Our fifth year in a row to
Our fifth year in a row to Disneyland and five satisfying visits to Catal. Best overall dining experience in Disneyland. Better food and wine choices then the exclusive Club 33. We have been fortunatte to have the same server for 4 out of five visits which fuurther demonstrates the quality of the establishment.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall a solid restaurant
Thank goodness we have reservations. It was packed and there were a ton of people in downtown disney trying to get a table. Our service was outstanding. Food was very good. Our server recommended some excellent choices. The view, even from inside was fantastic. We ended the dinner watching the Disney fireworks from our table. The only thing was, this place was COLD. Even at night, the AC was working in overdrive. I couldn't even take my coat off, it was that cold.
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Restaurant at Downtown Disney
Went with girlfriends. Had a very nice time. Sat on the patio.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu is continually updated
Menu is continually updated with new dishes. This is the hidden gem in Downtown Disney, outstanding food, reasonable pricing, no corkage fee and excellent service, a totally different experience from the other tourist orientated restaurants in the area. This a a return to place for a relaxed, high quality dinner, in a fun atmosphere. Eat inside if you don't want to hear the music of DTD. Or on the balcony and watch the people below walking aroudn and listen to the music. Highly recommended, one of the best of the Patina group of restaurants.
4/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best choice for dinner in
Best choice for dinner in Downtown Disney. Choose a balcony table which is above the crowds and very enjoyable for dinner.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing. Noise was
Food was amazing. Noise was only moderate because we ate outside overlooking Downtown Disney.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
You'd be hard pressed to have
You'd be hard pressed to have a better dining experience at Disneyland. Innovative menus are the hallmark of this chain and Catal is a great example. Outstanding wine list with heavy focus on California with several well priced bargains. Well trained and focused wait staff. We ended up in the small front room with several families. It was bit noisy and ask if we could move to the main dining room. The answer was, no problem. Being on Open Table is a great assist considering most of the restuarants at the resort don't take reservations or you need to go thru Disney resorts to get one. Being pressed for time with vacationers makes Open Table even more valuable.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in the Disney Resort
This restaurant is probably the safest choice duirng your stay in Disney Land Resort. Food in both Disneyland and California Adventures are pretty bad that if you wish to have something better for the dinner, this place is nice. It's not the best in town but probably the best with in the Disney resort.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Refuge in chaos.
Food is outstanding for a restaurant in Downtown Disney. Outside seating overlooks the Disney crowds. A perfect place to relax after an exhausting day at Disneyland.
5/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our anniversary here and watched the fireworks over Disney while dining. The food was great!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good seafood. Loved the way it was prepared and how everything was set up. Server was a bit busy and was somewhat rushed but overall a good experience
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Dining Experience at Disney
The food at Disney is pretty good in comparison with other theme parks. It's just impossible to create good fare with the assembly line approach that they use to feed the masses though. Escape the typical cafeteria style meal and walk the 200 yards or so to downtown Disney and treat yourself. Get a table on the balcony, enjoy the view and appreciate the break from the throngs of people over well prepared food. There will be no regrets.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ask for the specials!
Catal has a great menu but also has nightly specials. Be sure and ask before you order as you may find a fish, steak or lamb dish that is just great and you wish was on the regular menu. Also, the strawberry sorbet was just the right amount of sweet to end the meal.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quality cuisine in Downtown Disney
I recently had dinner at Catal, which is arguably the best restaurant in Downtown Disney. Good bar & wine list, good food, and good service. Although the restaurant is far from being one of the best underneath the Patina Group umbrella, it surely satisfies the need for "a good night out" at the Disneyland Resort. Our server was able to accommodate to the needs of some guests with special diet restrictions, and offered suggestions & substitutions. A manager assisted opening bottles of wine that we brought, decanted & served it, which impressed my guests. Service was very attentive but not obstructive. Entrees were served timely and well paced. I suggest the outdoor patio at night, where you can catch a glimpse of the nightly fireworks.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food plus fireworks
Six of us had an extraordinary meal. We sat on the patio and had a great view of the goings on in Downtown Disney. We brought wine with us and there was no corkage fee. The waiter did a very good job getting the wines opened and poured, providing plenty of glasses. All of the food was great. I loved the tiger shrimp and the strawberry crab gazpacho. As we relaxed over coffee, (French presses with a choice of coffees) we got to watch the fireworks from Disneyland. Catal is a great restaurant and Chef Stephen Mary provides delicious and creative food.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crab fest? Not so much.....
