REVIEW: Cinderella’s Royal Table: Is it Worth it?
Cinderella’s Royal Table has always been one of those restaurants that seemed as if we’d never get a chance to experience for years for two big reasons, its extreme popularity makes it terribly difficult to get a reservation for, often times having to book a full 6 months in advance, and it costs a pretty penny. However, one night we lucked out and found a reservation only hours before on the day of and snatched it up. One thing to keep in mind if you want to dine here is the fact that you must pay in advance when you book the reservation, the same way Hoop Dee Doo Revue works. So with the prices being $60 per person for breakfast, $67 for lunch, and $75 for dinner, this reservation can definitely put a dent in your credit card depending on how big your party is.
In case you aren’t sure where Cinderella’s Royal Table is, its location is quite unique, right inside the castle, but not only that, it’s upstairs on the second floor where you can overlook Fantasyland through stained glass windows getting a new view you can’t get anywhere else. The entrance is right in the tunnel that goes through the castle itself. You check in at the podium and then wait in line with other reservations. We had gotten a reservation time right after Wishes, which were at 8pm that night, and we had to wait until the Fantasyland area was clear from the firework debris to be able to check in. Apparently, even though the restaurant can’t take check-ins for approximately 45 minutes during the fireworks time period, they still take reservations during that time, so when we checked in, there was quite a line and the restaurant was playing catch up. It was a little chaotic, and the line was long, but it moved pretty steadily.
As you walk into the main corridor, you can see the menu to the left of the door, which is adorned with two champagne flutes and glass slippers. A very neat detail. You round the corner and notice you are in line to meet Cinderella. As you wait, your party’s name will eventually be called over an announcement speaker welcoming you to Cinderella’s Castle. The main room is decorated with coats of armor, stain glass windows, a fireplace and knight armor.
Cinderella was in her winter wear for pictures, something I personally have never seen her in. After meeting her, you are then taken up a spiral stair case to the main dining hall. There is a balcony which overlooks the entry room with Cinderella meeting, and stained glass windows of Cinderella as you walk up.
The dining hall is quite small, one reason it is so difficult to get reservations here. You can see it has many flags hanging from the ceiling. It is broken into three main areas, with the far side having the windows to look over Fantasyland. I do believe due to limited seating, you are unable to request specific seating, so you sort of have to roll with the punches.
The menu is very simple and straight forward. The reason you must prepay for your meal in full when you book the reservation is Cinderella’s Royal Table is a full three course meal. When the server takes your order, you must order your appetizer, entree, and dessert all at one time. The menu is as follows.
- Pork Belly Confit: Chearmoula Pork Belly with Squash Purée and Pickled Pearl Onions
- Castle Salad: Mixed Greens, Apples, Cucumbers, and Candied Walnuts topped with shaved Romano Cheese with a hint of Herb Vinaigrette
- Pan-seared Scallops: Cabernet Risotto, Port Wine Reduction, and Basil Oil
- A Royal Tasting of Cheese: A trio of Cheeses with Accompaniments
- Soup of the Day
- Slow-roasted Pork Tenderloin: Fingerling Potato Confit, Forest Roasted Mushrooms, Minus 8 Crispy Watercress, and Pork Demi
- Seasonal Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables: Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Squash tossed with Gnocchi, Arugula, Brown Butter Sauce, and finished with shaved Drunken Goat Cheese and Leeks. Also available with Rice instead of Gnocchi. As a Vegan Offering without Cheese and Butter Sauce
- Steak and Shrimp: Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Roasted Shrimp served with Gouda-mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Beef Glaze
- Pan-seared all-Natural Chicken: Goat Cheese Polenta, Seasonal Vegetables, and crispy Pancetta with Chicken Demi
- Chef’s Fish of the Day: On Cinderella’s request, the Royal Chefs have prepared a delectable dish to showcase the Kingdom’s freshest fish
- Our Signature Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Hazelnut, Meringue, and Berry Compote
- Seasonal Dessert: For us, it was cheesecake with cherry topping.
- Gus and Jaq’s Favorites: White Chocolate-Jasmine Tea Mousse, Lemon and Lime Curd with Honey-Oat Crisp
- Lemon Sorbet: Garnished with Blueberries, a No Sugar Added Dessert
For our appetizers, we ordered the pan-seared scallop, the cheese platter, and pork belly confit. All were delicious, especially the scallop and its risotto. The pork belly was good, but I believe the one at Rose & Crown was better. The cheese plate came with a few spreads and honey. I’m not 100% sure what was included with it, but I do believe one was Parmesan and another was a brie.
As for our main courses, three of us ordered the steak and shrimp, and I ordered the pan seared chicken. I’m not a steak person, but my fiance is and she said the steak was just OK, but the shrimp were delicious. As for the chicken, it was pretty standard, but the polenta and sauce was delicious.
During the course of your dinner, different princesses come around to greet you at your table. Each princess arrival is made known to the Guests with a character specific announcement. At Cinderella’s Royal Table, you get to meet Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, and Jasmine.
It was finally dessert time. Once again, all three girls had ordered the same thing, the signature dessert. I decided to try Gus and Jaq’s favorite and it was quite delicious. I’m not a big chocolate person, but the cake was pretty good. My dessert tasted like a reverse engineered cheesecake with a hint a tea flavor. Everyone enjoyed their dessert.
Once dinner is near an end, everyone is given complimentary wands and daggers/swards. An announcement is made to wave the wands around while saying a spell and the room lighting instantly dims as magic sparkles fly throughout the dining room. It was definitely a neat addition onto dinner you can’t find anywhere else.
Overall, Cinderella’s Royal Table is an dining experience. And unfortunately, we felt that’s what you are really paying for with it’s high price. We were never really blown away at any of the food we sampled, and with those prices, I should say wow with everything, but it just never reached that. Each dish should be good as a whole, not just one or two items within it. If you have young children, especially daughters, then yes, Cinderella’s Royal Table is perfect for them. But as far as the menu goes, I can list at least five other restaurants off of the top of my head that have much better food and are cheaper, some even have characters as well. Now, we only had dinner here, so this isn’t to say we’re done with this dining experience. We definitely want to try breakfast as well, but until I have children, and probably only if I have a daughter, we won’t be returning to Cinderella’s Royal Table for dinner anytime soon. It simply isn’t worth the price.