Top 11 Best Table Service Restaurants in Disneyland

Are you hungry for some info about where to eat throughout the Disneyland Resort? You've come to the right place. This is a rundown of the 11 best table service and buffet dining spots at the two theme parks, three hotels, and downtown Disney district.

  • 01 of 11
    People deciding upon food while at the Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland Resort
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    Less adventurous (and costly) than its neighboring eatery, Napa Rose, the whimsically themed Storytellers Cafe nonetheless has some delicious food served at its buffets for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Whatever you end up selecting, make sure to save room for the sinful warm cakes with ice cream.

    Be warned: Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet is a high-energy, high-volume affair, so avoid it if you're looking for a quiet start to the day.

    Location: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
    Attire: Theme park casual​​
    Food: American

  • 02 of 11
    Exterior view of Tortilla Jo's at the Disneyland Resort
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    At Tortilla Jo's, you'll find fine Mexican fare, including handmade tortillas (not necessarily made by Jo, however), mountainous nachos, and, of course, margaritas as well as a wide variety of tequilas. The freshly made guacamole is also quite good. While the food is tasty, it isn't necessarily all that adventurous or markedly better than your average Mexican restaurant. But if you have a craving for a south-of-the-border meal, Jo's is your place. For a more casual meal (although the main dining room is pretty casual), consider the outdoor, quick-service Taqueria located next door.

    Location: Downtown Disney​​
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Mexican

  • 03 of 11
    Pepperoni and sausage pizza served at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.
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    With casual fare such as panini and pizza mixed with more adventurous dishes such as Brasato di Manzo (braised short rib served on polenta), the menu at Naples is a bit schizophrenic. But it's all good if a bit pricey. Recently renovated, the restaurant features an upstairs dining room and balcony, both of which are a bit removed from the downtown Disney hordes and offers a more hushed atmosphere. For a quicker (and cheaper) bite, consider trying the adjacent Napolini Pizzeria.

    Location: Downtown Disney​
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Italian, including pizza

  • 04 of 11
    Tables outside at Catal Restaurant and the Uva Bar in downtown Disneyland.
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    The Art Deco atmosphere at Catal Restaurant is striking, as is the ambitious menu. Specialties include mouth-watering items such as grilled rack of lamb served with Mediterranean cous cous, cucumbers, dates, and tzatziki sauce, as well as scallops with cauliflower, snap peas, red mojo, and shaved beets. Other dishes include paella and a variety of steaks. Catal's lively Uva bar offers lighter fare with al fresco seating in the center of the downtown Disney promenade.

    Location: Downtown Disney​
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Mediterranean

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  • 05 of 11
    Koro and the bar in Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel.
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    Trader Sam's has been a big hit since its launch in 2011. The Enchanted Tiki Bar takes its cue from the Jungle Cruise ride, where Trader Sam is identified as the Amazon's (literal) head salesman. The whimsical decor is a hoot.

    More a lounge than a restaurant, Sam's features tropical drinks and cocktails and includes some interesting non-alcoholic options. But it has some delicious, mostly Asian, appetizers to accompany the imbibing such as chili garlic edamame, sweet-and-spicy chicken wings, and panko-crusted Chinese long beans. Be aware that the space is quite small and can get crowded, and that service can be spotty. Also, note that it doesn't take reservations and that only guests 21 and older can stay after 8 p.m.

    Location: Disneyland Hotel
    Attire: Casual
    Food: Island-inspired American

  • 06 of 11
    Patio outside Cafe Orleans at Disneyland Resort.
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    You can order the famous Monte Cristo sandwich found at the Blue Bayou. But, unlike the Blue Bayou's perpetual night ambiance, Cafe Orleans offers outdoor seating—and lower prices. The limited menu also includes New Orleans-inspired dishes such as shrimp and grits, bourbon street chicken, and muffuletta chopped salad. The garlic-heavy pommes frites are to die for—although you will need industrial-strength mints to accommodate your Disneyland buddies after the meal.

