Universal Studios theme park is home to several restaurants and eateries, but many of them boast higher-than-average menu prices. You can eat a great meal at a fraction of the price at restaurants and cafes located a short drive from the theme park and area hotels. If you’re staying at a hotel near Universal Studios, or are heading back to your room after a long day at the parks, here are some of the most affordable dining destinations for lunch or dinner:
Kirkman Ale House
Home to the giant Chicken Nachos platters, steamed oysters by the dozen, Conch Chowder and a Bahamian Dolphin entrée, Miller’s Ale House on Kirkman Road is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood and all-American classics. The restaurant boasts a very casual and laid-back atmosphere, and dozens of appetizer, entrée and seafood specialties that cater to all tastes. You will get great value for your money, with most entrees priced under $10, and you can look forward to a great time day or night. Kirkman Ale House is located at 5573 Kirkman Road in Orlando; call (407) 248-0000 for more information.
The Kitchen restaurant is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel near Universal Studios, and offers some very good value-priced menu items. Head here for generous servings of all your breakfast favorites and brunch favorites in a fun, memorabilia-filled kitchen setting. The Kitchen Restaurant is located at 5800 Universal Boulevard right outside the theme park. Call (407) 503-2430 for more information.
Having breakfast any time of day at the Waffle House is a Southern tradition that you can indulge in when you’re heading to Universal Studios, Florida. This is the place to enjoy Bert’s Chili, Alice’s Iced Tea and Walt’s Soup, or tuck into the Grilled Bacon Texas Cheesesteak Melt plate, the Chop Steak Dinner, or Chocolate Chip waffles. Almost all entrees are priced under $10 per plate and you will never leave hungry! Call (877) 9-WAFFLE for more information.
Tabla Bar and Grill
In the mood for some spicy ethnic cuisine? Head to the Tabla Bar and Grill for a giant budget-friendly menu of great Indian food. This locally-owned restaurant serves classic . If you want to eat a hearty meal before you hit the park, head here for the lunch buffet that costs only $7 per person on weekdays, and $10 on weekends. Most menu items are priced between $6 to $15 per plate. Tabla Bar and Grill is located at 5827 Caravan Court in Orlando. Call (407) 248-9400 for more information.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
It may be a chain, but Carrabba’s serves up some of the most affordable Italian around. You get real value for your money with the generous portions and family-style dining options, and the menu is diverse enough for even the pickiest eaters. Many entrees are priced under $15 per plate, and many of the appetizers and salads can be made into a meal on their own. The nearest Carrabba’s restaurant to Universal Studios is located at 57010 Vineland Road. Call (407) 355-7277 for more information.