Looking for the best themed restaurants in Orlando?
With so many options to choose from when you come to Orlando, most tourists tend to go the easy route and find their closest chain restaurant where they can eat their standard burger and fries that they’ve become used to.
Only locals know that when you look beyond these, there is a wide variety of hotspots that will blow these places out of the water in terms of taste, aesthetic, and pricing. If you know the right places to look, you can get any type of cuisine that you want, from fried chicken and waffles all the way to authentic Mexican food that will leave your tastebuds dancing.
After hitting the theme parks or spending a day at the beach, we’ve found the 19 best restaurants in Orlando that you can go to make sure that you’re experiencing the local delicacies and making the most of your time in Florida.
19 Best Themed Restaurants in Orlando
1. The T-Rex Cafe
Located in Lake Buena Vista, the T-Rex Cafe is a one-of-kind place to have a meal. This restaurant is the perfect family-friendly place for those who have dinosaur obsessed little kids, because you get to eat your meal right next to life-like recreations of their favorite prehistoric creatures.
Featuring animatronic life-sized dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and simulated meteor showers, this restaurant is so much more than just food – it’s an interactive experience that is fun for the whole family.
Along with the dinosaurs, this restaurant also has an Octopus Bar, with moving tentacles and jellyfish along with an interactive kids play area with educational kiosks, a fossil sandpit, and a water mill where your kids can pan for precious gems, stones, and fossils.
With a large menu to choose from consisting of burgers, pasta, salad, and desserts, we recommend starting off with the Supersaurus Sampler (that can feed up to 4), adding in the Boneyard Buffet as your entree, and finishing it off with the Chocolate Extinction. One of the most fun themed restaurants in Orlando for sure.
If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine while you’re visiting Orlando, look no further than Benihana. You may have heard of it before, because it has become renowned for their hibachi grill tables that allow you to sit with your chef and have them cook your food right in front of you.
As they slice and dice your order, they’ll be preparing a meal where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki.
This means that it will be as entertaining to watch them make as it will be for your mouth to eat it. Located in the heart of International Drive, Benihana is close to a ton of the local attractions, including SeaWorld and the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
With a large menu that includes vegetarian and gluten free options, we would recommend the Chili Ponzu Yellowtail to start, followed by the 5 course Teriyaki steak meal. One of the most unique restaurants in Orlando.
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3. Raglan Road Irish Pub
Found in Disney Springs, the Raglan Road Irish Pub is the place to be if you are Irish or love Irish culture. As Orlando’s only authentic Irish pub, Raglan pub offers an entirely Irish menu of food, beer, and spirits. With a mix of traditional and updated Irish meals, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for recommendations, we highly suggest going with the “Bangers and Mash = Yum” or the “Shepard’s To Die For Pie”, both of which are new takes on old classics.
Not only does this pub have the best Irish food in the area, but it is also home to a number of Irish entertainers, including dancers and singers that perform while you dine.
Each week there is a new schedule published online, where you can see who is going to be on stage so that you can plan your meal around which performers you would like to see.
4. Sugar Factory
The Sugar Factory, originally made famous through visits by celebrities including Kylie Jenner and Drake, has some of the best food and drink that Orlando has to offer. The experience here is like no other, with the whole building designed to mimic a candy shop.
All the drinks are candy themed, and you can order them alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Not only is the Sugar Factory known for their drinks and All-American style of food, but the restaurant features a booming social scene and dance music, making it a fan favorite for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
On this menu, we highly recommend starting with dessert, ordering a milkshake for the kids, and one of the smoking goblets for the adults (although the smoking goblets can also be made without alcohol).
For food, the fried mac and cheese pops are finger-licking good and will prepare you for your Signature Sugar Factory Burger, which is slathered in their special sauce.
5. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Ever wished you could go back in time? The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament allows you to do just that! At $65.95 for adults and $38.95 for children, you and your family can experience what it was like in medieval times, joining them as they feast and raise a glass to their queen.
Your ticket allows you to watch over two hours of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, displays of extraordinary horsemanship and falconry, all set as part of a riveting story in Medieval Spain. From the moment that you step through the doors, you are part of an immersive experience, and get to watch an unforgettable battle.
Throughout the performance, the guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, dessert of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select non-alcoholic beverages.
For the adult guests, there is a full-service bar, and vegetarian meals are available upon request.
6. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
As part of the Universal Orlando experience, the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is a once in a lifetime experience.
Even though this may seem like a chocolate only restaurant, the name can be misleading – this restaurant features a large menu of desserts and meals, including an all-day brunch. Featuring a steam-punk influence, you may get lucky on your visit and get to meet et Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome, the creator of the restaurant, and Jacques, her friend and robot.
With a variety of food, from sandwiches and burgers to pasta and desserts, we recommend starting with the Kettle Chip Nachos, before ordering the Cocoa Pork Tenderloin.
This dish is a pork tenderloin that is crusted in chocolate and served with sweet potato mash, seasonal vegetables, and a sherry white chocolate reduction. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium also has 13 different milkshake flavors, and a variety of sundaes and dessert to finish off your meal.
