Dining at Universal? - PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |   follow us on


Go Back   PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel > PassPorter's Florida Destinations Beyond Walt Disney World > Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure
Register


Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.

To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.

If you think you've already joined, log in below now. If you don't remember your member name or password, please visit our Member Name and Password Recovery page. You are also welcome to contact us.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
SunshineMommy
Community Rank: Visitor
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 4

Post Thanks / Like
Dining at Universal?

Okay I admit it. We're THAT family-the family that goes to WDW every September because we love free dining. There-I said it--we love a good discount. okay we NEED a good discount! Yep, we're a family of 5 & free dining saves us a ton-plus thanks to the WDW free dining promo we've had just about every character meal in the World. So here's the problem: I have no clue where to start with looking for restaurants at Universal. There seems to be a lack of "character" meals, and that's fine but I need some suggestions. Please tell me we're not gonna be living on amusement park hot dogs, chicken nuggets & pizza the whole trip!
SunshineMommy is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
mamasann
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
mamasann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Panhandle of Florida - The Emerald Coast
Concierge Level: 4
Posts: 837

Post Thanks / Like
I think Universal does have a "meal deal" ticket that you can buy. But the parks don't really have restaurants like the Disney parks do. I can only remember seeing one or two "sit down" eateries at each park. (The rest were more like Harbor House, etc) We ate fish & chips at Three Broomsticks ...it was good, but the meal ran us $50 and that was just for lunch!! So we waited till we left the park for dinner.
__________________
Mamasann
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Trips2004 AllStars Movies, 2005 AllStars Movies, 2006 Spring Break, POFQ; 2006 Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2007 Spring break, POFQ; 2007 Thanksgiving, Animal Kingdom Lodge; 2008 spring & Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2009 Spring break, POFQ; Thanksgiving, Caribbean Beaches (Pirates room); 2010 Spring Break & Thanksgiving, POFQ, 2011 Spring Break, POFQ; Thanksgiving 2011 at POFQ; Spring break 2012, Universal Parks & Sea World; 2013 Spring break at Universal Parks & Busch Gardens; 2014 Spring Break at Allstars Movies with Grandkids; upcoming Thanksgiving trip at Universal Parks (Hard Rock) & WDW (POFQ), 2015 Thanksgiving cruise to Bahamas, upcoming cruise for Thanksgiving 2016 on the new RCI Harmony of the Seas.
mamasann is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
HiddenMickey
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

PassPorter Guide

Community Rank:
Legend Extraordinaire
 
HiddenMickey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Chapel Hill, NC USA
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 34,944

Post Thanks / Like
http://www.universalorlando.com/Rest...staurants.aspx

Look at this page on the Univerasal website for some idea.

When I traveled with my sister and stayed onsite, we ate counterservice during the day in the parks and hit a different restaurant in CityWalk each night.

When I travelled with my family, we stayed offsite and had a car, so we chose to eat at offsite restaurants and at our hotel after the parks.
__________________


PassPorter Guide for the Staying in Style forum
HiddenMickey is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
disneydeva
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
disneydeva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Morrisville, VT
Posts: 984

Post Thanks / Like
we had an amazing meal at the italian restaraunt at the Portofino. Now it was not cheap, but the amounts are huge! My husband and I split and entree with no added charge and my kids loved their kids meals. My DD was 13 at the time and they even let her order off the kids menu.
There really is no cheap dinning at universal. I cashed in some points from a CC and got hard rock cafe gift certificates which worked out well. So that meal was free too. If you have any specific questions let me know. I was there in August.
__________________
DisneyDeva
1989+1993 Carribbean Beach,1996 ASS+Dixie Landings,1998 DL,2000 CB Hurricaine Floyd!!,2001 DL,2003 CS,2004 WL,2005 POR,2006 seven night eastern carb. disney cruise!!!,2006 Halloween Liki Tiki,May 2007 off site Orange Lake,May 2007 AKL,Sept 2007 CS,Oct 2008 Halloween ASM,May 2009 PC+ a seven night eastern carb. cruise,Feb 2010 GCV,BCV + BLT Sept 2011; OKW 8/12;Kindani 9/13: POR 3/13; Jambo Club Level & SS 6/14; Poly studio 8/15
disneydeva is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
Thomhazel
Community Rank: Globetrotter
 
Thomhazel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 3,191

Post Thanks / Like
We love Margharitaville in Universal Citywalk
__________________
Scottish Hogmanay (with a stolen Picture)

My Countdown Counting down to: A trip home to see my teens
Home is best!
Thomhazel is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
cdnmickeyfan
Community Rank: Jetsetter
 
cdnmickeyfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Ontario,Canada
Posts: 2,732

Post Thanks / Like
Margaritaville is our favourite when at Universal!!! It's amazing food and big portions and the volcano is fun!!! Plus the drinks are yummy!!!
__________________
Angie
My Countdown Counting down to: Disneyland Christmas 2014
Woohoo Another Disney Trip!!!!
My Previous TripsDisney has always been a part of vacations!!!
cdnmickeyfan is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
karadisney
Community Rank: Jetsetter
 
karadisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Indianapolis
Concierge Level: 2
Posts: 2,894

