Top Restaurants at Universal CityWalk Orlando

Shop, dine, party, golf, jam out, or watch the latest movie at the Universal CityWalk complex…or just dine! CityWalk Orlando is the entertainment capital of Orlando. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the city of Orlando, consisting of about 27 dining locations in just one location. Though there are many great restaurants in the complex, including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches, and Red Oven Pizza Bakery, there are several locations that are a MUST try, and not just because of their tasty meals but also because of their themed environments and affordability.

1_9_origToothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen is an all-new restaurant in the CityWalk complex that just celebrated its official grand opening last month. The restaurant is themed to look like an enchanting 19th century, Steampunk inspired establishment; it features towering smokestacks, operational gears, an interior adorned with intriguing gadgets and gizmos, and even roaming characters to add to the ambiance.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is by far Universal Orlando’s most authentic dining location, consisting of not only a highly themed environment but also incredibly appetizing meals with a twist. This new dining location serves a wide variety of soups and salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, hamburgers, pasta, entrees, crepes, waffles, french toast, milkshakes, sundaes, and more. With dishes like Warm Chocolate Almond Bread, French Onion soup, Four Cheese pizza, Red Reuben sandwich, Tour De France burger, Fettuccine Alfredo pasta, Berries and Cream waffles, Red Velvet milkshake, S’mores sundae, Classic French Chocolate Mousse, and tons more, there’s a very odd chance that you won’t find something you won’t enjoy. It’s basically every foodies’ heaven!

2_9_origThe Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Sushi Burger Bar? You may ask… Strange? You may be thinking… Though it may indeed seem like a strange concept, The Cowfish is actually one of the top dining locations in the complex, offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience and unusual but amazing food. The Cowfish is the first and only Sushi Burger Bar, focused on offering both the best sushi AND the best burgers in town. This dining location provides a sophisticated experience in a modern, lively environment.

Here, you can order a burger (the C.B.C.L.T., the Dynamic Duo, the Texas Longhorn, The Cowfish Has Officially Left The Building, The Boursin Bacon Burger, and The Heavenly Veggie just to name a few); bento boxes (the Cowfish Bento Box and Fusion Specialty Bento Box); rolls such as the All-American Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi, Doug’s Filet Roll, the Taste Explosion Roll, and more; sashimi (9 Piece Mix and Chef’s Deluxe 15 Piece Mix); milkshakes like the Marshmallow Crisp, Cake Shake, Cookies & Cream, and more; and lots more! Whatever you may order, whether it be a burger or sushi, is made all natural, never frozen, adding bold flavors and fresh ingredients to create a unique, tasty dish.

3_7_origAntojitos Authentic Mexican Food
Just beyond CityWalk’s Hot Dog Hall of Fame rests Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, and as the name suggests, the Mexican food is authentic. At Antojitos, you won’t find piles of bland refried beans, chewy rice, and the typical three ingredients wrapped in different types of tortillas. At Antojitos, you’ll only find the best of the best — steaming tortillas; fresh, colorful vegetables; and hot, tender meats straight out of the street carts and cantinas of Mexico City. Every bite fills your senses and satisfies your hunger! Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food truly serves delectable, mouthwatering food in a magnificent environment, surrounded by colorful decor and the sounds of a live mariachi band.

4_7_origHard Rock Cafe
No “top restaurants” list is complete without the Hard Rock Cafe! Located across the lagoon and adjacent to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, the Hard Rock Cafe is a fan favorite and an original dining location, existing at the resort since before CityWalk even opened. And even better — CityWalk Orlando’s Hard Rock Cafe is the largest in the world! Here, you can grab a meal and a side of rock ‘n’ roll history as non-stop music videos continuously play throughout the restaurant whose walls are adorned with an amazing collection of rock memorabilia, including rare artifacts from KISS, Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and more.

The Hard Rock Cafe serves classic American cuisine such as legendary burgers and sandwiches, barbecue chicken and ribs, steaks, salads, and desserts, plus a full bar. Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger, Veggie Leggie burger, Barbecue Chicken, Hickory-Smoked Pulled Bork Sandwich, Hickory Smoked Ribs…sound delicious? That’s because it is, and that’s only a portion of the menu!

If the food wasn’t enough, perhaps the restaurant’s piece of history and behind-the-scenes tour will be! If you head to the very back of the Hard Rock Cafe on the right-hand side of the building, you’ll come across the infamous symbol of the Cold War — the Berlin Wall. This iconic structure divided the east and west sections of Berlin to keep Germans from communist East from fleeing to the non-communist West. The wall was symbolically brought down in 1989, leaving only a few parts of the wall remaining. As for the tour, just ask a host between 2 PM and 9 PM (except on concert days at Hard Rock Live) for the VIBE tour. The tour is absolutely free and absolutely amazing! You’ll come across instruments, tour props, memorabilia from rock legends, drawings, photographs, records, and furniture — including a chair John Lennon used to sit on when drafting his songs.

About the author

John S. Sala

John is an avid theme park fan who has a passion for journalism, photography, videography, digital art, and website designing. His goal is to provide our community with insight tips, news, updates, and anything else to make your vacation to Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood the best it can be!

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