Have you heard about Disneyland’s newest hotspot Tiana’s Palace and want to know all the tasty details?
People have truly come from everywhere to try out the brand-new Tiana’s Palace restaurant at Disneyland.
During a recent visit, some friends and I decided to pop into the brand-new dining establishment in Disneyland and try out Tiana’s famous food.
Today we will be exploring all the little details behind Tiana’s Palace restaurant.
From looking over the menu, reviewing some of the dishes that we tried to the overall experience and thoughts regarding the new dining experience.
So let’s dive in and get to everything you need to know about Tiana’s Place restaurant at Disneyland.
The History Behind Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
The restaurant was brought to life from the film. It was Tiana and her late father’s dream to create a restaurant and serve good cooking to all walks of life.
In efforts to bring more of Tiana into the parks, especially Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, the restaurant was added alongside Eudora’s Chic Boutique nearby, run by her seamstress mother.
What Restaurant Did Tiana’s Palace Replace?
Tiana’s Palace is located in New Orleans Square. You can find Tiana’s Palace Restaurant in the former location of French Market Restaurant at Disneyland.
Which actually served as inspiration for Tiana’s restaurant in “Princess and the Frog.”
When Did Tiana’s Restaurant Open?
As of September 7th, 2023 Tiana’s dream finally came true when Tiana’s Place Restaurant at Disneyland opened.
Since it’s opening I have had the pleasure to go dine with a few a few of my friends. So let’s jump right into all the details you have been waiting for!
Get Your Discounted Disneyland Tickets here!
What is the Atmosphere Like at Tiana’s Palace at Disneyland?
When you walk towards the restaurant, you receive a great welcome from the “Tiana’s Palace” sign. It is nestled perfectly above the metallic gold balcony.
To enter, you pass under an archway with a “Tiana’s Palace” sign with lilypad motifs.
Immediately, one of the first things I noticed was the frog and lilypad hints and touches in the decor of the exterior and interior of the restaurant.
The walls had ceramic lilypad designs. The entrance door had a crest similar to a royal family’s but with a trumpet, crown, gumbo spoon, and lily pad on it in green and white.
To the right of the door is the mobile order window, where guests can pick up their order to go. It should be noted that you cannot sit in the outdoor seating area if you don’t have food.
Prior to entering, you’ll have a chance to look at the food offerings without prices. However, there is another menu on the wall of the restaurant with pricing if you need it.
As you enter, you will see pictures of more lilypads. But once inside, you’ll be greeted by the gorgeous blue ceiling with lily pad designs, reminiscent of the bayou night sky, surrounded by white bulbs.
It is complemented by the white crown molding on the ceiling perfectly!
The middle allows guests to see chefs at work including crafting the delicious lemon-filled beignets with a spectacular clock in the background.
Above it are elaborate floral arrangements with a drum labeled “Firefly Five plus Lou. It is a nod to Louis’s band in the film and to the Firehouse Five Plus Two Disneyland jazz band.
More Fun Details at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
Some other details you’ll find include a coat rack featuring Tiana’s coat and hat. These were items she was seen wearing in the film’s first song, “Down in New Orleans.”
One of the pieces I loved the most was a portrait of Tiana and her late father as a child next to a pot of gumbo. The very gumbo pot can be seen on a shelf in the restaurant.
Right near the portrait are framed letters from Tiana’s friends and neighbors praising her restaurant and food.
You’ll find many of her cookbooks, pots, and pans, and framed portraits of the city on the walls which add an element of New Orleans charm and down-home flair.
The exterior walls have framed posters of live entertainment, shows, and more that can be seen at Tiana’s Palace.
Does Tiana’s Palace Restaurant Have Outdoor Dining?
Outside, you’ll find plenty of shade under green and yellow canopies as you sit comfortably shaded under the blue skies and sunshine.
Yellow tabletops with vanilla cream cushioned and green seats will make guests feel like they are celebrating Mardi Gras.
A great touch is the various lilypad and frog light fixtures and porcelains all over. Some will have hints of mucus too!
And of course, amongst the outdoor seating is a small bandstand where live music can be enjoyed with your meal.
Tiana’s restaurant is full of charm and heart, straight out of the movie.
My only complaint is the seating arrangement. The seating is all very close together and the tables are small if you have a very big party.
