Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is located in Anaheim, California in the heart of Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort.
You can hear the smooth jazz playing in the background when you’re waiting to get in. The wait to get in isn’t bad. The most I’ve waited is about 15 minutes. The staff is extremely accommodating when it comes to large parties or even a party of two. It gets pretty busy once lunch starts and dinner is usually packed on the weekends. If you’re in a party of two or eating by yourself, they seat you upstairs and you usually never have to wait. For larger parties, they either seat you inside or outside by the balcony, they give you preference. There are pros and cons to where you’re seated. It’s ideal to sit inside if its cold outside and it’s ideal to sit outside if it’s hot outside so you can feel the cool breeze. Preferably, I’d sit inside because there is an amazingly talented pianist who plays popular songs. If you’re lucky, they’ll have a jazz singer alongside the pianist. The entertainers are insanely talented and you’ll definitely get the feel of being in New Orleans.
I started my meal off with the Jambalaya soup. New Orleans food is known for being spicy or salty. In this case, my soup was the right amount of spice and the perfect amount of saltiness. There were big and plump cut up sausages that really tamed the flavor of the soup. My entree was a grilled piece of catfish with mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus. I’ve never really had catfish prior to visiting the Jazz Kitchen but I’m glad I tried something new because it was delicious. Usually grilled fish is dry but this one definitely wasn’t. The mashed potatoes were creamy enough not to need gravy! I always ask for gravy with my mashed potatoes and thought it was a bit odd that they didn’t have gravy with it. I assumed it was something we had to ask for separately but after the first bite, I understood why gravy wasn’t needed. I’m not a fan of asparagus but there asparagus was steamed to perfection. After eating theirs, I’ve been a fan of asparagus ever since.
As for my drink, I ordered the traditional Strawberry Lemonade. You can actually see the strawberry seeds in your drink which I thought was cool. The best strawberry lemonade I’ve ever tasted! The desserts were absolutely to die for. I shared an order of beignets which is a deep fried donut with powdered sugar. When you first see them, they look like biscuits covered in powdered sugar. They took longer to come out with them because the staff wants to make sure its fresh. If you’re finishing up your dinner, make sure to tell your waiter/waitress that you’d like an order of beignets so by the time you’re done with dinner, the beignets will be ready! The beignets are delicious. I make a point to order beignets every time I go to the Jazz Kitchen. The outside is flakey but the inside has this soft and warm dough that tastes even better with powdered sugar. Another dessert I’ve tried is the blueberry bread pudding. They serve it in a tall wine glass which I thought was very creative. They put some type of heavy cream on the bottom with a fresh blueberry bread slice over it. That was delicious as well.
All the times I’ve been to Jazz Kitchen, they’ve never let me down. The menu can get pricey! My strawberry lemonade was $4 while entrees can up to $25 each and desserts stay between the $6-$8 range. The staff is humbling and easygoing. Some even chat with you and recommend their favorite dishes. I feel extremely comfortable every time I visit this place.
If you’re visiting the Disneyland Resort, make sure to stop by the Jazz Kitchen whether it’s for lunch, dinner or even dessert!