Best Restaurants at the Universal Orlando Resort

Today we are sharing the best restaurants at Universal Orlando Resort that includes where to eat at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk.

When visiting Universal one of the most common questions I hear is “What are the best restaurants at the Universal Orlando parks?”

With so many “best” places to eat at the Universal Orlando resort to choose from you might wonder which one is best for your vacation.

Luckily, there are so many options and places to eat at Universal Orlando. Between the two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s CityWalk the options are really endless.

*Universal Orlando will be opening a 3rd gate in 2025. I know Epic Universe will have many amazing places to eat and I will update this list when it opens!

My Favorite Quick Service Restaurants at the Universal Orlando

There are three places that are our go-to casual/quick service places to eat when visiting Universal Orlando.

  • Minions Cafe (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Leaky Cauldron (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Thunder Falls Terrace (Islands of Adventure)
  • London Taxi Hut (Honorable Mention! Universal Studios Florida)

Our Favorite Table Service Restaurants at the Universal

When visiting Universal Orlando with kids we like to mix full-service restaurant options with quick-service restaurant options to meet the needs of everyone in our group. If we are opting for a sit down meal these are our favorites:

  • Finnegan’s Bar and Grill (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food (Universal CityWalk)
  • Pat O’Brien’s (Universal CityWalk)

Best Family Restaurant at Universal Orlando

These are our picks if you are visiting Universal with kids. Basically all of the places to eat at Universal Orlando are kid-friendly but these are our favorites that I think families will love.

As Universal Annual Passholders we have visited the parks many times as a family since 2016. We like to try new places during our visits to help you plan your visit, so be sure to check out this list before your visit to Universal Orlando, it may change and be updated when new places open.

Great Places to Eat at Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk is the shopping and dining area at the Universal Orlando Resort. It has mini-golf, movie theater, casual and table service dining. There are a few places you don’t want to miss when eating at Universal CityWalk.

  • Voodoo Doughnut
  • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
voodoo doughnuts

Want more details? Read on about the best places to eat at Universal Orlando. Tip: Be sure to purchase your Universal Orlando theme park tickets before you arrive at the parks. You do not need a theme park ticket to enter Universal CityWalk.

Where to Find the Best Places Eat at Universal Orlando

If you are visiting for a few days you will have time to visit most of the restaurants on this list but I have grouped them into where you can find them in the parks so you can easily find the ones you are looking for.

If you are visiting the parks and want to have lunch or dinner at CityWalk it is a very short walk. You can leave the park and return after your meal.

I do recommend making reservations a week or two ahead of time for sit down restaurants. Check them here.

Great Dining Options at Universal Studios Florida

My favorite places to eat are above but there are a lot of other options that you should be aware of and I want to share with you!

Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck

Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is located at The Simpson’s area of the park. The Bumblebee Man’s Korean Beef Tacos are one of my favorites when we visit Universal Studios.

It is a simple food truck with 3 different taco options. There isn’t a kids menu but a great option if you have kids that enjoy tacos.

There is an area to eat near the Animal Actors show. This is usually quiet and shaded. It is a great secret spot we like to stop at when we are having lunch at Universal Studios.

Taco truck at Universal Studios
Korean BBQ Beef Tacos are one of my favorite things to eat at Universal Orlando.

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. It is immersive in the Harry Potter theme and serves traditional British foods.

If you are a Harry Potter fan you have to dine here! They offer Mac & Cheese for the kids and the Fish & Chips are outstanding for kids and adults.

We have also ordered the Bangers and Mash plain. This is basically a hot dog with potato wedges. If you have young children that can split the dish, you will save a bit of money.

Unfortunately, there is not a kids priced option available. The Beef Stew is also a great dish.

Illumination’s Minions Cafe

Minions Cafe is so much fun! From the themed restaurant to the themed options like The Antidote (banana flavored drink) and Steak & “Cheese Ray” Sandwich.

There are Minion shaped tots and the restaurant is so fun to dine at.

