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Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park to Open with 92 Sommeliers

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Carthay Circle Restaurant will be the first restaurant in the world to open its doors with 92 sommeliers, according to Gary Maggetti, General Manager of Food & Beverage and Store Operations at Disney California Adventure park.

The Carthay Circle Restaurant team passed their introductory level sommelier exam, which is the first of four arduous levels required to attain the coveted rank of Master Sommelier.

“We have 250 international wines, with 30 wines available by the glass in the restaurant and lounge,” says Joy Cushing, Carthay Circle Restaurant manager, an Advanced Sommelier working toward her Master Sommelier status.

The sommeliers will staff both the 256-seat upstairs restaurant and the 68-seat lounge on the ground floor of the beautiful Carthay Circle Theatre.


Wines have carefully been chosen with a strong emphasis on California vineyards to match the “Southern California cuisine—breezy, light and fresh,” says Chef Andrew Sutton, describing the menu. Sutton, executive chef at Napa Rose restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, is also executive chef of Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. Gloria Tae, Sutton’s protégé at Napa Rose, is chef de cuisine.

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  • I will be dining here the 18th! I am very excited. I heard that there will be an opportunity for diners to qualify for priority viewing of World of Color, do you have any details on that option? Thanks!

  • does d23 members have special preview of the restaurant?!

  • #5 – 3:30 AM PST – We’ll be having dinner here on Sunday night, in celebration of our 33rd Wedding Anniversary and as part of our Cars Land Preview event with the D23 Club! Can’t wait to see our favorite chefs, Andrew and Gloria, in their new digs!!

    I wish they had an exhibition kitchen with a Chef’s Counter here, like they do at Napa Rose, our favorite restaurant in all of the Disneyland Resort!


    • Walt, it’s great fun sharing all the food and beverage news!

  • Has any thought been given to the beer selection and beer pairing?

    • There is a fantastic selection of craft beers, and pairings will be offered, especially in the lounge.

  • Sounds delicious! When will this restaurant be opening?

    • June 15!

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