Tam O’Shanter Restaurant and Walt Disney

The historic Tam O’Shanter Restaurant and Walt Disney go hand-in-hand.  After all, this legendary restaurant in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles wasn’t too terribly far from the old original Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue.  The Tam was where Walt and his talented team of animators, and eventually his Imagineers, could conduct business and enjoy the awesomeness that is Tam O’Shanter.  In fact, when pulling up to Tam, you can actually see an incredible resemblance to the cottage in the classic Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Tam O'Shanter Restaurant L.A.

Tam O’Shanter Restaurant L.A.

Recently, Glitterati Tours of Beverly Hills, had the pleasure of a private tour by the General Manager, John and a Disney expert.  What a treat.  They even shared stories of this wonderful establishment at the much sought after “Table 31,” which was Walt’s spot.  Some guests are still lucky enough to reserve this sacred corner, but if a legendary Disney VIP such as an animator, voice-over artist or Imagineer comes in, prepare to pass the baton.

Walt Disney's Table 31

Walt Disney’s Table 31

Built in 1922, the Tam O’Shanter emits golden age royalty — even John Wayne had his own special table in one of the side rooms.  Some of today’s biggest names in film, television and music can still be seen in the dining rooms or at one of the bars inside.  In fact, even John Hamm’s Don Draper sat at their main bar during numerous location scenes for the hit series “Mad Men.”

One of several bars inside Tam O'Shanter

One of several bars inside Tam O’Shanter

Along with the main dining room, small parties or larger groups can take advantage of the Bonnie Prince Charlie Room (with fireplace, period paintings and richly paneled walls), The Royal Guards Room (with artifacts of Scotland’s Royal Guards…and an awesome corner bar—also, we challenge you to find the bagpipes!), and the intimate Atrium, which can seat up to 20 guests.

Tam O'Shanter Restaurant LA

Tam O’Shanter Restaurant LA

In the Lawry’s tradition, one can’t beat the handful of prime rib offerings, Yorkshire pudding, creamed corn and creamed spinach.  One of their specialities is their fish & chips.  There’s also a hidden menu that only the old-timers know about!


As always, we offer speciality tours of Los Angeles which can be customized with an emphasis on RHOBH, I Love Lucy, scandals, Marilyn Monroe, and of course, Walt Disney.  For fans of Walt, there’s few places in L.A. like Tam O’Shanter that has such a great connection to this special creative force in Hollywood history.