Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Restaurants Ranked
Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter restaurants offer a magical culinary experience for witches, wizards and muggles alike. However, with an array of enchanting dining options inspired by the beloved books and movies, it can be challenging to decide where to eat during your visit.
Fortunately, as someone who has been lucky enough to set foot in Harry Potter World enough times to consider myself an unofficial Hogwarts student (sadly, I’m still waiting on my acceptance letter), I’ve had a chance to experience many of the tasty eats available at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort. So, I’m here to help you figure out which of the Harry Potter restaurants are worth your precious vacation time, ranking each of the available wizarding eateries, drink kiosks and sweet shops based on their atmosphere, menu offerings and overall guest satisfaction.
From sweet treats like Butterbeer fudge and ice cream (and, of course, the delectable beverage itself) that will transport you straight into the pages of J.K. Rowling’s novels to savory dishes of traditional British food that are sure to have you booking a plane ticket to London, this comprehensive guide is sure to help you make the most out of your dining experience in this bewitching realm. So, grab your wand and bring your appetite as we explore each of the Harry Potter restaurants at the Universal Orlando Resort, from good to downright magical!
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Ranking Every Harry Potter-themed Restaurant, Drink Kiosk & Candy Shop at Universal Orlando
For all the Potterheads out there, visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true. But between all of the casting spells, running from dragons and battling Lord Voldemort, you’re sure to work up quite a hunger. The only problem is figuring out where you want to eat. Fear not! We’ve got you covered with our ranking of every Harry Potter restaurant at Universal Orlando, which takes into account everything from atmosphere and menu options to food quality and overall experience.
For each enchanting eatery, we’ll break down which Harry Potter food and drink items are worth a try (Butterbeer in all its delicious forms, obviously), as well as where each dining outlet is located. Plus, since sweets and treats also factor heavily into the Harry Potter books and movies, we’ve also included Wizarding World candy shops located at each of the Harry Potter lands in our ranking, too. After all, who doesn’t want to sink their teeth into Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties just like The Boy Who Lived?
So, loosen your robes and grab a quill and some parchment to take down notes because it’s time to embark on a deliciously bewitching culinary adventure through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
9. The Fountain of Fair Fortune
If you’re in need of a refreshing drink while exploring Diagon Alley, look no further than The Fountain of Fair Fortune, which takes its name from one of the stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard. (Said to be J.K. Rowling’s favorite fable from the collection of stories, you might even hear it told by the students from the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts during their Tales of Beedle the Bard show.) Nestled between Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour and Knockturn Alley, this counter-service potion shop serves up a selection of magically tasty drinks, as well as a couple of snacks, like Butterbeer soft-serve ice cream and chips (the American ones, not the British ones).
Though undeniably charming, The Fountain of Fair Fortune is really only worth a stop if you’re trying to avoid long lines at The Hopping Pot or Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. No seating is available, and it can get quite cramped if it gets busy. And while you will find a decent array of themed Harry Potter drinks here, it can’t compare to the sprawling list you’ll find at the other Diagon Alley watering hole, The Hopping Pot.
Still, parched witches and wizards will find a variety of delicious drinks to choose from at The Fountain of Fair Fortune, including both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Some fan-favorite options include:
Butterbeer – Served cold or frozen with notes of butterscotch and shortbread, a must-try staple when visiting any part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fishy Green Ale – Creamy, non-alcoholic beverage with cinnamon and minty flavors, complete with popping blueberry “fish eggs” floating at the bottom
Fire & Strongbow Cocktail – Cinnamon-y hard cider spiked with Fire Whisky
Pumpkin Juice – A sweet concoction made with pumpkin puree, apple juice, apricot nectar, cinnamon and nutmeg; perfect for those who want something non-alcoholic but still bursting with flavor
Butterbeer Soft-Serve Ice Cream
8. Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment
Work some magic on a basic bottle of water with a selection of elixirs from Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment. Located just across from the stage where The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees perform in Diagon Alley, this petite potion kiosk gives witches, wizards and muggles alike a chance to brew their own custom concoction, turning regular Gillywater (AKA bottled water) into a unique flavored drink.
