I’m so excited to finally be writing this review. This is one of my very favorite restaurants in Disneyland (are you surprised that I love a steakhouse?), and in terms of history and excellent food, it’s a must-do.
Located in the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 has been around for eons, though not always under its current moniker. Until about five years ago, the place was known as Granville’s, named for the wife of Disneyland Hotel creator Jack Wrather — who himself is a very complicated and interesting part of Disneyland history. And history has always been made here.
The Steakhouse 55 Lounge and Restaurant feel like they’re from another era — classic Hollywood glamour can be felt throughout the place. Big names and big deals could — and still can — be found here from time to time.
Blown-up black-and-white photos on the walls depict VIPs from classic film days, and you can’t help but get the feeling that these walls have heard some fascinating discussions about the state and future of the Walt Disney Company.
For those of us who grew up with Disney World and didn’t have access to the history of Disneyland, this place is kind of like a shrine.
Steakhouse 55 has updated their dinner menu since we ate there, but luckily everything we ate is still on the docket! Here’s the menu we had when we were there…
As you can see, the classic steakhouse necessities are all here. This is a meat and potatoes kind of place — which you know I love! We started with a gorgeous loaf of bread, and things only got better after this…
My husband had a caesar salad — you’re not surprised — but the topping and cheese crisp were interesting additions!
I dove right into my favorite steak — the bone-in rib-eye — as soon as I saw it on the menu. And I special-ordered those potatoes gratin as well! Both were delicious. I like my steak slightly fatty (I know, I’m strange), so this rib-eye was perfect. The potatoes gratin had a fantastic, strong flavor — very hard to get in a cheese dish these days. For some reason, restaurants keep shying away from strong cheeses. As far as I’m concerned, if they’re going to be cooked, you’ve gotta go stronger or you don’t taste anything!
We also ordered the filet mignon with the Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes. Both winners again. The filet was stunning — perfectly cooked and extremely tender!
Next up: desserts!
I snapped up that “Bonita” Velvet Chocolate Bar, also named for Wrather’s wife. I’ve recently been gravitating toward flourless chocolate cakes and this was no mistake. The depth and richness of this dessert was phenomenal. Plus — the added bit of ganache (or whatever it was) in the middle of the chocolate bar took it over the top. A lovely dessert. I loved that it was presented in the shape of a bar of gold.
My husband ordered the creme brulee and was very impressed as well.
The words I would use to describe this restaurant are strength, simplicity, and history. Nothing’s flashy here. They do things very well and don’t see the need to be brash or in-your-face with decor or menu. Service is excellent. It’s a reliable restaurant — and you just don’t find that often enough these days.
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