Best Hollywood Studios Restaurants and What to Skip

Best Hollywood Studios Restaurants and What to Skip

Finally getting a much needed refresh, Hollywood Studios has long since been slow on the uptake of amazing restaurants. While tried and true, and somewhat dated we are grateful for a few new eateries that are bringing their A game to the fold of Disney dining. We’re hoping it only gets better as Hollywood Studios steps into the limelight with the arrival of a Toy Story Land expansion and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. If you’re looking for food options that won’t disappoint, these are our favorite places to eat at Hollywood Studios, so far. 

Hollywood Studios Restaurants We RECOMMEND

Let us just say that we’ve never put much effort into the Hollywood Studios food game. Mainly because with both the Boardwalk and Epcot within walking distance, why would we settle for sub par food? That said, here are some tried and true restaurants at Hollywood Studios that we would recommend, a few that make our maybe list, and some to avoid. We’ve also got a working To-Try list… so if you have a favorite restaurant at Hollywood Studios let us know!

BaseLine Tap House

  • Where: Grand Avenue
  • Views: Not much
  • Theme: Classic 1920’s
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Drinks and Snacks, more specifically a charcuterie board and pretzel. 

We Recommend it Because:

In terms of “Good”, Baseline Tap House manages to combine some gorgeous vintage bar theming with a classic bar menu. Special drinks, flavored gourmet sodas give us an excuse to stop for something classic in the midst of all the theme park hoopla. Keep an eye out for the vintage Disneyland posters hanging up inside the bar. Seating inside and out. 

Woody’s Lunch Box

  • Where:  Toy Story Land
  • Views: Andy’s Backyard
  • Theme: Nostalgic Childhood
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Classics like PB and J, Tomato soup and grilled cheese and lunchbox sandwiches can be found here.

We Recommend it Because:

Completely outdoors, this quick service counter offers some of the best food in the park. The dishes are familiar yet kicked up a notch to make them special. Homemade pop tarts for breakfast and classic turkey sandwiches may be just what you need on a busy disney day. 

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1950’s Prime Time Cafe

  • Where: Echo Lake
  • Views: Echo Lake
  • Theme: Classic 1950’s
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Classic milkshakes, and home-cooked foods. 

We Recommend it Because:

Another cult favorite Prime Time cafe combines obnoxious relatives and classic homemade cooking. While we would definitely grab the Pb and J milkshake or veggie lasagna from the Tune in Lounge, it’s not the kind of place or food you’re always in the mood for. As an immersive dining experience you need to have not been annoyed all day by crowds to really appreciate the family interaction you’ll get here. And if it wasn’t hot most of the time in Florida you might also be happy for the heavy comfort food on the menu. Your call though. Read our full review here.  It made our list because this really is an experience you should have at least once. 

Hollywood Studios Restaurants that ALMOST MADE THE LIST

Sci-Fi Dine In: Sci-Fi has great milkshakes and your classic american burger and fries meal. Out of all the other table service options at Hollywood Studios this is the one we actually enjoy enough to make reservations for. That said, it’s still kinda dark, not walk-up friendly, and the same movie has played at the “drive in” for the last 3 years. 

ABC Commissary: Another restaurant that’s not horrible but also not highly recommended is ABC Commissary. This restaurant has just become reserve-able in preparation for the flood of Star Wars guests. While the menu used to be better, it’s leveled off recently as somewhat mediocre with offerings of your basic cafeteria fare with basic grilled chicken salads plus burgers and fries. 

Backlot Express: This restaurant gives you food that you would see at your local fast food joint. It’s not an impressive menu or an impressive theme, somewhat between Indiana Jones and Star Wars right now. The novelty Darth Vader cupcakes and BB8 cups can definitely draw you in, but there are better places to grab a bite, even if it means grabbing the boat to the Boardwalk to find something better. 

Hollywood Studios Restaurants On Our List TO TRY

Hollywood Studios Restaurants YOU CAN SKIP

  • Hollywood and Vine: The resident “Character Dining” restaurant at Hollywood Studios falls in line with Crystal Palace, Akershus, and Tusker House. We’ll stand by our usual shtick when it comes to these restaurants. You are there for the characters and the convenience of getting them all in one place. You are not necessarily paying for exquisite dining. Hollywood and Vine offers your basic buffet dining experience with a variety of O.K food if you need to eat. The Seasonal Dining experiences here are the most fun if you have extra time and dining credits on your vacation. 
  • Dockside Diner: When you’re in the parks, you look for food anywhere! Consider this your hot dog/ pulled pork. kinda greasy unhealthy food option. Not really worth the stop and we’d recommend any restaurant above FIRST.
  • Fairfax Fare: The resident “Mexican food” place found at Hollywood Studios, this was another quick service place that bent a little towards the taco bell level of foods. If craving fast food Mexican- head to Epcot and try La Cantina de San Angel for better fare. 
  • Rosie’s All American Cafe: Another hot dog and burger joint, this quick service offers food typical of the Standard American Diet ( SAD). While you don’t need to eat “healthy” while vacationing at Disney, we never feel great with a meal like this on a 90 degree day. 

Best Restaurants in Hollywood Studios

So there it is! We’re hoping as Hollywood Studios settles into it’s new personality that the restaurants will begin to amaze! Fingers crossed. Until then, we’ll be visiting our tried and true favorites, and heading to the Boardwalk when we need something noteworthy.

The Best Restaurants in Hollywood Studios. and the ones you can skip! #hollywoodostudios #disneydining #disneytips #polkadotpixies


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