Granville's Steak House - dinner - January 21, 2005
We'd never been to Granville's Steak House before, but we'd heard good things from friends, so when we found ourselves at the resort on a Friday night, we decided to give Granville's a try. Granville's is located in the Disneyland Hotel, tucked away in a corner near Goofy's Kitchen. We didn't have a priority seating reservation, but they were able to seat us immediately. The restaurant has a main dining room and a side room that has doors that can be closed for privacy. On the walls are beautiful black and white pictures of various Hollywood stars of the past at various restaurants/dinner tables, including a few that include Walt Disney himself.
After the hostess took us to our table, our server came by shortly thereafter and took our orders, and we were also brought a small loaf of sourdough bread.
We decided to split the crab cake starter. The crab cake was surrounded by a mixture of saffron and roasted red pepper sauce. I love crab cakes, but I don't order them too often because I like them with a lot of crab and usually end up with ones that have a lot of batter. This crab cake was very good, plentiful in crab and just enough batter to keep everything together. The sauce was a nice complement.
My husband and I both decided to have the seven onion soup. The presentation of the soup was very elegant. The runner put down a huge white bowl, tapered in the middle, with small parmesan crisps at the bottom. The soup was in a separate container, like a gravy boat, which he then poured into the bowl. The soup was very tasty, with lots of onions, and the parmesan crisps were a nice extra treat.
For the entree, I decided to have the herb crusted rack of lamb. The meat was very tender and tasty, and the herb crust gave it a nice flavor. My husband had the filet mignon, which he thought was ok but a bit boring in flavor, partly because it was cooked a bit more than he had asked for. We had also decided to share a side of steamed asparagus. The spears were fairly big, and they were perfectly steamed so they were still a bit crunchy.
I decided to pass on dessert, but my husband decided to have the flourless cake, which he really enjoyed. I saw the creme brulee as it was being brought to another table, and the presentation of that dessert was pretty amazing. The creme brulee was in a square dish, but accompanying it were two slivers standing up on their sides, one of which was spun sugar and one of which was a cookie. It definitely looked beautiful.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is elegant, but not austere. We've previously visited Hook's Pointe, which I also like, but whereas Hook's is a bit more casual, Granville's is definitely a higher-end restaurant. The dinner menu, dessert menu and check are all brought in holders embossed with the restaurant's name, and even the menus are printed on paper embossed with the restaurant's name. The demeanor of the hostess, servers and runners are all comparable to what you'd expect at a fine restaurant. The restaurant is also a bit more expensive than you might expect, since everything comes a la carte - sides that one might want in addition to the entree need to be ordered separately. But they do still remember that they're on Disney property, so dressing up is not a necessity. They also offer a children's menu, printed on paper with a big picture of Mickey and Pluto, and the backside has puzzles and a picture to color with the accompanying crayons.
The quality of the food is good, but since there is a restaurant that we frequent when we want a good steak, Granville's probably isn't something I'd necessarily go out of my way to make an effort to visit again, but it's definitely a good choice for anyone who wants a good steak without having to leave Disney property. Parents can also enjoy a nice dinner out here with or without their children.
Premium annual passholders receive a 10% discount. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5:30, and the closing time varies between 9:30 and 10:00, depending on the day and time of year. The restaurant also offers a separate breakfast menu.
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