Where to Eat: Lunch at Disney California Adventure's Cove Bar

January 8, 2016, 6:19 PM · The Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure recently reopened after a short refurbishment. Sporting an expanded seating area that ought to shorten this location's notoriously long waits, the Cove Bar deserves attention not just as a place to drink with a view, but as one of the better places to eat at the Disneyland Resort.

Cove Bar

Located behind Ariel's Grotto, above the shore of Paradise Bay, Cove Bar offers all the mixed drinks, wines, and other "grown up" beverages that its name implies. But let's take a look at what's to eat, instead. The bar's "appetizer" menu offers eats big enough to be meals on their own. In fact, some of these items are large enough to split and still keep everyone at the table full.

Consider what might be the Cove Bar's signature item, the Lobster Nachos ($14.99).

Lobster Nachos

Pictured above with the wild-berry-foam-topped lemonade ($4.99), these nachos come piled high — freshly-fried corn tortilla chips smothered in cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, chipotle crema, sliced jalapeños... and a generous helping of lobster.

There's no way that I could have finished that plate on my own. But even split two ways, there was enough lobster on the nachos to keep both diners satisfied. The peppers (maybe they were serranos?) packed too much heat for me, but they were easy enough to find and set aside. Otherwise, I liked the balance between the other elements in the nachos, making it easy to enjoy well-balanced bites until I was full. I can't imagine settling for snack-stand hot dogs or some other cheap lunch in the park if you've got someone willing to share these nachos with you, instead.

And with the seating area expanded now, what long had been the biggest obstacle to eating at the Cove Bar — the wait — should be less of a hassle.

Other meal-worthy menu items include Fajita Quesadilla Rolls ($10.99), a Trio of Tri-Tip Sliders ($11.99), and a Specialty Artisan Pizza, topped with sausage, onions, and red peppers ($11.49). You can skip the toppings and order a basic cheese pizza off the menu, if you wish. And if you are looking for an actual appetizer, the Cove Bar serves Spinach and Artichoke Dip for $9.49 and a Chorizo Fundido (melted cheese and sausage, with potato chips) for the same price.

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January 8, 2016 at 6:34 PM · Glad to hear about the additional seating! I've only been there a couple of times (for the lobster nachos), but there was quite the wait!

I may try some of the other offerings at some point, but for it's still the lobster nachos!

January 9, 2016 at 6:14 AM · Sad I missed it!
January 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM · That tarp roof and and planters look very temporary and don't seem to fit the charm of the original section. Hopefully it looks better in person!
January 9, 2016 at 10:40 AM · Never thought this place would be so popular. I still remembered how it was when California Adventure first opened and it was a disaster.
January 9, 2016 at 12:19 PM · A lot can (and has) happened in 15 years. Speaking of that. Does DLR have any plans to celebrate it's 15th year anniversary? Or are they going to try and ignore the first 10 years? Anyway, glad to see the Cove get some more setting.
January 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM · I have walked by this restaurant a couple times but have never gotten the chance of eating there, mostly because it always has a long line. It looks like a beautiful place to have lunch with great views of Paradise Pier, great food and drinks. Will definitely check it out the next time I´m there.
January 9, 2016 at 2:18 PM · Uh, um....

I have been an AP holder for 11 years and this is the first time I have ever heard of this place. I have always seen it and I have always thought that it was just extra seating for Ariel's Grotto. I'll probably try those Lobster Nachos next time I visit the park.

January 12, 2016 at 4:33 PM · Unfortunately there was a cost to the expanded seating. The quality of the lobster nachos suffered due to the addition of nacho cheese sauce to cut down on wait times to manually melt cheese. RIP lobster nachos
January 13, 2016 at 6:38 AM · Is it embarrassing if I confess that I've eaten the entire Lobster Nachos on my own? lol
Great place, with a great view, and great price. One of my favorites in a theme park that offers one of the best selections of restaurants and fast foods venues!

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