Fast Food Boulevard

Fast Food Boulevard is located in the Springfield USA(Simpsons) area of Universal Studios. It is a food court area that consists of multiple places that offer pizza, chicken, and healthy food options. The Clam Chowdarr is a favorite.

  • Krusty Burger (My kids like the foot long hot dog.)
  • Cletus’ Chicken Shack (The Chicken and Waffle sandwich is a favorite.)
  • Luigi’s Pizza
  • The Frying Dutchman
  • Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror (Healthier Options)
  • Moe’s Tavern (If you are a Simpsons fan or a beer fan, you can order a Duff Beer)

This used to be our go-to but when the parks reopened after covid it hasn’t been as good. Hopefully they are working it out because this is a great option with lots of choices.

Central Park Crepes

Central Park Crepes is a really good quick service restaurant that offers sweet and savory options. On our visit we ordered the lemon-blueberry pound cake and the brisket crepe.

We shared this as a snack. It was so good!!

The big issue with this location is not knowing when it is open. On our visit it opened at 11:00am. Always check the app. When I checked the app today for this article is wasn’t even showing up on the app.

It was open on our most recent visit and is worth checking out during your day at the park.

crepe at universal studios

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill is an Irish theme restaurant located in the New York area of Universal Studios. It is a nice place to sit and cool down away from the heat.

The food is good and they have traditional Irish dishes. They also have burgers and kids meals.

At times there is live music so this is not always the best place to get away from the noise.

It is also a sit down restaurant. You can usually make reservations the day before and at times they accept walk-ins.

London Taxi Hut

The London Taxi Hut is not always on the Universal app but it is a baked potato quick service dining kiosk that offers plain potatoes and loaded potato options. It is located near the Knight Bus outside Diagon Alley.

Special Events Food at Universal Orlando

There are many Universal Orlando restaurants to choose from but if you are visiting during a special event at Universal Orlando be sure to check out the food.

I cover all the events in this article: Guide to Special Events at Universal Orlando My favorite food event is Mardi Gras. The food booths are delicious and worth including in your day.

Expect specialty food options during Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Universal’s Holiday Event.

Best Restaurants at Islands of Adventure

Comic Strip Cafe

Comic Strip Cafe is counter service restaurant at Universal that offers a bit more variety. This is located in the Toon Lagoon area. They offer burgers & hot dogs, pizza & pasta, Chinese food, and fish and chicken.

It is probably the most varied dining location in the parks and should provide options for everyone in your group. We recommend trying the Dragon Platter.

Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendus

Circus McGurkus is located in the Seuss Landing area of the park. It is one of the most fun areas of Islands of Adventure for kids.

What I really love about this Islands of Adventure food place is that it is a fun themed restaurant. You are eating under the big top with colorful Seuss characters all around. The High in the Sky Trolley ride also goes through the restaurant from above.

The menu was recently updated to include burgers, pasta, and popcorn shrimp. There is also a mobile order only counter that includes corndogs.

seuss landing circus mcgurkus
Circus McGurkus at Islands of Adventure

Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks is similar to Leaky Cauldron but it has a few different menu options. It is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade.

I suggest trying both, especially if you have a Harry Potter fan in your family.

At Three Broomsticks you can order the great feast platter that serves four and includes a garden salad, rotisserie smoked chicken & spareribs, corn on the cob, and roast potatoes.

They also offer Chicken Fingers, Chicken Legs, Mac & Cheese, and Fish & Chips on the kids menu. Tip: If you want to try Butterbeer order it here. The lines at the small kiosks in the park tend to get long.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham is a quick service restaurant located at Islands of Adventure. It features tater tot dishes inspired by Green Eggs and Ham.

It is in the Seuss Landing section of the park. This is one of my favorite places to eat at Universal. They have Pizza Tots, Carnita Tots, and of course Green Eggs and Ham.

Keep in mind there is only outdoor seating. This can be an issue during the hot summer months.

