Where to Spend Your Anniversary, Honeymoon, or Date Night in Disney World
Hitched declared Disneyland, Paris the “most popular landmark for proposals.” Not the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Disneyland in Paris. The city of love and Disney?? Double whammy. The second most popular choice was the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Where else can you tour a Haunted Mansion then finish the night with an insane firework display?? Let’s take a look at ALL the moody, swoony, and downright romantic restaurants in Disney World.
Once you’re done here, head over to this helpful post: 6 Tips for a Couples Retreat to Walt Disney World
In addition to ranking the best romantic restaurants and making your night an evening to remember, I’ve created a free printable that lists every restaurant on Disney World property with an awesome view. This includes views of the fireworks, night shows, or just spectacular views in general. You can get this cheat sheet in my free, password-protected resource library. Find the form to get the password at the bottom of this post.
Helpful Disney Planning Resources!
- 10 Ideas to Make Your Couples Retreat to Disney World Over the Top
- Restaurants with a View Cheat Sheet (available in my free resource library – password is at the end of the post)
- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
Be Our Guest
The atmosphere at Be Our Guest is unbeatable at the Magic Kingdom. Eating in a Disney castle is a “fairytales do come true” experience. If you were an ardent Beauty and the Beast fan as a kid, you’ll most likely love this place. You should request a table in the main ballroom or the West Wing. The ballroom is where you’ll find the magnificent chandeliers and the Enchanted Forest that snows all hours of the day. I’ll be honest though, as beautiful as the main ballroom is, it’s also incredibly noisy, which you may or may not care for.
Ask to sit in the West Wing if you think the noise will bother you. This room is darker and smaller than the main ballroom. Guests eating in this room are naturally quieter in this intimate space. It’s also very moody and has some very cool theming. Pay attention to the Beast’s portrait when lightning strikes! You might catch a glimpse of it transforming Prince Adam!
Here’s a bonus suggestion for you! Skipper Canteen is an awesome alternative to Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom. Many guests believe the restaurant has better food with a delicious take on fried chicken and fresh salads. Plus, there some amazing Jungle Cruise “Easter eggs” scattered throughout each of the dining rooms. (Look for the office door labeled for Dr. Albert Falls!) Skipper Canteen is an underrated restaurant with a lot to offer!
This restaurant is meant for those of you who love Jungle Cruise humor and want to keep your date night inside the Magic Kingdom!
Liberty Tree Tavern
Do you and your partner adore hearty American fare? Liberty Tree Tavern is for you! The real star of Liberty Tree Tavern is the comfort food. Think of this place as a year-long Thanksgiving dinner. Juicy turkey with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes is a reputable main course and you can start it all off with a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. And don’t skip the rolls! We were stuffed and still managed to cram in some delicious bread and butter.
As far as the atmosphere, Liberty Tree Tavern is more “adult” (maybe even boring) because of the understated theming. The restaurant gives a nod to late 1700s with old-American decor and political references. Still, it’s pretty cozy and a good choice if you’re looking to fill up on bread and butter!
Chefs de France
The food at Chefs de France and the atmosphere is the definition of French romance. My mom and I shared the three-course prix fixe meal here one time and we’ve been chasing dreams about this meal ever since. Everything from the decadent French Onion Soup to the Boeuf Bourguignon Linguine to the Crème Brûlée was absolute perfection. The food is also pretty hardy so take note if you’ve just spent the day drinking around World Showcase.
In terms of atmosphere and food, you get a little best of both worlds at this restaurant! The dining rooms are romantic with warm lighting and the food is really, really good. You can also level up the romance by dining at the intimate Monsieur Paul located on the second floor. With a higher price range, the food and atmosphere are tenfold here.
By the way, if you’re worried about Disney restaurant dress codes, head over to my post, Disney World Dress Code Tips. I highlight which restaurants have clothing restrictions and outfit suggestions.
San Angel Inn Restaurante
San Angel Inn Restaurante is located inside Mexico Pavilion’s Aztec pyramid. The simulated nighttime atmosphere is located by the moving river that transports guests aboard the Three Caballeros attraction. (Disneyland buffs may be reminded of the Blue Bayou when eating at San Angel Inn.)
The food is fairly good with a menu featuring standard Mexican-American cuisine, but the real star is the cocktails. The bar serves up yummy concoctions like the Blood Orange Margaritas, spiked Horchata, and Tequila Flights. San Angel Inn is quiet, moody, and you get to drink fresh margaritas with your loved one under the night sky. What’s more romantic than that?