    Location: New Orleans Square at Disneyland
    Attire: Anything goes at the theme park restaurant
    Food: American with an emphasis on Cajun-Creole

  • 07 of 11
    Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
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    Let the good times—and the tasty dishes—roll at this New Orleans-inspired eatery. Bold items include pasta jambalaya and Gumbo Ya-Ya, which is a stew with a dark roux and creole seasonings. For lunch, try a po-boy, which is a classic, overstuffed New Orleans sandwich. For dessert, consider bananas foster, which is set aflame for dramatic flair. As its name implies, live jazz is often featured at the restaurant. To sample the yummy fare, consider walking up to the take-out window at the adjacent Jazz Kitchen Express.

    Location: Downtown Disney
    Attire: Casual
    Food: Cajun-Creole

  • 08 of 11
    Entrance of Steadkhouse 55 at Disneyland Resort
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    The dishes rival any high-end steakhouse chain, but the prices at Steakhouse 55, while high, are quite reasonable in comparison. And the upscale restaurant offers something no Morton's or Ruth's Chris could ever match: an old Hollywood ambiance that includes vintage photos of Walt Disney hobnobbing with movie stars.

    If you are looking for a relatively quiet way to start your day, consider visiting Steakhouse 55 for breakfast. The old-school menu hits the spot, and the relatively hushed atmosphere is a welcome contrast to the frenzied mob scene next door at Goofy's Kitchen.

    Location: Disneyland Hotel​
    Attire: Casual​
    Food: American, featuring steaks

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  • 09 of 11
    Surf & Turf at Blue Bayou, including petite Pacific Northwest lobster tail and broiled filet mignon, blue bayou au gratin potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and Bearnaise sauce.
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    This uniquely-special restaurant is located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Entrees include New Orleans-inspired dishes such as jambalaya and the famous Monte Cristo sandwich. (The first few bites of a Monte Cristo taste great, but the deep-fried concoction is quite filling and can become a chore to finish.) The food is leagues above standard theme park fare, but it is often hit-or-miss. And service is generally rushed. The emphasis seems to be on turning over the tables at the wildly popular restaurant rather than doting on the guests. Still, with the crickets chirping, the lanterns flickering, and the boats gently passing by, there's no denying its charm and its legendary status.

    Location: New Orleans Square at Disneyland​
    Attire: Anything goes at the theme park restaurant
    Food: Cajun-Creole

  • 10 of 11
    Truffled Mac & Cheese at Napa Rose in Disney's Grand California.
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    Napa Rose excels in every category, including inspired and creative dishes, lovely atmosphere, impeccable service, and a California-centric wine list.

    The menu changes with the seasons and features local ingredients. Entrees include items such as grilled maple leaf duck breast with apple bread pudding and cider-braised red cabbage as well as brambly roasted Angus beef filet mignon with rosemary roasted marble potatoes and California chili cranberry essence. Consider starting your meal with wildly inventive scallops or salad. And do allow room for dessert; Napa Rose offers some heavenly choices.

    Location: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
    Attire: Casual, but it is a fine dining establishment
    Food: California fusion

  • 11 of 11
    Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure
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    Tucked into the elegant Carthay Circle Theater, the restaurant, decked out as a retro supper club, has a welcoming, old-school vibe. The menu, however, embraces contemporary cuisine and features fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

    A couple of tips:

    • By ordering an entree together with an appetizer, dessert, and beverage, you will be entitled to reserve viewing for ​World of Color.
    • If it's impossible to get reservations for the highly popular restaurant for your preferred time, consider dining at the Carthay Circle Lounge on the first floor of the building. While it is small, there are often seats available, and the food, cocktails, and ambiance are quite wonderful (and the cost is much less than the upstairs restaurant).

    Location: Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park​​Attire: Theme park casual is fine, but attire befitting the fine dining atmosphere would be welcome as well
    Food: Creative American with some Asian influences