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Taking a trip to Universal Orlando requires a lot of planning and that includes figuring out where to eat. While there are lots of quick-service restaurants throughout the park to enjoy, sometimes it's nice to have a sit-down meal. To dine at Universal's table-service restaurants, you'll want to know how to make dining reservations.
Universal only has two table-service restaurants at each theme park, with most table-service options in CityWalk and at the hotels. Not all restaurants are directly owned and operated by Universal, so the process of making a reservation can differ by location.
Without further ado, let's dig in and learn more about Universal Orlando's dining reservations!
There are four total table-service restaurants offering reservations within the Universal Orlando theme parks. Remember, valid admission is required to dine at in-park restaurants. Bookings can be made online or by calling 407-224-FOOD (3663). All four in-park restaurants offer priority seating to guests staying at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort.
Mythos – Islands of Adventure
Across from Poseidon's Fury in The Lost Continent is Mythos Restaurant. This quality restaurant offers a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American cuisine. We recently dined there and tried delicious offerings such as the Fork, Knife and Spoon Grilled Cheese, Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Pad Thai. The exterior is one of our favorites with towering rocks and larger-than-life statues. For a secret photo spot, head behind for a wonderful view of Islands of Adventure. And keep an ear for the troll growling under the bridge!
Confisco Grille – Islands of Adventure
Located in Port of Entry is Confisco Grille, offering up a variety of cuisine from Asian, Mediterranean, Greek and more. With such a great variety, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Located near the front entrance, it's an ideal spot if you want to exit the park immediately after.
Finnegan's Bar & Grill – Universal Studios Florida
You can't go wrong with this traditional Irish-American pub! Head off the streets of New York and enjoy a lively bar and full-service restaurant. Savor classic pub food with an Irish twist such as the Bangers and Mash and Shepherd's Pie, along with classic American cuisine. Plus you can sit and be entertained by the live music!
Lombard's Seafood Grille – Universal Studios Florida
Located in San Francisco is Lombard's Seafood Grille. This waterfront restaurant has been serving up cuisine since the park first opened. Enjoy a variety of seafood, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. I recently enjoyed the Lobster Roll with Fish and Chips, paired with the Misty Pear cocktail. We love the atmosphere here, whether it's outside by the lagoon or inside by the giant fish tank (we are amphibians after all).
Marvel Character Dining in Islands of Adventure
Assemble your frog squad and combat an empty stomach at Marvel Character Dining in Marvel Super Hero Island! This amazing character dining experience at Cafe 4 gives you face time with Marvel's greatest superheroes: Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops and Rogue. Each reservation slot entitles a frog to one buffet dinner, one non-alcoholic beverage and one digital download of a photo with a character taken during the dining experience via My Universal Photos. Reservations are required and must be made up to 24 hours before arriving. Additionally, characters and dates are subject to availability and to change without notice. Universal recommends arriving 15 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation time.
There are tons of options available at CityWalk to try! Visiting CityWalk is free and does not require admission. If you're driving, you'll have to pay for parking unless visiting after 6 p.m. Bookings can be made online or by calling 407-224-FOOD (unless otherwise noted).
Many of Universal Orlando hotels also offer table-service restaurants that anyone can enjoy. Bookings can be made online or by calling 407-503-DINE (unless otherwise noted).
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
We hope this answered your questions about Universal dining reservations! Let us know if you have any additional questions or tips in the comments below!
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I cannot find the cancellation policies for the universal restaurants in Fl. Is it the same as Disney, 24 hrs notice? thx!
It may depend on the restaurant, but as a general rule of thumb, if you do not provide your credit card number at the time of the reservation, then in most cases, it's just a courtesy cancellation. Individual restaurants on property may have their own cancellation policies, such as Hard Rock Cafe or Mama Della's Ristorante, so we'd suggest you double-check cancellation policies if you're not reserving directly through Universal's online dining reservation system or hotline (407) 224-FOOD (3663).
Which restaurants are hard to get into without a dining reservation at Universal Orlando Resort's citywalk, studios, and islands of adventures ?
It'll definitely depend on when you're visiting. We've experienced hour waits during the busiest times. For instance, we've previously waited about an hour for the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium when it was during spring break season — we consider it to be one of the most popular restaurants. Others include Mythos inside Islands of Adventure and Cowfish. On the flip side, NBC Grill & Brew and Antojitos are some of the easier ones, but can still draw a long standby line during a busy time. Since making reservations are free and easy to cancel, we'd recommend for ease of mind, especially during peak seasons. (Usually a week or two in advance is sufficient.)
Any word on if the Marvel character dining ever re-open? That is the only character dining we were looking forward to.
Unfrogtunately, we have not heard any news about the Marvel character dining experience and don't know of any timeline for its return at this time. But if we hear anything, we'll be sure to update! We do know that the Grinch & Friends Breakfast is returning for the upcoming holiday season, so we hope it will be next!
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