Again, no seating is available here, and the offerings here are very limited. That said, it is fun to create your own flavorful water by mixing and matching the different elixir flavors. As an added bonus, the vials they come in are also decidedly Instagrammable. Elixir flavors to try include:
Babbling Beverage – Fruit punch
Draught of Peace – Blend of berries, including blackberry, blueberry, cherry and raspberry
Elixir to Induce Euphoria – Pineapple with layers of mint and green apple
Fire Protection Potion – Watermelon with hints of strawberry and peach
7. Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop
If you have a sweet tooth, then Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop is for you. Tucked next to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley, this whimsical confectionery provides a range of delightful goodies that are sure to be a hit with Harry Potter fans. Awash in baby pinks and blues (and, of course, tons of treats), Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop played a role in several Harry Potter movies, appearing in the background in the likes of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Although this candy store is certainly worth a visit, we still prefer Honeydukes simply because of its starring role in Harry’s trips to Hogsmeade Village. That said, Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop still offers most of the same things as the other sweet shop in Harry Potter World. In fact, since it isn’t as popular as Honeydukes, you’re actually more likely to find some of the more in-demand treats here, like chocolatey Cauldron Cakes. (While you’re there, be sure to stop into Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to take home some of their famed Skiving Snackboxes, too.) We recommend:
Butterbeer Fudge – With a layer of butterscotch fudge and a layer of shortbread fudge, this Butterbeer-flavored sweet makes for a great gift to take home to Harry Potter-loving family and friends
Peppermint Toads – Dark chocolate on the outside, creamy and minty on the inside, these tiny candied amphibians are perfect for both Harry Potter fans and lovers of mint and chocolate
Pumpkin Pasties – If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin spice, these flaky filled pastries are sure to hit the spot
Queen Bee Fizzing Whizzbees – Another sweet mentioned in the Harry Potter books, these are chocolate bees studded with fruity popping candy
6. Hog’s Head
If you’re looking for a place to unwind and grab a drink after a thrilling ride on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, make your way over to the Hog’s Head Bar, which also happens to be attached to the Three Broomsticks restaurant. Taking inspiration from the pub of the same name, where members of Dumbledore’s Army gathered to discuss tactics, the Hog’s Head boasts an enchanting atmosphere with dim lighting, cozy wooden decor and a mount of a boar’s head that will come alive and snort from time to time.
In addition to the accurate design, another reason with like this rustic tavern is its seating areas, with air-conditioned spots indoors and views of Hogwarts Castle outdoors from the back patio. These tables are often also used as overflow seating for the Three Broomsticks next door. Aside from that, the Hog’s Head has a rather limited menu. Despite the attached restaurant, no food is available here, only Harry Potter-themed brews crafted especially for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by the Carib Brewery, like their Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale beers, as well as a small selection of non-alcoholic drinks. Bewitching brews to try here, including special off-menu concoctions, are:
Wizard’s Brew – A dark yet sweet milk stout
Dragon Scale – A malty, hoppy Vienna lager
Hog’s Head Brew – A bready and lightly sweet Scottish ale
Black Hog – A Black & Tan à la Harry Potter World
Hog’s Bite – A Wizarding World twist on a Snakebight, with Hog’s head Brew and Strongbow Cider
The Triple (AKA the Deathly Hallows) – Strongbow Cider topped with Hog’s Head Brew, then crowned with Guinness at the top
5. The Hopping Pot
While this walk-up window doesn’t look like much, The Hopping Pot is our favorite watering hole not just in Diagon Alley but all of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Taking its name from another fable from The Tales of Beedle the Bard, this drink doesn’t offer too much when it comes to atmosphere aside from some timeworn advertisements for Fire Whisky and Butterbeer and some picnic tables. However, what it lacks in theming, it more than makes up for with an abundance of themed Harry Potter drinks and even a few snack items.
