Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Anaheim, CA 92802
Why did we dine here? – Because we went to Disneyland of course! Napa Rose is a nice respite from the hectic theme parks next door. We’ve eaten here before and found the food top notch. The waiter told us that 40% of the patrons live locally and brave the crowds to dine here.
Many foodies build their trip around reservations to Napa Rose. Our last visit was in 2014 where we feel they slipped a little.
Insider Tip – Make reservations ahead of time.
Cuisine – American
Location – Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel
Opened – 2002
Service – Napa Rose had decent service with a very knowledgeable waiter and many easy water refills. We did have to flag them down on occasion.
Verdict – Napa Rose serves up excellent food in a beautiful room. This is a no brainer if you are going to Disneyland and are into food.
Napa Rose Signature Dishes – Scallops, Tiger Salad, Lamb, fresh catch of the day.
Napa Rose’s Menu changes seasonally. The prices are very high but the portions and quality are there. Wide variety of items, sure to please the entire party.
Napa Rose Food Picks:
Bread selection is awesome. Excellent Lavash flatbread and olive bread.
Mojito ($9.75) was decent but full of ice and weak on alcohol strength.
Pan Roasted Diver Scallops – On a Sauce of Lobster and Lemon Accented with Vanilla. ($22) This appetizer is a signature dish and proved to be very good, fresh scallops along with some rich lobster sauce accents.
“Smiling Tiger Salad” Tempura Fried Lobster, spicy Beef, Asian Greens, and Coconut-Lime Vinaigrette ($22) is papaya salad like. Very light touch with egg batter.
Market Seasonal Soup – ($15) Squash soup was the soup of the day. Not to creamy, lots of ham and veggies, solid flavor.
Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin – with Lemon Whipped Potatoes and Petit Green Beans. ($13.00) for kids. Tender, high quality, worth ordering.
Roasted Venison Loin – Sage & Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Black Trumpet Mushroom Essence. ($44) Another recommendation from the waiter. A huge portion of tender meat along with a sauce that should have been slightly sweet.
Grilled Colorado Lamb Porterhouse and Rack Chop Braised Lamb Shoulder, Kalamata Olives and Sangiovese Jus ($44) had only 2 chops, but they were huge. Excellent flavor and cooked to a perfect medium rare.
Sustainable Fish of the Day – Crushed Heirloom Tomatoes, Garlic, Capers, Oregano and Olive Oil. ($37) Halibut was the fish and was perfectly cooked. We felt even better that it was sustainable.
Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash – with Toasted Pine Nuts. ($10) A good side to add some vegetables to your meal. Fresh and cooked with care.
Truffled “Mac & Cheese” Orecchiette Pasta with Parmigiano-Reggiano ($12) had a strong truffle essence. Cool copper pot too.
Brownie Sundae ($7) – Beautiful and proved to fully satisfied our sweet tooth.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Roasted Sonoma Quail ($18) Chantrelle mushrooms, creamed Brentwood corn, and Pinot Noir Essence came off the Four course tasting menu. Deboned and fancy looking but in the end it was just an OK dish, not special.
Sauteed Veal Sweetbreads ($18) poached rhubarb, cashews, buttermilk dressing were more a processed meatball. If we knew this, we would not have ordered it.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Snap Peas ($10) had a strong but odd flavor.