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2022 Best Restaurants in Universal Orlando

In this article we are going to break down the absolute the 2022 best restaurants at Universal Orlando! Unlike some of our previous articles we are going to cover the best places to eat in Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk. We are also going to try to break down the best places to eat at Universal for all different aspects of your day including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.

So if you’re ready to learn about the best restaurants inside Universal Orlando read on!

Best Restaurants Universal Orlando 2022

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The first place to start when looking at the best restaurants at Universal Orlando is to get familiar with the layout of the theme parks. Universal Orlando is made up of three theme parks Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk. It’s important to note that you can also find some of the best places to eat at Universal Orlando at some of the on-site hotels which we will cover in a different post.

What are the best Universal Orlando restaurants ranked?

  • Voodoo Doughnut
  • Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks
  • Lombard’s Seafood Grille
  • Margaritaville Restaurant
  • The Cowfish
  • Mythos Restaurant
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican
  • Bigfire

Voodoo Doughnuts – Best Snacks at Universal Orlando

Location: Universal CityWalk

Meal Type: Snack / Breakfast at Universal Orlando

What to Expect:  We started this guide to the best restaurants in Universal Orlando with one of our favorite snacks and breakfast locations in CityWalk which is Voodoo Doughnuts.

Type of Food: Doughnuts

Must-Try Menu Items: Voodoo doll, Memphis mafia fritter, Bacon maple bar

Tips & Tricks: With over 50 different types of doughnuts made daily, this is simply a must do for anyone looking to try out the best food in Universal Orlando. Keep an eye out for those pink boxes throughout the park, as you can even take a few doughnuts into the parks or back to your hotel room late at night!

Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks – Best Lunch at Universal Orlando

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Location: Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure

Meal Type: Best Lunch at Universal Orlando

What to Expect:  We know it might be cheating but we are giving you two locations for the best restaurants at Universal Orlando here. Luckily both are located in the two Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks and do have similiar menus. What we really love about these restaurants is the Harry Potter theming.

Type of Food:  British Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items:  The Great Feast ( can fee family of four), fish and chips, spareribs platter

Tips & Tricks: One of the reasons we feel these are two of the best restaurants in Universal Studios for lunch is they are both in the theme parks. However we will say that guests should try for an early or late lunch to avoid long waits as these restaurants do not take reservations.

Lombard’s Seafood Grille – Best Restaurants in Universal Orlando

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Location: Universal Studios Florida

Meal Type: Best Lunch or Dinner

What to Expect: Lombard’s is one of the best restaurants inside of the Universal Orlando theme park that takes reservations. For this reason we love it for both lunch and dinner depending on the type of break your group is looking to take.

Type of Food: American Seafood Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Tuna poke, Shrip cocktail, Baja mahi tacos, Fisherman’s basket

Tips & Tricks: This is one of the nicer sit down restaurants inside of the Universal Orlando parks with some amazing views of the lake at Universal Studios Florida. We strongly recommend making a reservation as sit down dinning in the parks is limited.

Margaritaville Restaurant – Best Universal Orlando Restaurant for Drinks

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Location: Universal Studios CityWalk

Meal Type: Lunch or Dinner

What to Expect: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is always a ton of fun for the entire family. Serving traditional bar food this restaurant is also a great place to grab amazing drinks and live music which starts in the early evening.

Type of Food: American Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Lava lava shrimp, Jimmy’s jammin jambalaya, Chicken & shrimp teriyaki Bowl

Tips & Tricks: Just like many of the other top restaurants at Universal Orlando it’s always best to try to visit in the early evening or later in the night when crowds are lower. Be sure to also check out the quick service bar right across from Margaritaville as you wait for your table or just want a quick place to grab a drink!

The Cowfish – Best Places to Eat at Universal Studios Orlando

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Location: Universal Orlando CityWalk

Meal Type: Lunch or Dinner

What to Expect:  The Cowfish has a great menu for groups and families that love variety as it’s a burger and sushi bar offering different fusions between the two.

Type of Food:  American and Japanese Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Crinkle cut fried pickles, Edamame, Cowfish bento box, Fusion specialty bento box

Tips & Tricks: This is simple one of our favorites and hands down has some of the best food in Universal Studios Orlando. One of the things we love about The Cowfish is the bento boxes which provide a variety of Japanese and American cuisine.

Mythos – Best Universal Restaurant at Islands of Adventure

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Location: Islands of Adventure

Meal Type: Lunch or Dinner

What to Expect: The best theme park dinning experience in the world! We’re not joking as Mythos is not only the best restaurant in Universal Orlando but is continuously ranked one of the best theme park dinning experiences in the world.

Type of Food: Mediterranean Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mediterranean Grilled Octopus, Scallop and Summer Truffle Risotto, Gnocchi Bolognese

Tips & Tricks: This is one of the rare restaurants on the list of best places to eat at Islands of Adventure which will require a dinning reservation. Guests can make their reservations online or simply use a Universal Orlando expert like our friends over at The Park Prodigy!

Antojitos Authentic Mexican – Best Authentic Food at Universal Studios Orlando

Location: Universal Orlando CityWalk

Meal Type: Lunch or Dinner

What to Expect:  Antojitos is simply one of our favorite restaurants in Orlando and not just one of the best places to eat in Universal Studios. Their mix of authentic Mexican food such as tacos, fajitas and so much more with live music make for such a fun environment.

Type of Food:  Mexican Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items:  Tableside guacamole, Queso fundido, Quesadillas, Trio

Tips & Tricks: This is one of our favorite places to eat in Universal Studios Florida after a long day at the parks. We highly recommend to make a reservation here as it is extremely popular among Florida locals.

Bigfire – Best Fine Dinning Universal Orlando

Location: Universal Orlando CityWalk

Meal Type: Dinner

What to Expect:  Bigfire draws its inspiration from the open flames of a lakeside summer home and is the perfect restaurant for your next Universal vacation.

Type of Food:  American Cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items:  Wood charred brussels sprouts, Skillet roasted mussels, Cowboy ribeye, Wild salmon

Tips & Tricks: This is one of our favorite places to eat in Universal Studios Orlando for steaks and seafood. Guests will also be delightfully surprised with just how good the cocktails and desserts are here as well and it makes for one of the best restaurants at Universal after a long day in the parks.

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