Top 10 Best Table Service Restaurants in Disneyland

 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 ten best table service and buffet dining spots at the two theme parks, three hotels, and Downtown Disney district.

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    Storytellers Cafe

    Storytellers Café
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    Less adventurous (and costly) than its neighboring eatery, Napa Rose, the whimsically themed Storytellers Cafe nonetheless has some delicious dishes such as sea bass with bok choy, eggplant, and ponzu sauce and citrus shrimp with orzo. In addition to heartier fare, the restaurant offers flatbread appetizers. Storytellers offers an ample and tasty buffet as well as a la carte items. Whatever you order, save room for the sinful warm cakes with ice cream. 

    Be warned: the Chip 'n' Dale Critter Breakfast 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
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: American

  • 02 of 11

    Tortilla Jo's

    Tortilla Jo's
    Loren Javier / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

    You'll find fine Mexican fare, including hand-made 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 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
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Mexican 

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    Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria

    Naples Ristorante
    Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort

    With casual fare such as panini and pizza mixed with more adventurous dishes like Brasato (braised short rib served on polenta), the menu at Naples is a bit schizophrenic. But it's all good if a bit pricey (Scusi? $45 for a large pizza?). The upstairs dining room, which is a bit removed from the Downtown Disney hordes, can offer a more hushed atmosphere. For a quick (and cheaper) bite, consider trying the adjacent Napolini.

    Location: Downtown Disney
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Italian, including pizza

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    Catal Restaurant

    Catal Restaurant
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    The Art Deco atmosphere is striking, as is the ambitious menu.  Specialties include mouth-watering items like braised lamb shank served with Yukon gold mashed potato, horseradish, snow pea, and red wine port sauce, as well as scallops with cauliflower cream, charred Brussels sprouts, pickled garlic, frisee, and bacon vinaigrette. Yum! 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
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Attire: Theme park casual
    Food: Mediterranean

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  • 05 of 11

    Trader Sam's

    Trader Sam's disneyland
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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, dishes to accompany the imbibing such as fish tacos, chicken-lettuce wraps 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 Trader Sam's doesn't take reservations.

    Location: Disneyland Hotel
    Cost: Under $15 per adult, not including drinks
    Attire: Casual
    Food: Island-inspired American

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    Café Orleans

    Café Orleans
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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, Café Orleans offers outdoor seating—and lower prices. The limited menu also includes New Orleans-inspired dishes such as fried green tomato sandwich, Creole ratatouille, and a chicken muffuletta sandwich. Consider the chicken or seafood crepes; this is the "French Quarter" after all. And 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
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Food: American with an emphasis on Cajun-Creole

  • 07 of 11

    Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

    Ralph Brennan Jazz kitchen
    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    Let the good times—and the tasty dishes—roll at this New Orleans-inspired eatery. Bold items include jambalaya and Gumbo Ya-Ya, 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
    Cost: $20 to $35 per adult
    Attire: Casual
    Food: Cajun-Creole

  • 08 of 11

    Steakhouse 55

    Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel
    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    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: The Disneyland Hotel
    Cost: $35 to $60 per adult
    Attire: Casual
    Food: American, featuring steaks

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  • 09 of 11

    Blue Bayou

    Blue Bayou
    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    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
    Cost: $35 to $60 per adult
    Attire: Anything goes at the theme park restaurant
    Food: Cajun-Creole

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    Napa Rose

    Napa Rose Restaurant at the Grand Californian
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    Napa Rose excels in every category, including inspired, 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 Strawberry Sage BBQ Duck Breast with polenta Panzanella and Sauteed Santa Barbara White Sea Bass with artichoke tapenade and yellow tomato essence. Consider starting your meal with wildly inventive sushi appetizers or a tantalizing pizzetta. And do allow room for dessert; Napa Rose offers some heavenly choices.​

    Location: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
    Cost: $35 to $60 per adult
    Attire: Casual, but it is a fine dining establishment
    Food: California fusion

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    Carthay Circle Restaurant

    Carthay Circle Restaurant
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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. Dishes might include inspired creations such as Sierra golden trout with hot almond apricot couscous and lemon chimichurri and grilled quail stuffed with prosciutto-wrapped peaches.

    A couple of tips:

    • By ordering an entree together with an appetizer or a dessert, 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
    Attire: Theme park casual is fine, but attire befitting the fine dining atmosphere would be welcome as well
    Cost: $35 to $60 per adult
    Food: Creative American with some Asian influences