Tutto Gusto
Address200 Epcot Center DRive
CityLake Buena Vista
Scott's Review
Once the lobby and restroom area for the larger restaurant inside the Italy pavilion at Epcot, this new wine bar is small, and reservations are not accepted, but it offers some pretty good "small plates" and a robust list of wines to go with them.... Read more
Victoria & Albert’s
AddressDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Walt Disney World
Scott's Review

Quite simply one of the best restaurants in the Southeast, headed by talented chef Scott Hunnel, winner of the 2008 Sante magazine Culinary Professional of the Year award. This is haute cuisine, and dinner here is a delight. The menu changes frequently but is prix fixe with multiple choices. This may be the last restaurant in Florida to require gentlemen to wear jackets. (Also, children under 10 are not permitted in the dining room -- yes, this is a Disney restaurant.)

V&A recently received its 10th AAA five-diamond rating, that guidebook's highest honor. Only 52 of the 60,000 North American restaurants rated by AAA achieves five-diamond status. Only two other Florida restaurants - l'Escalier and the Restaurant at the Four Seasons, both in Palm Beach -- have the top honor.

For a truly special treat try to snag the chef's table. It's a mulitple course feast (I lost count at 15) that can easily last four and a half hours.

A new offering -- a third option -- is the Queen Victoria Room, features tableside service from a menu separate from the dining room but priced the same as the chef's table, $200 per person plus $95 for the optional wine pairings.  A b... Read more

AddressDisney's Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World
CityBay lake
Scott's Review

The first full-serve to open at Disney in years, the Wave is an initial disappointment, not only in its food, which peters out on the plate, but in the decor, which peters out beyond the classy bar. There are two gimmicks here: a "green" menu (notice the "sustainable seafood of the day" selection), and a wine list comprised almost entirely of bottles with screwcap closures. Never fear, these are mainly premium wines gathered by master sommelier John Blazon.

The menu is surprisingly limited, and the food is even more surprisingly unexciting.

Appetizers were downright disappointing. The crab cakes had too much filler and a mealy texture. Lettuce wraps featured pebble-sized pieces of lamb along with bay scallops the size of an eraser on the end of a No. 2 pencil. They were sauteed in soy-rice wine vinegar and presented as a soggy mess that diners are supposed to scoop into lettuce leaves to eat. This one would have been a failure at half the price, which still would have been too much to charge.

The best among the entrees I sampled was the fish of the day, a halibut fillet. It was fresh-tasting and had a lovely crisped exterior and beautiful white flesh insi... Read more

Yachtsman Steakhouse
AddressDisney's Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
CityLake Buena Vista

Among the hundreds of eating spots in Walt Disney Worlds culinary universe, only a few could be described as full-fledged steakhouses. Of those, Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disneys Yacht Club Resort is arguably the best. The meat is of high quality, and the portions are generous.

Did I say generous?

Let me tell you about the prime rib. My friend ordered the admirals cut, thinking that the captains cut wouldnt, well, cut it. This piece of meat was large enough to have its own Zip Code. I was surprised it took only one person to carry it to the table.

But not only was it a massive mound of meat, it was tender, too. The medium-rare cut was a juicy red and took no effort to cut. It was served au jus, along with straight horseradish and a horseradish cream sauce. Absolutely marvelous.

I also enjoyed the mixed grill, which featured smaller cuts of a filet, lamb chop and chicken breast. The steak was cooked exactly the way I ordered it and had a terrific charred outside with a warm red center. The lamb chop was dusted with rosemary and a bit of garlic, perfect accompaniments for the mild flavor of the lamb. And the chicken breast was thick and m... Read more

Yak & Yeti
AddressDisney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista

The only full-service, sit-down restaurant inside Animal Kingdom, this is a true disappointment on all levels. The food is subpar and the service does not meet Disney's usual standards. The restaurant is operated, as is Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex, by Landry Restaurants.

OK, there was one food item I liked. It was a plate of green beans that had been coated in batter (the beans, not the plate) and fried and served with a sweet dipping sauce. A nice way to eat vegetables. But $6.99 for a stack of green beans? Are they kidding?

No, they’re serious, otherwise they wouldn’t have charged $12.99 for the eensy dim sum basket that had a few pork pot stickers, pork and shrimp dumplings and two stale, doughy steamed buns with what looked to be about a teaspoon of barbecue inside.

My guest chose the Shaoxing steak and shrimp entrée, which featured shrimp on skewers coated with something the menu described as tempura batter. Actually, it more closely resembled the substance that insulates a common corn dog at your basic county fair. The meat half of the duo was good, skirt steak saturated with soy marinade. The thin steak was wrapped around a timbale of jasmine rice.... Read more

Address1500 Masters Blvd.
Omni Orlando Resort
Zen offers a tremendous deal with its tasting menu of pan-Asian cuisine. Nothing is extraordinary, but some of it is good. Be sure to sample the soups. Sushi is first-rate.... Read more