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CityWalk Dining and Restaurants Guide at Universal Orlando

While CityWalk is known for it's clubs and party atmosphere, the dining opportunities here should not be overlooked.

Restaurants and eateries are classified by meals served and amount you should expect to spend per person:
$ = Inexpensive Casual Dining(under $15)*
$$ = Moderate ($16 to $25)*
$$$ = Expensive Character Dining($26 to $45)*
$$$$ = Very Expensive Fine Dining(Over $45)*

Themed Dining

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville $$ - $$$

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

The music, lyrics and laid back island attitude of Jimmy Buffett comes to life at this popular landmark restaurant.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a mecca for Parrot Heads or anyone else who wants to have a good time and a great meal in the ultimate tropical setting. There is something for everyone at Margaritaville from The Lone Palm Airport, the newest addition featuring Jimmy Buffett’s very own seaplane, tiki bar, and kids play area, to the many themed areas including the Volcano Bar complete with a giant margarita exploding volcano. The outdoor dining area, The Porch of Indecision, is a place where guests can sing along to Buffett tunes, socialize with friends and enjoy our daily happy hour. After dinner, the restaurant transitions into a swinging nightclub where dancing is a must and live bands perform every night of the week.

The Lone Palm Airport is Margaritaville’s newest attraction featuring Jimmy Buffett’s very own seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer.

The menu features a unique combination of Key West and Caribbean foods known as Floribbean Cuisine and items indigenous to Florida, including conch fritters, calamari, and key lime pie. Live musical performances carry guests away with tunes ranging from island style to rock. The outdoor Lone Palm Airport features a full menu and bar under the wing of Jimmy Buffett’s own seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer.

The atmosphere is fun, the menu is diverse, but never strays too far from it's 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.

NBA City $$ - $$$

orlando citywalk NBA City

This basketball-themed restaurant is in a league of its own. The world’s first-ever NBA City takes you courtside to enjoy exceptional American cuisine and the excitement of one of the world's fastest sports.

The result of a partnership between the National Basketball Association and Hard Rock Café, NBA City is Hard Rock’s first new restaurant brand in its 28-year history and the NBA’s first entry into the restaurant business. The dining area features video screens showing exclusive programming telling the great stories and rivalries of the NBA and WNBA. The restaurant features contemporary American cuisine such as burgers, pasta, oven-roasted pizzas, and a full bar.

Tip: The food and drink are only part of the fun here. In fact, you don’t have to have a meal to enjoy NBA City. The entrance is flanked by a display of bronze basketballs bearing the handprints of basketball greats. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re not in the NBA, losing your own hand in these massive prints will give you a hint. Inside, before you enter the dining room, you’ll find the NBA City Playground: A place where you can test your free-throw skills and, if you’re good enough, get some fleeting fame on the electronic scoreboard.

NASCAR Sports Grill Café $$ - $$$

This high quality restaurant provides a world class gathering place for the tremendously loyal NASCAR faithful and anyone with a passion for sports, good food, and a great time. The Grille's dedication to bringing the excitement of NASCAR to the restaurant and its total commitment to the guest makes for an unrivaled dining and entertainment experience.

Buckle up for the 200 mph thrills of the NASCAR Sports Grille. This sleek, upscale sports bar is any racing or sports enthusiast’s dream with tableside plasma screens and a huge plasma wall to watch the day’s races or all the big games.

NASCAR cafe re-opened its doors to customers after a 3 month re-fitting and upgrade programme.

As with the NBA City cafe, this all American sports car cafe pulls in a lot of American tourists and local residents during the evening time, before they move onto the night time venues.....remember this little tip because if your visiting Universals CityWalk during the peak seasons, you'll have a long wait to grab a table.

The only officially NASCAR-sanctioned specialty restaurant for racing fans, NASCAR Café features rows of gleaming NASCAR Winston Cup Cars, a surround-sound video wall, multi-media games, rare artifacts and collectibles. Official NASCAR memorabilia and a showcase of cars including Richard Petty’s 1984 Pontiac, Jeff Gordon’s Monte Carlo and Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s Monte Carlo adorn the venue. The restaurant features all-American cuisine including baby back ribs, roasted sirloin and popcorn shrimp, plus a full bar.

During “Thursday Madness” (7 p.m. to close) you can enjoy food and drink discounts while playing free video games in the Speed Zone Arcade.

