Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk: The Ultimate Guide

Jessica DeLucia Orlando, Theme Parks, Universal Studios

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Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk: Explained

To reach the entrance of Universal Orlando’s two action-packed theme parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios – you must first enter Universal Orlando CityWalk. The shopping, dining options and entertainment complex seems quiet in the morning as guests are working their way to the parks. But as morning turns to afternoon and afternoon turns to evening, the energy grows and grows.

CityWalk features something for everyone - family vacation or not - with shops, restaurants and activities galore, all circling a small lake in the middle, as well as a variety of nightclubs that keep things hopping after the parks close.

With all the shopping and activities at CityWalk, you can work up a big appetite after a long day. But don’t worry, you won’t go hungry. That’s because CityWalk Universal offers an array of themed restaurants and eateries offering up just about anything you have a taste for throughout the day.

Need coffee? Try Starbucks. Got a craving for doughnuts? Explore the extraordinary creations at Voodoo Doughnuts. Grab a frozen yogurt at Menchie's, a giant hot pretzel at Auntie Anne's, ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery, a tasty treat at Cinnabon or visit quick-service restaurants and eateries like Panda Express, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Burger King Whopper Bar, Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches or even the Hot Dog Hall of Fame. Park ticket or not, you can experience all the deliciousness above.

Thanks to Universal Orlando Resort, CityWalk also offers a variety of exclusive, full-service restaurants, each offering its own unique spin in good food, ambiance and entertainment for the ultimate dining experience. This is where the Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk come into play.

CityWalk’s 11 Most Popular Full-Service Restaurants

Cowfish sushi burger bar
#1. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Yelp: 3.8  |  Trip Advisor: 4.5  |  Google: 4.0

One of the most highly-rated CityWalk seafood restaurants! Experience a whole new spin on surf & turf. Enjoy a cutting-edge fusion of burgers and sandwiches made with sushi – or sushi created with burger ingredients. It’s all possible at The Cowfish. Of course, you can separate the burgers from the sushi, or try a little of both with a bento box. Even the drinks get inventive. Try a spiked milkshake, sake, a wide range of beers, one-of-a-kind martinis and even non-alcoholic specialty drinks.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Vivo Italian Kitchen Orlando
#2. VIVO Italian Kitchen

Yelp: 4.0  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.1

Not only will you enjoy some fantastic Italian food at VIVO, but you can also watch while the food is prepared. Sit back with a glass of classic wine, specially paired with an entrée like the squid ink seafood, and enjoy the view of the open Expo Kitchen where you’ll see chefs tossing pizzas, baking fresh bread, and making various sauces, pastas and heirloom family recipes.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

hard rock cafe orlando
#3. Hard Rock Cafe

Yelp: 3.5  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.5

There are 185 Hard Rock Cafes in 74 nations around the globe and this is the world’s largest! Crank up the tunes, check out the amazing rock and roll memorabilia and enjoy a truly legendary meal – from burgers and sandwiches to fresh salads and decadent desserts. And you can shop for your own Hard Rock merchandise and collectible pins.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

bubba gump shrimp restaurant
#4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Yelp: 3.7  |  Trip Advisor: 4.5  |  Google: 4.3

Straight out of the iconic movie, Forrest Gump, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. offers up tasty shrimp dishes plus a wide variety of Southern favorites, including baby back ribs, fresh fish and homemade desserts. You can also test your knowledge of Forrest Gump related trivia and check out the movie-inspired souvenirs and merchandise.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Bob marley a tribute to freedom rest
#5. Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom

Yelp: 3.7  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.2

Enter a replica of Bob Marley’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, and enjoy lots of photos, videos and artifacts from the iconic musician’s career. Then enjoy a wide range of Jamaican tastes ranging from oxtail stew and Sun is Shining grilled chicken to a Jamaican platter loaded with jerk wings, yucca fries and veggie & beef patties.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

pat o'brien's
#6. Pat O'Brien's

Yelp: 3.4  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.4

Straight out of New Orleans, this bayou style bar is a replica of the original located on Bourbon Street. You’ll also find the same amazing Cajun tastes with specialties that include N’awlins Po’Boys, Louisiana Blackened Redfish, Crawfish Etouffee, beignets and more. And like New Orleans, the party at Pat O'Brien's goes into the night with Hurricanes, Mardi Gras beads and live music - what a vibe.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

