In September 2010, we enjoyed a night at Club 33. My first trip to this private restaurant was in 2008, with a group of friends before assisting in a tribute to Disney Legend Wally Boag. I've been very fortunate to have dined several other times at Club 33 since. This review includes some photos from 2009 as well, to fill in some of the Club details.
We arrived at Club 33, and I let them know we were there:
We waited a few minutes in front of the sign for the door to open:
There is an intimate lobby with a small elevator. It's not nearly the smallest elevator I've ever been in – that honor would go to an elevator at Hotel de la Porte Doree in Paris, but 2 or 3 guests can fit comfortably. I mentioned earlier that the elevator wasn't working on the night we dined in 2010, so I'm adding some previous pictures to show it:
We took the staircase, which is lined with artwork, sconces, and a bust which sits halfway up:
We had waited downstairs for a few minutes as the staff prepared our table, but the dining room wasn't too busy when we arrived – though it had more guests than the pictures would indicate:
When dining at Club 33, you have to order at least as much as a single-day ticket costs to the park. A one-day ticket is included, though right now we have the WDW/DL Premier Pass and don't need it. However, when we had the Deluxe Passport, it was nice to be able to get into the park on a Saturday when we'd otherwise be blocked out. The menu does change seasonally. There is a set Vitner menu, and ala carte. I've always ordered my meal items separately, since I'm a picky eater (the fact that I don't eat seafood will usually mean that I don't order a set menu from any fine dining restaurant).
Our place setting:
It's hard to see from this photo, but this charger plate says it's made exclusively for Club 33:
Before each meal we've had (except when I dined for lunch), a small appetizer has been delivered for each guest to try. I actually didn't eat mine, I passed it off to Jeff. It looks like a small seafood tart:
The bread basket always has a nice variety:
I ordered the Local Field Greens with the Freestone Peach and Peppermint Vinaigrette. I had rarely eaten salad with fruit before this, but now it's something I do at my own house occasionally. The peach really went well with the salad.
Jeff had the Vitner, which included the Rock Lobster with Tree Ripened Peach Risotto and Charred Asparagus: