= Cara's Favorite
Craftsman-style poolside lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel®. Lunch and dinner.
Goofy hosts a breakfast and dinner buffet at the Disneyland® Hotel along with his pals.
California farm-to-table cuisine at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel®. Breakfast with Disney princesses and at dinner a la carte dinner without the characters.
For almost two decades, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel has been known for innovative cuisine at the exceptional Napa Rose. Chef Andrew Sutton’s contemporary cuisine is its claim to fame, making it a must-do on your Disneyland® Resort list. Focusing only on what is fresh and seasonal, guests dine in a lovely Arts and Crafts-style room with murals of the California wine country, an exciting exhibition kitchen, and massive windows overlooking Disney’s California Adventure park.
Begin by ordering the ridiculously delicious Smiling Tiger Salad composed of greens tossed with baby radishes, spicy dried filet mignon (almost like a jerky), a vibrant coconut milk vinaigrette spiked with pesto and Sriracha topped with a savory lobster shrimp fritter—definitely lives up to the hype. Salmon served three ways: roasted with Meyer lemon, escabeche-style (like a ceviche), and tangerine cured sashimi with dill (much like gravlax) was a big hit as was the sublime seared diver scallop appetizer bathed in a bed of lemon sauce with diced tomatoes, just a hint of vanilla, and accompanied by chive potatoes speckled with lobster.
Go for the always great rack of lamb which changes seasonally. Ours was rubbed with oregano and lemon served with Sicilian salsa verde and a taste of white lentils. Or the tender filet mignon, its preparation also changing with the seasons, but an example is served with a highly flavored braised oxtail ragù in a vibrant Cabernet jus with precious baby corn fritters. And speaking of another must, it’s the truffled mac and cheese served piping hot in a miniature copper pot!
If you arrive without a reservation, it’s possible to dine in the restaurant’s spacious lounge where a full menu is served along with cocktails and the award-winning California wine list. And don’t hesitate to heed your server’s wine suggestion since, believe it or not, every server in the restaurant is also a sommelier.
Dine alfresco in a tropical hideaway at Disneyland Hotel®. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.