Pros and cons of every Hollywood Studios restaurant

by Shannon Albert 36 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: July 18, 2016)

The pros and cons of all Hollywood Studios restaurantsWhile Hollywood Studios isn't known for its food, there are several good options at Hollywood Studios that you might choose for your trip.

Below, check out all of the Quick Service and Table Service restaurants at Hollywood Studios to help you decide where to eat during your trip.


QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS

Quick Service tip!
One of my favorite things about eating Quick Service at Hollywood Studios is the seasonal/specialty cupcakes offered at most QS locations. They count as a dessert if you're on the Disney Dining Plan and using a QS credit, or you can get one by itself with a snack credit. Delicious!

ABC Commissary

Price range: $7-11
Location: Commissary Lane
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Variety of food options (including cheeseburgers, Asian salads and seafood platters), lots of indoor seating and restrooms

Cons: Food quality is often not the best

Tips: For a quieter area to sit, look for tables toward the back behind the planters


 

Anaheim Produce

Price range: $3-7
Location: Sunset Boulevard
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Healthy options and alcoholic drinks available here

Cons: Limited menu, usually closes an hour before the park


Backlot Express

Price range: $7-11
Location: Echo Lake area, near Indiana Jones
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Lots of seating, standard fare food (cheeseburgers, hot dogs and nuggets) that is generally well-liked

Cons: Seating is mostly outdoors (but it is covered)

Tips: This is 1 of the few places with self-serve soda machines where you can get a refill before you head out


Catalina Eddie’s

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Sunset Blvd. near Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp2
Link to menu

Pros: Some great Italian options for a Quick Service restaurant

Cons: Outdoor seating only

Tips: Try the hot Italian sandwich


Fairfax Fare

Price range: $8-15
Location: Near Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Better menu than most Quick Service locations

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: Try the chicken/ribs combo


 

High Octane Refreshments

Price range: $7-11
Location: Mickey Avenue, beside Studio Catering Company
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
Yelp rating: yelp45
Link to menu

Pros: Great drinks and service

Cons: Only drinks, doesn't usually open until 11 a.m.

Tips: Try one of their margaritas


 

Hollywood Scoops

Price range: $4-6
Location: Sunset Boulevard, near Tower of Terror
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, some snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Nice option for people who want more than a standard Mickey bar

Cons: No indoor seating which often means the ice cream melts quickly in the Florida heat

Tips: Outdoor shows (like the nearby Beauty and the Beast) allow you to bring in food, so consider stopping here for a treat before heading in to a show (ask for a cup for your cone if you're worried about it melting)


Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

Price range: $7-10
Location: On Echo Lake
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Though the menu is limited, the items are well-liked

Cons: Outdoor seating only

Tips: Try the hot dog in a pretzel roll which isn't available in very many places at Disney World


 

Oasis Canteen

Price range: $4-8
Location: Echo Lake
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Link to menu

Pros: Quick place to grab a funnel cake

Cons: No designated seating


Rosie’s All American Cafe

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Sunset Blvd., near Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Vegetarian options

Cons: Standard theme park food, no indoor seating

Tips: Since the Beauty and the Beast show nearby allows food, this is a great place to grab lunch and head over there for the show


Starring Rolls Cafe

Price range: $9-12
Location: Near Hollywood Brown Derby on Sunset Blvd.
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: A rare opportunity to get sushi at a Quick Service, fantastic desserts

Cons: Closes early (usually at 3 p.m.), seating is outdoors

Tips: The chocolate desserts here are delicious! Try the chocolate croissants and various cupcakes that are available.


 

Toluca Legs Turkey Company

Price range: $12 snacks/meals, $3-6 for beverages
Location: Sunset Boulevard, across from Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits on beverages
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Infamous turkey legs are available here

Cons: Not always open, no indoor seating, dining plan credits not accepted for food items

Tips: Grab a turkey leg and head into the Beauty and the Beast show where they allow you to bring in food


PizzeRizzo (formerly known as Toy Story Pizza Planet)

(Closed for refurbishment until late 2016)

 

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Price range:
Location: Near Muppet Vision
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating:
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The Trolley Car Cafe

Price range: $4-6 for most drinks
Location: Hollywood Boulevard (straight ahead and on the right as you enter the park)
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp45
Link to menu

