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REVIEW – Restaurantosaurus Doesn’t Impress, But It Has a Great Kids Meal

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One year ago I dined at Restaurantosaurus and I regretted it. But, it was all in the name of research. I knew Restaurantosaurus wouldn’t be that great and dining there to write about it only confirmed that knowledge.

On a recent visit with my son we stopped at the Restaurantosaurus Lounge to check out the Annual Passholder Exclusive drinks, and I decided to brave the food at Restaurantosaurus once again. I knew the plant-based burger had changed slightly thanks to Disney’s partnership with Impossible brands, and I figured my son needed something to eat. When I ordered the kids’ meal I was surprised that the price of the meal was more than other Disney quick service locations, and then I saw that it is served in a sand pail. Little did I realize how much of a help this little sand pail would be.

Chicken Nugget Kids Meal and Plant-Based Southwest Burger – Restaurantosaurus
Lunch Served at Restaurantosaurus

Here’s what I ordered from the Restaurantosaurus menu:

  • Kids’ Chicken Breast Nuggets Meal (4 Pieces) – Includes a Cutie Mandarin with a Danon Danimals Smoothie and a choice of kids’ beverage  – $9.69
  • Plant-Based Spicy Southwestern Burger – Plant-Based Burger Patty, Pepper Jack, Chipotle Sauce, Lettuce and Tomato -$12.99

Dining with just my son and me is not easy. Other parents can probably sympathize. The biggest struggle is navigating to a place to sit with a stroller, a tray of food and drinks, and a feisty preschooler.  And then there’s the whole issue of getting him to sit and eat and not run around to other tables.

Chicken Nugget Kids Meal – Restaurantosaurus

Thankfully the sand pail filled with four chicken nuggets made the meal fun. Although he couldn’t sit still too long, he was able to carry his lunch with him and nibble as he explored. I snagged us a table on the front porch with only one other table nearby, and it was vacant thank goodness.

I attempted to enjoy the Plant-Based Spicy Southwestern Burger. It was much better than the last time. The plant-based chipotle sauce is a nice touch, to give the burger a unique flavor. Perhaps I do not enjoy chipotle flavor and don’t realize it, but it was too strong for me. The arugula and tomato are also a nice upgrade from iceberg lettuce. Overall this plant-based burger still failed to impress me.

Plant-Based Southwestern Burger – Restaurantosaurus
Plant-Based Southwestern Burger – Restaurantosaurus

I am glad we revisited Restaurantosaurus so I could discover the joy of the sand pail kids’ meal. But, I am in no hurry to return. I much prefer Flame Tree Barbecue or Satu’li Canteen for quick service in Animal Kingdom. And our subscribers agree. We have ratings and rankings for every Walt Disney World restaurant. Here’s how Animal Kingdom’s quick service options stack up:

  • Satu’li Canteen 95.2% – Exceptional
  • Flame Tree Barbecue 93.5% – Exceptional
  • Harambe Market 92.9% – Much Above Average
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes 90.2% – Above Average
  • Restaurantosaurus 89.3% – Above Average

Interesting note: we’ve started to see Compost Cans at select dining locations inside Animal Kingdom. This is perfect for this park and we’d love to see them rolled out to other locations.

Compost Cans at Restaurantosaurus

Have you dined at Restaurantosaurus? Would you go back?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

3 thoughts on “REVIEW – Restaurantosaurus Doesn’t Impress, But It Has a Great Kids Meal

  • Anyone know if the toppings bar is back? Thanks!

  • Agree with your assessment. Once Nemo the Musical returns and the Dig Site reopens, we can probably expect more people to be choosing this location based on proximity. It isn’t really all that close to many attractions. Right now Dinoland has Dinosaur and Triceratops Spin.

    • Yeah. it’s far and wide the weakest area of the park right now. Thanks for reading!

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