Post Thanks / Like
City Walk has the places we go to eat. Margarittaville, Hard Rock etc. Mel's Drive-In was really good and it was fairy priced inside of Universal.

https://www.universalorlando.com/Res...Fast-Food.aspx
__________________
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsFirst time to meet Mickey @ Disney 1983 WDW March 1998 Coronado Springs WDW Sept. 2008 All-Star Music Resorts 2013 Nickelodeon Suites Orlando
karadisney is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #8
mamasann
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
mamasann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Panhandle of Florida - The Emerald Coast
Concierge Level: 4
Posts: 837

Post Thanks / Like
When on vacation, we like to try places we haven't eaten before and being near Destin & Pensacola, so many of the eateries at City Walk are within an hour drive of us since our area caters to tourists. But that Italian restuarant at Portofino's sounds tempting. We did do the Pirates Dinner Theater last spring, which is just minutes from Universal. DS got to be in the show and it was fun. While the food wasn't wonderful, it wasn't bad either. Food was served out like they do at Dixie Stampede.
__________________
Mamasann
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Trips2004 AllStars Movies, 2005 AllStars Movies, 2006 Spring Break, POFQ; 2006 Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2007 Spring break, POFQ; 2007 Thanksgiving, Animal Kingdom Lodge; 2008 spring & Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2009 Spring break, POFQ; Thanksgiving, Caribbean Beaches (Pirates room); 2010 Spring Break & Thanksgiving, POFQ, 2011 Spring Break, POFQ; Thanksgiving 2011 at POFQ; Spring break 2012, Universal Parks & Sea World; 2013 Spring break at Universal Parks & Busch Gardens; 2014 Spring Break at Allstars Movies with Grandkids; upcoming Thanksgiving trip at Universal Parks (Hard Rock) & WDW (POFQ), 2015 Thanksgiving cruise to Bahamas, upcoming cruise for Thanksgiving 2016 on the new RCI Harmony of the Seas.
mamasann is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:31 AM   #9
Belle*
PassPorter Goddess

PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

Community Rank: Legend
 
Belle*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Connecticut
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 16,614

Post Thanks / Like
Most of the restaurants at Universal are located in the resorts or in CityWalk. Emeril's Tchoup Chop is very good and we also loved Mamma Della's Ristorante at Portofino Bay. Bubba Gump's at CityWalk was surprisingly good as was the Hard Rock!
__________________
Sara - Co-Guide for the Disney Cruise Line & Using Your PassPorter Forums, PassPorter Club Goddess, PassPorter News Editor

Co-Host - PassPorter Moms Podcast: Disney and Beyond!

Travel Planner affiliated with
MEI & Mouse Fan Travel

sarav@mei-travel.com
My Countdown Counting down to: Celebrating my birthday with my Main Man and Main Mouse
14 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes
My PassPorter Bookshelf
Belle* is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 10:37 AM   #10
joelsmom
Community Rank: Globetrotter
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,284

Post Thanks / Like
Several have already suggested City Walk for dining. In our experience, it's far superior to the restaurants in the parks. IOA has one nice restaurant, called Mythos. Other than that, it's fast food, and I don't really like it. The Meal Deal is not a good idea. It's only good for a couple of restaurants in each park, and when we were there, in the middle of JUNE, one of the biggest quick service places on the Universal side closed at 4:00 pm...and they didn't serve breakfast...just lunch and then closed. I had a hard time believing it!

On the other hand, City Walk has several nice options for food...Margaritaville, Bubba Gump's, Hard Rock Cafe, NASCAR Cafe, and even an Emeril's for really fine dining. You need a reservation for Emeril's, but not for any of the others.

Hope this helps you.
__________________
Susan

a magical start to DS 14th birthday
My Countdown Counting down to: Universal Orlando 2016, with WDW tacked on, too!
3 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes
My Previous TripsDL off-site June 1979, WDW off-site Sept 1985, All-Star Movies May 2002, All-Star Music June 2007, All-Star Sports May 2009, Pop Century June 2010, Coronado Springs October 2011, All-Star Sports May/June 2012, Pop Century May/June 2013, All-Star Movies October 2013, Tropicana Inn at Disneyland Resort June 2014, All-Star Music May 2015

Last edited by joelsmom; 03-28-2013 at 10:39 AM..
joelsmom is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #11
poegirl30
Community Rank: Traveler
 
poegirl30's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 286

Post Thanks / Like
We really like Mythos in IOA. We also like the Three Broomsticks in IOA. A must for HP fans!
__________________
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsASMo Nov. 2003, POP May 2008, POR Dec. 2009, POR June 2010, OKW May 2011, CBR May 2012, POR May 2013, AKL June 2014
poegirl30 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #12
sweetyface77
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
sweetyface77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Concierge Level: 1
Posts: 942

Post Thanks / Like
We loved Bubba Gump's, Margaritaville and the Hard Rock. We ate at the Panda Express as well which was in a building that housed a few different quick service places. Universal was limited on the sit down places but where we did eat was fantastic.
__________________
Priscilla

