This past Friday, we went to Cinderella’s Royal Table for dinner. I have been waiting for this dinner since April and it did not disappoint, except for a few minor details. It was a very unique experience that was catered mostly to kids but adults are welcome to eat in the restaurant.
It is recommended that you make a reservation months in advance prior to your trip. 4-6 months before your trip is preferable than 1-3 months as the dates might be blocked out already. There isn’t a lot of seating (30-40 or so tables) and a lot of families try to get in the castle. A warning when booking the reservation, you will be charged a full meal amount + gratuity to ensure that you will not cancel the reservation as this is exclusively a first come first serve. We paid almost $150 with tax and tip to ensure we get a table at the Royal Table. It includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage per person.
When you arrive at Cinderella’s Royal Table and get checked in, they lead you to the next room where Cinderella can be found taking pictures with kids and their families. If you don’t have a Disney Photo Pass package, you will have to pay $14.99 per picture. You will also need to wait for your name to be called to be seated. It was pretty cool because they used giant chimes before calling out your name.
Once your name gets called, you will be lead to one of the tower where the restaurant is at. It was a bit crowded but I didn’t mind because I was excited to finally be eating at the most coveted restaurant in Disney World.
Their menu is very simple but elegant. I love how the artwork had a stained glass look to it. Below is the dinner menu found on the image above.
While waiting for the food to come, they serve you bread and butter.
For my appetizer, I ordered “A Royal Tasting of Cheese” which include Goat Cheese with fig jam, Sharp Cheddar, Blue Cheese, a couple of crackers with raisins and a blackberry (which was odd to me that they only served 1).
Anthony got the Pork Belly confit which surprisingly was a very small slice of deep fried pork belly. It was delicious. I love how the meat was “melt in your mouth” and the seasoning was delicious, but the sauce was not spicy as expected since they said it was a raspberry habanero sauce. The size was also very disappointing considering the amount we paid.
For the entree, I ordered the Steak and Shrimp which was THE BOMB! It came with mashed potatoes (which I hope to recreate soon), roasted asparagus and tomatoes. (The menu item’s description on their site is outdated)
While it was very tasty, I wished that the steak was a bit bigger. I don’t think that it even was 4 oz. The shrimps were a bit tough and chewy but the seasoning was very delicious so I didn’t mind it.
Anthony opted for something light and got their Seasonal Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables. What he liked about it was that the sauce brought out the flavors of the vegetables, resulting in a well-balanced dish. This is a really delicious vegetarian dish they added to their menu.
The stars of the meal.
My favorite part of the meal – DESSERT. Anthony got the Signature Dessert which is a chocolate tart with caramel, hazelnut, chocolate sauce with vanilla gelato on top and raspberry sauce on the side. It reminded me more of a brownie than a tart, just because of the shape and how rich it was. It’s definitely a keeper in my books.
I decided to be more adventurous and got Gus and Jaq’s Favorites which is a mousse with white chocolate and jasmine tea flavors. The mousse itself had a very floral taste to it but was not overpowering. It also had lemon and lime curd with honey-oat crisps on the side that complemented the mousse well.
While having dinner, the restaurant has an announcer announce 4 Disney Princesses one by one. The first one was Snow White, followed by Aurora, Rapunzel, and Jasmine. I thought that it was a very awesome experience, especially for the kids.The princesses rotate around the tables in the restaurant to greet the guests, whether you have kids or not. But clearly the winners here are the kids. You could clearly see the overjoyed looks on their faces when a princess comes up to their table.
After a while when they have announced the princesses, they give the “princesses” magic wands and “princes” swords and do a ritual with Cinderella’s fairy godmother (not present) which was announced over the speakers. There was some lighting effects while this was happening.
Overall, I really enjoyed Cinderella’s Royal Table. It definitely is a one-of-a-kind experience where kids get to eat and meet the princesses without having to wait in line. But it was also expensive for the amount of food you get although I have no complaints with how their food tastes. I would love to go back someday but it will have to be when our kids are old enough to be excited about meeting the Disney Princesses. I’m sure that every parent would want to make their kid’s dreams come true.