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“A Venue for Special Events” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Napa Rose at Grand Californian

Napa Rose at Grand Californian
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802 (Disneyland)
714 781-3463
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Ranked #11 of 709 Restaurants in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Disneyland
Description: This elegant award-winning restaurant offers an incomparable selection of wines and serves contemporary cuisine inspired by California's rich bounty of fine, fresh ingredients. Whether you celebrate a special occasion or take a break from a busy day at Disneyland Resort, you'll savor an exceptional dining experience.
Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Venue for Special Events”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We discovered the Napa Rose when we stayed at the Grand Californian on the opening day of the California Adventure theme park several years back. Since then, we have visited the restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, you name it. Located on the grounds of the Grand Californian, decor is fully mission style. Tasteful rose motifs can be seen in the furnishings as well as appointments throughout the venue.

An ample wine selection complements the menu, provided by a huge walk-in wine storage room that can be seen as you enter the restaurant. The menu is creative and offers choices that can satisfy a wide variety of tastes. We particularly liked the mushroom cappuccino, which is actually a rich soup served in a coffee cup.

There are two distinct areas within the restaurant, a bar area with comfortable seating, and a full dining area. The bar menu includes a number of appetizers that can easily double as a light meal, and proves a particularly good option if you prefer lighter fare or are without a reservation.

Service in the bar was friendly and prompt, as was the service for dinner. We were greeted by the head chef on one occasion, who described to us the complex system in place at the restaurant to insure all meals ordered at the table will be presented together directly from the kitchen at peak temperature. Something they called "expediting".

Hours are restricted to dinner only and a reservation is almost a given on popular holidays or weekends. Although the Disney company welcomes children everywhere, this venue should be considered better for adults, for both atmosphere and menu. Dressy casual is generally acceptable for diners, however we have discovered those donning tuxedos and formal dresses among the crowd. Certainly a tie and jacket would not be out of place.

As with most of the dining options at the Disney Resort, be prepared to spend about fifty percent more for a similar experience away from the property. Each time I have visited the Napa Rose, I have always felt that the expense was offset by the experience and I have never regretted it, nor let is sway me from returning.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“Best food experience near Disneyland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

From the freshly baked bread to the spanking fresh seafood another must do again experience. Portions were generous and kids meals just as delicious as the adults meals and the desserts were divine.

Visited November 2012
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El Paso Texas
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Listen to what the server says!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I went twice in November 2012. The first night my hostess asked for a premium tequila. The server brought her something else and claimed it was the tequila she wanted. He stood there and lied instead of saying, "we don't have that brand; may I offer something else?" We moved on to fabulous food, overpriced to be sure. Yellow beets on a side dish smothered in onions were outstanding. The fried lobster wasn't. But the second night the sea bass I had with mussels was breathtaking--hot throughout, in a glorious sauce. Try it. You won't be wrong.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 restaurant reviews
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“This was a very mixed experience for me. A bit overrated for what we paid.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We had always wanted to try this restaurant. My husband son and I are premium disney park season pass holders and we decided to celebrate our son's birthday and see what all the fuss was about. We made our reservation and were seated right away. Our server Saucy was amazing. Our first impression was simply fantastic. We had dropped off a bottle of wine earlier in the day and they had it ready for us and at the perfect temperature which of course, made us quite happy after walking around all day at the parks with a 6 yr old. Our table was lovely and we were inspired to try the Chef's tasting Menu which featured Partridge. We were first served a beautiful apple cider shot topped with creme freiche and bacon. The combination was simply heavenly! I immediately tweeted my friends to come to Napa Rose. Our 2nd course arrived promptly after the first (lobster stuffed w/ spinach) and it too was just beautiful. Again, very impressed. Sadly, the experience went downhill after the lobster. Our third course took over 40 mins to get to us after our 2nd course. Our waiter "Saucy" was very apologetic and I have to say I don't blame him for the kitchen's mishaps as he was nothing but attentive but I was disappointed at the lack of food and the long wait. Our third course finally arrived but I must say, it was rather forgettable as I have to admit, I can't remember what I ate. We then again waited about 25 mins or so for our main course to arrive. We eat game as much as we can and eventhough I had never tasted "partridge" before, I found it rather tough. The flavors were amazing but I felt it was a little too hard on my palette. Saucy was great and even asked if I wanted something else but me being the trooper, I decided to finish my meal. Shortly after, I bit down on something hard. I had no choice but spit it out and it fell under the table. I took another bite, and again, I bit something hard. This time I caught it. It turned out to be a buck shot. Saucy our waiter again was apologetic as he said that "he had never experienced something more rustic" than me finding the lucky shot which brought the partridge to my plate. Shortly after, the Restaurant Manager aproached us and I must say I was disappointed to see that he didn't seem the bit concerned about the incident. (It seemed such a contrast from our wonderful waiter). We weren't offered anything to offset the incident. He just made sure I didn't chip any teeth and he allowed me to keep the bullet as a souvenir. He also made a rather disturbing comment that this was after all, "Game" I ordered. Again, I must point out that the service we received from our waiter Saucy was impeccable and the restaurant has a lot of wonderful things. I am just disappointed that my experience wasn't as stellar throughout as I expected it to be (especially when we did shell out over $200 of my hard earned money) on dinner alone and it fell short. I would have gladly given this restaurant another chance, but with the lack of interest from the Restaurant Manager, I have to say I will probably go elsewhere.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Escondido, CA
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“Beautiful Place with Wonderful Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to go to dinner here after a long day at a convention. We walked from the Anaheim convention center, which wasn't too far away...about a 15 minute walk. Although we didn't have a reservation, the staff was able to find us a table for five after a very short wait. Our server was friendly and helpful, giving us personal service and great advice. She suggested that we order two appetizers or a salad/soup with an appetizer instead of an entree. Our group of five decide to share one of each side dish on the menu....plus each of us followed the advice of the server with appetizers and soups or salads. The beauty of the restaurant was outstanding. I hope to go back and sit at one of the kitchen-side tables where guests can watch the chefs and be treated to tastes of the dishes they are creating. There is a gorgeous wine room too...just thinking about it makes me want to return soon!

Visited October 2012
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