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With dozens of restaurants, Universal has exceptional dining variety – everything from sushi to Butter Beer. You’ll see the opinions of our reviewers and those of our readers – including when they don’t agree!
There are plenty of chances to dine with favorite Universal characters while vacationing. This allows greater touring efficiency since you’re eating and greeting characters at the same time, but has definite disadvantages – not the least of which is price.Visit our character page
We recommend making your needs known when booking your reservation and again when you arrive at the restaurant. Almost all experiences we’ve heard regarding allergies have been positive.
Universal Orlando is one of the best places to eat with allergies because of how accommodating its restaurants are.Read more about dining at Universal Orlando with allergies
Also known as full service, these are restaurants where you are seated by a host/hostess, order from a menu (except at family-style restaurants, where all get the same food), and are served your meal and drinks at your table by restaurant staff.
Also known at counter service. Service similar to that at a food court or fast food location. You stand at a counter (or use your phone) to order and carry your own food to a table to eat.
Also known as a food stand. Free-standing sales point, usually outdoors, offering a limited selection of items.
Primarily a sales location for adult beverages, but may also serve a limited food menu.
Typically located in the lobby of a resort hotel, offers a limited supply of packaged ready-to-eat food items.
A subset of the table service restaurant genre. A host/hostess seats you, and wait staff will bring your beverages. Howevever, you fill your own plates of food and bring them to the table yourself.
A dining location where Universal characters visit each table to pose for photos and sign autographs. Most – but not all – character meals are buffets.
Universal Orlando dining reservations can be made online or by calling Universal at (407) 224-3663. Universal uses a third party to manage their online reservations, so the easiest way to get to them is by visiting Universal Orlando's Dining Reservations page.
No credit card is required to book a Universal restaurant reservation, and there's no penalty for missing a reservation if your dinner plans unexpectedly change.
Reservations are not accepted for counter service restaurants.
Many locations offer mobile ordering via the My Disney Experience app – allowing guests to pre-order food and pick it up at Quick Service restaurants. We’re big fans of this service. Visit our Mobile Ordering page for full details.Step-by-Step guide to Mobile Ordering in the Universal parks
A frequent area of confusion for Universal guests is the topic of tipping at Universal Orlando. Gratuities are a part of life when you travel in the United States. Our quick recommendations:
Table Service Dining: 18-20% tip (more for exceptional service)
Buffet Dining: tip like Table Service
Bars/Lounges: $2-3/drink, or 18-20% if you also get food
18-20% tips are typically added to prepaid meals, dinner shows, parties of six or more, and those using discounts.
Table service restaurants are extremely popular, and many of them book up far in advance. Reserve as soon as you can.
Theme park restaurants may rush their customers in order to make room for the next group of diners. This may appeal to a family with young, restless children.
Universal restaurants have comparatively few tables for parties of two. If you’re a duo, you might have to wait longer to be seated.
At full-service Universal restaurants, an automatic gratuity of 18% is added to your tab for parties of six or more, even at buffets where you serve yourself.
Some table service restaurants (especially at hotels) offer a lunch menu, serving up entrees similar to those on the dinner menu, but at a lower price.
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