Wine Country Trattoria is a table-service restaurant in Disney California Adventure. The restaurant serves Italian fare with a mix of pasta, steak and seafood options. Located in Pacific Wharf, Wine Country invokes feelings of Napa Valley and a classic vineyard. Discounts are available for DVC members and Magic Key (Annual Pass) holders. In this post, we’ll review Wine Country Trattoria’s atmosphere, cuisine and value.
We’d been to Wine Country Trattoria about seven years ago so a new review was much needed. California Adventure has some solid dining options, including two of the best table-service restaurants in Disneyland Resort with Carthay Circle and Lamplight Lounge. Wine Country can easily be forgotten in that trio regardless of the food and atmosphere it actually serves just because of how strong the other two options are. Sure enough, Wine Country Trattoria is the place with reservations most readily available out of the three.
But does the restaurant deserve to be forgotten? Our memory of it was, well, not really there to be honest. The experience and food was forgettable but that was seven years ago. Restaurants, even Disney ones, evolve and change quite a bit over that timeframe. One thing that hadn’t changed about the restaurant was the atmosphere and design.
Nearly all of Wine Country Trattoria’s seating is outdoors, similar to how Café Orleans in Disneyland operates. I’m sure you could request one of the seats that are tucked away inside the building but the wait may be a little longer. The seating outdoors is shaded under an elaborate trellis, as well as umbrellas. Unless it’s an exceptionally hot day then the seating should be comfortable. No, this setup isn’t the pinnacle of theme design but it does make for a good people watching spot as the tables sit up above DCA’s main walkway.
The building that hosts the kitchen and a few tables towers over the seating and has a rustic tan look as well as a few murals painted on it. Vines crawl up the building in a few different spots that add some cohesion to the seating area. The park hosts a number of restaurants that have atmospheric seating, including the two table-service restaurants I mentioned or Flo’s, a counter-service restaurant in Cars Land. Wine Country Trattoria isn’t in that category but it is a nice place to sit and have a meal on warm evening. It won’t trick you into believing you’re dining in actual wine country but it comes close.
Moving on to the food, here’s a look at the menu. As you can see, most of the items are somewhere in the 20’s with the exception being the steak. The restaurant also offers a World of Color viewing package which is a 3-course meal at about $60. From a value standpoint, this isn’t a good deal mostly because World of Color is pretty easy to get standby viewing for but we can’t speak for the food as we didn’t get the package.
We started our meal with the Fried Calimari. This consisted of lightly-breaded Calamari and Haricots Vert served with Pepperoncini Aïoli. I really enjoyed the appetizer and it ended up being both of our favorite dish that we tried. The breading was light and it had just enough flavor to enhance the Calamari but not take over. The Aïoli was delicious, adding a little zest to the savory dish. At just $12, I would happily get this again.
Another winner was the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna which consisted of Mushrooms, Eggplant and Bell Peppers, served with Bolognese Meat Sauce (you could substitute the sauce on request if looking for non-meat options). I really enjoyed the vegetables in the dish, they tasted fresh and added texture to the lasagna. The Bolognese Meat Sauce was also delicious. While not the best lasagna I’ve ever had it was a strong dish and a very good value at $21.
Finally, we had the Spaghetti Aglio Olio. This dish consisted of Spaghetti lightly tossed with Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic, Chili Flakes, and Lemon Oil. The other two options were strong choices but this was really lacking in flavor and bland. I was hoping for a light dish, which it relatively was, that really showcased the fresh vegetables and Lemon Oil but those flavors didn’t pop. While the value was fine at $18, I wouldn’t recommend getting this.
Overall, Wine Country Trattoria was decent but nothing more. There were several dishes that were very good and a nice value but not much that blew me away. Similarly, the atmosphere was nice but not a place that leaves a lasting impression. If you’re looking for an easy place to get in and have a solid meal, this works but we’d recommend others above this restaurant.
Overall Rating – 7.5/10
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