March 1997 – present
Main Street USA – As you make your way from the Town Square to the castle, you’ll find the Carnation Café on your left, about halfway down the street.
- Service Type – table service
- Seating – outdoor enclosed patio and indoor dining room
- Reservations – yes, up to 60 days in advance
- Entertainment – none
Hungry visitors shopping on Main Street USA can stop for a bite to eat at the Carnation Café. Like the rest of Main Street, the Café brings early 20th century America to life. The Café’s Victorian-style interior and floral patio offer shade and comfort amid the hustle and bustle of Disneyland’s busiest land, and guests can stop by any time of day to eat and unwind.
MY RATING – ★★★☆☆
The Carnation Café is one of the better sit-down restaurants in the park, so long as you can get a table on the patio. The indoor dining room is a little dark and doesn’t have much décor, but the outdoor patio is charming, surprisingly quiet, and is a great place to sit down and relax. Like with most of the restaurants in the park, the food is decent, and the café is one of the few sit-down restaurants to offer breakfast. If you’re looking for a relaxing lunch on scenic Main Street USA, the Carnation Café is a great choice.
- Main Street Cheeseburger
- Roasted Turkey Sandwich
- Chicken Fried Chicken
The menu has a section called “Walt’s Favorites”, which are dishes inspired by Walt’s favorite meals. However, Walt never actually had a favorite at the Carnation Café, since the restaurant opened in 1997. Walt did frequent the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor, which occupied the Cafe’s grounds from 1955 – 1997.
Until 2012, the Carnation Café was an exclusively outdoor restaurant. But after a renovation and expansion, the Café reopened with a large dining room adjacent to the patio.