Dining in Disneyland: Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55

Up until recently, Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel has only offered breakfast/brunch and dinner.  This past January, they opened their doors for a lovely Classic Afternoon Tea.

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

When I first heard about the tea offering, I knew I wanted to try it out.  Steakhouse 55 has always been one of my favorite Disneyland Resort restaurants.  I especially love the atmosphere here, so I was really excited to have a new Steakhouse 55 experience.  Breakfast at Steakhouse 55 is what I believe to be one of the very best breakfasts on property.  Dinner is wonderful too, so I was sure afternoon tea would be a delight as well!

I tried to book immediately, but it was full almost a month out! So, I booked my month out and waited patiently.  Checking in for tea is the same process as a meal.  Just head on up to the podium and you will be escorted back to the dining room.

Check In Podium

Check In Podium

When the time came, I was joined by my best pal.  We took the first reservation of the day, which was at noon, and when we got there it was basically empty.  By the time we left, there was not one open table!

Dining Room

Dining Room

If you’ve never been inside of Steakhouse 55, you need to remedy that.  It’s gorgeous with an old Hollywood feel.  For the tea, the tables are dressed in white linens.  At each place setting sits a silver accented cup & saucer with a matching bread plate.

Table Setting

Table Setting

There are 3 different “Tea Parties” to choose from: The Classic Tea Party, The Premium Tea Party and the Kids Tea Party.  The difference between the Classic and Premium is an added Glass of Sparkling Wine, a Salad, and a Farewell Truffle.  We chose the Classic Tea Party with a “Hint” of Kids Tea Party.  I’ll explain that more in a bit.

Tea Party Time!

Tea Party Time!

Now, if you aren’t a tea connoisseur, not to worry.  Your server will ask you what you like (sweet or savory, iced or hot, etc.) and help you make some decisions.  There are 12 different types of tea and they can be served iced or hot.  You may try as many as you like in either form.

Tea Menu

Tea Menu

We started with the Tangerine Iced Tea and the Eros Hot Tea.  Teas are brought out together; the iced tea served in a carafe and the hot tea in a simple yet elegant white teapot.

Both hot & iced teas may be ordered simultaneously.

Both hot & iced teas may be ordered simultaneously.

Of these two teas, I actually preferred the Eros, I loved the vanilla hint to it.  The tangerine to me was just a bit to perfumy.  Later on we also tried the Russian Earl Grey hot tea, which was wonderful.

Tangerine Iced Tea & Eros Hot Tea

Tangerine Iced Tea & Eros Hot Tea

Of course you are also brought out lemon, honey and sugar for your tea.  Not pictured are the adorable white rock candy sugar stirrers.  Sorry!

Lemons & Honey

Lemons & Honey

As soon as you have your tea, this gorgeous three tiered tower of deliciousness shows up.

Tea Snacks!

Tea Snacks!

The top tier features two types of freshly baked scones; the first was a Currant Scone topped with Sugar Crystals & the second was a Blueberry Scone with Lemon Glaze.  Both were amazing.

Freshly Baked Scones

Freshly Baked Scones

The scones are served with Lemon Curd, homemade Blueberry Preserves and hand whipped Devonshire Cream – all of which should be immediately slathered upon your scones and devoured, in a lady like manner of course…

Scone Toppings

Scone Toppings

I thought both the scones and toppings were absolutely delicious.  If I would have been at home, I would have licked that lemon curd bowl clean. Also, the preserves… I would have loved to purchase a jar to bring home.  So wonderful.

Dressed Scones

Dressed Scones

Now, remember above how I said we had a “hint” of the Kids Tea Party thrown in?  Well, when I saw on the menu that this one came with a Mickey Mouse Shaped Chocolate Chip Scone, I asked if we could get one of those too!

Mickey Chocolate Chip Scone from the Kids Tea Party

Mickey Chocolate Chip Scone from the Kids Tea Party

It was baked to perfection, generously filled with chocolate chips and topped with little sugar crystals.  A deliciously fun treat for adults AND kids.

Mickey Scone Cross Section

Mickey Scone Cross Section

Let’s move on to the middle tier, Tea Sandwiches!  I absolutely loved the presentation of the 4 different sandwiches.  In the center you have a Salmon Gravlax Sandwich, above and below the salmon is the Cucumber & Watercress, then you have a Deviled Cage Free Egg Salad Sandwich & an Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich.

Tea Sanwiches

Tea Sandwiches

My favorite sandwich was actually the most simple one, the Cucumber Watercress.  It was really refreshing and I could have probably eaten about 5 of them…

Cucumber Watercress Sandwich

Cucumber Watercress Sandwich

My second favorite was the Deviled Cage Free Egg Salad Sandwich, quite a mouthful of words, but basically a good ‘ol fashioned heap of egg salad sprinkled with paprika topping a circle of white bread.  I loved how finely the egg was chopped.  I don’t think I’ve ever had it this way.  Again, I wanted more!

