How to get Reservations at 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.

Best Disneyland Restaurant

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. 

 

Carthay Circle patio

 

Lines for quick service dining can take upwards of 30 minutes or more during busy times of year (save time with mobile ordering at quick service locations!).

You’re really not paying much more by scheduling a sit down meal. This article will detail when to make your reservation. This article details how to make get reservations at the best Disneyland restaurants. 

How to Get Reservations

All restaurants open for dining 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.

 

Storytellers character breakfast

 

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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.

 

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Once you choose your desired location and time, select the party size, including all children (regardless if they will order off the menu or not).

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?)

As I mentioned earlier, lines for quick service dining can take upwards of 30 minutes or more during busy times of year.

 

Lamplight Lounge Wall E wall

 

Add that into the time searching for a table and you’re really not paying much more by scheduling a sit down meal. I recommend doing a sit down meal at least once each day you’re in the parks and eating at off times for shorter waits when you want something fast. 

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

The Best Disneyland Restaurants

We’re talking only sit-down restaurants here, 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 Reservations

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.

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

Open for lunch, dinner and specialty dining packages.

 

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photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

 

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 Reservations

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.

 

Cafe Orleans

 

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 Reservations

Carnation Cafe 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 Disneyland Reservations

Plaza Inn reservations are only available for breakfast character dining. 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.

 

Plaza Inn seating

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 9:30 or 10:00 am so you can still get in plenty of rides when the park opens, then hop over for breakfast.

River Belle Terrace Reservations

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 agin. 

 

River Belle Terrace

 

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. 

The Best California Adventure Restaurants

California Adventure has some unique lounge style options which do not require a reservation. Those 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 Reservations

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

 

Carthay Circle tables

 

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

Top pick! Read my Lamplight Lounge review here.

 

Lamplight Lounge Brunch

Wine Country Trattoria

Wine Country Trattoria experience the finest of Napa Valley and Tuscan flavors at this Pacific Wharf restaurant. Also available for World of Color dining packages with reserved show seating.

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.

The Best Downtown Disney Restaurants

Downtown Disney reservations aren’t in as high demand as dining reservations inside the parks, so you can often secure one last minute.

If not, most of these restaurants also have a quick-service counter part connected to the sit down side.  See our Downtown Disney Dining Guide for more details on quick eat options.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Disneyland Dining

 

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.

 

Jazz Kitchen Downtown Disney

 

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.

 

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The Best Disneyland Hotel Dining

Some of the best Disneyland restaurants could sneak right past you if you don’t venture off into one of the Disney owned hotels. 

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

 

Donald Duck's Seaside BreakfastDisneyland Resort

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.

 

Goofys Kitchen

 

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. 

While there are tons of places to dine and explore, there are limited places inside each park. 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 of all Disneyland restaurants? 

14 thoughts on “How to get Reservations at 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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