Are you looking for some of the best restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk?

Awesome!  We love Universal CityWalk!  We are excited to share with you some of our favorite places to eat at CityWalk. 

There is a lot of variety from sit down restaurants to fast food and snacks. On our last trip we were able to try out some great options.  

Let’s explore some of the best restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk! 

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What is Universal CityWalk and Where is it Located?

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CityWalk is an epicenter of food, fun, and entertainment.  There are amazing restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. 

CityWalk is located just outside of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and is a central hub.  When you enter the park or leave the park you will have to walk through CityWalk. 

 

Parking at Universal CityWalk

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The address to the Universal Orlando parking garage is: 

6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

Parking prices vary depending on what type of spot you want. 

Primer $50

Standard $26

Bus/RV $32

If you arrive after 6:00 pm parking is FREE. 

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Margaritaville in Universal Orlando City Walk

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is an All-American restaurant that your family will love.  View the Menu to see if this is where you want to dine. 

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes, you will want to make a reservation. However, even during really busy times you will most likely still get a spot on the day of.  Make a reservation online or call: 407-224-3663

Is There Entertainment?

Yes, there is live entertainment. We really enjoyed listening to the performer. We could request songs and sing along.  Every night at 10:00 pm, the restaurant turns into a nightclub with live entertainment.

Seating

There is both indoor and outdoor seating available. 

Food Rating

Google ranks it 4.1 out of 5.  I agree with that ranking. It was pretty good.  We had a variety of meals between all members of my family.  Of course the kids ate chicken nuggets, which you can’t go wrong there.  We tried the ribs, burger, and a chicken sandwich.  

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. 

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

Chocolate emporium at Universal City Walk

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium was high on my list to try.  They serve sweet treats but also have a full restaurant.  Their menu includes flatbreads, salads, pasta, and burgers.  However, the most popular item is the shake.  There are a variety of flavors and they come with a souvenir cup. 

Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 1200 am

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 1:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

If you are coming just for the shakes or sweet treats, you do not need a reservation.  You can go directly in on the left side and there is a counter-service location.

You do need an online reservation to sit down in the restaurant.   Some people were able to walk-in and get a seat but it is not guaranteed.  You can also call 407-224-3663

Is there Entertainment? 

The waiters dress up in steam punk attire, so that can be entertaining. There is no entertainment in the counter service area.  

Seating

Seating is located indoors for the main restaurant.  The Counter Service area has a covered-patio area.  

Food Rating

Google ranks it 4.2 out of 5. We went just for the shakes.  We bought mint Oreo, cookie, and key lime pie.  Key lime pie won.  Personally,  I didn’t like any of them! 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

Antojitos Mexican Restaurant at City Walk

This is one of the best places to eat at CityWalk.  It is very popular.   This Mexican restaurant has an excellent menu

Hours

Everyday: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes, we wanted to go so bad but reservations were booked well in advance.  During high season you will need to book online at least a week out.  You can also call 407-224-3663

Is there Entertainment?

Yes!  There is live, loud, and fun music.  Free face painting is also available on some nights. 

Seating

Inside and outside seating is available.

Food Rating

Google ranks it 4.2 out of 5. I wish I had first hand experience but all I can say is the reviews are amazing! It is on my list for my next visit! 

Big Fire

Best Restaurants at City Walk -Big Fire

Big fire has a variety of steak, chicken, and salmon.  There are also burgers on this menu.

Hours

Everyday: 4:00 pm – 11:00pm

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservations are needed during busy seasons. You may be able to get a day of reservation during less crowded times. 

Is There Entertainment?

No

Seating

Indoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google gives this a 4.3 out of 5.  I didn’t get a chance to check it out.  

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Restaurant at City Walk

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is one of the first restaurants you will see as you enter CityWalk.  The menu is made up mostly of seafood.  

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Is a Reservation Needed?

No, first come first serve. 

Is there Entertainment? 

No

Seating

Indoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google ranks it 4.3 out of 5.  If you like seafood this is your best option.  

Hard Rock Cafe

Eating at City Walk - Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Café  is located throughout the world.  The location at CityWalk is grand.  The menu is pretty much the same as all locations. 

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservations can be made online or by phone (407-224-3663).  There is also an option to buy a voucher that will get you to the front of the line with priority seating. 

Is there Entertainment?

Yes, Friday and Saturdays live entertainment is provided. There is also one of the largest collections of musical artifacts located in the Elvis, Beatles, and John Lennon rooms.

