DINING REVIEW: Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney, Anaheim
As of January 29th, Splitsville Anaheim in Downtown Disney is now open. After speaking with a Cast Member who works there, they have not “officially” opened and this is actually a “soft opening.” Confused yet? Well, this could explain why it hasn’t been super busy, but once Disney actually announces their opening, it will become official (I guess). A couple friends and I had the opportunity to have lunch there last weekend and we tried a few dishes. For a link to the menu click here.
The menu offers a WIDE variety of food such as pizza, sushi, burgers, salads and more. There are also bars on both floors with different beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails. Additionally, if you purchase a Coca-Cola freestyle beverage from them, you can return to their freestyle machine for refills all day. My personal favorite is the 28oz pin sipper souvenir cup that comes in green, purple and pink. Although it is $12.75, it’s a cute addition if you like collecting souvenir cups.
Sushi- Ninja Crunch $17
This particular roll was recommended to us by our server. It includes tempura fried salmon and Kani Kama crab rolled with fresh salmon and tempura crunch drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce. There were nine good size pieces provided. The flavor was quite nice and tasted very fresh. Not my go-to place for sushi, but I would definitely try a different roll next time. Another recommendation was the Fantasy Roll which has salmon, shrimp, and tuna included.
Salads- Southern Goddess $21
After I tell you everything that was in this salad, you’ll see why it was hands down our favorite dish we had. This salad includes chopped fried chicken tenders, avocado, deviled eggs, cucumber, Applewood-smoked bacon, shaved red onion, roasted corn, and heirloom tomato over butter and romaine lettuce with Green Goddess dressing and a Stingin’ Honey Garlic drizzle. Need I say more?
Something to keep in mind if you want to share is that this thing is HUGE. The three of us could have had this an entree, and I suggest you at least share it with one other person. I’ll have to go back to try another salad and see if they’re just as large, but this one was delicious and worth the price.
Entrees- Steak & Mushrooms $30
I was really looking forward to this dish because I love mushrooms and filet mignon. This dish includes pan-roasted filet mignon sliced and served over linguine with sautéed mushrooms, asparagus and beef burgundy sauce with toasted garlic bread on the side. Unfortunately, the description was the best part of the meal. The filet was well done and very salty. I did enjoy the mushrooms and asparagus in the sauce though. I don’t think filet mignon is the right meat for this dish, and it was not one I would recommend for the price you pay.
Since my last visit, the construction on the upstairs was finished and we took a little tour upstairs. Say all you want about the price of the bowling and food, but you can’t deny how beautiful the atmosphere is. This is not your average bowling alley; these are luxury lanes. The cast member I mentioned earlier also told us that all the murals in every Splitsville location are done by the same artist. She recommended coming at night, as there are live bands and the view from upstairs is breathtaking.
Now that both floors are complete, I could see that there is a total of 20 lanes, plenty of seating, and a little splash of Disney magic. Next time, I’ll try dining and bowling. Overall, the price is a turn off at first, but I did find out that Annual Passholders save 10% on food and bowling. If you’re not a Passholder and are just visiting, it is understandable that the price would turn you away, but I think Splitsville is worth experiencing at least once.