BigFire Restaurant at Citi Walk
#7. Bigfire

Yelp: 3.6  |  Trip Advisor: 3.5  |  Google: 4.1

There’s nothing quite like cooking over an open flame. Enjoy a lakeside summer house setting where open fire cooking is king. Choose from a wide selection of steaks, burgers and more, all grilled with the smoky accents of different woods. Then finish it off with some good old-fashioned s’mores prepared at your table.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Toothsome Emporium CityWalk
#8. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Yelp: 3.7  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.1

Don’t let the Chocolate name fool you. This restaurant, bar and quick service confectionary offers up everything from brunch with quiche and crepes to dinner entrees like hearty steak and seafood. But you will want to save room for dessert – including one-of-a-kind milkshakes and sundaes with flavors like chocolate brownie bark and salted caramel flan.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

antojitos mexican food restaurant
#9. Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

Yelp: 3.3  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 3.9

Head south of the border for a made-from-scratch Mexican fiesta featuring favorites like empanadas, tacos, fajitas plus traditional delights like Pescado a la Yucatán. Top it off with some warm tortilla chips, fresh guacamole and an icy cold cerveza, margarita or other tasty drink. Gluten free and vegan options also available. Select nights even offer up the sounds of a live Mariachi band.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

jimmy buffers margaritaville
#10. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Yelp: 3.3  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 3.9

Kick back, relax and enjoy the island life while listening to a live band cranking out Jimmy Buffett cover songs and rock hits. Try a Cheeseburger in Paradise, grilled fish tacos, tasty coconut shrimp, tropical key lime pie or the amazing chocolate hurricane dessert. There’s also an erupting margarita-filled volcano at the aptly named Volcano Bar where you can choose from 10 different margaritas! Outdoor seating is also available. Stop here for a guaranteed good time!

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

nbc sports grill & brew
#11. NBC Sports Grill & Brew

Yelp: 3.7  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 3.8

The ultimate in sports dining. Enjoy nearly 100 high-def TV screens streaming all the current sports action. A full menu offers everything from burgers and ribs to loaded chili nachos, Asian grilled shrimp salad and more. You can also choose from more than 100 bottled and draft beers, as well as local brews, unique imports, specialty cocktails, hard ciders and other tasty drinks.

OPEN: Mon - Sun | 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Discover the Most Popular Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Here’s a list of the 11 Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando CityWalk based on rankings and consumer travel recommendations compiled from Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google.

Name Yelp Trip Advisor Google Total
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 3.7 4.5 4.3 12.5
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar 3.8 4.5 4.0 12.3
VIVO Italian Kitchen 4.0 4.0 4.1 12.1
Hard Rock Cafe 3.5 4.0 4.5 12.0
Bob Marley–A Tribute to Freedom 3.7 4.0 4.2 11.9
Pat O'Brien's 3.4 4.0 4.4 11.8
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen 3.7 4.0 4.1 11.8
NBC Sports Grill & Brew 3.7 4.0 3.8 11.5
Bigfire 3.6 3.5 4.1 11.2
Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food 3.3 4.0 3.9 11.2
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville 3.3 4.0 3.9 11.2


At Universal CityWalk, the food choices are near endless. It becomes more of a reason to try out as many Universal CityWalk Orlando restaurants as you can! We make that possible by offering affordable Universal vacation packages with accommodations near the theme parks - and at a fraction of the cost. Your next Florida vacation will be like none other.

Frequently Asked Questions

A million times YES! Universal Orlando CityWalk restaurants offer some of the top experiences in Orlando. They're also open during the many events that Universal puts on, such as Halloween Horror Nights. Select restaurants will even switch up their menu for Halloween and holidays throughout the year!

Yes, CityWalk is free for you to walk around in, no ticket needed! Parking is free after 6:00 PM.

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