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The Ultimate Guide to Table Service Dining in Disneyland 2022

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Let’s talk about table service dining in Disneyland. When visiting a Disney park, I always try to make at least one reservation per day for a meal that we actually get to sit down and enjoy. Not only does it gives us an opportunity to rest from the walking (or perhaps even the weather), it also allows us to regroup and connect as a family over a quality meal. 

Table service dining at any Disney park is designed to be an experience from start to finish. From uniquely themed restaurants to nostalgic favorites, Disneyland offers a variety of choices for just about any palette. And if you’re a food fanatic like me, you know that a quality dining experience can be just as exciting as the park attractions and rides.  

 


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**The Disneyland Resort officially reopened to the public on April 30, 2021, and some experiences listed below have been temporarily suspended or modified due to the pandemic. Be sure to visit our official Disneyland reopening post for updated information to guide your vacation planning! 


 

Disney Mainstreet U.S.A. Transportation | magicintheplanning.comThere are definitely some things to keep in mind when deciding on table service dining in Disneyland. First of all, if the restaurant of your choice allows you to make a reservation, we highly recommend doing so! Many of these restaurants offer one-of-a-kind experiences that you wouldn’t want to miss because they happen to be fully booked. It is not always possible to walk up to a restaurant and get a table… especially right now during all of the pandemic restrictions.

Keep in mind that some of the restaurants below have not reopened yet. And those that have opened are operating with a modified menu and may provide a modified dining experience. All that being said, here is our table service guide for dining in Disneyland! Enjoy!  

 

Casual Dining


Cafe Orleans

  • Location: New Orleans Square
    • $15 to $34.99 | Table Service | Lunch and Dinner
    • Mobile Order: No
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Example Menu Items:
      • Appetizers: Charcuterie Board, La Salade de Maison, Seafood Gratin, Seasonal Soup, Pommes Frites
      • Entrées: Shrimp and Grits, Bourbon Street Chicken, Steak and Potatoes, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Muffuletta Chopped Salad, Three-Cheese Monte Cristo, Vegetable Bolognese, Nicoise Salad
      • Kids: Chef’s Chicken Specialty, Sustainable Fish, Chef’s Beef Specialty, Mickey’s Cheesy Macaroni, Shrimp and Grits

This Creole-inspired restaurant in Disneyland offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Some would argue that it is perhaps the best table service dining in Disneyland in terms of food. It is worth mentioning that they are known for their Monte Cristo, which is a battered turkey, ham and Swiss sandwich dusted with powdered sugar and served with berry purée. (Yum!) And be sure to save room for the Mickey beignets!  

 

Carnation Cafe

  • Location: Main Street, U.S.A.
    • $34.99 and under | Table Service | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Mobile Order: No
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Example Menu Items:
      • Breakfast: Country-fried Steak and Eggs, Oscar’s Choice: All-American Breakfast, Apple-Granola Pancakes, Classic Eggs Benedict, Ham and Cheese Omelet, Steel-cut Oatmeal, Fruit Parfait, Spinach and Tomato-Egg White Frittata, Mickey-shaped Waffle with Apple or Strawberry Topping (Kids: Silver Dollar Pancakes, Fruit Parfait, Scrambled Eggs, Mickey-shaped Waffles)
      • Appetizers: Fried Pickles with Dipping Sauce, House Salad, Walt’s Chili, Baked Potato Soup, Romaine Salad with Shrimp, Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken
      • Entrées: Penne Pasta with Shrimp, Sourdough Bacon-Cheese Melt, Roasted Turkey Sandwich, Main Street Cheeseburger, Chef’s Vegan Burger, Chicken-fried Chicken, Homemade Meatloaf, Fresh Catch of the Day
      • Kids: Catch of the Day, Turkey Sandwich, PB & J, Dinner Salad with Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Cheeseburger, Chicken-Fried Chicken, Hamburger
      • Dessert: Banana Hot Fudge Sundae, Hot Fudge Sundae, Classic Malts, Milk Shakes, Ice Cream Floats, Gourmet Milk Shake

Carnation Cafe in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningCan someone say comfort food? Located right on Mainstreet, U.S.A., this restaurant serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Due to its popularity (and lower price point), reservations are highly recommended… especially for breakfast. And with a great menu that will appeal to the whole family, you can’t go wrong!  

