Tortilla Jo's cantina - dinner - July 17, 2004

We had eaten in the dining room of Tortilla Jo's shortly after they had opened at the end of April, and I had also had the opportunity to try out the taqueria shortly after that, but this was our first opportunity to try out the cantina. All three sections have a slightly different menu, with the dining room menu being the most complete, and the taqueria only offering take-away items. There was no line when we arrived, so our party of five was seated quickly. We noticed that in addition to the dark blue glass water glasses we had seen on our visit to the dining room, they were also using larger, plastic water glasses. This seemed to alleviate one of the problems we encountered last time, since these glasses were larger and so held more water to begin with, and it was much easier to tell when they needed refilling. Chips and salsa were soon brought to our table (I really like their salsa, which does boast a bit of a kick), and our orders were taken shortly thereafter. The other couple at our table had ordered "drowned nachos" and an order of chicken taquitos to share, but they were absolutely amazed when the nachos turned out to be a huge order. They very much enjoyed the nachos and especially liked the fresh guacamole. The nachos could easily have served as a meal for 2 or 3 and would have been a very generous appetizer for 4 or 5, so they had quite a bit left over. For $6.75, that was definitely a steal. I have recently acquired a love for tamales, so I ordered the two tamales, one chicken and one beef. For $12.25, I thought it was overly expensive, but the tamales were both quite large, and I was quite satisfied when I finished my meal. My husband had also ordered the chicken taquitos, and again, I thought they were fairly expensive at $9.25. There were three taquitos, each cut in half, and the taquitos were actually more the size of flautas and was a decent portion and very tasty. Our other friend ordered the carne asada gordito and really enjoyed his meal as well.

Our server was very friendly and accessible, and our water glasses were frequently refilled. The cantina offers a special for Disneyland annual passholders. For every two annual passholders, you get one free dessert. Since all five of us were annual passholders, we would have gotten two free desserts, so since there were only three dessert items on the menu, we decided to order one of each to share among all of us, having to only split the cost of one of the desserts. The churros were fresh and delicious and tasted great with the accompanying hot fudge sauce. The chocolate brownie with vanilla bean whipped cream was wonderful, and the flan was very tasty.

With the wonderful food and the good service, I would definitely recommend the cantina. The prices are a bit higher than you'd find at a neighborhood restaurant, but the portions are fine, and the flavors are terrific. The menu in the dining room has changed since our last visit, so we're definitely wanting to go back there again as well.


For the current menu offerings in the inside dining room, please click here.

For the current menu offerings in the cantina, please click here.

For the current menu offerings in the taqueria, please click here.


Tortilla Jo's / Downtown Disney District
1510 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92803

Note that the restaurant is not currently accepting reservations.


Hours of Operation
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm

Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 1am

daily 3pm - 1am


To see Tortilla Jo's specific webpage in the Patina Group website, please click here.



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