25th Anniversary at the Grand Californian, Day 2: Lunch at Craftsman Bar & Grill (Review)

By Rich

At the Grand Californian, the redesigned pool area has good news and bad news. The bad news is, the creation of the Craftsman Bar & Grill and the adding of cabanas has encroached on the pool so much that there is barely any room to sit by the pool in a lounge chair. And the food and drink service is only for the cabanas now.

The good news is, the Craftsman Bar & Grill is fantastic. The design and atmosphere near the pool is quite lovely, and the food and drinks are superior. (The Charcuterie Pizza we mentioned at Hearthstone Lounge on Day 1 was made here.)

We were seated at a shaded table near the bar with a relaxing view of the pool. It was a relief to sit down after a morning in the park.

MENU

DRINKS

Coke/Diet Coke

ENTREES

Kathy:
Cali Sliders
American Wagyu Patty, Oven-roasted Tomato, Vegetable Relish, Spiced Hollandaise, Swiss, Artichoke Aïoli, and Pickled Vegetables

Rich:
Shawarma Chicken Skewers
Arugula-Fennel Salad with Radishes, Roasted Tomatoes, Pita Bread, Lemon Wedges and Tzatziki Dip

DESSERT

Mini Cupcakes

The Cokes were a welcome refreshment since we were hot and parched. Our server kept bringing refills as we were dining.

The entrees were well-crafted with interesting and varied ingredients. The sliders had a great balance of savory, spicy, and creamy. And the shawarma spices on the chicken skewers were perfect, freshened by the tzatziki dip.

We were quite satisfied with our lunch when our server surprised us with a couple mini cupcakes to celebrate our 25th Anniversary (something Napa Rose never seems to do). It was a beautiful touch, and the cupcakes were delicious.

This lunch was a nice respite by the pool with great service and wonderful food and drink. This is definitely a place we will be returning to.