Disney - 9.2012


To Visit my Disney Planning Blog, click HERE
My Countdown Counting down to: Next Stop - WDW!! 1st WDW Vacation of 2013!!
We're there, we're on our way back and we're planning for October trip!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsUpcoming: October 22nd -28th 2014 Pop Century Resort Previous trips: WDW September 2013 (Pop Century); WDW May 2013 (AS Music); WDW September 2012 (AS Movies); WDW August 2011 (Pop Century) ; WDW April 2010 (Pop Century Resort); WDW November 2008 (Pop Century Resort); WDW August 2008 (Animal Kingdom Lodge); WDW May 2008 (Port Orleans Riverside); WDW August 2007 (Saratoga Springs), WDW November 2001 (Disney Institute), WDW August 2000 (All Star Music), WDW August 1999 (Dixie Landings), WDW June 1989 (Off-Site), WDW May 1980 (Off-Site)
sweetyface77 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 04:30 PM   #13
mamasann
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
mamasann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Panhandle of Florida - The Emerald Coast
Concierge Level: 4
Posts: 837

Post Thanks / Like
We just got back from Universal. Since you're used to "free dining" you'll be in a bit of sticker shock. We ate at Emeril's Tchoup Chop.... the meal wasn't as good as what I can get back here at home and ran us $175....for 2 adults and an 11 yr. old! I was so disappointed in the meal, in fact we all were, but the restaurant was beautiful. We ate at Mythos and again, for the price, we were not happy. My panini sandwich bread was so tough it loosened my crown! So I got a sad sandwich and a dental trip out of that meal. I'm honestly not sure what restaurant I would happily suggest someone trying at the parks. We did eat at Finnegan's (Universal Studios) and I had a very good Rueben at a fair price and I've heard Lombardi's is good but can't verify that. If you stay at the Royal Pacific, I'd suggest trying Jake's. My steak there was perfect, the salads were large and delicious, and it was the only restaurant I'd go back to there. But they're all pricey. There's only one restaurant at Royal Pacific that truly offered breakfast, but we felt that laying out $65-70 for breakfast for 3 of us a bit excessive and their food didn't warrant the price tag. I guess, if you're going to Universal, the best suggestion I can give is to get ready to bite the bullet on dining costs and pick eateries that fit your budget and tastes. There's tons to choose from at City Walk, just not much dining offerings (sit-down) at the parks. And there's an IHOP just minutes from the parks....lots of food at a good price.
__________________
Mamasann
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Trips2004 AllStars Movies, 2005 AllStars Movies, 2006 Spring Break, POFQ; 2006 Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2007 Spring break, POFQ; 2007 Thanksgiving, Animal Kingdom Lodge; 2008 spring & Thanksgiving, POFQ; 2009 Spring break, POFQ; Thanksgiving, Caribbean Beaches (Pirates room); 2010 Spring Break & Thanksgiving, POFQ, 2011 Spring Break, POFQ; Thanksgiving 2011 at POFQ; Spring break 2012, Universal Parks & Sea World; 2013 Spring break at Universal Parks & Busch Gardens; 2014 Spring Break at Allstars Movies with Grandkids; upcoming Thanksgiving trip at Universal Parks (Hard Rock) & WDW (POFQ), 2015 Thanksgiving cruise to Bahamas, upcoming cruise for Thanksgiving 2016 on the new RCI Harmony of the Seas.
mamasann is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 08:44 PM   #14
joelsmom
Community Rank: Globetrotter
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,284

Post Thanks / Like
Ooooo, so sorry about your dental work!
__________________
Susan

a magical start to DS 14th birthday
My Countdown Counting down to: Universal Orlando 2016, with WDW tacked on, too!
3 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes
My Previous TripsDL off-site June 1979, WDW off-site Sept 1985, All-Star Movies May 2002, All-Star Music June 2007, All-Star Sports May 2009, Pop Century June 2010, Coronado Springs October 2011, All-Star Sports May/June 2012, Pop Century May/June 2013, All-Star Movies October 2013, Tropicana Inn at Disneyland Resort June 2014, All-Star Music May 2015
joelsmom is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #15
ath334@aol.com
Community Rank: Wayfarer
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: laurel highlands, pa
Concierge Level: 4
Posts: 150

Post Thanks / Like
We ate at lombardi's at least once everyday when there. It is a bit pricey but we were full and snacked the rest of the time at the parks. My son has many food allergies and they had no problem making special food for him with no prior notice. Worth the price-about the same as Disney if not a little cheaper but it's been a couple of years.
ath334@aol.com is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Universal Dining katnevsmom Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 3 01-10-2011 09:20 PM
Dining at Universal's Parks JennyK Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 15 07-19-2010 11:27 PM
Universal Dining Plan? Loretta Lowerison Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 7 07-14-2008 06:44 PM
Favorite Dining At Universal DDuff Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 21 05-03-2008 07:12 AM
dining at Universal diane Globetrotting: General Travel Planning 1 05-14-2003 08:42 AM














Please login or register to hide these ads -- it's free and easy!

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:10 AM.

-->

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.4.0 Patch Level 1 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) 1999-2016 PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc.
Celebrating 18 Years of Making Dreams Come True
Ad Management plugin by RedTyger