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Ariel's Grotto

Ariel's Grotto offers a chance to dine with Ariel and her princess friends at breakfast and lunch. While the exact group of characters may change from day-to-day, you have a good chance of also meeting Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora.

After experimenting with both character and non-character dinners, the restaurant will once again send the Princesses back to Fantasyland after lunch, and offer a character-free dining experience for the World of Color dining package dinner.

The restaurant serves a fixed-price, three-course menu. Regular (non-alcoholic) drinks are included.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: On bridge connecting Paradise Pier to Pacific Wharf area.
  • Date Opened:
  • Seating: Indoor and outdoor table seating
  • Service Type: Table service
  • Children's Meals: Yes
  • Vegetarian Options: Spinach and ricotta agnolotti
  • Annual Pass Discount: 15% for Premium/Premier; 10% for all other levels and DVC members
  • Reservations: Recommended. Call Disney Dining at (714) 781-3463.
 
Menu Information - Hide Section

Menu as of September 2014

Princess Breakfast Celebration Fixed Price Meal

Served 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Prices:

  • Ages 10 and over: $32.99
  • Ages 3 - 9: $17.99

First Course - Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Fresh Fruit

Entree, choice of one per person

Spinach-Artichoke and Egg White Frittata - with avocado relish, hash browns, and Bircher muesli
Red Oak-smoked Honey-Whiskey Barbecue-glazed Tri-Tip - with scrambled eggs, hash browns, and Bircher muesli
Breakfast Sandwich - Eggs with Hickory-smoked Bacon, Avocado, and California Aged Cheddar on a Croissant served with Hash Browns and Bircher muesli
Fresh Berry Belgian Waffle - with hickory-smoked bacon or sausage and Bircher muesli
All-American Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and choice of hickory-smoked bacon or sausage, and Bircher muesli

Kids' Meals
Served with choice of small lowfat milk, small Dasani water, small Minute Maid juice, or small Nesquik chocolate milk.

Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Fresh Fruit
Seashell Symphony - Scrambled eggs and hash browns with choice of turkey bacon, sausage, or tri-tip served with Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal.
Chocolate Chip Cruiser Waffle - with turkey bacon and Krispy Cereal.

Kids' Mickey Check Meal

Sandy Scoop of Sweets - Fresh Fruit, Strawberry Yogurt, Granola, and a Seasonal Muffin

Princess Celebration Lunch Fixed-Price Three-Course Meal

Served 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prices:

  • Ages 10 and over: $36.99
  • Ages 3 - 9: $19.99

First Course

Choice of soup or salad

Entree, choice of one per person

Adult entree selections:

  • Sautéed Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta - with seasonal vegetables and basil, tossed in a tomato broth.
  • Red Oak-Smoked Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Tri-Tip - Thinly sliced with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Fire-Roasted Corn Cakes - Sautéed spinach, onions, and shiitake mushrooms with spicy bean salsa and chili oil drizzle.
  • Fresh Catch of the Day - Sustainable fish served with Chef's choice of sides.
  • Citrus-Glazed Chicken Breast - Udon noodles and bok choy, edamame, and carrots in a light miso broth.
  • Grilled Lobster Tail Salad - Mixed greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, quail egg, and your choice of Point Reyes blue cheese dressing or house vinaigrette.

Dessert

Choice of dessert


Dinner Fixed-Price Three-Course Meal

Prices:

  • Ages 10 and over: $41.99
  • Ages 3 - 9: $24.99

First Course

Choice of soup or salad

Entree, choice of one per person

Adult entree selections:

  • Grilled Lobster Tail and Red Oak-Smoked Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Tri-Tip - with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Sautéed Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta - with seasonal vegetables and basil, tossed in a tomato broth.
  • Red Oak-Smoked Honey-Whiskey Barbecue Tri-Tip - Thinly sliced with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Fire-Roasted Corn Cakes - Sautéed spinach, onions, and shiitake mushrooms with spicy bean salsa and chili oil drizzle.
  • Fresh Catch of the Day - Sustainable fish served with Chef's choice of sides.
  • Citrus-Glazed Chicken Breast - Udon noodles and bok choy, edamame, and carrots in a light miso broth.

Dessert

Choice of dessert


Kids' Meals
Served with choice of small lowfat milk, small Dasani® water, small Minute Maid juice, or small Nesquik chocolate milk.

  • Ursula's Octo-Dog - served atop macaroni & cheese with fresh fruit, vegetables, and an individual dessert.
  • Whozits and Whatzits Fries and Nuggetz - Chicken nuggets and French fries, with fresh fruit, vegetables, and an individual dessert.

Kids' Mickey Check Meals
Served with fresh fruit, vegetables, and choice of small lowfat milk, small Dasani® water, small Minute Maid juice, or small Nesquik chocolate milk.

  • Clammy Turkey Sammy
  • Angel Hair Pasta a la Dinglehopper

Beverage selection

Coke, Diet Coke, Barq's Root Beer, Sprite, Minute Maid Light Lemonade, iced tea, low-fat milk, low-fat chocolate milk, Joffrey's coffee.

