There is so much misinformation that goes around about the Blue Bayou that I figured I should make a thread about it. Please feel free to ask any questions past the answers I give.
*Yes, the Blue Bayou is the restaurant which is right next to Pirates of the Carribbean.
*Yes, the only seating available is on that patio. So, anything that you can see from the ride is the entire restaurant.
*The Blue Bayou does sometimes have a blues guitarist, sometimes accompanied by a violinist, on the upstairs patio.
*Lunch menu prices range from $7 for a bowl of soup to $19 for prime rib.
*Dinner menu prices range from $8 for an appetizer to $37 for a grande cut of prime rib. Most other menu options fall between the $23-28 range. Each entree includes a bowl of soup or a side salad.
*The Blue Bayou's soups are vegetable gumbo and clam chowder
*The Blue Bayou does not offer soup in a bread boule, but this item is available at the Royal Street Veranda or the French Market.
*The Monte Cristo is only available at lunch time.
*Lunch is served from 11:30 am until 3:40 pm.
*Dinner is served from 4:00 pm until close (varied based on time of year, time of week, park hours, etc.)
*The Blue Bayou usually books up on off-season weekdays by noon same-day.
*The Blue Bayou usually books up on Saturdays and Sundays by 10:00 or 11:00 am.
*A Priority Seating is not like a reservation-- it is more like a Fastpass. It gives you the first available table for the time at which you check in. It also puts you ahead of any stand-by. It does not mean immediate seating.
*A wide selection of priority seatings are available as little as one day beforehand.
*You can call (714) 781-DINE to make a Priority Seating at any Disney Resort dining location, excluding the Rainforest Cafe.
*Priority Seatings are also taken at the Blue Bayou podium in front of the restaurant up to a week in advance.
*Walk-ups are accepted if there are any available tables in the restaurant. Because the entire restaurant is booked through Priority Seatings, "available tables" usually means that a large number of guests have not shown up for their Priority Seating. Unfortunately, the reservationist can't tell when someone is not going to check in for their reservation so s/he can not tell when the restaurant will accept walk-ins.
*The Disneyland Five Crowns plate set is offered at the Blue Bayou for $24.99 per plate (including a complimentary dessert) or $124.99 for the entire set of 6 plates (no complimentary dessert but you get one plate for free). Other locations which are better equipped to sell this set (because they are to-go locations or just less busy) are the French Market, Plaza Inn, Ariel's Grotto, Wine Country Tratorria, Storyteller's Cafe, Goofy's Kitchen, and Rancho del Zocalo.
*A seat next to the water is usually an additional wait. This wait can range from 15 minutes to over an hour, depending on the number of requests at the time, and the size of the party.
*A complimentary dessert is offered to anyone who has a birthday who is dining at the restaurant. Let your server know, and your chocolate mousse will be brought right out after you've finished your entree.
*The Blue Bayou is wheelchair accesible.
*The bathrooms are down the street, the last left before the train station.
*The payphones are down the street, on the right across from the bathrooms near the train station.
*The closest ATM is in Frontierland.
*The closest smoking area is on the Rivers of America across from the Haunted Mansion.
*The Blue Bayou accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Disney Visa, Disney vouchers, Disney gift card
*The Blue Bayou chocolate gold dubloons are available for sale for $2.99 for a box of 16 mints. Just ask at the front desk and a reservationist will be happy to assist you in your purchase. Just let him/her know how many boxes you would like, and s/he will serve you as quickly as possible.
*None of the menu is available to-go except for the Monte Cristo at lunch time. This special request can take a little time to fill. Just let the reservationsist know that you would like a Monte Cristo to go, and s/he will serve you as quickly as possible.
Any other questions, folks?