10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Orlando
I’ve written about so many things since visiting Florida as a family in 2019. I could write and write about our trip. It’s been lovely to share our tips and memories with you. Our recommendations. We really did have an amazing trip, it was an incredible experience and there’s still so much to share. What I haven’t really talked about on here is where to eat, so let’s talk food. Because let’s face it finding good restaurants is high on the priority list right?
We didn’t have a plan for where to eat just a rough idea of the areas we were going to try out. As well as a couple of restaurants that had great reviews. I know many people choose to book a Dining Plan as part of their trip to Disney, however as we were staying off site we knew that we wanted the flexibility to eat out of the parks and at times that suited us. The main thing that put us off the dining plan was the need to pre-book tables that wouldn’t be that easy to change. As well as the cost.
Mr H researched this part of our holiday so well. Our favourite area to eat was ICON Park, located on International Drive with free parking. It’s a great entertainment area. Great for happy hour drinks after a day in the park. As we were staying offsite in a villa at Championsgate it suited us to come out of the park around 4-5 pm, drive to ICON park for food which meant when we were finished the traffic on the I-4 had disappeared. And so, if you’re wondering where to eat when visiting the Florida Theme Parks? Here are…
10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Orlando
1. Tin Roof at ICON Park.
This was definitely our favourite bar/restaurant to visit. We went back four or fives times. The food was Mexican themed and depending on the night you visit there was some awesome live music. Happy hour was great too. Great value for money. Awesome atmosphere.
2. Miller’s Ale House at Championsgate.
This was a great location for us as our villa was in the same area. George loved the kids menu. I’d say this was a convenient stop for us rather than a must visit. And with some well positioned outdoor seating we enjoyed happy hour before ordering our food. Good value for money. I would recommend eating in the bar area rather than the restaurant. Much better vibe.
3. Carrabbas – ICON Park.
An Italian restaurant on the outskirts of ICON Park, a really good kids menu. A lovely menu, a little more expensive – we didn’t drink alcohol with this meal as it was more expensive. Highly recommended for something different to Burgers and Mexican food. The lasagne was very good as was the service.
4. Hopdoddy at Pointe Orlando.
Awesome experience. We visited on our last day and only wished we had been sooner. It’s a burger and milkshake joint with a twist. This was our last meal in Florida and oh my goodness did it hit the spot. Pointe Orlando looked like a great alternative to ICON Park. Great value for money and a really cool setting. Highly rceommended. The nearby multi story car park was free.
5. Southern Breeze at Old Town USA.
This was a really fun night. If you visit on a Saturday like we did you’ll also be able to see all the really cool cars. It is very busy so I would get there early. I would recommend taking layers as even in April it was cool at night. We sat outside near to the live music on the stage, it was a lot of fun. George ate Gator bites. We had burgers and hotdogs and beer.
6. Pizza Window at Disney’s Boardwalk.
So peaceful with the most gorgeous view across the Lake. We caught the boat from Hollywood Studio’s to the Boardwalk and walked over to the Pizza Window. A really great way to break up a day in the park. You’ll also be able to visit the bakeries where you’ll find some tasty Disney shaped treats. Even in a busy April the Boardwalk was so quiet. Great spot. Great price point.
7. Yard House at ICON Park.
This was the first restaurant we visited. Really good range of food choice – Chicken, Burgers, Mexican. Although we did find it pricey. Especially when they depicted the tip and didn’t return the change. The service was great but turned out to be pricey hence why we didn’t return. There was an iPad with games on to entertain George which he loved after a busy day in the parks.
8. Celebration Town Tavern in Celebration Town.
A really lovely day out. Renowned for it’s seafood and gorgeous views across the water. A very traditional looking restaurant just like the Town. This spot was on Mr H’s wish list. A really pretty area to visit. We went over on a day when the weather was a little indifferent so it was very quiet. I could imagine buying an ice cream at Wonderland Cookie Dough Co. and enjoying it on the steps to the water.
9. Sci Fi Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
We all loved the themeing of this restaurant. So much fun. The food was great. I will say that the children’s menu was over priced considering it was the same cost as my meal yet a fraction of the portion size. That said it was a great experience. You will need to book a table for this one. You are welcome to ‘walk in’ however you may have to wait. Expensive as it’s an on site Disney Restaurant.
10. Uncle Julios at ICON Park.
A Mexican restaurant with a great view of the Wheel. With a family friendly atmosphere. We chose to sit outside as indoors was busy and cold. The kids menu was George’s favourite and we loved the happy hour deals as well as the tacos and fajitas. Really well priced and definitely one to visit.
With the exception of pre-booking a table at the Disney’s Sci-Fi Diner we walked in to all of these restaurants without waiting for a table. We would recommend them all. As a rule we ate between 5 – 7 pm which seemed to be before the rush. We also utilised happy hour which definitely makes drinking alcohol with your meal more affordable. One last thing to think about – consider having change for tips so that you don’t fall short and pay more than necessary. As a rule we tipped 15% of the bill which we felt was appropriate as a family of 3.
And that’s our 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Orlando. If you are looking for which snacks to eat in the Disney parks you can find them in this post. With many more Florida posts on my Travel page.
We didn’t really eat out much when we went to Disney (I can’t believe it was three years ago already!) – self catering suits us as a family much better. There were a couple of places I wanted to try but we never made it to (including the sci-fi diner and the pizza window) and now I’ve added more to my list thanks to this post. I’ve never even heard of Icon Park! Next time we go to Disney, whenever that may be, I’ll definitely research the places you’ve recommended to see if there are any that my girls might like to try.
We loved being self catering, we only ate out in the evening really. We enjoyed packed lunches for dinner. ICON park is super. Really great location as well.
Great list of restaurants. It is always great to have a list of family friendly list of hotels and restaurants when we visit a city. Kids can enjoy lot here.
Thanks so much!