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The top theme park restaurants in Orlando

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Published: July 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

The Monday Top 10: In case you missed it, last week we announced the winners of the 13th annual Theme Park Insider Awards. We honored winners in eight categories, based on ratings submitted by you, our Theme Park Insider readers. But why stop with honors just once year? Starting today, we'll be listing a weekly Top 10, every Monday, based on location ratings submitted by Theme Park Insider readers. Anyone can rate the rides, shows, restaurants and hotels we list from top parks here on Theme Park Insider. If you'd like to share a review or a photo, please take a moment to register with us, and those opportunities will be unlocked for you, too!

Let's start with the Top 10 full-service restaurants in the Orlando area, as selected by you. And because we respect your time, we're presenting our list on one page, instead of making you click through some lame slideshow. On to the list!

10. Confisco Grille
Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando

Confisco Grille

Located in the Port of Entry, this table service restaurant serves salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, fish, pasta, and fajitas, for lunch and dinner, with prices ranging from $9-18. Have you eaten at Confisco Grille? Tell us about it.

9. Lombard's Seafood Grille
Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando

Lombard's Seafood Grille

Lombard's serves a variety of fried seafood, salads, burgers, and a lobster roll, starting around $11 and up to $22 for a sirloin steak dinner. You can get a reserved space to watch the park's evening lagoon show, Universal's Cinematic Spectacular, with a special dinner dining package, which costs around $45 per person for adults, and $13 per child. Have you eaten at Lombard's Seafood Grille? Tell us about it.

8. Liberty Tree Tavern
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Liberty Tree Tavern

Serving lunch to order, with pot roast, roast turkey, hamburgers, and salads ranging from $15-20. Dinner is a variety of roasted meats and sides served family-style for a fixed price, around $19 per person for children and $39 for adults.Have you eaten at Liberty Tree Tavern? Tell us about it.

7. Teppan Edo
Epcot, Walt Disney World

Teppan Edo

This Japanese Teppanyaki-style restaurant offers a variety of steak, chicken, shrimp and scallop combinations, as well as sushi and appetizers. Entrees range from $18 for the vegetables to $32 for the filet mignon. Have you eaten at Teppan Edo? Tell us about it.

6. Le Cellier Steakhouse
Epcot, Walt Disney World

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Themed the wine cellars of historic Canada hotels, Le Cellier's most popular dish might be its Cheddar Cheese Soup, available at lunch and dinner. You'll also find a selection of beef, venison, pork, chicken, salmon, and pasta, from $26-56. If you're looking for something uniquely Canadian, try the poutine fries, too. Have you eaten at Le Cellier Steakhouse Tell us about it.

5. Mythos Restaurant
Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando

Mythos Restaurant

Located inside an impressive cavern on the shore of the park's lagoon, Mythos typically serves salads, burgers, steak, fish, and a pasta and a risotto of the day on its seasonally changing menu. Prices range from $10-20 at this table service restaurant, where reservations are recommended. Have you eaten at Mythos Restaurant? Tell us about it.

4. Be Our Guest
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Be Our Guest

The most popular recent addition to Fantasyland, Be Our Guest is one of the toughest tables in the Walt Disney World Resort, so book early if you want to eat here for dinner. Set in the Beast's Castle, Be Our Guest offers three dining rooms depicted in or inspired by the Disney's Best Picture Academy Award-nominated animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. While Be Our Guest is a reservation-only, table-service restaurant at dinner, it's walk-up counter service at lunch. (Waiters will bring your food to your table, either way.) You'll need to arrive early to avoid a long wait. The French bistro-inspired menu (steak, chicken, salmon, pork, and lamb) runs $18-33 for entrees at dinner. At lunch, the selection of salads and sandwiches cost between $9-14. Have you eaten at Be Our Guest? Tell us about it.

