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Fun Themed Restaurants in Orlando for Families We’ve Visited

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Whatever the age of your kids, there are plenty of fun dining options available if you are searching for themed restaurants in Orlando for families.

From toddler friendly Disney Mickey Mouse themes, to family-friendly roaring dino fun, through to tropical rainforest and Instagram worthy chocolate desserts and fun live show dinners, you will need several visits to Orlando for all the kid friendly restaurants!

We enjoy visiting many of these themed restaurants with the kids and still have a couple to go! They have a great atmosphere and unique ambiance which deliver an entertaining dining experience. So if you are on your Orlando vacation or holiday with the family and we have the best ones covered here!

Fun Themed Restaurants in Orlando for Families

15 Fun Themed Restaurants in Orlando For Kids & Families

things to do with kids in Orlando , American girl has a themed cafe inside the store.
My daughter with her borrowed doll at American Girl Bistro (Image Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

1. American Girl Bistro at Florida Mall

Any kid who adores dolls will also revel in the American Girl store. Little ones can role play with various dolls, toy strollers, changing stations, play house etc. Almost free entertainment if you can avoid the pull to buy some of the amazing dolls and accessories! (We didn’t!)

All the dolls and accessories (not cheap!) are available to buy. You can not only purchase little girls outfits which match the dolls, but also visit the bistro and dine with your doll!

If you haven’t brought a doll, don’t fret as the store will lend you one, which both my girls loved.

They have little seats for the dolls to sit in, and you are given a mini plate, cup for your doll, and the napkin holders are hair ties. You get to keep all of these items!

To eat, kids and adults can select chicken tenders, macaroni cheese, pizza, dips, salad, ice-cream, cookies, sundaes, cupcakes, and over 21s a wine, beer, mimosas and sparking wines as well as soft drinks. My girls chose pizza and the cake selection.

American Girl is a also fun place to visit if you are looking for things to do with kids in Orlando on a rainy day. See our full review about American Girl here.

Location: Florida Mall, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 Tel: 877-247-5223

Menu: American Girl Menu

Website: American Girl Bistro


t-rex cafe at Disney Springs

2. T-REX Cafe

For a themed Orlando restaurant it’s hard to beat the theming at T-Rex. T-REX Cafe takes you on a prehistoric adventure where you can enjoy face-to-face encounters with immersive life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, hands-on educational activities, shop and eat. We’ve eaten here several times and have found that the menu has something for everyone. The kids section is very much ‘beige food’ but there are more options on the main menu.

T-rex disney springs drink with light up cup
T-Rex Disney Springs drink with light up cup you can take home (Image Carrie Bradley/Visiting Orlando With Kids)

Dishes include American fare, grills, salads, quesadillas, shrimp, steak and so many other food choices. with a kids menu Dino dining theme and fun desserts and light up drinks. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

T-rex disney springs Kids' menu
T-Rex Disney Springs Kids’ menu comes with crayons and activities.

Every 20 minutes this dino themed restaurant in Orlando, rumbles as a meteor shower erupts. There are themed dining areas with different sights and sounds including an ice cavern, fern forest and a kids play area.

T-Rex Cafe where the play zone is absolutely free. The free Paleo Zone at disney springs, Orlando
TRex Cafe dino dig Paleo Zone

Younger kids including mine, loved the free fossil sandpit, and the Discovery Creek water mill where children can pan for precious gems and stones.

Ice Cave section at T-rex Disney Springs
Ice Cave section at T-rex Disney Springs

Although this restaurant is in Disney Springs, the restaurant isn’t owned by Disney, so if you call Disney for a reservation and they are full, try booking directly or use our top tips here to secure reservations, even on the same day.

This is the best restaurant in Orlando for kids who are dino fans – with dinosaur animatronics and a meteor shower across the sky.

Location: T-Rex Restaurant, Disney Springs MarketPlace

Menu: T- Rex Menu
Website: T-Rex Restaurant 


The famous Mickey waffles at Chef Mickeys, Themed Restaurants in Orlando for Families
The famous Mickey waffles!