 

River Belle Terrace

  • Location: Frontierland
    • $15 to $34.99 | Table Service | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Mobile Order: No
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Example Menu Items:
      • Breakfast: Short Rib Skillet, Southern Fried Bone-In Pork Chop, Mark Twain, Country Biscuits and Gravy, Becky Thatcher’s Fried Green Tomato, Mickey-shaped Pancake, Seasonal Fruit Parfait, Monkey Bread (Kids: Seasonal Oats, Silver Dollar Pancakes)
      • Appetizers: Creamy Pimento Cheese, Grilled and Chilled Shrimp, House Salad, River Belle’s Chopped Salad, Terrace Wedge
      • Entrées: Catch of the Day – Riverence Trout, Pork Spare Ribs, Southern Fried Game Hen, Skillet Brisket Mac and Cheese, Beef Short Ribs, BBQ Tofu, Beef Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Fried Chicken Sandwich
      • Kids: Oven-roasted Chicken, Sustainable Fish – Riverence Trout, Barbecued Tofu, Barbecued Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese
      • Dessert: Cookies and Cream Pudding

This table service restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. It opened in 1955 on the opening day of Disneyland, and it is rumored to be a favorite breakfast spot of Walt Disney. So needless to say, this place has a lot of history.

With a classic Southern menu, you can gaze upon the Rivers of America as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, they offer items such as the short rib skillet, the Mark Twain all-American breakfast, and Becky Thatcher’s fried green tomato. Lunch and dinner options include salads, sandwiches, fresh fish and barbecued ribs, chicken or beef. I personally have not eaten here since it was converted from a counter service restaurant, but it’s definitely on my list.  

 

Unique/Themed Dining


Blue Bayou Restaurant

  • Location: New Orleans Square
    • $35 to $59.99 | Table Service | Lunch and Dinner
    • Mobile Order: No
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Example Menu Items:
      • Appetizers: Fried Calamari, Seafood Hush Puppies, Golden Beet Salad
      • Entrées: Surf and Turf, Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb, Bone-In Rib-Eye, Catch of the Day, Jambalaya, Roasted Chicken Maison, Vegetable Pasta, Monte Cristo Sandwich
      • Kids: Chicken Breast, Sustainable Fish, Chef’s Beef Specialty, Mickey’s Cheesy Macaroni
      • Dessert: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, Layered Chocolate Cake
      • Specialty Drinks: Louisiana Lemonade, Mint Julep with Souvenir Glow Cube

The Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland | Magic in the Planning

On my first visit to Disneyland, my family rode the Pirates of the Caribbean. It was at that time that my mom told me that as a little girl, she always dreamed of eating at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. If you’ve never been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland, this restaurant is located just inside and you get a unique view of its amazing atmosphere as you pass by in your boat.

When it comes to table service dining in Disneyland, this unique restaurant is one of the park’s most well-known establishments. So when my mom and I finally made our way to Disneyland for a special girls’ only vacation, eating here was a must! I can honestly say that it was worth the wait! We experienced New Orleans “at night” by lanterns, complete with crickets chirping off in the distance. So if you enjoy a Louisiana-inspired menu, this place is a definite must. There is a higher price tag, for sure, but the atmosphere is something you have to experience at least once!  

 

Oga’s Cantina at the Disneyland Resort

  • Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
    • $34.99 and under | Table Service | Lounge
    • Mobile Order: No
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Example Menu Items:
      • Breakfast: Assorted Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Beverages, Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll, Rising Moons Overnight Oats
      • Snacks: Happabore Sampler (Cured Meats, Artisan Cheeses, Pickled and Preserved Rations, Crackers), Oga’s Obsession (Odwalla® Lemonade, Cotton Candy Flavor, and Blueberry Popping Pearls with a bursting Dried Fruit Mixture), Batuu Bits
      • Specialty Drinks: Assorted Cocktails, Beers, Hard Cider, and Wine

Oga's Cantina at the Walt Disney World Resort | magicintheplanning.com

This table service dining option is technically a lounge as it does not provide a lot in terms of meals, but rather drinks and snacks. However, it is one of the most uniquely themed experiences you can get when it comes to dining in Disneyland. Have you ever wanted to step inside the Star Wars universe and enjoy a drink with friends? This extremely popular destination provides you with an opportunity unlike any other to do just that.

Menu options include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as snacks such as the Happabore Sampler (cured meats, artisan cheeses, crackers, etc.) and Batuu Bits (“a light crisp Snack Mix from the galaxy”). While many adults enjoy the atmosphere, it definitely isn’t adults-only. With so much on the menu for kids to enjoy, this definitely provides a unique opportunity that families can enjoy together.  

 

**We hope you enjoyed our guide to table service dining in Disneyland! Looking to plan your first Disneyland Resort vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

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