Eastside Cafe Review
Eastside Cafe is a table service restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland’s World Bazaar serving Italian cuisine, primarily pasta. This Disney dining review features food photos, tips for eating here, and our thoughts on whether this restaurant is worth your limited time while visiting Japan.
Admittedly, we’ve been dragging our feet on the last of our Tokyo Disney Resort Restaurant Reviews. Aside from our recent “Minnie French Toast & Mickey Mouse Egg: Perfect Start to a Disney Day!” post, we really haven’t written anything new about our meal experiences in Japan’s Disney Parks in over a year.
That’s primarily due to lack of reader interest, but also because the remaining reviews are not particularly exciting. Brevity is not my strong suit, but I’m going to try keeping this concise, with a quick look at atmosphere, what we ordered, and to whom we’d recommend Eastside Cafe. Consider this a “low-fat” restaurant review…
In terms of theme and atmosphere, what you see is pretty much what you get. Like much of World Bazaar, Eastside Cafe features an early 20th century take on Victorian style.
Its interior features rich woods and antique charm, with sectional dividers and various murals featuring Italy. It feels familiar to anyone who has visited a small-town cafe from a bygone era, albeit with a bit more polish and detail.
As you can see, Eastside Cafe is not really anything special in terms of atmosphere. It’s like a darker and larger twist on the Plaza restaurants at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Eastside Cafe is certainly in the lower tier of restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland in terms of themed design. If you’re looking for unique or interesting atmosphere, Eastside Cafe is not for you.
For our meals, we each ordered the pasta sets, which are approximately $16 for one appetizer, one pasta, one drink. (Dessert can be added for another ~$5.)
Keep in mind that this is the inclusive price, which is pretty inexpensive by Disney table service standards.
To start, Sarah ordered the minestrone soup.
I ordered the pork and chicken terrine with mixed berry mustard sauce.
This pÃ¢té was delicious. Just the right amount of fattiness, and a flavorful mix of meats. Oh, and you better believe that napkin came home with us.
For my pasta, I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara.
This was tasty, filling, and perfectly prepared. No surprises here whatsoever; just a satisfyingly creamy and cheesy pasta.
Sarah ordered the Spaghetti Genovese.
Again, a good pasta with zero surprises. This pesto pasta is presumably a bit healthier thanks to the vegetables, but it was still delicious.
One noteworthy thing about Eastside Cafe is that the menu features vegetarian options as well as low-allergen options.
Tokyo Disneyland is starting to do better with its vegetarian menus, but there’s still progress to be made. If you’re a vegetarian, this is one of your better options in the park.
Overall, Eastside Cafe is a solid option towards the end of your Japan trip if you find yourself just craving some familiar comfort food and don’t care about the setting. The food is nothing revolutionary, but it’s tasty and adeptly prepared. The two of us had a filling meal of appetizers, entrees, and coffee for an out-the-door price of $32, which is at or near counter service prices. We don’t proactively recommend dining at Eastside Cafe because there are much better options thematically, but it’s a satisfactory restaurant if you’re in the mood for inexpensive pasta.
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
Have you dined at Eastside Cafe? What’d you order? Thoughts on the experience? Do you agree or disagree with our review? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
Another vote for the Asian posts. We’ve been to Hong Kong and are returning for Tokyo and Shanghai …
The more Tokyo – and Hong Kong/Shanghai as well – the better! Anything to do with the Asian parks are my favorite posts. That and anything involving an ALF or Seinfeld reference. Combine them and you will be unstoppable!
Another vote for more Tokyo posts! We’ve visited the resort several times and before each trip I read your guides and restaurant reviews! Our family really appreciates the time and dedication you give to keeping us informed! As for Eastside Cafe, we did pop in here for a meal once…no reservation needed! We do, as many others I’m sure, prefer Queen of Hearts or Grandma Sara’s Kitchen. We are always impressed with the quality and presentation of everything in Tokyo. Quality and presentation is what Walt focused on and that spirit is still very much alive at the Tokyo Disney Resort…it always feels like the Disneyland of my childhood there. I love it and can’t get enough!
30ish bucks for a sit down dinner for two at a Disney property? And the food is good? Maybe it’d be cheaper to go to Japan just by way of not spending so much on food 🙂
We ate at the Eastside Cafe a week or so ago, and – exactly as you say – had a tasty and comforting food experience. The service was prompt and pleasant and the food seemed freshly prepared. The ambience was nicely done, with clever use of booths and partitions to create a sense of intimacy in a large room. When there, I remember we discussed the fact that the theme is surely more noteworthy and exotic to the core Tokyo target market than for those of use for whom vintage European-style brasseries can be readily found in the ‘real world’; the same goes for the S.S. Columbia Dining Room.
P.S. Please don’t hold back on the international parks posts! I’d particularly like to hear more about Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as Tokyo 🙂
I love the Tokyo posts! I’ve relied on your coverage of the parks for years. I just passed through Tokyo recently on a business trip and used your park strategy for a quick trip. Keep them up!
Thank you for the review! We are planning a trip to TDR this June and your TDR guide is priceless!
Eastside cafe was a highlight for us when we went – as a vegan and a veggie Tokyo was pretty tough and very beer and popcorn based.
This site is the authority for Tokyo Disney IMOP. Ver grateful for the Tokyo updates and reviews. People need to get out more.
Heading to the Tokyo parks soon, and any and all restaurant reviews are very helpful! Please continue posting them even if people would rather obsess about the DDP for some reason.
Keep up the Tokyo Disney posts! I love reading about your experiences at the international parks. Honestly, it’s a shame that these international posts aren’t more popular because I immensely enjoy and appreciate them.