2024 Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood 

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Lets Discuss the Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood.

As you step into the culinary wonderland of Universal Studios Hollywood, every bite is an adventure!

Amidst the excitement of thrilling rides and Hollywood magic, let’s explore the park’s culinary delights. Universal Studios Hollywood caters to every craving, from power-packed meals at Power Up Cafe to magical treats at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and whimsical dishes at Toadstool Cafe. 

Join me on this mouthwatering journey through the park as we uncover hidden culinary treasures and indulge in flavors from around the world. Whether you’re a comfort food connoisseur or a bold flavor seeker like me, Universal Studios Hollywood promises a day filled with delicious memories.

So, let’s grab a bite, share some tips, and make the most of our foodie adventure together!

Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood Upper Lot

If we are talking about the best food at Universal Studios Hollywood, we want to get really specific; since most theme parks have not-so-great food, we want to focus on the best of the best menu items for your visit. 

If you have food restrictions, many locations have good food options; you can stop by the customer service desk at the front entrance and ask questions, but here is a guide for Gluten Free at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Southern California theme park. 

We will break down all areas of the park so you can pick and choose as you go, but we will make a special section for the best food at Universal Studios Hollywood Upper Lot and Universal Studios Hollywood Lower Lot. 

Best Places to eat at Universal Studios Hollywood

The best food at Universal Studios Hollywood can be found at a few spots within the park, and while we will encourage you to try these top spots first, we hope you find something great at each spot on our list. 

New Power Up Cafe

Three Broomsticks

Studio Scoop & Studio Cafe

Toadstool Cafe

Best Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood

All Food Locations in the Upper Lot

The upper lot is made up of four main areas. Springfield U.S.A., Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood Street, New York. 

Power Up Cafe

The new Power Up Cafe opened in early 2024 during the 1-year celebration of Super Nintendo World. 

Discover the newest culinary gem at Universal Studios Hollywood – the Power Up Cafe! Tucked away in the upper lot on New York Street, this Super Nintendo World-inspired restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie adventurer. While Toadstool Cafe might be a crowd favorite, Power Up Cafe offers a delightful alternative without the hassle of long lines.

Indulge in iconic Super Mario-themed dishes like the 1-Up Mushroom Calzone and Fire Flower Pretzel, paired perfectly with refreshing drinks like the Super Mushroom Fizz. Trust me, the flavors are out of this world! Just be sure to stir the sugar mushroom well before sipping to avoid any surprises. 

Fizz Drink at Power up Cafe Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood
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What to Order

  • 1-up Mushroom Calzone
  • Fire Flower Pretzel – soft pretzel with three dipping sauces 
  • Super Star Popcorn Cup
  • Specialty Fizz Drink 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Nestled in the heart of Hogsmeade, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter boasts an array of delightful dining options to satisfy your culinary cravings. As a Harry Potter fan, this is where you will find everything food-based. Butterbeer, Ice Cream, Pumpkin juice, Sweet treats, and Chocolate frogs are the perfect ways to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Three Broomsticks

This cozy, rustic restaurant, located in Hogsmeade, offers a delectable menu of British and wizarding world-inspired dishes, making it a must-visit for Potterheads and food enthusiasts alike. 

From traditional fare like Fish and Chips to the mouthwatering Butterbeer, you can savor a taste of the wizarding world while taking in the enchanting ambiance.

The attention to detail, from the wooden beams to the magical decor, immerses you in the Harry Potter universe. While it can get crowded, especially during peak times, there is seating outside as well, and it has a perfect view of the castle.

  • I’m not a meat person, and a roasted chicken dinner plate is just not something I want to order out in the real world/in a theme park. But all the other bloggers and tubers of the world have all said these two things are the most delicious and completely worth it.
  • While you can stand in line and get a Butterbeer outside at one of the Butterbeer carts, you can get mead, butter beer, and other specialty drinks inside when you get your meal or walk in and order. 
  • Mobile orders are available at this location. 
Three Broomsticks Best food at Universal Studios Hollywood

What to Order

  • Turkey Leg
  • Fish and Chips
  • Butterbeer
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • The Great Feast

Honeydukes and Floean Fortescure’s Ice Cream

The entire menu is soft-serve ice cream and sweet treats. For all your sweet treats and candies, this is the perfect spot to pick up any of your specialized Harry Potter sugary treats. 

This is the spot to pick up one of the famous chocolate frogs, Giant pink cupcakes, Cauldron cake, sugar cookies, butterbeer fudge, and sticky toffee pudding.

A portion of the store has been taken over to be an ice cream shop, where you can order butterbeer ice cream in a souvenir cup.

