A Review of All Disneyland Dining

Updated January 4, 2017

Do sugary churros, Mickey shaped pretzels, Dole Whips and Matterhorn Macaroons grab your interest? Are you anticipating the food at Disneyland as much as you are the attractions? If so, you’ve found the right place and we will become fast friends.

Eating at Disneyland is one of my favorite parts of visiting. (Check my Food and Drinks Pinterest board for an embarrassing amount of Disney food pins.)  There are so many options in the park and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding what’s best for your crew.

Let’s get organized and take a look at what DLR has to offer.

First, you can review Disneyland’s Dining FAQ for notes on bringing food into the park (it’s OK) and other helpful info.

The Basics

Disneyland is comprised of a few basic dining options:

Quick Service – No waiter or waitress; Walk to the counter to order and retrieve food.

Table Service – Waiter or waitress service; Some reservations needed or recommended.

***Character Dining can be found at one of 5 locations within Disneyland Resort. There is one at each of the DLR Hotels, one at Disneyland and one at California Adventure. All are table service restaurants. Disneyland’s Character Dining option can be found at the Plaza Inn. More on that in a bit.

***In addition to both of these dining options, churro, popcorn, pretzel, ice cream, coffee, corn dog, soda carts and more can be found throughout the park.

Quick Service

Bengal Barbecue
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Adventureland
The Main Idea: Grab & go BBQ and sides near Indiana Jones Adventure.
What People Love: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Beef and chicken skewers
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Clarabelle’s Frozen Yogurt
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Toontown
The Main Idea: Salads, sandwiches, ice cream treats. Great place to grab a quick treat while little ones enjoy Toontown.
What People Love: Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar
Yelp Rating: 2
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Daisy’s Diner
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Toontown
The Main Idea: Walk up window serving cheese and pepperoni personal pizzas.
What People Love: Convenience of walk up quick service pizza.
Yelp Rating: 3
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Edelweiss Snacks
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Fantasyland
The Main Idea: Turkey Legs, Corn on the Cob and Chimichangas available.
What People Love: Turkey Legs!
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars
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French Market Restaurant
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: New Orleans Square
The Main Idea: New Orleans inspired restaurant en route to The Haunted Mansion with seafood and salads. Dine outdoors on the patio with live music.
What People Love: French dip sandwich and Cajun meatloaf.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor serving Dreyer’s Ice Cream that is often very crowded.
What People Love: Ice cream sandwiches and floats with generous portions.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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The Golden Horseshoe
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Frontierland
The Main Idea: Enjoy a meal while watching an old school stage show at one of Walt’s favorite spots.
What People Love: Fish and Chips, Chili Cheese Fries and Ice Cream treats. Ask nicely and they’ll likely split the cookie sundae for you – it’s enough for two!
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Harbour Galley
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Critter Country
The Main Idea: Hearty foods served quickly. This place is often missed because it blends into the theme of this land, which makes it less crowded than other spots.
What People Love: Lobster rolls, and clam chowder.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Hungry Bear Restaurant
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Critter Country
The Main Idea: Dine outdoors on the shaded patio that overlooks the Rivers of America. Burgers, fries and more.
What People Love: Sweet potato fries, onion rings, and the fried green tomato sandwich.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Healthy choices and lots of bakery delights, too. Sandwiches and salads. Eat outdoors in a cute patio setting and enjoy people watching on Main Street.
What People Love: Matterhorn macaroons, caprese sandwich, chicken salad sandwich and enormous cinnamon rolls.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Market House
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Coffee house run by Starbucks with specialty coffees and treats.
What People Love: Lots of baked goods like brownies and other sweets. Familiar Starbucks favorites.
