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Carnation Café

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If you are like my family, half of the fun of Disneyland is trying out all of the restaurants at the park.  There are so many to choose from and it’s my goal to share each and every one with you!  If you are wondering “Where should I eat at Disneyland, CA?” …..then I can help:)

Today I am sharing our breakfast and lunch dining experience at Carnation Cafe located smack dab in the middle of Main Street.  This is a great place for breakfast or lunch if you are a people watcher because you know how Main Street is…..always hopping with activity :)  You can’t miss the festive red and white striped umbrellas covering each table.

The view from inside the restaurant.  It’s an outside dining experience where you sit under cute red and white striped umbrellas and sit on red cushioned cafe style chairs.  I appreciated the crayons the servers brought the kids to keep them busy before their food arrived.  Click HERE to see the entire Breakfast Menu.

For breakfast, the boys ordered the oh so fun Mickey Waffles with a side of fruit.  They were crispy on the outside and soft inside.  Great choice for the kids for sure.

I ordered the Croissant Eggs Benedict that comes with breakfast potatoes and fruit.  I would definitely order this again.  In fact, the boys ate half of mine, they loved it too :)

My husband ordered the very famous Cinnamon Roll French Toast.  It comes with cream cheese frosting (oh my gosh!), fruit and bacon.  This is a very “sweet” meal.  I LOVED it, but would be more inclined to order it for a late breakfast or even dessert.  It was really good.

This is more like it…..lathered with cream cheese frosting :)

It was a chilly cloudy day when we went for breakfast, so we shared a mug of hot chocolate.  It was slurped in about 30 seconds.  Great hot chocolate.

Here’s the lunch menu posted outside. You’ll find lunch favorites such as sandwiches, soups, pot pies, meatloaf and salads at Carnation Cafe along with a handful of tempting desserts.

Here’s a peek of the lunch menu you get handed when you sit down.  Choices, choices :)  Click HERE to see the entire lunch menu.

Here you have the Smoked Turkey Sandwich on Pretzel Bread with a side of Loaded Baked Potato Soup.  The soup was the star of the show here.  It was thick and full of my favorite baked potato toppings.  I would definitely order this soup again.  The sandwich was good,  but I kept going back for the soup.

A closer look of that fabulous Loaded Baked Potato Soup.  This is a must order.

Here’s the Cafe’ Steak Melt that came recommended by our server.  It was really good.  I loved the cheddar roll and dipping the sandwich into a side of A-1 Sauce.  We chose a side of potato salad which was creamy and nicely seasoned.

Here is the Croissant Chicken Club Sandwich with a side salad.  The sandwich was probably my favorite sandwich that we ordered.  The croissant was buttery soft, the chicken breast was nice and moist and you can’t go wrong with cheddar and bacon.  I would recommend ordering this one.

Kids menu with lots of kids favorites…mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly which you can design into your own perfect sandwich and of course a hot dog.

Our youngest ordered the mac and cheese and a side of fruit.  He had it eaten in minutes.  Thumbs up from him :)

Our oldest ordered the hot diggity dog with a side of fruit and carrots.  I’ve seen better hot dogs in my days, but my son didn’t seem to mind it at all slathered with ketchup :)

You know we are all about the desserts.  Lots to choose from.  Wishing we would have ordered one of everything to try them all.

We went with this very small dessert…..The Matterhorn Sundae, Lol!   Four scoops of ice cream, caramel, strawberry sauce, hot fudge, whipped cream, Micky sprinkles and a cherry.  Yikes!

Word to the wise…eat quickly, this baby melts fast.

Ready, set, go!

See what I mean about the melting, Lol!

This is hard work :)

Happy boys.

Well, between the 4 of us, we did some damage on this sucker.  I give the Matterhorn Sundae a perfect 10 for presentation and fun.

Have a magical….and Delicious day!

Be sure to share your experience of Carnation Cafe and tell us your thoughts on things you’ve ordered, loved and not so loved :)

Disclosure:  We are in no way associated or sponsored by Disneyland.  Just a family who enjoys visiting the parks and giving you are honest reviews.


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  1. 1
    Kathryn says:

    I was wondering from reading the menu what on earth a baked potato soup was so I’m very glad that you took a picture, it looks like so much fun! Your boys definitely look like they’re enjoying that dessert too :)

  2. 2

    The The Matterhorn Sundae…I think that’s the cutest ice cream sundae ever! And I love that your boys are SO INTO it. That’s what being a kid is all about: Disney, ice cream sundaes, and having fun!