The souvenir cup is great and all and the Sugar Cone is AMAZING!

Ice Cream at Floean Fortescures Butterbeer Ice Cream
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Ice Cream and Mead at Wizarding World of Harry Potter best food at Universal Studios Hollywood
Floean Fortescures Ice Cream and Honeydukes for Harry Potter Treats

Butterbeer Cart

You can get your Butterbeer fix from one of the Butterbeer carts outside, where you can get hot, cold, or frozen Butterbeer.

  • Hot Butterbeer
  • Cold Butterbeer
  • Frozen Butterbeer

Hog’s Head

Hogs Head is attached to Three Broomsticks. If the Butterbeer cart is busy, head inside the Hogs Head Bar and pick up a Butterbeer, Mead, and other brews. 

They typically have seasonal drinks and additional options to pick up, and it is almost never busy inside. My typical order from Three Broomsticks is the Honey Mead or Holiday/Theme Mead, if they have one, and a frozen Butterbeer. Frozen is wonderful, especially on a hot day, and hot is perfect for those cooler nights. 

The Butterbeer is not alcoholic; Mead is alcoholic and now comes in a can instead of the original tap. You cannot order food at the bar, but you can make a mobile order or head into the main dining area to eat or find a spot by the castle.

Spiced Mead at Hogshead Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hogs head Pub Universal Studios Hollywood

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Minion Cafe best food at Universal Studios Hollywood
Minion Cafe Universal Studios Hollywood Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood

Minion Cafe

The Minion Café at Universal Studios Hollywood is a whimsical dining experience that caters to fans of the mischievous Minions from the “Despicable Me” franchise. The cafe captures the playful spirit of these beloved characters, both in its decor and menu. The last time I was there, I got the pork ramen, and it was very yummy with a rich, creamy broth. I was pleasantly surprised by the ramen. I also ordered the bite-size churros. They were good but a little hard for churros.  Mobile orders are available at this location.

What to Order

  • Pork Ramen Bowl
  • Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with Banana BBQ Sauce
  • Bite Size Churros
  • Unicorn Cupcake
  • Cotton Candy

Despicable Delights – Minion Treat Cart

This small treat cart outside Minion Cafe near Super Silly Fun Land has yummy treats and beverages. You can find things like banana and Grape Minion Flavored Cotton Candy and Minion souvenir sippers. 

What to Order

  • Churros
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream 
  • Sometimes, they have popsicles. 
  • Nutella Banana Pudding 
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City Snack Shop

Satisfy your cravings with a quick bite at City Snack Shop. From Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies to Jumbo Turkey Legs and Giant Bavarian Pretzels, there is something for everyone. This location offers specialty snacks throughout the year depending on the event that is being hosted at the moment. 

Right now, for example, Universal Studios Hollywood is hosting a 60-year celebration for the Studio Tour, and this is where all the snacks are hosted. 

You can pick up donuts, a special 60th pretzel, cookies, ice cream, drinks and more. 

Universal Studios Hollywood 60th Anniversary of the Studio Tour
Giant Pretzels at Universal Studios Hollywood

What to Order

  • Any special items if offered. 
  • Giant Everything Pretzel 
  • Pretzel Dog
  • Giant Cinnamon Roll
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Spiral Croissant
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French Street Bistro

This is the perfect quick grab-and-go spot towards the park entrance. There is a wide range of pastries, desserts, salads, and sandwiches. If Starbucks is super busy like it usually is, head over to French Street Bistro for a better option when it comes to quick, good coffee. If you are a Starbucks only, this will not replace it, but if you are just looking for coffee, this is a GREAT stop! 

What to Order

  • Chicken Bang Mi
  • Asian Noodle Salad
  • California Club Wrap
  • Lorraine Quiche
  • Charcuterie Box
  • Pesto Pasta Salad

Hollywood & Dine

This area of the park in the upper lot typically has special-themed food for events. It traditionally hosts Chinese New Year-themed food options as well as any other holidays throughout the year. This bustling food court offers diverse culinary delights to satisfy every craving. From gourmet burgers to fresh salads and international cuisine, there’s something for every palate. Enjoy your meal al fresco while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the park.

I will note that this location is heavy with BBQ sauce; I am not a fan. While I will suggest specific items that are BBQ, I had to lean on others for that information as I will not eat BBQ sauce. 

