INSIDER INFORMATION ON DISNEY DINING


ANAHEIM, Calif. – Where is the best steak, sushi and dining alfresco? Here are some “insider tips” on Disneyland dining:

Most romantic dinner spot: It’s a toss-up between The Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and a corner table at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.

Favorite spots for outdoor dining: Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A., the front porch of Plaza Inn and River Belle Terrace (where we’re told Walt Disney used to have breakfast on Sunday mornings), all in Disneyland Park; the covered balcony of the Vineyard Room, Disney’s California Adventure; the terrace at The Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; Uva Bar, Downtown Disney.

How to order kosher meals: Kosher meals are available at most table-service restaurants at Disneyland Resort. A 24-hour notice is required, and the meals are purchased from an outside vendor. Guests also may bring their own preferred kosher products.

Allergies, special diets: Stop in City Hall in Disneyland Park for a list of restaurants that offer gluten-free and kosher meals. Chefs are happy to accommodate when guests provide advanced notice by calling 714-781-DINE.

Fill 'er up: Favorite self-serve, buffet-style restaurants include breakfast at the Plaza Inn, Disneyland Park; Goofy’s Kitchen (brunch and dinner), the Disneyland Hotel; breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and breakfast at Storytellers Cafe, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Where is Mickey Mouse? The Big Cheese makes a celebrity appearance during “My Disneyland Birthday Party” every afternoon at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland Park.

Where to find sushi: Yamabuki at the Disneyland Hotel. Other signature dishes include crisp, light tempura and sake-poached Alaskan halibut.
Best steak dinner: Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel (the generous bone-in ribeye is always popular). Or try the Angus filet mignon "au poivre” with cabernet sauvignon-cherry essence at The Napa Rose.

Best vegetarian: All table-service restaurants offer vegetarian choices, but for creations with the season’s freshest ingredients try the Vineyard Room at Disney’s California Adventure; Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar at Downtown Disney, or The Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Tops for families: Gather round the table for breakfast or dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, where the Disney characters will have you dancing. Another favorite is Blue Bayou in Disneyland Park, with twinkling lights and a magical ambience. Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa promotes family conversation with beautiful wall murals that depict tall tales set in the Golden State’s early days.

Grown-up favorites: For an evening without the kids, favorites include The Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; Hook’s Pointe & Wine Cellar, and Steakhouse 55, both at the Disneyland Hotel.

Best place to grab a quick sandwich: Blue Ribbon Bakery on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland Park; Baker’s Field Bakery, Disney’s California Adventure Park; Croc’s Bits ‘N’ Bites at the Disneyland Hotel; White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; La Brea Bakery or Napolini in Downtown Disney.

Best wine list: The Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers a selection of 80 wines by the glass from an award-winning list of more than 450 international wines (80 percent Californian) and a 17,000-bottle wine cellar.

Best Lounges: Steakhouse 55, the cozy Wine Cellar or Lost Bar, all at the Disneyland Hotel; The Napa Rose or Hearthstone Lounge, both at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and the intimate lounge at Yamabuki at the Disneyland Hotel.

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