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11 Delicious Places to Eat in Orlando with Kids

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Navigating places to eat in Orlando that genuinely resonate with kids can be puzzling, but this guide is your compass. Prepare to embark on a culinary exploration as we unveil the top 11 places to eat in Orlando that cater to young hearts and taste buds.

Note: none of these restaurants are listed in any particular order.

Tips for Tipping: Eat in Orlando with Confidence

Tipping practices when deciding to eat in Orlando with kids are similar to those in the rest of the United States. Tipping servers around 15% to 20% of the total bill for good service is customary. Some restaurants may automatically add a gratuity for larger groups. When dining with children, consider the overall experience.

A slightly higher tip may be appreciated if the server has been attentive to your family’s needs or if your children have created extra mess. Ultimately, tipping shows your satisfaction, so please adjust accordingly based on the level of service provided.

Entertaining Kids While You Eat in Orlando

When planning to eat in Orlando with kids, it’s hard not to wonder how you will keep them entertained while waiting for their meal. Thankfully, I have done it so many times that I can confidently tell you it’s possible.

Many family-friendly restaurants in Orlando offer colouring sheets and crayons, allowing kids to unleash their artistic talents.

Bringing a tablet or smartphone with educational games or interactive apps can also be a lifesaver. Engage their imagination with storytelling or play simple table games like tic-tac-toe.

Another fun option is creating snack puzzles using crackers or snacks, providing entertainment and a small snack to curb their hunger. These strategies can turn the waiting time into an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Pirates Dinner Adventure 

If you want to eat some dinner while watching a thrilling and adventurous show that will captivate the short attention span of your kids, then this is the place for you! Each night (except most Mondays), the two-hour dinner shows start at about 7:30 p.m. (dates and hours may vary – please check the website here) and are family-friendly and exciting.

This must-see show has non-stop entertainment with acrobats, entertainers, stunts, singing and dancing. Sword fights, songs, sea monsters, and a captain’s feast — no other Orlando dinner show packs so much entertainment into a single evening.

General admission tickets start from $72.95 for adults and $46.95 for children to VIP packages that are $109.95 for adults and $73.95 for children (ages two and under are free).

You can use the code CELEBRATE25 for 25% off tickets until August 2024.

All tickets include a three-course meal and unlimited soft drinks. The food here is excellent, and they offer generous portion sizes – we suggest the Captain’s Chicken Meal for a juicy 1/4 chicken and delicious demi glaze.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

If you’re a steampunk lover, you will certainly enjoy the great atmosphere and Willy Wonka-esque vibe of The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

As soon as you walk in,  you’re surrounded by the warm aroma of the sweet desserts being made, which is perfection for someone with a sweet tooth. You can watch them make the sweets – we highly suggest going for a beautifully made macaron or a tempting milkshake. This is a personal favourite place to eat in Orlando!

Steampunk-themed characters are walking around the restaurant, perfect for the little kids to interact with. Even the restrooms were pleasantly decorated and even smelled like chocolate!

This restaurant is located in CityWalk and is busy, so we suggest you make reservations at least one week before to ensure the date and time you are looking for. Please remember that parking on the CityWalk is free after 6:00 p.m. If you’d like to save money on parking, consider that.


Sugar Factory

This restaurant is in Icon Park, home to that giant Ferris wheel on International Drive. The Sugar Factory has that “place to go at least once” vibe, so make sure you make reservations in advance!

It’s perfect for the kids because it has a fun, loud atmosphere and a mouth-watering candy shop to go through after your meal! Although it serves lunch and dinner, this restaurant is a must-go dessert place.

The tasteful ice cream and flavorful milkshakes were a massive hit with many guests. Remember to check out their candy-infused cocktail if you’re thinking of finishing on a sweet note!


Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 


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An oldie but certainly a goodie. Situated on the iconic International Drive, this is the second-largest Olive Garden restaurant location (first goes to Time Square).

Not only is the Olive Garden notorious for being super affordable but they are most commonly known for their never-ending soup, salad and breadsticks.

Avoid filling up on the breadsticks because you can always count on getting significant portions when you order!

This restaurant is family-friendly and has a tablet on each table filled with games that your impatient kiddos would enjoy.


Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar


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If you are searching for a family-friendly restaurant with some friendly, breezy, beachy island vibes, look no further!

This restaurant is right off the water, so that you can enjoy a tasty meal with a lake view, palm trees, and a nice breeze.

