Foodie’s Guide to The Best Disneyland Restaurants

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The best Disneyland restaurants so you can have a place to sit down and relax during your trip and enjoy some of the best food Disneyland has to offer.

Since beginning this website in 2013, I’ve been able to share my Disneyland tips with thousands of readers all over the world. One thing I’ve learned while touring Disneyland Resort professionally is how much a difference a sit down, table service restaurant can make in your day. 

Best Disneyland Restaurant

This article will detail how to get all the best food at top Disneyland restaurants, including iconic eats like corn dogs, dining experiences, character meals, time saving quick service tips and more. And if you’re looking for outdoor only dining options, check here

Do I Need A Restaurant Reservation?

There are many amazing restaurants at Disneyland Resort, some are available at a moment’s notice with walk up options and others tend to require reservations to secure a table. We’ll go through a variety of options here to make dining decisions super simple.

All sit down restaurants open reservations about 60 days in advance. I suggest setting a reminder on your phone or calendar for that 60 day mark. Especially if you’re considering a character meal, reserved entertainment packages or other high-demand dining offers.Package

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You can make dining reservations one of three ways, but when timing is tight I suggest calling first. They can give you all your available options over the phone without playing a guessing game online or through the mobile app.

  1. On the official Disneyland App
  2. On Disneyland’s website
  3. By calling (714) 781-3463, phone lines open each day at 7:00 am pacific time

Disneyland Dining

Once you choose your desired location and time, select the party size, including all children (regardless of age).

You may also input any dietary requests or special notes. Should you need to cancel, most locations allow you to cancel up to 24 hours in advance, but check the policy when booking. More about canceling your Disneyland vacation here (sad, right?)

Best Disneyland Restaurants

Here’s where you can make dining reservations at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels, including my top picks.

This section covers only sit-down restaurants, but if you’d like to look at quick service offerings, I suggest checking out my top 10 Disneyland meals for $10 article here

Blue Bayou (New Orleans Square)

Blue Bayou is the most notable Disneyland Park restaurant (besides the highly sought after Club 33 of course) tucked away inside Pirates of the Caribbean. You want to eat here, even if it’s not for the food.

NEW in 2021, Blue Bayou will begin to serve alcoholic drinks in addition to Oga’s Cantina

This is a top pick for date nights or special celebrations. 

Open for lunch, dinner and specialty dining packages.

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The vibe is twilight on the bayou, this famous Disneyland restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Blue Bayou is the most sought-after dining reservations in all of Disneyland Park. This super romantic dining spot is a favorite to many! Located in New Orleans Square.

We recommend pan seared salmon for a lighter fare or the famed deep fried Monte Cristo sandwich if you’re ready for a serious meal.

Bonus tip arrive early for your reservation and ask for a spot by the water.

Cafe Orleans (New Orleans Square)

Cafe Orleans transports guests to the Big Easy with displays from Princess and the Frog inside and lovely patio dining under blue umbrellas outside. The famous Monte Cristo and pommes frites are served here.

Cheese Monte Cristo

Open for lunch and dinner.

The vibe is Big Easy casual at this Disneyland restaurant. Dine inside or outdoors with amazing views of the Rivers of America in New Orleans Square.

Cafe orleans food

We recommend the deep friend Monte Cristo sandwich is a Cafe Orleans favorite, but I prefer the pommes frites and lobster cobb salad.

Bonus tip split the massive Monte Cristo with another adult or two! It’s that big!

Carnation Cafe (Main Street, U.S.A.)

Carnation Cafe is located on Main Street, U.S.A. is an iconic classic. Reservations are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll love dining under the red and white umbrellas on Main Street. 

My top pick for a spot the entire family will enjoy. Book an hour before a parade begins and watch it go by

Carnation Cafe Disneyland

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The vibe quintessential Disneyland restaurant with candy-striped umbrellas on the patio and a victorian indoor seating area. Located on Main Street, U.S.A.

We recommend anything with Chef Oscar’s name on it! The longest working Disneyland Resort employee retired in 2017 but you can still get some of his famous dishes from the menu at Carnation Cafe. For lunch or dinner, don’t miss the loaded baked potato soup and fried pickles on the side!