7. Titanic Gala Dinner
Come aboard the Titanic, formally known as the “Ship of Dreams” and experience what it was like to be a guest at one of the most infamous dinner parties that happened before the ship sank.
Join names such as Captain Smith and Margaret “Molly” Brown to feel first-hand what it was like to be a first-class passenger aboard the ship.
This immersive dining experience has several parts, from the Captain’s cocktail party, a first-class dinner, a tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, and a reenactment of what it was like to be on the ship on April 14, 1912. Including with your reservation is also a self-guided tour that can be completed during the daytime, through the Exhibition.
This is one restaurant that features a set menu, to make it as realistic of a recreation as possible:
- First Course – Garden Salad & Rolls with Butter
- Second Course – Fresh soup of the day
- Main Course – Dual Entrée Plated Meal featuring:
- Chicken Versailles
- Sirloin (6 oz.) with Béarnaise Sauce
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Children’s Main Course – Chicken Fingers with Mac & Cheese
- Dessert Course – Chocolate Mousse with Brownie
8. Kobe Steakhouse
Voted the #1 Japanese Restaurant in Florida, Kobe Steakhouse has become a household name for those in the area. Kobe Steakhouse provides an entertaining dining experience that the whole family will love, and it is the chosen spot for anyone who has something that they want to celebrate.
With a fiery cooking show for your meal, the chefs and staff are known for their friendly demeanor and hospitality, frequently getting positive reviews about their customer service during each visit. Whether you’re in a group of 8 that can fill up a whole table, or under 8 and get paired with others, the experience at this restaurant is sure to leave you happy.
For menu recommendations, we suggest going with the 5 course filet mignon, which comes with their Japanese clear onion soup, a crisp green salad, seasonal mixed vegetables, grilled noodles, fried rice, and their Kobe famous dipping sauces for the side.
9. Rainforest Café
The Rainforest Cafe has become a well known name throughout the United States, but did you know they had a location in Disney Springs? With a full menu of American cuisine, you can surround yourself with jungle sights and sounds as you eat at this themed restaurant.
Modeled to look like the Amazon jungle, the Rainforest Cafe features beautiful landscaping and audio-animatronic animals to create a hyper-realistic experience for you and your family.
With elephants, singing birds, gorillas beating their chest, and various schools of fish in bright, tropical colors, you’re going to want to stay as long as possible. This experience is fun for the whole family, and has several different ways that your kids can learn all about the animals that they are seeing around them.
If you are someone with a big appetite, we want to point you in the direction of the Beastly Burger, which comes with two patties!
10. Capone’s Dinner & Show
Dive into the world of gangsters in 1931 at Capone’s Dinner and Show. As one of the most unique immersive experiences on this list, Capone’s dinner show offers a chance to feel what it’s like to be a mobster and to delve into the dangerous world of 1931 gangland Chicago.
Knock three times to enter, say the secret password, and your journey begins in a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor that is serving illegal alcohol during prohibition. This production is one that you won’t want to miss out on, with a cast of characters that make this an unforgettable Orlando experience.
Along with the audience interaction and stand up comedy that you can get at Capone’s, you also get a four course meal that includes an appetizer, salad, entrée/side and dessert – and of course, unlimited drinks! You get to choose your entree from a variety of Italian and American favorites, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.
11. Hot Dog Hall of Fame
Located in Universal’s CityWalk, the Hot Dog Hall of Fame is a fun place to stop for lunch or dinner while visiting Universal (or if you’re looking for an All-American bite to eat).
With special hot dog recipes from all around the country, this is the place to go if you want a taste of hot dogs everywhere. From the New York dog which features sauerkraut and mustard to the Arizona Combo with bacon and pinto beans, there’s no better place to find a variety of hot dogs that are sure to make everyone in the family happy.
We highly recommend the Boston and Milwaukee dogs, as these are two of the most popular items on the menu. Additionally, get yourself a side of the chili cheese fries, or go for a baseball favorite like cracker jacks and roasted peanuts. They also have a selection of beers that you can wash all of it down with.
12. Chef Mickey’s
Enhance your dining experience at Chef Mickey’s, where you can have an interactive experience with none other than Mickey Mouse himself! Combining character dining and all-you-can-eat, family style meals, this is one of our top recommendations for those who have little kids.
Looking out on Bay Lake and a beautiful 90-foot-high mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair, this experience is one that your children will never forget. During your visit, Mickey and friends will make surprise visits, saying hi to all of their loyal fans and giving you a postcard that you can take home to remember your special visit.
Whether you go at breakfast or for dinner, there’s always something delicious for you to munch on. For earlier guests, we suggest the Slow-roasted Beef Brisket or the Banana Bread French Toast. If you decide to visit later in the day, your meal will come with multiple courses, including Caesar Salad, Potato Gnocchi, and Prime Rib.
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13. Mythos Restaurant, Island of Adventure
Have an otherworldly experience with Mythos Restaurant, which can be found in Universal’s Island of Adventure.
