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Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Mommy Frog on April 17, 2024
8 Los Angeles

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios HollywoodWe 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. And now there's a toadally fun restaurant in Super Nintendo World that you simply must visit. Hop along as we explore the tastiest meals (and a few snacks) to be found at the best Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants.

You can 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 their 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 or Caesar salad fix at Luigi’s. Eat your way through a giant doughnut at Lard Lad Doughnuts after enjoying a Krusty Burger and a mammal milkshake at Krusty Burger. Hop  down to Cletus’ Chicken Shack for some fried chicken, chicken and waffle sandwiches or chicken “thumbs.” (You know, chickens don’t have fingers either.) At Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog House, you can not only find hot dogs but tasty pretzels as well!

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 its 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. Another thrill for "Simpsons" fans is being able to drink Buzz soda in Springfield U.S.A.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Flaming Moe

At 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.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Ice Cream

Need to cool down? Grab a cold sweet treat at Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor. Tad’s favorite was the Ice Cream Conan with watermelon swirl!

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 a shake or root beer float. The diner food never goes out of style. You can get a tuna melt, chili cheese dog, hot chicken sandwich, BBQ brisket sandwich and chicken tenders.

Feel Fine at Hollywood & Dine

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood -Vegetarian ramen at Hollywood & Dine

This Upper Lot eatery with a punny LA name is full of flavor! Quench your thirst with a Coca-Cola Freestyle drink or a seasonal drink. The menu changes seasonally here. Our favorite time to hop in is from Lunar New Year through early spring. You can get flavorful Asian dishes such as egg rolls, noodles, ramen and other dishes. Late April through August 2024, this location has a special BBQ menu to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Studio Tour. It's the funnel cake dessert that tops our list of items to satisfy a sweet tooth in summer though. And this summer it's a Chilly Willy Funnel Cake (with a Chilly Willy sugar decor, raspberry filling, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, powdered sugar and a maraschino cherry)!

Dine on Some Costa Rican-inspired Food (and American Favorites) at Jurassic Café in the Lower Lot

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Jurassic Cafe

This location now serves breakfast until 11 a.m. on select days! You can get breakfast platters, berries and cream waffle or breakfast burritos.

If you find yourself working up an appetite while riding the thrill rides in the Lower Lot, be sure to hop by the Jurassic Café. The food is tasty. Leap and I like to indulge in these meals. With mouth-watering sides such as empanadas, hummus with veggies and Brazilian Cheesy Bread to entrees such as the half-roasted chicken adobo, salads, burgers, smoked brisket and more, you’ll find plenty to feed your crew. Families with big eaters can check out the family feast. The portion sizes are generous. Tadpoles can enjoy sliders or pulled pork with fruit and french fries. After lunch or dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth with dino-theme desserts.

For beverages, this location has a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine as well as a signature drink — the Pryoraptor Refresher. It is passionfruit and dragon fruit lemonade with mango popping boba.

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 Jurassic Café or Isla Nu-Bar just in front of Jurassic Café. Drinks are served in a souvenir tiki cup.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Panda Express

Also 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 Scoop ice cream shop nearby if you want to partake.

Try Mexican Food at Cocina Mexicana in the Upper Lot

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Mexican Food

Craving some good Mexican food? You are in Southern California, so you should definitely enjoy some Mexican food while you are in town. We liked the tacos at Cocina Mexicana. You’ll find a taco salad, sopes, nachos, beef birria tacos and more. You can sip some frozen margaritas or indulge in desserts such as mini churro bites or chamoy pineapple spears as you watch guests meet their favorite characters in the area. This location has a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.

Eat on the Go

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Turkey

Sometimes it doesn't feel like there's enough time to stop and sit down for a meal. If you want a quick bite that will sustain you and keep you hoppin', grab hot or cold items to go from the Studio Café in the Lower Lot and the Palace Deli & Market in the Upper Lot. You’ll find prepared salads, sandwiches, sushi and hot entrees (such as turkey legs), as well as fruit cups if you are just hopping through. Studio Café has breakfast burritos on select days. Grab cold salads, sandwiches, fruit and bakery items and yummy quiche from French Street Bistro in the Upper Lot.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Quiche

The Universal Tower Snack Shop behind the box office has pretzels, 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 while 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.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Felonious Float and Minion cookie

Eat Like a Minion

What do Minions love? Bananas! One of the themed Upper Lot dining locations is the Minion Cafe. Your little minions may find it to be the top banana at Super Silly Fun Land. Dig into loaded nachos, mac and cheese, rotisserie chicken, ramen and creative grilled cheese options, such as pulled pork grilled cheese with banana BBQ sauce, or classic 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.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Nachos at Minion Cafe

Let’s move on to one of our family’s all-time favorite Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants.

Enjoy an English Feast Like Harry Potter

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Butterbeer

One of the best Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants with the tastiest food is in the Wizarding World. 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, herb-roasted chicken, salads Irish stew and more.

Our vegan and dairy-free friends are celebrating a new, vegan version of Butterbeer now available at the park! It's available in cold and frozen options with a vegan-friendly froth on top. You can also savor vegan Irish Stew and Shepherd's Pasty Pie (both available seasonally) in the Wizarding World.

