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Best Restaurants in Anaheim Our favorites include some of this destination's best restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.

Where to Eat in Downtown Disney®

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Located in Downtown Disney® District and a part of the Patina Restaurant group, Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar offers several dining options worth the trip. The Uva Bar is a large, circular, open-air bar offering 40 wines by the glass and such tapas as grilled skewer of chorizo with garlic-roasted potatoes and saffron aioli. The downstairs café offers casual dining, specializing in soups, salads and pastas, while a fine dining restaurant is on the second level. The several fine dining areas exude a more elegant, formal decor. Since the chef uses fresh ingredients and Mediterranean Rim preparation methods, the paella is excellent, as are the boneless braised short ribs, served with a creamy polenta and wild mushrooms. Request a table with a balcony view overlooking the Downtown Disney scene, where there's plenty of things to do this weekend.

Wine and Dine for Two

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Steps away from Disney California Adventure® Park , Napa Rose is in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and is one of more enjoyable things for couples to do. Specializing in California Wine Country-inspired cuisine, the restaurant offers more than 60 premium wines by the glass, most from California vineyards. At last count, there were more than 40 sommeliers on staff to assist with wine selections. The restaurant follows the Arts and Crafts-inspired style of the hotel in its use of light-colored woods, 20-foot-high vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling, stained-glass walls and copper and amber glass lights and chandeliers. An exhibition kitchen offers a few counter seats from which you can view the food preparation up close, making it one of the more fun places to go. The inventiveness of the chef is expressed in his Sizzling Beach Rock appetizer—meant to be shared by two, it includes a combination of garlic-seared shrimp, soy-glazed spare ribs and lemongrass chicken cooked on a hot beach stone. Fish is represented in the cashew-crusted ocean trout with heirloom apples and sautéed coastal mushrooms, parsnips and pecans. Available in season, the roast breast of pheasant is served on a ragu of butternut squash, wild mushrooms, parsnip and pecans. Being one of the more indulgent places to eat, there is always a selection of delicious and unusual desserts prepared by the house pastry chef, and a children's menu is available.

Southern Hospitality in Anaheim

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You won't need to travel all the way to New Orleans for excellent Cajun-Creole food—it's as close as Downtown Disney. Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen mimics the charming architecture that you would expect to find in French Quarter restaurants. The two-story restaurant includes French doors galore and wrought-iron accents, and its downstairs patio and the second story balcony are great locations for people watching. Three food service options include casual dining downstairs, fine dining upstairs and the Creole Café, which serves beignets and coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Not to be missed is the Gumbo Ya Ya, full of chicken and andouille in a dark, rich roux flavored with Creole seasonings and served with rice. A little milder but still seasoned to perfection is the fried gulf shrimp wrapped in coconut and served with pecan leek rice pilaf and Tabasco pepper jelly sauce. For dessert, bananas Foster is flamed tableside. Entertainment is featured nightly in Flambeaux's jazz club.

Rare, Medium and Well-Done

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In the Disneyland® Hotel , Steakhouse 55 boasts a warm and cozy feeling thanks to dark woods and large black-and-white photos of 1950s movie stars. Specializing in certified Angus beef prepared with the chef's specially developed rubs, the restaurant also offers lamb chops, fish, tasty salads prepared with fresh ingredients and side dishes that are large enough to share.

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Anaheim, CA

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Travel Information

City Population

336,265

Elevation

158 ft.

Sales Tax

State and county sales taxes total 7.75 to 8 percent in Anaheim. A lodging tax, called a transient occupancy tax, of 17 percent also is levied along with an 8 percent rental car tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(714) 765-1900

Hospitals

Anaheim Global Medical Center, (714) 533-6220; Anaheim Regional Medical Center, (714) 774-1450; Kaiser Permanente Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center, (714) 644-2000; St. Joseph Hospital, (714) 633-9111; West Anaheim Medical Center, (714) 827-3000.

Visitor Information

2099 S. State College Blvd. Suite 600 Anaheim, CA 92806. Phone:(714)765-2800

Air Travel

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, nearly 13 miles south of Anaheim, is served by major domestic and commuter carriers. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 33 miles northwest of Anaheim, is served by international and major domestic carriers. Long Beach Airport (LGB), about 19 miles west of Anaheim, is served by three major domestic airlines. Ontario International Airport (ONT), approximately 33 miles northeast of Anaheim, is served by international and major domestic carriers.

Rental Cars

Most major car rental agencies serve Anaheim. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, provides discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, departs from Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Amtrak provides daily service north to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, and south to San Diego. Metrolink is a commuter rail service in Southern California with two stations in Anaheim, Anaheim Canyon Station and ARTIC, (800) 371-5465.

Buses

Anaheim Resort Transit (ART), (888) 364-2787, is an 18-route bus network to nearly every local point of interest and hotel. Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), (714) 636-7433, provides regional service. Greyhound, (800) 231-2222, provides national service. Tres Estrellas de Oro, (323) 588-9188, provides service to Tijuana. Greyhound and Tres Estrellas de Oro buses have a terminal at Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), 2626 E. Katella Ave.

Taxis

The base rate is $3.50 at flag drop and $2.75 per mile. Two large companies are California Yellow Cab, (714) 444-4444 and Yellow Cab Co, (714) 999-9999 OR (800) 649-1222.

Public Transportation

Transportation by bus and commuter rail service is available in Anaheim.

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