Close Banner
frog

Both Disney© Resort Theme Parks

more savings
GET MY TICKETS

Beyond Butterbeer: The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

Harry Potter grew up deprived of delicious food and without any knowledge of the Wizarding World. On his eleventh birthday, he finds out that he is a wizard and embarks on a journey to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To his delight, he discovers many magical treats and great feasts that await him.

If you've always wanted to taste a Chocolate Frog, sip Butterbeer or share a Great Feast with friends, then here's your chance. Every Harry Potter fan can discover many treats, drinks and even hearty meals to suit their taste buds and bring the magical world to life. And now you can get ice cream at Florian Fortescue's! We bring you the best food and drink at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood!

The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Butterbeer and Cart

One of the first things you will encounter when walking into Hogsmeade is a red Butterbeer cart. You know you are going to have to try the Butterbeer! Some people have been waiting many years since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" was first published to try Butterbeer, so you will see them drinking it first thing in the morning upon entering the Wizarding World. (We actually recommend drinking it AFTER riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The ride might make you lose your Butterbeer if you are prone to motion sickness.)

Butterbeer is nonalcoholic, so all members of your family can enjoy this butterscotch-flavored frozen or nonfrozen (you choose) concoction in either a disposable cup or a souvenir stein. You can also get it inside at Hog's Head or the Three Broomsticks restaurant (where they also serve hot Butterbeer).

If you are dairy-free or vegan, you can now get a Butterbeer with a vegan-friendly froth at The Three Broomsticks or Hog's Head!

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Magic Neep

OK, so they had me at Butterbeer, but I cannot stop there. If you are looking for something beyond butterscotch, carbonated sweetness, then why not try Pumpkin Juice? You can purchase it bottled at the Magic Neep cart (where you can find specialty beer and fruit) or Butterbeer carts, but if you don’t care about having it in a pumpkin-topped bottle, you can save several dollars a serving by ordering a cup of the same pumpkin juice at the Three Broomsticks. (It tastes like a spiced cider.) The Three Broomsticks also sells apple cider, pear cider and Fishy Green Ale.

Beyond Butterbeer: The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood - Fishy Green Ale

You can buy Gilly Water, which is simply bottled water, but we prefer to drink free cups of water at the Three Broomsticks and save our beverage money for Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Hog's Head

Adults can enjoy adult drinks with alcohol at the Hog's Head. Try specialty beers — such as Wizard's Brew and Dragon Scale — or wine, mixed drinks and Fire Whiskey at the Hog’s Head. And when in the Hog’s Head, be sure to take a seat, relax and have fun admiring the authentic-looking décor and humorous signage.

Try Traditional English Pub Food

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Feast

The Three Broomsticks is the one restaurant in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood ... and it's one of our favorite Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants! Everything we have eaten has been delicious, and we've pretty much tried everything at this point. We always make a point to hop in when visiting. It serves breakfast (until 11 a.m.), lunch and dinner.

If you have a group of four or more, you might consider ordering The Great Feast. It feeds four, but can easily feed a larger group, especially if you have some small children or light eaters. The Feast includes chicken, ribs, full ears of corn on the cob, vegetables and roasted potatoes. It will certainly make you feel as if house elves have made a feast of food magically appear on your house league table. (Servers do deliver the feast to you.)

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Fish and Chips

Other single-serving, traditional English dishes are sure to make you feel like you have been transported over the “pond.” Choices include bangers and mash, fish and chips, herb roast chicken, roast chicken salad, shepherd’s pie and a smoked turkey leg platter. There is also a vegan Irish Stew. All of the dishes are quite filling.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Breakfast

During breakfast hours, you can enjoy breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, croissants and more. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. on select days.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Kid Food and AsparagusKids' meals come with fruit and include smaller portions of fish and chips, chicken quarters, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.

There is usually some kind of plant-based option available, but those dishes can change seasonally. If you are looking for vegetarian food, hop over to our post on How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood. The vegan shepherd's pie appears on the main menu but not on mobile order. Items pictured on the mobile order photos may be substituted.

The restaurant feels authentically old and has a lot of details Potter fans will appreciate. While this is not a table-service restaurant, it does feel like an old pub. They may help seat you and clear your table for you. Check out the fireplace, décor and detailed ceiling. You will froget you are in a theme park. You may also dine outside on the patio. We do recommend eating in between traditional mealtimes to avoid long lines at lunch or dinner. However, the line moves pretty quickly.

If you will be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood between Thanksgiving and Christmas time, you're in for an extra treat! You can enjoy the Holiday Dinner. It comes with turkey, stuffing, vegetables, bacon-wrapped sausage, gravy and cranberry sauce.

Mobile Order at The Three Broomsticks

The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Kids Mac and cheese

This location has joined mobile order. We tried mobile order. We can't say it saved any time, but you can sit and rest while you wait for your food instead of standing in line. Also, we noticed not all the items were available through mobile order that were available at the registers, but that may vary each day. If you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian item (such as vegan shepherd's pie), you may want to order in person.