  3. 3

    FUN! I want to go to Disneyland with you guys some time!! Lucky family :)

  4. 4
    Deborah says:

    Oh my goodness – that sundae looks like so much fun!!

  5. 5
    Monica says:

    your boys are just too cute!

  6. 6
    Jennifer says:

    I love Carnation Cafe, though we usually go for breakfast. The croissant eggs benedict is awesome, and so is the Mickey waffle. Food is almost my favorite part of Disneyland!

  7. 7
    Kristen says:

    I had to come back to this post for a third time today to stare at the soup. ;)

  8. 8

    We loved Carnation Cafe! My daughter ordered the PB&J Platter!! It was great! She got two pieces of bread, peanut butter, grape jelly, raisins, chocolate chips, and marshamellows. OH, and I think bananas! It was a fun meal! We were there on a hot day and I loved the umbrellas for shade. Also, the chef came out and walked around asking people how they liked their meal! I would definitely recommend a reservation at busy times.

  9. 9
    Terra says:

    So love these Disney posts. I usually end up not having enough energy to go back to Main Street to eat lunch. On a similar note, any coffee places not on Main Street you could recommend would be greatly appreciated.
    Again this is great! Thank you!

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      Jenny says:

      Hi Terra,
      So glad you are enjoying these Disney posts, they are so much fun :) Although I am not a coffee drinker, I’ll be reviewing every nook and cranny of Disneyland and passing on the info :)

  10. 10
    Mal Williams says:

    Great Review – my wife and i go to Dl every year – this year we did the Disneyland Half Marathon! – We love carnation – and sometimes call it Oscar’s – after the long time chef at the carnation – and they are expanding it – taking over the Blue Ribbon Bakery inside area………great review – the Chicken Cross Sand is my Fav – my wife loves Oscar’s Chef salad…thanks again,,,see you on mainstreet!

  11. 11
    Brooke says:

    I had the Three Cheese Veggie sandwich once when I was pregnant and let me tell you… I still crave that sandwich. I don’t know if it would be as good now but back then I was always craving cucumbers and the pretzel bread it comes on… AWESOME! We rarely eat here when we go but it sounds like we need to try it again!

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    CJ says:

    I am going to enjoy your Disneyland posts. I sooooo love that place! If I lived in southern CA I would either have a job there OR a season pass. I grew up being able to see the fireworks from my front porch. :D

  14. 14

    So yummy. Thank you for the great pics and descriptions. A must stop for my family when we visit Mickey in October.

  15. 15
    ADoyle says:

    Since I’m not LDS, I love the specialty coffee drinks there.

  16. 16

    Oh how I miss Disneyland! I’ve been dozens of times but I don’t think I have ever eaten at The Carnation Cafe. Well, if that’s not an excuse to go I don’t know what is! ;)

  17. 17

    Loaded baked potato soup = WOW!!! It’s a freezing cold, rainy, thunder storming night in Melbourne, I would have liked nothing more than to eat this for dinner!!

  18. 18
    alexis says:

    I LOVE their breakfast potatoes with the croissant sandwich! And Oscar would come around and talk to everybody, he is the cutest old man! Although he had been working there for 50+ years and was getting on in years when I last went 5 years ago so he may not be there anymore … but I told him how much I loved the potatoes and he came out and gave me detailed instructions of how to make them, of course they were still better there but I thought it was so nice for him to take the time to do that. Thanks for your disney posts, I miss it so much and it makes me feel like I’m there (a little bit ;))

  19. 19
    Michelle says:

    Oh these dishes look so yummy! I’ve never had lunch (or dinner) there but I’ve always wanted to try. To date I’ve only had breakfast there. It really is a great place to have breakfast and people watch.

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    Tricia says:

    I love your disneyland posts. I’m taking kids there halloween, Cant wait. I hearde plaza inn has some good chicken dinners.

  21. 21
    Terra says:

    I went here once and it was a 15min wait, not too bad and the food was delish. The second time Yikes!! We waited one hour in line and then just gave up. This was on a Friday. The unfriendly hostess informed me that they take reservations and next I should try that. I don’t think I will. But if you’d like to try their yummy soups, look into their reservation system.

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    Wendy says:

    Have to say, you make the most beautifull pictures. Truly inspiring as is your website! I can learn alot from it!

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