June 2012 – present
When California Adventure first opened in 2001, Pacific Wharf was technically part of Paradise Pier, although it was very similar to how it appears now. As the park expanded and Paradise Pier was renovated, Pacific Wharf began to take on an identity of its own. By 2007, when California Adventure experienced its first major overhaul and expansion, Pacific Wharf had become its own distinct area in the park, and it officially became its own land in 2012. Today, millions of guests flock to the wharf for scenic waterfront views and a taste of Northern California cuisine.
If New Orleans Square is the dining hub of Disneyland, Pacific Wharf is definitely the dining hub of California Adventure. Pacific Wharf is the only land in the Disneyland Resort without a single major attraction, serving almost exclusively as a rest and refuel area overlooking the pier. The wharf has a wide range of restaurants with tons of outdoor seating. And despite the eclectic mix of Chinese, Mexican, and American eateries, the wharf has a distinct Northern California feel. The buildings and window displays are modeled after the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco and Cannery Row in Monterey. Whether guests are in search of a quick bite to eat or want to explore the waterfront viewing areas, Pacific Wharf offers a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of California Adventure.
CHARACTERS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mendocino Terrace
- Pacific Wharf Café
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Sonoma Terrace
- Wine Country Trattoria
At the Farmer’s Market stand, you can buy sourdough bread shaped like Mickey.
Boudin and Ghirardelli are both world famous San Francisco landmarks. Boudin makes all of its bread in its San Francisco factory, and Ghirardelli’s main factory is located in Ghirardelli square, near the waterfront.
Pacific Wharf is obviously most crowded during peak meal times. However, there is a lot of seating along the deck, so generally speaking you should have no problem finding somewhere to eat. Table turnover is also fairly quick in Pacific Wharf, so if you can’t find a place to sit, hop on one more ride and check back again.
A word to the wise: don’t eat here on rainy days. All of the seating is exposed, and even though there are umbrellas and awnings, everything will be wet. But do stop by for some photos if you can; Pacific Wharf and the waterfront are absolutely stunning in the rain.