3. Finnegan's Bar and Grill
Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando

Finnegan's Bar and Grill

A table-service Irish pub, serving Guinness beef stew, corned beef, and fish 'n' chips, along with a bar selections, featuring popular Irish beers. Though it's billed as as bar, it's family-friendly restaurant, too, with a children's menu available. Have you eaten at Finnegan's Bar and Grill? Tell us about it.

2. The Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

The Hollywood Brown Derby

A replica of the original Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, this table service restaurant is the Studios' top dining experience -- and its most expensive. The Brown Derby's most famous dish was the Cobb salad (named for Bob Cobb, the original restaurant's owner), and you'll find it on the menu here, as an appetizer or entree, and served with original Cobb dressing. Entree prices range up to $41 at lunch or dinner, with other options including chicken, pork, lamb, duck, salmon, and beef. For dessert, the most popular choice is the Brown Derby's original Grapefruit Cake, a yellow cake layered with grapefruit-cream-cheese frosting. Have you eaten at The Hollywood Brown Derby? Tell us about it.

1. Monsieur Paul
Epcot, Walt Disney World

Monsieur Paul

Located above Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul is named for legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, whose family operates both of the France pavilion's table-service restaurants. This is Disney World's most expensive in-park restaurant, open only for dinner and with entree prices around $40-50 and a three-course fixed-price menu around $90. Selections include steak, chicken, fish, duck, and lamb. The restaurant's signature dish might be its Soupe aux truffes V.G.E.. Created by Paul Bocuse and named for former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (the VGE in the title), the soup offers beef broth and finely diced oxtail, carrots, onions and celery, with a larger dice of mushroom pate, flavored with generous slices of black winter truffle and crowned with puff pastry, for around $30 a la carte. For families suffering potential sticker shock, a children's menu is available, with entrees around $13-16. Have you eaten at Monsieur Paul? Tell us about it.

Didn't find your favorite Orlando theme park restaurant? Browse our theme park listings, then rate and review the restaurants you visited on your most recent visit!

Readers' Opinions

From Melanie Howe on July 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM
So happy to see all my favorite places at Universal on this list! They do a great job with all their full service restaurants and deserve a little recognition :-).
From 173.199.209.98 on July 7, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Everyone made the list except for animal kingdom and seaworld.
From 96.246.122.160 on July 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Now, I'm very excited to try Monsieur Paul.
From Robert Niles on July 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM
I'm hoping that the weekly lists will encourage more rating and reviewing on the listings section of the website. We get great traffic here on the blog, but I want to make sure that all our blog readers know that we've got this wonderful resource up there under the "Park Guides" link at the top of the page, too.
From 69.149.253.66 on July 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM
I always enjoy lists like these since it informs me of places to go. I respect this list, but I do have to disagree. While Harry Potter is leaving Disney in the dust, it certainly isn't in the food category. I think Mythos is the best at Universal, but it might not make my list. It is good, no doubt, but Boma and many other places at Disney are way in front of it. Also, you have the themed restaurants like Biergarten which are amazingly fun with great food. The last time we ate at Biergarten, there was a couple that comes to Orlando once a year just to eat there. I suppose the restaurants in the hotels do not count, and I understand that, but you could have a great time just eating at Epcot and doing nothing else. I would love to see Universal embrace its parks with better dining that is themed. Dinner in Dracula's castle (with wine, of course) would be awesome. Please, however, don't sacrifice those awesome attractions with restaurants, though.
From robert morris on July 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM
Was curious if Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld got edged out by fractions of point by Confisco
From Gabriel Schroll on July 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM
Remember, these are based on OUR ratings. So if your favorite restaurant didn't make the cut, or wasn't as high as you'd have thought, ask yourself one question:

Do you feel lucky? Well, do you punk?

No. Ask yourself "did I vote for/review my favorite restaurant?" and if your answer is no, then that's something you might consider rectifying in the future.

