Thanks to Beth Chaney of the blog 990 Square for this fun visit to Walt’s, An American Restaurant on Main Street USA in Disneyland Paris! Take it away, Beth!
Before we left for France, I had one dream in my head for our visit to Disneyland Paris — to eat at Walt’s on Main Street and enjoy a glass of French wine!
I was worried that this wouldn’t work out because I had a really hard time figuring out the Disneyland Paris dining reservation system (it seemed to be it was only available to onsite guests), but apparently someone sent a little pixie dust my way and we were lucky enough to score a late lunch walk up seating!
Walt’s is located right on Main Street USA, halfway between the park entrance and the castle. The entryway to the restaurant is located right off Main Street USA and is themed in the classic Victorian Main Street USA style, with references to Walt’s life.
There is an old fashioned piano, a fancy elevator, and and entrance to a shop called Lillian’s in honor of Walt’s wife.
As you head to the dining room on the second floor, you go up a staircase that documents historic moments in Walt’s life and in the building of the Walt Disney Company and Disneyland. I really enjoyed stopping to look at each of these pictures showing how the company was created.
At the top of the stairs you’ll find the main Walt’s dining rooms. I say rooms because Walt’s is split up into a series of rooms, each representing a different “land” of the Disneyland park.
The restaurant was fairly quiet the day we were there, so all of the land-rooms were not open. We were seated in the Adventureland room.
All of the rooms are very lushly decorated, with plenty of details to help you remember which land you’re in. The Adventureland room has a mini pirate ship, for example!
All of the rooms in Walt’s have windows that look out on Main Street USA, making it a great place to quietly enjoy the festive Main Street atmosphere without being part of the hustle and bustle.
Although Walt’s is described as “An American Restaurant,” we thought that overall Walt’s menu was “American inspired” with a lot of French flair.
Walt’s has both a la carte menus and prix fixe menus. Prix fixe menus are very popular and common in Europe, and Walt’s actually had two available the day we were there — one with dessert and one without. We chose the menu without dessert (27.50 euros).
We began our meal with a beverage — I had a glass of French Chardonnay and my husband ordered a large 1664 beer. In Europe you order beers in either large or small sizes. It was nice to enjoy our drinks as we gazed out over Main Street.
We also enjoyed some warm house made bread, which was delicious.
One of the advantages of ordering prix fixe is that the food typically comes quickly. Since I was pretty hungry, this was a good thing! In typical French fashion, both of our first course dishes were beautifully styled on the plate.
I ordered the goat cheese tart, which was almost like a goat cheese au gratin. Thinly sliced potatoes were layered with creamy goat cheese. This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (I thought it would be more of an actual tart) but it was deliciously creamy, almost like a really good mac and cheese sauce. The dish was served with some greens, which were crisp with a light dressing.
My husband ordered the crab tartare, which was our favorite of the two appetizers. The tartare was so light and flavorful, it melted on the tongue. Amazing.
The crackers it was served with were interesting — lightly sweet in a way that really complemented the tartare. The Asian style vegetables were a nice complement, but really we just wanted more of the tartare!!
For our main courses, I ordered the salmon and my husband had the chicken. Again, the food was beautifully styled and presented. Luckily for me, we thought I had the winning entree.
The chicken was served with a light morel cream sauce. The sauce was good and morels are always delicious, but although tasty, we thought the chicken could have been a bit juicier. Or maybe we were just still wishing we had more tartare.
The salmon was delicious. It felt and tasted like a classic French preparation, with the salmon sauteed and cooked in butter and served over a bed of wilted greens done in more butter. Perfection in my book.
There was an odd fruit chip-like thing served on top of the salmon. It was lightly sweet and crispy and I found it was a nice compliment to the flavor of the greens.
The dish was completed with some pickled cold vegetables. I thought the cold vegetables were odd, but pickled items are much more common in Europe than they are in the US, so this could be a typical complement.
We LOVED Walt’s. It felt like it was as good as any of the Disney World restaurants we are accustomed to, and it was probably one of our best meals in France.
For a Disney Parks lover, you just can’t beat having a seat where you can gaze out over Main Street while you dine. For diners like us who enjoy adult beverages, the experience is just a little bit sweeter with a crisp glass of French wine. Although the restaurant advertises itself as “American”, be prepared for upscale French food and service.
On our way out of the restaurant, I stopped to tell the host how much we liked the restaurant, and how it reminded us of our favorites at Walt Disney World! They seemed very flattered by the compliment.