= 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 a la carte dinner without characters.
For 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 shrimp fritter—definitely lives up to the hype. Another hit…the sublime seared diver scallop appetizer sitting on fava hummus enchanted with mint and lemon and drizzled with a fruity olive oil. And remember to ask for the restaurant’s off-the-menu focaccia bread, golden baked in a little iron skillet and served with three dipping sauces.
The lamb ragout gnocchi is a bit bland, almost as if the lamb was seared and not braised as a good ragout should be. Then there’s the filet mignon, a favorable if not exciting choice, its preparation changing with the seasons, this time dusted with pepita dust and served with a pumpkin velvet puree
And speaking of another must, it’s the truffled mac and cheese served piping hot in a miniature copper pot. But alas, it was missing from the menu. Maybe next go-round.
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.