Disneyland’s Secret Restaurant

Club 33
Harder to get into than a Broadway performance of Hamilton and more exclusive than a Pool Circle Box at the Hollywood Bowl, Club 33 has long been on my bucket list. Club 33 is the private dining club hidden in New Orleans Square in Disneyland not far from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It opened around 50 years ago as a secret feature of the theme park accessed by top Disney brass, corporate sponsors and other VIP’s. Today, it remains as difficult as ever to infiltrate, with membership costing a small fortune and a waiting list many years long. Thanks to a friend of a friend of a friend, my dream of dining in this legendary club finally became a reality last month.

There are two parts to Club 33. The first is a dining room serving upscale sesonally-inspired New American cuisine and a wide variety of classic and modern cocktails, beer and wine. Before dining there, I expected the food to be good not great, with the main draws of the restaurant being the exclusivity and the distinction of being the only place in the Disneyland Park that serves alcohol. But my lunch there far exceeded my expectations, and I was very impressed with Club 33’s talented chef Andrew Sutton and many of his dishes including an amazing “Lobster Rockefeller” with Crispy Oysters and Lemon Hollandaise and a perfectly grilled Lamb T-bone with Braised Lamb Ravioli and Green Fennel Puree.

A lot of people don’t know about the second part of Club 33 — a jazz lounge known as Le Salon Nouveau, with an elegant bar and live music. It’s essentially a super cool clandestine oasis in the middle of the park; a refuge for the privileged away from the hoi polloi and bustling crowds. Both the lounge and its wine cellar-like corridor entrance have magical paintings that slowly change before your eyes, including one of a jazz quartet where the trumpeter disappears during his solo and emerges like a Haunted Mansion ghost above the club’s bar. Props from classic Disney films and other collectibles also can be found all around the club, adding to the uniqueness and charm of the venue.

I would love to return to Club 33 one day. Maybe if I wish upon a star, my dream will once again come true.

The table is set.

The table is set.

Cocktails!

Cocktails!

"Lobster Rockefeller" with Cripsy Oysters and Lemon Hollandaise

“Lobster Rockefeller” with Crispy Oysters and Lemon Hollandaise

Artichoke, Goat Cheese Fondue, Tomato Vinaigrette, Spanish Chorizo and Black Garlic

Artichoke, Goat Cheese Fondue, Tomato Vinaigrette, Spanish Chorizo and Black Garlic

Wild Blue Crab Cake with Toy Box Pepper Ragout and Crispy Capers

Wild Blue Crab Cake with Toy Box Pepper Ragout and Crispy Capers

Grilled, Marinated and Roasted Mushrooms with Green Garlic Puree

Grilled, Marinated and Roasted Mushrooms with Green Garlic Puree

"Lafayette" Garden Salad with Shaved Radish, Cucumbers and Vinaigrette Maison

“Lafayette” Garden Salad with Shaved Radish, Cucumbers and Vinaigrette Maison

Spring Leek - Potato Broth with Rhubarb Grilled Chicken, Fava Beans and Asparagus

Spring Leek – Potato Broth with Rhubarb Grilled Chicken, Fava Beans and Asparagus

Smoked Duck Breast Salad with Baby Kale, Frisée, Pecan and Orange Cherry Vinaigrette

Smoked Duck Breast Salad with Baby Kale, Frisée, Pecan and Orange Cherry Vinaigrette

House-made Gnocci with Asparagus, Morel Mushrooms and Truffle Parmesan Spritz

House-made Gnocci with Asparagus, Morel Mushrooms and Truffle Parmesan Spritz

Chicken Schnitzel with Picnic Potato Salad, Bacon and Buttermilk Dreissing

Chicken Schnitzel with Picnic Potato Salad, Bacon and Buttermilk Dressing

Grilled Lamb T-bone with Braised Lamb Ravioli and Green Fennel Puree

Grilled Lamb T-bone with Braised Lamb Ravioli and Green Fennel Puree

Filet Mignon with Blackberry Braised Beef Short Rib and Grilled Corn

Filet Mignon with Blackberry Braised Beef Short Rib and Grilled Corn

Citrus Celebration:  Tart of Tangerine, Passion Fruit Meringue and Blood Orange Sorbet

Citrus Celebration: Tart of Tangerine, Passion Fruit Meringue and Blood Orange Sorbet

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Vanilla Chantilly Cream and Pistachio Crème

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Vanilla Chantilly Cream and Pistachio Crème

Dark Chocolate Coffee Pecan Bundt Cake, Café au Lait Gelato and Espresso

Dark Chocolate Coffee Pecan Bundt Cake, Café au Lait Gelato and Espresso

Finely Selected Cheeses with Apricot Mustardo, Pickled White Peach and Lemon-Poppyseed Madeleine

Finely Selected Cheeses with Apricot Mustardo, Pickled White Peach and Lemon-Poppyseed Madeleine

The Secret Entrance

The Secret Entrance

Up the Grand Staircase

Up the Grand Staircase

Mrs. Disney's harpsichord in the waiting area

Mrs. Disney’s harpsichord in the waiting area

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

Painting of the Mark Twain Riverboat

Painting of the Mark Twain Riverboat

Special merchandise for sale in the lobby

Special merchandise for sale in the lobby

Le Salon Nouveau Jazz Lounge

Le Salon Nouveau Jazz Lounge

Magical Painting

Magical Painting

Another Magical Painting

Another Magical Painting

Menu

Menu

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7 Responses to Disneyland’s Secret Restaurant

  1. Laurie Shanks

    WOW- I’m jealous! Looks amazing. What a contrast from the over-priced and inedible food in the rest of the Park!
    I notice there are no prices on the menu. . .

    • ConsumingLA

      Thanks Laurie! It’s hard to make out in my photo, but at the top of the menu it has the price: it’s a four course fixed prix fixe for $80.

  2. Donny

    Looks like you had more than 4 courses!

  3. We have been there too. I had the same reaction — it’s very special.

  4. Totally envious. Thanks for the peek inside!

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