We’re counting down some of our all-time favorite spots to dine when we visit Disneyland!
And while snacking abounds and counter service can be delicious, today we are turning our attention to our favorite table service spots.
While Disney’s original park may not offer the same number of dining locations as Walt Disney World, there are certainly some places that you won’t want to miss. And we love them for all different reasons. Some are sentimental favorites, while others offer fantastic food.
Head out with us as we tour our Top 6 Table Service Spots in Disneyland Resort!
Our first stop takes us to a spot steeped in Disneyland history — Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel.
Dark, cool interiors are replete with luxury and plenty of nods to the past. Named for the year that Disneyland opened, of course, Steakhouse 55 channels a bygone era with the glamour of Old Hollywood. Close your eyes, and you can easily imagine power lunches by the entertainment elite taking place at the next table.
There’s more here than just posh surroundings, however. The food is incredible, too. For dinner, expertly prepared Steaks and classic steakhouse Sides are the draw. And don’t forget the famous 24-layer Chocolate Cake!
But don’t forget breakfast! If you’re after a quiet start to your morning, you can’t go wrong with specialities like Eggs Benedict or New York Steak and Eggs.
When I’m up for a culinary experience with a modern, California vibe, I head to Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
The Craftsman style and open floor plan gives the restaurant a warm, welcoming feel. It never feels too intimidating or hoity-toity, even though you are dining in one of Southern California’s most celebrated eateries.
Begin your evening in Napa Rose’s beautiful Lounge, or sip wine on the Patio. I dream of this spot quite often.
Chef Andrew Sutton has created a wonderland of flavors with an ever changing, seasonal menu, which celebrates the bounty of California’s agriculture tradition. And while you can’t go wrong with a seat anywhere in the lavish dining room, spring for the Chef’s Counter if you have the chance.
With this option, you choose from the menu, a prix-fixe, four-course, wine tasting experience — or based upon your tastes, Chef Sutton creates a customized dinner just for you. On our visits, nobody’s had the same exact meal so we got the chance to sample dozens of different dishes!
How’s that for amazing?
Located in New Orleans Square in Disneyland, I love to sit outside and take in the view of the Rivers of America from here.
But — the FOOD! Because Cafe Orleans is one of the places you can get — well, just about two of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
Yep; this is the home of those extraordinary Pommes Frites. (Do yourself a favor and get two sides of sauce from the get-go.)
And no trip of mine to Disneyland is ever, ever complete without at least one Monte Cristo Sandwich. Gorgeous, right?
Choose the traditional version, or the Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. They’re equally incredible.
Before you leave New Orleans Square, you’ll want to check out Blue Bayou as well.
For me, it’s all about the atmosphere at this classic Disneyland spot. Because you actually eat within the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride!
Well, I mean, Captain Jack isn’t going to walk up to you. But you will see unsuspecting guests cruise along below you, their fate in peril… . (Ooh. Foreshadowing.)
As for the food, it’s pricey, and it’s not always my favorite. But there are bright spots on the menu. I can never pass up their New Orleans Signature Gumbo! They’ve also got a monte cristo on their menu, but it’ll cost you more than it will at Cafe Orleans. Just FYI.
For the first time visitor to Disneyland, I’d say this is a dining experience that you’ll want to enjoy at least once. And don’t forget to request and wait for a table near the water. I’ve been seated near the kitchen and front door, and take it from me — the experience isn’t nearly as magical.
But our list wouldn’t be complete without at least one super awesome watering hole, right? And for that, I take you back to Disneyland Hotel, for an adventurous stop by Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Because HOW can you resist the words “Enchanted. Tiki. Bar.”??? Especially when they’re all in one sentence?!
To sum up, this place is crazy fun. There is always something happening, and there’s so much to take in. Looking for an apt description? My friend nailed it when she said it is “the best of the Jungle Cruise, Adventurers Club, and Tiki Room rolled into a liquor license.” Exactly.
And the food and drinks are just as amazing as the atmosphere. It may be hard to settle on only a drink (or two) and an app (or two), but I’d heartily recommend the Uh Oa to drink.
Be prepared to share this humongous concoction of Light and Dark Rums; Orange, Passionfruit, Guava, and Grapefruit Juices; Falernum (a sweet, flavored syrup from the Caribbean); Cinnamon; and Freshly Squeezed Lime. Expect a show when it arrives! And those little “pots” of powder on the four corners? That’s YOUR audience participation!
And to soak up all that rum, don’t miss the Pu Pu Platter! The fried green beans are a crowd-pleaser.
Seating is limited and there may be a wait, but hang in there. It’s worth it!
We’ll wrap up our tour of favorite Disneyland table service restaurants with a return to elegance, via Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Although this restaurant is brand new — opened as part of the reimagining of Disney California Adventure in 2012 — it channels Old Hollywood Glamour convincingly.
That’s because the restaurant is modeled after the famed Carthay Circle Theatre, an old movie palace that figured prominently into Disney history. And it is a stunning recreation, both inside and out. Request to sit in the Main Dining Room or on the Patio for the most beautiful dining experience. Or see if you can score one of those swanky Private Dining Rooms!
Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose helms the kitchen here, so there is promise, to be sure. While we’re still waiting for a truly fabulous meal here, I still think it’s work your time, even if the food can be a little underwhelming. Be sure to try the Fire Cracker Duck Wings, though. They were fantastic, and are many guests’ favorite part of their meal!
And there you have it! Our favorite spots for table service dining throughout Disneyland. Whether you’re on the hunt for quiet and sophisticated, super-themed, or classic Disney, you can’t go wrong by giving these hotspots a try.
Now we’d love to hear from you! What are your can’t miss table service dining spots in Disneyland Resort? Leave a comment and weigh in with your thoughts!