One of the weddings that I attended this year was held in Disneyland. Thus, while I was there, I had to of course dine out and try a few of the restaurants that I have heard many things about. Out of all of them, Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Hotel was brought up with the highest regard.
A fine dining restaurant amongst all of the other more child-enticing places to eat was a must see for me, so we went there on the Friday evening while in Anaheim. We hadn’t made reservations (although I highly recommend that anyone trying to go does not follow our lead), but we sauntered in at around 6 PM, and they managed to squeeze two of us in for an earlier sitting.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was very grand and traditional, but I found it really felt like I was eating at another dining room in a hotel (which it is, of course).
So that we could try a little bit of a lot, I ended up just ordering a main while my dining partner decided on “The Vintner’s Table” prix fixe menu, a four course chef’s tasting for $85. While wine pairings were optional for an additional $40, we decided to forgo it this time around.
While waiting for the chef to do his magic, we munched on a variety of breads and enjoyed some people watching and sipped some wine.
The first item on the seasonally changed tasting menu was the Grilled Halibut Cheeks and Pan Roasted Lobster and English Peas Raviolis and Tarragon, with an English pea pesto.
This was followed by the Sauteed pave of veal sweet breads and braised veal breast, stuffed with morel mushrooms, all in a cherry jus.
Next came the entree – Cedar Smoked Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with spring onions, apple bacon, gnocchi, and bourbon-mustard essence.
As for my main that arrived at the same time as the pork tenderloin, I enjoyed the Portobello Mushroom Ravioli, sauteed in truffle sage brown butter and served with spring vegetables.
For dessert, we both also shared the warm wine country strawberry rhubarb crisp, with mascarpone brown sugar ice cream. It was a great ending to our meal!
Overall, it was a delightful meal, but I did find that it was quite hyped up for what it was. In Vancouver (where we are quite spoiled with our great dine out options), this would fall under one of many decent restaurants but probably would not be included as being even close to one of my favourites. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for some higher end dining choices while you’re on a trip to Disneyland though! Expect the tourist crowd (of course).
There isn’t a restaurant website with a menu listed, so I’ve included a few more pictures below of the menu that was available in the late spring.
Napa Rose at the Grand Californian – Disneyland
1600 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA, 92802