The Best Buffet & Table Service Restaurants at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris and food have had a complicated relationship. The resort has slowly distanced itself from its mediocre culinary past and evolved into a strong competitor in the theme park food sector. While Disneyland Paris food was synonymous with burger and fries for many years, the resort now offers a wide variety of culinary experiences. Theming has always been an integral aspect of the Disneyland Paris restaurant experience and we’ve factored it into our ratings. Generally speaking table service and buffet restaurants are more pricey and opting for a quick service meal. If it is within budget however, we highly recommend checking out the eateries on our list. 

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Reservations 

We highly recommend booking a table ahead of time. Online reservation windows open up 2 months in advance for folks staying off site and up to 1 year in advance for those staying at an on property hotel. Reservations can either be made via the official Disneyland Paris app (Recommended) or by calling the Disneyland Paris hotline +33 1 60 30 60 53 (International call rates apply. Cost may vary according to network). If you were unsuccessful in reserving a table beforehand you can alternatively walk up to the restaurants reception and inquire if there are any open tables available. Prepare yourself, it’s likely that the answer will be no. Alternatively you can check if any restaurant reservations have opened up in the official app, on the day of your visit. We recommend doing this every 30 minutes or so. Other party’s will likely cancel their reservations throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to spontaneously snag a coveted restaurant reservation. 

The exterior of Walt’s - an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.
The exterior of Walt’s – an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.

The list

Most official Disneyland Paris hotels have either a buffet or table service restaurant. Disneyland Park has a more diverse selection of table service and buffet restaurants. However, Walt Disney Studios park is catching up quickly. With several immersive new lands on the way, great restaurants are quick to follow. The following restaurants aren’t in any particular order since each of them is so distinct. Each and every one of them make for a great Disney dining experience. We recommend choosing the restaurant that appeals the most to you. Now without further a-due here are the best buffet and table service restaurants at Disneyland Paris.  

Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates | Adventureland | Disneyland Park

The bridge leading to the dining area at Captain Jack's - Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.
The bridge leading to the dining area at Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.

After all these years Captain Jack’s is still one of our favorite Disneyland Paris restaurants. The immersive ambience and Caribbean inspired menu are so unique to Captain Jack’s. The menu is a refreshing departure from the dishes served at other restaurants around Disneyland Paris. Captain Jack’s is also the home of the best Virgin Lada (mocktail) at Disneyland Paris. Creamy and coconuty with just a hint of rum syrup served in a faux coconut, it is one of life’s biggest pleasures. 

The exterior of Captain Jack's - Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.
The exterior of Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.

We’ll shortly be visiting Disneyland Paris with some family members (and also first timers). We are completely sold on taking them to Captain Jack’s for lunch. This a must do (if the budget is available) for anyone who’s visiting the parks for the first time. It’s not the most affordable dining option, however Captain Jack’s is well worth the price. Besides the unique food, you sit inside the show building of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. If you request a table near the water you can even watch the boats pass by. Some folks will charmingly call out the occasional “bon appétit” while riding the attraction. 

The boats passing by the dining area at Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.

Culinary highlights include the chopped smoked chicken with green papaya. The dish has a fresh, citrusy taste and is not sweet despite the papaya. The Caribbean chicken served with coconut rice is also juicy and delicious. As for desert, the island style rice pudding with mango purée is fabulous. 

In terms of ambience, Captain Jack’s is the best option if you would like to escape reality. When entering the darkened waiting area keep an eye out for the incredible concept art strewn across the walls. You can find a few of the pieces in the Adventureland room in Walt’s – an American restaurant, however this is the extensive collection. 

View across the bridge leading to the dining area at Captain Jack's - Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.
View across the bridge leading to the dining area at Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.

On the way to your table, keep your eyes and ears open for this often missed detail. Theres a stream of water running underneath the small bridge one has to cross to get to the dining area. You can hear the water splashing to your left as you head towards your table. 

With water running alongside the restaurant, all housed in the massive show building filled with palm trees, it transports diners to a warm Caribbean night. While Captain Jack’s is not officially a character dining restaurant. Captain Jack does make an appearance every once in a while. He will walk through his establishment and stop by various lucky tables for a quick chat. 

The Virgin Lada mocktail and coconut bread at Captain Jack's - Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.
The Virgin Lada mocktail and coconut bread at Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates, Disneyland Park Paris.

Speaking of Captain Jack, between 1992 and 2016, the establishment was known as the “Blue Lagoon Restaurant”. The story went that it  was run by descendants of the original Spanish fort residents and the local villagers from the Caribbean that we meet throughout the attraction. Today, the restaurant has become a pirates’ tavern whose new owner is none other than captain Jack Sparrow (hint hint the name of the restaurant). 

Captain Jack won it of off Angelica Teach, Blackbeard’s daughter, by way of a bet. Captain Jack’s is also an acceptable option for vegans. As of this writing there is one vegan dish per course (starter, main and desert) as well as an additional vegetarian dish as a starter. Two menus are available, the so called 3 course Pirates Treasure menu as well as the Moussailon Menu for kids aged 3 to 11. 

