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Best Places to Eat in Universal Studios Hollywood

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Article By: Dani Gamutan
Last Updated: March 2, 2023
Universal Studios Hollywood has so many fantastic places to eat while you're hopping from ride to ride or enjoying the shows at your leisure. The variety is also refreshing -from nachos to burgers to ramen to bangers and mash and more! There is certainly more than just your typical carnival food available at this theme park, to the delight of foodies that visit. Although there are definitely plenty of food options we recommend you avoid at the park (like the Minion cookies or hot dogs at Suds McDuff's), there are so many more delicious entrees for your taste buds to get excited for.

We're excited to present our list of the best places to eat in Universal Studios Hollywood, so that you know what places to check out on your next visit to this exciting theme park!

1. Minion Cafe

The Minion Cafe is charmingly themed around everyone's favorite yellow fellas, and the food at their cafe is not to be missed. The cafe is geared to appeal to younger park goers, so the food options are more universally-liked options rather than unique options, but they are oh-so-delicious nonetheless! The Chicken Ranch Bacon Mac n Cheese is one of our favorite meals in the park. It's indulgent and creamy and really hits the spot after a long day of fun. The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is another one of our favorites at this park, and it seems to be pretty popular with the kids as well.

The fries at this restaurant come with this elevated ketchup that just takes the cake. It's even served in a fancy cup (because it deserves it), so we recommend trying their fries to see what the all the ruckus is about!

Don't skip dessert at this restaurant either. The Nutella Banana Pudding is fantastic. The Unicorn Cupcakes and the Chocolate Cupcakes are more than just a pretty sight: they're moist and delicious.

2. Toadstool Cafe

The newest restaurant at Universal Studios Hollywood is also one of the busiest, but it's certainly not one to sleep on! Toadstool Cafe takes guests into the charming Toad House, which features burgers, salads, and pasta made by the adorable Chef Toad. 

Everything on the menu looks beautiful and fun to eat. From the shape and color of the croutons for the salad, to the edible pictures on various treats, to the the addition of plastic toys to enhance a few of the meals, this restaurant's food is a feast for the eyes.

The heavy hitters at this restaurant are undoubtedly the Mario Burger and the Luigi Burger. Both have their own unique personalities and are definitely worth a try. The Mario Burger feels more classic and comfortable while the Luigi Burger has a lighter, tangier taste from the pesto. The Fire Flower Spaghetti & Meatballs is also a great dish to try. It's classic spaghetti and meatballs with a medium kick. 

For those looking for healthier options, the restaurant offers 3 different salads. The Super Star Chicken Salad is our favorite with its bold flavor from the mushroom truffle dressing. The Piranha Plant Caprese is a great choice for those who want a lighter, healthier meal.

The desserts at this restaurant are also nothing to sneeze that. They ? Block Tiramisu is fun and delicious while the Princess Peach Cupcake is indulgent and great for kids. The Mt. Beanpole Cake is also well worth a try and is light yet rich in a way we can't really explain.

3. Jurassic Cafe

Jurassic Cafe's unique, tasty food pushes its ranking pretty high on our list of the best places to eat in Universal Studios Hollywood. The menu isn't constantly evolving like Hollywood & Dine, and the food options aren't as charming and universally appealing as Minion Cafe, but this cafe is a gold mine for the adventurous and willing. There's nothing super crazy, but this food that you certainly wouldn't expect at a theme park - in the best way possible!

Try the Mojo Pork -it's kind of fun, tastes great, and smells amazing. Then try the Citrus Glazed Chicken. It's refreshing yet indulgent and filling, and the portion size is large enough to share if you're not starving. The Isla Chicken Sandwich is less exciting but still pretty awesome, and the fries that come with it are some of the best in the park.

This cafe is a bit out of the way (considering you have to go allllll the way down to the lower lot), and the opening time can be a bit inconvenient (it usually opens around noon daily), but it's well worth the trek to try some of the best food that Universal Hollywood has to offer.

4. Bumblebee Man's Taco Truck

The line at this charming little food truck can sometimes get pretty long, and that's because many people love the tacos and nachos at this eatery. We can't help but agree with the masses on this one because we absolutely love the Mucho Macho Nachos at Bumblebee Man's Taco Truck. This is a large serving of nachos topped with guacamole, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos. It's certainly big enough to share, but you might not want to with how delicious this meal is!

