Friday Feast: Disneyland Table Service Dining Must Dos!

After the Disneyland Half Marathon last year, I was craving all of the amazing counter service meals I saw people enjoying while out there.  Disneyland counter service blows Walt Disney World out of the water from what I’ve seen…remember, I haven’t even been there yet!

So with my upcoming trip (only a short 2.5 weeks away!!!!!) I obviously have myself looking towards food.  Shocking I know.  I still plan on paying a visit to Rancho del Zocalo, Flo’s V-8 Cafe and Bengal Barbeque, but now I have my sights set on table service restaurants…bring on the goodness!!

First stop of our trip is the Carthay Circle Restaurant.  We have reservations here for the first night we arrive and I couldn’t be more excited.  Ever since I saw the first reviews come out, I knew this restaurant would be right up my alley!

Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog
Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

From the signature Firecracker Duck Wings to the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, everything looks amazing!  Oh and of course I can’t wait to try one of their signature cocktails or maybe some of that Lassetter wine (yes, as in John Lassetter!) that Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run Disney enjoyed when she was there.  It’s 3 days before any races, what can it hurt?!? 🙂

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

Next on my list is the Blue Bayou.  While the menu at this restaurant really doesn’t appeal to me all that much and it seems WAY over priced, I always hear that this is a must do for every Disneyland first-timer.  Hey, that’s me!  And while the menu isn’t all that appealing, the atmosphere is and from all the photos I’ve seen I’m sure I will plant my butt in one of those waterside tables for quite some time.

Photo Source: Disney
Photo Source: Disney

The atmosphere actually reminds me of San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, which is one of my favorite lunch spots!  So we will be visiting Blue Bayou for lunch on our second day in Disneyland…oh boy!  Now as far as menu items are concerned, I know the famous Monte Cristo is a fan favorite, but between the eggs, grains and sugar, that is sure to throw my digestive system into a tailspin!  I’ve been leaning more towards the Jambalya…now that looks delicious!

Photo Source: Yelp
Photo Source: Yelp
Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog
Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

The last reservation I’ve made is at what I’ve heard is the best Disney restaurant there is by my good friend and dining expert Rick Howard. It’s the one and only Napa Rose.  I was lucky enough to snag a reservation at the Chef’s Counter on the last night of our trip (yes, I called exactly 60 days out like a good WDW veteran does!).  This will be a great way to celebrate my completion of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge!  I haven’t had a Chef’s Table experience in almost 3 years when we ate at Victoria & Albert’s for our one year anniversary, so I am seriously looking forward to this!  Also, I’ve read AJ’s review on The Disney Food Blog a few times and it is just building up my anticipation of this meal.  Sigh…can I go there right now?!?

These are the only reservations I’ve made so far, but I’m also considering the Wine Country Trattoria, Carnation Cafe, Tortilla Jo’s and Steakhouse 55.  They are all on my maybe list for other potential table service dining locations.

What do you think?  Am I missing any MUST DO Disneyland table service restaurants?!?


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  • We also booked the three restaurants you mentioned! Napa Rose is our last night at Disneyland too, Our stomachs are wishing for the same food/menus!

  • We’ve been to the Blue Bayou twice and have enjoyed it immensely. Also really like hanging at the bar in the Grand Californian Hotel. Even if the bar is not your style, the hotel is definitely worth a look.

  • I am a long time Disney Annual Passholder and two time cast member at Disneyland, and while the atmosphere at Blue Bayou is pretty great, I would probably skip the food. You can find far better food elsewhere in the park. I know the Big Thunder Ranch barbecue is not considered table dining, but it’s really underrated.

    • I have to admit that the menu really doesn’t appeal to me much…we are really just going for the experience. We’re also going for lunch because the prices seem a bit steep for what you’re getting.

  • I swear I had commented on this post when you first wrote it but…CAN NOT WAIT until Carthay!!! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

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