Tip: If you want to eat upstairs, let the hostess at the main entrance know. She will pass you on to the upstairs hostess.

Bob Marley-A Tribute to Freedom $$

Reggae fans will appreciate this salute to Bob Marley, the Jamaican-born king of reggae, where the infectious backbeat of Marley’s lilting music mingles with the spicy accents of island cooking.

Share in a one-of-a-kind celebration of music and culture as Bob Marley–A Tribute to Freedom takes you on a musical journey through the life of the "King of Reggae."

A Tribute to Freedom - A one-of-a-kind celebration of music and culture, Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom is patterned after Marley’s actual home in Kingston, Jamaica. It commemorates the “King of Reggae’s” international fame and takes guests on a musical journey of his life. Artifacts, photos, and video clips from his legendary career surround visitors in the open-air verandah and courtyard.

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).

Anyone looking for a fun evening of dancing and drinking and infectious music to go along with it will find little to complain about here. True Marley devotees will find everything they are looking for.

Latin Quarter $$$

CityWalk - Latin Quarter

Enjoy the mouth-watering delicacies of Latin America at this award-winning cantina and club. The unique décor is influenced by Aztec, Incan, and Mayan architecture, and gives one the sensation of dining under the stars near an ancient temple.

Guests enjoy the driving rhythms and mouth-watering delicacies of Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. A festive dining, dancing, and live entertainment experience, Latin Quarter offers authentic food, drink and entertainment from all 21 Latin American nations. The unique decor, influenced by Aztec, Incan and Mayan architecture, immerses guests in the culture and style of Latin America. Menu items include pork, black beans, yellow rice, plantains and flan, as well as a full bar.

In the evenings from Thursday (Ladies’ Night) through Saturday, Latin Quarter features low-key, live entertainment. Typically it will be an excellent flamenco guitarist, playing on the outdoor patio when the weather cooperates or indoors when it doesn’t. At 10:30 p.m., Latin Quarter turns up the heat with a Latin D.J.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company $$ - $$$

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a great family dining experience right at the entrance to the amazing CityWalk.

Yes, you guessed it 'Forrest Gump' has arrived here in CityWalk.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. offers many signature menu items including “Bucket of Boat Trash,” comprised of deep fried tender shrimp, lobster and mahi mahi; Cajun spiced mahi mahi with bourbon sauce and shrimp served over mashed potatoes; and the more traditional Southern Fried Shrimp, along with a host of other great-tasting items for customers to choose. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.,  features a mix of “Forrest Gump” movie memorabilia and reproductions of script pages, storyboards, costumes, shoes, still photos and scrawled “Gumpisms.”  Tasty seafood, a casual family atmosphere and a creative concept culminate the experience at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – the first restaurant group based on a motion picture property.

Casual Dining

Hard Rock Café $$ - $$$

The largest world renowned Hard Rock Cafe is situated in Universal CityWalk Orlando.

Grab a burger and a side order of rock 'n' roll history at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe.

Adjacent to the Hard Rock Live performance venue is the world’s largest Hard Rock Café, decorated with the world’s largest collection of rock ‘n roll memorabilia. These include a 1959 pink Cadillac revolving over the bar and guitars and clothing from rock superstars such as Kiss, Elvis, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. The restaurant features classic American cuisine – burgers, marinated chicken breast and barbeque ribs, plus a full bar. Hard Rock specialty merchandise is for sale, including leather jackets, pins and t-shirts.

Tip: If your party is small, the bar is an excellent place to eat. The bar offers the full menu and quicker seating when the place is crowded. A seat here gives you an excellent vantage point from which to soak up the ambiance. If the downstairs bar is full, there is another upstairs.
Tip: Root beer floats aren’t on the menu, but they’ll whip one up if you ask nicely.

Pat O’Brien’s $$ - $$$

Step into Pat O’Brien’s and you’ll believe that you’ve been magically transported to the Big Easy.

It's Mardi Gras 365 days a year at this authentic reproduction of New Orleans' favorite watering hole.

An authentic reproduction of New Orleans’ favorite watering hole, Pat O’Brien’s is the original home of dueling pianos, the “flaming fountain” patio and the world-famous “Hurricane” specialty drink. Cajun style appetizers, entrees and desserts are served in the main bar, courtyard and terrace level. Entrees include catfish fillets, jambalaya, shrimp Creole and wings.

