While casual theme park fans are often amazed to learn that Disney World is a genuine destination for foodies, true Disney fanatics know that some of the best meals are available not only at the Disney Resort, but even inside the theme parks themselves! For guests who are surprised to learn that there is a lot more to Disney food than burgers, hot dogs, and chicken strips, the thought of a gourmet meal happening within sight of a roller coaster is – pardon the pun – hard to swallow. But enjoying some of the best entrees that Disney World has to offer can put quite a dent in your wallet, and most don’t even include character visits to your table! So putting aside special package meals, character buffets, and dinners for 2, here are the current, single most expensive dishes at Walt Disney World Resort:
24. 12-oz Prime New York Strip Steak – $49
While Le Cellier may have the reputation for serving some of the best steaks at Disney World Resort, many guests swear that Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort does it better. The Yachtsman leads off the list with their New York Strip Steak, served with potato gratin and peppercorn-brandy sauce.
23. Grass Fed Filet Mignon or Black Angus New York Strip Steak – $49
Remaining at the $49 price level, Narcoossee’s checks in with this option, a choice of filet mignon or New York strip steak, served with boniato potato mash and delta asparagus with red wine-oxtail reduction. Time your reservation right and check out the fireworks over Magic Kingdom while you eat!
22. Charred Filet of Beef – $49
The Hollywood Brown Derby throws its hat into the ring with this $49 entrée of charred filet of beef. Enjoy it with forest mushroom-white truffle oil mashed potatoes, sautéed rainbow carrots, haricot verts, and red wine reduction. If using Disney’s Dining Plan to nosh at this Hollywood Studios eatery, you’ll have to part with 2 table service credits. But plan a little in advance and you can make it part of a Fantasmic! dining package that gets you reserved seating at the nighttime spectacular!
21. New York Strip – $49
The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Café makes its one and only appearance on this list with its $49 top-of-the-menu dish, their New York strip. Make an evening of it in Disney Springs with this entrée at Wolfgang Puck’s, served with house steak fries and grilled asparagus, and then catch La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
20. Oak-grilled Beef Filet – $49
Another one-and-done appearance on this list, Citricos offers guests wonderful Mediterranean-style cuisine. Their oak-grilled beef fillet comes with potato purée, tri-color baby carrots, and Cipollini onion jam. While you won’t catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from this Grand Floridian restaurant, you might be fortunate enough to get a view directly into their onstage kitchen.
19. Oak-fired Filet of Beef or Bison Strip Loin – $49
Not only does California Grill have amazing cuisine, they offer a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from their 15th floor restaurant and balcony in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Your choice of oak-fired filet of beef or bison strip loin is prepared with buttery mashed potatoes, California asparagus, and wine merchant sauce.
18. Grilled Filet Mignon – $49
Artist Point Restaurant at Wilderness Lodge is the first restaurant on the list to make multiple appearances, and they do so with a couple of entrees at the $49 price level. Their grilled filet mignon comes with crushed potatoes, charred eggplant, and barbecue onions.
17. Aged Buffalo Strip Loin – $49
Sharing the $49 price point at Artist Point Restaurant is their aged buffalo strip loin, served with wheat berries, hay-smoked carrots, root spinach and summer beans. You’ll feel right at home in the rustic charm of this national park-inspired dining room.
16. Seafood Ramen – $50
The California Grill finally shakes us loose from the $49 price point with an entrée that costs exactly one dollar more. While it may sound like something that a poor college student buys in packs of 4 for a dollar, the Seafood Ramen is a mix of lobster, Gulf shrimp, scallops in house-made ramen with crisp vegetables.
15. Seared Canadian Bison Strip Loin – $50
Le Cellier makes not only their first appearance on this list with one of the priciest entrées at Disney World Resort, they make their first three appearances right in a row. First up is their seared Canadian bison strip loin, served with celery root, braised leeks, honey-roasted apples, heirloom carrots, and apple chips.
14. Black Angus Boneless Rib-Eye – $50
The Epcot eatery serves up another $50 dish with this Black Angus boneless rib-eye, served with fall spice butternut squash purée, roasted marble potatoes, and pickled onions. Some guests question whether the stellar reputation of Le Cellier is still deserved after many years in business, but their rib-eye is proof that they still have a superb touch where beef is concerned.
13. Angus New York Strip – $50
Rounding out the trio of entrées priced right at the half-century mark is Le Cellier’s Angus New York strip, served with turnip-potato gratin and crispy paprika onions. Be sure to cap off your meal with some of their incredible maple crème brûlée for dessert!
