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Depending on your mood, the time of day and the size of your party, choose from five restaurants at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The best known is the upscale Napa Rose, which uses locally sourced ingredients in its seasonal dinner menu that is inspired by Napa Valley’s wine region. Chef Andrew Sutton (who previously worked at The Mansion Restaurant in Dallas and Auberge du Soleil Restaurant in Napa) serves up braised spring rabbit with portobello mushroom ragu, pan-roasted diver scallops with lobster-lemon sauce, an Asian “smiling tiger salad” of tempura lobster and spicy beef and cedar-roasted duck breast with rhubarb-orange marmalade. For dessert, he offers blue Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee “ocean” with graham cracker “sand” or artisanal ice creams and seasonal sorbets. Napa Rose doesn’t have a wine list — it has a wine book of 600-plus selections, including multiple vintages of Bryant Family, Colgin, Dalla Valle, Araujo, Grace Family and Screaming Eagle and Château d'Yquem, as well as 60 French champagnes. Reservations are a necessity.
For something more casual, you have several options. Try the Napa Rose Lounge, which has seating inside next to the fireplace or outside on the terrace and serves appetizers and dessert. Located in the corner of the lobby, the Hearthstone Lounge is a full bar and a popular gathering spot to enjoy wine or Lagavulin. Storytellers Café is opposite the pool area and is a large, informal family restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. The American cuisine includes grilled sandwiches, burgers and wood-fired pizzas; the Cobb salad is generous and delicious. White Water Snacks is poolside and serves pastries, salads, sandwiches, ice cream and soda.