I should not that there are two San Angel restaurants and either are a good choice for a romantic night-out. La Hacienda de San Angel gives you a nice view of World Showcase Lagoon. It’s especially beautiful during the nighttime fireworks show in EPCOT.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is basically a playground for adults. It’s a nostalgic place for those who grew up with the movies but it’s also a ton of fun for those who didn’t. I’m someone who didn’t grow up with the franchise and I still love the rides and theming. Oga’s Cantina is a must-do whether you loved the movies or don’t care for them.
It’s not exactly romantic but the “space club” atmosphere is extremely fun. It also has some of the best cocktails in Hollywood Studios. (Try a Fuzzy Tauntaun!) The place was built with adults in mind and it’s an exciting place to get away from the crowds.
Hollywood Brown Derby
The Brown Derby gives you an old-school Hollywood vibe with caricatures and old photos of famous people decorating the walls. It’s modeled after the real Brown Derby in California and has a classic feel. This is a very “grown-up” restaurant and one of the best in Disney World.
The food is also fairly upscale (and spendy). They have world-famous dishes like the creamy-tart Grapefruit Cake and the fresh Cobb Salad chopped at your table. You can also visit the outdoor lounge if you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for dinner. Order the Grapefruit cake and a cocktail for a little romance without a big bill!
Tiffins hits the nail on the head for adult-friendly food and atmosphere. The restaurant acts as an art gallery with original sketches, maps, and photographs taken by Imagineers during their initial research for Animal Kingdom. In the Safari Room, there are some sketches and photographs taken of the animals within Animal Kingdom too. The fun part is figuring out which photographs were taken in the theme park and which were taken in the wild.
The menu is inspired by the cuisine of Africa, South America, and Asia and pretty much anything you order here is good. This restaurant is upscale with incredible theming that most adults can really appreciate!
Yak and Yeti
Huge ornate statues and overly rich decorations are placed in every dining room. Everything is so lush and velvety! The food is Pan-Asian with things like curry chicken, teriyaki, and pot stickers. The real star is the Chicken Fried Rice which you can also find at the quick-service restaurant outside the sit-down restaurant. We were honestly surprised about how good that fried rice was! Animal Kingdom only has 4 table-service restaurants to choose from, but Yak and Yeti and Tiffins are definitely the most adult-centric!
Disney Springs has 63 dining options to choose from. That can be insanely overwhelming for someone visiting Disney World for the first time. The two I chose are opposite in terms of atmosphere and food. If you’re into upscale romance, go with Morimoto Asia. If you love decadent Southern cooking, Homecomin’ is your place.
Morimoto Asia is dark and moody with a dash of chic Vegas vibes. And the food. It’s incredible. The Pan-Asian-inspired dishes are creative and delicious. Do yourself a favor and order the Pork Dumplings and Morimoto Spare Ribs.
I would eat at Homecomin’ everyday if I wasn’t worried about my waistline and overall health,. The fried chicken is juicy and paired with the richest and most delicious mac n’ cheese. Everything is so good here, so you won’t be disappointed with what you order! The atmosphere is inspired by southern comfort with screened porches and outdoor seating. It has a reputation of being the best restaurant in Disney World.
Bonus Choice: Try The Edison for a fun night-out! The nightly entertainment features burlesque dancers, musicians, and acrobats.
Oh, and you should DEFINITELY try Gideon’s Bakehouse for dessert. The line can get long so put your name on the virtual line right when you arrive at Disney Springs. The cookies and cake slices are SO worth the wait.
Disney Resort Hotels
Jiko – disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko is a Signature Restaurant so it’s a bit pricier than other options at Disney World. (It also happens to be my favorite restaurant at Disney World!) The menu is unique and is inspired by South African cuisine. The dishes are prepared in such a way that exposes you to South African food and cultures. It’s also inside the most beautiful Disney World Resort. After dinner, walk outside to admire the giraffes and grab a glass of South African wine from Victoria Falls.
Many people also love Sanaa which is located inside Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village. The preference is due to their famous bread service and views of the safari. Either one is a good choice for a fancy date night!
California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Locate at the top of the Contemporary Resort, California Grill is where you find the most spectacular view of Disney World. There are two walkways that give you a view of the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. You’ll get an incredible view of the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. The menu is upscale American cuisine and everything is made with care and great ingredients. This is a restaurant that’s worthy of a special anniversary dinner and the restaurant has seen plenty of marriage proposals! You also have the option to visit the loung for cocktails if you don’t want to splurge on a whole meal.
Despite Disney World having the reputation for being a kids-only vacation spot, that wasn’t Walt Disney’s original intention. He wanted a place where both kids and adults can enjoy themselves. Take in the fireworks, relive your childhood nostalgia, then share a special dinner with your loved one!
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As promised, I created a cheat sheet that lists every restaurant with an awesome view on Disney World property. When planning a Disney vacation, it’s hard to keep all your plans and guides in one place, so I put the cheat sheet inside my free resource library.
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