12. Wild Caught King Cedar Plank Salmon – $51
Raising our price point by another dollar is Artist Point’s wild caught king cedar plank salmon, with sides including baby sweet potato, chicory greens, and arugula. They also have an incredible dessert of their own to offer you as the pièce de résistance to your meal – their famous berry cobbler!
11. Oak-grilled Filet Mignon – $51
Jiko – The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge makes their first appearance on the list just outside of the top 10 with their oak-grilled filet mignon with jumbo asparagus and spoon bread on the side. And while you’re dining, you’ll be sure to enjoy the lighting wall that simulates an African sunset!
10. Le Cellier Filet Mignon – $52
You know the entrée must be something truly special if the restaurant stamps their name on it. The Le Cellier filet mignon is AAA Canadian tenderloin served with mushroom risotto and heirloom toy box tomatoes. The tenderness and tastiness of the filet mignon will make you sit up and shout “O Canada!” – and then afterwards you can catch the show of the same name!
9. Chermoula-rubbed Colorado Lamb Chops – $52
Whatever chermoula is, it must be pretty rare if rubbing it on lamb chops raises them to this price point! Actually, this marinade has the cuisine of Northern Africa as its origin, which makes sense as it’s found at Jiko – The Cooking Place in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sides include chickpea-cumin dumplings and wilted baby spinach.
8. Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short Rib – $53
One of Disney’s newest restaurants, Animal Kingdom’s Tiffins makes its one and only appearance on this list with its wagyu strip loin and braised short rib, served with rainbow carrots and roasted Peruvian potatoes. This warm and inviting restaurant with its globally-inspired entrees is sure to become a guest favorite.
7. 10-oz Black Angus Filet Mignon – $54
The Yachtsman Steakhouse returns to the list with their 10-ounce Black Angus filet mignon, served with mashed potatoes and cabernet wine sauce. With their steaks aged in-house, hand cut by butchers, and prepared in an open kitchen on an oak-fired grill, the quality (and price) of their entrees are easy to understand.
6. 16-oz Prime Rib-Eye Steak – $54
We stay at the Yachtsman Steakhouse for another $54 entrée, their 16-ounce prime rib-eye steak, served with brioche, bone marrow, and Point Reyes blue cheese butter. This New England-style steakhouse not only features palate-pleasing meals for adults, their innovative kids menu has such items as baked fish, orecchiette pasta, and steak skewers.
5. Wagyu Beef Strip Loin – $58
California Grill’s top-of-the-line entrée maxes out at $58 with their wagyu beef strip loin, served with celery root purée, spring vegetables, and truffle emulsion. If you’re used to eating beef that’s been cooked until it’s well-done however, this may not be the dish for you. The chef at California Grill cooks this dish just to medium rare in order to showcase the flavor from the signature marbling of wagyu meat.
4. 18-oz Kansas City Strip Steak – $59
The Yachtsman Steakhouse has a number of pricey entrées on their menu, including four of the top ten most expensive dishes across the entire Disney Resort. Their 18-ounce Kansas City strip steak finishes in fourth place and comes with malt vinegar fries and black garlic aioli.
3. 1.5 lb Live Whole Maine Lobster – $63
Our top ten most expensive dishes at Walt Disney World Resort feature one lamb entrée amongst a large number of beef entrées. The Yachtsman Steakhouse finally shakes that up a bit with their 1.5-pound live whole Maine lobster. You have your choice of getting your lobster steamed or Thermidor-style, with risotto, lemon… and butter, of course!
2. Steamed Maine Lobster and Fallen Corn Soufflé – $72
Narcoossee’s just misses out on the number one position on this list with their own lobster entrée that costs nearly $10 more than the Yachtsman’s version. Their steamed Maine lobster is served with fallen corn soufflé along with malted popcorn sauce and delta asparagus. Narcoossee’s also has one of Disney World’s best desserts in the almond-crusted cheesecake to finish things off!
1. Premium American Kobe Beef – $74
The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios tops our list of most expensive dishes at Walt Disney World Resort with their premium American Kobe beef entrée. Served with forest mushroom-white truffle oil mashed potatoes, sautéed rainbow carrots, haricot verts, and red wine reduction, this single plate of food will set you back almost $75. And that’s before beverage, tax, and tip. When they ask you to save room for dessert, you might want to make sure you’ve saved enough cash in your wallet first!
Disney World restaurants use seasonal ingredients and frequently revise their menus to cater to the tastes of their guests and the whims of their chefs. A night out at any of the restaurants from our list will nonetheless be an unforgettable experience. Have you tried any of the entrees or restaurants on this list? If you decide to put it on your next Disney to-do list, be sure to check that dress code ahead of time! And be ready to shell out a pretty penny if you want to sample the best of what Disney has to offer!
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