You can find a great burger and French fries around every corner at Walt Disney World. You can find exceptional ice cream, coffee and sandwiches too. However, what many people don’t know is that there are a handful of fine dining opportunities that will please any foodie.
Jiko is a fine dining restaurant in the Deluxe Animal Kingdom Lodge. Jiko means The Cooking Place and it opened in 2001. It seats 235 people and the focal points of the restaurant, and the cause for the amazing aroma that fills the air, are two wood burning stoves. You can watch chefs prepare appetizers in the open show kitchen.
The menu includes a delightful blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. All dishes are infused with the bold flavors and spices of the region. The wine list is award-winning and features one of the largest selections of South African wines in North America.
Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance. There is a dress code. Men can wear khakis, slacks, jeans or dress shorts and collared shirts. Sport coats are optional. Women may wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses, jeans or dress shorts. Tank tops, swimsuits, torn clothing and offensive t-shirts are not welcome or permitted.
Victoria & Albert’s
Victoria & Albert’s is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. It’s a destination restaurant for people inside and out of Disney. This renowned restaurant has consistently been the recipient of the most prestigious award in fine dining, the AAA Five Diamond. The wine list includes a selection of over 500 wines and they’re continually ranked with ‘Best Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator.
The menu is created daily and your two and a half hour dining experience begins when you walk into the magnificent Victorian dining room. There are two nightly seatings that offer a fixed price seven course dinner which can include a wine pairing.
These two restaurants are just the beginning of what’s available for foodies who enjoy fine dining experiences. Check out the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Coral Reef at The Living Seas in Epcot and a wide variety of ethnic food experiences at Epcot’s World Showcase. Snacks are abundant and stretch far beyond the traditional French fries or chips. If you love food, Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida can be a fabulous dining adventure.