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Top 10 Disney Date Night Restaurants NOT At The Parks

One of my absolute favorite ways to spend date night is dining at Disney. From the theme parks to Downtown Disney, to Disney Springs, to the resorts – of all the Disney Date Night Restaurants there is a perfect one for every couple! Today, we are looking at what I consider to be the Top 10 restaurants that are perfect for date night and are NOT located at the parks. I’m focusing on Walt Disney World Resort in this post, so if you are headed there soon, make sure to pick one of these fabulous restaurants and plan out your own Disney date night.

These Disney date night restaurants are listed in no particular order. Honestly, it was hard enough to narrow it down to 10 options, there is no way I could rank them too! How many of these restaurants have you already eaten at?

AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24

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There is nothing more classic for date night than dinner and movie! AMC DINE-IN offers a full service menu for you to enjoy while you catch the latest Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, or Marvel film. This movie-dinner date night combo is located in Disney Springs, so it’s easy to get to and offers the opportunity to walk the shops before or after dinner.

Perfect for film buffs, entertainment gurus, or just any couple looking for a fun night out! Plus, AMC DINE-IN offers way more than your typical popcorn and soda offerings. An assortment of snacks (ex: Ultimate Chicken Nachos, Chicken Wings, Loaded Bacon Tots or Fries), flatbreads (ex: Artisan Pepperoni, Capreses, BBQ Chicken), entrees (ex: steak quesadilla, taco trio, fish and chips), bowls, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and sweets complete the menu. Perfect for any picky eater, there really is something for everyone here. And of course, they have popcorn too if that’s what you’re interested in.

House of Blues

Get dinner, listen to great music, and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of Disney Springs when you have your date night at House of Blues. There are two different dining opportunities here: House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (indoors), and House of Blues – The Front Porch and The Smokehouse (outdoors). I actually prefer the outdoor option, particularly for date night. There is almost always free live-music outside and the food from The Smokehouse is fantastic and budget friendly! You can splurge with a full table service dinner and ticketed concert, or you can have just as amazing of a time with free music and quick-service dining.

Some of my favorite items from The Smokehouse include the pulled pork sandwich, smoked beef brisket sandwich, and smokehouse nachos! So good!

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California Grill

Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this fine dining option lets you take in the sights of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom while you dine. Did you know you do not have to be a resort guest to enjoy the amazing resort restaurants? It’s true! You and your sweetie and have a date night at the Disney Resorts any time!

Menu items include artisanal hand-formed pizzas from the wood-burning oven, hand-rolled sushi, delectable entrees such as Black Grouper, Oak-fired Filet of Beet, and Grilled Pork Tenderloin, as well as a selection of tempting desserts.

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The Edison

Date night at The Edison is all about atmosphere! This hot-dining spot in Disney Springs is decorated in lavish, industrial gothic-style and hosts classic American cuisine, craft cocktails, and unique entertainment. It is even designed to look like a 1920s electric company! This is the perfect place for date night because it exudes an air of romance and Old World sophistication. Plus, must be at least 21 years of age to enter The Edison after 10:00 PM.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the food! Start off the evening with DB ‘Clothesline Candied Bacon’ and Electri-Fries. For an entree, try one of their amazing burgers or go for one of The Edison’s “Patented Specialties.” I HIGHLY recommend the Organic Tomato Soup and Gooey Grilled Cheese. It is simply delicious and oh-so-satisfying. And of course, you must finish the night with a dessert and a night-cap.

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Flying Fish

Take a stroll down Disney’s BoardWalk and head to Flying Fish for a seafood fueled date night experience. You’ll savor a sophisticated interpretation of nostalgic seaside meals with a new twist. This signature dining option boasts a dress code, so make sure that you are your date are dressed to impress! Men must wear khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Sport coats are optional. Women must wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses or dress shorts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Not permitted are tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

Now that you’re looking your best and ready to dine in style, you’re sure to find something delicious on the Flying Fish menu. Appetizers include Lobster Bisque, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Snow Crab Croquette, Kurobuta Pork Belly, Wisconsin Burrata, and more! Um, I’ll take one of each, please! Whatever you order, make sure you save room for your entree and dessert! Some of the delicious entrees include Potato-wrapped Genuine American Red Snapper, Hokkaido Scallops, Char-crusted New York Strip, and Oak-grilled Salmon. Then for dessert, you’ll find treats such as Blueberries, Limes, and Sea Shells, Panna ‘Carpa’, and Chocolate Mint Financier.

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Victoria and Albert’s

Head over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for the ultimate fine-dining inspired date night. Victoria and Albert’s is one of the Southeast’s most prestigious and has won AAA’s illustrious Five Diamond Award, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, glowing Zagat reviews and a host of other accolades. This restaurant is perfect for a special occasion date such as an anniversary or honeymoon.

In addition, Victoria and Albert’s award-winning wine list features a diverse collection of over 700 selections with 4,200 bottles in the cellar.

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Also located at Disney Grand Floridan Resort & Spa, Narcoossee’s offers a casual waterfront setting for coastal cuisine with spectacular views. The setting may be casual, but the food is anything but! Just a few of the delectable offerings include Cider-braised Mussels and Cream, Endive, Pear, and Gorgonzola Salad, Pan-seared Line Caught Swordfish, Butter-poached Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails, and Pan-seared Georges Bank Day Boat Scallops.

Once you’ve eaten your fill of amazing seafood, order a dessert to-go and split it while you ride around on the Monorail!

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Wine Bar George

Wine Bar George is located in Disney Springs and is the perfect date-night escape for wine and food enthusiasts. This estate-style wine bar features wine and food masterfully paired by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. You and your date can swing by for lunch, dinner or late-night sips and bites—or reserve a table in advance. I always suggest reserving a table in advance!

Wine Bar George’s menu has everything from small plates (Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, Grilled Octopus Salad, Shishito Peppers), to Artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, to Entrees (Santa Carota Short Ribs, Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass), to desserts (White and Dark Chocolate Trifle, The Chocolate Experience). And even if you don’t like wine, there is a full cocktail menu available as well.

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The Boathouse

My husband and I recently had our own date-night at The Boathouse and spent a wonderful evening watching the sunset over the water. Located at Disney Springs, this centrally located restaurant boasts great food and great views! Ask in advance for a table on the porch to get the full effect of this setting.

Grilled Fresh Fish Tacos, Broiled Wild Caught Swordfish Steak, Orecchiette Pasta in Pesto Cream, Shrimp & Andouille Mac & Cheese – these are just a few of the offerings from this seafood filled menu.

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Last, but not least, on this list is Jiko – The Cooking Place. Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, this African inspired cuisine is an adventure for your taste buds. Jiko offers a blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine including steak, chicken, seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes. All are infused with a uniquely bold blend of tantalizing flavors and fragrant spices.

If you’re ready to branch out and try something a little different for date-night, head to Jiko.

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No matter what restaurant you choose for your date-night at Disney, you can be sure that you will both leave, full and happy! You don’t have to spend the price of a park admission ticket to enjoy great food at Walt Disney World. There are plenty of delicious options at Disney Springs, the Resorts, and Disney’s Boardwalk for you to choose from!

Have you eaten at any of the Disney date night restaurants I’ve listed above? What did you think? Do you have any menu suggestions for what I should try next? Let me know in the comment section below! You can find any of the menus of these restaurants online from disneyworld.disney.go.com.


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