Finally, a brand new entertainment option including a full service restaurant at Downtown Disney in the Disneyland Resort! We decided to have some fun and check out Splitsville Luxury Lanes. The pricing seems reasonable for each bowler at $24. There is special pricing at $19 per bowler Monday through Friday from open to 4 pm.
After choosing our shoe sizes we were escorted to our lane on the second floor. They give a 5-minute grace period to get settled in before automatically starting the time clock. Parties of 1-2 players receive one hour play time, and the more people you have in your party, the more time they provide. We decided to have some lunch while we bowled and ordered a couple of their signature handcrafted drinks.
Tyler tried the Old Fashioned Elder which is made with Mitcher’s Bourbon, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, simple syrup and bitters. He said that the elderflower taste was not too strong and the drink was a delightful take on the classic. I decided to try the Fig & Berries, which is an amplified take on a margarita with muddled strawberries, tequila, fig jam, lime juice and agave. I really enjoyed the refreshing flavors, but it had way too many seeds in it to enjoy. I had to have the bar strain it a little more for me.
The food menu is massive, with everything from sushi, to burgers and pizza. If you have food allergies the manager will come over and talk about food options. The menu has a GF symbol next to items that can be made gluten free. The manager did come over and advise that some menu items can be modified to be gluten-friendly even though the item does not have a GF symbol. Tyler ordered the loaded fries and volcano roll and I ordered the bacon cheese burger with a gluten-free bun.
We were barely into our 4th frame when the food came out. Everything looked great except for the burger. The kitchen seemed confused, and only half of the staff knew there were gluten-free buns. They quickly took my burger back and put it on a gluten-free bun. The burger was brought back with a cold bun and the burger patty itself had lost its temperature. The burger comes with fries, but they are cooked in a shared fryer so I swapped for a side salad. The salad looked superb with healthy green romaine lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, cucumbers, and carrots.
The fully loaded fries came out piping hot and cooked to crunchy perfection, smothered with queso blanco. The kitchen brilliantly put queso blanco on the bottom of the fries so everyone can dig in and get an ideal bite of fries with cheese sauce. The loaded fried were topped with crispy smoked bacon, a drizzle of ranch, and scallions.
The presentation of the volcano roll was remarkable. The tempura shrimp, avocado, cream cheese roll was surrounding a huge pile of spicy volcano Krab. They are NOT kidding when they say spicy Krab mix — they mean spicy! Underneath the spicy volcano Krab was a small mound of rice to enhance the appearance of a volcano.
The menu prices for burgers and entrees seem a little steep, especially for the Bacon Cheese Burger coming in at $21. The prices of sushi and appetizers seem to be more adequately priced.
Bowling for an hour and eating at the same time was really difficult for just two people. We had a blast, but it felt rushed and we couldn’t really enjoy both at the same time. The next time we go back to bowl we are going to hold off eating entrees and just order drinks and/or appetizers, then head to the restaurant and have our meal.
The service was amazing, and our server was attentive and checked in on us often to make sure our food was great and see if we needed another drink. What made me really appreciate our time even more was when three different managers came by to check on us during our stay to make sure we were having fun. I love to see managers take pride in their role and communicate with their guests.
Bowling was so much fun and refreshing after being in the parks. I am so glad we have this new option in Downtown Disney!