Best Places to Eat at Downtown Disney

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Downtown Disney District is located at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. You can eat, enjoy food, drinks, shopping, live entertainment and more even without a ticket to Disneyland. Get the Disneyland vibe while you dine on your arrival or departure day along with delicious food, decent prices and an unbeatable location.Best places to eat at Downtown Disney District in Disneyland Resort. Naples, Tortilla Jo's, Catal and more, no Disneyland ticket required! #DisneylandFood #DisneylandTips #Disneyland

 

Where’s the best place to eat at Downtown Disney?

Really, you’re going to make me choose? It definitely depends on my mood, who I’m with and what I’m craving. The good news is there are many fabulous places to eat at downtown Disney District, so whatever you’re craving there’s something for you. My downtown Disney and go-tos are Tortilla Jo’s, Jazz Kitchen Express, Jamba Juice and La Brea Bakery, but I do like to keep everything else in rotation. Keep reading for all the details and my in-depth dining reviews.

Do I need a Disneyland ticket for Downtown Disney?

Crazy Shakes Downtown Disney
Courtesy Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer “Crazy Shakes”

You do not need a Disneyland ticket to visit Downtown Disney. You will have to go through security to enter in this part of the Disneyland Resort “bubble” but again, no Disneyland ticket is required. A lot of visitors to Disneyland Resort like to come to Downtown Disney to explore or go shopping on the day they get into town from LAX or even pop over to Downtown Disney for a date night, like my husband and I often do.

Do I need a reservation to eat at Downtown Disney?

Some advance planning is smart, especially when planning over holidays or Valentine’s Day. You can call restaurants directly for reservations at Downtown Disney, or make your reservations via the Disneyland mobile app. Eating at Downtown Disney is also an excellent option when snagging dining reservations inside Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure are hard to come by. Most restaurants in downtown Disney also have a quick service counterpart so you can get select menu items to go or to eat at a walk up table.

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Downtown Disney Restaurant List

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. You can call restaurants directly for reservations at Downtown Disney, or make your reservations via the Disneyland mobile app. Here’s a list of all the Downtown Disney Restaurants to choose from.

  • Ballast Point. Ballast Point is Downtown Disney’s first brewery. Check out my friend Falon’s review here.
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Black Tap was scheduled to open late 2018 and again, we’re still waiting but here’s the latest news on this restaurant and their “crazy shakes” from Downtown Disney, read the latest here.
  • Catal Restaurant. 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.Catal Restaurant
  • Earl of Sandwich. Earl of Sandwich got the ax in 2018, but was brought back to life when Disney cancelled their 4th hotel project. Located right by the Disneyland monorail stop in downtown Disney, this quick service sandwich shop is a delicious place to eat at a lower price point than most places in Downtown Disney. Read our detailed review of Earl of Sandwich here.
  • ESPN Zone Restaurant. ESPN Zone Restaurant CLOSED June 2018 to make way for the now scrapped Disney hotel project in Downtown Disney.
  • La Brea Bakery Cafe. 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. Read our detailed review of La Brea Bakery Cafe here.La Brea Bakery Downtown Disney
  • Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria. Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria just completed an extensive renovation in 2019.Come here for a relaxing pizzeria, expansive bar, indoor and outdoor seating with the charm and comfort of southern Italy. Read our detailed review of Naples Pizzeria here.Naples Pizza Disneyland
  • Rainforest Cafe. Rainforest Cafe CLOSED June 2018 to make way for the now scrapped Disney hotel project in Downtown Disney. If you happen to have one near you, you’ll want to read our detailed review of Rainforest Cafe here
  • Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is Louisiana fresh paired with southern hospitality. Beautiful dining areas, fun atmosphere. Read our detailed review of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen here. 
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Yup! You can eat and bowl at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and we’re not just talking basic bowling or basic food. Read our detailed review of Splitsville Luxury Lanes here.Splitsville menu
  • Tortilla Jo’s. Tortilla Jo’s is a Downtown Disney staple with a vibrant south-of-the-boarder feel with live entertainment and various indoor and outdoor dining spots. Don’t miss the made to order guacamole. Last time I was there I enjoyed a quesadilla with a freshly made white corn tortilla. It was amazing!
  • UVA Bar. UVA Bar is in the center of it all, and I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve taken a walk through Dwntown Disney. The same kitchen that serves Catal, serves a limited menu outside with a full bar on site.

Quick Bites and Treats at Downtown DisneyDowntown Disney

Downtown Disney is filled with places to get a quick bite to eat or a special sweet treat. Here’s the complete list of quick places to eat or snack at Downtown Disney.

  • Earl of Sandwich. Earl of Sandwich got the ax in 2018, but was brought back to life when Disney cancelled their 4th hotel project. Located right by the Disneyland monorail stop in downtown Disney, this quick service sandwich shop is a delicious place to eat at a lower price point than most places in Downtown Disney. Read our detailed review of Earl of Sandwich here.
  • Jamba Juice. Jamba Juice serves 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. Note this location doesn’t open until after Disneyland does 🙁
  • Jazz Kitchen Express
  • La Brea Bakery Express. La Brea Bakery Express 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. Read our detailed review of La Brea Bakery Cafe here.
  • 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.
  • Napolini Pizzeria is located right next to Naples, serving a menu of pizzas by the slice.
  • Salt & Straw for hand-crafted ice cream. You won’t find flavors like this anywhere else.
  • Sprinkle Cupcakes. The bakery that started the cupcake craze in America. Read our detailed review of Sprinkles here. 
  • Starbucks. Everything you expect from the Starbucks chain, grab it and head on over to Disneyland. Plus, this is the only place open in Downtown Disney early enough to get you in for park opening.
  • Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s has drinks and that guacamole you’ve been craving, plush other quick, fresh Mexican flare.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels. Quick snack stop with soft, giant pretzels, lemonade and drinks.
  • Snack carts featuring churros and other eats can also be found throughout Downtown Disney.

Now the big question is, where will you choose to eat at Downtown Disney District?

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