Theme Park Insider

Jimmy Buffett welcomes Hollywood to Margaritaville

March 31, 2017, 8:19 AM · Universal Studios Hollywood's CityWalk officially opened its new Margaritaville restaurant last night with a private concert by the Mayor of Margaritaville, the original Parrothead, and the best eighth-grade marine biology teacher in the state of Florida, the one and only Jimmy Buffett, joined on stage, as always, by his Coral Reefer Band.

We were invited to the limited-access event, which also welcomed some of Jimmy's biggest fans from around Southern California. As invited media, we were allowed to upload only one minute of the music, so we picked the best minute — the opening verse to, what else? "Margaritaville"

Buffett and his band played a 50-minute set, starting with "The Tiki Bar is Open" and wrapping with a cover of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl." In between, Buffett played many of his enduring hits, including "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Fins," and appropriately for the restaurant chain's first California location, "Come Monday."

Margaritaville features those beloved cheeseburgers, as well as a variety of tropical and island-inspired fare, including jambalaya, ahi poke nachos, fried "Lava Lava" shrimp, and Key Lime pie cheesecake, which servers brought around for fans to sample before the show.

Of course, the big attraction is the margaritas, and servers were passing out five varieties for guests to try.

A post shared by Theme Park Insider (@themeparkinsider) on

We'll be back later for a proper review. In the meantime, Margaritaville is open daily at CityWalk Hollywood, joining its older sibling at Universal Orlando's CityWalk.

Replies (1)

March 31, 2017 at 9:56 AM · I can sing the whole Margaritaville song

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram Email Newsletter

Rate & Review

Walt Disney World

Universal Orlando

Disneyland

Tokyo Disney Resort

2017 Best Park Winners

Get Our Newsletter

Email

Plan Your Vacation


© Theme Park Insider®   About · Rules · Privacy · Contact
Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram Theme Park Insider T-shirts and Hoodies Email Newsletter