Theme parks in Orlando are known for having an abundance of restaurants and dining options. However, sometimes these restaurants can be hard to get into during your trip. Disney is notorious for having backed up reservations for highly desired restaurants many days in advance but Universal’s dining is much different in how to book your reservations. So, can you make dining reservations at Universal Orlando? Yes. However, not all restaurants on Universal property are owned and operated by Universal. This means the reservation process is not as seamless as if you were booking with Disney.
Making your reservation
Things to keep in mind, we recommend making your dining reservations at Universal about a month or two in advance. Since Universal does not own all of the restaurants on their property, the reservations made online would be through outside sources. Universal Orlando’s website provides links to book your dining reservations, but these links direct you to another site called zomatobook. Below we put together a list of all the sit-down dining options that allow reservations. These restaurants are listed based on location at Universal Orlando, along with their reservation information.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Hard Rock Cafe
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
NBC Sports Grill & Brew
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
VIVO Italian Kitchen
Theme Park Restaurants
Finnegan’s Bar & Grill
Lombard’s Seafood Grille
Island of Adventures
Portofino Bay Hotel
Mama Della’s Ristorante
Trattoria del Porto
Hard Rock Hotel
Royal Pacific Resort
Islands Dining Room
Jake’s American Bar
Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar
Sapphire Falls Resort
Strong Water Tavern
In addition to all the information we provided above, we also have some phone numbers if you have any questions in regards to the above restaurants. Here are a few phone numbers for dining inquiries at the Universal Orlando Resort:
- 407-503-DINE (3463)
- 407-224-FOOD (3663)
- What are premier hotel guests?
These are guests who are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel, Portifino Bay, and Royal Pacific. To obtain priority seating at certain Universal restaurants, you must show a valid hotel key card for one of the three previously stated hotels to be seated quicker.
- Why are other restaurants like Bubba Gump not on here?
These other restaurants and eating establishments at Universal that we have not mentioned do not accept reservations, like Bubba Gump at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. Or some restaurants we left unmentioned, like Marvel’s Character Dinner, are temporarily closed as of August 2022.
- What about Volcano Bay?
The restaurants located at Volcano Bay are quick service ONLY. They do not take reservations anywhere at Volcano Bay.
You can also find more information on Universal’s website regarding any of the above restaurants as well as any other universal restaurants that we may not have mentioned.
We hope the information we have provided you is helpful with your trip to Universal Orlando! Let us know what you think and if you check out any of these Universal dining spots! Enjoy!