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Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants

by Mommy Frog on February 1, 2024 4 Los Angeles

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant was the main attraction at Knott's Berry Farm. The Ghost Town streets and eventual theme park were slowly built up around the restaurant to entertain the guests who waited for hours to be seated for some good food. If you go back further in history, Knott's Berry Farm was, well, a berry farm (I know ... shocker!). The versatile boysenberry Walter Knott cultivated still inspires many drinks and dishes at Knott's today. As Knott's was created around food, you can bet that there are some great Knott's Berry Farm restaurants inside (and just outside) the theme park.

We have a few favorite places to eat, including unique foods you don't find just anywhere. With the reopening of a more vibrant Fiesta Village, there are new Mexican restaurants in the park, plus, there is a new restaurant in Ghost Town as well as in the refurbished Knott's Hotel! Hop along as we take a look at Knott’s Berry Farm restaurants so you can put some locations and foods on your must-do Knott’s dining list. From traditional theme park foods to a taste of the Old West to boysenberry-inspired dishes, here's our guide to Knott's Berry Farm restaurants!

Traditional Theme Park Food Locations at Knott's Berry Farm

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Guy eating a hot dog at Fireman's BBQ

Let’s knock out the places to get your burgers, fries, pizza and chicken tenders that your tadpoles know and expect at a theme park. Then, we'll get a little more creative!

  • Grizzly Creek Lodge — Camp Snoopy has your theme park favorites such as burgers, dogs, pizza, chicken tenders and Snoopy’s Kids Meals. But what we love is the upstairs patio. Sit and relax near Grizzly Creek Falls. If you need a campout spot in Camp Snoopy or a place to rest your tired flippers, this is it. This location usually opens earlier than other food locations, so hop by for an early meal and beat the peak lunch hours. You can get French toast sticks in the morning. Keep in mind that Camp Snoopy is getting refurbished in time for summer 2024.
  • Coaster's Diner — In the Boardwalk area, Coaster’s Diner combines '50s classic tunes with American classics, including burgers (including Xcelerator, a 12-inch patty!), tenders, fries and thick shakes. What we especially love is the burger topping area to customize your burger. You can pretty much add a salad to your burger with fresh leafy lettuce, tomatoes, onions and more. The shakes are delicious!

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Chicken Tenders

  • Sutter's Grill — This restaurant is surrounded by several other very close dining locations. That makes it easy to divide and conquer, then reassemble at a nearby picnic table if you have varying opinions about what to eat in your party (and we always do). Sutter's Grill offers burgers, Buffalo-style chicken sandwiches and salads. But pizza, tots, snacks and funnel cake are all steps away. Get in line early as this restaurant can form long lines.
  • Fireman's BBQ — We will discuss this restaurant below in the barbecue section, but you can please a lot of people in your party here. You can get hot dogs for the kids or chicken, ribs and flank steak for more adventurous eaters. Plus, there's fire-roasted corn on the cob.
  • Wilderness Dogs and  Drinks — This dining location was re-themed after Fiesta Dogs closed in Fiesta Village. You can get your hotdogs with fun combinations on top. We like the peaceful location of this outdoor restaurant. We grab a picnic table and relax with our food near a waterfall or in a spot where we can watch other guests rush by on the Pony Express or Calico River Rapids.

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Are your kids pizza-tarians? Here are a few more places (besides Grizzly Creek) to find that cheesy bready goodness. Be sure to look for limited-time options during festivals.

  • Sutters Pizza — Find traditional and seasonal styles of pizza here. It’s sold by the slice and as a whole pizza. You can get gluten-free and dairy-free pizza!
  • Prop Shop Pizzeria: An Italian Kitchen (new!) — The old Hollywood Hits location has a new pizza and Italian food eatery in its place. It calls itself a Boysenbrewery, but it's not an actual brewery. However, it sells beer and wines. You can pick up made-to-order salads, pizzas, breadsticks and pastas. Pizzas are served whole or by the slice. For pasta, it's beef bolognese and alfredo (along with seasonal specialties). We love this cafeteria-style eatery for standard Italian food and pizza. You can even add garlic "Knott's" onto you meal. We really like the seasonal pizzas that pop up during various festivals (such as that one with the boysenberry drizzle during Boysenberry Festival ... Yum!

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Pasta

Barbecue Restaurants at Knott’s Berry Farm

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Pulled Pork Sandwich

Some of our favorite Knott’s Berry Farm restaurants are barbecue locations.

