Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is a counter-service restaurant in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While this restaurant is at both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios (inside Galaxy’s Edge), this review is specifically from Disneyland. All of the food we review is available on both coasts. The restaurant serves a variety of food that would loosely fall under American Cuisine. As you can tell from the restaurant’s name, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is themed to a ‘docking bay’ that is essentially a storage unit. In this post we’ll review the restaurant, share photos and talk about the restaurant’s value.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve given Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge copious amounts of praise. I have very little negative to say about the land as a whole. All of this is to say that Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the weakest aspect of Galaxy’s Edge. This really isn’t a knock on Docking Bay 7 as much it is a compliment to the land.
Docking Bay 7 takes a similar approach thematically as the counter-service restaurant in another recently opened land, Pandora – World of Avatar. In that land the restaurant is themed to a canteen, essentially acting as a mess hall. In other words, it’s a big building with a few details thrown in and the story makes the restaurant fit in pretty well. Docking Bay 7 follows that route but is done at a higher level.
Throughout the restaurant there are large cargo bins of varying sizes. Some are the size of regular boxes, some are big enough to act as a booth to sit in. They’re cleverly strewn across the restaurant to make the place look interesting but not overcrowded.
Docking Bay 7 isn’t overly large which I thought was somewhat surprising. There’s quite a bit of seating but it’s not the size of Satu’li Canteen or other giant counter-service restaurants. I should mention that there is more seating outside. Despite the somewhat strong theme, the outdoors might be preferable if the weather is nice and you can get a view of the Millennium Falcon or one of the other beautiful views in Galaxy’s Edge.
One of my favorite aspects of the restaurant is how colorful it is. Galaxy’s Edge sticks with a fairly nondescript color throughout the land. While I like that choice outside, this counter-service spot adds a little more color in a tasteful way. Docking Bay 7 doesn’t do anything outrageous color wise but there’s a nice assortment of color even if they’re a little muted.
Moving on to the food, here’s a look at the restaurant’s menu. As you can see, the restaurant offers an interesting variety with most options falling between $15-$20.
I ordered the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad. This was a bed of chilled noodles with shrimp and vegetables on top. The noodles were very thin and the vegetables were also chopped up very small. All of the ingredients were fresh and tasted good by themselves. Unfortunately, the dish was very heavy on the sauce. I liked some of it, as it was a sweet sauce similar to Teriyaki, but there was too much and it all built up at the bottom of the bowl. I probably wouldn’t order this again, although the shrimp was good.
Melissa went with the Smoked Kaadu Ribs. These are Pork Ribs served with a Blueberry Muffin and Cabbage Slaw. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy this dish. I thought the ribs were fine but not the best cut of meet. They were tender but the flavor was disappointing. The sauce was a little too sweet for my taste. Melissa did like them more than I did. She also loved the Blueberry Muffin, which I thought was decent. Overall, the dish was decent but not great.
We’ve also tried the Endorian Fried Chicken Tip Yip and enjoyed it more than the other two options. The breading on the chicken was pretty solid and the mashed potatoes and (green) gravy were good comfort food to match. While it’s not the best fried chicken in Disneyland or Disney World, it’s a good counter-service entree.
The Batuuan Beef Pot Roast is a similarly strong addition. I enjoyed the sauce on the beef which was tender and juicy. The dish comes with pasta in it as well as mushrooms. Like the chicken, this lands on the savory side of things and is a heavier dish. The Pot Roast is the most expensive option on the menu, coming in at $18.99. It’s a very filling meal and is shareable if you’re looking for a lighter or cheaper meal.
The chicken is $15.50, noodle dish is $16 and the ribs are $17. Both of these prices are in line with most other counter-service restaurants at Disney Parks making the value average. While I came away unimpressed with the food on our first visit to Docking Bay 7, the second visit was very good (fried chicken and pot roast). While it’s not the top counter-service restaurant in either Disneyland or WDW, Docking Bay is a good option if you’re in the area.
Overall, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is a well executed theme with an ambitious menu. The downside is that the theme isn’t all that interesting relative to the rest of the land and the food doesn’t quite hit the mark. Docking Bay 7 is still a solid addition to Disneyland’s strong counter-service options.
Overall Rating – 8/10
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