Dining That's Universal. Diverse Options Abound at CityWalk, the Parks & Beyond



So, where to dine when you're at Universal? First let's get specific. For this 10Best list's purposes, Universal is defined as the entire 840-acre Universal Orlando Resort: its multiple theme parks, its on-site hotel properties and its Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. As you can imagine, choosing a dining venue in a place this vast can be daunting. Lucky for us, we live here. And we know eating at the parks isn't one-size-fits all. Some people want fine dining and others kid-friendly. And pretty much everyone likes to keep at least one eye on the budget. For enthusiasts who want to do as much as possible, sit-down meals are less of a concern than the best venues to get in, get out and get back on the roller coasters. Whether your tastes run more toward chic enclaves like Emeril's Tchoup Chop or the Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, family-friendly, pub-like surrounds like those at Finnegan’s Bar & Grill or painstakingly themed wonderlands like Three Broomsticks at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, you're in for some stellar choices.




Bringing fresh-made, quick-service pizza to CityWalk, Red Oven Pizza Bakery – an original-concept dining venue for Universal Orlando Resort, offers diners a simple menu with choices to suit all palates but not so many as to overwhelm. Ten...  Read More




With views of the Loews Royal Pacific pool (not too shabby) and the sensual and lovely orchid court for which it is named, the Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar does double-duty as a relaxing lobby bar and surprisingly good dining venue....  Read More




Strong drinks and small plates are the order of the day at this Caribbean rum bar/restaurant at the lovely Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Tasty tapas make sharing fun and the servers (and rum captains) really know their stuff. Mexican tapas and...  Read More




Much like its grandfather, New York's famed restaurant of the same name, The Palm's walls showcase the same caricatures and cartoons made famous by its earliest regulars. Unlike its predecessor, however, this venture's location inside the Hard...  Read More




It is said that J.K. Rowling herself (not to mention the Harry Potter films' art director and production designer) had a hand in every facet of the recreation of her young wizard's world here at Universal Orlando, and so it's no surprise that a...  Read More




Sleek and contemporary on the outside, the menu at Vivo Italian Kitchen belies its traditional soul. Serving up Italian classics, this Universal CityWalk original-concept dining venue opened with fanfare in 2014, offering visitors a taste of...  Read More




Sit-down, full-service dining within a theme park is semi-rare. The sort you'd go out of your way to recommend, rarer still. Finnegan's is just such a place, serving up simple Irish-American fare (be sure to sample the soda bread and apple...  Read More




Alluring decor, from water features and outdoor spaces to breathtaking mosaics, adorn this South Seas-themed eatery created by celebrity chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and named in part for New Orleans' famed Tchoupitoulas Street. Located...  Read More




Steampunk fantasy, and SERIOUSLY HUGE MILKSHAKES, await at this towering eatery and candy outpost at Universal CityWalk. Serving lunch and dinner and loads and loads of dessert, Toothsome is a wondrous Wonka-like factory of family fun. The...  Read More




Who's up for "burgushi?" Confused? The Cowfish is a burger and sushi joint – a fun and funky one – located amid the hustle and bustle of Universal Orlando and an ideal place to grab a bite before a night out hitting the various hotspots...  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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