Downtown Disney Dining Guide

Downtown Disney dining is a fabulous option for delicious food, decent prices and an unbeatable location.

Downtown Disney Dining Guide, where to eat, what to eat and more Disneyland planning tips.

When snagging dining reservations inside Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure are hard to come by, don’t forget about Downtown Disney dining. Today we’ll do a run-down of all the options for your taste buds in Downtown Disney complete with menu suggestions and other Disneyland planning tips. Don’t miss it!

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Downtown Disney Dining: Table Service

Reservations are recommended for all table service restaurants. You can make reservations online or by calling 714-781-3463. Dining at Downtown Disney makes for a romantic date night or can be a great way to unwind from a day spent at the parks.

Catal Restaurant

Downtown Disney Dining | Catal Restaurant | The Happiest Blog on Earth
Downtown Disney Dining | Catal Restaurant | The Happiest Blog on Earth

The vibe at Catal is elegant, old world romance with Mediterranean and California fare infused with tastes of Spain. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with bar seating options as well.

Read our detailed review of Catal Restaurant here

We recommend ahi bruschetta to start, slow roasted prime rib with potato puree and creme brûlée for dessert.

Bonus tip ask to be seated on the balcony for views of the nighttime fireworks at Disneyland.

ESPN Zone Restaurant

Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort

The vibe at ESPN Zone is sports, sports and more sports with over 120 HDTVs, this is a great option for people who don’t want to have a conversation while they eat :). But seriously, go here to get the best view of the Dodger or Lakers game (okay, they show other games too!) in a comfortable sports bar atmosphere.

We recommend cheese fries smothered in bacon, three different cheeses and ranch dressing to start, double Angus beef cheeseburger for dinner and a strawberry milkshake to wash it all down.

Bonus tip head upstairs to the arcade area and work off a little of that meal afterward.

La Brea Bakery Cafe

The vibe at La Brea Bakery Cafe is artisan bakery with a cool, California fresh cuisine feel. Open for brunch and dinner. Express option also available for those who want a quick meal to go.

We recommend the bacon cheddar frittata or the harvest turkey sandwich for brunch. For dinner, a baby kale salad followed by shrimp scampi and the salted pretzel and caramel ice cream pie for dessert.

Bonus tip Disneyland fireworks can be seen from the patio seating area.

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria

Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort

The vibe at Naples is a relaxing pizzeria, indoor and outdoor seating with the charm and comfort of southern Italy.

We recommend the Margherita pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil with a strawberry Italian soda. It really is all about the pizza when I dine at Naples.

Bonus tip order at the quick service counter, Napolini if you’re short on time.

Rainforest Cafe

Downtown Disney Dining at the Rainforest Cafe.
Downtown Disney Dining at the Rainforest Cafe.

The vibe at Rainforest Cafe is an exciting environment for families inside a lush tropical rainforest open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Read our detailed review of Rainforest Cafe here

We recommend the ribs, steak and shrimp trio for a taste of everything, along with a sparkling volcano for dessert.

Bonus tip you can certainly share the recommend meal above and add a your favorite appetizer to your meal as well.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

The vibe at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is Louisiana fresh paired with southern hospitality. Beautiful dining areas, fun atmosphere.

We recommend the classic Louisiana flare like creole caesar salad, Jambalaya and bread pudding for dessert.

Bonus tip get your beignet on at the Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express door just to the side of the main entrance.

Tortilla Jo’s

The vibe at Tortilla Jo’s is a vibrant south-of-the-boarder feel with live entertainment and various indoor and outdoor dining spots.

We recommend made to order guacamole, shredded beef burrito and the drink of your choosing to compliment your meal. Last time I was there I enjoyed a quesadilla with a freshly made white corn tortilla. It was amazing!

Bonus tip head here for a late night dinner before heading back to the parks, or get it to go from Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s.

Downtown Disney Dining: Quick Service

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich

The vibe at Earl of Sandwich is casual, fresh. Hot and cold sandwiches made to order on delicious artisan bread. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We recommend the Earl’s Club with turkey, bacon, swiss, lettuce, roma tomato and sandwich sauce. We’ve also enjoyed the Original 1762 and the kids grilled cheese sandwiches.

Bonus tip take the Monorail from Tomorrowland and it will drop you off right near Earl of Sandwich. Plus, sign up for their e-club and get a free sandwich on your visit.

More Quick Service Options

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Express

Most of the restaurants offering table service have a quick service option, too. This includes Uva Bar (at Catal Restaurant), La Brea Bakery Cafe, Napolini (at Naples), Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express and Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s.

Downtown Disney Dining: Snacks & Treats

Downtown Disney

Haagen Dazs. The ice cream, sorbet and yogurt you love. Huge selection of desserts, frozen drinks and coffee.

Jamba Juice. Refreshing smoothies on a hot summer day or the perfect way to boost your energy if you skipped breakfast in an effort to be at the park for rope drop.

Marceline’s Confectionery. You won’t find this listed as a dining location, but it’s stocked full of the famous Disneyland fresh candy apples and tons of tempting treats. Plus, grab some snacks for the parks or as an edible souvenir.

Sprinkle Cupcakes. Read our detailed review of Sprinkles here. 

Starbucks. Everything you expect from the Starbucks chain, grab it and head on over to Disneyland.

Wetzel’s Pretzels. Quick snack stop with soft, giant pretzels, lemonade and drinks.

Now the big question is, where will you choose to eat when making your Downtown Disney dining reservation?

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