Fried Pickles Carnation Cafe

Bonus tip ask to sit outside if it’s a nice day (and it’s almost always a nice day at Disneyland!).

Full Carnation Cafe review right here!

Plaza Inn Breakfast with Minnie & Friends (Main Street, U.S.A.)

Plaza Inn reservations are only available for breakfast character dining. Any other time of day you can walk right in to dine. We’ll cover more of their delicious food later in the quick service section.

Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park is a buffet breakfast with omelets and Mickey waffles, pastries cereals and more. Plus you’ll meet Minnie Mouse and other beloved Disney characters while you dine. Read my full review of Minnie & Friends breakfast here.

Disneyland Breakfast veggie omelet

Open for breakfast when dining with Minnie & Friends. While technically not table service as it’s a buffet, it does require a reservation so I wanted to include it here. All other meals do not require a reservation and are for walk up service only.

The vibe is casual fare with a lavish victorian backdrop. Eat indoors or dine under the pink umbrellas on Main Street, U.S.A.

We recommend Mickey waffles for breakfast, along with made-to-order omelets.

Bonus tip book your reservation for about 90 minutes after park opening so you can still get in plenty of rides when the park opens, then hop over to Plaza Inn for breakfast.

River Belle Terrace (Frontierland)

River Belle Terrace features American home cooking with a riverfront view. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and barbecue favorites at this cozy retreat.

Top pick chosen by my kids, they ask to go back here again and again. 

River Belle terrace food

Open for lunch and dinner and specialty dining packages.

The vibe is the heart of Frontierland with down home, southern cooking! Dine indoors or on the patio at this Disneyland restaurant.

We recommend the pulled pork sandwich with tangy coleslaw, delicious!

Bonus tip River Belle Terrace books fast for Fantasmic! dining so book early (60 days in advance).

Full River Belle Terrace review is here. 

Top Disney California Adventure Restaurants

In addition to sit down restaurants, California Adventure has some  lounge style options where you’ll be served by a waitress or waitor. Those do not require a reservation. Lounge options will be noted below in a separate section. For all others, I recommend making reservations at the 60 day window mark for the best availability.

Carthay Circle Restaurant (Buena Vista Street)

Carthay Circle Restaurant is a classic and contemporary fusion of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Also home to World of Color and Frozen dining packages. 

Carthay Circle buscuits

Open for lunch and dinner and specialty dining packages.

The vibe celebrates Hollywood’s Golden Age and pays homage to the first animated feature, Snow White. Dine indoors or on the patio at this Disney California Adventure restaurant.

We recommend the Carthay signature fried biscuits, stuffed with cheddar, bacon, and just enough jalapeño with an apricot-honey butter.

Bonus tip take a free tour of this gorgeous building on select mornings at California Adventure, look for signs outside to secure your spot on the tour.

Full Carthay Circle Restaurant review is here

Lamplight Lounge (Pixar Pier)

Lamplight Lounge is in the space formerly occupied by Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar. See what Pixar animators are up to in this amazing inside space which is available with advance reservations (walk up outside dining also available).

Lamplight Chilaquiles

Open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The vibe is everything Pixar! Tables celebrate various Pixar films and no space goes untouched. You’ll marvel at all the details on everything from the walls, chairs and even to the bathroom doors.

We recommend the Lobster Nachos, but you can also sub them out for chicken, beef or vegetarian. 

Bonus tip dine just before World of Color and you may even get a nice view of the show from the outdoor dining space.

Top pick! Read my Lamplight Lounge review here.

Wine Country Trattoria (Pacific Wharf)

Wine Country Trattoria brings you the finest of Napa Valley and Tuscan flavors at this Pacific Wharf restaurant. 

World of Color Wine Country
 

Open for lunch and dinner, also available for World of Color dining packages with reserved show seating.

The vibe is fine dining indoors or in the open air Tuscan patio with a beautiful ambiance.

We recommend the salmon, it’s my absolute favorite location to order salmon in all of Disneyland Resort.

Bonus tip ask to sit outdoors as indoors can be quite noisy. 

Delicious Downtown Disney Eats

Downtown Disney reservations aren’t in as high demand as dining reservations inside the parks, so you can often secure one of these best Disneyland restaurants last minute. It’s worth having a nice relaxing place to sit and dine if you can’t find one inside the parks.