Restaurant Agrabah Café | Adventureland | Disneyland Park

Exterior view of Restaurant Agrabah Café, Disneyland Park Paris.
Exterior view of Restaurant Agrabah Café, Disneyland Park Paris.

Let’s kick things off with Restaurant Agrabah Café. This buffet can be found in Disneyland Park’s Adventureland. When Disneyland Paris opened in 1992, Restaurant Agrabah Café operated as the Adventureland Bazar. A real bazar where park goers could purchase exotic and middle eastern products. Nothing like the standard Disney souvenirs you can find on property today. Adventureland Bazar was on theme, however it never brought in the big bucks Disney hoped for and so it eventually closed. 

These days Restaurant Agrabah Café is still on theme. It transport diners to a Middle Eastern bazar complete with small streets and cozy nooks. The buffet’s food offering features spicy, southern and middle eastern inspired dishes. Easily accessible food options are available, however it definitely offers a unique selection of dishes. Which is exactly why we love Restaurant Agrabah Café.

Entrance area of Restaurant Agrabah Café, Disneyland Park Paris.
Entrance area of Restaurant Agrabah Café, Disneyland Park Paris.

Don’t expect to find burgers, fires or pizza here. Restaurant Agrabah Café serves delicious spiced sausages, tender meatballs, couscous, kebab, deep fried snacks with white cheese, salad options, vegetables with honey, cinnamon, spicy condiments, and so on. Deserts include your typical Disney buffet sweets and small pastries, as well as various sweet baklavas. We love the ones with pistachio’s. Restaurant Agrabah Café is the perfect place if you in the mood for something unique and delicious. Best of all it’s one of the most beautifully themed restaurants at Disneyland Paris.

Bistrot Chez Rémy | La Place de Rémy | Walt Disney Studios Park 

Exterior of Bistrot Chez Rémy, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.
Exterior of Bistrot Chez Rémy, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.

Before Avenger’s Campus opened, Bistrot Chez Rémy was the only restaurant were Walt Disney Studios park goers could find better than fast food quality meal. These days it is still the only table service restaurant in Disneyland Paris’s second gate. The restaurants concept is well thought out. As a motivated cast member once explained “once you pass the dining areas threshold, you are the size of a rat”. Everything in the restaurant underlines the Honey I Shrunk the Kids inspired theme. 

From the oversized cocktail umbrellas, to giant foliage and humongous spoons holding up gargantuan candles. Bistrot Chez Rémy one feel tiny. Imagineers also referenced the motion picture Ratatouille in clever ways. Among them are the two large wine bottles near the veranda section of the restaurant. One wine bottle is from 2007 while the other is from 2014. The bottles refer to the release year of the motion picture and the opening year of the attraction. However, a competing background story states that 2007 was the year that Rémy was discovered by restaurant critic Anton Ego and 2014 was the year Rémy opened his own restaurant. 

Whichever story you choose to go with, the restaurant is about as French as it gets (culinary wise) at Disneyland Paris. Bistrot Chez Rémy currently offers 3 menu options: One three course menu for kids, Rémy and Emile Menus, the only difference being that the Emile Menu also features a desert. Vegans have one option for starters and mains but none of the deserts are vegan. Vegetarians can enjoy all of the deserts. 

Walt Disney Imagineering music director John Dennis (“JD”) shared that all of the music park goers hear inside Bistrot Chez Rémy, Rémy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Place de Rémy were exclusively recorded for Walt Disney Studios Park. JD states that “On the plaza, the attitude of the music is up, the tempo is bright, the performances are fun. Because outside, you want energy. People are walking around. We have background music that plays all throughout. But you might also hear individual instruments wafting out of some of the open windows. And as you get closer over near “Bistrot Chez Rémy”, there is a small combo playing a guitar, drum, base, a little piano… And it’s all in sync. It’s all working together! Inside the “Bistrot”, we took the arrangements somewhat down a little bit. Consider sitting in a restaurant and having loud music playing all the time? So I went to Michael (JD is referring to Michael Giacchino, an American composer who created the score for the film Ratatouille) and said “now we need to fold it back”. We need to tone the music down, make it inviting. So people feel comfortable and not pressured. So we did new arrangements, a little slower tempo, smaller combo, almost influenced by a little cool jazz. But it’s still the themes from the movie, rearranged in a different way.” 

The food quality is comparable to what you would find at your local steak house. Like many Disneyland Paris restaurants, theming and ambience are a huge selling point for Bistrot Chez Rémy. 

PYM Kitchen | Avengers Campus | Walt Disney Studios Park

The quantum tunnel inside PYM Kitchen, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.
The quantum tunnel inside PYM Kitchen, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.

