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15 Years in a Row: AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Only 15 restaurants in North America have this distinctive honor: 15 consecutive years as AAA Five-Diamond Award winners. And Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa is in one of those coveted spots.

For 2015, just 59 restaurants made the Five-Diamond list – 47 in the U.S., six in Canada, four in Mexico and one in the Caribbean. Each year AAA reviews nearly 30,000 restaurants, but just 0.2 percent make the AAA Five Diamond. Victoria & Albert’s is the only one in Central and South Florida, and one of only two in Florida.

So we again congratulate Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning the coveted award for the gem of a restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Chef Scott is in his 20th year with Victoria & Albert’s, Chef Erich has been there for 19 years, and Israel is starting his 10th. And the rest of the team gets kudos, too: Chef Aimee Rivera, Chef Tom Hill, Chef Mathew Sowers, and Manager Vivian Altesor.

“The backbone of Victoria & Albert’s continues to be the wonderful, loyal culinarians, dedicated servers and devoted reservationists,” says Israel. “They are the pillars that support our uncompromising commitment to greatness.”

AAA Five Diamond restaurants reflect the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and “food prepared in a manner that’s highly imaginative and unique” and you’ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maître d’ must lead an expert service staff “that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

15 Years in a Row: AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s

Victoria & Albert’s wows guests every single night of the year with a fabulous “Contemporary-American” menu and refined touches such as Italian Sambonet silver, fine Bernardaud china, and Italian Frette tablecloths (hung, not folded, to avoid creases). Women get a small stool for handbags – and if you’re chilly, they’ll offer a cashmere wrap.

The restaurant offers three dining experiences: the dining room, the elegant Queen Victoria’s Room and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862). Visit Victoria-Alberts.com for more information. Dining room is $135 per person for six courses and $65 for wine pairings. Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room are $210 for 10 courses and $105 for wine pairings.


  • I’ve been lucky enough to dine in some fabulous restaurants around the world and I can say that the food / wine / service at the V&A is second to none.

    I’ll be back towards the end of May for my birthday and can’t wait, it’s such a wonderful experience.

  • Congratulations, to Chef Hunnel and all of the cast! I’m so excited to be dinning at Victoria & Albert’s in May.

  • Congratulations to Chef Scott Hunnel and his team! My husband, James, and I had the privilege of dining at the Chef’s table on Saturday February 09, 2008 in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary. It was an amazing meal and wonderful time!

    Thank You & CONGRATS!
    Andrea & James of NV

  • I’ve had dinners in Las Vegas and elsewhere that have had less AAA diamonds and cost more money. The value is fantastic for such a great restaurant. Someday I’ll do Chef’s Table… it’s the ultimate in dining out! Congrats to Victoria & Albert’s!

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