This award-winning full service restaurant serves a mixture of Mediterranean, Asian and American, alongside many other options for anyone and everyone.
Nothing can beat the outdoor dining at Mythos Restaurant, where you are steps away from rock formations, carvings of ancient historical figures, and beautiful waterfalls. Inside, the space has been designed to mimic a grotto on a distant ocean. Although the restaurant has been open since 1999, it can be hard to get a reservation at this beautiful place, as they are often only open for lunch.
When it comes to choosing from the menu, we highly recommend beginning with the Semolina Crusted Calamari as an appetizer, before moving onto the Beef Loin Medallions or Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli. This restaurant is a fan favorite for anyone who has spent the day at Universal and wants to take a load off and relax!
One of the most unique dining experiences in Orlando.
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14. Ford’s Garage
Make a pit stop while you’re visiting Orlando at Ford’s Garage, located in the Vineland Orlando Premium Outlets. If you’re on a shopping spree and starting to get hungry, this is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Featuring American style pub food, Ford’s Garage is a favorite among locals because of its interesting interior and delicious burgers.
When you step inside Ford’s Garage, you’ll see just why it got its name – the entire inside of this restaurant is covered in cars and car related items, all based around the Ford Automotive brand name.
With several different beers on tap and a burger bun that comes branded with the Ford Garage logo on it, we knew that this one had to make the list. Although they have several “Burgers of Fame” here, we suggest going with the Ford’s Signature, for an old classic, or the High-Octane Burger, if you’re looking for something a little spicier.
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15. American Girl Bistro at the Florida Mall
Calling all doll lovers – this one’s for you! Located in the Florida Mall, American Girl Doll has their very own store, complete with a bistro where you can have food with your favorite toys.
With afternoon tea, lunch, and dinner available, you can choose to go anytime of day and get a good meal that you can snack on with your dolls. This is a fun experience for kids of all ages, and their dolls are able to get a seat of their very own at the table, so that they can be a part of the meal too.
For food, dive into some delicious spinach and artichoke dip, before building your own burger or sharing a pizza with your family. For the adults, there is also beer and wine available or you can choose to sip on a sweet non-alcoholic shake or root beer float. One of the coolest restaurants in Orlando.
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16. Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
Found in Universal Studios CityWalk, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is just what it sounds like – amazing, flavorful tacos, burritos, chips, guac, and so much more. All of their meals are made from scratch, and if you go on the right night, you’ll be able to be serenaded by a Mariachi band or have your face painted by a professional.
This is a festive dining experience for all Mexican food lovers, with the most vibrant venue around. In addition to having some of the best Mexican food on this side of the country, an expert “mixologist” was brought in to formulate all of their drink menu, meaning that they have the tastiest drinks around.
You cannot visit Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food without trying their table-side guacamole, which can be made to your specifications and paired with their Cabo Tacos for a truly authentic experience. One of the most fun place to eat in Orlando.
17. Taverna Opa!
Have an unbelievable, authentic Greek experience at the one-of-a-kind Taverna Opa! restaurant, located on International Drive in Orlando.
With nightly entertainment in the form of Zorba and belly dancers who dance to traditional Greek music, your dining experience here will be one to remember.
With a slogan like “the night is not over until the ouzo runs out”, you can get a feel for the atmosphere that this restaurant is hoping to portray to all of its customers. To top it all off, they import all of their olives, oil, and cheese directly from Greece, ensuring that you truly do get the best taste for your food, and have the closest experience possible to eating out in Greece.
To start, try the Hot Mezze Appetizer Platter, which offers a variety of food so that you can get a taste of as much of their culture as possible.
18. Cuba Libre
If you enjoy live music, dancing the salsa, and celebrating the Cuban heritage that has become native to Florida, a visit to Cube Libre needs to be on your bucket list.
This restaurant and rum bar has several locations throughout the U.S. due to its popularity, and it’s become a must-see destination for Orlando. Bringing a taste of Havana over to Florida has been their mission, and they do it spectacularly through their food and their atmosphere.
Two-time James Beard award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot has combined the old flavors and favorites of Cuba with the new emerging items that he has seen on his visits, to create a well-rounded menu where every item is bursting with flavor.
Take a walk on the wild side and taste their Malanga Fritters, before splitting the Cuban Roast Pork with your loved one and sitting back to enjoy the live music.
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19. Sanaa Restaurant
If you want to indulge in everything that Disney has to offer, get ready for good food with an awesome experience – that’s what you get when you choose to eat at Sanaa restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
With a unique blend of African cooking and Indian flavors that are impossible to find anywhere else, you can grab the perfect meal to pair with their many wines and beers straight from South Africa, India, and Kenya.
Begin your experience with their Indian-style bread service, which comes with 9 different toppings in various spice levels that can be shared among two people.
After that, you have a large variety of entrees to choose from, whether you’re looking for tasty seafood, tender meat, or vegetarian options. Don’t worry if you have a picky eater in the bunch – their sampler platter also offers a good selection, including burgers, pizza, and grilled chicken.
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