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars
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Mint Julep Bar
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: New Orleans Square
The Main Idea: Walk up window for purchasing non-alcoholic Mint Juleps, specialty coffees and beignets.
What People Love: Mickey shaped beignets!!!
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Pluto’s Dog House
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Toontown
The Main Idea: Walk up for hot dogs and kids’ turkey dogs.
What People Love: Premium hot dog.
Yelp Rating: no rating
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Rancho Del Zacalo Restaurant
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Frontierland
The Main Idea: Counter service Mexican food and roasted chicken with outside dining on a beautiful patio.
What People Love: Tostada salad with beef, citrus fire grilled chicken, chicken tortilla soup and crispy chips con limon and salsa.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Tomorrowland
The Main Idea: Pizza and pasta with indoor and outdoor seating.
What People Love: Pizza by the slice and the Caesar chicken salad.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Refreshment Corner
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Hot dogs, chili bowls, Mickey pretzels, and sodas with outdoor patio seating.
What People Love: Cream cheese filled pretzel and chili dogs.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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River Belle Terrace
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Price range: $15 – $30
Location: Frontierland
The Main Idea: New menu as of February 2016. Really hearty sandwiches, delicious appetizers. A little pricier than the other options, but I love this place. Outdoor seating.
What People Love: Beef and Provolone Sandwich, Fried Chicken Jalapeno Sandwich, Pimento Cheese Dip.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Royal Street Veranda
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: New Orleans Square
The Main Idea: Walk up window with sourdough bowls of chowder and gumbo.
What People Love: Clam chowder, vegetarian gumbo and fritters. ***Peak above the walk up window to the iron work on the balcony, seen in this picture. You’ll see Walt and Roy Disney’s initials in gold.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Stage Door Cafe
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Frontierland
The Main Idea: Walk up counter for corn dogs and funnel cakes.
What People Love: Corn dogs, funnel cakes and not-on-the-menu Mozzarella Sticks. This is a much quicker way to purchase a corn dog as opposed to the famous cart on Main Street with a long line, and you can get them with French fries instead of chips.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Tiki Juice Bar
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Adventureland
The Main Idea: Home of the coveted Dole Whip.
What People Love: Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats. Walk into the Tiki Room attraction to purchase your Dole Whip and then stay for the show. You’ll enjoy a much shorter line compared to the one that trails through the entrance to Adventureland.
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars
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Tomorrowland Terrace
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Tomorrowland
The Main Idea: Breakfast burritos and French toast until 10:30am. Burgers and salads with outdoor seating for lunch and dinner.
What People Love: Chicken sandwich with avocado salsa and Portobello Sandwich. Near the Jedi Training Academy and live music at night.
Yelp Rating: 3 stars
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Tropical Imports
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Adventureland
The Main Idea: A snack stand in Tomorrowland near Jungle Cruise with healthy options.
What People Love: Chilled dill pickles and pineapple spears.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Troubadour Tavern
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Fantasyland
The Main Idea: Walk up bratwurst, pretzel bites and baked potatoes (formerly at the Harbour Galley in NOLA Square).
What People Love: Baked potatoes, Bratwurst on Brioche and Cinnamon apple batons.
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Village Haus Restaurant
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Fantasyland
The Main Idea: Indoor and outdoor seating with cheeseburgers and personal pizzas.
What People Love: BLT Flatbread pizza and veggie burger. Dine outside near Casey Jr’s Circus Train.
Yelp Rating: 3 stars
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Table Service

Reservations are recommended for table service restaurants. Click on the link for each restaurant to make a reservation or call (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time).