My party was five, with one not eating and we had to squish our food on the table to make room for everyone. The area in general is hard to navigate.
Menu at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant Disneyland
Tiana’s Palace serves up cajun and creole-inspired food. It was stated that Disney consulted chefs from Dooky Chase, the restaurant inspiration for Tiana’s Palace restaurant to get ideas.
So let’s go through the full menu for Tiana’s Palace Restaurant.
Seasonal Offerings at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
Throughout the seasons when available, you can treat yourself to one of their limited selections.
However, they only allow for two per person, per transaction.
Dessert at Tiana’s Palace Disneyland
Tiana’s Palace says dessert first with their popular and house favorite! And who are we to disagree with the most magical place on Earth.
- House–Filled Beignet – Featuring lemon ice box pie filling topped with lemon glaze
Entrees at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
Now let’s get to the yummy main dishes that Tiana’s Palace menu serves for lunch and dinner.
- House Gumbo – Braised chicken, andouille sausage, and heirloom rice
- 7 Greens Gumbo with Chicken & Andouille Sausage – White beans, okra, yams, sweet potatoes and heirloom rice
- Cajun Spiced Half Chicken – brushed with BBQ sauce served with baked macaroni and cheese & coleslaw
- Muffuletta Sandwich – Mortadella, salami, rosemary ham, cheddar, provolone, and house-made olive relish on toasted New Orleans sesame seed bread, served with red beans & rice and house-made pickles
- Beef Po’boy Sandwich – Slow-cooked beef in gravy dressed with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayonnaise on a toasted New Orleans French bread, served with red beans & rice and house-made pickles
- Gulf Shrimp and Grits – simmered in creole sauce with cheesy grits
Southern Specialities at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
- Buttermilk Cornbread
- Joffrey’s Coffee® Chicory Cold Brew – With sweet cream
Plant-Based Dish at Tiana’s Palace
- 7 Greens Gumbo – White beans, okra, yams, sweet potatoes and heirloom rice
Kids Meals at Tiana’s Place Restaturant
Several family-friendly options are offered at Tiana’s Palace for the kids that are all under $10!
- Roasted Chicken Drumstick (Kids’ Disney Check Meal) – With sweet BBQ sauce and heirloom rice served with a Cuties® mandarin orange and applesauce with choice of small DASANI® water or small low-fat milk
- Toasted Ham & Cheese Sandwich – Savory ham and provolone served with a Cuties® mandarin orange and applesauce with choice of small DASANI® water or small low-fat milk
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese (Kids Meal) – Served with a Cuties® mandarin orange and applesauce with a choice of small DASANI® water or small low-fat milk
Beverages at Tiana’s Palace Restaurant Disneyland
There is a wide selection of beverages on the menu at Tiana’s Place Restaurant but you have to get yourself a Ray Firefly Glow Cube to go along with it.
It is the cutest thing and a favorite at Tiana’s Place for all ages!
- Ray Firefly Glow Cube – with the purchase of a beverage. Limit ten (10) per person, per transaction.
- Cold Brew – Joffrey’s® Chicory Cold Brew
- Minute Maid® Fruit Punch
- Lowfat Milk
- Chocolate Milk
- DASANI® Bottled Water
- Assorted Fountain Beverages – Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Barq’s® Root Beer, Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar, Minute Maid® Zero Sugar Lemonade, Gold Peak® Sweet Iced Tea, Gold Peak® Unsweetened Iced Tea
Are There Any Alternate Options on the Menu at Tiana’s Palace?
It should be noted that Tiana’s Palace has included lots of alternate options for those with the following allergies.
- Peanut/Nut Tree
While mobile order is available, they can sell out so try checking at 7 a.m., when mobile orders open to see if you can schedule ahead.
If you’re thinking about making a trip out to any of the parks at the Disneyland Resort in California, then be sure to get your tickets here!
Review of Tiana’s Palace Restaurant and Food
I was fortunate that my group was large enough that we could try different menu options. While most of my party opted for the House Gumbo, I chose the Gulf Shrimp and Grits.
I felt that the entrees were worth their prices. They were large portions and very filling. Depending on the person and dish, you may be able to actually share an entree due to their size.
I should also note that I am not a New Orleans native.
The closest relation I have to it would be my grandmother, who herself is a native. I can’t claim that the food is truly authentic, nor will I.