See our complete Downtown Disney Dining Guide for more details on quick eat options too.

Catal Restaurant serves American and Mediterranean dishes in an elegant atmosphere. Read my detailed Catal review here.

La Brea Bakery Cafe is a craftsman style cafe with fresh California Cuisine. Serving brunch and dinner menus. Full review here.

La Brea Bakery Downtown Disney Distrcit

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria serves pasta, pizza and other Italian style dishes with charming indoor and outdoor seating.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is Louisiana fresh paired with southern hospitality. Beautiful dining areas, fun atmosphere. Full review here.

Splitsville is part restaurant, part bowling alley. Do one or do both, you’ll have a great time with memorable eats and fun.

Tortilla Jos Guac

Tortilla Jo’s is a vibrant south-of-the-boarder feel with live entertainment and various indoor and outdoor dining spots featuring fresh, table-side made guacamole.

Uva Bar is my new favorite Downtown Disney spot, I love the location and the amazing variety of America food.

Uva Bar Disney BBQ Salad

And if you have room for dessert, Downtown Disney is your ideal spot with famous Crazy Shakes at Black Tap, ice cream at Salt & Straw and so many more places to explore, eat and shop.

Best Disneyland Quick Bites

Quick bites at Disneyland are even quicker when you know a few tricks.

Lines for quick service dining can take upwards of 30 minutes or more during busy times of year. Add that into the time searching for a table and you’re already hangry. 

Mint Julep
 

Most Disneyland quick service restaurants offer mobile ordering which is a huge time saver. You can order a Dole Whip, Disneyland Corn Dog and more while you wait in line then pick it up after your ride.

Here’s a basic list of all the Disneyland Park quick service restaurants, along with their most iconic offering.

  1. Bengal Barbecue (Adventureland): meat and veggie skewers
  2. Tiki Juice Bar (Adventureland): dole whip
  3. The Tropical Hideaway (Adventureland): dole whip
  4. Harbour Galley (Critter Country): soup in sourdough bread bowl and lobster sandwich
  5. Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country): funnel cake
  6. Red Rose Tavern (Fantasyland): flat bread and grey stuff
  7. The Golden Horseshoe (Frontierland): live performances and desserts
  8. Rancho del Zocalo (Frontierland): Mexican fare, large portions
  9. Stage Door Cafe (Frontierland) Disneyland corn dogs
  10. Gibson Girl Ice Cream (Main Street, U.S.A.): ice cream
  11. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Main Street, U.S.A.): toasted cheese sandwich and tomato basil soup
  12. Plaza Inn (Main Street, U.S.A.): fried chicken
  13. Refreshment Corner (Main Street, U.S.A.): hot dogs
  14. Daisy’s Diner (Mickey’s Toontown): personal pizzas
  15. Pluto’s Dog House (Mickey’s Toontown): hot dogs
  16. French Market Restaurant (New Orleans Square): Cajun/Creole food
  17. Mint Julep Bar (New Orleans Square): Mickey beignets 
  18. Royal Street Veranda (New Orleans Square): soup in sourdough bread bowl
  19. Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge): smoked pork ribs
  20. Ronto Roasters (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge): Ronto wrap
  21. Alien Pizza Planet (Tomorrowland): pizza and chicken fusilli 
  22. Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland): burgers and fries

Top Disney California Adventure Quick Bites

Remember most Disney California Adventure quick service restaurants offer mobile ordering which is a huge time saver. You can order a while you wait in line then pick it up after your ride.

Award Wieners Disneyland

Here’s a basic list of all the Disney California Adventure Park quick service restaurants, along with their most iconic offering. 

