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Carnation Restaurant


Main Street, Disneyland

Reviewer's Name:

Brian Bennett

Reviewer's Email Address:


Date of Meal:

March, 1998

Number of Guests at Your Table:


Approximate Cost:

The total cost came out to $31.89 before tip.  I forgot the MKC card. I always do that for the first meal or two.  duhhhhhh.

Priority Seating / Reservations Comments:

None, we just walked up.

Time of Wait:

15 minutes, but we were early for lunch.

Food Review:

Barb ordered a Pepper Turkey sandwich and I had the Shepherd's Pie. Barb was really disappointed with her sandwich, mostly I think because it was served on dark pita bread. My Shepherd's Pie was tasty, but very heavily flavored. The gravy was just too savory. I know that sounds odd, but it was like three chefs worked together on the recipe and each one had to add their own favorite herbs and spices. It wasn't dreadful, just a bit overdone. However, the greatest disappointment at Carnation is that they no longer serve floats, malts, or shakes. The wonderful coffee shake that I've always loved at Carnation is no more.  It was very disappointing.  Such wonderful old favorites gone...sad, very sad. To salve my hurt, I ordered a Snicker's Cheesecake and Barb had a Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Both were ok...not spectacular, but ok.

Service Review:

Carnation tends to be busy, because it's located right on Main Street (on the West side).  It also tends to be slightly understaffed, with the waiters and waitresses having to run amuck to cover all of their tables.  They work hard, they just have too much to do to provide really good service.  As it is, they do a reasonable job to give at least average coverage.

Atmosphere Review:

When we were, I asked for a table where we could both see Main Street, so we were seated at a four-person table right on the sidewalk by the entrance gazebo! An excellent table for people watching.

Other Comments:

Carnation was remodeled and turned from a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor theme to a more contemporary coffee bar theme just before our last visit in early 1998.  I will probably return to Carnation, but it isn't the magical - can't miss bistro of the past.

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