The tacos are also fantastic at this truck, although the portion size is a little smaller. Still -you can't really go wrong with anything you order from Bumblee Man's. You can choose from three different meat options when you order: chicken, carnitas, or carne asada. We recommend the carnitas here, but, again, you can't go wrong with any choice!

There is one major downside to eating at the taco truck: the lack of seating space. Because the eatery shares its seating area with Luigi's Pizza and the Duff Brewery Beer Garden, it gets extremely busy in that area. Often times, we've had to walk across to the Lard Lad seating area, or even farther away, to find seating.

5. Three Broomsticks

When it comes to atmosphere, the Three Broomsticks is easily the number one restaurant at Universal Studios Hollywood. From the furniture to the lighting to the food options, this restaurant is a Harry Potter fan's dream (as it was meant to be!).

The food at this restaurant is great overall. It's not the best in the park, and it's a bit pricey, but it's tasty and filling and those definitely count for something. The Bangers and Mash plate is our go-to comfort favorite option, while the Great Feast is a fun special occasion meal we like to enjoy with friends when we bring them to the park. 

An additional perk of eating here: you can enjoy a nice, cold butterbeer with your meal!

6. Cletus' Chicken Shack

We'll be honest -the design for this restaurant can look a bit... concerning -especially for those looking for a delicious, not-weird-in-any-way meal. Although the restaurant itself has some interesting theming, and the names of the food options are a little strange, the food here is pretty great. Cletus' Chicken Shack essentially serves up fried chicken in various forms. There's the Peep-Fried Chicken Platter, which is their standard fried chicken meal. It's solid, albeit a little dry at times. The Chicken Thumbs are what they call their chicken tenders. The Chicken & Waffle Sandwich is just as it's named - and we absolutely recommend it. There's even a grilled chicken option with their Thrilled to be Grilled Sandwich -for those who prefer a slightly-but-not-really healthier option.

The restaurant is cute, the food is cute and tasty, and - to top it all off- there's usually plenty of seating (especially on the 2nd floor) and you get to sit in the A/C. That makes this restaurant one of the winners on our list of best places to eat in Universal Studios Hollywood.

7. Hollywood & Dine

Hollywood & Dine has a living menu that changes every so often, which keeps it as an exciting choice to visit over and over again. It's often used to house temporary holiday treats throughout the year, but also has a changing eclectic menu during non-holiday times at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

The only downside to this eatery is its location, which is right near the entrance to the park. This makes it difficult to reach when you're already deep in the park and want to grab something quick before your next show or ride. It's perfect as a last meal before you leave the park, though - which is often what ends up happening for us!

8. Mummy Eats

Mummy Eats is sometimes overlooked by most people because it's a counter service fast-food type establishment. It's true - this eatery only has a few options, and those options are mostly fries and corn dogs, but that does not make them any less delicious! 

If you want a quick meal and don't have time to sit down, a corn dog basket with fries at Mummy Eats is the way to go. You can eat it while you're in line for the Mummy or the Jurassic World ride, especially since those lines can get quite long toward the middle of the day. You can eat it while you're waiting for the dinos to come out for the photos at the Raptor Encounter, or while you're waiting for Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to come out at the Transformers photo area. Heck -you can even eat it while on your way back up the escalators to the Upper Lot. It's just a convenient, tasty meal.

9. Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream Parlor

If you're looking for the best dessert at Universal Studios Hollywood, look no more. This counter service ice cream parlor has tons of great flavors and options for those hot California days. You can get a sundae, a milkshake, a con(an) - you can get everything but the kitchen sink. No, seriously, you can get Phineas Q's Butterfat's Everything But the Kitchen Sink, which is soft serve topped with strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Butterfingers, Oreo cookies, and whipped cream (highly recommend if you want to indulge and aren't riding anything crazy afterward). 

Sure, you can get a plain milkshake at Cletus' Chicken Shack or churros at every other snack stand around, but there's no other place you can get Mr. Teeny's Banana Delight (my favorite dessert at Universal Studios Hollywood). My point is - don't miss out on this adorable counter service eatery if you're craving something sweet. It's so much better than the overly-sweet donuts across the street sold by a certain lad.
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