The Anaheim Packing District within Anaheim’s historic downtown is quickly becoming a central hub for grabbing a bite to eat. After all, the newly renovated 3-acre area has had quite the face lift! The rich history of Anaheim’s orange packing business has been preserved and restored with a hip new space that both locals and tourists can enjoy.
If you’re not familiar with the Packing District or the Packing House, we’ll cover all the restaurants on site along with their most popular dish and the best time to visit.
When to Go
Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times at the Anaheim Packing District with Monday afternoon being the least busy time of the week.
Where to Park
Parking is available within the Packing District and on the street surrounding it. Valet parking costs $3 and is available Tuesday through Friday (4 p.m. until closing) and Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. until closing).
Address: The address for the Anaheim Packing District is 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805.
Hours: It’s open every day of the week from 9:00am to 10:00pm.
The Anaheim Packing House
A hip new food hall that’s chock-full of local flavor has found it’s way into Anaheim’s Packing District. Originally the site for packing and distributing Sunkist oranges, the Anaheim Packing House now brings an eclectic mix of eateries and artisanal foods under one roof.
The Packing House is quickly becoming the most popular culinary destination in Anaheim, with 27 different eateries packed within a 2-story indoor marketplace.
Walking into the Packing House is like stepping into a slice of Orange County history. The building dates back to 1919 and has a nostalgic and rustic, yet airy and contemporary feel to it.
While inside the Packing House you may stumble upon interesting wall art and unique pieces of history. The Film Farm (pictured above) has a few old fashioned movie seats and plays silent black and white films.
Plus, restrooms and an elevator are available on site.
Restaurants at the Packing House
Here is a list of all of the restaurant options, organized by upper/lower level. If you plan on going to the Packing House on a Friday or Saturday, it’s highly recommended to make restaurant reservations.
Warning: You may pack on the pounds during your visit to the Packing House!
This restaurant serves Indian cuisine accompanied with beer and wine.
What to order: Try the chicken tikka masala or the naan stuffed with lamb.
Offers delicious gelato on a stick in a variety of flavors.
What to order: The green tea popbar is the most popular option.
This boutique bakery is known for its specialty breads and French pastries.
What to order: There’s a plethora of incredible pastries, but their cronuts are amazing.
An Italian pizzeria that will make you feel like you stepped into little Italy.
What to order: Pizza of course! Any kind.
An all-organic specialty coffee shop that uses Straus Barista milk in all their drinks.
What to order: Try the Raw Cane Latte or the Tanzibar Peaberry Tanzania pour over.
The perfect place to satisfy your craving for classic Southern comfort food.
What to order: Fried chicken. Definitely the fried chicken.
A juice bar offering freshly pressed juices, smoothies, and blends.
What to order: Try their signature lemonade, the Lemon Drop, with coconut and lemon.
This is the place to eat if you’re craving ramen or sushi – it’s their specialty.
What to order: The tonkotsu shoyu ramen is their most popular dish.
As the name suggests, this is a bar that serves wine and beer.
What to order: Whatever your favorite drink is, or choose from 7 different kinds of Moscow Mules.
The place to get cold desserts like shaved ice or ice cream sandwiches.
What to order: A made-to-order macaron ice cream sandwich, which they originated.
This place serves rich and creamy homemade ice cream.
What to order: Try one of their unique flavors like salted caramel or maple bacon.
A great restaurant for fresh seafood, especially if you like it battered and fried.
What to order: You can’t go wrong with a plate full of fish and chips.
If you’ve ever wanted to try waffle sandwiches, they come hot off the press here. They offer beers on tap to wash it down.
What to order: The country fried chicken and waffle with gravy on top.
This eatery serves up hot, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
What to order: #8 on the menu, “The Pork.”
Mix it Up
Selling salads, smoothies, and wraps, this is the place you’ll want to go if you’re watching your waistline. But don’t worry, it’s delicious.
What to order: This is the best place to “create your own salad” and choose how you’d like to dress your greens.
This isn’t a restaurant, but instead a collection of carts near the entrance of the Packing House that have unique, old-timey and eco-friendly gifts and souvenirs.
This place makes absolutely delectable French crepes!
What to order: The OG is a really popular crepe. It has Nutella, strawberries, bananas, almonds, and vanilla gelato.
This “underground wine society” on the lower level of the Packing House is a bar built out of a vintage railroad boxcar.
What to order: Your favorite glass of wine paired with an appetizer from their menu.
This speakeasy will transport you back to the 1920’s Prohibition era. All the employees are dressed in typical 1920’s garb and there’s a secret doorway to enter – look for the rabbit. 😉
What to order: Drunk Night in Thailand is a popular drink, but they have a wide selection to choose from.
A gourmet Mexican restaurant that’s decorated with Dia de los Muertos art and specializes in seafood and grab-and-go options like ceviche and poke.
What to order: Their fish tacos and enchiladas are ordered often as well as the classic chips and guacamole.
This place makes Vietnamese fusion dishes.
What to order: Their most popular dish is the beef rice noodle soup.
An Italian cafe that took over the Wheat & Sons space after it closed.
What to order: Hands down, one of their signature piadina Italian flatbread sandwiches.
This restaurant offers seafood and Cajun and Creole fare.
What to order: Their most popular dish is the Kettlebar Pan Roast.
If you like Asian hot pot, this is the place to eat.
What to order: Most people come here specifically to eat hot pot, all you need to do is choose your meat!
They serve southern comfort food, most notably, poutine (fries, meat, and gravy over all).
What to order: The braised short rib is ordered the most often with the porchetta sandwich being the second most popular.
This private event venue is a prime location for a wedding rehearsal dinner, family celebration, baby shower or Mother’s Day brunch. The entrance is a secret door near the BXCR wine bar.
Try: There’s a live jazz band that plays on the first and third Thursday of every month.
Directly across from the Packing House is the Packard Building, which houses Unami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery. We recommend the classic burger and fries at Unami Burger washed down with a cold beer from Anaheim Brewery.
Sandwiched in between the Anaheim Packing House and the Packard Building is Farmer’s Park, an open outdoor seating area with green grass and landscaping. It’s the site to the Packing District’s weekly Farmer’s Market which runs on Fridays from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.
History of the Anaheim Packing House
For a brief window into the history behind the Packing House, check out our post Anaheim’s Revived Downtown Packs a Punch or Anaheim: City of Dreams.