REVIEW: Dinner and Drinks Disappoint at Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland
Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square reopened this spring with a pared-down food menu. It also, for the first time, now offers alcohol. Blue Bayou is the second Disneyland restaurant ever to serve alcohol (third, if you count Club 33). We stopped in for dinner and drinks on a lovely California evening.
Like many restaurants around Disneyland Resort, Blue Bayou is primarily utilizing a QR code menu.
We love the faux-outdoor bayou aesthetics. However, be advised that the restaurant is very dimly lit.
One of the best features of Blue Bayou is that you can catch a glimpse into Pirates of the Caribbean.
The low lighting certainly enhances the atmosphere.
Hurricane Cocktail – $15
Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, Simply® Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Purée, Grenadine and Lime Juice, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry, and Orange garnish
We’ve never wished for more sugar in a drink until now, but the Hurricane was very tart. The rum was indiscernible behind the bitter citrus. We do not recommend this cocktail.
The house salad is good for a simple appetizer. Everything was very fresh, and the sherry vinaigrette is light. The salad had a very diverse texture palette, and the candied pecans added a perfect crunch.
Petite Filet and Cold Water Lobster Tail – $52
Country Mashed Potatoes, Heirloom Carrots, and Wilted Greens, and Charred Onion-Bourbon Demi
Blue Bayou’s take on the classic “surf and turf” had highs and lows. The petite filet steak was perfectly seasoned, but the lobster was overcooked and served at room temperature.
Likewise, for the sides, the mashed potatoes were tasty with just the right amount of garlic, while the carrots and greens were hard and unappetizing.
Skuna Bay Salmon – $43
Cajun-style Brown Butter, Heirloom Carrots and Wilted Greens, Jasmine Rice, and Huckleberry Vinaigrette
We do not recommend this dish. The salmon was extremely dry, and the huckleberry vinaigrette was very bitter. The highlight of this dish was the rice, and even that was dry.
Vanilla-Bourbon Crème Brûlée – $9
with Macerated fresh Berries, Vanilla Bean Chantilly, and Madeleines
The Crème Brûlée was the best part of the meal. The light, smoky bourbon undertone complemented the fresh fruit and balanced out the sweetness.
Overall, the best parts of our meal were the fairly standard salad and the delightful Crème Brûlée. The entrées were lackluster and not worth the price point. There are plenty of better places to dine at Disneyland, and even the drink wasn’t worth it.