Universal CityWalk Restaurants and Dining
While CityWalk is known for its clubs and party atmosphere, the dining opportunities here should not be overlooked. Whether it's a fresh pizza made in front of your eyes at Red Oven Pizza Bakery, a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, or a culinary tour de force at Emeril's, there's something here for every palate and budget.
If you're looking to catch a movie after your meal, the Movie & Meal Deal might be right up your alley. For only $21.95, you can order a select entrée including coffee, tea or soft drink at select CityWalk restaurants and be treated to a movie afterwards. If you're not interested in going to the movies, maybe the Meal & Mini-Golf Deal is a better alternative for only $23.95. The price of miniature golf at Hollywood Drive-In Golf is $13.99 plus tax for 18 holes making your meal less than $10 dollars.
Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar
Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar is more than just fresh, delicious sushi in a trendy, fun setting – it is the future of sushi. With brand-new wireless technology, “sushi cameras” and a robotic sushi-roll making machine, this walk-up bistro is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Fusion Bistro blends the finest ingredients and best sushi combinations with a rock’n’roll Asian-fanfare attitude. Located above the Cineplex.
This is the restaurant to choose for that special night out. While children are certainly welcome here, it's really a better choice for couples looking for a romantic dinner. The menu is pure Emeril, and his flare for unique flavors, quality ingredients and first rate professional service are evident at every turn. There are no bad meals on the menu.
For dessert, we suggest you put aside any remaining fantasies of a diet and try the molten chocolate lava cake with peanut butter gelato.
Extensive (and expensive) wine menu offers ideal pairings for the creative menu items.If you've overlooked making reservations (which are suggested), consider taking a seat at the bar for your meal. The service is every bit as good, and quite frankly, the bar staff makes great conversation.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Given Jimmy Buffett's popularity, and the fact that restaurants like this usually end up having a better name than food, we found Margaritaville to be a pleasant surprise. The food here is better than good, in some cases bordering on excellent.
The atmosphere is fun, the menu is diverse, but never strays too far from its Caribbean/Key West theme. Prices are a bit on the high side, but you'll walk away feeling like you got your money's worth. We recommend the Cheeseburger in Paradise, the Teriyaki Steak and the Volcano Nachos among others. Entrees run between $15 and $20 per.
Red Oven Pizza Bakery is artisan-made pizza in a casual, yet fast-paced environment making it a mixture of sit-down and quick service. Guests can choose from a menu of 10 different oven-baked pizzas, and if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, you can create your own! Pizzas are made fresh to order in the giant red oven that's the centerpiece of the restaurant. Red oven isn't an analogy, as the oven can get as hot as 1400 degrees to make the perfect crust. However, your pie will be cooked at 900-degrees to give it that perfect, crispy crust without burning it. Whole pizzas range from $12 to $18, salads from $11 to $13 and desserts, soda, beer and wine are also available. Take a seat outside while your pizza is being prepared and it will be served hot and fresh at your table.
Hard Rock Cafe
One of the most frequent comments you'll hear about this restaurant is "if you've been to one, you've been to them all". We found the food here to be sub-par, and over priced. Clearly, this restaurant is resting on its name and kitschy memorabilia to attract business, but much like the dreadful Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney, the food is hit or miss at best. We suggest you make this a stop of last resort.
The famous New Orleans staple will celebrate Mardi Gras every night in Orlando. Features dueling pianos, and the flaming fountainpiano. If you're seated in the piano area, be warned, the music is very loud. The better choice is the center courtyard. (Since this area is outdoors, the weather can be a factor in its availability.)
Just look for the giant glowing Hurricane, and be sure to stop and get one!
Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom
While not at the top of our list, this restaurant offers decent food at decent prices. The restaurant is a faithful recreation of Bob Marley's Jamaica home, and has various artifacts throughout celebrating his life, music and career.
The menu here offers a variety of Jamaican food - some familiar, like Reggae (a jerk marinated chicken), some a bit unique like Oxtail (the tail of an ox is considered a delicacy). Prices are very reasonable, with the average dinner entree between $10 and $15. Appetizers are similarly priced at between $6 and $12.If you're dining late (after 8pm), you'll find a live band performing each night. The restaurant is small, and most of the tables border the stage (there is a second floor seating area for busier nights).
NBA City Restaurant
Another 'traditional' offering (like Hard Rock Cafe and NASCAR), the NBA City offers standard fare (ribs, chicken, burgers) in a basketball themed environment
- NBA City Restaurant Review (April 2007)
NASCAR Sports Grille
Recently renovated, the NASCAR Sports Grille features a traditional menu of Ribs, pasta, chicken, burgers and sandwiches among others. However, it also suffers from what we call 'PHS' (Planet Hollywood Syndrome). Too much attention to theme, too little attention to food. The food here is mediocre at best, and is overpriced for what you get. This is the restaurant you go to if you have a member of your party that you're too embarrassed to take someplace nice. If you want an overpriced sports bar with sub standard food, this is a good spot.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
Straight from the movie. You remember this famous franchise started my Mr. Forest Gump himself. This is a family restaurant that specializes in, yes you guessed it shrimp, shrimp, and yes more shrimp. Don't worry it has all the other stuff to from steaks, sandwiches, seafood, appetizers, and deserts. Themed from the movie it has all kinds of memorable from the film for a cool atmosphere. Open from 11:00am - 12:00am
You'll find this right before the main entrance into CityWalk on your left.
BK Whopper Bar
Located above the movie theater is the world's first Whopper Bar. It's a great place to grab a quick meal. They do serve breakfast.
Moe's Southwest Grill
Located above the movie theater. Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fun and engaging fast-casual concept serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order southwest fare.
Located above the movie theater. Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain serving American Chinese cuisine.
- The Psychedelic Furs to perform at March Velvet Sessions - The concert will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, March 27.
- Blog - A Brit's Perspective - Changing of the Seasons at the Orlando theme parks
- Carl Dixon of The Guess Who will perform at Velvet Unplugged - This live acoustic performance will take place in the Hard Rock Hotel's lobby.
- Jake's American Bar sets date for next Beer Dinner - Jake's partners with Bell's Brewery for this dinner in March.