When you are looking for more of an adventure than a fast meal, go to the Rainforest Café. They do a marvelous job of immersing you into a rain forest jungle environment. You can dine safely despite the wildlife in a fantasy of being surrounded with wildlife while you dine out.
Rainforest Café is one of our favorites for a theme restaurant. They do a marvelous job of immersing you in a make believe rain forest jungle. We can hear the brief thunderstorms without getting wet. The sound effects and animated animals further the illusion of being surrounded by wildlife. Our favorite Rainforest Café is in Downtown Disney.
The important thing about this is to realize that the entire fantasy environment is meaningless if the food and service don’t measure up. Fortunately, Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney has a variety of choices to tease your pallet. We had great service too.
Thanks to having the Rainforest Café Safari Club card, we got priority seating, which cut our wait down to about 15 minutes on a busy Saturday night. They sent us upstairs for our table.
Our initial server, Jenn, was really nice and attentive, returning several times while she waited for me to make my decision. She also kept me in their fresh brewed iced tea, $3.29, and Dorothy in water. When Justin came back from his dinner break, Jenn brought him over to introduce him. Justin had a good sense of humor and took good care of us for the rest of our dinner.
Fish and Chips, $18.99
Dorothy loves Rainforest Café’s Fish and Chips. They serve the fish English-style with Safari fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. This night they lived up to her expectations. Rainforest Café uses a light breading coating they deep fry. Cod has a firmer meat with excellent flavor. There are only two restaurants where she’s had fish and chips that might still be slightly superior. Twenty years ago we had fish and chips at Ye Olde King’s Head in Santa Monica, and probably five years ago we had them at a pub on the Nicolette Mall in Minneapolis. So you’ll have to go some to find fish and chips as good or better.
Taste of the Islands, $26.99
I was in the mood for shellfish so I ordered Taste of the Islands. I didn’t see it on Rainforest Café’s online menu so this may be a regional dish. The Coconut Shrimp were delicious, firm, coated with a thin layer of coconut batter. My only disappointment was that they looked huge in the picture on the menu. They seemed to be half to a third the size I expected from that picture.
I substituted the garlic butter shrimp for the cheesy scallops. This dish had four small shrimp cleverly made into two circles, like yin-yang, bathing in garlic butter. They were firm and delicious. Then I had the pleasure of dumping some of my rice into the garlic butter. Delicious!
The blackened tilapia was excellent. The blackened effect was mild yet tasty. You can tell it was fresh because there was no “fish” smell or flavor. Tilapia has a soft meat so that it breaks apart easily. This piece was a good sized slice of griddle fried fish. Normally tilapia is one of my least favorite fish. Yet this was so good I would order it again.
The vegetables were lovely. They were cooked just past al dente without becoming mushy. The seasoning made them tasty.
Add Ribs, $5.99
We also added the side order of baby back ribs. Our server delivered four short ribs. They were fall off the bone tender and thoroughly cooked without being dried out. Dorothy felt that they actually could have been grilled just slightly longer so that they in fact would have tasted just a bit more grilled. She felt the meat was moister, like pulled pork, than she looks for ribs to be. I agreed that they were delicious. As I’m not the connoisseur of BBQ ribs that she is, I was delighted with them as they were. The BBQ sauce was a very light layer on top as opposed to being drenched with sauce. It ended up being enough.
Some restaurants are so extraordinary that they can be outstanding and favorites based solely on food, service and atmosphere. However, others, like the Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney, elevate atmosphere to a heightened level. They become exceptionally memorable by adding the element of a theme. The Rainforest Café carries this off brilliantly. At the Rainforest Café, you dine safely despite the wildlife.
Rainforest Café Anaheim, CA Location
- Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort
- Anaheim, CA 92802
Rainforest Café website
· Disneyland Resort website page on Rainforest Café
Call Rainforest Cafe directly at (714) 772-0413 for hours as they vary based on the hours of Disneyland on any given day.
Rainforest Café location– You’ll need to zoom in and look at the map for the Disneyland Resort to find Downtown Disney
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 1.0 miles
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 0 miles
Rainforest Café menu – downloadable
- Downloadable menu
- Downloadable kids menu
Rainforest Café Safari Club
- Healthy Selections
$15 to $35.99 Per Person
“Price reflects estimated individual check average, except Character Dining and buffet locations where pricing is based on individual adult pricing. Excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity.” (quoted from Disneyland’s website)
- Special and Unique Dining
- Quick Service – This service type came from Disneyland’s page for the Rainforest Café
- Casual Dining
- Reservations Accepted, (714) 772-0413
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