Long gone are the days where dining options at American Theme Parks were limited to overpriced hot-dogs and hamburgers or horribly sticky cotton candy. Nowadays, it’s completely possible to have a 5-star meal after (or if you’re willing to take the risk, before) your roller-coaster ride or cruise on the riverboat steamer. These ten great restaurants range from fun-filled family friendly dining establishments, all the way to exclusive high-end bistros with full table service for those who want to dine in style or impress a loved one. The variety of food on offer has also increased greatly, with a huge range of cuisines available, from classic American fare to exotic Pan African buffets which your taste buds are sure to appreciate.
Of course, the biggest perk to visiting a theme park restaurant in America is that you can expect to be enchanted by more than just your food! In addition to these fine-dining meals, many of the restaurants featured today are whimsically themed around the amusement parks they call home. While you enjoy your meal, you can also be entertained by a lively show or cultural performance, which is sure to leave you with fantastic memories of your theme park adventure.
This Harry Potter themed restaurant is sure to have you’re feeling like you’re dining inside the real Hogwarts castle! Serving traditional British fare such as fish and chips, bangers and mash or cottage pie, guests can truly immerse themselves in this family friendly environment, whilst feeling like they’re part of a British movie set. Thee Leaky Cauldron restaurant was carefully designed to match the description in J.K. Rowling’s books. Unsurprisingly, you’ll discover that many of the food options are ones created in the Harry Potter world. Guests can sample some of the famous Butterbeer, made with butterscotch and cream soda, which is available chilled or frozen. For the adults there is also Firewhiskey on offer. To complete the experiences, the servers are dressed in full wizard costumes.
Boma has been a long time stalwart of the dining scene at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Designed to resemble a bustling African marketplace, the restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner in a buffet style setting. The cuisine on offer is sourced from a myriad of African nations, with dishes from Tunisia, to Nigeria and all the way down to South Africa on offer. The restaurant has an onsite traditional African wood burning grill allowing it to serve up incredible whole roasted salmon and slow roasted pork ribs. For those with more adventurous tastes, they can sample some authentic Ghananian Oxtail Stew, and for the serious chilli fanatics the Spicy Nigerian Peanut Soup must not be missed. Diners can wash down their food with imported beers from Morocco, Kenya and Ethiopia.
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The CowFish is self-described as “An unusual place to enjoy a great dish”. As the first ever sushi and burger bar, The Cowfish combined two classic foods in a unique and wonderful way. By offering up both burgers and sushi, The Cowfish manages to hit two birds with one stone by making both options equally delicious. Their signature Burgushi burgers all contain half a pound of premium Black Angus beef, options range from the classic to a Japanese influenced Soy Shiitake burger made with wasabi aged cheddar cheese. Where The Cowfish really shines though, is their hamburger based sushi rolls. From Filet Mignon with spicy mayo and avocado to the opulent lobster and filet mignon roll, this restaurant serves innovative and creative dishes that will leave you wanting more.
Situated next to the famous Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Blue Bayou serves Cajun and Creole cuisine in view of a giant pirate ship that evokes memories of the blockbuster movie. The unique atmosphere is created by a spectacular lighting setup, gives the diners the impression they are eating in a night time setting with Spanish oaks and fireflies all around them. Grab a table by the waterside for the full immersive experience. The menu is small to ensure that each dish is of the upmost quality. Their signature New Orleans Gumbo or House Salad accompanies each entrée dish. The must-eat dish here is the Monte Cristo sandwich, a decadent combination of Turkey, Ham and Cheese, battered and deep fried, served with a trio of dipping sauces.
A mystic design, complete with cascading waterfalls and intricate rock formations is sure to encapsulate your visual senses, as well as, leaving your stomach full and taste buds satisfied. Seating is available both indoors to marvel at the carved figures and enjoy a temporary retreat from the hustle and bustle or for those who want to embrace the park, seating is available outside. The cuisine on offer is described as contemporary Mediterranean, however there are also a few Asian inspired dishes. The selection of appetizers is the true star here. Along with traditional Greek mezze platters there are house favorites including the Mediterranean Meatballs served with falafel waffle and the whole grilled Swordfish accompanied by Spanish Chorizo. For the vegetarians, the Pad Thai is a delicious meat free option.
Allow yourself to be transported straight into the set of Beauty and The Beast with this restaurant’s lavish ballroom setting. This restaurant is perfect both for those who want to treat their loved one to a once in a lifetime dining experience. The cuisine is classic French, which is great for the romantics out there. The full dinner service is where Be Our Guest truly shines. The intimate setting is truly magical and reminiscent of the movie itself. Top dishes include the Spice-Rubbed Pork Chop and for dessert the house made cupcakes are a sure fire hit. Be Our Guest is also one of the few restaurants inside the park that offers alcohol with dinner service, wines from California and France are available as is Champagne if you’re celebrating.
A truly gourmet dining experience inside an amusement park was once a pipe dream, however Monsieur Paul’s intimate setting and sublime French cuisine has made it a reality. The elegant, yet relaxed ambience allows diners to enjoy their food without feeling uncomfortable. Diners can take in breath-taking views of the surroundings making this a great setting for special occasions. Sophisticated seasonal offerings may make diners think they’re on the streets of Paris and forget that they’re still in an amusement park. Dishes such as Black Truffle Soup, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb are sure to wow the palettes of diners. For dessert the Grand Marnier soufflé demonstrates the refined French culinary technique that made this restaurant so famous. A full wine list is on offer, meaning you can enjoy the full dining experience.
A California institution since 1934, over 20 million guests have sampled the food at Mrs Knott’s Chicken Dinner, and for good reason. Using the same family recipes as when they first opened, the Recently refurbished and most popular restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm is sure to be a favorite for a long time to come. The ambience is in keeping with the park’s values, warm and inviting for families from all over. Portions are extremely generous and the fried chicken dinner served with mashed potatoes and gravy still has the same great taste as it did when the establishment first opened. For dessert, the peach and boysenberry pies are still long time crowd favorites, made with fruits from the farm itself. Try the unique Boysenberry Mojito for a fun local twist on a classic cocktail.
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With a setting straight out of the Golden Age of cinema, this retro restaurant will allow you to be thrown back into an old school romantic environment, combined with a sampling of delicious locally inspired food. Guests can begin their meal sipping on hand-crafted cocktails in the chandelier decorated lobby lounge. The food on available is beautifully constructed using freshly sourced top-quality California ingredients which are sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated palette. For the appetizers, the Fire Cracker Duck Wings with lime and Sriracha are a real stand out. The restaurant’s signature dish is incredibly lavish Crisp Duck Confit served with Chestnut Gnocchi, a truly indulgent dish packed full of flavor. A wonderful selection of Napa Valley wines truly completes the luxury Californian dining experience.
Das Festhaus is less of a conventional restaurant, and more of an adventurous family dining experience. With a setting designed to emulate a traditional German beer hall, complete with staff dressed in Lederhosen and an all-out singing and dancing show, Das Festhaus is a great way to spend a few hours of laughter and smiles. Unlike many other top-rated amusment park restaurants, you’ll be pleased to find reasonably priced and generously portioned German and American favorites such as sausage samplers and full racks of ribs. Being a German beer hall, Das Festhaus also has large selections of beers on tap for guests who want to embrace Oktoberfest without leaving the country. Those with annual passes can fill up your annual cups with beer as well as soft drinks.
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