Open & Closed Restaurants at Disneyland (August 2021 Update)

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 August 5, 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 5th “round” of restaurant reopenings slated to occur starting in mid-August (see update section below). This includes Goofy’s Kitchen, Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, and character dining inside Disneyland!

Before we get started, it’s 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!

Additionally, reservations for in-park restaurants at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are available, but very limited. Due to ongoing staffing shortages, most locations aren’t seating every table, and the result is that reservations can be difficult to score. We recommend booking early and checking back for cancellations if you can’t find availability when you first try.

August 5, 2021 Update: Disney has announced more restaurants are joining the reopening list in the parks starting next week and into September 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 August 11)
  • Carnation Cafe (Opening September 16)

Disney California Adventure Park

  • None

Hotels of Disneyland Resort

  • Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar – Disneyland Hotel (Reopens for lunch and dinner beginning August 11, with the first reservation date August 15)
  • Goofy’s Kitchen – Disneyland Hotel (Opens on August 18, with booking available August 11. Note: Goofy and Friends will not be hosting at the reopening but will return at a later date.) 
  • Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose – Grand Californian (Opens August 26; bookings available August 11)

Disneyland has not yet indicated whether the character breakfast Plaza Inn will be modified. Our expectation is that it will follow the lead of Storytellers Cafe, offering physically distanced character encounters and keep its buffet.

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
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • 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
  • Fairfax Market
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Mortimer’s Market
  • 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:

  • Disney Princess Adventure Breakfast at Napa Rose
  • Hearthstone Lounge
  • GCH Craftsman Bar
  • GCH Craftsman Grill
  • Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet at Storytellers Cafe
  • Napa Rose
  • Napa Rose Lounge
  • Storytellers Cafe

Grand Californian Closed Dining List:

  • None

Ultimately, it’s great to see the list of “open” restaurants continue to grow, while the “closed” lists shrink. At this point, 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 September 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 soon, or are you waiting until everything is totally back 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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