In an effort to finally finish out my reviews from my trip to Disneyland last year, you’ll see a few of my own Disneyland-related posts alongside Heather’s over the next few weeks/months! Today, we’re visiting Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland Park!
This gorgeous counter-service restaurant is found in Disneyland Park’s Frontierland features Mexican favorites that rival anything you’d find in the table-service restaurants (as is often the case at Disneyland…).
I was really struck by the intricate theming in the restaurant — it’s really quite beautiful! And the huge layout made it guest-friendly and easy to maneuver around.
Outdoor and indoor seating is available to guests, but we prefer outdoor! It’s draped with awnings and surrounded by gorgeous flowers. Relaxing fountains trickle nearby. Even when it’s crowded, it feels a bit isolated and subdued.
Indoors, you’ll find bright colors and fun themed decor!
Once you get into the heart of the restaurant and check out the menu, you’ll find that it isn’t actually all that extensive. But that doesn’t keep Rancho from getting high marks taste-wise. I guess the strategy is to do just a few things, but do them really well!
As is customary in many Disneyland counter-service locations, guests order entrees and pick them up cafeteria-style, then head over to get salads, desserts, and drinks.
We ordered and shared the fajita chicken version of the Soft Tacos Monterrey — chicken and cheese in flour tortillas served with Mexican rice and refried beans. You can substitute sauteed veggies for the rice and/or beans, or you can make the whole entree veggie with fajita vegetables instead of beef or chicken.
This entree was fantastic! I loved the addition of the peppers (though, note that this is not listed in the ingredients on the menu). It’s just another of the many surprising outcomes in our experiences with Disneyland counter-service dining. The food is very high-quality, fresh, and inventive. Even though I had about three other meals scheduled on this particular day — and I live in Texas where I get some great Tex-Mex on a weekly basis — I was enamored of these soft tacos! Looking forward to my next visit!
For dessert, we had LOTS of choices:
But we decided against the sweet stuff and just headed on our way!
Rancho del Zocalo is another in the line of Disneyland counter-service restaurants that actually feels as though it easily hits our standards for table-service in food quality. And because the food is served on “real” plates with “real” silverware — and provided cafeteria style — it really does feel a bit more upscale than the standard fast-food counter-service locations.
Additionally, we thought the atmosphere here — even when it was quite busy — was charming. Sitting outside on a beautiful Southern California day in April is pretty intoxicating, though, so don’t take my word for it!
Your meal here will cost around $10 per entree and $5 per dessert.
Have you been to Rancho del Zocalo? What is your favorite menu item? Let us know in the comments section below!