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Nov 3, 2010 01:04 PM

Catal In Downtown Disney

How is this place? We're looking for a nice place for dinner when in Anaheim to go to Disneyland soon. We've been to Napa Rose, Blue Bayou, etc. and want to try something different. The menu sounds pretty good here. How is Anaheim's White House? TIA! :)

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

Blue Bayou
1580 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA

White House Restaurant
887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

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  1. I really didn't like it the two times I went. I found the food to be bland. I did, however, have a great meal the Brennan's Jazz restuarant. I don't know if that qualifies as a "nice" restuarant.

    1. I have a friend who goes there all the time and loves the place. It is part of the Patina group, which is usually very reliable.

      1. I love the White House, for special occasions. I think it's a tad on the pricey side. But the food is always good.

        White House Restaurant
        340 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        1. What about Mr. Stox or Park Avenue? White House is pretty good too.

          Mr. Stox
          1105 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            We ended up at Catal's and loved it! The service was just a bit slow but we didn't mind. ESPN Zone was great for lunch the next day, omelettes at The Loft @ the Montage and 230 Forest for lunch in Laguna Beach yesterday were both awesome! :)

          2. Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar ... up stairs if you want a better experience, the outdoor "bar" should be avoided. Go for the dinning experience; but keep in mind, park visitors will be there with kids. If you don't like kids, I have to ask why you'd be in Downtown Disney?

            I've been there about a dozen times. I've never had a bad experience. And I gladly recommend the restaurant. I've sat in the outdoor bar area once; vowed to never do that again. It's not bad. Just not me.

            As someone already pointed out, it's a Patina Group restaurant; you'll have a nice meal. It's the go to spot if we only have our little one with us; but then it really depends on his mood; bad mood we end up at Storybook in the hotel; badly behaving children are expected and accepted at Storybook. Tip for kids that need something to eat quickly; just place an order for Fries with the hostess; but they're dressed with salt and parsley so if the "green" bits make for an unhappy little one, ask them to leave out the "green" bits... They're not on the menu, but they'll provide them and do come quickly so you have time to go over the menu.

            The menu is simple but provides an entrée to satisfy the picky. They have a number of "tapas" like apps and nice salad choices. The Wine selection will not rival Napa Rose; but it's good; albeit pricey (but again, it's at a theme park...). Buy the bottle; you'll be happier in the end (especially if you finish it between the two of you...) Cocktails are well done and the bartenders have a heavy hand.

            I've done dinner on the cheap with just me and my two year old. He had fries (no green bits); a bowl of Mac and Cheese and an apple juice. They provide bread, so I had a small salad with a "tapas" version of meat balls and a large glass of wine (a Zin a believe; I aim for Central Coast wines). He fell asleep in my lap. The Staff were attentive and very understanding of my little one's needs.

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

            Patina Group
            291 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805