Business Dinner near Disney
The Napa Rose in your hotel is one of the best high end restaurants in Orange County. It's not your typical hotel restaurant. Any particular reason why you're avoiding it?
Roy's Restaurant has a new location in Anaheim. It was under construction last time I drove past a few months ago, but I believe they're open now.
There's also a Morton's Steakhouse and a Ruths' Chis on Harbor Blvd, if you want a steakhouse.
re: Professor Salt
Yeah...Napa Rose is probably one of the best restaurants in OC, but you'll pay for it too. They also have an extensive wine list.
And Roy's is indeed now open @ the Anaheim GardenWalk. I was there last Saturday; we took advantage of their summer celebration prix-fixe menu after watching Batman on IMAX. (You'll want to sit outside if you want quiet conversation; the inside's a touch noisy.)
GardenWalk also has McCormick & Schmick's if you're feeling like seafood.
Napa Rose has a nice feel to it, good service but awful food. Everything we ordered was over-salted except for their salads.
There's not really alot of selection when it comes to OC. I've been trying to search for one but to no avail. I've been to Ruths' Chris a few times already if Im craving for a good steak without having to drive to Costa Mesa for Mastro's. Good service and good atmosphere, typical steakhouse, very dark and cool.
You've had the opposite experience from just about everyone else, then. I actually added salt to my meat at Napa Rose.
To the OP, it depends what you're looking for. If you're looking to entertain a bunch of executives you don't know and need to impress, then don't go to GardenWalk... hire a limo and go to Mastro's in Costa Mesa (better than Ruth's Chris or Morton's on Harbor), or go to k'ya in the Hotel Menage on Harbor and Ball, or to the Anaheim White House.
If it doesn't need to be that fancy, I would say you could go with McCormick's and Schmick's Grille or Roy's in GardenWalk, or the steakhouses, or Bella Marri's in downtown Anaheim, or even "regular" Marri's on Katella and Walnut.
Last fall I ate at Steakhouse 55 and thought it was fantastic. I've been to Ruth Chris and several other high end steakhouses and thought this was as good if not better. The atmosphere is very nice too. Service was fantastic
Only thing, its in the Disneyland Hotel and I know you were trying to stay away from there.