Deviled Cage Free Egg Salad Sandwich

Deviled Cage Free Egg Salad Sandwich

I also enjoyed the Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich.  Although I’m not a fan of tomatoes, I do LOVE mozzarella, and this mozzarella was divine.

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

The final tea sandwich was the Salmon Gravlax Sandwich.  Personally I do not like seafood, so I didn’t try this one.  Also, Gravlax means raw, sliced thinly salmon, just not my thing.  It was however a lovely presentation and I’m sure if you enjoy salmon, it was probably wonderful.

Steakhouse 55 Tea Salmon Sandwich

Salmon Gravlax Sandwich

We actually traded out the Salmon Gravlax Sandwich for the Kids Menu Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.

Mickey PB & J Sandwiches

Mickey PB & J Sandwiches

You may see it otherwise, but I was very pleased with my 5 year old-like decision.  Strawberry Jam with Creamy Peanut Butter on White Bread shaped like Mickey Mouse.  Perfection.  And by the way, doesn’t a PB&J always taste better when someone else makes it for you??? Such comfort food!

Who doesn't love a PB&J on Mickey Bread???

Who doesn’t love a PB&J on Mickey shaped bread?

Now, on to that final tier, DESSERT!

Dessert

Dessert Tier

The dessert tier consisted of Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Mini Fruit Tarts, and French Macarons.  All three items were lovely, but I think my favorite were the Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  If the strawberries are juicy, plump and flavorful, which they were, you can never go wrong with a chocolate covered strawberry.  They were excellent!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The Mini Fruit Tarts were filled with vanilla custard and topped with fresh fruit.  Ours had blueberry,  peach, raspberry and strawberry on top; refreshing and delicious.

Mini Fruit Tart

Mini Fruit Tart

And last but not least, the French Macarons.  The plate came with 4 different Macarons; I only tried one of them because I was so full at this point.   The flavors from left to right are Vanilla, Strawberry, Caramel (which was so tasty), and pistachio.  The outer shell was perfectly crisp upon biting then soft in the center.  The filling was creamy and sweet.  I thought the presentation was really nice, switching it up from the traditional round macaron.

French Macarons

French Macarons

Overall

Overall, we really enjoyed the Classic Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55.  I’ve heard people talking about how pricey this is, but compared to other high end traditional afternoon teas, I feel like this is a competitive/fair price.  I’ve experienced high tea at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and the pricing there is $36 a person, plus you have to pay for valet parking which is $15.  This ends up costing the same price as the Disneyland Hotel tea, which includes free valet parking with validation. I also felt that the service and atmosphere was better at Disneyland than in the Tea Room on the Queen Mary.

Classic Afternoon Tea takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with reservation times starting at noon and ending at 3:00pm.  Reservations can be made online or by calling Disney Dining at 714.781.DINE.

Do you plan to visit Steakhouse 55 for afternoon tea? Or have you already visited? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

Comments

  1. Trisha says

    Is the tiered tray the serving for one person, or two? Is it possible and is there a fee to split one serving between two adults?

  2. donna mei says

    Does ap or cm discount apply? how much extra was the mickey scone. everything looked so wonderful. thank you for sharing.

  3. Heather Sievers says

    Trisha – The one shown is for two people. You have to pay per head. No splitting, but to save some money, you can order the Kids Tea Party.

    Donna Mei – My friend treated me, so I’m not sure if we got the AP discount. I do know that regular dining there accepts them… Also, we just asked for one Mickey scone to share and they didn’t charge us for it. I don’t know if this is commonplace or not. We had subbed out the salmon for PB&J, so it could have been a compensation.

  4. Deneice says

    I may need to try this. I used to go to the Mary Poppins tea at what is now the PP Hotel back in the 90s. My friend and I were so sad when that went away!

  5. Heather Sievers says

    Deneice – I remember that tea! You should for sure go try this one out. It’s lovely.

  6. says

    Do you know if the adults can get the kids tea at the kids tea price? I dont really enjoy the adults’ food and would prefer the pbj’s too!
    Thanks!

  7. Heather Sievers says

    Jessica – You can most definitely order the kids one, but I’m not sure on the way they do the pricing. I’d guess that they give you kid portions for the kid price or they will charge you an adult price and give you bigger portions. I’ve never had a problem ordering kids meals “as is” and paying the kids prices, but I’ve also been to places like Ariel’s Grotto where they made me an adult portion of a kids meal (mac and cheese) for an adult price…

  8. bri says

    I want to thank you for this article. It helped us decide against tea this time around…nobody would eat the food except me, and it’s WAAAAY too spendy for that to be the case!

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