#OnTheList: A Visit to Disneyland’s Exclusive Club 33

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Welcome back to Club 33! A visit to the exclusive members-only restaurant just so happens to be on the Disney Bucket List for Disney fans world over, which is exactly why it’s #OnTheList this week.

Door Entryway

Club 33 Door

Ever wonder what’s behind the door?

Club 33 Doorbell

Club 33 Doorbell

Then let’s step in…

Atmosphere

Club 33 is discreetly located next door to the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, and much has changed here in just a short time. The venue was entirely renovated in 2014 (you can read a history of the space featuring the original location here). Even amidst the changes that come with a major renovation, it remains true that Club 33 is only open to members and their guests.

Of course, the door you see in the photos above is just the first of two. Guests ring that iconic doorbell to get into the check-in area, and then are led up the stairway.

Stairway up to Club 33

Stairway leading to Club 33

Once you reach the top you encounter the second door, leading into where you will dine.

Main Entrance to Club 33

Main Entrance to Club 33

Club 33 Mosaic Logo

Club 33 Mosaic Logo

Upon entering, you discover that the setting is most certainly dressed to impress (though you don’t have to be — while there is a dress code, it falls along the “business casual” lines).

Club 33 Chandelier

Club 33 Chandelier

Again, though much has changed, pieces of history from the original location have been incorporated into the more recent design. For instance, the lift that used to bring guests upstairs to the original Club 33 was converted into a table for one in the Salon lounge.

The original Club 33 Lift

The original Club 33 Lift

The Club 33 Trophy Room Vulture made the trip to the newer setting as well.

Hello ol' pal!

Hello ol’ pal!

Many of the well-appointed tables offer a view of New Orleans Square…

Table and Settings

Table and Settings

Club 33 Seating

Club 33 Seating

… and invite you to sit and enjoy this storied setting while indulging in some Club 33 cuisine.

Eats

You may recall our previous review of the lunch buffet, so I was thrilled to finally have the chance to try the Four-Course Brunch. Brunch isn’t offered on a regular basis, but on special occasions at Club 33.

Of course, what is brunch without a traditional brunch cocktail? Choices include the Club 33 Signature Bloody Marys and other “Classic Morning Cocktails.”

Club 33 Signature Brunch Cocktails

Club 33 Signature Brunch Cocktails

I selected a drink from the “Juice Balls” selections. The Bay Breeze included Ayelsbury Duck Vodka, pineapple, and a splash of cranberry juice. The menu explains that the Juice Balls are a family of familiar drinks, but the versions served are specific to Club 33.

Bay Breeze

Bay Breeze

This shaken cocktail resulted in a terrific foam on the top layer along with a nice blend of the fresh juices.

The Royal Street Mimosa is not exactly your typical mimosa, as it features Louis Roederrer Cristal Brut Champagne (ooh la la!).

Royal Street Mimosa

Royal Street Mimosa

Additionally, a beautiful croissant bread basket with fresh strawberries and homemade butter was placed on every table, which we enjoyed while perusing the brunch menu.

Croissant Basket

Croissant Basket

The four-course brunch experience includes your choices of an appetizer, salad and soup, entree and dessert. Note that the menu will change regularly based on what is locally available.

Brunch Menu

Brunch Menu

 

The Shaved Virginia Ham, Pineapple, Fresno Chili and Black Garlic offered a beautifully-plated start to the meal, featuring a wonderful mix of smokey, spicy and sweet flavors.

Shaved Virginia Ham Appetizer

Shaved Virginia Ham Appetizer

The Sautéed Asparagus with Ricotta Cheese Dumplings, Lamb Bacon and Pea Tendrils consists of four ricotta cheese dumplings that are crispy on the outside with a soft, cheesy inside. The asparagus heads, lamb bacon and pea tendrils are sautéed together on top, with the lamb bacon presenting a surprisingly strong and unique flavor that paired very nicely with the ricotta.

Sautéed Asparagus Appetizer

Sautéed Asparagus Appetizer

The second course features soup and salad (no choices to make here — there is one of each per the offerings). The salad on my visit was a mix of Red Frill Mustard Greens, Watercress and Green Beans with a Buttermilk Avocado Dressing.

Red Frill Mustard Greens and Watercress Salad

Red Frill Mustard Greens and Watercress Salad

This peppery salad was served light on the buttermilk avocado dressing (which is almost unfortunate, because it was a delicious touch!).

The unique Chilled Champagne Melon Soup is made with lemon olive oil sorbet and petit basil.

Melon Soup

Chilled Champagne Melon Soup

The champagne base was quite pronounced in the soup, and the lemon olive oil sorbet lent a citrus twist to the otherwise melon-heavy soup.

