Disney World has something for every type of foodie, it's hard to narrow down, but some spots truly shine more than others for a romantic meal. To narrow it down is a challenge, but these may rank as the ten most romantic spots to dine for Valentine's Day at Disney World and make it even more of a special time for couples.
10. Wine Bar George, Disney Springs
It may look busier than some would prefer, but for a couple wanting some lovely drinks, you can't go wrong with the only wine bar in Florida overseen by a Master Sommelier. The award-winning variety of wines gets attention, as does the menu, which varies from small cheese snacks to full steaks and grilled bass. The warm lighting and rustic decor combine to create a wonderfully romantic setting for a couple, even if it seems busy some nights. Throw in the friendly staff and music, and anyone can enjoy this top-notch wine place.
9. Jaleo by Jose Andres, Disney Springs
Anything bearing the name of internationally renowned chef Jose Andres is going to be good. This restaurant, located in Disney Springs, brings the chef's acclaimed Spanish dishes to wonderful life. It's backed by a beautiful interior that looks like it'd be right at home in Barcelona or some coastal Spanish town. The warm, dim lighting makes the mosaic tiles around you feel alive, and the lovely music helps, too. Among the many great romantic eateries at Disney Springs, this may be the best spot for a Valentine's Day meal with an exotic appeal.
8. Toledo-Tapas, Coronado Resort
The Coronado has almost a dozen top restaurants, so it says something that shines the best. Located on the 16th floor of the Gran Destino Tower, this offers some truly remarkable views of the area at any time. The lighting is unique as it's off during the day, so the bright sun shines in amid the olive trees. At night, the mood becomes special, with the vaunted ceiling lights bathing guests in a variety of colors. The food is a great mix of steak, fish, and other items, yet the lighting and the high location make this a terrific spot for couples at any time of the day.
7. Topolino's Terrace, Riviera Resort
Another spot that looks casual in the day but turns more romantic at nightfall, it's logical a place named after the Riviera has somewhere elegant to dine. The rooftop restaurant boasts great views of neighboring resorts and Epcot with Mediterranean-themed architecture. The tables are spread out with a few good booths as well, and the food can mix the best of French and Italian cuisine. There's also a patio where you can enjoy drinks and watch the fireworks on the warmer nights. For those wanting a rooftop area that's not too crowded, this is a good choice.
6. The Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club
Somehow often overlooked, the Yachtsman Steakhouse is a fantastic dining experience, not just for Yacht Club guests but those at other Epcot resorts. As befitting its name, it looks like it's an old-styled yacht club in New England, the upscale wooden decor and tables making it a great fit. The lighting can be low at times and offers some nice views of the outside lake area and beach. It's only open for dinner, and the steaks are to die for. Thanks to its look and appeal, this is more for adults than families and makes it perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
5. Narcoossee's, Grand Floridian
The fact this place is only open for dinner shows it's meant more for couples than regular families. Like the rest of the Grand Floridian, it has a Victorian design, just more laid-back than the rest of the place. However, it's not quite casual dining either as the menu can be filled with nice seafood items. The ambiance is the drawing card with the light wooden tables, blue colors, and windows overlooking the beach and lake. Time it for the fireworks, and it's a great place, romantic but still not stuffy and lonely for those wanting a nice dinner.
4. California Grill, Contemporary Resort
The one downside of this place may be that now and then, it can host a larger family gathering. But for the most part, this Contemporary Resort spot is meant for couples and it excels there. The menu is great, but it's the location overlooking the Magic Kingdom that's the reason it's been a huge hit for years. The best time is at night for the fireworks shows and the food backs up the lovely ambiance. For those wanting a great night with one of the best views in all of Walt Disney World, the California Grill is the place to be and little wonder it's one of the must-sees for any couple.
3. Le Cellier, Epcot
The smallest of the World Showcase restaurants means it can be a bit more crowded at times. But it's worth the wait for this spot at the Canada pavilion. The theming is wonderfully done like a classic wine cellar with decor to match and makes it feel more intimate. The menu is fantastic as it boasts arguably the best steaks in all of Walt Disney World. Obviously, the wine menu is first-rate to back it up, and while there may be occasional family gatherings, the smaller seating makes it better for couples. So for those wanting a quiet but fun spot, Le Cellier is the way to go.
2. Monsieur Paul, France, Epcot
If you can't get to Paris, then this is the next best thing. Located on the second floor above the more family-friendly Chefs de France, this spot is well known for its amazing meals. It's the best French dining you can get in all of Orlando, with the chefs going all out, from the Grilled Beef Tenderloin to the exquisite desserts. It may be a bit tricky imagining yourself there in regular shorts and shirts when it's so classy around you yet it works out well. For those staying by the Epcot resorts, it's worth dressing up to visit as the romantic feel of Paris makes this spot perfect for Valentine's Day.
1. Victoria & Albert's, Grand Floridian
There's exclusive, and then there's Victoria and Albert's. The only AAA 5-Diamond restaurant in Central Florida, this Grand Floridian spot is known for its high prices but is worth every penny. The six-course meals are bountiful and the fact children under ten are basically banned means you won't have to put up with feisty families. The theming is gorgeous, with the lush carpeting and decor, and it looks like it's out of the 1920s. So it may be an expensive meal, but also worthwhile for a romantic night out in the most elegant restaurant in all of Walt Disney World.