Popular Disneyland Signature Restaurant Will Not Reopen – Details on What It’s Becoming, Commentary

Disneyland is home to incredible attractions, shows, and yes, lots of incredible dining opportunities. Over the years, Disney has evolved from just offering theme park food in the parks to upscale concepts that push the limits. A great example is the new food coming to the Big Hero 6 San Franskoyo Square.

Long before these new foods, Disney delivered in quality with a set of upscale signature dining sit-down restaurants. Now, one of these sit-down restaurants is closed for good.

Currently, we view the signature Disneyland restaurants as Napa Rose, Carthay Circle Restaurant, and Blue Bayou. Previously, Steakhouse 55 would have been on that list but it never reopened after the lockdown closure.

What Disneyland Restaurant is Gone For Good?

The popular Steakhouse 55 restaurant at Disneyland remained closed after the lockdown closure and never reopened. The bar and lounge have sat unstaffed and the restaurant doors have been closed. I have personally walked by and sat down in this area multiple times wishing that it was bustling once again. Just a month ago I added an article to my to-do list that would look at things not yet back at the resort. Steakhouse 55 was going to be my number one item!

Now, Disney has confirmed that Steakhouse 55 will not reopen at Disneyland. This is quite a shame as the restaurant was a favorite spot of ours for dinner and also surprisingly breakfast. The upscale location that was lined with photos of stars from Walt Disney’s era in Hollywood delivered a quiet place far away from the theme parks with exquisite food.

We have great memories of enjoying the restaurant after a long day at the D23 Expo or the theme parks.

In the years leading up to the lockdown closure, Chef Marcel delighted with great menu offerings and his off-the-menu onion rings that he originally created for the private Club 33. In addition to the upscale steakhouse offering in the evening, the restaurant delivered a great breakfast with high-quality offerings at surprisingly affordable prices. Did you ever experience these great food offerings at Steakhouse 55? Comment!

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Steakhouse 55 and the old-school charm that the restaurant provided.

What is the Steakhouse 55 space becoming?

The restaurant will not be converted into another restaurant and will instead be changed into a flexible lounge space. The area will not consistently have bar service and will only operate as an extension of a seasonal bar. We have also heard that the interior restaurant space has already been gutted.

It isn’t clear if the lounge area will eventually also make use of the former dining room area or just the front area that was previously the restaurant bar and lounge. Based on what we have heard, it wouldn’t surprise me if the restaurant space is not made available to guests moving forward.

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The removal of this upscale restaurant is disappointing and takes away a key offering at the Disneyland Hotel. This change really demonstrates the stark difference between the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa where there are dining offerings everywhere. From Napa Rose to Storytellers Cafe to the Hearthstone Lounge to the Craftsman Bar, that hotel is far set apart from the Disneyland Hotel where the only sit-down option is now the Goofy’s Kitchen character meal and Trader Sam’s offering. The Disneyland Hotel is really now missing an equivalent for the Craftsman Bar and Napa Rose.

Add in also that the Disneyland Hotel is expanding with hundreds of more new rooms with the addition of the new Villas at the Disneyland Hotel that open in September.

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The bright side here is that the Downtown Disney transformation is underway and lots of new restaurants are being built just a short walk away from the hotel, but we will miss this great on-property hotel perk and the memories of the comfortable steakhouse.

Disney has begun work on the space and will begin removing the Steakhouse 55 sign as early as today according to Scott Gustin. Scott Gustin first shared Disney’s confirmation of this closure.

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7 comments add your comment

  1. So very sad! Steakhouse 55 was comparable to Napa Rose. It was beautiful and quiet. Relaxing place to enjoy a pre-park breakfast or having a special dinner. This is a true loss for the Disneyland Hotel and it will be forever missed by my family and me.

  2. Love having Disney Tea at Steakhouse 55. Will they ever serve tea at another Disneyland restaurant.

  3. Steakhouse 55 was my favorite restaurant in Disney. It was like an old school steakhouse with lots of charm and the food was always on point.
    To turn that space into a lounge is just sad.

  4. How sad… Disneyland Hotel is a classy hotel and removing such an iconic landmark restaurant is so wrong!
    Reconsider the decision.

  5. We were so sad to see steakhouse 55 would not reopen. We never had dinner there, unfortunately, but frequently enjoyed breakfast there and drinks and apps at the bar. We loved the pictures of Stars on the walls and the quiet atmosphere. Granted I’m old enough to remember who most of the people in the pictures were but the food was always great and a wonderful calm start to a Disney day. It will be missed.

  6. What a misguided decision to close Steakhouse 55. 🙁 The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was beautiful and peaceful. It was a special dining destination for those of us who live nearby and wanted to enjoy the magic of the Disney resort even if we were not going into the parks that day. As a pass holder for over 30 years I am sad to see another guest favorite destroyed because of corporate decisions that ignore tradition and the wishes of long time Disney loyals.

  7. I am sad that it closed, my daugther and I had the Tea Service and it was the best we ever had. We have been to the Florida one too, but I think the Tea Service at Disneyland was so much better. Was looking forward to it reopening so we could do tea again. But hopefully, another Tea Service will open soon.

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