One of my favorite restaurants in Disneyland is Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. It’s just that right mix of good food, good prices and very pleasant atmosphere. Cafe Orleans is definitely one of the best value of all the dining venues in Disneyland and it is of course home to the Monte Cristo Sandwich! It is also a good option for vegetarians and vegans as there are some good choices on the menu here.
Disneyland Cafe Orleans offers indoor and outdoor seating. I really prefer the outdoor seating, which, even in the hottest of weather, is pleasantly shady and cool. It’s good for people watching if you can get a table at the edge of the patio. The inside decor is nicely done but somehow it seems a little cramped inside so we always prefer an outside patio table.
Disneyland Cafe Orleans Menu
The menu is not huge, but there is plenty of selection. I sometimes like a one page menu rather than a huge book full of options! The menu offers soups, sandwiches, salads and crepes. The influence, as you would expect ,is French New Orleans Quarter.
It is an indulgence, but I just love the Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. I have never seen a vegetarian version of this amazing sandwich anywhere else. This vegetarian Monte Cristo has Swiss, Mozzarella and Double Creme Brie cheese all fried in a light batter and served with Berry Puree dusted with Powdered Sugar. Yes a calorie splurge, but worth it once in a while. It is also a financial splurge at $20, but you only live once!
The N’awlins Vegetable Ragout is also a great vegetarian option at Cafe Orleans. This is $14.99 Those non vegetarians out there can add chicken or salmon and that takes the price up to $20. The vegetable ragout has Eggplant, Red Onions, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, and fresh Garlic. It is served with Corn Cakes topped with Grana Padano Cheese. It has a really good flavor and is a great option for lunch or dinner.
There is a kids menu but the only vegetarian option is mac and cheese which neither of my boys will eat. They love the Pomme Frites though and at $7.00 this is a reasonable value option, but not that healthy I know. These can be vegan if you skip the parmesan topping and the garlic dip.
Another favorite are the salads here. A vegan option is La Salade de Maison without the cheese. We usually explain our vegan requirements and they will bring some extra caramelized pecans on the side. At $6 it is a reasonable price for a full service Disneyland restaurant.
Of course if you have room for dessert you are rather spoiled for choice here. Mickey Shaped Beignets are a favorite at $9, but the Royal Street Bananas Foster Crepe is also tempting for the same price. We usually split a dessert to save on money and calories.
If you want the Mickey Shaped Beignets, but are not looking for a sit down meal then you can get these at the Disneyland Mint Julep Bar which is tucked away being the French Market in New Orleans Square.
Here is a complete view of the Cafe Orleans Menu with prices correct as at March 2017:
French Onion Soup – sautéed sweet-onion medley in a traditional broth with Croutons and Melted Gruyere. $10
New Orleans Gumbo – A rich, flavorful stew with chicken, andouille sausage and tasso ham, served with Cajun-style “dirty rice”. Cup $7 Bowl $10.
Pommes Frites – Traditional French-fried potatoes tossed with Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley, served with a Cajun spice remoulade $7.
La Salade de Maison – Our Cafe Orleans signature house salad, featuring tossed baby greens in a raspberry vinaigrette, topped with cherry tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese and caramelized pecans. C’est bon! $6.
Disneyland Cafe Orleans Entrees
Monte Cristo Sandwich – Sliced turkey, ham and Swiss cheese in a light batter, fried and served with berry puree; dusted with powdered sugar – $20
Three-Cheese Monte Cristo – Swiss, mozzarella and Double Creme Brie fried in a light batter and served with Berry Puree dusted with Powdered Sugar. $20
Chicken Muffuletta Sandwich – Cajun-spiced chicken breast, ham, capicola, salami, provolone cheese, olive spread, and roasted red pepper mayo on a sesame seed bun served with house-made seasoned chips – $21
N’awlins Vegetable Ragout – Vegetable Ragout with Eggplant, Red Onions, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, and fresh Garlic served with Corn Cakes topped with Grana Padano Cheese. $16
— With Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon $20
“Crescent City” Salad – Choose Blackened Chicken or Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon on top of fresh Spinach and Mixed Baby Greens, tossed with Carmelized Pecans, Red Grapes, Navel Orange Segments, Caramelized Onions, Chopped Green Onions, Roasted Sweet Corn, and Orange-Cilantro Vinaigrette $18
— With Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon $20
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich – Fried Green Tomatoes and Zucchini, Pickled Slaw, and Cajun Rémoulade on a Potato Roll served with your choice of fresh Fruit or House-made Seasoned Chips
Braised Beef Crêpe – Hearty Braised Beef in a Bordelaise Sauce with Cremini Mushrooms and Pearl Onions Made-to-Order served with Pea Purée – $20
Mickey Shaped Beignets – Topped with Powdered Sugar served with Raspberry Coulis and vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise $9
Royal Street Bananas Foster Crepe – Delicate Handmade Crepe filled with sautéed Bananas and topped with Caramelized Bananas and Caramel Rum Sauce. $9
Coconut Cake – layered with Vanilla Cake and Coconut Cream served with Pineapple and Berry Coulis $8
French-Quarter Thirst Quencher
Glowing Character Punch – Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney Character Light. $6.99