I am also very sad to say they got rid of the dessert in the picture below. There are no longer dessert options on the menu but their entrees are delicious.

green eggs and ham at universal

Mythos Restaurant

Mythos Restaurant is located in the lost continent area of Islands of Adventure. We ate there a few years ago and felt the food wasn’t as good as other places and the prices are a bit high.

It has a cool ambiance and if you want to try it once it may be worth it. We felt one and done was enough.

Thunder Falls Terrace

Thunder Falls Terrace is located in the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure. This has become one of our favorite quick services at Islands of Adventure.

They offer rotisserie chicken and rice bowls. The black beans here were so good with the rice. We all were really impressed.

Best Universal CityWalk Restaurants

CityWalk is Universal Orlando’s entertainment complex and has a lot of great choices for best places to eat at Universal Orlando are located here.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is the best themed restaurant at Universal Orlando. It is definitely a place to experience at least once.

Toothsome’s has unique dining options inspired by chocolate flavors. When visiting it is more of an experience than a quick dining option.

There are characters walking around the restaurant that are themed to the steampunk story of Toothsomes.

If you are planning on dining at Toothsome I highly suggest making a reservation and allotting 1.5-2 hours for your visit.

I do appreciate the ambiance of the restaurant but do not suggest it if you are in a hurry.

I loved the warm chocolate bread and the milkshakes are delicious. The menu has a lot of chocolate infused dishes and reservations are highly recommended.

We go into details of our visit in our Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Review. If you can’t stop in for dinner guests can visit the lobby for sweet treats and to order the famous milkshakes.

Pat O’Brien’s

Pat O’Brien’s is a New Orleans themed restaurant. It is a sit-down restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Some nights offer dueling piano entertainment.

Pat O’Brien’s has a Mardi Gras theme and in the evenings caters to an adult crowd, but if you visit around dinner time it is a great place for families.

Expect Cajun inspired meals, that can be on the spicy side. They also offer a kids menu. Be sure to pick up beignets after your meal for dessert.

The Kid’s menu offers Mac & Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Shrimp, Burgers, and Grilled Chicken making this a great option to satisfy everyone in your family.

One of our favorite dishes is the Creole Chicken w/ Red Beans and Rice

Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Hot Dog Hall of Fame is a no frills counter service dining spot at CityWalk. It has outdoor seating only and you order from the counter.

The menu is extensive though, offering over 8 different specialty Hot Dog choices. It also has a classic foot long or Two Foot long. I recommend sharing the Two Foot long!

There are a variety of options and toppings as well. Keep in mind all seating is outdoors and can be really hot during the summer months.

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

On our first visit to Antojitos I had the best burrito ever. On our next visit it wasn’t my favorite. That being said I would visit again for the chips and salsa they bring you as you wait for your meal.

Chips and Salsa are included with your meal and the fresh salsa was delicious. Kids options are quesadillas, grilled chicken, or tacos.

Overall the food is good and the price is comparable to what you would expect. I would give this another try and see if it was a one off experience. Everyone else in the family enjoyed their meals.

Antojitos is one of the best restaurants at Universal Orlando resort.
The Burrito at Antojitos was delicios.

Bob Marley’s A Tribute to Freedom

Bob Marley is a restaurant that I hesitated on for a few visits because I wasn’t sure if would be kid friendly.

This Caribbean cuisine themed dining option offers spicy options, but you can always ask the chef to go easy on the spices.

The food was spicy but there were options for people who do not like too much spicy. I got the Jerk Chicken and asked to go light on the spice.

We all found something we liked on the menu and the outdoor seating was a nice quiet atmosphere. Some evenings they have live music playing too.

It was very good! The kids got chicken tenders and they were not spicy at all. Overall we all really liked it.

citywalk restaurants bob marley

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

The Cowfish is a Sushi Burger Bar. We never tried it previously because we don’t eat sushi but we had heard great things and on our recent visit gave it a try.