Blue Bayou
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Price range: $30-$60
Location: New Orleans Square
The Main Idea: Disneyland’s premier ‘fine dining’ with a view of Pirates of the Caribbean boats as they cruise into their adventure.
What People Love: Surf and Turf, monte cristo and Louisiana lemonade. This is a Disneyland favorite for years. Ask for a table near the water about 30 minutes prior to your reservation.
Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars
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Cafe Orleans
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Price range: $15-30 per person
Location: New Orleans Square
The Main Idea: Cajun and creole food with indoor or outdoor seating.
What People Love: Monte cristo, pommes frites and Royal Street Bananas Foster Crepe. The ambiance is lovely.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Carnation Cafe
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Price range: $15 and under
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Classic comfort food with indoor or outdoor seating off of Main Street.
What People Love: Mickey shaped waffles for breakfast, loaded baked potato soup, fried pickles, and ice cream floats. This is an old favorite of Walt Disney’s. I recommend sitting outside if the weather is nice.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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Plaza Inn
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Price range: $15-$30 per person
Location: Main Street
The Main Idea: Character dining for breakfast with fried chicken and fixings for lunch and dinner. (Lunch and dinner are counter service.)
What People Love: Fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Free refills on sodas within your dining visit. The character dining experience typically includes Minnie Mouse and is a great way to start your day.
Yelp Rating: 4 stars
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So, there you go. Hungry yet? I’d like a monte cristo, some pommes frites, a corn dog, Mickey pretzel and a Louisiana lemonade. If only Disneyland delivered.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. It’s been 20 years since I was at Disneyland, and I have fond memories of the Golden Horseshoe stage show. We’re going back to DLR in February, and want to take in the show. Is it counter service & then find your own seat, or does it need reservations?

  2. Thank you so much for all your great information! Have you used Disney gift cards in the parks? I’m planning a trip and thought gift cards would be a great Christmas present in addition to the actual tickets. Can they be used at all the restaurants and dining options (character meals, etc)?

  3. Hello Casey! I see many places offer a travel mug with the first purchase of a hot beverage for certain price. Are they worth it? Do you have one?I have a thing for travel mugs and mugs in general. Do you know if there is a discount if you buy a refill with the mug?

    Thanks!

  4. Hi Casey,
    Not sure if I missed this in the baby and toddler articles but is white milk pretty readily accessible in the park? By chance do you have a posting or maybe more info on where white milk can be located within DCA and DL? Thank you for your help!

  5. I just found your website Casey. . . will be reading it more before our trip to Disneyland in June with the grandkids. Just wondering, our granddaughter has to eat dairy-free. Have you found that at most of the restaurants you are able to find out ingredients if needed?

  6. Hey Casey,
    Thanks for all your updates, they are great. I’ve been getting so distracted at work just reading through. We are coming over from Australia to check out Disneyland in May just as a couple with no children
    Question for you, hopefully you might be able to help. I tried to ring to book into Blue Bayou during our visit – for my birthday 🙁 – and they advised that Blue Bayou would be closed from 9th to 13th of May (the whole time we are there). Would it be safe to assume Pirates would be close during this period as well? Just wondering whether it would be worth it to shuffle the trip a day earlier to arrive (as we are in the States for a couple of weeks), we have purchased 5 day tickets anyway, as a back up in case we wanted to go on the morning we left, but we could arrive a night early and just do dinner and the Pirates Ride. Any thoughts on whether this would be worth it?
    Any tips would be great.
    Thanks
    Alisha

    • Hi, Alisha. Great question. And it’s hard to tell. When Blue Bayou is closed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Pirates is closed. And we don’t know this far out what the refurbishment schedule could be during your timing for sure. If you can move the trip and get a reservation with the dining line, I think it’s worth a try! Especially for a birthday. Let me know if I can help with anything else.

  7. Casey,

    I followed the link for “Disneyland Dining FAQ” and they replied to a question about bring your own food:

    “However, with the exception of food items for Guests with specific dietary restrictions, outside food or beverage items are not permitted in either of the Disneyland Resort theme parks.”

    I’m hoping this is old, and/or not enforced?

    P.S. My daughter and I are visiting Disneyland this year Oct 26-Nov 1st (her first trip and celebrating her 10th birthday) so I’ve been devouring all your information here. Thank you so much!!

    • The park’s answer is exactly as they stated. But, each family has different dietary needs these days. I always encourage you to follow the rules and enjoy Disneyland food as often as possible because the dining places do work so well with guests’ requests. But security will not pull food or drinks from your bags or stroller. If you do bring in your own food, I encourage you to be respectful and use picnic areas or tables/benches outside of restaurants where paying diners are sitting.

  8. I’m curious about the big thunder ranch. I can’t find it anywhere on the dl website and your links aren’t taking me there…is it closed?? I was really hoping to try it out :/

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