Carthay Circle Restaurant reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Carthay Circle Restaurant, a table service restaurant in Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure.
Written by Robert Niles
Under the direction of award-winning chef Andrew Sutton, the Carthay Circle is California Adventure's premier table-service restaurant, located in the park's iconic reconstruction of the theater building where Walt Disney premiered his first animated feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Popular starters include Fire Cracker Duck Wings, with a Sriracha chili sauce, and Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits, stuffed with white cheddar, bacon and Jalepeno.
Main courses are California eclectic - including salads, Asian noodles, Mediterranean pastas, fresh fish, beef, lamb and an Angus bacon cheeseburger, ranging from $18-$30 at lunch.
Carthay Circle became our favorite restaurant at the Disneyland Resort after our first visit. After 3 subsequent visits it remains our favorite and a highlight of each visit to the parks. The decor transports you back into time and out of the hustle and bustle of California Adventure. The black and white photos of Walt Disney and the beautiful Snow White mural provide just the right amount of Disney theming without overshadowing the rest of the decor. Every meal at Carthay Circle should begin with the familiar yet unique Signature Fried Biscuit appetizer with apricot honey butter.On one particularly indulgent visit my girlfriend and I ordered two of these. For the main course, we have so tried the Grilled Angus Flank Steak Salad, Carthay Angus Burger, Sautéed Short Rib Raviolis, and the Kobe Beef Cheek Sliders. All of those entrees were delicious with the Sautéed Short Rib Raviolis standing out as the a highlight. We have never had room left for dessert. The service has always been perfect. I was pleasantly surprised that the bartender knew what a Vesper Martini was and made it perfectly. Although the portions of the food are rather small, the prices are not too bad considering your other options at the park. Carthay Circle Restaurant should be tried at least once. I bet after your first visit you will be back time and time again. - Brad Jashinsky
Didn't have a bad bit through the entire meal. The fried biscuits with cheese and bacon were delicious. I also had the rack of lamb/lamb osso busco. The lamb was cooked perfectly and fell apart on my fork. The balcony was a great place to view. The parade going by on the street below, and we saw it as a way of paying for a good viewing location for World of Color. Also a great atmosphere is Disney's re-creation of the Carthay Theater. - Carl Stovall
Awesome restaurant with the best food in DLR so far. From the beer to the "biscuits" to the actual entrees, they have almost everything right! I had to dock a point for this place as the front desk was less than accommodating. We requested a patio seat which they said could be done, but would add about 15 to 20 minutes to our 30 minute wait. We were fine with that, but after the 50 minute or so wait, we were brought to our seats... indoors no where near a window or patio. It was even written on the little receipt used to keep track of guests. Not a big deal, but it took another 5 minutes to decide where we were allowed to sit on the patio once they realized their error. - Brandon Mendoza
Andrew Sutton has brought his cooking ingenuity from the Napa Rose and has tailored it to fit Carthay perfect. I had the Steak Chop salad for lunch and the bacon wrapped Shrimp for dinner. Both surpassed my expectations. - Dan McNeely
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