Top 10 Seafood Dishes at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim

Whether you have a fin, a mermaid’s tail, or even if Ursela granted you the good fortune of having two legs, there’s nothing better than delicious underwater food! In the words of Sebastion:

Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee
We what the people of the earth like to cook
Under the sea we’re off the hook
We have no problem
life is bubbles
Under the sea (Under the sea)

It’s no secret that Disneyland has some of the most delicious dining options! Although some of their offerings may cost a few more dinglehoppers than this princess can afford, there’s no shortage of delicious seafood and sometimes it’s so good it’s definitely worth spending a few extra bucks! Here are the 10 best seafood dishes available under the sea (or on land) at Disneyland Resort & Parks in Anaheim!

1. Lobster Nachos
Cove Bar
Disney California Adventure Park, Paradise Pier

Tender pieces of lobster on fresh homemade tortilla chips with black beans, pico de gallo, chipotle cream and our signature aged cheddar and Oaxaca cheese sauce


One of the most popular dining options in the park! Whether you want a satisfying brunch with your friends or you’re on a romantic date with Disney. The Cove Bar is one of Disney’s best sit-down restaurants with incredible views of Paradise Bay!

2. Ahi Tostada
UV bar
Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort Area

Ahi tuna, spicy sesame aioli, jalapeno salad, diced mango, avocado, ginger soy vinaigrette, toasted sesame seeds, micro cilantro


Tucked away in Downtown Disney just outside of Catal, Bar Uva adds a little flair to their offerings with Spanish-style tapas and entrees. The Ahi Tostada is just the right combination of spice, sweetness and crunch and is ideal if you want something casual and with outdoor seating.

3. Cold Papaya Shrimp Salad
Festive Food Market Kiosks
Disney California Adventure Park, Pacific Wharf

with Chili-Garlic Vinaigrette and Crispy Noodles


This market kiosk is an old favorite of mine coming back in November and I can’t wait! Enjoying a wide variety of multicultural holiday treats; it also offers one of the most affordable seafood options. This shrimp salad is ideal for those who like to dine under the sea but don’t have time to sit down for a meal or are on a budget. It’s perfect for a quick bite on the go or a small meal (especially when paired with one of the delicious desserts on the market such as Winter Sliderland’s Bourbon Praline Tart.).

4. Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya
Blue Bayou Restaurant
Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square

A robust combination of shrimp, sustainable fish, Tasso ham, andouille sausage and chicken with Louisiana puffed rice. Choice of Blue Bayou House Salad of Cup of our signature New Orelans Gumbo or upgrade to our Shrimp Boil Cocktail


5. N’awlins Vegetable Stew with Seared Atlantic Salmon
Cafe Orleans
Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square

Vegetable stew with seasonal squash, red onions and peppers served on a corn cake with grated aged parmesan cheese


One of Disney’s many “themed” dining options, Café Orleans will transport you to a Southern trance with Cajun and Creole cuisine that will have you looking for a frog to kiss! This stew offers perfectly cooked salmon that is tender and delicious and perfectly complemented by the vegetables. Don’t forget the famous Disneyland Mickey donut!

6. Grilled lobster tail salad
Ariel’s Cave
Disney California Adventure Park, Paradise Pier

Mixed greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, quail egg and your choice of Point Reyes blue cheese dressing or house dressing

Famous for its World of Color dinner package, Ariel’s Grotto is where you go when you’ve had a long day and need to sit back and relax and enjoy one last show for the night before heading out. put your little ones to bed! Adults will love the unique and varied menu with options this lobster salad which is loaded with creamy avocado, crunchy bacon and topped with a surprisingly delicious quail egg. Kids will love that Ariel and two to four other Disney Princesses are always on hand for photos and autographs during breakfast and lunch.

7/8. Tropical Island Shrimp Salad / Taste of the Islands
Rainforest Coffee
Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort Area

Mangoes, strawberries, grapes, roasted pumpkin seeds, honey-lime vinaigrette


Caribbean coconut shrimp, scallops and dynamite shrimp, blackened tilapia topped with mango salsa, side of your choice


The Rainforest Cafe holds a special place in my heart, which is why I chose it as the only restaurant to offer two recommended dishes. This themed restaurant is one my parents often took me to growing up and I will always go back to when I was a kid looking at the amazing aquariums while waiting in line. The cafe provides endless entertainment throughout the meal as diners are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the “rainforest” while enjoying a variety of dishes. For the most variety I recommend the Taste of the Islands, but for something a little lighter (especially on a hot day at Disneyland) you can’t go wrong with the refreshing shrimp salad.

9. Seared tuna with soy and ginger
Surf side lounge
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort Area

Over chopped greens, garden vegetables, orange wedges, crispy wontons and wasabi dressing


This is the only option I chose that isn’t at the parks or Downtown Disney, but rather at one of the many amazing hotels nearby. Located inside the Paradise Pier Hotel, the Surfside Lounge is nicely tucked away in a cozy little nook and is a great choice whether you’re staying at the hotel or not. Great for a “quick sit down” meal and more affordable than other options, seared tuna is my go-to choice when grabbing a quick lunch before heading to the park.

10. Fried calamari
Outdoor tasting terrace
Disney California Adventure Park, Pacific Wharf

Lightly breaded calamari and green beans served with pepperoncini aioli


My final choice takes me back to when I was a kid around 7 or 8 years old and my parents took me to Disneyworld in Florida for the first time and my dad encouraged me to try Calamari. I was not an adventurous eater and my dad made me try a lot of things telling me it was chicken. This is the case with the calamari and it was only after the meal that he informed me that I had in fact eaten a smaller version of Ursula’s tentacles. Which I will admit as an adult would not be an advisable way to describe this dish when trying to get your little ones to venture out of their chicken nugget comfort zone. Despite its cunning, squid is still one of my favorite foods and I still have a chuckle to myself that at one point I thought it was chicken!

Dino S. Williams