The whole party agreed unanimously that the House Gumbo was simply delicious!
The spice definitely was there and gave it a great kick without overwhelming the taste buds. The gumbo flavor was excellent and not overwhelming or overpowering.
Every ingredient could be seen and/ or tasted and it complimented each other splendidly. While it does look a bit soupy at first glance, mixing the ingredients together helps a ton.
Shrimp and Grits
This goes for the Shrimp and Grits as well. The shrimp could have been a bit seasoned more but being as though I put old bay on all my seafood, I anticipated as much.
But I can say the shrimp was seasoned and cooked excellently.
The grits were thick, cheesy, and warm. The sauce really added a nice boost of flavor to the dish and it was very filling.
I tried the dish before and after mixing I would recommend mixing it to get the full balanced flavors of the dish in its entirety.
Baked Mac and Cheese
There was skepticism regarding the Baked Mac and Cheese based on the looks.
But no one at the table had issues with it. It wasn’t dry or lacked in flavor. It did give a sense of lacking due to the shape in which it was served but it was very cheesy.
Don’t expect grandma’s home-cooked Mac and Cheese but it gets the job done for sure. You can only get it as a kid’s meal, so it will come with a fruit pouch and a small drink.
The motto for Tiana’s Palace is “Dessert First “and so we come to a New Orleans classic, the beignets.
Disney put their own twist on the classic by having it filled with a lemon ice box pie filling and topped with lemon glaze.
Admittedly, the table was mixed on it, with one not willing to try it due to it being filled.
Two of us found it to be a nice treat but compared it more to a fruit pie than an actual beignet. Another thought it was decent but they found the filling to be too tart for their liking.
Personally, I thought the beignet was okay and the filling was sweet and tart.
I can see the filling being too sweet or too tart for some though and the filling can leak out entirely if not eaten soon enough.
I can’t see myself grabbing it every visit but it’s worth a try for sure. Personally, I prefer the classic beignets found at Beignets Expressed in Downtown Disney to this version at Tiana’s sadly.
I didn’t try the cornbread personally but my party stated that although it was moist, thick, and pretty decent.
They thought it would have been better if it were warmer and had more butter on it.
It was a big piece of cornbread though so you get a decent amount of it.
Chicory Cold Brew
Lastly, I tried the Chicory cold brew which was a great treat after rope-dropping the parks two days in a row.
I absolutely loved the hint of smokey flavor in the drink and it was just sweet enough to not overwhelm the flavor of the coffee.
I was supposed to get the Ray Glow Cube as well but forgot it. Regardless, I had recently tried the viral Black Caf cold brew at Galaxy’s Edge. Comparing the two, I would much prefer the Chicory cold brew at Tiana’s personally.
Meeting Princess Tiana at Disneyland
As someone who finds the “Princess and the Frog” film so beloved, it truly warmed my heart to finally be able to walk through Tiana’s dream and experience the food she created for her loved ones in the film.
I commend the imagineers for their efforts on the restaurant. It has hints of her character and film so elegantly throughout and hints towards New Orleans in the 1920s in a great way.
It was a great surprise to be dining and have Tiana come to greet and chat with us at our table as we dined. We discussed her food, her new dress, and even her wedding ring.
It should be noted that Tiana will have this new outfit as her meet-and-greet outfit going forward.
However, minus character Disneyland dining and special shows and events.
This is the third new outfit that debuted to us. There was a new one announced earlier this year to go with her attraction.
It genuinely was like the small business owner coming around checking in on guests, chatting, and making sure everything was satisfactory.
She was more than happy to take photos and was such a delight! It really added to the full experience and extension of the film.
My Final Thoughts and Review on Tiana’s Palace Restaurant at Disneyland
Overall, I found that all the dishes we tried were delicious, filling, and worth the price.
If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the Shrimp and Grits were divine.
However, the beignets were a bit disappointing. I don’t see myself really getting them in the future unless I have a hankering for them.
Everything was bursting with flavor and I was full truly until late in the evening from my meal.
I feel that the restaurant is a great addition to New Orleans Square and Disney’s efforts to modernize and be inclusive and diverse.
Discounts are available for Magic Key, DVC, and cast members here and I would highly suggest visitors give it a try!
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.
She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.
She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.