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Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Mommy Frog on October 5, 2021 4 Los Angeles

We get asked all the time about the best food at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s always fun to try "theme-tastic" foods when visiting theme parks. Universal Studios serves up a few unique dishes and dining locations inspired by favorite movies, television shows and local flavors. Hop along as we explore the tastiest meals (and a few snacks) to be found at the best Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants.

Keep in mind that some menu items may be limited or substituted at this time. You can now find full menus and prices in the Universal Studios Hollywood app. The app also marks vegan and vegetarian dishes. These changes are nice for people looking for choices that meet their dietary needs and budget.

Our Frog Family Favorite Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants

All of the Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants are quick-service locations. (If you are looking for a table-service restaurant, there are many restaurants outside of the park at Universal CityWalk.) Each member of our frog squad has his or her own favorite places to eat in the park, so we tend to hop around to satisfy every frog’s taste buds. We’ll give you the scoop so you can dig in and make a dining plan that works for you!

Enjoy Food from Springfield U.S.A.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Springfield

Our tween, Tad, enjoys the standard American food (with a Simpsons flair) in Springfield U.S.A. You can get your pizza, pasta and Caesar salad fix at Luigi’s. Eat your way through a giant doughnut at Lard Lad Doughnuts after enjoying a Krusty Burger and mammal milk shake at Krusty Burger. Hop on down to Cletus’ Chicken Shack for some fried chicken, chicken and waffle sandwiches or chicken “thumbs.” (You know, chicken don’t have fingers either.)

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Chicken

We all enjoy hopping by the Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck for the Mucho Macho Nachos with carnitas as well as their three kinds of tacos. I am not a beer drinker, but other guests and "The Simpsons" fans seem to love tossing back a cold glass of draft Duff beer in the beer garden. You can drink Buzz soda in Springfield U.S.A., as well.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood-Flaming MoeAt Moe’s Tavern, the whole family can enjoy the Flaming Moe, a nonalcoholic, fizzing orange drink that comes in a souvenir cup. It’s fun and will cause other park guests to stop you and ask you what it is! You can also find frozen Kwik-E-Mart Squishees throughout the land.

Get a Taste of Nostalgia at Mel’s Diner in the Upper Lot

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Mel's

Tad also likes the kid-friendly American food at Mel’s Diner, a 1950s themed quick-service “drive-in” diner with booths inside and vintage cars out front. He often gets a burger, fries and shake or root beer float. The diner food never goes out of style. We especially jump for the can of Who Hash and festive seasonal offerings during Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. You can get a tuna melt, chili cheese dog, hot chicken sandwich and chicken tenders.

Dine on Costa Rican-Inspired Food at Jurassic Café in the Lower Lot

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Jurassic Cafe

If you find yourself working up an appetite while riding the thrill rides in the lower lot, be sure to hop by the newly designed Jurassic Café. The food is creative and tasty. Before the pandemic, we enjoyed snacking on pomegranate guacamole with plantain chips, tropical fruit salad sprinkled with coconut or the potato and chorizo empanadas. Leap and I like to indulge in these meals. With mouth-watering dishes such as roasted mahi mahi, slow-roasted mojo pork (our favorite), citrus glazed chicken, salads, burgers and more, you’ll find plenty to feed your crew. It doesn’t feel like typical theme park food.

Since the reopening, we've seen the Jurassic Café menu slightly modified to include a BBQ brisket sandwich, tropical roasted chicken salad, turkey leg platters and chicken. But you can still get the slow roasted mojo pork and seasonal foods. Hopfully, once things return to normal  we'll see some themed favorites return. Kids can enjoy sliders or pulled pork.

Pssst … you won’t easily find them on the menu, but you can order french fries if you have that picky eater in your family who won’t eat rice and beans or plantain chips. You can hop upstairs for more tables — some have a view of the boats from Jurassic World – The Ride making a splash. It’s also fun to watch guests meet dinosaurs from up there.

Parents may want to enjoy tropical adult drinks from the Isla Nu-Bar just in front of Jurassic Café. Drinks are served in a souvenir cup (one of three choices can be seen above with Jurassic Cafe food).

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood-Panda ExpressAlso in the Lower Lot, you can get quick Chinese food at Panda Express or a corn dog at Mummy Eats. You’ll find a Starbucks and a Studio Scoops ice cream shop nearby if you want to partake.

Try Mexican Food at Cocina Mexicana in the Upper Lot

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Cocina

You are in Southern California, so you should definitely enjoy some Mexican food while you are town. We liked the tacos at Cocina Mexicana. You’ll find a taco salad, wet chicken burrito and more. You can sip some frozen margaritas or indulge in desserts such as tres leches cake or buñuelos as you watch the fountains and guests meet their favorite characters in the area.

