Anyone who has ever been to Disneyland in southern California, and ridden Pirates of the Caribbean, has at least seen the Blue Bayou Restaurant, if not eaten there.
Situated within the ride itself, the Blue Bayou is all atmosphere. The restaurant is designed to look like a large outdoor patio, nestled on the banks of a Louisiana swamp. Japanese lanterns hang above diners, as the boats for Pirates of the Caribbean float silently past. Firefly's twinkle over the water and Spanish moss hangs from the nearby trees. Just sitting in the restaurant is an experience in and of itself!Because it was our first time dining at the Blue Bayou, we made sure to request a table right on the water (which only added about 5 minutes to our wait time) and was definitely worth the extra effort! It was an awesome, unobstructed view of the swamp and it's floating passengers.
The menu is only about a page long, and featured a small variety of seafood, steaks and southern dishes. Most of the food was priced between $25-$35, so be prepared to spend a little money at the Blue Bayou. My mom ordered the salmon, and my sisters the short ribs and crab cakes, respectively. (I also ordered the crab cakes).
Each entree comes with soup or salad and crusty rolls. We all ordered the salad, which was delicious, and the rolls were unlimited (you just had to ask for more). I tried a bite of everyone's food and it was all wonderful. My crab cakes were particularly awesome - probably the best I have ever had, and served with a spicy tomato sauce.
Another item on the menu that is a must-try is the Mint Julep (lemonade with a combination of mint and cherry flavoring) which was very refreshing, especially after a long day in the park. We also ordered the creme brulee for dessert, which was served with an edible treasure chest.
Between the entrees, drinks, dessert and tip, we spent around $40 + per person, and although I saw children in the restaurant, this is not a place I would take my kids. The Blue Bayou is a romantic, delicious, and absolutely must-do experience (at least once) for anyone planning a trip to Disneyland. Happy eating!
P.S. I should also mention that the Blue Bayou only takes reservations, so make sure to book yours before you go to the park: 714-781-DINE.