Where to eat at Universal Orlando including menus...UPDATED REGULARLY

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  1. macleod1979

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    I recommend Magaritaville
     
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  3. jcvalenti

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    Thanks for this thread ! *Lots of great info. *Were seasoned WDW veterans, but this June were making our first ever on-property stay at PBR and figuring out the dining in a whole new park is a bit overwhelming.

    Anyway, I made a reservation for our first night (were spening the whole day at the hotel - no parks) at Mama Dellas, but noticed there's very little comment on it in this thread. *Any opinions ? *We like big family dinners, and really like Italian food (were planning on trips to Via Napoli, Il Mulino and Tutto Gusto over the rest of the trip)

    Our second day, were planning on meeting a big group at Margaritaville. *I cant seem to figure out how to make a rezzie for a table for 13 (open table wont do it for groups over 8). *Any idea how to do that ? *Trying to walk in with a big group in late June seems like a recipe for disaster.
     
  4. patster734

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    The answer depends upon which park you are in prior to dining, and which park you intend to return to after dining. If you're in Universal Studios prior to dining, and plan to continue exploring Universal Studios after dining, you should probably dine in the park, which would be Lombardi's Seafood from your list. If that is your plan, I suggest a 4th dining option - Finnegan's. Like Lombardi's, it also is located in Universal Studios; Therefore, you will not need to leave US and then re-enter US after dining.

    However, if you plan to park-hop between US and IOA while dining, then the Citywalk restaurants are a viable option. Of the two you listed (NBA City and Margaritaville), I would suggest Margaritaville in this situation. For an additional Citywalk dining option, there's Hard Rock Cafe.
     
  5. damo

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    Personally, I love Margaritaville but I haven't ever eaten at NBA City. It does get a lot of rave reviews too.
     
  6. damo

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    You can call for priority seating too.


    http://www.margaritavilleorlando.com/index.php?page=policies
     
  7. damo

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    You can't make reservations for Bubbas for some strange reason.
     
  8. patster734

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    Last time I was at Bubba Gump's, they also didn't support express seating for onsite guests. That's been a few years though, so it could have changed by now.
     
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    thanks for all the responses. Love the Dis:thumbsup2

    I am thinking of doing a stop in the afternoon at IOA and then the evening at US so Margaritaville might be the best option on our way over.
     
  10. damo

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    I think it is still that way.
     
  11. jcvalenti

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    Thnaks, Damo. Youve been super helpful. i called and it just happened to be 30 days out, so I got our group of 13 on the priority list for the night we want to go. Looking forward to it - we always have fun at Margaritaville.
     
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    Thanks for the info on Bubbas !!Guess we will try when we are there !!Anyone know if you can make ressies there that day ???
     
  13. DisneyMomx7

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    We haven't been to US/IOA since 2006 so forgive me if this question is common knowledge to everyone but me!

    We are doing a room only reservation to RPR as we can get our tickets with our AMEX points. Is the Harry Potter breakfast only available if you book a package? Also I just recently saw on the Universal website about a dinner/guaranteed seating at Lombards for the new nighttime show. Does this have to be booke through a package too?

    One more question - since we are getting our tickets through AMEX member points would we be allowed to use the AMEX lounge?

    Thanks so much - this thread has been so helpful!
     
  14. jacinda824

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    We are doing a room only reservation to RPR as we can get our tickets with our AMEX points. Is the Harry Potter breakfast only available if you book a package?

    It used to be but now the three broomsticks is open to anyone for breakfast - its about 15.00 per person.

    Also I just recently saw on the Universal website about a dinner/guaranteed seating at Lombards for the new nighttime show. Does this have to be book through a package too?

    You can book separately and it is worth it - I have seen the show - its spectacular!


    One more question - since we are getting our tickets through AMEX member points would we be allowed to use the AMEX lounge?

    Not sure - call universal to ask.
     
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    Is this on the Universal website? I tried looking, but couldn't find any info. :confused3
     
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    You can make reservations by calling (877) 801-9720 but it doesn't start until June 1st.

    I found information on the website:

    http://www.universalorlando.com/Restaurants/Character-Dining.aspx

    It's near the bottom of the page.
     
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    You can book these at Guest Services at the hotel. Yes, you can just show your card to use the AMEX lounge.
     
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    Thank you so much - you are definitely a wealth of US/IOA information!
     
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    On the packages page it still says you can book the Harry Potter package with breakfast for use up to Dec. 2012 but you have to book by July 31. Wonder what the scoop is.
     

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