While waiting for the food to arrive, there is a gated outdoor playground for the kids to (hopefully) burn off some energy.

If you’re looking for a good time, go on a weekend and sit outside to enjoy the live music and patio lights for a great (and romantic) atmosphere.


Hash House A Go Go 

Visit this restaurant if you’re in the mood for significant portions with a Vegas vibe. Hash House, A Go Go, serves Midwest-inspired “twisted farm food” and crafted cocktails for your enjoyment.

We suggest you sink your teeth into Andy’s World Famous Sage Fried Chicken, a Vegas-style chicken and waffles – you will not be disappointed!

Make sure your kids get a picture with the massive tractor at the entrance or have a balloon animal made by the balloon maker!


Chef Mickey’s


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If your kids like Disney, this will be a memorable experience – for you and them!

You can find this restaurant at the Contemporary Resort – you don’t need to be a guest to dine there, but we highly suggest that you make a reservation because it can get quite busy. The food is served family-style at your table and is a bit on the expensive side.

While your family is enjoying their meal, Chefs Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy make their rounds at each table!

They wave hello, give out hugs and even pose for pictures! This is a great way to get close and personal to your kid’s favourite Disney character.


Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Calling all little artists! Cafe Tu Tu Tango boasts cool and eclectic decor, live entertainment and a great atmosphere.

They have live artists painting in the middle of the restaurant; you can watch them paint and even purchase their art if you’d like.

The food tastes great, has an artistic flare and is served tapas style.

This is a great place to eat in Orlando during happy hour because you can take advantage of the “Get ’em All” tapas.  Make a reservation ahead of time; wait times can be extended.


Rainforest Cafe  

You may be very familiar with this one – the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs is perfect for families wanting to enjoy dinner and keep the kiddos engaged. It has a super cool rainforest ambience with a dark atmosphere that all ages will appreciate.

Make sure you walk around to see the wall of rain or the animatronics, such as elephants, butterflies, parrots and more!

Although the food is good, it is a bit pricey, but you’re there for the experience. Check out the store attached to the restaurant for some shopping or pass the time until the food arrives!

Making a reservation is a good idea because Disney Springs can get crowded with all the tourists. So that you know, you need to park in the main Disney parking lot and walk quite a distance to the restaurant.


T-Rex Cafe 


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This restaurant is a favourite place to eat in Orlando in our household, which may or may not have something to do with my dino-crazed toddler.

The animatronic dinosaurs are very life-like and add to the whole experience.

Check out the underwater aquarium or sit in the ice cave and watch the colours change. There is a meteor shower with thunder and lightning every twenty minutes, so look up and enjoy the show!

The T-Rex Cafe is in Disney Springs, so expect to walk a fair distance after parking to get to the restaurant.

Make sure to make a reservation to avoid long wait times – there is usually a line of families waiting to get in.

The restaurant serves American eats and gives out large portions for families to enjoy.

Head to the store to shop for souvenirs or build your stuffed Dino with Build-A-Bear. In the front of the store is a play area where the kids can brush away dirt to discover dinosaur bones or sift unique rocks out of sand they can keep!


Ford’s Garage 

If your kids are car lovers, they will love Ford’s Garage at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets Mall.

And yes – by Ford, we mean the car company we all know and love.

Snap photos outside the restaurant with the antique cars kept in pristine condition. Check out the car paraphernalia decor inside the restaurant, especially the sinks made from tires in the restrooms!

They have an ice-lined counter to keep your beers cool while sitting at the bar, so even if your kids don’t like the restaurant, at least your beers will stay cold.

The service is excellent, and food is served by servers dressed up as mechanics to keep up with the theme.

You can usually walk in without reservations as it’s less busy than the other restaurants on this list.


Kay | Motherhood Blogger

Welcome to The Mama Compass! I’m Kay, just another parent navigating the realm of health and wellness and all the beautiful chaos that comes with it. With a focus on parenting, travel, and wellness, I share my own experiences, comforting insights, and reassuring discoveries from my journey alongside my sweet son, Maui. We all encounter similar joys and challenges, and my aim is to connect with you on a relatable level. Join us as we embark on a shared exploration of practical tips for nurturing a healthy lifestyle, exchange stories of mindful parenting, and immerse ourselves in exhilarating travel escapades, Maui-style. We’ll embrace the harmonious blend of family, wellness, and wanderlust on this enriching journey. Together, we’ll find your ‘true north’ on The Mama Compass!

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