22 Best Amusement Park Restaurants Slideshow
June 25, 2013
22. Buckshot Annie's Skillet Cookery at Silver Dollar City — Branson, Mo.
In a park where added craft attractions like glass-blowing and blacksmith demonstrations up the fun, your palate gets equal attention with their signature fresh succotash dinners and blackberry cobbler with ice cream.
21. Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld — Orlando, Fla.
With the sharks' tank as the wall near your table, they can actually eye your dinner (so maybe avoid the seafood?). In this unique setting, diners can enjoy the pasta purse or the coquille Saint-Jacques scallops. There is also the seasonal catch on the menu that changes periodically. While the desserts like the Chocolate Marquise are tempting, we can't help but eye the kids' gummy shark sundae.
20. Udderly Blue Ice Crea at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari — Santa Claus, Ind.
Holiday World's put a lot of thought into their food offerings, which even include allergen-free choices. While they have plenty of funnel cakes, burgers, and even a full Thanksgiving "Pilgrim's Feast," they also make a point to list "healthier options and alternatives" for patrons. If you want something to cool you down though, head to Udderly Blue Ice Cream for delicious soft serve and waffle cones.
19. Simply Chocolate at Hersheypark — Hershey, Pa.
So, sure, they have lots of eateries and a full-service restaurant with wraps, flatbread pizza, and salads. But this is Hershey we're talking about. So hit up Simply Chocolate for desserts like French Silk pie, or Sweet Stop for a fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!
18. Via Napoli at Epcot Center — Orlando, Fla.
Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is your best bet in this grand-hall setting that will make you swear you're in Europe and that Audrey Hepburn's about to ride by on a bicycle. They even have huge and animated (it is Disney, after all) pizza ovens named after Italian volcanoes. You can find it in Epcot’s Italy pavilion.
17. Hungry Dutchman Café at Nelis' Dutch Village — Holland, Mich.
It's not at every theme park that you can have a nice bowl of Erwtensoup, otherwise known as pea soup. This Netherlands-themed park does though, while also providing a look into Dutch culture with authentic architecture, canals, and windmills. Be sure to check out their currant roll, cheese, and Dutch apple pie.
16. Graeter's Ice Cream at Kings Island — Mason, Ohio
On The Brady Bunch, Cindy and Bobby couldn't get enough of the food here. The casual eats feature Cincinnati favorites LaRosa's Pizzeria, and Graeter's ice cream, which originated locally in 1870. Try the signature black raspberry chocolate chip.
15. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios — Orlando, Fla.
At this dine-in theater, sit in a convertible "car" facing a big screen in a darkened "nighttime" space, just like you're at the drive-in. Old movie reels play while you enjoy your burgers, shakes, and fried dill pickles!
14. Aunt Granny's All-You-Care-to-Eat Buffet at Dollywood — Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Dollywood won Amusement Today's Best Food Award in 2012, and you'll find that the queen of country, aka Dolly Parton herself, has provided lots of variety when it comes to the park's fare. You can make yourself at home at Aunt Granny's All-You-Care-to-Eat Buffet with some down-home cookin', but between rides you must try the Tater Twirls... chips loaded with nacho cheese and chili.
13. Das Festhaus at Busch Gardens — Williamsburg, Va.
Carve out a spot in this enormous hall of bustling activity to enjoy traditional German food and a show. Corned beef sandwiches, sausage plates, beers, potato salad, and apple strudel, as well as non-German selections (even pizza) are available.
11. Club 33 at Disneyland — Anaheim, Calif.
Due to its exclusivity, Club 33 is not exactly a crowd favorite. To get in, you either need to be a member or know one. This is a mecca for extreme Disneyland fans! Mr. Disney himself had the idea to entertain special guests at this upscale, memorabilia-filled club and with a bit of luck, you can enjoy your Chateaubriand here, too.
10. The Three Broomsticks Restaurant at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal — Orlando, Fla.
8. Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure Park — Anaheim, Calif.
A reproduction of the classic theater that premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 now offers fine dining with Asian and Mediterranean influences. Located within Disney, the spot offers specialties like a fried biscuit stuffed with Cheddar, jalapeños, and bacon and served with honey apricot butter.
7. Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs at Coney Island — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Like its neighboring roller coaster, the Cyclone, Nathan's is a classic. You don't just get a World Famous Beef Hot Dog here, you're part of a little piece of New York City history as you chow down on the famous boardwalk. (And we recommend you ride the Cyclone before, not after.)
Check out Nathan’s additional appearance in our best boardwalks ranking!
6. Chefs de France at Epcot Center — Orlando, Fla.
To enhance the feel of a Parisian bistro in this Disney setting, diners can indulge in real-deal items like escargots and quiche Lorraine at this restaurant. Don't miss the crème brûlée and profiteroles afterward. Watch out: Chef Remy from Ratatouille just might stop by your table!
This spot was also featured in our story “The Best Disney Restaurants for Every Occasion.”
5. Ms. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm — Buena Park, Calif.
4. The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios — Orlando, Fla.
3. Phoenix Junction at Knoebels Amusement Resort — Elysburg, Pa.
This spot has affordable family fun in the truest sense with pay-as-you-go rides! This park even lets you bring food if you choose. But why would you, when it’s been in the top running for Amusement Today's Best Food winner? Pierogies, funnel cake, and sliced apples with caramel and whipped cream are just the beginning.
2. Mythos at Universal's Islands of Adventure — Orlando, Fla.
1. Boma Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge — Orlando, Fla.
Not your ordinary buffet, this African-themed spot offers ethnic foods alongside old American favorites. The lodge atmosphere, with animals grazing outside, and warm service make this restaurant a mini-adventure in and of itself. Bobotie (an African meat pie) and coconut curry chicken soup are worth trying.