Gourmet Cheese Plate @ Sonoma Terrace

Price: $12.00

When: August 20, 2016, 1:30 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Sonoma Terrace is a small, easy-to-miss counter-service restaurant in the Pacific Wharf area of California Adventure. It’s located right next to Wine Country Trattoria. The entrance to the restaurant is very unobtrusive. I daresay most park guests don’t even know it’s there.

Disney refers to Sonoma Terrace as a beer garden, and that’s not a bad description. The menu is mostly beer and wine, with a couple food items. I order a beer, and decide to get the Gourmet Cheese Plate to go along with it.

This dish is super disappointing.

In my mind, I was envisioning something like the Artisan Cheese Selection at Hearthstone Lounge. A nice plate. A selection of cheeses, tastefully arranged. Some bread (and perhaps nuts?) on the side.

Instead, I’m handed a sealed plastic container with a handful of pre-cut cheese cubes. There are walnuts. There are a bunch of grapes. And then they hand me a small, long white plastic bag with some skinny breadsticks in them. That’s it.

There are four cheeses, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between them. They’re shockingly flavorless, and basically all taste the same. There’s blue, and there’s cheddar. We honestly couldn’t figure out what the other two were (swiss? jack?). The blue left a funky aftertaste. Yeech.

The walnuts are wet. Initially, we thought it was glaze. Not the case. They’re just … wet. I tried one. I didn’t need to try a second one.

The grapes were past their prime. They were cold, and didn’t have much life left in them.

This is one of the more offensively lazy dishes I’ve ever had at the parks. You order thinking “nice cheese plate” and instead get something that’s low-end grocery-store cold-case leftover picnic food. What makes this doubly offensive is that, for the exact same price, you could walk 300 feet to Alfresco Tasting Terrace and get the delightful Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

I sincerely hope you don’t waste your money on this dish. “Not recommended,” with a vengeance.