Our Favorite Disneyland Table-Service Restaurants

10931656_10153595166142488_6899939514680959027_oDining is nearly an attraction in itself at Disneyland Resort, and if you’re looking for a table-service meal, there are quite a few restaurants to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite table-service restaurants to check out at Disneyland.

Blue Bayou Restaurant – Possibly Disneyland’s most well-known restaurant, the Blue Bayou Restaurant is in New Orleans Square and sits right next to Pirates of the Caribbean. Guests in the restaurant can watch the attraction’s boats float by through the bayou while sitting under strings of lights and mossy trees. The food is Cajun-inspired and includes the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich (consider sharing, it’s huge), some delicious gumbo, and refreshing Mint Juleps. Out of all of Disneyland’s table-service restaurants, you’re most likely to need a reservation for this one.

Carthay Circle Restaurant – Located on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, this restaurant’s exterior is modeled from the Carthay Circle Theater where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937. The interior continues the nods to Disney history with lots of vintage photographs and beautiful paintings of backgrounds from Disney’s first feature-length film. The menu is seasonal with dishes reflecting the flavors of southern California. If you don’t want a full meal, there’s also a lounge on the first floor.

Carnation Café – This adorable little restaurant on Main Street serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including some of Walt’s own favorites like meatloaf and chili. The indoor seating has lovely Victorian décor, and you can see part of the parade go by from some of the outdoor seats.

Café Orleans – If you’re looking for Cajun-inspired food but want something less expensive or with less of a time commitment than the Blue Bayou Restaurant, stop by Café Orleans. There’s lots of outdoor seating with a great view of New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America. You can get the popular Monte Cristo Sandwich here, or go for our favorite dessert, the Mickey-shaped Beignets.

While Advance Dining Reservations are not as high-priority at Disneyland as they usually are at Walt Disney World, I still recommend making reservations if there are any table-service restaurants you know you want to visit, especially during busy times of year.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com.

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