Today in Disney History: Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Opens

by | Nov 27, 2023 | Disney History, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts

Step back in time and experience the Old Hollywood glamour of dining at Steakhouse 55, the Disneyland Hotel’s former elegant steakhouse.

When you think of theme park food, you might think of Disneyland’s many quick-service restaurants. But one of the standouts served up something different: sizable steaks and mouth-watering side dishes, in an upscale setting that offered a cool respite from the theme parks themselves. That restaurant was Steakhouse 55, one of the former restaurants of the Disneyland Hotel.

Steakhouse 55 evoked an old school vibe with both its theming and its menu, but was actually a relatively modern addition to the Disneyland Hotel. It officially opened its doors on November 27, 2006 – and it welcomed diners for nearly 14 years before its sudden closure. Today, we’re celebrating this former fine dining destination and giving you a look at what it was like to eat at Steakhouse 55.

An Almost-Hidden Gem for Hearty Meals

Steakhouse 55 wasn’t the first steakhouse to serve Guests inside the Disneyland Hotel. It was actually the second – it replaced Granville’s Steak House, which originally operated in the exact same space from July 1983 to early 2006. This fine dining restaurant, which was owned by Jack Wrather at the time of its opening, wasn’t well-known, but for Disney visitors in the know, it was a delicious place to dine. Featuring a menu similar to the one Steakhouse 55 would serve, Granville’s Steak House offered prime rib, broiled lobster, salmon, and other hearty and decadent plates.

Named after the year Disneyland opened, Steakhouse 55 took diners back to the Old Hollywood era, with dark wood and velvet accents, a towering wine wall, tables draped with crisp white tablecloths, and black-and-white photos of both Walt Disney and celebrities from Hollywood’s Golden Age (like Mickey Rooney and the Rat Pack) dotting the walls.

Photos at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

Photo by Loren Javier/Flickr

This elegantly-appointed restaurant wasn’t one that attracted a huge number of theme park Guests. Because of its tucked-away location in a corner of the Disneyland Hotel’s Convention Center building and its fine dining nature, it was more popular with hotel visitors and those looking for a more elevated meal. It was more of a hidden gem – though it wasn’t exactly all that hidden to those who’d experienced its delicious menu!

Speaking of the menu, Steakhouse 55 featured classic steakhouse fare for diners. From ribeye to filet mignon to porterhouse steaks for two, the options were meat-heavy but also featured options like chicken, lobster tails, and even wedge salads.

Steakhouse 55 Served More Than Just Steak

While the menu highlights at Steakhouse 55 were, obviously, steaks, this fine dining spot didn’t just serve dinner. It actually served breakfast, lunch, and dinner – and afternoon tea. There was also a lounge just outside the restaurant’s doors where Guests could stop by for a drink. 

Most diners visited Steakhouse 55 for their sizable and delicious dinner service, which was the fanciest and most formal of its meals. But breakfast was a particularly great option, serving up not only breakfast classics like French toast, steak and eggs, and omelets. 

One of the most popular offerings, however, wasn’t a main meal. It was actually Steakhouse 55’s afternoon tea. Introduced in 2016, the afternoon tea included an array of tea choices (both hot and cold), plus a tower of finger foods like scones, tea sandwiches, and petite desserts. It was a great opportunity for Guests to experience Steakhouse 55 without stopping by for the full fine dining experience.

Steakhouse 55 Closed in 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Disneyland Resort closed to Guests. As a result, Steakhouse 55 shut down its operations for what was expected to be a temporary closure. However, as the theme parks, hotels, and restaurants across the resort began to reopen in the summer of 2021, Steakhouse 55 remained closed.

In July 2021, Disney confirmed that Steakhouse 55 would be closed permanently. At the time, no further details were released about what, exactly, might happen to the restaurant’s space. 

What’s Next for the Steakhouse 55 Space?

In August 2023, Disney finally revealed its plans for the old Steakhouse 55 restaurant space, which sat empty inside the Disneyland Hotel for over two years. The restaurant will be converted into a flexible lounge space, broadening the existing lounge – which Guests can still utilize for its seating currently – and seasonal bar.

Intended to have a lighter, brighter design, this new lounge space will be the total opposite of the previously darker and more lavish Steakhouse 55. According to Disney officials, it’ll also be used to accommodate larger numbers of Guests during peak periods at the Disneyland Hotel. However, details about the space’s new name, opening date, or even look and feel are still to come.

Wish you could’ve had the chance to dine at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55? While this decadent dining establishment is now a part of Disney history, Steakhouse 55 did inspire a similar restaurant at Walt Disney World – Steakhouse 71 inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort – which opened in 2021.

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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