In a previous post, Once Upon a Disney Honeymoon, I shared with you our experiences Honeymooning at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and then at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. Since we loved it so much we came back the very next year to celebrate our 1 year anniversary.
We decided to indulge and get the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. This is the plan where you get 2 sit down meals a day, a counter service meal, and 2 snacks. Please check out a post my husband did, Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth It, for more discussion on the plan. But a general idea is that this plan has lots and lots of FOOD!!!!
To make the most out the table credits we chose Signature restaurants (they take 2 credits). It allowed us to have romantic evening each night of our trip.
Here are a couple we experienced and my thoughts as they pertain to a date night:
Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge
Artist Point is a beautiful rustic restaurant inspired by the National Park lodges. Murals of the American west adorn the walls while beautiful iron lanterns cast a glow on the eating area.
This restaurant is know for it’s focus on Pacific Northwest dishes specializing in seafood, sirloin and game. Their signature dish is a cedar plank-roasted salmon.
My thoughts… Great food. My husband still says it is the best Buffalo steak he has ever had. I had their signature salmon and was not disappointed. But for a romantic Anniversary dinner the restaurant was too open and bright for my taste. You felt like you were right in the middle of everything with no privacy for an intimate dinner. It would be a good restaurant to introduce children to signature dining but not for date night.
Flying Fish Cafe at Boardwalk
Flying Fish Cafe is a seafood restaurant located along Disney’s Boardwalk. It’s decor is whimsical and and is reminiscent of the Atlantic boardwalk with parachuting fish, fun house mirrors, and a backlit Ferris wheel.
My thoughts… Unfortunately we may have hit them on a bad night on our visit. The service was non existent (we rarely saw our waiter) and the food was just ok. I had the potato-wrapped red snapper that felt like it had sat under a heat lamp for a while.
For ambiance I give them mixed marks. The restaurant is very loud so don’t think you will be able to whisper sweet nothings in your spouse’s ear. So they lose there but they get points for making you feel special. Our table was decorated for the occasion and we had personalized menus with our names on it and highlighted out Anniversary with a romantic Mickey and Minnie. In the end I would not write them completely off.
California Grill at Contemporary
A top the Disney’s Contemprary you will find California Grill. The only way to access the restaurant is to take a private elevator to the 15th floor where you will be met with panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom.
My thoughts… This restaurant has it all! But you have to time it right. Reserve a late dinner right before fireworks and request a table right next to the window. These tables give you the feeling of privacy.
The food was outstanding. We both had the signature dishes and they exceeded our expectations.
The servers are great at giving you a bit of alone time but not too much that you think they have forgotten you. We actually met the people at the next table and enjoyed a 2 hour+ meal with them.
When the Wishes fireworks begin the lights are dimmed and the music is piped in. You can head out to a private terrace to view them or stay in your seat. Either way it is spectacular.
And if you are a wine drinker you will be pleased to find a wine list of over 300 hand-picked wines and over 50 are available by the glass. Just ask the sommeliAll for their recommendation. You will not be disappointed.
Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Head to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for a one of a kind signature dining event at Jiko. The atmosphere is very romantic as changing light mimics the warm red, orange and gold tones of an African sunset.
The open show kitchen serves up a delicious blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Their signature dishes include shrimp curry and oak-grilled filet mignon with sweet corn risotto.
They also house an extensive African wine selection and are happy to make recommendation.
My thoughts… Still my favorite! The food is unique and the setting is very romantic. It is always dusk in there and as long as you are not in the center of the restaurant all the tables give you a bit of privacy.
If you do go I would request Jeff as your server and try to sit in the wine room. Jeff has been our server on many special occasions and is always there to help make the dinner even more of an experience.
My favorite is once he knows you are there celebrating something he always tells you to relax. It’s perfect to get you out of ‘park commando mode’ and settling in for a long romantic meal with your special person.
Todd English’s bluezoo at the Dolphin
Located in the lower level of the Dolphin hotel you will find Celebrity Chef Todd Englis’ bluezoo. An open kitchen and unique yet intimate setting invites you to enjoy the freshest seafood with coastal cuisines from around the world.
My thoughts… This restaurant is a new addition to our favorite date night locations. We went for an anniversary dinner that will not be forgotten.
First, if you tell them you are celebrating when you make a reservation expect to be greeted with complimentary champagne and a rose for the lady. This sets the tone for the entire evening.
The food is beyond fantastic. I had the fish and Joe has the steak. We both thought they were some of the best on property.
The pace of the dinner is slow and the service is very attentive. Perfect for spending time with your significant other away from the kids.
And you don’t have to worry there either, your meal comes with two hours of complimentary time at Camp Dolphin for each child.
These are just a couple of our favorite date night restaurants. They are places we go to just spend time together and leave the bustle of the parks for a while.
Hope this post gives you ideas to bring romance to your future trips. And if you go to Jiko tell Jeff I say ‘hello’.
What Disney restaurant do you think is the most romantic?
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