It may have been a staffing issue but our service was very slow and we had a virtual ride time for Hagrids so we felt kind of rushed.

This made the entire experience a little stressed. The food was okay but the thing we really loved was the presentation of the kids meals.

cowfish place to eat at citywalk

NBC Sports Grill & Brew

If you are looking for a restaurant at Universal’s CityWalk that has a wide variety of options NBC Sports Grill is a great choice.

From burgers to tacos and more we were able to find something everyone in the family liked.

The one downside to NBC Sports Grill is it is a bit pricey. Not outlandish prices, especially for theme park standards, but this was one of our most expensive meals.

Be sure to check the menu before your visit to make sure it is a good fit for your Universal vacation budget.

Vivo Italian Kitchen

Vivo Italian Kitchen features fresh pasta dishes that are full of flavor. This is a great choice if you are looking for an Italian dinner. They also have a kids menu with pizza and pasta, as well as a dessert menu.

Red Oven Pizza Bakery

We tried Red Oven Pizza Bakery on our most recent visit to Universal and really enjoyed it. This is a quick service restaurant and reservations are not required.

Mobile Ordering is offered making this a great option as you exit the parks. Red Oven has specialty pizzas made to order. One pizza will feed 2-3 people depending on your party.

I wish I had photos to share but we were so exhausted and hungry after our day at the parks, the food was gone before I even had a chance to take any.

Overall we liked the value and the food making this a great choice for families.

Most restaurants at CityWalk offer something for everyone’s taste but we feel like you can’t go wrong with these places to eat at CityWalk during your Universal trip.

Best Restaurants at the Universal Orlando Hotels

If you are looking for upscale dining you can visit the Hard Rock Hotel or Loew Portofino Bay Hotel.

The Palm at Hard Rock Hotel is an upscale New York steakhouse featuring an Italian inspired menu. Mama Della’s Ristorante is authentic family dining Italian. I recommend reservations for either restaurants

Loews Royal Pacific Resort offers Polynesian themed cuisine. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers Caribbean cuisine.

If you are staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort or the Endless Summer resorts they both offer quick-service restaurants with great options for the whole family.

Quick Places to Eat at Universal Orlando

Sometimes after a busy day at the parks parents want something quick and familiar. At Universal’s CityWalk they have a Burger King, Panda Express, and Moe’s in a food court setting.

This is typical to what you would expect but it can be an easy option for families that I wanted to mention.

There are also a lot of great places to check out inside the parks that I mentioned above like Central Park Crepes and Green Eggs and Ham. Be sure to check the app for opening times.

You may also want to try VooDoo Doughnut for a sweet after the park treat. They offer mobile ordering which can save you time.

We took doughnuts back to our room at Dockside Resort during one of our visits.

Be warned: if it is very humid out you may have melted doughnuts. Try to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.

Character Dining Restaurants at Universal Orlando Resort

Currently there is a Marvel Character Dinner that features Marvel characters to meet as you dine. Learn more here.

At one point they did have a character meal at Cafe Bamba with Dora, Minion, and Spongebob Characters.

For the Holidays at Universal guests can dine with the Grinch at Breakfast with the Grinch.

Tips for Dining at Universal Orlando Resort

If you are dining at a quick-service location check the Universal Orlando app to see if they offer mobile ordering. More dining locations are being added.

Mobile Ordering allows you to order from your phone and have the food delivered to your table. Some places will seat you and you will scan the QR code to place your order. There is an option to do counter ordering if you prefer.

One thing I want to note is that we noticed the price differences are not that big when you are comparing quick-service to sit-down service.

Unlike Disney World that has a big price difference in their sit down meals. Universal sit-down restaurants in the park are pretty comparable to the quick-service option. Check the menus if you want more price details.

With all the choices for great restaurants at Universal Orlando resort your theme park vacation doesn’t have to be bland food. It can be a awesome part of your vacation. I really hope you enjoying these restaurants at Universal Orlando.

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