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Topic: Where would you go?

Doom Buggy Driver
Wed 12/12/2012 6:34p
My husband and I are planning our very first trip to Disneyland without the kids for our 30th wedding anniversary. He said I can choose any restaurant I want for dinner and I can't make up my mind between Carthay or Napa Rose neither of which we have been to. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Wed 12/12/2012 6:44p
I've only been to Carthay and found it WONDERFUL! It was our 14th Anniversary (but we had kids) and the service was excellent, as was the food and atmosphere. I don't think you can go wrong with that as your choice.
Wed 12/12/2012 7:22p
I would suggest to check out each restaurant's menus. I think Napa Rose would be more pricey, yet I hear it is fabulous! I had lunch at the Carthay and loved every minute of it.
Wed 12/12/2012 8:08p
Tough choice. Napa is more sophisticated, Carthay a little more magical. The food is equally good. I give Carthay an edge for atmosphere-- but for "Disney" atmosphere.

Yes, Napa will be a little pricier. And both of them will be lousy with tourists...!
Wed 12/12/2012 9:13p
I would pick Napa, because it is out of the parks and therefore a little more dressy and special. The food is excellent at both places, but I prefer the selection available at Napa Rose. I also think the service at Napa is a little better than at Carthay. I was just at Carthay last weekend for the second time, and they still don't have all of the service kinks worked out yet. Both restaurants are wonderful though, and I am sure you will have an amazing anniversary dinner at whichever you choose.

And happy anniversary to you...30 years is an amazing accomplishment! Have a wonderful trip. My husband and I try to sneak a non-kid trip in every once in a while (like last weekend) and it is always really nice.
Thu 12/13/2012 6:13a
Napa.....all the way
It is the very best and big congrats!
Thu 12/13/2012 10:20p
I have to say, In the Carthay, I feel like I'm still inside a theme park, albeit a nice place, it's inside a theme park. And honestly, I found one of the larger dining areas quite bland, almost cafeteria like, and would hate to be stuck there on any occasion let alone a special one.

Napa Rose, on the other hand, once you're in the dining room, you are in a great restaurant. And if you want a special treat, go for the Chef's counter with pairings. Pricy but one of the things I would gladly pay for again!

Winner: Napa Rose
Fri 12/14/2012 10:32a
I'd have chosen the Blue Bayou. Even though they changed the roast beef from prime rib to strip loin.

Hmm: I'd initially gotten "Napa Rose" confused with "Wine Country Trattoria" (where I turned up my nose at the menu every single time I looked). Looking at both Napa Rose (the real one this time) and Carthay Circle, I still find the Bayou more appetizing.
Fri 12/14/2012 10:37a
Both are excellent. The "inside a theme park" vibe is actually a big plus for me at Carthay - a somewhat hidden/secret "jewel" you feel you have discovered amongst the bustle. Somewhat similar to Club 33 - of course Carthay is not private, but the decor and vibe of Carthay is similar.

Both are excellent, and I had excellent service at Carthay, but I'd go with Napa Rose. And although it is pricey, be sure to at least share an appetizer. The more courses the better.
Fri 12/14/2012 10:42a
Would depend on how much of a "foodie" you are. Are you into the wine and food pairings? If so I would do the Napa Rose, I think it's called the Chef's table or such. Where you sit and watch the Chef as he prepares the meals and does all the wine pairing.

Personally I enjoyed the Steakhouse 55 for food the most. Then Napa for fanciness. And finally Carathy for good food, but a bit more relaxed.

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