Planning a trip to Disneyland? They offer tons of great character-shaped food choices, but you may prefer to look outside the park for family-friendly restaurants with a variety of yummy food options…and dining outside the park before you begin your adventure may be calmer, tastier and more budget-friendly. Here are some of the top family-friendly restaurants near Disneyland.
This family-owned restaurant gem was featured on the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, making it a top location for both tourists and locals. Their classic Italian menu has been handed down over the generations and everyone leaves satisfied. They offer everything from fried calamari to pizza and meatball sandwiches to prime rib on the weekends.
This favorite California chain offers a variety of options including a signature and "publish your own" custom 10-inch pizza that your kids will love. They also have several salad choices and tons of desserts from artisan ice cream to tiramisu. For adults, there's plenty of beers on tap and wine by the glass.
Built in 1919, this former Sunkist Packing House is the perfect place to go if you have several palates to satisfy. Today it's a two-story food hall, packed to the rafters with inspiring restaurants including sushi, Indian, fresh seafood ,and soul food. This place should definitely be at the top of your list if you're hungry and want to up your Instagram foodie game.
This family-owned burger stand has become an iconic California institution and should be a must on your places to dine. Opened 68 years ago in Los Angeles, In-N-Out is well known for fresh no-nonsense cheeseburgers topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and a secret sauce that hasn't changed since 1948. If you want a real treat, order your fries animal style and wash it down with an old-fashioned milkshake.
Families love this offshoot of the famous LA soul food restaurant, which opened over three decades ago. They have served up their famous chicken and waffles, homemade gravy, delicious cornbread, collard greens and mac and cheese for fans including President Obama, Snoop Dogg, and David Beckham.
This festive, kid-friendly seafood chain, inspired by the movie Forest Gump, is within walking distance of Downtown Disney. They have substantially shorter wait times than restaurants at Disneyland and offer an unbeatable variety of shrimp. If your kids are not seafood fans, no worries…they offer a great kids menu featuring non-seafood options.
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