3. Chef Mickeys

Chef Mickey’s is located inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Once inside the Resort, proceed to the 4th floor concourse where Chef Mickey’s is located. 

There is no need for a theme park ticket. From the Magic Kingdom, Epcot or the Ticket and transportation center you can take the monorail.

From any of the parks and Disney springs you can take the bus, or from anywhere in Orlando you can take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to make your dining reservation as Chef Mickey’s is very popular – it’s one of the best restaurants for kids in Orlando due to the character interactions.

Chef Mickeys Menu for both Adults and Children, Disneys Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s is a buffet, and menu items vary. Expect to see the popular Mickey waffle and of course Mickey Mouse himself plus his friends, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. Healthier choices for kids at Disney will have a ‘Mickey Check’ symbol next to them.

If you time your dinner reservation right you can view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Contemporary Resort.

Location: Contemporary Resort

Menu: Chef Mickey’s Menu

Website: Chef Mickeys


4. Kobe Steakhouse

Kobe Steakhouse is a hibachi cook at your table restaurant with a fiery cooking show to boot. Expect seared steak, shrimp, chicken and sushi all served with flair!

Location: LAKE BUENA VISTA 8460 PALM PARKWAY, ORLANDO, FL, USA

Menu: Kobe Steakhouse Menu

Website: Kobe Steakhouse


Rainforest Cafe, Orlando
Rainforest Cafe

5. Rainforest Cafe

We’ve also eaten here a number of times – it’s similar to T-rex in terms of menu items.

Rainforest Cafe is one of the most well known of the Orlando themed restaurants is the Rainforest Cafe with all the tropical decor. Eat alongside a large trumpeting elephant, with a crash of thunder as you hear the sound of rain pour within the interactive rainforest at The Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs.

There is also a Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park which you can access from outside the park without a ticket.

Gorilla inside Rainforest Cafe, Disney Springs

The Rainforest Cafe offers popular food choices like pasta, burgers, seafood, steak, salads etc. Try the brownie Volcano dessert! See our top tips on how to secure a booking at either Rainforest Cafe as it is super popular.

Volcano at Lava Lounge Cafe in Rainforest Cafe Disney Springs

This fun Orlando restaurant also has a store; an attraction within itself with lots of cool bits to buy. It’s a chain restaurant but they know their audience, making it one of the best kids restaurants in Orlando.

Location: Disney Springs Marketplace and Animal Kingdom

Menu: Rainforest Cafe Menu

Website: Rainforest Cafe


6. Benihana

Benihana is a fun place to eat in Orlando. This restaurant has a chef performing knife tricks and more right in front of you as they cook your meal.

Location: 12690 International Drive S., Orlando, FL 32821

Menu: Benihana Menu

Website: Benihana


7. Ford’s Garage

Step back to the 1920’s at  Ford’s Garage and enjoy burger, wings, nachos and all the family favorites at this fun restaurant in Orlando! The 1920’s service station themed restaurant includes vintage Ford vehicles, tyres, signs, and gas pumps.  Adults make sure you know the password for the prohibition bar!

Location: 3210 Margaritavilla Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Menu: Ford’s Garage

Website: Ford’s Garage


8. Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Universal City Walk’s Hot Dog Hall of Fame is one of the popular family restaurants in Orlando Florida.

The restaurant says this “isn’t your backyard barbecue dog. We’ve rounded up the country’s most iconic franks for a menu of hits that will knock your socks off. With everything from a sauerkraut New York dog and poppy-seed buns from Chicago to authentic Milwaukee bratwurst and a relish-covered Boston dog, we’ve got all the bases covered.”

Location: Universal City Walk

Menu: Hot Dog Menu

Website: Hot Dog Hall of Fame


Raglan Road Disney Springs restaurant, orlando

9. Raglan Road Irish Pub

Raglan Road Irish Pub, located in Disney Springs, is a lively family-friendly Irish pub with dancing and live music. Expect traditional Irish pub food like Bangers and Mash, Fish& Chips as well as US favorites – Kids and families can enjoy the show, and atmosphere which is why it makes it onto our list of the best family restaurants in Orlando.

