We’re opening our Disney Food Blog Reader Mailbag for another great question from you today!
And wouldn’t you know it? Romance is in the air. Our reader would like to know:
What’s a good idea for a great date night dinner in Disneyland?
What a fun question! And we definitely have some good ideas for this one. But as we all know, budgets vary. Let’s look at several options:
Special Occasion Date: Napa Rose
Looking for an extra special evening? Napa Rose wins our vote for the best dining experience in all of Disneyland.
The award-winning restaurant, located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, offers a warm, relaxed environment. But it’s the food that we absolutely love here.
Chef Andrew Sutton creates a market-inspired menu of seasonal favorites, focusing on the bounty that California offers. And you can pair your meal with their superb list of California wines to enhance each course.
For an extra special treat, reserve the Chef’s Counter, and enjoy watching the staff as they craft your dinner before your eyes.
Want a gourmet experience with a more relaxed vibe? Check out Steakhouse 55 Lounge in the Disneyland Hotel for delicious pub grub, inventive cocktails, and an atmosphere that is sheer Old Hollywood Glamour.
Under the Sea Date: Ariel’s Grotto World of Color Dinner Package
Dinner and a show? What could make for a better date?
If you’re looking for more than just dinner out, we love the World of Color Dinner Package at Ariel’s Grotto! Featuring a whimsical undersea setting and lovely views, fans of The Little Mermaid will especially like the setting.
But it’s not all about classic Disney animation — we like the food, too! The three-course, prix fixe menu offers good variety — you’ll find seafood, vegetarian options, plus chicken and beef.
Plus — pay for dinner, and get a pass for Preferred Viewing for the amazing World of Color light and water show! And if Ariel’s Grotto doesn’t sound like your thing, you can also choose a package with dinner at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant, both in Disney California Adventure.
Want the view without the sit-down dinner? Try Cove Bar, just upstairs from Ariel’s Grotto. It’s a great place to enjoy small plates and delicious cocktails while taking in a stunning view of Paradise Bay.
Classic Disneyland Date: Cafe Orleans
But another idea we love is an evening at Disneyland Park. After all, it’s the original Happiest Place on Earth, and a stroll around the Lands that Walt Disney himself once frequented is a fun and memorable evening.
When it’s time for dinner, grab a seat on the covered patio and enjoy some of my favorite classic dishes at Cafe Orleans.
Want to save a little dough but still have a great Disneyland date? Have an early dinner and then enjoy snacks and a stroll in the Park. We like the idea of sharing Popcorn from one of Disneyland’s amazingly detailed Popcorn Carts, featuring a cast of Roastie Toasties! Then enjoy a sweet ending from the Tiki Juice Bar. You’ll probably want to get two Dole Whip Floats, though. Nobody likes to share those.
We hope we’ve given you some great ideas for a memorable date night at Disneyland. And now we want to hear from you!
What are your picks for a romantic evening? Let us know your best recommendations for a fun Disneyland Date Night in comments below!