What to Order

  • Cosmic Pop (non-alcoholic) 
  • Chilly Willy Coconut Cake
  • Summer Strawberry Salad
  • BBQ Cheeseburger
  • BBQ Brisket Sandwich
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Cocina Mexicana

Cocina Mexicana in Universal Studios Hollywood provides a flavorful escape to the world of Mexican cuisine. Situated in the Upper Lot, this eatery offers a diverse menu of Mexican dishes, including tacos, burritos, and nachos. It’s a great choice if you’re craving some south-of-the-border flavors during your visit. The vibrant decor and the option to customize your dishes make it a popular spot for those who appreciate the delicious and spicy tastes of Mexico.

What to Order

  • Spiked Mangonada
  • Frozen Mango Margarita
  • Mini Churro Bites
  • Taco Platter
  • Beef Birria Tacos
  • Chamoy Pineapple Spears

Mel’s Diner

Mel’s Diner is a delightful spot located in the Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood that will take you back in time to the 1950s. The diner offers a fun and nostalgic atmosphere that will transport you to a bygone era with its retro decor, checkered floors, and jukeboxes. The menu features classic diner dishes, delectable burgers, and amazing milkshakes that will satisfy your cravings while you soak up the ambiance. The diner is perfect for families and anyone looking to experience a slice of Americana while enjoying a scrumptious meal.

​Currently (April 2024), there are some special 60th-anniversary drinks and food items you can pick up during the celebration. Halloween Horror Nights and a few other events throughout the year bring special food to the restaurant. 

What to Order

  • Chili Cheese Dogs
  • Tuna Melt
  • Chili Cheese Crinkle Fries

The Simpson Area

Simpsons Area

Krusty Burger 

This quick-service restaurant serves up classic American fare with a humorous twist. It’s a delightful tribute to the iconic fast-food joint from “The Simpsons.”

Nestled in Springfield, you can savor Krusty Burgers, the Clogger Burger, and the famous Sideshow Bob Footlong, all while enjoying the quirky atmosphere of Krustyland.

It’s a fun and tasty stop for fans of the show and those seeking a lighthearted dining experience.

  • My personal opinion: It used to be great, but that was before Three Broomsticks, Minion Cafe, and Toadstool Cafe came around. Now if you are a Homer Simpson fan or have to try out one of the Lard Lad donuts, this is a must-stop. 
  • Don’t forget to wash it down with a refreshing specialty cocktials, Buzz Cola or a Duff Beer.

Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Springfield with Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck. Serving up mouthwatering tacos inspired by the beloved character from “The Simpsons,” this food truck offers a variety of tasty options for both fans and foodies alike. From classic carne asada to vegetarian delights, enjoy a quick and delicious bite while exploring the park.

The best part about the taco truck is that it’s located inside Duff’s Beer Garden and there are a lot of tables and chairs around this area. This area is typically shaded for most of the day so its a perfect way to escape the heat and enjoy a cold beer and some delicious tacos. 

What to order

  • Carne Asada Tacos
  • Carnitas Tacos
  • Bumblebee Man’s Mucho Macho Nachos Carne Asada
  • Bumblebee Man’s Mucho Macho Nachos Carnitas

Cletus’ Chicken Shack

Step into the heart of Springfield and satisfy your cravings at Cletus’ Chicken Shack. This rustic eatery serves up hearty portions of crispy fried chicken, perfectly seasoned and served with all the fixings. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic chicken sandwich or craving some finger-lickin’ good chicken tenders, Cletus’ Chicken Shack has something for everyone. 

What to Order

  • Chicken Thumbs
  • Chicken & Waffle Sandwich
  • Marge’s Loaded Peanut Butter Brownie

Luigi’s Pizza

Transport yourself to the streets of Italy with a visit to Luigi’s Pizza. Nestled in the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood, this charming pizzeria offers authentic New York-style slices that are sure to delight your taste buds. From traditional pepperoni to gourmet combinations, each pizza is crafted with fresh ingredients and baked to perfection. Pair your slice with a refreshing beverage for the ultimate dining experience.

What to Order

  • The Meat Hater’s 
  • Nice Slice O’ Pepperoni Pizza
  • Cheesy Garlic Knots

Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood Lower Lot

The Lower lot consists of two or three main areas: Super Nintendo World and Studio Tour Plaza/Jurassic World. 

Jurassic World Area

Jurassic Park/Jurassic World

Jurassic Café

Step into Jurassic Cafe, where you can enjoy hearty entrees, savory sides, and refreshing beverages in a vibrant atmosphere inspired by Isla Nublar. Whether fueling up for an adventure or admiring the surroundings, Jurassic Cafe promises a memorable dining experience for all ages.

If the upstairs seating area is open, we highly suggest grabbing your food and heading there. It’s a perfect way to sit somewhere quieter and enjoy Jurassic World’s surroundings.

What to Order

Jurassic Cafe offers a few gluten-free options and healthier food items. It also has great seating, drinks, and decently yummy food. 

