With two theme parks, a dining and entertainment district, and three resort hotels, Disneyland Resort has some of the best food Southern California has to offer. But you don’t have to have a park ticket or annual pass to experience some of the best dining at Disneyland Resort. In fact, many fan-favorite Disneyland Resort restaurants are located outside of the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks. Here are our top five Disneyland Resort dining locations at Downtown Disney and the resort hotels.
5. The Coffee House
Craving Dole Whip without a park ticket? Look no further than The Coffee House at the Disneyland Hotel. This is the only place on Disneyland Resort property to get a Dole Whip without entering Disneyland park (and it’s the only place you can get a Dole Whip with rum). This quick-service coffee shop also serves the always Instagram-able Disneyland donuts, which are often seasonally themed and decorated to perfection. And if you’re a fan of Joffrey’s Coffee (the official coffee provider of the Disney Park and Resorts in the U.S.) then this will be your go-to coffee stop on property. We love walking over to The Coffee House to grab a Dole Whip and an iced latte, then sitting in a comfy chair outside the Fantasia Gift Shop to soak in the Disneyland Hotel atmosphere.
4. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
If you’d like New Orleans-style eats but you don’t have a park ticket, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is the place to be. This dining location is divided into two parts: a full-service and a quick-service restaurant (appropriately named Jazz Kitchen Express). Some argue that the beignets here rival their iconic Mickey-shaped counterparts in Disneyland, so those are a must-eat item served at both the full-service and quick-service Jazz Kitchen restaurants. And the jambalaya here is so delicious, you’ll be begging your server for more. Whether you take the time to sit down at Jazz Kitchen or grab a quick bite to eat at Jazz Kitchen Express, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Steakhouse 55
An elegant and classic restaurant on Disneyland Resort property is Steakhouse 55. This is perhaps one of the most versatile restaurants, as it serves breakfast, dinner, and even afternoon tea. Steakhouse 55 is an old Hollywood-themed restaurant that is known for its steaks just as much as its atmosphere. The afternoon tea is a great option for those who love tea or want to treat their children to a fun tea party, and if you want a taste of the restaurant’s dishes without breaking the bank, consider eating at the Lounge at Steakhouse 55. Additionally, several guests claim that the restaurant serves the best steak on property (as the name suggests). You don’t have to be a guest of the Disneyland Hotel to enjoy its restaurants, so whether you are celebrating a special event or just wanting a delicious steak dinner, consider booking a reservation at Steakhouse 55.
2. Napa Rose
Perhaps the most upscale restaurant on property, Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a guest favorite. This signature dining location has an adjoining lounge serving shareable bites and drinks, a great option for those wanting a taste of the restaurant without fully committing to the price tag. But if you are wanting to splurge on a delicious meal with a romantic atmosphere, Napa Rose is the restaurant to dine at. The California-inspired food is carefully crafted by renowned chefs, and the wine selection is unlike any other on Disneyland Resort property. Add this one to your Disneyland dining bucket list, if you haven’t yet.
1. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
It may not have award-winning dining, but the immersive atmosphere at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is like no other at Disneyland Resort. You may know of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Village Resort across the country at Walt Disney World, but the Disneyland Hotel is home to the tiki bar’s original location. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is the place to be for unique drinks, delicious eats, and an entertaining atmosphere. This bar and lounge illuminate the night with flame-lit torches, and the sound effects inside delight and surprise everyone when guests order select drinks from the menu. Grab an Uh Oa and some Hawaiian nachos the next time you visit.
Where is your favorite place to eat outside the parks? Do you agree or disagree with our top five picks? Let us know in the comments!