New Orleans Square in Disneyland is home to many great eateries. One of these amazing places to eat is Café Orleans! I recently dined here after discovering their menu had been changed. I noticed some really great items and insisted I try them out.
Café Orleans Restaurant Review
Café Orleans is a table service restaurant so it is recommended that you make reservations at least 60 days in advance. However, on occasion walk ins are accepted. I went to the restaurant before it opened and asked if they were taking reservations only that day and they advised to come by right when they opened. It never hurts to ask if walk ins are accepted!
Located between Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, Café Orleans offers guests both indoor and outdoor seating. Truthfully, I never knew there was indoor seating because I’ve always been seated outside! The patio seating offers a great view of the Rivers of America and other local attractions. Also, if you’re really into people watching this is the place for you! Keep your eyes peeled because if you’re lucky you may catch Princess Tiana walking by or even Doctor Facilier! They’ve been known to stop and chat with guests as they eat their meals!
I absolutely love Disney’s gumbo and I’m very happy that Café Orleans serves it! There are two items I would HIGHLY recommend to start your meal with. First, the gumbo, which you may have to ask your server if it is the seasonal soup. Second, the pommes frites, which are French fries but have parmesan, garlic, and parsley with an amazing dipping sauce!
Tip: Ask for extra sauce, they don’t give you enough!
Also, if you are a fan of mint juleps this is the place to get them! Instead of paying for one mint julep, as you would at the Mint Julep Bar, you can get as many refills as you like! Even though the mint julep is grouped with the fountain beverages it does not cost the same, currently, they are $5.00!
Tip: When you’re ready to leave ask for a to-go cup to maximize those refills!
The two entrees we tried that were new to the menu were the Steak and Potatoes and Lobster Cobb Salad. The steak and potatoes included a chef’s choice house-rubbed steak, garlic-mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables paired with a beer-molasses sauce. Fair warning, when I got this the vegetables were Brussel sprouts! I personally like Brussel sprouts, but don’t hesitate to ask your server what the seasonal vegetables are before you order! The lobster cobb salad included mixed greens, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, and lobster with an avocado vinaigrette. If you don’t like cold lobster, I would steer clear of the salad! Both dishes were delicious and I would recommend!
Without a doubt, hands down, the must-try item on the dessert menu are the Mickey-shaped beignets! Who doesn’t want to be covered in powdered sugar after eating a delicious beignet?? If beignets aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s also bread pudding and coconut cake. If you’d rather have a coffee to end your meal they also offer a variety of coffees.
Tip: The Mint Julep Bar sells mint juleps and beignets in 3 or 6-packs. This is where you’ll find your seasonal beignets as well!