We booked because Catal advertises "June crab fest", like it means it. On arrival, with no crab items on the menu, we enquired, to be told there was a soup of strawberry gazpacho, with lump crab meat! That was it! Sorry, but that didn't cut it! We decided to stay , anyway, having made the trip from Aliso Viejo, and in truth the menu turned out to be quite good, and the food very acceptable, with a good view from the balcony to watch the fireworks of Disney. Just don't mislead people with false advertising!
Food arrived too quickly in succession, but at least the waiter told us, we could relax and wait for the fireworks, which was a nice touch.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A break from Disneyland
If you're looking for something a little higher brow than the typical Disney park food this is one place you can go and get a good meal in nice surroundings. We ate outside overlooking the throngs in the "Downtown Disney" area and it was a nice relaxing dinner.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant experience
Two of us had dinner here after a day in the parks. It was great to have a break from the crowds and be an adult for a while.
The service was friendly and prompt but not rushed at all. Our waitress knew the menu and it's ingredients thoroughly and was a great help deciding on our food and wine. Assistance was quiet & transparent.
Started with Stuffed Piquillo Peppers & a soft-shell Crab special. Suckling Pig and their Mediterranean-style preparation of Gnocchi. The perfect beer for the pork & a glass of lovely Spanish red w/ the gnocchi. All delicious & satisfying. Citron green tea, Lemon meringue “pie” w/ berry sorbet and Apple Crumble Pie for dessert.
We will happily return when in the area, not just when visiting Disneyland.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gem of Downtown Disney
I had eaten here before (2007) and always remembered my experience as a good one.
Despite being a annual pass holder for Disney for the last 2 years I had not returned to Catal untill now.
It was a hot evening but still chose to sit out on the balcony, lively scene down below as Downtown Disney enjoyed its Satruday night.
My steak was excellent and there was a great choice of wine.
We actually returned for breakfast a couple days later which was a EXCELLENT.
Can't wait to dine here again.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been a great fan of Catal since its opening! Always a delicious meal and wonderful service.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to Eat at Disneyland
We had a great dinner at Catal. There is a nice kids menu for the kids and they love the fruit smoothies too. For adults, the menu has both Mediterranean dishes and also steaks and pasta. We tried the mixed grill and the pasta with shrimp and both were excellent. We loved sitting in the round room with floor to ceiling glass windows looking out over Downtown Disney. It is great to be able to come inside from the heat and bustle and people watch in air conditioned splendor!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Really enjoyed our meal here. Appetizers are especiallly good, and portion sizes are appropriate...not gigantic.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heaven despite downtown Disney
I'm not a fan of downtown Disney. I avoid it at all costs. However, as soon as I discovered Catal, I determined it was worth the trek through the crowds for a truly wonderful meal. Service is excellent each time I go and they are happy to seat you far from kids and loud crowds. Of course, if you have your family with you, that is just fine here, too. Always a wonderful experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paella a little dry. Service
Paella a little dry. Service excellent. Overall a great experience.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came back here for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, loved the lamb shanks and was hoping to order them again but unfortunately, they just had changed the menu. Loved the new items but would like to be able to order the standards anytime.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made my husbands birthday special
They didn't offer any complimentary desserts for birthday guests; however we ordered a chocolate ganache cake and they put a candle in it for the guest. So make sure you order dessert if you want your special someone surprised. Other than that, the food was remarkable and service was great.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for pre-concert dinner. Was very surprised with how really great the food was, given the Downtown Disney local. Cocktails were fancy, but weak on the alcohol. Wine is pricey, but good recommendations. Would definitely go back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our visit and dinner. Great location in Downtown Disney. Wide variety of food selection. Enjoyed our service and dining experience. I would really recommend this restaurant.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very very good, service amazing (Thank you Tyler!), great experience overall. Will definitely come back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Drinks, dessert & fireworks.