Location: Disney Springs -The Landing 1640 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista

Menu: Raglan Road Menu

Website: Raglan Road Irish Pub


The world famous Sundae at Sugar Factory - image copyright Sugar Factory
The world famous Sundae at Sugar Factory – image copyright Sugar Factory

10. Sugar Factory

The Sugar Factory at ICON Park is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. With milkshakes, sundaes and non dessert items like chicken with waffles, sliders with rainbow buns etc.

Signature treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!

Location: 8371 International Drive, Suite 70 Orlando, FL 32819 | (407) 270-7082

Menu: Sugar Factory Menu

Website: Sugar Factory


Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Universal City Walk, Orlando, Florida
Gazing over towards Toothsome

11. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is a steampunk-inspired themed chocolate factory and eatery.  You can eat dinner there, but everyone is mainly there to ensure they have dessert!

Completely instagrammable for teens with the decadent, sugar filled desserts and decorations. The building is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and is one of the fun family restaurants in Orlando.

The Universal City Walk is free to enter with free parking after 6pm and is a great place to wander around in the evening with kids.

Location: City Walk 6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819

Menu: Toothsome

Website: Toothsome Emporium


12. Titanic Gala Dinner

Come aboard the “Ship of Dreams” and be a guest at one of the most immersive famous dinner parties on board the Titanic.

Join the characters Captain Smith, Margaret “Molly” Brown, and additional first-class passengers for a night to remember. Check in by 6:30 p.m. to obtain your boarding passes, and table assignment, with the family-friendly event lasting 3 hours

The Titanic First Class Dinner Gala includes a Captain’s cocktail party, a tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a first-class dinner with a set cuisine, and reenactments of the night of April 14, 1912.

For kids the set meal is Chicken Tenders with Dill Potatoes, followed by Chocolate Mousse with Brownie. Vegetarian is available in advance. A unique family restaurant in Orlando fl but one for the older kids due to the timings.

Location: 7324 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819

Menu: Titanic Gala Menu

Website: Titanic Orlando


13. Medieval Times Dinner Tournament

Journey back to the Middle Ages for an immersive feast, music, games and entertainment inside an 11th century styled castle! Be prepared to cheer on your favorite as you watch the Knights of the Realm battle it out to be crowned the Kings Champion. One of the best fun restaurants for kids in Orlando!

Address:  4510 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Menu: Medieval Times Menu

Website: Medieval Times Dinner Tournament


14. Capone’s Dinner & Show

Capone’s is a 1930s-themed eatery with Italian-American food. Expect gangsters, dames, music and a fun comedy night with some audience participation!

Location: 4740 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Menu: Capone’s Menu
Website: Capone’s Dinner Show


Mythos restaurant island of adventure Universal
Inside Mythos.

15. Mythos Restaurant, Islands of Adventure

This is a restaurant I was waiting ages to eat at as I had heard such great things. You need park tickets for this one as it is inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The setting is an ancient cavern, home to Greek gods, magical waterfalls and more.

burger Mythos restaurant universal islands of adventure
Pad Thai Mythos restaurant universal islands of adventure
Pad Thai
prawn taco salad at Mythos

Food was tasty for a theme park, but quite expensive.

Location: Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando
Menu: Mythos All Day Menu
Website: Mythos Restaurant

Mythos restaurant island of adventure Universal

McDonalds Orlando

16. Bonus: The Worlds largest McDonalds is on IDRIVE.

With digital self-order kiosks to browse a HUGE menu which includes custom omelettes, Belgian waffles, pasta, pizza and a full Dessert Counter. Upstairs, experience the 22ft. tall Play Place and video arcade, perfect for kids of all ages. My kids couldn’t believe their eyes as they walked in! See our full review on the largest McDonalds here.

Mcdonalds play area in orlando
There is even a play space at the largest McDonalds!

Location: 6875 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819-9349.

Website: McDonalds

Which is your favorite themed restaurant in Orlando? Let us know in the comments!

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