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 pâté 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!