My favorite restaurant in Orlando is Le Cellier, so it was up there, but not quite as high as I'd have liked. I can't really argue with the list as a whole. I haven't been to Lombard's, Confisco, or Monsieur Paul so I can't really say.

From Anon Mouse on July 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM
The dining selection is excellent, but extremely expensive. For the most part, you should perhaps visit one or two top rated restaurants if this is important to you and you can afford it and you have a discerning palate. Otherwise it matters little if you skip them. Frankly, I found the Disney Dining Plan to be an excellent value and I highly recommend it if you want the full Disney Experience by eating a table service meal every day. The value is more increased at characters meals and very popular locations including "Be My Guest". You can combine points to eat at the "Brown Derby".

I am very interested in trying out the restaurants at Dragon Alley and Hogwarts.

From David Eggert on July 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM
A lot of great restaurants on the list, and I'll definitely have to take the time to add ratings from my recent trip. I'd recommend against buying the Disney Dining plan, at least without doing the math to see how it will work for your specific eating plans. We did 7 days at WDW, plus a day each at Universal, SeaWorld, and Siesta Key, each day with one table service meal, a counter service lunch and a counter service breakfast. Since all the menus are online, we were able to determine what we would likely spend each day on food based on what restaurants we planned to visit. For us, we found that the per person food costs (including the non-Disney days) would total $1274.67 with the Delux Dining Plan, $941.49 with the Standard Dining Plan, and $590 with no Dining Plan. There are likely scenarios where the dining plans make financial sense, but make sure to do the math yourself to ensure you're actually getting a deal.
From Rob Pastor on July 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM
The universal restaurants on the list actually have very reasonable pricing for sit down restaurants. Meals there are not much more than the quick service establishments. I've eaten at all four Universal sit downs on the list and the food was very good and a good value. And you just can't beat the theme & sight lines at Mythos.
From Anon Mouse on July 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM
Since you did the math, you arrived at "$941.49 with the Standard Dining Plan" for a 10 days per person. This is rather high. The Disney Dining Plan costs $60 per person per day. For 7 days, this means you pay $420 per person. The balance is $521.49 that I assume you're paying for breakfast and the 3 extra days at other theme parks.

The Disney Dining Plan doesn't pay-off for breakfast. There is more value from lunch and dinner since they include the drink, entree and dessert. Breakfast omits the dessert. Plus, the more expensive entrees are for lunch and dinner. Since the quick and table service meals are quite filling, I am usually not hungry in the morning. A snack for breakfast is sufficient. Some hotel rooms offer refrigerators. I store my breakfast snacks there for convenience.

It's a big mistake to call the Disney Dining Plan a deal. It is not. It is a pre-paid meal plan that ensures that your 2 meals (lunch and dinner), 1 snack, and 1 resort mug is covered in a trip where it is already extremely expensive to eat there. In my own analysis, I am likely ahead at least $10 per day, but sometimes I could be behind depending on where I eat. On average, you expect to get your money's worth. This is fine since you don't know if Disney will inadvertently increase prices.

One thing to keep in mind, Disney already makes its money from the food. There is tremendous mark-up on the food at the restaurants. Disney is pricing their dining plans based on what customers are ordering on average. They aren't losing money, nor are they profiting much more by offering the plans. Customers will know if they are gouged from the dining plan itself and will avoid it if they think it isn't a good deal.

Doing the math for vacation is fine, but it is still a vacation. If you really want to save money, skip some table service restaurants and bring an occasional snack. You can also use your snack credits for breakfast. I believe I benefited from the plans, which is why I recommend it.

From 98.85.103.224 on July 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM
It's not a fun vacation when you have to learn where and when you can eat with the Disney Dining Plan. It's like a college meal plan you have to eat huge amounts of food to cover your cost and you have to learn where it's accepted. Plus to book the more popular restaurants you have to book and plan at least 6 months out or even more.

The majority of theme park restaurants are built for quick service and high volume. There are better cheaper restaurants on yelp.

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