Tip: “2 For Tuesdays” specials include half-price appetizers and 2-for-1 drinks, including Hurricanes (souvenir glass not included).

 

Gourmet Dining

Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando $$$$+

Emeril's is the restaurant to choose for that special night out.

"Kick it up a notch" with the cuisine of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, star of the Food Network’s hit show Emeril Live.

This sophisticated eatery was created by noted chef Emeril Lagasse, star of the hit Food Network program “Emeril Live.” The restaurant’s focal point is a bustling, open kitchen where guests can watch chefs design their Creole-based gourmet creations, including Louisiana oyster stew, duck, and rib-eye steak. The restaurant also boasts a full bar with a second-floor wine gallery featuring an open display of 12,000 bottles of wine, a cigar bar that features a wall-sized humidor and aperitif bar. A second Emeril’s Universal Orlando location, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, is located in the Royal Pacific Resort.

Tip: If you are dining alone or there are just two of you, you might want to try the “Food Bar,” a short counter with stools that looks into the kitchen. The primo CityWalk dining location is the L-shaped dining area by the windows;  VIPs are seated here, so reserve well in advance if it’s your preference.
Emeril’s, by the way, is strictly a restaurant; there is no entertainment. For most people, the tongue-tingling food will be entertainment enough.

Special note on reservations: Again, do remember that reservations are mandatory. Emeril’s accepts reservations six months in advance and often books up completely several weeks in advance. So if you are planning on visiting at a busy time or are planning a special-occasion meal here, you will be well advised to book as early as possible. A day or two before your visit, the restaurant will call you to remind you of your reservation. By the way, the concierges at the resort hotels have no special pull with Emeril’s.

During February and March, the height of the convention trade, reservations are extremely hard to come by; you’ll have better luck in the hot summer months. So how do you get seats at the last minute? Most often you don’t, but your best shot is to call at 3:15 p.m. on the day you want to dine. If all else fails (and this may, too), show up early and ask for a seat at the main bar, where people are seated on a first come-first served basis and can order from the full menu. Generally, it’s easier, but by no means a slam-dunk, to come by a table on short notice at lunch.

Pastamoré $$ - $$$

When you're dining in CityWalk, Pastamore is a good place to visit before you enter the theme parks for breakfast

This full-service Italian restaurant offers a la carte or "family style" dining in a colorful Mediterranean setting.

Pastamoré, a colorful family-style Italian eatery, provides numerous dining options. Guests can select from the full-service restaurant offering a la carte or “family style” menu items or the Marketplace Café offering Mediterranean to-go delicacies. The open-air kitchen enables guests to see chefs prepare mouth-watering dishes, such as oven-roasted pizzas, grilled chicken and steaks. The Marketplace Café features Mediterranean delicacies such as breakfast pastries, panini sandwiches, gelato and Italian coffee.

Because everything is a la carte, the bill can add up quickly. A 15% gratuity is added to the bill for parties of six or more. Pastamoré has an attached deli and espresso bar that opens early; see the Fast Food section, below.

Fast Food at CityWalk

Lone Palm Airport $-$$

Outdoor tiki bar Opposite Margaritaville featuring wings, nachos, shrimp, conch fritters, hot dogs, beer and specialty drinks.

Fusion Bistro Sushi and Sake Bar $-$$

Fusion Bistro Sushi and 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.

Whopper Bar/ Panda Express/ Moe’s Southwest Grill $

Three familiar franchises fill this mall-style food court, strategically located near the upper exit of the Cineplex.

Big Kahuna Pizza $ - $$

Individual pizzas baked fresh daily.

Cinnabon $

Fresh, hot, out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls.

Galaxy Bar $

A patio atmosphere with specialty drinks and beer.

Latin Quarter Express $

Latin specialties including Cuban sandwiches, nachos and more.

Pastamore Market Café $

Italian favorites including pastries, panini, pasta, gelato and cappuccino.

Starbucks $

Specialty coffee, tea, blended drinks and bakery items.

TCBY $

Soft Serve Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet between the Cineplex and the Plaza

Fat Tuesday $

Cool off with your favorite frozen concoctions at a convenient walk-up counter. Enjoy premium frozen daiquiris and more!