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Selection of food at Boardwalk BBQ

  • Boardwalk BBQ — This cafeteria-style restaurant will have you drooling as you look at your choices. It's hard to make a decision about what to get. You have your platters, which give you an entree and a side, mac and cheese bowls with barbecue entrees and more. Entree choices include Knott's rotisserie chicken, Carolina pulled pork, smoked sausage with pepper and onions, boysenberry barbecue meatballs, teriyaki flank steak and boysenberry chicken wings. You have mac and cheese choices, as well. Choose from three cheese, hatch chili and white cheese or seasonal flavors. Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Steak sandwich at Fireman's BBQ
  • Fireman’s BBQ — Deep in the heart of Ghost Town, get in line early for this barbecue location. You can watch grillers heating up your food on a large open-air grill. We have found the barbecued chicken to be very tasty. You can also get ribs, hot dogs, smoked sausage and flank steak sandwiches and giant turkey legs. Add corn on the cob, slaw, baked potato or garlic bread or chips as a side.

Table-Service Restaurants at Knott's Berry Farm

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant with Ghostrider coaster in the background

When you want to sit a spell and allow someone else to serve you, here’s where to go. The quick-service food lines can get crazy long, and it can be challenging to wait in line and hunt for a table with a tray of food, all while keeping track of hungry froglets. It's worth it for a family to sit down at a table-service restaurant to relax. They are not on the dining plans, but the prices are equivalent to other food in the park.

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Turkey Pasty and Sarsaparilla Float at Ghost Town Grill

  • Ghost Town Grill — Take a table inside or on the porch to catch the scene in Ghost Town while you enjoy a sit-down meal from the new menu. You can enjoy salads, burgers, sandwiches, country-fried steak, baked mac and cheese topped with pulled pork and chili. We really enjoyed a British delight — a Cornish Turkey Pasty. It was turkey breast, sweet potatoes, spiced apple stuffing with a red wine cranberry gravy all wrapped up in a flakey Knott's Berry Farm pie crust. What we also love about Ghost Town Grill is that the prices are equivalent (or less than) the quick-service items in the rest of the park. Seafood lovers can enjoy grilled salmon here. Vegetarians can enjoy the Impossible Burger or Brie-Grilled Cheese. End on a sweet note with a slice of warm boysenberry pie with ice cream or a sarsaparilla float.
  • Johnny Rocket'sHop into the largest Johnny Rockets in North America. It's located in the Boardwalk area. You can get burgers, sandwiches, fries, onion rings, shakes and more American fare with a retro vibe that will take you back to the 1950s.
  • Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant — This is the restaurant that inspired it all! Technically, it's located just outside of the theme park. That means you don't even need a theme park ticket to enjoy this meal. In 1934, Cordelia Knott's started serving fried chicken dinners on Sundays. But by the 1940s, the lines to get in were so long that Walter Knott built an Old West attraction to entertain the guests while they waited and, no doubt, built up an appetite. While the menu has grown, along with the restaurant (and park that sits behind it), you'll still find a classic fried chicken dinner. It comes with three pieces of golden fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits with boysenberry preserves, other sides and of course, a slice of pie.
  • Thirty Acres Kitchen — This new restaurant in the refurbished Knott's Hotel offers farm-inspired dishes, classic American cuisine and an outdoor dining veranda. Guests can even try seasonal offerings that complement theme park festivities for a truly well-rounded experience!

Mexican Restaurants at Knott's Berry Farm

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Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Casa California Burrito, chips and churroWhen in SoCal, you'll likely want to taste some of the local flavors. An all-new Fiesta Village opened in time for summer 2023.

Here is a look at the new restaurants and their offerings:

  • (New) Casa California — Head to this new restaurant for made-to-order burritos, bowls, salads, birria quesadillas and nachos. You'll move along to servers at stations to add your bases, proteins and toppings. Protein choices include chicken, carne asada, carnitas, barbacoa, soyrizo and veggies. Tadpoles love the quesadilla. Add chips and queso or freshly made guacamole (served from a giant molcajete) and salsa to your order. End your meal with Mexican desserts: concha de café de olla, cupcakesito, chocoflan, churros or Oreo churros. The new indoor eating area is modern and beautiful, with classic Mexican décor touches throughout.

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Kids Quesadilla with Rice at Casa California

 

  • (New) Baja Taqueria — We love this new taco shop that took over the old Fiesta Dogs location. Our shrimp and meatless Forager tacos were fresh and so delicioso. We can't wait to try the battered fish tacos on our next visit. It's a great addition to the Knott's Berry Farm restaurants.

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  • Papas Mexicanas — Get your loaded fries, such as carne asada fries and more. This location has moved from the former La Papa Loca location.

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Carne Asada Fries

Chinese Food at Knott's Berry Farm

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Beef with broccoli from Panda Express

Asian food is pretty popular in SoCal, so it's no surprise that there is a Panda Express in the park. This is a food chain but the food quality is pretty consistent. This location allows us to take a break from traditional theme park foods. Plus, as a mom, I like to ensure we get some dishes with vegetables for our growing tadpoles. I tell the tadpoles, "If you want a churro later, you'll need some broccoli now." It works every time! The line moves faster than it looks at this location.