Entree choices included both breakfast and lunch selections, each with their own unique twist. Though the options were primarily savory, I couldn’t resist trying the decadent and sweet Creme Brûlée French Toast with Fresh Blackberries and Whipped Mascarpone.

Creme Brûlée French Toast

Creme Brûlée French Toast

The fresh bread is dipped in a Creme Brûlée flavored batter, allowing the vanilla and coffee flavors to jump out. But it’s the mascarpone — resembling an extra-whipped, flavorful cream cheese — that really made the dish for me.

The table also ordered the Braised Pork Roulade with Cheesy Grits and Wilted Southern Greens.

Pork Roulade Entree

Braised Pork Roulade Entree

The thick-cut, tender pork is served in a rich au jus (gorgeous!!!). The grits are served as a patty, and the creamy texture paired wonderfully with the pork.

As a huge fan of all-things-lemon, I went with the Meyer Lemon Strawberry Tart with Lemon Gelée and Strawberry Sorbet for dessert.

Strawberry Tart Dessert

Meyer Lemon Strawberry Tart with Lemon Gelee and Strawberry Sorbet

The meyer lemon definitely gave this dish a sweetness as opposed to a more typical lemon tang, while the tart was topped off with fresh strawberries and served on a strawberry puree.

The other dessert choice was the Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream, and “decadent” is definitely the operative word, with the mousse sitting on top of a cake that was so rich and dense it seemed closer to a brownie. The choice of dark chocolate kept everything from being overly sweet, as did the hint of salt in the ice cream.

Chocolate Mousse Cake Dessert

Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Another lovely end to another lovely meal at Club 33.

Overall

Club 33 is steeped in Disney history, especially since it was near and dear to Walt’s own heart as part of his original vision for hosting friends and business associates at Disneyland. (Unfortunately, Walt died six months prior to the original location’s opening.) For this reason — along with some seriously stunning cuisine — a meal at Club 33 is on many a Disney fan’s Bucket List, and it still feels like a true privilege any time I get to visit. The more recent Brunch offering was no exception to the rule! And, as always, the Club 33 Cast Members are gracious and personable, going out of their way to make sure guests are having a one-of-a-kind experience that never fails to impress.

Altogether, the words that were previously written on the history of the original location still ring true: “Tradition, accompanied by gracious hospitality, has been the hallmark of of Club 33 since its opening day… and will continue to be for many years to come.”

Do you dream of dining at Club 33? Please let us know with a comment!

What’s On YOUR Disney Food Bucket List?

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Comments

  1. Kayla Gilmore says

    It’s on my Bucket List to have a meal and a cocktail at this exclusive place. One day! ::fingers crossed while I Wish Upon A Star::

  2. Jan Schwaid says

    Do you have any tips on getting in for a meal? My husband and I go to Disneyland almost every weekend, and I would love to surprise him for his 33rd birthday (get it?), but I can’t figure out how to get in. Le sigh!

  3. Jenn says

    I was 14 the first time I went to Disneyland and was fascinated to learn about Club 33. Thirty-eight years later, I’m still fascinated by it and dream of being lucky enough to eat there someday. Whenever I go to Disneyland, I see people walk to the main entrance and think that someday that might be me!

  4. George Bey says

    Thanks for a great review. Really a special place with special food! Remind me, is there a way for a non-member to eat there or is that not an option.

  5. Lara Thompson says

    I was blessed to have met some members of Club 33 who invited some friends and I to dinner when we visited Disneyland in January. What an awesome experience. There is so much history and character to this place. We loved everything we ate and drank.
    Thank you for the brunch review with pictures!

  6. Candace Matson says

    My dream came true on my 24th birthday when my friend had a connection to get us in! We had lunch and it was everything I ever wished for!! Not to mention the food was AH-MAZING!!! I won’t have another opportunity like it, but it was absolutely the best birthday of my life!!

  7. Susan johnson says

    I would love to eat at club 33 someday. My first visit to Disneyland was when I turned 7. And we happened to meet Mr.Disney at the train station,he was so nice to everyone. Now I turn 65 in May and would love to eat there. How exciting would that be.

  8. Nicole says

    Thank you for the sneak peek! My mom, sister, and I have dreamt of being able to enjoy a meal here together. Hopefully one day we will be lucky enough to score an invite; it would be one of the highlights of our lives!!

  9. says

    My son Scott and his wife along with myself are AP holders that would love to see Club 33 for any meal. My son said its impossible and you have to be a member. We leave this Sat for a weekend trip. Any possibility to make manic happen?

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