Whether you're planning a special-occasion meal or want to grab a fast bite before heading off to enjoy the rides, you'll find restaurants to please your palate as well as your wallet among these top Universal Studios dining spots.
Dining at Universal Studios
When it first opened in 1990, the single theme park, Universal Studios Florida, was all that awaited visitors to the now bursting-at-the-seams Universal Orlando resort. If you wanted to burst your own seams, you had a handful of dining choices at the park.
In recent years, a second theme park, Islands of Adventure, along with the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining district, and on-property hotels have been added. There are now more than 50 places to dine throughout the resort.
It's not nearly as big as Disney World, but it can still be overwhelming for Universal Orlando visitors to determine where they should plan to have their meals. Here are some top picks.
Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck
This food truck is situated in the Simpsons section of Universal Studios park, and serves, as the name suggests, tacos. Guests can fill their soft shell tacos with fish, chicken, or steak. It's no frills, but the tacos are delicious. Be kind to the servers who staff the truck; those bumblebee costumes can't be comfortable to wear all day.
Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade
This Harry Potter-themed restaurant serves dishes right out of the novels, including, of course, Butterbeer. The menu has staples of English cuisine, including Cornish pastries, fish and chips and Shepherd's pie. There's also the Great Feast platter, for the heartier appetites.
Confisco Grille at Islands of Adventure has a "backwater bar" representing (according to the backstory) the many traders and their varied nationalities who pass through the park's Port of Entry area. That would explain the wildly incongruous dishes that exist side by side here, including freshly prepared hummus, pad thai, fajitas, Greek salad, and pasta.
Lombard’s Seafood Grille
This seafood restaurant is the East Coast version of the original Universal Studios park in San Francisco. Its decor is meant to emulate an oceanside restaurant at that city's Fisherman's Wharf. Much of the seafood on the menu is fried, but pasta, sandwiches, and salads also are available.
For a more upscale experience, opt for the prix fixe menu that includes a front row seat for the evening lagoon show, Universal's Cinematic Spectacular. Special reservations are required.
Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk
Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk is the Universal outpost of the famous New Orleans spot, and comes complete with its own dueling pianos bar and Cajun-influenced menu. Dine on crawfish, etouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and other Big Easy favorites. Pat O'Brien's serves oversized Hurricane drinks that are not for the novice.