My 24 yr old daughter & I recently went here for drinks & dessert & to watch the fireworks from Disneyland. We sat on the balcony which was a great viewing spot. Their drink menu is very good & both of us were happy with our choices. We shared a chocolate fondue for 2 & it was marvelous! Our waiter ( an older gentleman) was a title abrupt but the service was quick & good. I would definitely recommend this for a romantic dinner or drinks, dessert & fireworks.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hope to return! Service great. Atmosphere wonderful. After a long day we were pampered and well taken care of. Cocktails and wine lovely but the food! Everything we tried was amazing. Be sure to go hungry and enjoy!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best around Disneyland
After experiencing nothing but incredible disappointment with several of the "high-end" restaurants inside of Disney properties (1.5 hour wait-times for very mediocre food was the norm on *three* separate occasions!), we ventured outside for a quality experience. Everything was impeccable at Catal, from start to finish. Serving items that are not too common but making them accessible, like paella, was a wonderful surprise. The service was very attentive but not overbearing. If we had a little more time on our trip, we'd definitely have gone back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for foodies at Disneyland!
Outstanding cocktail list, inventive food, excellent atmosphere- very different inside (more genteel) from outside (more noisy and more Disney, but still very picturesque). Very kid-friendly but adult friendly too. Efficient, knowledgeable service. Very vegetarian friendly - off-menu options. Cavatelli was scrumptious, great smoothies for kids. Great wine and mixology cocktail list. Loved the blue mojito and the blue fauxito. Heirloom tomato salad had good flavors but was a bit disappointing. Paced perfectly for families too. Lively atmosphere on the balcony made it easy for kids to stay engaged at table. Would return in a heartbeat next Disney visit.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Magic Evening
From the moment I booked a reservation for my husband's 60th birthday until we finished our meal, my experience with the Catal Restaurant has been beyond outstanding. The manager was absolutely wonderful as was our waiter. We were very surprised to receive a fondue dessert with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate as well as the whole restaurant joining in singing "Happy Birthday" to my husband. Everyone in our party marveled over the food...from the appetizer to the dessert. Thank you so much for such a memorable dining experience. We will never forget that magical night!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and service
Booked an early seating at Catal to ensure I had time to catch Fantasmic and the Fireworks.Ordered my personal favorites from the regular menu - Manchego Salad and the Diver Scallops. Both dishes came out perfectly! The scallops were perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. The manchego cheese, arugula, dates, nuts, apples and balsamic dressing are tossed into a tasty dish. This is the gem of restaurants in Downtown Disney and with an Open Table reservation, you know you have a time and place for dinner. No standing in line or mass-produced food.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining at Disneyland!
Great food. Detailed service. Nice atmosphere. And they understand dining with children. Our server Michael was memorable.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
Octopus, scallops, shrimp were all perfectly prepared and elegantly served. The stuffed peppers were very tasty. The chocolate torte had a hint of chili for an unexpected hint of heat to take edge off sweetness and the orange curd was superb. Server was knowledgable about menu and wine list. Excellent wine.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful overall experience
We celebrated my son's 10th birthday here. The food was excellent, especially the suckling pig, scallops, paella, and roast chicken with mushroom fideua. For dessert, the butterscotch bread pudding was heavenly. The service was friendly, courteous, and professional. The manager went out of us way to make our meal delightful and our celebration special. It was a perfect (calm, relaxing, comfortable) end to a hot and busy day at Disneyland and California Adventures. I have already recommended this restaurant to friends and family who live nearby -- to top off a day at Disney or just to celebrate a special occasion. I think it's the best restaurant in the area (and I searched everything on Yelp, under "dinner," within a 15 miles radius).
