Open & Closed Restaurants at Disneyland (Update: Character Dining Returning!)

This list of open & closed in-park restaurants at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, plus hotel dining at the Grand Californian, covers what’s operating post-reopening, what’s temporarily unavailable, and why. This is updated regularly, with info on what’s coming soon and more. (Updated July 15, 2021.)

The bad news is that several major eateries are still shuttered at Disneyland and DCA, even following the reopening of the parks. There are some surprises on these lists in terms of what’s opening, what’s remaining closed, and what modifications will be made. Below, we also offer commentary as to why some very popular spots are not opening.

The good news is that Disneyland Resort continues its phased reopening at a quick pace, with the fourth “round” of restaurant reopenings slated to occur starting July 22, 2021 (see update section below). This includes Carthay Circle Restaurant and character dining at Disneyland!

It’s possible that some locations will end up being open seasonally, or as demand dictates, after a few months. It’s unlikely Disneyland will have any attendance difficulties post-reopening, like Walt Disney World did, but as we’ve seen over the last year, anything is possible. In other words, check individual restaurant pages on Disneyland.com for exact operating hours and days of the week.

It’s also worth noting that the vast majority of Disneyland Resort restaurants do not have full menus. Most serve about half of the options they offered pre-closure, and it’s often the more ambitious and labor or ingredient intensive items that have been removed. In other words, if you want standard theme park fare like burgers or pizza, you’re fine. The more interesting stuff–along with many unique snacks–remain temporarily unavailable. So check menus before you commit!

Reservations for in-park restaurants at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are now available! Keep in mind that the majority of in-park table service restaurants are temporarily unavailable.

At most, you’re probably looking at 4 restaurants with availability, nothing near the 83 advertised at the top of the screen. (We’d thus encourage you to book quickly.) Additionally, the options do not expand after June 15, meaning that Disneyland has not yet loaded the expanded slate into the system. You can check reservation availability here.

July 15, 2021 Update: Disney has announced more restaurants are joining the reopening list in the parks starting next week and into August 2021. This latest update leaves only a couple high-profile restaurants at Disneyland Resort without reopening dates!

Disneyland Park

  • Plaza Inn – Breakfast in the Park with Minnie & Friends (Opening August 12, 2021;  bookings available soon)
  • The Golden Horseshoe (Opening July 29, 2021)

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant (Upstairs opening July 22; bookings available July 20)

Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa

  • Storytellers Café – Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast (Daily breakfast; weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Friday through Sunday; opening July 22; bookings available July 20)

Disneyland has not yet indicated whether the character breakfasts at Storytellers Cafe and Plaza Inn will be modified. Our expectation is that both will follow the lead of Walt Disney World, with physically distanced character encounters and family-style food. However, neither are strictly necessary at this point, and the fact that Disney announced these without any caveats about modifications gives us a flicker of hope.

Another concern is that Plaza Inn will retain its absolutely random and delightfully bonkers sensibility. You can see and read about that in our full Review of Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends. We’re also big fans of the Storytellers Cafe breakfast; our full Review of Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast takes a look at the unique character outfits and other highlights.

Disneyland Open Restaurants List

  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant
  • Café Orleans
  • Churros
  • French Market Restaurant
  • Galactic Grill
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Harbour Galley
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand
  • Mint Julep Bar
  • Plaza Inn
  • Popcorn
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • Refreshment Corner
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Café
  • The Tropical Hideaway
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo
  • Alien Pizza Planet
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
  • Oga’s Cantina

Disneyland Closed Restaurants List

  • Carnation Cafe
  • Clarabelle’s
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Maurice’s Treats
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Royal Street Verandah
  • Tropical Imports
  • Troubadour Tavern
  • Turkey Leg Carts

Disney California Adventure Open Restaurants List

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • Alfresco Tasting Terrace
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners
  • Bayside Brews
  • Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
  • Churros
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Cozy Cone Motel
  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Hollywood Lounge
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Popcorn
  • Poultry Palace
  • Pym Tasting Lab
  • Pym Test Kitchen
  • Rita’s Baja Blenders
  • Señor Buzz Churros
  • Schmoozies!
  • Shawarma Palace
  • Shawarma Palace Too
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Sonoma Terrace
  • Studio Catering Co.
  • Wine Country Trattoria

Disney California Adventure Closed Restaurants List

  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Fairfax Market
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Mortimer’s Market
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Trolley Treats

Disneyland Hotel Operational Dining List:

  • Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
  • Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill

Disneyland Hotel Closed Dining List:

  • Coffee House
  • Goofy’s Kitchen
  • Steakhouse 55 (permanently closed)
  • Steakhouse 55 Lounge (permanently closed)

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Operational Dining List:

  • Hearthstone Lounge
  • GCH Craftsman Bar
  • GCH Craftsman Grill
  • Napa Rose
  • Napa Rose Lounge
  • Storytellers Cafe

Grand Californian Closed Dining List:

  • Disney Princess Adventure Breakfast at Napa Rose
  • Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet at Storytellers Cafe

Ultimately, it’s great to see the list of “open” restaurants continue to grow, while the “closed” lists shrink. At this point, the only restaurants we’d really love to see return are Carnation Cafe, Pacific Wharf Cafe, Paradise Garden Grill, and BoardWalk Pizza & Pasta. Honestly, though, the far bigger deal is the incomplete menus and Mobile Order wait times. Even those things are starting to get resolved, which is great.

This is all happening at a much faster pace than Walt Disney World’s phased reopening, which is unsurprising. The Florida parks opened last summer in a totally different environment, and that operation is considerably larger and more complex. Nevertheless, it’s great to see Disneyland Resort approaching “normal” much sooner. We’d expect most, if not all, remaining restaurants to be back by August 2021 at this pace. Stay tuned for future updates!

Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets. Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings. For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews. For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney. For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide. Finally, for guides beyond Disney, check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!

YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think about this list of restaurants that are reopening and remaining closed at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and the Grand Californian? Any closures that disappoint you? What about pleasant surprises? Will you be attempting to visit Disneyland when the parks first open, or are you waiting until Summer 2021 when California fully reopens and things (presumably) start getting back closer to normal? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions we can help you answer? 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!

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