Like everywhere else in the Disneyland Resort, you can find food ranging from snacks you buy from the street vendors to quick service restaurants to eight table service restaurants and a table service bar. Every restaurant has casual dining as appropriate to the district being part of a resort with two amusement parks. This review and slideshow will cover the table service restaurants.
Because the Downtown Disney District is outside the parks, you do not have to pay admission to get to these restaurants. Sometimes Dorothy and I enjoy just wandering the street that runs through the district. There are numerous live musicians performing for you in the evenings, especially on weekends and holidays.
While most restaurants in Downtown Disney are family restaurants, obviously the Uva bar is not. The Catal Restaurant, which is associated with the Uva Bar, is listed as unique with themed dining on the Downtown Disney website. It is one of the few table service restaurants I haven’t reviewed yet in the district.
Another restaurant that caters to adults is the ESPN Zone with its sports bars and lounges. The food was good. The service too ensured an enjoyable experience. They carry their sports and athletic themed environment beyond just having TV screens throughout the restaurant and at their bars. If you like playing the simulated video activities like skiing, snowmobiling or racing, everything is right there in the Sports Arena upstairs.
There are Downtown Disney restaurants that really target families. One of the Dorothy’s and my favorites is the Rainforest Café, for both the unique, jungle adventure themed dining environment as the excellent dishes. It is one of the table service restaurants. As you might expect, it is really popular.
Crossroads at House of Blues
Likewise, the House of Blues seems more appropriate for adults. We’ve been to the one in Hollywood but not this one yet. The House of Blues has a stage with live entertainment. Disney lists it as unique/themed dining with bars and lounges.
La Brea Bakery
The La Brea Bakery recently finished being remodeled so I’m not sure how accurate my review of it still is. Nevertheless, the menus on the Disneyland Resort’s website captured my imagination and taste buds. It is one of the few restaurants in the Disneyland Resort outside of the hotels to offer breakfast. It also serves lunch and dinner. All of their dishes sound like they will appeal to your eyes as well as your taste.
La Brea Bakery has table service as well as a quick service area. It’s located before you enter the parks right where the parking structure shuttle buses stop.
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
Because I try to cut wheat flour out of my diet as much as possible, that generally rules out pasta so we haven’t eaten at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria yet. Nevertheless, this is obviously a family restaurant that is very popular with visitors to the Downtown Disney District.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen certainly serves family appropriate dining though the Jazz bar really is an adult retreat in the evenings. Ralph Brennan is a restaurateur from New Orleans so the architecture, theme and menu are authentic. They provide some incredible dishes. I’ve written three reviews on Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and love it every time.
Another Downtown Disney restaurant that is a favorite of ours is Tortilla Jo’s. It serves alcohol with the meals and has a bar on the upstairs balcony. Nevertheless, the dining area is definitely family appropriate. Tortilla Jo’s serves Mexican dishes in a tastefully decorated restaurant with excellent table service.
Frankly, you can’t go wrong with these restaurants. They offer you a chance to get out of the amusement parks to enjoy great food and pleasant, even entertaining environments. These eight restaurants all provide table service. The Downtown Disney District also has numerous quick service restaurants. Enjoy your visit and your casual dining.
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Downtown Disney Restaurants
- Disneyland Resort
- Anaheim, CA
Downtown Disney Website
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 0.5 to 1.0 mile depending on direction whether coming from or going to
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 0 miles though probably a 0.5 mile walk to Disneyland’s entrance.
- Breakfast at La Brea Bakery
See each restaurant for its listings.
Note: I only found the breakfast menu on the La Brea Bakery’s menu page; however, the general write up described lunch and dinner dishes.
- Multiple cuisines
- Casual dining
- Table service