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Ariel's Grotto

Ariel's Grotto offers a chance to dine with Ariel and her princess friends at breaktast 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 at night starting September 8.

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; 10% for all other levels
  • Reservations: Recommended. Call Disney Dining at (714) 781-3463.
 
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Menu as of June, 2012

As with all character meals, each person in your party ages 3 and older is included in the check, even if they do not eat. Price listed below includes tax and 15% gratuity. The gratuity rate is increased to 18% for parties of 8 or more, so prices will be slightly higher than listed below. Prices are slightly lower if you book a table on the lower-level patio, instead of inside the restaurant's dining room.

Breakfast Fixed Price Three-Course Meal

From the Disney website: " Guests joining us for breakfast will share a tiered platter of continental breakfast items—fruit, cold cuts, pastries and more—followed by a family-style breakfast platter of eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon and waffles."

Lunch / Dinner Fixed Price Three-Course Meal

Prices:

  • Ages 10 and over: $44.60 (inside) / $42.12 (outside)
  • Ages 3 - 9: $24.77 (inside) / $22.29 (outside)

First Course - Chilled Antipasti Tower for the Table

  • Shrimp and lobster salad, prosciutto, dried fruit pieces, manchego cheese, and chef's-blend of marinated olives;
  • Fresh fruit, baby carrots, celery sticks, string cheese, and "Jewels of the Sea" fruit gelatin;
  • Mixed Greens Salad served with Ariel's Grotto house vinaigrette;
  • Sourdough Pull-apart Flower

Entree, choice of one per person

Adult entree selections:

  • Mafalde Pasta with Italian Sausage - Curly ribbons of pasta tossed in a Piemonte-style ragu with spicy Italian sausage, sauteed bell peppers and sweet onions.
  • Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti - Topped with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, julienne onions and asparagus served in a light mushroom broth.
  • Herb-Crusted Chicken Breast - Served with Cheddar-herb mashed potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables.
  • Santa Maria-style Tri-tip - Slow roasted and smoked with red oak wood. Served with Cheddar-herb mashed potatoes and a medley of seasonal vegetables. [Note: The menu states that tri tip is served "medium" unless requested otherwise, but "medium well" is the only other option. You can not order "medium rare."]
  • Today's Sustainable Fish - served over wild rice pilaf, topped with a sweet & spicy pineapple chutney with a medley of seasonal vegetables.
  • Cioppino - Lobster tail, scallops, sustainable fish, green-lip mussels, shrimp, and Bilbao chorizo in a fire-roasted tomato broth.

Child entree selections:

  • Glazed Chicken on Sugar Cane Skewer - cuts of tender chicken, grilled and glazed over a bed of rice, served with seasonal fresh fruit.
  • Kid's Cut Tri-tip - Tri-tip strips, cooked hot and tender, with white cheddar mashed potatoes, served with seasonal fresh fruit.
  • Seashell Pasta - Pasta shells lightly tossed in a velvety cheese sauce, then sprinkled with cheddar fish-shaped crackers and served with seasonal fresh fruit.
  • Meatball Lollipops - Hearty ground turkey nestled on top of spaghetti and house marinara sauce and served with seasonal fresh fruit.

Dessert Platter, served family style

Dessert platter of Lava Cake, Mini Cookies, Assorted Petite Cupcakes, and a White Chocolate Conch Shell of fresh Berries.


Beverage selection

Coke, Diet Coke, Barq's Root Beer, Sprite, Minute Maid Light Lemonade, Nestea teas, low-fat milk, low-fat chocolate milk, coffee, decaf.

1.5 Liter Smartwater or 1 Liter San Pellegrino - $7.59

Non-Alcoholic Specialty

Glowing Character Punch - Minute Maid Light Lemonade punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character light. $6.99

Specialty Cocktails

Magical Star Cocktail - Light up your celebration with X-Fusion organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, Parrot Bay coconut rum, pineapple juice, and a souvenir multicolored glow cube. $10.75
Superfruit Martini - Van Gogh acai-blueberry vodka, Stirrings pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, agave nectar, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. $9.50
Agave Nectar Margarita - Tierras organic blanco tequila, agave nectar, and freshly squeezed lime juice. $10.50
Bacardi Mojito - Bacardi superior rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, agave nectar, and mint topped with soda water. $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. $10.50

Featured Draft Beer

Karl Strauss - Amber Lager, Woodie Gold, Red Trolley Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen. $7.25
Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness, or Harp Lager - $7.25

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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