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“The bread is the thing!”
Review of Pacific Wharf Cafe

Pacific Wharf Cafe
Ranked #39 of 866 Restaurants in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Soups
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The bread is the thing!”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

The Pacific Wharf Café in Disney California Adventure Park is in the Pacific Wharf area. Disney lists it as featuring “American, Californian Cuisine” and as “Quick Service”, meaning, in this case, you order your food at a counter and take your tray of food out to the table area. The café’s average meals are listed as “$” ($14.99 and under per adult).

All of the dining area tables are outdoors, but one of the nicest features of this eatery is that there are a few tables alongside the “Dock” of “Paradise Bay”. If you are able to get a table there, you sit next to the railing overlooking a nice “bay” that has various ducks and gulls swimming and begging for a hand-out. You also have a great scenic view of a good portion of the park and it’s a nice place to kick back and people watch. There aren’t many tables along the “dock”, but grab one if you can.

My wife and I have eaten lunch here about five times now (they have a small breakfast menu as well) and we have always ordered either turkey or roast beef sandwiches ($8.99). They have always been very good – the rolls, meat and fixings are always nice and fresh, and we have always enjoyed them and not been disappointed in the least.

However, on our last visit, while my wife opted for the turkey sandwich, I decided to try a “bowl” of soup. It had been a bit chilly and a nice bowl of clam chowder sounded good. However, since the Pacific Wharf Café features San Francisco’s Boudin Bakery goods (there’s a bakery connected to the café that you can take a tour of), as the Disney website states it, “all of our soups and salads are served in that beloved Boudin bread bowl, made from a sourdough recipe that’s been a close-guarded family secret since 1849.” In other words, the soup is served in a nice round-loaf of sourdough bread that has had a circular chunk cut out of the center and the soup is ladled into the hollow with the piece of bread that was removed served on the side. It’s a serving idea that has been popular for a while.

Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this idea and this IS NOT a negative review in the least, just an observation. I know that most people really like the novelty of having their soup or salad served this way. However, personally, I am a much bigger fan of clam chowder than I am of bread. While the clam chowder was delicious and was New England style and nice and thick the way I like it, nearly perfect (plenty of clams an NO corn [yuk! Why do some people put corn in clam chowder?]), it was a rather small serving in my opinion. As good as the soup was I could have eaten a lot more. So I had to satisfy my hunger with the bread. Not that there was anything wrong with the bread at all. It was a very fresh loaf of delicious, soft sourdough. The crust wasn’t too hard and the bread didn’t have that overpowering “tangy” taste that some sourdoughs have. Great bread! But, again, I like soup and have never been a big bread eater. I suppose the way you could eye-ball measure the amount of soup in the “bowl” would be to look at the size of the piece of bread that is removed and figure that about ½ to ⅔ of the volume of the excised bread is how much soup you will get. So now I know.

So the two big questions: Would we eat there again and would I recommend it? Yes to both! The sandwiches are delicious and satisfying, the sourdough bread is great and if you can get a table next to the “dock” and “bay” the atmosphere is terrific. This is actually one of our favorite and most consistently good places to eat.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Torrance, California
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Soups & Salads”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Soups, Sandwiches and Salads. Tried for this restaurant first time today. Love the soups (Clam Chowder, Broccoli Cheddar and Tomato Bisque) all served in a fresh / delicious bread bowls. If available for the soup of the day-try the Baked Potato Soup-Yum! Chicken salad was also very good. Full of chicken-but I would have enjoyed more lettuce. This salad was also served in a bread bowl a bit larger than the soup bowl. All items less than $14.99. Plenty of out door seating. Located in the restaurant area on the Pacific Wharf. AP Discounts apply. Need to go back to try the Turkey and Roast Beef Sandwiches.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Seeker55
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Oceanside, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love this restruant”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

I ate here 2 weeks ago when I was last here and I had the chicken salad, it was so good that the next day I made my way back for the clam chowder and that was soooo good too ! Great food

Visited January 2014
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Wayne, New Jersey
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wait of 30 minutes”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Wait was ridiculous with no visible reason. It's just soup n salads people! Line moved till they took our order, then the kitchen seemed totally unprepared. 6 registers and nothing was happening. After a 15 minute wait, asked the clerk to check. A manager stepped in and FINALLY brought out 2 salads and a cold sandwich. Not much salad for 10 bucks. Very disappointed and sorry we wasted so much park time. Would not return to this place.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Norma G
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Tualatin, Oregon
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great, tucked away option at California Adventure”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Good soup in a bread bowl. Line was longer, but price was fine. Seating was outside, so other family members could opt for other choices. (Based on what they had, we would all recommend the Pacific Warf Cafe over the Chinese food).

Visited October 2013
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