We recently gave you a heads up that Disneyland Resort icon River Belle Terrace is now serving table service breakfast, and if you thought we’d miss a chance to review this offering, you were sorely mistaken. 😉
Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@DiningInDisney) headed in and ordered everything on the menu — all for you!
River Belle Terrace is a Disneyland icon for a reason: the dining location has been a fixture since the park’s opening, although its name has changed over the years. The current moniker has been in place since 1971, and the style and decor? Oh, just you wait!
River Belle Terrace is located in Disneyland’s Frontierland, and its styling is ornate and historic. It all starts with this embellished menu board in front of the restaurant. Check out the filigreed carvings.
The patio — er, terrace! — has loads of seating, and we enjoyed dinner out here when the restaurant first changed from quick service to table service back in 2016.
Check out the fringed umbrellas and the soaring columns on the restaurant’s facade. Southern grandness, indeed.
The classic design details continue everywhere inside, starting with the check-in desk that’s adorned with wood moldings and subtle colors.
The indoor dining space is a work of art. Some may say that art is straight out of Grandma’s design handbook, but we love the nostalgia evoked by the over-the-top elements. (You do spy those hanging planters? And the flower-adorned chandelier?)
There’s a definite attempt to bring the outdoors in here, with floral motifs evident everywhere you look. Banquet seating is upholstered with blooms, and even metal elements feature swirls and flourishes.
The ceiling is painted in pastels and features some neat moldings and curved shapes.
Surfaces here also have fun decor details, like this bronze bird statue near the front of the restaurant.
There’s a bit of a nautical vibe, too, including this ferry boat wheel and copper bell.
That nautical, ferry boat detail continues into some of the artwork as well, with this large painting capturing life on the Mississippi back in the day.
Walls are curvaceous here, with arched windows and pink accents.
Those windows let in tons of light and offer some great views of Frontierland and Rivers of America!
But we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one of the most fabulous features of this space: the wallpaper. The birds and blooms are colorful and romantic. Actually VERY back in style right now.
Table settings are simple here, with real plates and napkins as befits a table service experience.
And the seating embraces the design aesthetic, with garden-style, white wrought-iron chairs.
On Heather’s visit, she received a handful of these complimentary hand wipes.
You’ll want to know why she needed those, so let’s get into the food!
The new breakfast menu at River Belle Terrace is not massive, but there are options for just about every type of diner. So whether you prefer a heavy, meaty breakfast or something a lot lighter, there’s something for everyone.
And Heather got it all! We’ll go through the menu item by item, starting at the top with the can’t-miss Monkey Bread! It’s called the Southern Sweet Skillet, and it is awesome!
The warm and buttery bread is topped with candied pecans and whipped cream and rests in a pool of pecan butter. If we didn’t get your attention with “pool of pecan butter”, you’ll want to check your pulse. :p
There’s also some maple syrup on there, to really drive home the sweetness in contrast to the saltiness of the butter. This is indulgent, delicious, and definitely share-able!
Next up is the Short Rib Skillet. This was one of Heather’s favorites, and it’s easy to see why. Two perfectly cooked eggs keep company with a huge pile of pulled, slow-cooked short ribs.
Texas toast and some (hidden) signature breakfast potatoes complete the super-filling and yummy skillet.
The Southern-Fried Bone-In Pork Chop is another hefty, meaty option. Also served with two sunny-side up eggs, the pork chop is fried to a deep golden brown and is slathered in bacon gravy. Say it with us: Bacon. Gravy.
The pork was cooked very well and stayed moist beneath its crispy exterior.
And the signature potatoes were plentiful and tasty. There are lots of peppers and herbs in the potatoes, making them better than your average potato.
Becky Thatcher’s Fried Green Tomatoes are a terrific vegetarian option here, and the accompaniments to this dish are also stand-outs! The tomatoes sandwich roasted corn and avocado relish, and there are deviled eggs and roasted cherry tomatoes as well.
The deviled eggs are fantastic and definitely go beyond the standard variety. So much color and flavor here!
Mark Twain is essentially a basic breakfast platter, but the components are cooked well and tasty. You can’t really ask for more in a straight-forward plate of breakfast classics!
Of course, there’s always this option: Mickey-Shaped Pancakes! We shared these with you when we first let you know about the new breakfast menu, but we love them so much. And we’re thrilled that they’re here! (You can still get a quick service version of these at Red Rose Taverne (the Village Haus’ Beauty and the Beast overlay)).
This is a serious portion of pancakes, y’all. Two massive Mickey-shaped beauties cooked perfectly and served with berries and bacon. Really good and really cute.
Country Biscuits and Gravy is a bit of a misnomer for the next dish, the star of which is actually a crispy fried chicken breast! Yeah, you can hit us up with bonus fried chicken anytime. The bacon gravy (!!) is delicious and smoky, and there’s plenty of it on the plate.
The blistered tomatoes and sliced scallions help to balance the otherwise super-savory dish. Also, that crispy triangular piece on top? FRIED CHICKEN SKIN. As if we needed another reason to dig into this dish!
If you prefer something a lot lighter, the Mixed Berry Parfait is a really tasty option. It’s layers of yogurt and granola and will fuel your adventures without weighing you down.
We imagine a few more berries would be welcome for most diners, but that granola had a good amount of cinnamon flavor. Overall, simple and good.
Aside from Oatmeal, the kids’ menu only features one item: Silver Dollar Pancakes. But honestly? These will satisfy most kids (and they’re big enough to fill even an adult!). They’re classic.
Woo. Are you full yet? Yeah, we know: you’re hungrier than you were before. Us, too. 😉 But how great is this breakfast menu? We hope it sticks around for a long, long time!
And if you prefer River Belle Terrace for dinner, don’t forget that there’s a Fantasmic Dining Package available here, too!
Nosh or Not?
Paddle in to River Belle Terrace for breakfast if:
- You love nostagic Disney dining locations and want to dine in a piece of history.
- You are looking for an awesome table service breakfast option in Disneyland.
- Mickey-shaped foods are your jam, and you can’t miss these pancakes!
Swim along to another dining location if:
- Table service breakfast doesn’t fit with your Disneyland touring strategy.
- You aren’t a fan of the decor and atmosphere.
- The menu options don’t really appeal to you — or you have a hard time swallowing $17 for pancakes…
River Belle Terrace wins loads of points for its kitschy decor and sentimental value, and now that table service breakfast has arrived, there’s even more incentive to stop into this Disneyland landmark. The menu has decent variety — and it’s all good! There’s not a bad dish among the bunch, making it a can’t-miss if you’ve got room in your day to linger over some delicious breakfast eats!
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Which River Belle Terrace breakfast offering would you order? Daydream with us in the comments!