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Blue Bayou Restaurant

Location:

New Orleans Square, Disneyland

Reviewer's Name:

Brian Bennett

Reviewer's Email Address:

brian@mouseplanet.com

Date of Meal:

March, 1998; September, 1996; September, 1995, other times in previous (pre-trip report writing) years

Number of Guests at Your Table:

2

Approximate Cost:

March, 1998:  $64 and change for the whole meal (not including tip) was the final result. The MKC card wasn't accepted, so I had to pay full price.

September, 1996:  All told, with our MKC discount (worth $5.90 this time!) our bill came out to $36.04. Hefty for lunch, but an excellent meal.

September, 1995:  Don't Recall

Priority Seating / Reservations Comments:

If you want to have dinner here, you MUST have reservations.   They can be made in person at the restaurant on the same day.  A line forms quickly right after the park opens, so don't delay!

Time of Wait:

March, 1998:  5-10 minutes (but we had a late seating time -- 8:00pm).

September, 1996:  5-10 minutes wait for lunch

September, 1995:  We had a very long, 50 minute wait - even with reservations - but we were waiting for a waterside table.

Food Review:

March, 1998:  I had the Blackened New York Strip and Barb ordered the Prime Rib. Both were excellent! The potatoes and grilled vegetables were a bit much (the portions were huge), so I had to skip some to leave room for my chocolate Mousse desert. Barb had a berry (strawberries and raspberries) plate put together just for her to top of her meal.

September, 1996:  I had the blackened sirloin steak. Barb chose the prime rib. To top it off, I had chocolate mousse and Barb had raspberries.

September, 1995:  We both had the Prime Rib, but I struggled with the decision...they had a Cajun Sirloin special that sounded great, too. The food, as usual, was very good. Most important, though, was the atmosphere.

Service Review:

The service at the Bayou has improved dramatically over the last few years.

Atmosphere Review:

In September, 1995, we sat at a four-person table, facing the water over to the far right-hand side of the restaurant, away from most of the hustle and bustle. It was perfect! The restaurant is always a lovely place to sit and dine, but with the table on the water it was exceptionally so.

In March, 1998, though, the water didn't exist. Pirates of the Caribbean, the boats of which float past the Blue Bayou's clientele on the way to buccaneer adventures, was down for rehab so the waterway had been drained.  Instead of the gentle water and banjo music wafting across the mother of waters, our "waterview" was covered with a net of sorts. It kinda looked like what any riverside restaurant would if the Mississippi was dried up temporarily. The view wasn't as nice as usual, but the overall atmosphere of the restaurant was still wonderful.

Other Comments:

The fact that we've been back to this restaurant several times is proof of the fact that it's a special one.  In my opinion, the Blue Bayou is Disney's most spectacularly-themed restaurant in North America.  The themeing is just lovely with the sound of the water, the music wafting from the shack across the .
 

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