Ever since I first floated past this restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland I have longed to give it a try, but by the time I could afford it (yes, it is a bit pricey) my wife and I started our family. I can't see taking kids here - even if you are loaded and can afford it, the menu doesn't seem appealing to youngsters. If you do bring kids, ask for one of the drinks with the ice cubes that glow and change color - it will keep them hypnotized for hours. I was mesmerized. In any case, this year we finally made it to the park without kids, so it was time to check this off our Disney bucket list, and I can tell you it did not disappoint. We got reservations in advance - definitely recommended, especially during holiday weeks when the crowds get craaazy - and were seated within 5 or 10 minutes after checking in. Walking in to the restaurant, the ambience is really something special. You totally forget that you are inside a building. I kept thinking it was going to get colder, and maybe we should have brought jackets? But duh, of course not. The service was good, although our server Wendy was a bit on the familiar side with her customers (called us all "hon" - very down homey, but something that didn't sit 100% right with me). My wife had the surf & turf, and I can say at $45 it was comparable in quality to meals we have paid $75 or more for at local steakhouses in Northern CA. My strip steak was aged on rock salt and cooked to perfection. The potatoes au gratin had a good flavor and just enough crunch in their texture. I did miss having a glass of wine with a dinner as good as this, but iced tea was an OK substitute (I couldn't imagine downing that delicious lobster tail with a Coke - it would have been morally wrong). We had dessert plans outside the park, so we passed on post-meal sweets. For coolness factor alone the Blue Bayou is worth a shot - a truly unique place to eat, and unlike Club 33 next door it is accessible to mere mortals.
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