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Kids Meal

The tadpoles can order chicken tenders or macaroni and cheese from the kids' menu. The Great Feast feeds the entire family with chicken, ribs, corn, vegetables and potatoes. Have an even bigger crew? You can add additional servings per person to the feast or add a salad. 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 - Feast

You 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.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Fishy Green Ale

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

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Three Broomsticks 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. You can now get Fishy Green Ale, which is not fishy at all and has blueberry-flavored popping pearls.

Cool Off with Ice Cream in the Wizarding World

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Orange ice cream in Wizarding World

After you eat at the Three Broomsticks and cast a few spells, hop into Honeydukes for the new Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Counter. Get a cup or waffle cone of soft-serve ice cream swirled with one of 10 magical flavors: Butterbeer, Banana, Chocolate, Mint, Orange, Vanilla, Toffee Nut, Granny Smith Apple, Pistachio and Toffee Apple. Mostly it's vanilla with a small edge of swirl flavor, so only buy if you really like vanilla ice cream.

Power Up with Themed Food and Sweets at Toadstool Café in Super Nintendo World

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Toadstool Cafe interior

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and Three Broomsticks will always be my favorite, but the Toadstool Café is the most fun dining location of all! It's definitely a must-see and must-taste dining location at Universal Studios Hollywood, but it can be challenging to get in. You'll want to hop over to our post on Toadstool Café, so you can get into this dining location by joining the waitlist.

You'll use your Power-Up Band to collect a present upon entering. Then Chef Toad greets you from screens. You'll order your food, and then a team member will seat you and bring your meal to you. While you dine, you can look out windows to see the Mushroom Kingdom or the mushroom chefs in the kitchen preparing your food. Watch out for Bowser's warship and Bullet Bills coming through to wreak havoc about every 15 minutes. Green warp pipes hang from the ceiling and the dining room is toadally cute. But enough about the location; let's talk food.

We have a whole post on Super Nintendo World food. It goes into detail on all the items available. The food served in this restaurant is themed according to the Super Mario video games and is almost too cute to eat, featuring printed designs or collectible props. You have starters such as soups (vegan Tomato Soup and vegetarian Super Mushroom Soup) that come in a mushroom bowl, salads and mushroom-shaped cheesy garlic knots with marinara dipping sauce.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Selection of Toadstool Cafe food

Entrées include a braised short rib special, the Mario Burger (topped with bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and cheese), the Luigi Pesto Burger (grilled chicken, bell pepper and basil pesto — yum!) and Fire-Flower Spaghetti and Meatballs. Everything is really tasty and has personalized touches, many of which transition to free souvenirs for the tadpoles. The seasoned fries that come with the burgers are frogtastic! We loved dipping the fries in the basil-pesto sauce.

Kids' meals are pretty generous. They each come with a coin cookie in a box. There is a cheeseburger with fries and veggies or a vegetarian pasta with a Toadstool Garlic Knot.

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Princess Peach cupcake

To top off your meal, there are really cute desserts available. One offering is a Princess Peach Funfetti cupcake with a crown and a hidden raspberry filling. The Mt. Beanpole Cake is layered like Mt. Beanpole and has a Neapolitan mix of flavors with a green matcha frosting. My personal favorite is the "?" Block Tiramisu. For this dessert, printed cookies with question marks form a cube filled with tiramisu in the middle. It's a subtly sweet experience, but oh-so-tasty.

As for beverages, the Super Star Lemon Squash is the eatery's signature drink. It consists of honey lemon soda with mango stars and assorted tropical popping boba.

Grab a Quick Bite at Power-Up Café

Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Food from Power-Up Cafe

If you need a solid snack or fun, themed bubbly soda, level up at the Power-Up Café in the Upper Lot. We toadally recommend the Super Mushroom Calzone (filled with pepperoni, sausage, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce) or the 1-Up Mushroom Calzone (filled with spinach, green pepper, mushroom, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto) as a meatless choice.

Quench Your Thirst with Coca-Cola Freestyle Souvenir Cups

Best Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurants - Freestyle Cup

If you enjoy fountain drinks, here's a way to save money. You can purchase a souvenir cup for $19 (or two for $17 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 $12.

Save Time With Mobile Order

Mobile ordering has come to select Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants, with new locations being added all the time. You'll need to update your Universal Studios Hollywood app to the latest version, add your payment and link any annual passes so you can get any applicable discounts. We recommend taking these steps at home, so you'll be ready to go to the park. You must be on the property to place an order.

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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Mar 29, 2023 at 4:25 p.m.
Sara Says...

Do you have any links to menus or guides regarding nut allergies? So far I can only find vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free, but we have a couple other allergies we need to look out for as well.

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Mar 31, 2023 at 4:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

We don't currently have a blog post on individual food allergies or special dietary restrictions at Universal, but we're working on a vegan/vegetarian post now to help close that gap. Having one for nut allergies would be a good hole to fill too, so thank you for providing this feedback! We're not seeing the right info on the website either, so we'd suggest that you try calling Guest Services in advance, or ask to speak to the chefs before ordering when you're there.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2022 at 10:44 p.m.
Lee Says...

Love Luigi’s. Thanks for letting us know where to find the elusive Turkey Legs.

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Sep 28, 2022 at 8:32 p.m.
Kimra Tollefson Says...

As we are planning a trip to US Orlando soon, I appreciate the information! Often we just end up randomly picking a place without any real idea if they are good or bad.

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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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