REVIEW: Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland Park

by | Oct 20, 2021 | Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, DLR Food

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Get our honest thoughts and recommendations on must-try dishes in our Blue Bayou Restaurant review.

If you are craving more than just a meal at Disneyland Park, look no further. Blue Bayou Restaurant is your ticket to a unique and memorable dining experience that you will never forget.

A Restaurant Within a Ride

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Blue Bayou Restaurant is inside Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Photo by Brian Shih

While the Blue Bayou Restaurant boasts many exceptional qualities, the standout feature is its location. This hidden gem is nestled inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

On top of the thrill of getting to experience the ambiance of the ride within the restaurant, you actually get to be part of it as well. The dining room is positioned right along the water, which means you are treated to watching the boats float by as you enjoy your meal.

To balance its mystical nighttime setting, colorful lanterns and hovering fireflies loom overhead, providing that magical Disney touch. In addition, you are surrounded with sounds of the south, as crickets chirp and frogs croak in the background.

Compatible with its location in New Orleans Square, the restaurant offers Louisiana-inspired cuisine, in the form of Cajun-Creole offerings. A Table-Service restaurant, Blue Bayou serves gourmet lunch and dinner options that lean toward more upscale pricing.

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A look inside the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Disney

Pro Tip: Although it’s the perfect spot to celebrate special occasions, there is no dress code here, so guests can feel completely comfortable enjoying the restaurant during or after a long day at the park.

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Blue Bayou Restaurant Menu

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The Monte Cristo is a favorite on the Blue Bayou Restaurant menu. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Although the Bayou offers both lunch and dinner services to its guests, the menu remains exactly the same, as well as its pricing. Items on this concise list do change from time to time but always include starters, entrees, desserts, kid’s options, and alcoholic beverages.

Along with the complimentary and, may I say, delectable assortment of breads with creamy whipped butter, I often enjoy ordering the House Salad to start. A refreshing upgrade from your typical starter, the veg is accompanied with bleu cheese, candied pecans, and a tasty sherry vinaigrette.  

Other starter options include a delicious Chicken Gumbo, as well as an amped up asparagus plate that does not disappoint. I’ve had both of these items, and they are delicious!

A bowl of gumbo is displayed on a black board, on a wooden serving platter, with a small bottle of Tobasco sauce to the upper right hand side of the bowl

We tried to make the gumbo at home! Photo by Esther Vallins

While I typically don’t allow myself to splurge very often, that is not the case when it comes to the Blue Bayou Restaurant. The majority of times I’ve visited, I’ve opted for the signature dish entree, which is currently the Petite Filet and Cold Water Lobster Tail.

Pro Tip: If you take anything away from our Blue Bayou Restaurant review, it’s that this is not the place to skimp, and there aren’t really any options that allow you to go that route. If you decide to visit this restaurant, be prepared to treat yourself.

The savory meat is paired with a tasty onion-bourbon demi-glace, while the lobster tail comes with rich, traditional drawn butter. On the side, you are treated to a beautiful array of heirloom carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, and wilted greens. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Other notable entrees include the classic Jambalaya, Citrus Chicken, Monte Cristo Sandwich, and Sustainable Market Fish. For vegetarians, the restaurant offers a beautiful Cajun Cauliflower dish with romanesco sauce, mushroom chips, and shishito chimichurri. Yummy!

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Blue Bayou has been around for more than five decades. The food may have stayed relatively the same, but my how the hairstyles have changed. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

I have witnessed many different desserts come and go at the Blue Bayou (my all-time favorite being the deep-fried cheesecake), and they have all been incredible. Currently, the options include a delectable 8-Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with chantilly cream and fan-favorite Vanilla-Bourbon Crème Brûlée with berries and cream.

Although Blue Bayou may appear to be a fancy restaurant at first glance, the atmosphere inside is much more relaxed. Kids are accommodated with a special create-your-own entrèe menu, perfect for bite-sized palates.

Options on the kid’s menu include chicken, beef, and macaroni dishes. Once their main entrèe is chosen, they also get to pick out two sides and a drink.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Review

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The exterior of the Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Of all the fantastic dining options available at Disneyland Resort, Blue Bayou has always been my absolute favorite. In fact, it’s been a well-known, must-visit destination for park-goers since its opening in 1967.

It checks all the boxes when it comes to what you hope you would find at a magical place like Disneyland. The restaurant appeals to all five senses, most notably taste and sight.

For foodies like me, the menu does not disappoint, offering top-of-the-line, well-seasoned, gourmet entrèes with complex layers of flavor that are sure to please the palate.

For imaginative fans that long for that special Disney touch in every aspect of their experience at the resort, Blue Bayou Restaurant provides a one-of-a-kind, interactive setting to enjoy a meal. 

What You Need to Know About Dining at Blue Bayou Restaurant

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Here’s what you need to know about dining at Blue Bayou Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Given that this is an extremely popular destination for park-goers, Blue Bayou Restaurant reservations are highly recommended. In fact, the sooner; the better. I advise reserving your spot at least a week in advance or, even more preferably, a month or two beforehand.

You can reserve dining in the Disneyland app, which is, by the way, an amazing tool to utilize on your trip to the park. Reservations can also be made on Disneyland’s website or by calling the resort.

Based on my experience, there is a chance you may still be able to get into the restaurant without a reservation. It never hurts to check with the host to see if they are able to accommodate you.

After all, this is the most magical place on earth, and Disney Cast Members thrive on providing magic moments for their guests!

Your overall experience at the Blue Bayou will not change based on the time of day you visit, since the menu and ambiance are always the same. If you are celebrating a special occasion, make sure to let a Cast Member know, as they usually provide something special at the end of your feast.

Check out the Sparkling Wine Celebration Finale if you are really looking to spoil yourself. Although a bit pricy, it includes a whole list of additions for those who want to go all out.

If you want to do something special when it comes to your kids, I recommend ordering them a Mint Julep from the non-alcoholic beverages section of the menu. It comes with a souvenir, color-changing glow cube that will light up their glass, as well as their face! (My son still has his, and not only is it fun, it’s such a good memory of his time at Disneyland Park.) 

Lastly, if you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the experience, request a table on the water, so you can have a clear view of the ride as you dine. But, beware, sitting in this spot means you will likely be interacting with ride-goers during your meal, as guests like to wave and sometimes even shout hello! 

Blue Bayou Restaurant is unlike any other eatery at Disneyland Resort. A restaurant within a ride, it provides gourmet dining in an interactive setting that makes the experience more than just a meal.


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Written by Christy Weinberg

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Growing up in Southern California, living in close proximity to Disneyland Resort, Christy has been a Disney girl for as long as she can remember. An annual passholder for 20 years, who would frequent the parks several times per week, she loves to share the inside scoop on Disneyland, California Adventure, and Aulani. Though she recently moved to Oregon, she keeps the Disney magic alive by writing, making videos, and connecting with the Disney community through her social media platforms.
Christy Weinberg

Written by Christy Weinberg

Growing up in Southern California, living in close proximity to Disneyland Resort, Christy has been a Disney girl for as long as she can remember. An annual passholder for 20 years, who would frequent the parks several times per week, she loves to share the inside scoop on Disneyland, California Adventure, and Aulani. Though she recently moved to Oregon, she keeps the Disney magic alive by writing, making videos, and connecting with the Disney community through her social media platforms.