Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Storybook Dining at Artist Point Dining Review


In late 2018, the signature dining restaurant, Artist Point, known for game meats and a romantic lodge feel, transformed into Storybook Dining at Artist Point. The new dining experience features fairy tale inspired decor and menu items, and includes getting to meet some of your favorite characters from Snow White. Ever since the transformation, this has been a hot ticket item to try to get a reservation for, with some of these characters hard to meet elsewhere.  I was able to snag an early dinner reservation here in July and decided to give it a try.

Walking into the restaurant, it is a completely different feel from what existed here before.  You feel as though you are walking into an enchanted forest and we really liked the vibes. Immediately upon seating, you'll notice the great level of detail that went into designing this area, from the leaf and vine plate towers, to the well worn look of the menu, every little bit felt special. 

These decorative leaves would be used to hold our appetizers and desserts!

The well worn appearing menu
As we were among the first tables sat for the night, we got to see all of the characters be introduced before they started their greetings around the room. Their arrival was really a lovely and special touch so if you get a chance to catch it, make sure you look up from your menu or food when an entrance is announced!

Snow White entering the dining room
Dopey and Grumpy making their way to greet guests
The first course is a selection of appetizers and this is served family style with three plates presented on our leafy centerpiece.  Some of these seemed a bit adventurous to us considering you didn't get to choose and were just served them all.  We did see an adorable kids plate on another table and requested that as well, the little bread was a huge hit with us!  Our favorite of the apps was the mushroom soup.  It was a great little bite and felt right at home with the atmosphere.  The shrimp cocktail was also a hit as it was light and refreshing.  The Hunter's Terrine was a miss for me, just not my cup of tea and don't know a lot of others who are huge fans of this type of dish either.

Wicked Shrimp Cocktail - Soy, Miso, Avocado, Thai Chili, Greens
Hunter's Terrine - Chicken, Black Truffle, Stone Fruit Preserve, House-made Pickles
Mushroom Bisque - Crispy Mushroom
Kids Appetizer: From the Garden - Fruit, Vegetables, Cheese and create-your-own Honey Butter
Next up was our entrees.  Here everyone gets to make their own selection and again everything feels inspired by the theme of the night with fun titles for each entree. We opted to get the prime rib and the gnocchi and both enjoyed our meals. There are basic entrees such as roasted chicken up through adventurous entrees such as a surf and turf with clams, so there should be something to make everyone happy!
Royal Prime Rib Roast - Horseradish-Mashed Potato, Carrots, Popover, Jus
A Stroll through Nature - Asparagus, Leeks, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan

As our meal progressed, we got visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy.  Snow White was an absolute pleasure to chat with and posed to look princess perfect for photos.  Dopey was adorable as ever and Grumpy was a typical Grump.  The character interaction was some of the best here.

Agent Maci with Snow White
The meal wrapped up with three desserts served family style once again, and this is where we felt the meal really shined.  The attention to detail in these bite-size treats was so fun to eat with our eyes first, and then delicious when we dug in!  The gooseberry pie was familiar yet interesting, the poison apples were almost too pretty to eat, and Dopey's favorite dessert was tasty as could be!

Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie - Meringue, Gooseberry
'Poison' Apple - Dark Chocolate-Apple Mousse, Sour Center
Miner's Treasures - Sponge Cake, Chocolate Gems, Berry Panna Cotta
As you wrap up your night, you will get an invitation to visit with the Queen.  You'll have to go to her, as she is above traveling around to the tables of peasants like us.  There was a Photopass photographer here for us at this location so that was a nice touch as well.  If you're lucky, you'll even get a gift from the Huntsman at your table to wrap up the meal!


At time of writing, this meal was $55 per adult and we felt for the interesting assortment of food items and the great character interaction it was well worth the price we paid.  Have you eaten here?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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