The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Mobile Order photos of Kids mac and cheese

Also, we noticed that the photos on mobile order did not necessarily represent the food we received. Lily thought she was getting carrots and celery, but she got potato wedges instead. She did not complain, but as a mom who did the ordering, that photo of veggies and fruit was one of the motivating factors for ordering the kids meal. And the grapes were so hot from sitting under the heat lamp for 15 minutes while the team members looked for our other misplaced entrees at pick up, that we could not eat them. We've had much better experiences at this location and had fresher food by just waiting in line. We love this restaurant. We just like waiting in line for it better than mobile ordering.

Treats in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood

Food and Drink at the Wizarding World Hollywood - Honeydukes

And speaking of treats, Harry Potter has been known to buy one of every kind of wizarding candy off of the cart when riding the Hogwarts Express for the first time. And now you can try them all, too, at Honeydukes. Peruse the shelves for Chocolate Frogs, Peppermint Toads, Fudge Flies (these all sound tasty to us!) and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. The packaging matches that of the movies. You may also enjoy Fizzing Whizbees, Exploding Bonbons, chocolate cauldrons, and dark mark suckers. The feather quill sucker's stick actually writes!

We, unfortunately, could not buy them all, so we chose to try Fizzing Whizbees. Fizzing Whizbees are chocolate bees with something like Pop Rocks inside of them. They crackle, fizzle and pop in your mouth. If you are in need of some luck, purchase a bottle of Felix Felicis potion, aka "liquid luck."

If the store is busy, you can find most of these treats in some other stores around Universal Studios Hollywood, especially near the exit.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Honeydukes Homemade

Honeydukes also sells freshly made items such as Butterbeer fudge and other fudge flavors such as cookie dough, vanilla caramel, chocolate caramel, mint and more. They have pumpkin cakes, pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, witch hat cupcakes, gingerbread newt cookies, no-melt ice cream, chocolate-covered pretzel wands and caramel apples.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Butterbeer Fudge

Now I love a caramel apple more than any frog, but I had to try to the Butterbeer fudge. If it comes in Butterbeer flavor, we've probably tried it! Where else can you get Butterbeer as a flavor!

Beyond Butterbeer: The Best Food and Drink at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood - Butterbeer ice cream coneSpeaking of ... we have some frogciting news! From March 15 to April 30, 2024, Universal Studios is celebrating their first annual Butterbeer Season! All throughout the festive period, you'll be able to delectable treats, such as a Butterbeer-flavored ice lolly, in addition to the traditional items served daily. Additionally, for a limited time, witches and wizards alike to purchase cold and frozen Butterbeer in a special collectible silver stein.

That's not all, though ... we're beyond hoppy to report that as of March 29, a Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream counter is open inside Honeydukes! Prepare to taste 10 decadent and savory soft serve ice cream flavors — Butterbeer, Banana, Chocolate, Mint, Orange, Vanilla, Toffee Nut, Granny Smith Apple, Pistachio and Toffee Apple — available in a cup or waffle cone.

Best Food and Drink at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood - Butterbeer Creme

The desserts at the Three Broomsticks come highly recommended. Try delights such as Butterbeer potted creme, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate trifle, apple pie and Butterbeer ice cream. Our family favorites are the Butterbeer potted creme or sticky toffee pudding. The Butterbeer potted creme has a gooey butterscotch glaze topping over a creamy pudding or custard type of creamy dessert with whipped cream on top. It is delightful! (We scrape that pot clean.) We are curious to try the strawberry and peanut butter ice cream (which is also sold on a cart outside). Frankly, the Butterbeer ice cream did not taste particularly like Butterbeer. And as you may have guessed, we are self-appointed experts on Butterbeer by now!

For mealtime and in between, Hogsmeade has something unique for you to eat or drink. Trying some of the best food and drink at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is a fun way to immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter. If you love themed foods and drinks, Lily has shared her favorite fun Universal treats for even more yummy treats in the park.

If you are looking to increase your food budget so you can try all of these yummy Wizarding World treats, look to Undercover Tourist for discount Universal Studios Hollywood Resort theme park tickets. You can also find some hoppin' deals on a Los Angeles hotel stay. Ribbit!

Related: Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Related: Power-Up with Themed Food in Super Nintendo World Hollywood

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
View Comments
<<  Newer Posts | Older Posts  >>
May 16, 2017 at 2:15 a.m. Kim Says...

I was so disappointed in the Butterbeer. I couldn't wait to try it & then it just tasted like a diet drink. It has some sort of sucralose flavoring that wrecks the whole thing.

Love the desserts at the pub, but it would be nice if there was at least one vegetarian thing...

Reply
Leave a comment
About Us
About Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

Sign up for our newsletter!