While we love a deep-fried Monte Cristo or a hand-dipped corn dog when we visit Disneyland Resort, the ultimate dining experience is Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where Chef Andrew Sutton always wows us with something seasonal, regional and beyond delicious.
Decorated in the rich style of the California Arts and Crafts movement, the restaurant’s light-colored woods, 20-foot-high vaulted ceilings, romantic outdoor seating with a fire pit, and a private dining room with a fireplace set the scene for a memorable dinner.
Last trip we discovered a divine new way to dine in the beautiful restaurant: the Vinter’s Table, which is Sutton’s idea of a prix fixe on the menu. Usually four or five courses, the VT menu changes each week “so we can offer the best of the best seasonal culinary delights,” says Sutton. Each course is beautifully paired with wine, “reflecting the wine dinners, casual and formal, that I hosted while living in Napa Valley,” Sutton explains.
Cost is $85, with $45 additional for wine pairings created by sommelier Joy Cushing from the wine cellar’s impressive collection. With a call to the restaurant, you can further customize your Vintner’s Table experience (price may vary).
A recent dinner inspired by “Autumn in the Wine Country” included sautéed Columbia River wild sturgeon with golden cauliflower, leeks and almond lemon brown butter; tarts of Applewood ham, swiss chard, Gruyère cheese and persimmon jam, served with pumpkin soup; sage-roasted Pennsylvania “Blue Foot” chicken with ragoût of golden chanterelle mushrooms, Oregon truffle and sweet potato tots; and a Concord Grape buckle topped with Concord Grape sorbet.
Sutton’s menu is so diverse, we love that the Vintner’s Table does all the work for us – just sit down, point and start sipping.
For reservations, 714-300-7170. The 237-seat venue is open daily for dinner, and also features a 78-seat lounge.