1.5 Liter Smartwater or 1 Liter San Pellegrino - $7.59

Non-Alcoholic Specialty

Ariel or Lightning McQueen Punch - Minute Maid Light Lemonade punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character light. $6.99
All Natural Lemonade - topped with citrus foam. $4.79

Specialty Cocktails

Magical Star Cocktail - X-Fusion organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, Parrot Bay coconut rum, pineapple juice, and a souvenir multicolored glow cube. $11.75
Habanero Lime Margarita - Patrón Silver Tequila, Habañero Lime, Agave Nectar, and fresh Lime Juice. $10.75
Skinny Coconut Mojito - Skinnygirl Island Coconut Vodka, Coconut Water, fresh Lime Juice, Mint, and Agave Nectar. $9.75
Red Superfruit Sangria - Certified Organic - Eppa Red Sangria made from organically grown grapes and a blend of antioxidant-rich Pomegranate, Blueberry, Açai, and Blood Orange Juices topped with VeeV Açai Spirit. $9.50
Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea - Bacardi superior rum, Tito's Handmade vodka, Hendrick's gin, Cointreau, and sweet-and-sour with a splash of Coca-Cola. $10.75

Featured Draft Beer

Pintail Pale Ale - $8.25
Red Trolley Ale - $8.25
Tower 10 IPA - $8.25
Seasonal Beer - $8.25
Blue Moon - $7.50
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA - $8.25
Anaheim Hefeweizen - $8.25

If a menu is presented here it is for guidance purposes only. Menus can change without notice and at some restaurants daily. If you have specific dietary needs or questions it is best to contact the restaurant directly for information. If you'd like to notify us that a menu has changed, or you can provide the complete information, please let us know through our email form.

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Average Reviewer Rating: 3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5
Number of Ariel's Grotto - Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration Reviews: 45
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4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   July 12, 2010
Reviewer: Cyberkang Canby, Oregon     July 20, 2010
We had a premium character meal as part of our five-day package at the Grand Californian and left it to our youngest (10 year old Elizabeth) to make the final decision - SURPRISE, she chose the princess meet-and-greet at Ariel's Grotto!

Our reservation was for 2:10 on Monday July 12th... let me tell you, that was too late in the day to wait to eat lunch when you're walking around California Adventure all morning with just a granola bar to tide you over! But we arrived about 5 minutes early and were being welcomed in by 2:15 pm.

As is traditional, the first thing you do is meet Ariel and have your photo taken with her. She was very friendly and talkative and definitely looked the part (in formal dress) and we were soon ushered to our table inside the restaurant - a fortuitous table, as it turns out, as we were about fourth in line for the princess cavalcade to come, meaning we got first dibs on seeing them... gotta imagine they get a little worn out by the whole tour thru the restaurant.

The appetizer tray was a bit sparse, but we liked everything except the sweet pickles (instead of dill) - the sourdough bread was grrreat, and they brought us a second loaf, AND then sent us home w/the second half of that loaf plus an entire third loaf (midnight snack! yay!)

All five of us were pleased with our entrees - tri-tip, cioppino, veggie ravioli, chicken and redfish. All were sizeable portions, filling, tasty and well cooked. The dessert platter was more than enough for the five of us (two adults and kids 17,12 and 10) to make us overstuffed even after waiting for a late lunch.

As mentioned, the princesses came to us early - we met (in order) Aurora, Belle, Snow White and Cinderella. All were very pleasant and looked the part, took pics with our daughters... only one of the four looked like she was a little new at the whole princess thing (Snow White) but Cinderella was totally in character. They didn't spend a lot of time with us, but then all our kids are kind of out of the stage where they're interested in talking at length to cast members portraying princesses, so they were able to move to tables w/younger children, which was good.

As for the rest of the service, it was better than good - as with the rest of our trip, they practically fell over themselves to make us happy and respond to our requests. We did give in to the pitch to buy the photo with Ariel, despite having taken one of our own with my camera... we were just so overcome with good service!

I highly recommend the character meal here, and say that if you have a child who is a princess fan you MUST, if you are able, try to fit this in!
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   March 31, 2009
Reviewer: K & S Southern California     April 01, 2009
While celebrating my granddaughter's birthday yesterday, we had dinner at Arial's Grotto.

It was a wonderful experience in every way. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the manner in which the different courses were served, starting with the antipasto tower and ending with dessert platter. Within our party of four we ordered three different entrees and each was excellent. The Santa Maria Tri Tip was tender and favorful, the Herb Crusted Chicken Breast was moist, and the Mafalde Pasta had just the right amount of spice.

Our server was Alina and she truly made the experience complete. From the moment we were seated her attitude showed that she wanted us to enjoy our dinner at Ariels Grotto. Her service was attentive without being overbearing, the true definition of a great server.

Ariels Grotto is, in my opinion, the best in-park restaurant at the Disneyland Resort. Adults can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and the children can enjoy interaction with the Princesses, all while enjoying a really delicious meal.
 
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4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   oct 3/08
Reviewer: mielle414 (miroy60@hotmail.com) bc canada     October 27, 2008
We had a late lunch at Ariels Grotto 2:30 seating. Even though we had been there a few times before my favourite was chicken pot pie I was a little dissappointed I wasnt going to have my usual. I ordered the Tri-Tip and my son the Adult menu pasta dish. Our server first brought out the bread with butter and 2 dips for the Antipasto. The antipasto came in 3 tiers featuring a salad, cold cuts, veggies and dip, cheese and jello squares with strawberries. It was really good but my son looked puzzled but ate it all and said it was good. One of the breads was a little tough to chew but the rest was good. The Tri-tip was really good I told my server I like my meat very well done and they gave me the end cut which was really good. It came with cheddar mashed potatoes and veggies. My son ate the whole pasta meal saying it was really good. Dessert comes on a plate with a sample piece size of each which was really good, a white chocolate conch shell, brownies. tarts all good but by the time you finish your meal you are stuffed. The only complaint or observation I made was that several tables did not eat too much of the antipasto which you have no choice over. I think it is such a waste of food. Since my son and I are big eaters we only left a little of the salad. I reccomend this restaurant the service was awesome and meeting the Princesses great. For what my son and I had was great tasting and the right amount.
 
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