On the Friday after Labor Day, we decided to treat ourselves to a birthday lunch at Carthay Circle (in California Adventure). First step: make a dining reservation using the Disneyland App while driving to Disneyland from Ventura (very convenient feature of the App!). After we arrived at DLR, our first stop was the Guardians of the Galaxy ride to pick up FastPasses. At 9:45 am, the FastPasses being issued for GOTG were for 2:00 to 3:00 pm, which was perfect for our 1:20 pm lunch reservation
We arrived and checked in at the restaurant, having a seat in the peaceful and beautiful lounge area on the first floor. When your table is ready the host or hostess looks for you in the lounge, rather than using a loudspeaker system, like many restaurants. The host pointed out several interesting museum-quality photos and artifacts as we walked up the stairway to the dining room.
This is a very elegant restaurant in the outside world, complete with waiters in white shirts, ties and jackets (not character costumes), unique furnishings, and impeccable service. The waiters are not rushed and have time to talk (about the restaurant, including fun trivia) to the guests. Our server was impeccable! My friend ordered the Sesame & Ginger Crusted Salmon; I had the Chilled Soba Noodle Salad. Both were really delicious. I know that TripAdvisor and other sites include reviews about how expensive Carthay Circle is, and yes, it is one of the most expensive restaurants at DLR. However, you aren't just paying for your food. You are paying for wonderful service, a beautiful location and Disney history.
Link to menus here.
Menu shown below is the Summer Menu; a few new items have been added for fall.
By the way, Carthay Circle offers a free tour of the restaurant every morning at 10:30 am. It's definitely worth doing. Lots of background information about Walt Disney, the restaurant and hidden Mickeys. (No, they don't give food samples, unfortunately.)
Have you been to Carthay Circle? What was your favorite part of the experience?