Red Rose Taverne is a counter-service restaurant in Disneyland. Located in Fantasyland, the restaurant is the first thing guests see if entering from Frontierland or Galaxy’s Edge. Red Rose serves American Fare with a few French twists. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and the restaurant does accept Annual Pass and DVC discounts. This review will cover the restaurant’s food, value and atmosphere.
In 2017, Fantasyland’s Village Haus was rethemed to Red Rose Taverne. With the live action Beauty and the Beast coming out, Disney was looking to take advantage of some corporate synergy (or something like that) so the long time Village Haus got a new look and menu. Fortunately, the job wasn’t too hard. With Fantasyland themed to 20th century, or earlier, Europe, the architecture didn’t need much of a change. There isn’t a huge difference in architecture between a small German village and a small France village, at least in terms of making it work in a theme park. In short, doing a Beauty and the Beast theme in a place that used to have a Pinocchio theme isn’t a big deal so the building remained the same.
The decor on the inside of Red Rose Taverne is what changed but even that wasn’t drastic. When first announced, the counter-service spot was termed as temporary and unfortunately the decor matches that. Not to say it’s ugly, the restaurant just doesn’t feel overtly Beauty and the Beast. More it’s a building with some Beauty and the Beast stickers, props and murals.
With the restaurant opening as a temporary location at first, some of the decor has worn down and doesn’t look as good as it did originally. The restaurant is a little dingy and tired looking but, weirdly, there’s some charm to that. I wouldn’t call this a great atmosphere or anything but it’s a decent place to sit and have a meal. It’s also one of the few counter-service locations that actually has indoor seating. That makes it a valuable commodity on a hot day.
Let’s move on to the food! Here’s a look at the menu. I should mention that Red Rose Taverne does serve breakfast but this review will cover the lunch and dinner menu.
We tried three entrees, the one above being the Chicken Sandwich a la Lumiere. This sandwich came with a Grilled Chicken Breast, Apple Slaw, Onion-Bacon Jam, and Fried Cherry Peppers. Unfortunately, this was lacking with the chicken being dry and the onion taste being slightly overpowering. The slaw tried to balance things out but had a few too many onions for my liking. The sandwich did come with Pommes Frites and while they weren’t up to Cafe Orleans level, they were much better than Disney’s usual french fries. At $11.79, this isn’t a bad value but the taste just didn’t measure up.
Speaking of fries, we also went with the Slow Cooked Beef Poutine. This consisted of Slow-cooked Beef and Gravy over Seasoned Waffle-cut Fries, Pickled Onions and Cheese Curds. We liked this entrée far more, as the beef was decent for being a counter-service meal and the ingredients were fresh enough. The downsides are that the fries got pretty soggy at the bottom and that the taste starts to get a little monotonous over time. I’d definitely get these again but maybe go with sharing them. At $10.99, this is a strong value relative to most Disney food options.
For the last entrée, we went with Beast’s Forbidden Pastrami Burger. Aptly named forbidden because what in the world is going on here? The burger includes 1/3 lb Angus Beef Patty, Uncured Wagyu Pastrami, Swiss-American Cheese, Sliced Pickle, and Spicy Mustard Spread on a Toasted Roll with a skewered pepper, tomato, and more meat on top. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had this and I still don’t know what to think.
On one hand, I’m a carnivore. I love meat. This burger really fills that love. The patty was pretty solid for being a counter-service restaurant and the pastrami was good although a little overpowering. On the other hand, I’m not sure the burger as a whole really worked. Individual components were good though and I’d rather places try something ambitious than stick with a regular menu. This burger cost $16.49 and was the most expensive item on the menu. While it’s interesting, I don’t think it’s worth the price unless you’re incredibly hungry!
Overall, Red Rose Taverne left me lukewarm on all it offered. While there was a decent value to be had if you ordered the right thing, none of the food wowed me and the atmosphere is lacking compared to other Disneyland counter-service options. That said, you could certainly do worse at Disneyland or California Adventure. Overall Red Rose Taverne is middle of the pack in terms of Disneyland eating.
Overall Rating – 7.5/10
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