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A Renaissance of Restaurants Coming to Downtown Disney

The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is undergoing a remarkable transformation, promising to elevate the dining experience for guests with an array of exciting new culinary offerings. From world-renowned restaurants to innovative concepts by acclaimed chefs, this vibrant destination is poised to become a mecca for food enthusiasts.

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Din Tai Fung: A Taiwanese Culinary Gem

One of the most highly anticipated additions to the Downtown Disney District is Din Tai Fung, a renowned Taiwanese restaurant famous for its exquisite xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and noodle dishes. This family-owned establishment, which has garnered international acclaim and Michelin stars, is set to open its doors between June and September 2024, nestled conveniently next to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Din Tai Fung’s menu promises to delight guests with its signature offerings, including the coveted Kurobuta Pork Xiao Long Bao, a meticulously hand-folded and stuffed dumpling filled with top-quality, carefully seasoned pork.

In addition to the soup dumplings, diners can savor a variety of family-style dishes, such as shrimp and Kurobuta pork pot stickers, braised beef noodle soup, and shrimp fried noodles. Danielle Alcock, director of marketing and communications for Din Tai Fung USA, expressed her excitement about the upcoming opening, stating, “We’re hard at work getting ready for the opening, and we have a few surprises in store we can’t wait to share soon.” This standalone location, the first of its kind built from the ground up in the United States, marks a significant milestone for the brand, which has garnered a loyal following across the globe.

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Michelin-Starred Chef Carlos Gaytán’s Mexican Culinary Trifecta

In addition to Din Tai Fung, the Downtown Disney District will welcome three new concepts from Mexico’s first Michelin-starred chef, Carlos Gaytán, slated to open in May 2024.

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Paseo: A Refined Dining Experience

Paseo, a full-service dining room and bar, promises to elevate Mexican cuisine to new heights. Guests can indulge in Chef Gaytán’s signature dishes, such as lamb barbacoa, while savoring the upscale ambiance and impeccable service.

  • Located upstairs with a stunning staircase entrance
  • Decor celebrates Mexico’s craftsmanship culture with rich woods, tiles, textures, leathers and custom accents
  • Menu will feature colorful ceviches, Mama’s cochinita pibil (roasted marinated pork), lamb barbacoa, mejillones (mussels), and more
  • Chef Gaytán pairs his love of Mexican flavors with French culinary techniques

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Céntrico: A Courtyard Oasis

Complementing Paseo is Céntrico, an open-air courtyard bar and restaurant that invites guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine. Here, diners can sip on tequila-based cocktails while indulging in Chef Gaytán’s authentic creations, all set against the backdrop of a lively and inviting atmosphere.

  • Serving upscale Mexican cuisine and tequila-based cocktails
  • Menu highlights include quesabirrias, chicken enchiladas, tlayuda (Oaxacan shareable dish like pizza), and Chef Gaytán’s take on a Caesar salad
  • Lively atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating

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Tiendita: Street Food Delights

Rounding out Chef Gaytán’s culinary trifecta is Tiendita, a self-ordering kiosk that promises to bring the flavors of Mexican street food to the Downtown Disney District. Guests can savor staples like esquites (Mexican street corn) and fish tacos, all prepared with the same attention to detail and authenticity that has earned Chef Gaytán his Michelin star.

  • Self-ordering kiosk for ordering
  • Menu includes esquites (roasted corn), fish tacos, ice cream-stuffed chocolate tacos
  • Breakfast items like chorizo breakfast burritos and chilaquiles (marinated tortilla chips with egg)
  • Located below Paseo, with views of the culinary team at work

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Expansion and Reimagination

The culinary renaissance at the Downtown Disney District extends beyond the new additions, with existing establishments undergoing exciting transformations and expansions.

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Marceline’s Confectionery Expansion

Marceline’s Confectionery, a beloved confectionery shop inspired by the hometown of Walt Disney, is set to expand its offerings, delighting guests with an even wider array of sweet treats and delectable delights.

New Steakhouse and Barbecue Concepts

The former Tortilla Jo’s location, which closed its doors on March 31 after 20 years of operation, will be reimagined into a steakhouse restaurant and an adjacent barbecue eatery, catering to the diverse culinary preferences of guests.

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A Multisensory Dining Experience

The Downtown Disney District’s culinary renaissance extends beyond the realm of taste, promising to engage all senses in a truly immersive dining experience. Drawing inspiration from mid-century modern architecture in Southern California, the west end of the district will blend vibrant color palettes, multicultural design elements, and intricate patterns, creating a visually stunning backdrop for the new dining destinations.

Guests can also enjoy live entertainment at the Downtown Disney LIVE! Stage while relaxing on the lawn and admiring a soaring sculptural tower designed by artist Nikkolas Smith. This tower pays tribute to the pioneering architects of color in Southern California during the mid-20th century, while staying true to its New Orleans roots.

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A Culinary Destination Like No Other

As the Downtown Disney District continues to evolve, it is poised to become a premier culinary destination, offering a diverse array of dining experiences that cater to every palate. From the world-renowned Din Tai Fung to the innovative concepts by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán, and the reimagination of existing favorites, this vibrant district promises to elevate the dining experience for guests visiting the Disneyland Resort.

With its commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and dedication to creating unforgettable culinary journeys, the Downtown Disney District is set to become a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts from around the world. Get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other, where every bite is a celebration of flavors, cultures, and the magic of Disney.