  1. Festival Food Marketplaces: Seasonal offerings during Food & Wine Festival and other foodie events
  2. Pym Test Kitchen (Avengers Campus): see what to eat here
  3. Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (Buena Vista Street): Starbucks coffees and Disney pastries
  4. Cozy Cone (Cars Land): mac n’ Cheese cone
  5. Flo’s V8 Cafe (Cars Land): American fare, great atmosphere
  6. Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak): burgers, chicken strips, chili cheese fries
  7. Award Wieners (Hollywood Land): chili cheese dogs
  8. Schmoozies (Hollywood Land): smoothies and shakes
  9. Cocina Cucamonga (Pacific Wharf): Mexican entrees
  10. Lucky Fortune Cookery (Pacific Wharf): Asian dishes
  11. Pacific Wharf Cafe (Pacific Wharf): soup in sourdough bread bowl
  12. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta (Paradise Gardens Grill): pizza and pastas, just like the name 😉
  13. Corn Dog Castle (Paradise Gardens Grill):: Disneyland corn dogs
  14. Paradise Garden Grill (Paradise Gardens Grill): seasonal menus but Greek salad when available
  15. Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats (Pixar Pier): lemon soft serve
  16. Angry Dogs (Pixar Pier): hot dogs
  17. Poultry Palace (Pixar Pier): chicken

But wait there’s more! Want something in between quick service and sit down offerings? Walk up to one of the many lounges in California Adventure with no reservation needed and enjoy being waited on.

California Adventure Table Service – No Reservations Needed

Alfresco Tasting Terrace California Adventure

California Adventure has some unique table service options which, unlike Disneyland Park, do not require a reservation noted below:

  • Alfresco Tasting Terrace- wine and Italian appetizers located near Pacific Wharf, a quiet retreat above it all. Now available only for Annual Passholders and their guests. 
  • Carthay Circle Lounge- cocktails, craft beefs, wines and bar snacks on Buena Vista Street.

Mendocino Terrace

  • Lamplight Lounge- outdoor seating available with a limited menu is available for walk-ups.
  • Mendocino Terrace Wine Tasting- wines and cheeses in Pacific Wharf.

Best Disneyland Character Breakfasts

Some of the best Disneyland restaurants could sneak right past you if you don’t venture off into one of the Disney owned hotels. You can dine at any of these locations without being a guest of the hotels. 

PCH Grill for breakfast with Donald Duck and friends at Paradise Pier Hotel. Read more about Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast here.

Cambria free breakfast

Steakhouse 55 serves steaks, seafood and more in a refined Old Hollywood vibe atmosphere. The Oak Room can accommodate parties up to 24. Located inside The Disneyland Hotel. Also serving Classic Afternoon Tea by reservation only.

Goofy’s Kitchen for a meal with Goofy and other Disney characters at The Disneyland Hotel. Open for breakfast and dinner.

storytellers food

Storytellers Cafe brings you Mickey’s Tales of Adventure breakfast along with table service dining for lunch and dinner with a la carte or buffet options. Inside Grand Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Napa Rose is available for fine dining reservations at Grand Californian Hotel & Spa including breakfast with Disney Princesses at Napa Rose. 

Princess breakfast drinks

While there are tons of places to dine and explore, space is limited. If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort over several days, I recommend reserving dining inside and outside the parks.

After all, Downtown Disney is just a quick monorail ride or walk over. Plus, the vibe there is so relaxing when compared to the hustle inside the parks.

Tell me, which do you think is the best Disneyland restaurants? 

14 thoughts on “Foodie’s Guide to The Best Disneyland Restaurants

  • Mel

    We have a party of 8. We booked the Fantasmic dining package at Blue Bayou. If someone in our party doesn’t want to attend the show, can they order off the regular menu and not be charged the package cost? We’d all like to sit together…

  • Rosie Beckett

    My sister and I are planning to go to Disneyland soon and we want to make sure that we have our dining plans figured out before we go, so I am glad that I found this article. I like that you say you can start to make the reservations 60 days in advance because I did not realize how early you can actually make reservations! Also, it makes sense that you say to stagger your meals based on what you are doing during that time of the day because sometimes it will be easier to grab a meal on the go from a vendor cart.

  • Jada Tanaka

    I didn’t know steakhouse 55 offers an afternoon tea. Do you mean an english tea with scones, cucumber sandwiches, etc…. If so, do you know the cost?

    • Hi Jada, that’s right! Scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and a variety of teas. It is around $50 depending on the type of afternoon tea package you choose. There is also a special menu for kids!

  • This is GREAT information! I love eating at Blue Bayou and HIGHLY recommend it. However, I’ve also eaten at the Wine Country Trattoria…yikes!

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