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the best restaurant
This is the best restaurant in Downtown Disney to eat at, it isn't a touristy location as most of the places are. The menu changes with the seasons, the food is upscale without upscale pricing. Great balcony seating where you can look down on the traffice walking through Downtown Disney or eat inside where it is quiet. The wine menu is extensive and has been redone with prices covering the full spectrum. Most people don't realize that this formal restaurant exists since they just see the downstairs Uva Bar and the Catal Cafe. Highly recommended as a dinner destination whether you're going to Disneyland, Downtown Disney or are just in the area.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everyone was great for my
Everyone was great for my wife's 50th Birthday celebration. Food was great and service too. The chocolate fondue was fantastic. Pork Belly with risotto was flavorful and the steak tasty.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salmon and sea bass dishes
Salmon and sea bass dishes were prepared perfectly.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made reservations to sit on the balcony with my daughter. We had a great table at the edge of the balcony which allowed us to watch all the action down below. The food was fantastic, and the wine list was enviable. Service was also very good. I would certainly eat here again. The restaurant was packed and there was a considerable wait for walk-ins so I would definitely recommend making a reservation.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Catal twice now, and the food has been excellent both times. The staff is knowledgeable, but the second time we went, our waiter was a little pushy. It was pretty busy at the time, so maybe that was a factor. We dined on the terrace both times. It overlooks the main downtown disney walkway, so there is some crowd noise, but you also get the music. Also, if you are there at the right time, you can watch the disney fireworks from your table, which is a real treat.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Disney downtown or convention
Best food and service within walking distance of Convention Center, though it's a pretty long walk. Best by far at downtown Disney.Ryan, our server with the awesome handlebar mustache, was friendly, helpful and attentive but never hovering . We had a large group of 11 with separate checks; he didn't flinch when we asked. And they gave us the balcony so we could mingle and be rowdy without disturbing others. We stayed as long as we wanted with no pressure to leave.
A vibrant bar scene below but we could still hear each other well, talking in normal volumes.
Perfect place for large groups wanting a semi private space without renting one of arranging a pre-fixe.
Food was good but not superb. But best food all week while at the convention.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Downtown Disney Dining
We brought our niece with us for our annual weekend trip to Disneyland. She just started at USC and was missing home cooking. So we took time out from visiting the parks to have one nice, sit down meal. The Grand California Hotel gave a glowing review after I explained what I was looking for. I told them I wanted something very satisfying and vegetarian items were a must. Honestly, I was so exhausted I can't remember a lot about the food. I should have written this sooner. I can say that we (my husband, niece, two little girls & myself) were very satisfied! Even the two little ones! The services was awesome. They took care of all our needs. That gets an A+ after being so tried from DL!
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun start to a Disney Vacation
Had delicious drinks at the bar while waiting for our outside table overlooking DT Disney. Yummy appetizers included the stuffed peppers, spanish octopus (wish there were more octopus), potato sticks (forgot what they are called on the menu). I had the diver scallops for dinner, very tender and delicious, a light choice. Hubby had lobster paella - pretty good, our friend ordered the roast chicken and it was very tasty - nice and crispy outside! Did not try desserts as we
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Review of catal
We go to Catal often and are very pleased with the service and special attention. They always go out of their way to take care of vegetarian requirements.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't usually do reviews like this but this place deserves it. This is my second time being here for my Girlfriend's birthday and we're planning on keeping that tradition. If only she had more than 1 birthday a year..
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meat was tender and quite flavorful; and the pasta dish with lobster was delicious as well. This was our first visit and a good discovery! The parking was a bit chaotic as their valet service was not being used for some unknown reason. (This restaurant is located in downtown Disney, so the crowds were somewhat of a problem on the evening we went to dinner.) However the meal was worth it all. We will go back and recommend it highly.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My daughter and I shared a very nice dinner here, away from the mad crowds and prams at most of the Disney eating places at this time of year. Immediately we were in a no rush zone with a relaxed atmosphere but at the same time it was a fine dining experience. Portion sizing also was generous without being too large. Booking ahead from Australia was a bonus as we walked straight in with only a couple of minutes wait before being seated. Our waiter was extremely friendly, very experienced and made you feel welcomed. Value for money was good.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM