We realize that eating out can sometimes be a challenge for vegetarian frogs ... especially when you throw in a theme park atmosphere that’s known for its turkey legs, hot dogs and cheeseburgers galore. Nobody wants to wait in line with friends and family only to find out there aren’t veggie-friendly meals. However, don’t resign yourself to packing your own food just yet! Universal Orlando actually has some frogtastic vegetarian options around the resort. Read all about our favorite restaurants and meals that will please any vegetarian at Universal Orlando!
Dining as a Vegetarian at Universal Orlando
In general, a good majority of the table-service and counter-service restaurants have vegetarian meals. Rest assured, you can find something in a pinch, even if it’s a basic salad. We suggest peeking at the restaurant menus online before hitting the parks so you have a few choices already in mind. Look out for a “V” next to food items on the menu … it designates a vegetarian-friendly meal!
You’ll also find that some vegetarian dishes can be found at multiple locations. Here are a few of these repeat items:
- Spaghetti Bolognese: This Bolognese sauce is made with vegan Italian sausage crumbles. Find it at Louie’s Italian Restaurant (Universal Studios Florida) or Cafe 4 (Universal's Islands of Adventure).
- Chick’n Avocado Sandwich: Despite its name, this sandwich has vegan chicken and vegan cheese. Find it at Mel’s Drive-In (Universal Studios Florida), The Burger Digs (Universal's Islands of Adventure) and Bambu (Volcano Bay).
- Beyond Burger: This popular plant-based burger is available at Mel’s Drive-In, Richter’s Burger Co. (Universal Studios Florida), Captain America Diner (Universal's Islands of Adventure) and Kohola Reef (Volcano Bay).
Best Table-Service Restaurants for a Vegetarian at Universal Orlando
For some frog families, having a leisurely lunch or dinner is ideal for much-needed rest — and that’s when table-service restaurants come in handy. To avoid sitting down and opening up a menu only to find hardly any meat-free items, here are some of our froggy favorite spots with vegetarian dishes.
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar (Universal CityWalk)
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is famous for its burgers and sushi rolls, but it also offers up some delicious vegetarian options. The Heavenly Veggie burger comes with a house-made veggie patty, roasted red pepper, sliced avocado, red onion and baby spinach on a seven-grain wheat bun. Meanwhile, the Tree Hugger roll consists of shiitake mushrooms, fried portobello, red pepper, cucumber, red onion and basil, and is served with wasabi yuzu dipping sauce. Drool.
Mythos Restaurant (Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Often regarded as one of Universal Orlando’s best restaurants, it’s not surprising that Mythos Restaurant has an inclusive menu. For hungry vegetarians and vegans, the Pad Thai can be prepared meat-free. It’s made with rice noodles and mixed veggies tossed in a sweet and sour peanut sauce. The Tomato Pesto Cresto de Gallo is another menu highlight, consisting of vegan chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, Kalamata olives and fresh basil.
Lombard’s Seafood Grille (Universal Studios Florida)
Just from its name, Lombard’s Seafood Grille might not strike you as a place for vegetarians, but it offers more vegetarian-friendly dishes than you’d think. If you see a “V” next to an item on the menu, that dish can be prepared vegetarian. For main entrees, order the Portobello Quinoa (oven-roasted portobello mushroom slices with cheese topped with quinoa and vegetables over a green chili pepper sauce, garnished with thin crispy fried onions) or the Plant-Based Penne Genovese (vegan sausage, roasted broccoli, cherry tomatoes and basil oil).
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (Universal CityWalk)
Besides chocolate and milkshakes (not saying that’s a bad thing, of course!), The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is also home to the Vegetable Press sandwich. It’s filled with roasted vegetables, portobello mushrooms, arugula pesto, Gruyère and dill havarti cheeses. You can also find several vegetarian-friendly appetizers (such as roasted Brussels sprouts or fried zucchini), salads and pastas.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food (Universal CityWalk)
When I think of Mexican food, tacos, fajitas and enchiladas are just a few things that come to mind. Luckily, Antojitos has vegetarian versions for those food items! The Vegetarianas enchiladas, the Vegetal fajitas and the Farm Fresh tacos all feature sweet potatoes, kale, jackfruit and nopales (Mexican cactus).
Best Counter-Service Restaurants for a Vegetarian at Universal Orlando
If you just want a quick bite inside the parks, these top counter-service restaurants have the widest selection of options for a vegetarian at Universal Orlando.
TODAY Cafe (Universal Studios Florida)
If you’re looking for a meat-free meal, we highly recommend checking out the menu at the new TODAY Cafe! It offers a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and bowls. Start your day with an Egg White Florentine Breakfast Sandwich or Overnight Oats. For lunch, you can choose from four different sandwich options: The Big Apple Cheese, I Heart Vegan, Little Italy Caprese or Al’s Avocado Toast. Additionally, there are scrumptious salads available, such as the SOHO and the Roasted Root Beets and Carrots salad. Just looking for a snack? The cafe has multiple display cases filled with cookies, pastries, tarts and more.
Louie’s Italian Restaurant (Universal Studios Florida)
Feeling in the mood for Italian food? Louie’s Italian Restaurant has a few options beyond breadsticks and a side salad for vegetarians. Of course, cheese pizza is always an option. But Louie’s also has a garden vegetarian pizza, which includes mozzarella, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomato sauce and herbs on house-made dough. Pizzas can be served whole or by the slice. Like we mentioned earlier, you can find the Spaghetti Bolognese dish here, as well.
The Burger Digs (Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Over at The Burger Digs, dig into a vegan cheeseburger, which consists of a brown rice and mushroom patty served with vegan cheese and fries. You could also substitute the BBQ burger — mango BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, tomato and coleslaw — with the vegan patty. Another sandwich alternative is the Chick’n Avocado Sandwich with vegan chicken and vegan cheese. Lastly, the Spring Salad is a hearty dish with fire roasted corn, peppers, black beans and pineapple vinaigrette.
Doc Sugrue’s Desert Kebab House (Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Even though none of us frogs are vegetarians, sometimes we like going to Doc Sugrue’s for something other than burgers or pizza. In addition to the chicken and beef kebabs, this spot has a veggie kebab to satisfy vegetarians. The veggies are marinated in its special house seasoning, and the kebab is served with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. Otherwise, you can opt for a Greek salad. For a smaller snack to share, we enjoy getting the hummus that’s served with carrots, celery sticks and pita bread!
Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club (Universal's Volcano Bay)
In the tropical paradise that is Volcano Bay, Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club is surfin’ up several vegetarian-friendly meals. Vegetarians can select a Beyond™ Burger with Follow Your Heart® American cheese and garlic vegenaise. There are also veggie and cheese longboard-style pizzas available. Or opt for a veggie wrap or a sushi vegetable roll from the Grab and Go menu.
It's not easy being green (we understand!), but these restaurants dish up lots of mouthwatering options for vegetarians at Universal Orlando! Do you have a favorite plant-based option we missed? Hop down to the comments to share!