Any vacation to Walt Disney World is a special one in my book, but there are times when we want to celebrate something extra special. A birthday, anniversary, or even just some one-on-one time with a child. Those occasions call for a special night out!
There are dozens of wonderful restaurants at Walt Disney World perfect for enjoying a special night out, but here are four of our favorites:
Wine Bar George
This is hands down, my current favorite place for dinner at Disney Springs. I love everything about Wine Bar George, from the delicious wines to the amazing food. With a variety of small plates ideal for sharing, it’s my idea of a perfect meal.
The atmosphere is warm and cozy with multiple levels of dining, and even when busy, the tables are situated so that you feel secluded.
When we visit, we like to share 5 or 6 small plates and then save a bit of room for dessert. It can be a splurge once you add a few glasses of wine, but it’s such a memorable evening that it’s well worth it!
Some favorites include the marinated olives, burrata and the pork pluma. Although everything we’ve enjoyed there has been fantastic. The servers are well versed in the wines and you can order small tastings if you’d like. I’ve found it’s more affordable to just get a glass, and if you are unsure, you can usually try a taste to ensure you will like what you order.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit!
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Sanaa has been a long-time favorite restaurant for my family. It’s located at Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Every meal we’ve enjoyed there has been outstanding. The cuisine is African and Indian inspired and so flavorful. If you dine early in the evening try to get a seat by the window and you can see the animals outside. If it’s dark out, you won’t be able to see through the windows so I’d opt for a cozy booth.
We ALWAYS start with the bread service at Sanaa. It consists of a variety of Naan and a bunch of sauces. It’s fun to mix and match breads and sauces – we each have our favorite combos. If you aren’t very hungry, you could easily get by (especially for two people) with just bread service and dessert. However, we enjoy the rest of the menu so much we can never resist ordering dinner too!
Insider tip: If you like spicy food, be sure to ask for the special “extra spicy sauce” – they’ll bring it out for you and it’s delightful combined with the cucumber raita.
For the four of us, we always order two Potjie Inspired dinners – each of which consists of a “main-course”, a side dish and rice. With the bread service it’s the perfect amount of food. In the past we used to add another main course dinner but found we were way too full! Some favorites include the butter chicken, Goan seafood curry, and Aloo Masala. They used to have an amazing Paneer cheese but it’s currently not on the menu.
The cocktail menu is very fun with lots of terrific choices, but my husband always ends his meal with the Painted Lemur – a liqueur combo served in a chocolate striped glass. Yum.
Insider tip: If you can’t get a dinner reservation, you CAN still order dinner from Sanaa to go. If you are staying at the resort, take it back to your room and enjoy it on the balcony!
This is my son’s pick for favorite places (or maybe Tiffin’s). The Yachtsman Steakhouse is located in the Yacht Club and it’s exactly what it sounds like – an upscale steakhouse. The decor is understated elegance, and the service is top-notch.
On our last visit, he enjoyed the filet with truffle fries on the side and he devoured every bite. I’m a lighter eater, so I went with a cup of french onion soup and a side of the creamed spinach – along with a tasty cocktail.
I really appreciated that even without us both ordering entrees, our service was excellent. And it was plenty of food – I actually enjoyed half of the creamed spinach the next morning for breakfast!
If you are looking for a classic steakhouse experience in a quiet and comfortable setting, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant.
Insider tip: This restaurant does have a dress code – nothing too extreme as it IS Disney World, but note that they do not allow bathing suits, tank tops, flip flops, offensive t-shirts, and the like.
The Turf Club
We stumbled upon the Turf Club during a stay at Saratoga Springs and discovered it’s a lovely place for a special dinner. The feel is very country club as it’s situated on a golf course and lake, and although it’s cozy inside, what I think makes it stand out is the covered patio seating.
With plenty of wrought iron, attentive service, and a terrific water view of Disney Springs, sitting outside makes for an elegant yet relaxing evening.
Drinks are standard country club fair – mint juleps, martinis, and the like, while the food is a wonderful mix of steakhouse favorites with plenty of seafood options. As my daughter is a pescatarian, she enjoys having a variety of choices versus the typical one fish or veggie dish at most steakhouse restaurants.
After enjoying a delicious meal, take time to stroll around the resort a bit to soak up the atmosphere and walk off some of those calories! You can even take a boat ride over to Disney Springs for a bit of shopping or dessert.
*Be sure to call before you visit as some of these restaurants may currently be closed for COVID. Also, I’d highly recommend reservations, especially for Sanaa and Wine Bar George as it can be challenging to get a table*
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