PYM Kitchen is the newest buffet restaurant at Disneyland Paris. Located in Avengers Campus at Walt Disney Studios Park, park goers enter the world of Ant-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everything in this restaurant is about shrinking and growing, made possible by the PYM particle. The restaurant has a high tech laboratory inspired theme.  Servers wear lab coats, drinks come in lab beakers, salt and pepper are housed in lab tubes. Not to mention the art on the walls showing Ant-Man and the Wasp handling huge food and beverage item. 

Look out for the PYM Particle machine above the buffet. By using a fresnel lens combined with a screen, Imagineers have created the illusion that food (and spider-bots) come out in unusual sizes. Large red and blue pipes connected to the machine lead all the way to the exterior of the restaurant. The pipes host the shrink and grow PYM particles. 

The dining area inside PYM Kitchen, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.
The dining area inside PYM Kitchen, Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.

On the buffet you’ll also find excentrically sized food items. Like a regularly sized salad with huge croutons as well as a humungous hamburger accompanied by tiny burgers. You can request a slice from the large food items. Overall the food is American with a few French and international touches. 

There’s a separate kid friendly buffet section as well as a large desserts selection including sweets and cheese. If you want to hear more about the food and special drinks from PYM Kitchen, please check out the PYM Kitchen Patreon exclusive episode. Overall, PYM Kitchen is a bit pricy for the type of cuisine offered, however it’s the overall experience that’s worth paying for. 

Walt’s – an American Restaurant | Main Street U.S.A. | Disneyland Park

The Fantasyland dining room in Walt’s - an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.
The Fantasyland dining room in Walt’s – an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.

Walt’s – an American Restaurant is one of the best table service restaurants at Disneyland Paris and a must visit for any Disney fan. Walt’s is a fascinating combination of Museum and Restaurant. It features beautiful Disneyland Paris concept art spread across 5 uniquely themed dining rooms. Each dining room celebrates a different land in Disneyland Park. 

Walt’s is also one of the best places to watch the parade go by if you happen to be sitting by the windows. The restaurant is the essence of late 1980s Disneyland Paris no expense spared approach. Each room is lavishly decorated, full of details, real antiques, even the elevator features ornate stained glass windows. 

The elevator in Walt’s - an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.
The elevator in Walt’s – an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.

Imagineer Eddie Sotto once shared that Walt’s – an American Restaurant features over $100K in rewired antique and custom American Victorian lighting. 

The restaurant offers a 3 course adult and child menu. Most beverages are charged separately, however annual pass-holders qualify for a free non-alcoholic welcome drink. The latter benefit is available at all table service restaurants inside the parks. 

The Frontierland dining room in Walt’s - an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.
The Frontierland dining room in Walt’s – an American Restaurant, Disneyland Park Paris.

As for the selection, there are 4 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts to choose from for adults. Kids have 3 choices per course. It’s not an extremely extensive menu but there’s enough variety for omnivores. Vegetarians also have a few options 2 out of 4 starters are veggie, 1 out of 5 mains and all 5 desserts of course. 

Food is good, it’s not Michelin Star quality but considering the price and high class ambience it’s worth it. We have a complete in-depth article on Walt’s – an American Restaurant if your interested in learning even more.

Downtown Restaurant | Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel

The dining area in Downtown Restaurant, Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel.
The dining area in Downtown Restaurant, Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel.

The Downton Restaurant buffet is situated on the ground floor of Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel. Even though both Downtown Restaurant and PYM Kitchen share Marvel as a common theme, they are completely different experiences. Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel acts as an art gallery for Marvel comics and movies. 

Downton Restaurant features black and white comic book art on several back lit walls and placemats. Several food items also feature Marvel elements. Like the cute baby Groot chocolate mousse. Consisting of a small cup of chocolate mousse with a baby Groot chocolate cookie that appears as if he was planted there. The overall design of the restaurant is modern and sleek, consistent with the rest of Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel. We especially love the design of the circle shaped ceiling lamps. 

Back lit wall art in Downtown Restaurant, Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel.
Back lit wall art in Downtown Restaurant, Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel.

The open kitchen prepares dishes inspired by the city of New York, home of the Avengers. Downton Restaurant serves American, Asian and Italian dishes all inspired by the various multi cultural neighborhoods of New York city. Expect to find a mix food like mini burgers, dim-sum and pizza.

Overall the buffet offers a surprising amount of variety at a good quality. Disneyland Paris offers a limited selection of asian food across the resort which is one reason we like to eat at the Downtown Restaurant. We would advice to skip the pasta and pizza dishes as they’re not very special and quickly stuff you. Be sure to try the delicious sweet and sour pork as well as the macaroons for desert. Downtown Restaurant is only open for dinner and very popular. If there are no more reservations available in the app you can try asking the hotel concierge. Check out our full Patreon exclusive episode about Downton Restaurant if you want to learn even more.

Did we include your favorite restaurant on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Published by Eric from AirMagique

Eric is the host and chief content editor of the AirMagique - Unofficial Disneyland Paris Podcast. He writes articles, takes photographs, produces videos and edits the podcast.

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