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  • Turkey Leg Platter
  • Tropical Roasted Chicken Salad 
  • Isla Burger 
  • BBQ Brisket Sandwich (request gluten-free bun & no French fries)
  • Isla Salad

Super Nintendo World Pipe

Super Nintendo World

The Mushroom Kingdom currently has one sit-down restaurant and one snack cart in the area. Toadstool is the most “themed” restaurant that Universal Studios Hollywood has. As the newest sit-down addition, this is a must-do when you visit Super Nintendo World in the lower lot.

Princess Peach Cupcake Universal Studios Hollywood

Toadstool Cafe

The Adorable Cafe Toad. 

Universal Studios Hollywood has a restaurant that offers one of the best dining experiences. The restaurant has an amazing theme and presents its food in a unique way. It is recommended to head down to the lower lot first thing and reserve a table through the QR code as they fill up quickly. 

The interior of the restaurant is adorable, with a mushroom entrance, power-up band mini gifts in the waiting line, and a little chef toad working behind the team members. After ordering, you will receive a number and make your way to your seat, leaving the number at the edge of the table for easy table tracking. 

The dining room theme is impressive, featuring a small show that takes over the entire room. The TVs and lights dim, making it look like the toads are in trouble. You must visit the restaurant to discover more details and try their delicious food.

But before I leave you, you must order the Princess Peach Cupcake. This raspberry-filled funfetti cupcake has buttercream frosting and a princess peach chocolate crown. It is by far the best-tasting cupcake in the park and also absolutely beautiful to look at. 

Pesto Salad at Toadstool Cafe Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood
Kids Hamburger at Universal Studios Hollywood
Terimisu Block at Toadstool Cafe
Super Star Lemon Squash and Coffee at Toadstool Cafe

What to Order

  • We will sum it up to just about everything on the menu, but our favorite was 
  • Piranha Plant Caprese with basil pesto
  • Mario Mini Burger Adventure Set 
  • Mario Burger
  • Luigi Burger – Grilled Chicken with Pesto
  • Fire Flower Spaghetti
  • Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots
  • Super Star Chicken Salad

What to Order For Dessert

  • Block Tiramisu 
  • Princess Peach Cupcake
Toadstool Cafe Menu Front
Toadstool Cafe Menu

Mummy Eats

Embark on a culinary adventure inspired by ancient Egypt at Mummy Eats. Located near the thrilling Revenge of the Mummy ride, this quick-service restaurant offers a variety of delicious options to fuel your journey. 

From savory hot dogs to refreshing beers and delectable Churros, Mummy Eats provides the perfect blend of flavor and convenience for hungry adventurers on the go.

What to Order

  • Spicy Corn Dog
  • Korean Corn Dogs
  • Vegetarian Corn Dog
  • Classic Cinnamon Churro

Studio Cafe

Take a break from the excitement of Universal Studios Hollywood and recharge at Studio Cafe. Nestled within the park, Studio Cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere and a diverse menu of freshly prepared dishes. 

From gourmet sandwiches and salads to hearty soups and artisanal desserts, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Studio Cafe provides a welcoming respite for visitors of all ages.

What to order

  • Asian Noodle Salad
  • Chicken Banh Mi
  • Charcuterie Box
  • Pesto Pasta Side Salad
  • Fluffy Ice Cream Bar

Studio Scoop

Treat yourself to a sweet indulgence at Studio Scoop, where every scoop is a taste of pure delight. Located within Universal Studios Hollywood, this charming ice cream parlor offers tempting flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

From classic favorites like chocolate and vanilla to inventive creations inspired by Hollywood blockbusters, each scoop is made with premium ingredients and served with a smile. Whether you’re craving a cone, cup, or sundae, Studio Scoop is the perfect place to cool off and enjoy a delicious treat during your visit to the park.

What to Order

  • S’mores and More Milkshakes
  • Chocolate Carmel Delight Sundaes
  • Orange Berry Soft Serve in Cone or Cup

Cocktails at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Drink at Jurassic World
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Wrapping up the Best Food at Universal Studios Hollywood

As our culinary adventure comes to an end, we’ve sampled the best of Universal Studios Hollywood’s diverse dining scene, from the whimsical delights of Super Nintendo World to the savory flavors of Jurassic Park. 

Whether you’re indulging in a Super Mushroom Calzone at Power Up Cafe, sipping Butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or enjoying a classic Krusty Burger in Springfield, there’s something for every palate and every craving. 

So, next time you visit the park, be sure to embark on your own foodie journey and discover Universal Studios Hollywood’s unforgettable tastes!

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