Disneyland Restaurant Reviews

Flo's V8 Cafe in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. See more Cars Land photos by Tom Bricker: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/cars-land-photos/

Our Disneyland Resort restaurant reviews offer opinions and photos from some of our favorite restaurants at Disney California and Disneyland. Each review contains a detailed description of the restaurant’s ambiance and style, along with lots of Disney food photos, and our picks for the best dishes to order and ones to avoid. There are dozens of restaurants in each of the Disneyland Resort theme parks, and chances are that you won’t have time to try them all…unless you’re a local or are taking a really long trip! Over the last few years, we’ve dined at the majority of the restaurants in Disneyland (park), Disney California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel. Downtown Disney and Paradise Pier Hotel are our only real blind spots as far as dining goes.

If a restaurant that you’re considering is absent from the reviews below, feel free to ask about it in the comments. We’ve thus far only reviewed a portion of the restaurants at which we’ve dined, as we try to eat at each restaurant a couple of times before reviewing it, unless we feel we tried the “core” of the menu and got the full experience in one visit.

Disneyland restaurants are scored on a scale of 1-10, with the score being based solely on cuisine and ambiance. Service can be very inconsistent at all Disney restaurants, which is why we don’t factor that into our scores except in certain (noted) circumstances. Due to this inconsistency, we recommend reading a few reviews (not just ours!) of the same restaurant before making a decision on whether to dine there. No matter what you read anywhere, we wouldn’t base a dining decision on reviews that factor service heavily–the reviewer may have had awful service and you may have great service, or vice-a-versa.

As for the scores, they should be viewed like letter grades: 10/10 is an A+, 8/10 is a B-, 6/10 is a D-, (and so on), with any score below a 6/10 being varying degrees of failing. Any restaurant that gets a 8/10 or above is one that we’d recommend. If the restaurant’s score is below that, we’d recommend skipping it. There are too many good dining options to mess with the mediocre or poor ones.

The reviews here are just for the Disneyland Resort in California. We have reviews for Disney restaurants around the globe, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Check out our “Disney Dining Reviews Index” page to find them all.

Here are our reviews and other dining resources from Disneyland Resort…

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Other Disneyland Dining Resources

These reviews cover just a portion of the Disneyland Resort restaurants at which we’ve dined. If you have questions about other restaurants, please leave them in the comments. We very well might be able to offer some quick opinions of other restaurants!

This page will be updated regularly with new Disneyland dining reviews. Some upcoming restaurants to be reviewed include Blue Bayou, Steakhouse 55, Cove Bar, Tomorrowland Terrace, and others!  It’s also a good idea to searching the menus of different Disneyland restaurants to see which restaurants might appeal most to your family–given all of the choices, that can be a smart way to narrow things down.

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If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, we highly recommend you check out our comprehensive Disneyland Trip Planning Guide. It will assist you with everything from hotels (off-site or on?) to park tickets, and beyond!

Your Thoughts…

Which Disneyland Resort restaurants are your favorites? Are there any restaurants you recommend avoiding? Please share your thoughts or any comments you have in the comments!

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10 Responses to “Disneyland Restaurant Reviews”

  1. Stefanie says:

    Just what I needed for my Disneyland distraction today. Thanks for posting!

  2. Marcia says:

    No Rancho del Zocalo? We tried it in October on your recommendation, and it was terrific.

    By the way, we followed a lot of your advice that trip. You do a great service here.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It’s coming, I just haven’t gotten around to writing the review yet.

      Hope the trip went well! :)

      • Marcia says:

        Okay. I see now that I was thinking of your post on the top 10 DLR counter service restaurants. 😊

        The trip was amazing. I want to go for Christmastime this year. Probably DLR, but maybe WDW. So now I’m reading what you have to say about that.

  3. Jo says:

    What have you heard about Ariel’s Grotto? Is this the only restaurant I can take my daughter to dine with the characters? Do you have any other recommendations?

  4. Erin says:

    Have you been to Steakhouse 55? I am trying to decide between going there or Napa Rose with my husband when we visit this summer. Which do you recommend?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We have yet to do Steakhouse 55, but you absolutely cannot go wrong with Napa Rose. It’s widely considered the best restaurant at Disneyland Resort. Out of the restaurants we have tried, we totally agree with that!

  5. Heather says:

    Try Storytellers Cafe for a character breakfast – excellent food, ambiance and lots of attention from the characters.

  6. Vanessa says:

    Have you tried Blue Bayou? I’d like to know your thoughts on that restaurant.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, we have dined at Blue Bayou. I think the ambiance is exceptional there, but the food is overpriced. It’s still good, but not great. Still, it’s a quintessential Disneyland experience, and I’d recommend doing it if you have the budget. If not, Cafe Orleans has better food for less money.

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