Anaheim >Food & Dining > Rainforest Cafe
1515 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA | Directions 9280233.809501 -117.924842
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This is a great place to take the kids - just be prepared to wait OR call in advance to get a reservation. The highlight is they are acutely aware of food allergies and are more than accommodating. My pick so far is actually the burger. Predictable and easy.
Aww, it's cute! – Honestly, don't come here expecting world-class food or highbrow society. It's for families and it's fun! We were seated near the silverback gorilla that would growl and beat its chest. I feel bad for the couple that was seated immediately beneath it as I'm sure they were annoyed. The place darkens and turns into a monsoon several times during the meal, and a booklet explaining the different animals found in the rainforest make things a bit more educational. The food is decent if not a bit steep for what it is, but just imagine the overhead at a place like that. I've been here several times and as long as you call in ahead, the wait times aren't too bad. A welcome respit from the beating sun on a hot summer afternoon.
Meh – Basically, just another gimmicky nature restaurant (though it comes nowhere close to the Mayan in Utah, in which speedoed men jump off giant rocks... ridiculous). The food isn't bad, but is very overpriced.
Get a Rainforest membership card if you want faster seating – I purchased a Rainforest membership card many, many years ago for $10 and that card has more than paid for itself. You get 5 mins earlier seating when you arrive, a choice of 10% off the total tab or a free appetizer up to $8.99 each time you dine there. We ate here 2x as we were staying at the Disneyland Hotel, an easy walk. The food isn't the best you can have but they make a delicious fried calamari. The salads are huge, enough for a meal for 2 at $13. The chicken fried steak was good but hamburger was fair. Little kids love the atmosphere, but our local gorilla was irritating as it would make loud noises for almost a full minute every 15 mins or so. Not to mention the yelling that goes on whenever anyone orders the outrageously large "Volcano" dessert & Happy Birthday singing by the wait staff similiar to Chevy's restaurants. They give you large portions and given the outrageous price of food at the whole Disney resort area, this place seems to be a bargain. If you're staying at the Disney Hotel, you have a room refrigerator to store leftovers. The food here is certain better than any ESPN restaurant/bar. This place is the busiest restaurant in the Downtown Disney area and even if the waitstaff is friendly, there's a constant hussle bussle that makes it feel like Grand Central Station.
Cool Atmosphere, Bad Food – There seems to always be a long wait for this place. The decor is awesome. Kids will love the jungle atmosphere. But that doesn't make up for the bad food. Would not go back.
Overrated, High Prices, Loud and Noisy – Kids will love this place, but if you want a quiet lunch or dinner, this isn't for you. We had the misfortune of being seated under the two elephants who trumpeted every 15 minutes, much to the delight of the table full of kids sitting behind us who kept kicking my chair and climbing over me to touch their trunks. Food prices are a little high, my lunch of crabcakes was delicious but far too much food for a lunch item. Being that we were in Disney for rides, etc. I couldn't take leftovers with me. Long waits for a table. Dinnertime is even worse than lunch, expect an hour or more wait unless you want to eat at 4 pm.
Rip Off – This place is a complete joke. The prices are absolutely outrageous for such terrible food. We have tried on several occasions to catch a good meal here after getting sucked into their fun atmosphere. Time and time again we promise never to return. We have learned to just quickly walk by their store in the Ontario Mills before our son begs us to go in. I think that is the only way they get business...by appealing to our young children. My word of advice is to avoid that part of the mall altogether until they can provide decent palatable food or lower their prices (haven't they recouped their investment yet?).
Calling all monkeys! – This is the place to bring your own little monkeys as the rain forest is all around you and the atmosphere is great! There are animated animals everywhere for the children to enjoy. And the gift shop is pretty nice. Food is well priced for the ambience that you'll enjoy!
(Don't) Save the Rainforest – The decor is beautiful but it doesn't compensate for the mass produced food. Looking over the breakfast menu I couldn't help but wonder why they didn't allow substitutions on the eggs (scrambled was the only choice). It's because they make everything in advance and keep it under heatlamps. Seriously, the waiter actually told me this. Yeah, tropical mists are good and all, but there's something to be said for fresh food, too.
Great Atmosphere – I recently visited this restaurant for the first time, and it was a great experience. A lot of thought and time went into the decor in this place.... it was very nice. It took a while for me to decide on what to get on a very well-rounded menu. I ordered a steak, and it was great, perfectly seasoned nice cut of meat. I had a really good time
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