Frog Family Favorites at Knott's Berry Farm

Our tasty guide to the must-try eats at Knott’s Berry Farm will put you on the right track to finding even more yummy meals and treats. Here are a few of our favorite Knott’s Berry Farm restaurants because they offer unique and tasty foods you can’t necessarily find at other parks.

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  • Calico Tater Bites — Crispy tots topped with barbecue pulled pork, cheese and jalapeno strips? Yes, please! But it is hard to decide between these and other great toppings such as chili cheese, buffalo chicken tenders, mac and cheese and other yummy options. I can eat these as a meal or we can share them as a family snack.

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Boardwalk BBQ

  • Boardwalk BBQ — We know, we know ... we covered this in the barbecue section, but what we love are the Boysenberry meatballs, various flavored mac and cheese dishes topped with barbecued meats, boysenberry wings, salads and so much more. The portions are large at this cafeteria-style location, and the dining area is shaded. This line tends to move faster than other food lines. Plus, it usually has seasonal specials.
  • Strictly on a Stick — Where are my corn dog fans? We love corn dogs at many theme parks, but have you tried boysenberry corn dogs?
  • Ghost Town BakeryHop in to build your own sandwich (including an ABJ — almond butter and boysenberry jam sandwich for the peanut-free crowd). You can also enjoy soup or chowder in a sourdough bread bowl or some delicious baked goods. This location is not on the dining plan, which can mean shorter lines than some other locations.
  • (New) Miners' Mac & Spuds — You exit GhostRider and need to sit down and stuff your face. You’ll run smack into the former Wagon Wheel Pizza location as you exit the ride. This tucked-away location has one of the shortest lines in the park. The food is all-new to the park with your choice of stuffed potato or a bread bowl filled with chili and cheese, pulled pork, cajun shrimp or mac and cheese. You can add Dutch apple pie a la mode for dessert.

Adult Drinks at Knott's Berry Farm

Our Berry Best Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants-Margarita Flight

You can find adult beverages at several locations in the park (such as a margarita at Cantina Del Sur), but when in Ghost Town, you’d best be hitting the local saloon. Keep an eye out for seasonal specialty drinks.

  • Calico Saloon — Belly up to the bar to whet your whistle with beer (including boysenberry draft), wine, a boysenberry vodka smoothie or the Calico Bonfire. The Calico Soda XXX includes a shot. The Brutus is whiskey and ginger beer. Your younger cowpokes can sip some sarsparilla, boysenberry smoothie or boysenberry punch. The Calico Soda (boysenberry cream soda) is served exclusively at Calico Saloon. Your barkeep will make it up fresh for you! While it’s not a full restaurant, you can get snacks such as popcorn, pickles or pretzels. While the barkeep fixes you a drink, you can catch a show on the stage behind the bar for the finest entertainment this side of the Wild Wild West!
  • Ghost Town Grill — Have a seat and enjoy beer, wine or craft cocktails such as a grapefruit paloma, cosmo, margarita, mojito or a moscow mule.
  • (New) Cantina Del Sur — Enjoy a cold cerveza or cocktail at this new Fiesta Village Cantina. Sip margarita flights, taste tequila and more while you enjoy all the new entertainment in Fiesta Village.

How to Save Money at Knott's Berry Farm Restaurants

Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm Restaurants - Cooks grill food at Fireman's BBQ in Ghost Town

If you're heading to Knott's, you're in for a treat. The hardest part about visiting Knott's Berry Farm restaurants is deciding which one to try! If you want to taste your way around the park, we highly recommend the dining plans. They allow you to eat every 90 minutes for a one-time flat fee. We recommend the dining plan on less-crowded days when food lines are shorter. You can save a lot of money on food with a dining plan. We sometimes get one plan and share the items as a family. That way, we can try a lot of things by hopping by multiple restaurants without getting too full to ride the roller coasters (priorities). You can read more about the plans in our Knott's Berry Farm foods post.

The foods post might even give you a few more ideas of foods and treats you need to add to your must-try list. If you're a foodie, Knott's really kicks up the food offerings during many of its special events, such as the PEANUTS Celebration, the Boysenberry Festival, Knott's Scary Farm and Knott's Merry Farm.

You'll need a ticket to access the theme park, and that's where we can help you save money on each Knott's Berry Farm ticket so you can have more money to spend on food! 

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 25, 2023 at 11:22 p.m. Trista Zeis Says...

Do any restaurants serve breakfast items on the dining plan?

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Sep 29, 2023 at 4:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trista!

There aren't too many breakfast choices at Knott's, but you can get the breakfast burrito at the Ghost Town Bakery or the French Toast Sticks at Grizzly Creek Lodge. Grizzly Creek opens early with lunch items too.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2023 at 10:49 a.m. Gloria Harris Says...

Thank you! I really enjoyed this article. Very helpful, well written and interesting!

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Jul 21, 2023 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank you, Gloria! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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