Pros: Place to get your favorite Starbucks drinks

Cons: Limited menu

Tips: If you're on the Disney Dining Plan, the drinks are snack credits, and if you add extra flavors and shots to your drink, it's possible to get a "snack" worth $8-9 which is a great deal


Writer’s Stop

(Opening April 3, 2016 as a lounge for Sci-Fi Dine-In)

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Price range: $2-6
Location: Near Muppet Vision
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Convenient spot for guests waiting on a table at Sci-Fi Dine-In to grab an appetizer or drink

Cons: Limited menu and seating

Tips: Originally scheduled to close on April 2nd, 2016, the Writer's Stop has re-opened temporarily as a lounge for Sci-Fi Dine-In

TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

50s Prime Time Cafe

Price range: $13-21/entree
Location: Echo Lake area near Indiana Jones
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Lots of great home cooking (order the sampler to try the fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf) and desserts (big enough to share), fun atmosphere, often easy to get in

Cons: The servers can be abrasive which is fun for some people and uncomfortable for others

Tips: If you don't want to participate in the teasing that the servers dole out, you can tell them you don't want to "play" when you check in


Backlot Express Lounge

Price range: $5-13 for small plates
Location: Echo Lake area, near Indiana Jones (adjacent to Backlot Express)
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
Link to menu

Pros: Chance to interact with unique Star Wars characters, decently priced small plates

Cons: Disney Dining Plan not accepted, expensive drinks, only available during Star Wars Weekends

Tips: although Star Wars Weekends is only on the weekends in late May and early June, this is available 7 days a week during that time


Hollywood and Vine

Price range: $26-35/adult, $14-20/child
Location: Echo Lake area near the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menus

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Disney Jr. characters at breakfast and lunch, Minnie and pals are at dinner

Cons: Can be loud, food is just mediocre (the characters and themed food are more of the appeal than the taste of the food)

Tips: Don't forget to try the sundae bar after your meal. If you book lunch as a Fantasmic Dinner Package, you can get food, characters, and VIP Fantasmic seating all in one meal.


Hollywood Brown Derby

Price range: $28-42/entree
Location: Hollywood Boulevard
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Known for the great food and service, Fantasmic Dinner Package available here

Cons: Expensive (if you're on the Disney Dining Plan, it makes sense to pay for these Signature meals out of pocket since that's less expensive than 2 full Table Service credits)

Tips: Needs to be booked well in advance (180 days if you can), can order food to go if you'd like. Don't have a reservation? Head next door to the Brown Derby Lounge instead.


Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Price range: $14-20
Location: Next to the Brown Derby restaurant
On the Disney Dining Plan? No (most places do accept the DDP but not here)
Yelp rating: yelp45
Link to menu

Pros: Table Service types of offerings created by the chefs at Brown Derby including The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, extensive drink menu is available, great way to have Brown Derby food without a reservation (though showing up outside of peak times is recommended)

Cons: Disney Dining Plan not accepted, mostly outdoor seating

Tips: The drink menu includes flights of things like margaritas and wine so it's a good chance to sample a few different options


Mama Melrose's Restaurant

Price range: $16-30/entree
Location: Streets of America, near Muppet Vision
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Relatively small size so it feels more intimate than most WDW restaurants, many entrees are really good, Fantasmic Dinner Package available here

Cons: Service can be inconsistent, prices sometimes seem a bit high, can be a wait even when you have a reservation

Tips: The Seafood Arrabbiata and Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana are good options here


Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

Price range: $12-30/entree
Location: Commissary Lane
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Fun atmosphere where most people are seated in "cars" facing a screen that's playing old movies, often easy to get a reservation, ribs and milkshakes are delicious.

Cons: Food and service can be inconsistent

Tips: If you prefer not to sit in the cars, you can request to sit in one of the picnic-style tables but availability is limited


 

Tune-In Lounge

Price range: $6-24
Location: Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent to 50s Prime Time Cafe
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic way to order from the 50s Prime Time Cafe menu without a reservation, great place to grab a drink

Cons: Doesn't open until 11, dining plan credits not accepted for most things, service isn't always great

Tips: Stop by for a drink, or order a drink while you wait to be seated for your reservation at 50s Prime Time

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Do you have additional thoughts or questions about dining at Hollywood Studios? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.