Seating

Indoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google Ranks it 4.5 out of 5.  I ate at Hard Rock at another location and it was okay.  It is great American food.  

Vivo Italian Kitchen

Vivo Italian Kitchen Best place to eat at City Walk Orlando

This Italian restaurant is delicious.  The menu offers pizza, pasta, and salads.  The margarita pizza is amazing.  

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 500 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservations can be made online or by phone (407-224-3663). 

Is there Entertainment?

No, loud Italian classical music is played in the background.

Seating

Indoor and outdoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google Ranks it 4.7 out of 5.  Vivo is one of the highest ranked restaurants in CityWalk.   

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Cowfish burgers and sushi

Cowfish is such a unique idea for a restaurant.  Bringing sushi and burgers together in a great combination.  The menu offers a lot of variety.

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservationss can be made online or by phone (407-224-3663). 

Is there Entertainment?

No

Seating

Indoor and outdoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google Ranks it 4.3 out of 5.  Cowfish is a great choice if you love sushi.  

NBC Sports Grill and Bar

Eating at City Walk Orlando NBC Grill

NBC Sports Grill and bar is a great restaurant for sports lovers.  The menu offers a lot of variety.

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservation can be made online or by phone (407-224-3663). 

Is there Entertainment?

Yes, if you consider sports entertaining, which most people would.  There are screens all around to watch.

Seating

Indoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google Ranks it 4.1 out of 5.  NBC Sports Grill specializes in the ultimate game time foods.  

Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom

Best Restaurant at Universal Orlando City Walk Bob Marley's

Bob Marley has more of an adult vibe going.   The menu consists of Jamaica cuisine. 

Hours

Everyday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Is a Reservation Needed?

Yes. Reservations can be made online or by phone (407-224-3663). 

Is there Entertainment?

Yes, a museum of artifacts and video monitors displaying the life of Bob Marley. Live Reggae music plays nightly at 8:00 pm

Indoor seating is available

Food Rating

Google ranks it 4.1 out of 5.  NBC Sports Grill specializes in the ultimate game time foods.  

Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Eating at city walk hot dog hall of fame

The Hot Dog Hall of Fame is a counter service restaurant. You will order your food and then find a seat outside.  

Food Rating 

Google ranks this 4.2 out of 5.  I think it should be ranked a little higher.  The hot dogs are gigantic.  I felt like one dog could feed four people.  We ordered a few dogs one night and thought they tasted great! 

Voodoo Donuts

Voo Doo Donuts in Orlando City Walk

Voodoo donuts is a Portland sensation.  Our first experience was in Portland.  We loved it so much! It makes me so excited that Voodoo has a location at Universal CityWalk.  

Hours

Everyday: 8:00 am – 12:00 am

Food Rating

Voodoo does not disappoint.  Google ranks it 4.3 out of 5.  I do think they tasted better in Portland but they were still amazing. 

Hot Tip

The line is going to be long.  I think we waited an hour to get donutsYou can pre-order at least two hours before picking them up. This will save you a lot of time.  There is a minimum for pre-orders – 1 dozen donuts. 

There is also a special Voodoo donut only available at Universal.  It is an orange cream long john. 

Fast Food At Universal CityWalk

Places to eat at city walk Orlando

There are lots of fast food places to eat at CityWalk.  So if you do not want to sit down and relax and just want to grab a quick bite to eat, the following might be a better choice for you. 

  • Starbucks
  • Burger King
  • Cinnabon
  • Panda Express
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Bend the Bao
  • Bread Box
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Menchies Frozen Yogurt
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery

Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando Citywalk

Hopefully, this helps you decide which of the best restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk you would like to try.  There are some fun, unique, and delicious options. 

Just to make it easier below is the best according to Google Reviews.  All ratings are out of 5. 

  1. Vivo Italian Kitchen (4.7)
  2. Hard Rock Cafe (4.5)
  3. VooDoo Donuts (4.3)
  4. Big Fire (4.3)
  5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (4.3)
  6. The CowFish Sushi Burger Bar (4.3)
  7. Hot Dog Hall of Fame (4.2)
  8. Antojitos Mexican Kitchen (4.2)
  9. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (4.2)
  10. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaretville (4.1)
  11. NBC Sports Bar (4.1)
  12. Bob Marley (4.1)

Have fun trying out the best restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk! 

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