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May 24, 2010 10:05 PM

good restaurant around Disney?

We are going to Disneyland. Any good restaurants around? We won't have a car but willing to travel by taxi for 15 minutes or so. Thanks!

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  1. I highly recommend Napa Rose at the Grand Californian

    Here is a detailed discussion of Disney food (and local restaurants):

    Napa Rose Restaurant
    1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

    1. Whenever I get dragged to the Magic Kingdom I make it a point to go outside the park for dinner. There's a Roy's down the street on Katella which I think is a better value than Napa Rose. It's definitely walkable.

      Napa Rose Restaurant
      1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

      1. I rail enough against Napa Rose that I'll just say that I might one day try it again, but only if I sit at the kitchen counter and watch the chefs.

        I friend of mine goes to Catal all the time, and it is part of the Patina Group so that gives a bit of reliability to the chain. I like Roy's, but have not been to the Anaheim one. Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove isn't too far away if you want an ethnic option.

        Thai Nakorn Restaurant
        12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

        Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar
        1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92803

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        1. re: ocshooter

          My $0.02 on Roy's in Anaheim is that the atmosphere is not as nice (think touristy casual) and the food doesn't shine as the other locations (like Newport Beach and the ones in HI which are even better).

          2nd Thai Nakorn.

          I hope you try Napa Rose a 2nd chance @ the Chef's Counter; I can't wait to go back. =)

          Napa Rose Restaurant
          1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

          Thai Nakorn
          11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

          1. re: OCAnn

            I'll give it a shot some time, but it will be a while. Paid for dinner for 6 at Nobu in Vegas plus Shibuya at the MGM recently, so I need a wee bit of time to recover before I charge, charge, charge ahead. Both were very good.

            4774 Park Granada Ste 8B, Calabasas, CA 91302

            11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          2. re: ocshooter

            With due respect to your friend, I found Catal very bland the two times I tried it. In the downtown disney area, I prefer Brennans Jazz for a good meal but limited menu.

          3. Hi gumi and Welcome to SoCal!

            The following are my suggestions for your dining pleasure:

            Napa Rose
            1600 S. Disneyland Dr.
            Anaheim, CA 92802
            (714) 956-6755

            For a truly special culinary adventure, I recommend the Chef’s Table at the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Under the realm of Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, your senses and palate will be transported to the land of true culinary bliss. Indeed, one of the finest dining experiences of my life. Albeit several years ago, I recall about five courses, each seemingly surpassing the one that preceded it. I was literally taken aback. Pure magic. $$$$

            Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
            2041 S Harbor Blvd
            Anaheim, CA 92802
            (714) 750-5466

            An exemplary steakhouse offering outstanding cuts for everyone’s preferences. The standard method of preparations calls for a garlic butter finish, too rich for some, but heaven-sent for my tastes. The filet and ribeye are extraordinary. Solid sides including a tasty, albeit not authentic gumbo. Wonderful desserts, if you make it that far. Superior service in an elegant but casually welcoming venue. Less than a mile from Disneyland. $$$

            The Cellar
            305 N Harbor Blvd
            Fullerton, CA 92832
            (714) 525-5682

            Hidden down a dark flight of stairs in the basement of Fullerton’s historic Villa del Sol, The Cellar is an architectural marvel designed and built by the same team who created Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean. It has an otherworldly feel from another time and place. The French-Continental cuisine and the old world service are excellent, on par with Club 33, Disneyland's "hush-hush" members only club. The cave-like ambience and romantic vibe are sensational. About 15 minutes by taxi. $$$

            Park Avenue
            11200 Beach Blvd
            Stanton, CA 90680
            (714) 901-4400

            Outstanding cuisine in an unlikely locale. Owner/chef David Slay offers an exciting variety of superbly prepared dishes from the simple to the sublime. There’s something on the menu to suit just about everyone’s tastes. Dinner favorites include lobster mac & cheese and chicken croquettes followed by seared scallops, seafood pie and grilled ribeye steak among others. Seasonal specialties such as venison and antelope are also featured. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown in the outside garden. Nice bar and wine selection. Great service. ‘50’s architecture, ambience and décor. Less than 15 minutes by taxi. $$

            2801 West Ball Rd.
            Anaheim, CA, 92804
            (714) 826-8859

            Do you want to try something very different? Merhaba offers some of the finest Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine to be found anywhere. Everything is cooked to order, so be prepared to wait a bit. The injera bread is the best I’ve had. Try the kitfo (raw beef), the chicken with egg, the hamli (greens) and the shiro (pureed chickpeas) for a wonderful dining experience not to be forgotten. A quiet gem in the corner of a dismal looking strip mall – not to worry, though. Like eating in someone’s home. Top off your meal with an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Less than 15 minutes by taxi. $

            Bon Appetit!

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            1. re: degustateur

              Well, you know you can't talk about Merhaba without me talking about Tana. For vegetables, I think Tana is far superior; for meat, I'll give it to Merhaba.

              Here are recent posts:


              In addition, I like El Moctezuma, a Oaxacan place about 5-10 minutes down Harbor, between Lampson and Garden Grove Blvd. I love Mariscos Puerto Esperanza on the corner of Taft and Tustin in Orange (cab-able) for excellent Mexican seafood. There's Mas Islamic Chinese cuisine on Orangethorpe between Lemon and Raymond in Anaheim (also cab-able).

              Go point Google Maps at Chapman Ave and Glassell St in the city of Orange; it's a cute, walkable district with a bunch of pretty decent restaurants. I like Haven Gastropub, I'm happy enough with Gabbi's, Watson's Drugstore's food counter is decent and so is Citrus City Grill.

              Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
              1724 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865

              El Moctezuma Restaurant
              809 N Fairview St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

              Citrus City Grill
              3555 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92506

              Haven Gastropub
              190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

            2. IMO, Ruth Chris is the best in the immediate area.