Eat on the Go

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Turkey

Sometimes it doesn't feel like there's time to stop and sit down for a meal. If you want a quick bite, may we recommend a heartier mini meal than, say, cotton candy, churros or ice cream? (We certainly enjoy these treats when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, as well. You’ll just want some heartier food to keep you hoppin’ if you are skipping meals to save time.) Grab hot or cold items to go from the Studio Café in the Lower Lot and the Palace Café in the Upper Lot. You’ll find prepared salads, sandwiches and hot entrees (such as turkey legs), as well as fruit cups if you are just hopping through. Grab cold salads, sandwiches, fruit and bakery items from French Street Bistro in the Upper Lot.

The The Universal Tower Snack Shop behind the box office has turkey legs and hot dogs. There is a Nathan’s hot dog cart across the way in the New York scenery, of course. Down in the Lower Lot, you can grab that corn dog from Mummy Eats to nosh on on your way to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D. Rather than skip meals when trying to maximize time at Universal Studios Hollywood, try eating at off-peak times when the lines are shorter.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood-Felonious Float and Minion cookie

Eat a Meal or Dessert Like a Minion

What do Minions love? Bananas! The newest dining location is the re-themed Minion Cafe (from the former Gru’s Lab Café ). Your little minions may find it to be top banana at Super Silly Fun Land. Dig in to loaded nachos, ramen, and creative grilled cheese options such as chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese, pulled pork grilled cheese with banana BBQ sauce, meatball parmesan grilled cheese with tomato soup or meatless grilled cheese with tomato soup. Yes, there are chicken tenders for less-adventurous eaters.

You'll want to save room for dessert. You'll find cupcakes, cookies, Nutella banana pudding and the Felonious Float. It is raspberry Icee, banana frozen yogurt, banana candy, whipped cream and a Minion swirly straw. Hop over to learn about other Minion and fun Universal treats.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood-Nachos at Minion CafeLet’s move on to one of our family’s most favorite Universal Studios Hollywood restaurant of all.

Enjoy an English Feast Like Harry Potter

We've saved the best of the Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants for last. Definitely hop into The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade for a meal. The menu includes the Great Feast (a feat made possible with the help of house elves, we presume) as well as other English favorites. You can find bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, ribs, fish and chips, chicken, beef Sunday roast, an asparagus platter, salads, soups and more. The tadpoles can order chicken tenders or  macaroni and cheese  off of the kid menu. The Great Feast feeds the entire family with chicken, ribs, salad, corn, vegetables and potatoes. Have an even bigger crew? You can add additional servings per person to the feast. We toadally love the desserts. The gooey Butterbeer Potted Crème and Sticky Toffee Pudding with ice cream are our top favorites.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - FeastYou can get cozy in a booth or table that looks like it came out of an old English pub. The décor and music immerse you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, while you enjoy the jolly good food. There are tasty seasonal offerings, including hot Butterbeer. Fishy Green Ale has recently made it to this location.

The Three Broomsticks is also a great spot to pick up breakfast in the park on select days. You may want to wake up early and rush to park to be there before park opening. After riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey before the line gets long, you might realize your tummy is rumbling. Hop in to the Three Broomsticks for an English breakfast!

At the other end of the restaurant is the Hog’s Head, which offers specialty beers such as Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale. Adults can also knock down some Fire Whiskey and other themed drinks. Both locations offer nonalcoholic Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice.

Quench Your Thirst with Coca-Cola Freestyle Souvenir Cups

If you enjoy fountain drinks, here's a way to save money. You can purchase a souvenir cup for $17 (or two for $16 each) at participating locations. You'll get 100 drink choices and unlimited refills (one pour every 10 minutes) the day you purchase it. Making a repeat visit? You can purchase an extra day of refills for $10.

We hope you’ve found our guide to the best Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants hopful in planning your trip. Want to increase your food budget? If you are planning a trip to Universal Studios, be sure to get a jump on saving by purchasing discount Universal Studios tickets through Undercover Tourist!

Related: 10 Not-to-Miss Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions and Shows

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 15, 2021 at 6:05 p.m. Elias Rivera Says...

Truly a great blog! Hopefully I can use this advice today!

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Apr 15, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much, Elias - hoppy reopening day snacking! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 19, 2019 at 4:47 p.m. Allie Says...

The donuts in Simpson "land" are the best---I'd rather have one of those (which we split 3 ways) than a VooDoo donut. They really are THAT good.

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Nov 19, 2019 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We love it, Allie - thanks for sharing! Mmm .... doughnuts ...

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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