Here you’ll find a tantalizing assortment of bewitching bevies, both boozy and non-alcoholic, making The Hopping Pot the perfect stop before taking in a show by Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at Carkitt Market next door. The ever-popular Butterbeer and Fishy Green Ale are both on the menu here, as are some imported beers and the following Harry Potter food and drink items:
Butterbeer – Cold or Frozen Butterbeer is available all year round, while Hot Butterbeer is typically only on offer during the winter months
Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Carbonated orange juice with a splash of cinnamon and vanilla and a sugar rim
Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Tangy with just the right amount of sweet, a Wizarding World take on a British favorite
Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Bubbly with a spicy hit of ginger and tons of peachy goodness, this effervescent beverage tastes great on a hot summer day
Beef Pasties – With a flaky crust and a spiced beef filling, these classic handheld pasties make a great meal on the go
For all the sweet-toothed witches and wizards visiting Harry Potter World, Honeydukes is a must-visit destination. With its bubblegum pinks, robin’s-egg blues and shelves lined with jars full of sugary delights, this sweet shop located on the Islands of Adventure side of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly a captivating sight. While you’ll almost certainly want to buy something here—the delightful displays alone are sure to make your mouth water—the sheer whimsy of it all makes it worth a visit all on its own.
The only thing to keep in mind when shopping here is that, due to its popularity, Honeydukes can get incredibly busy, which can make your experience anything but magical. That said, we think it’s worth braving the crowds just to walk in the footsteps of so many sweet-loving Hogwarts students before us. While you’re there, keep an eye out for:
Chocolate Frogs – One of the first treats Harry ever tries in the Wizarding World, this one is solid milk chocolate and comes in a handsome box with a trading card emblazoned with a famous witch or wizard
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans – A true grab bag of flavors, some tasty (marshmallow), some strange (black pepper) and some downright disgusting (vomit)
Cauldron Cakes – Individual-sized chocolate cakes served in a reusable silicone cauldron with flame-colored buttercream frosting
No-Melt Ice Cream – Served in a tiny ice cream dish, this extra-thick frosting is as fun to eat as it is Instagrammable
3. Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Located in the shadow of Gringotts Bank in the Diagon Alley part of Universal Studios Florida, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour is not to be missed, whether you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan or simply looking for a way to cool down. This adorable ice cream shop has held a special place in my heart due to the role it played in Harry Potter’s summer of independence during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. So, I couldn’t have been more excited when I finally had the chance to try a scoop of his favorite Strawberry-and-Peanut Butter flavor.
Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour boasts a whimsical design with colorful awnings, intricate woodwork, delightful signage and vintage-inspired decor, as well as an array of magical flavors that will leave your taste buds spellbound. Chocolate chili or Butterbeer ice cream, anyone? Flavors are available in a variety of cones and cups to suit your preference. Whatever kind you choose, don’t forget to snap a photo with your delicious treat before digging in. After all, memories (and ice cream) are best when shared. Just keep in mind that there is no seating available inside. So, you’ll need to take your treat with you and find a place to eat it outside.
To really geek out here, be sure to try one of the flavors that Harry enjoys during the series. Strawberry and Peanut-Butter was his flavor of choice during his weeks spent at the Leaky Cauldron, while Hagrid brought him some Chocolate and Raspberry Ice Cream on his very first visit to Diagon Alley. The full list of flavors includes:
Soft-Serve Ice Cream
Strawberries & Cream
Hard-Pack Ice Cream
Earl Grey & Lavender
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate and Raspberry
Strawberry and Peanut-Butter
Salted Caramel Blondie
2. Three Broomsticks
Located in Hogsmeade Village in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the Three Broomsticks is a favorite of Hogwarts students and muggles alike. A hearty meal of traditional British fare in this snow-capped inn will transport you straight into the world of Harry Potter. The moment you step inside the Three Broomsticks, you’ll be swept away by its rustic charm and cozy atmosphere, complete with wooden beams and cast-iron chandeliers casting warm light onto the restaurant’s stone walls.
Plentiful seating is available here, as is a tantalizing assortment of classic British dishes, which just happens to be some of the best food available in all of Universal Orlando. However, while some food items are exclusively available here, others can be found at both the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks. So, don’t despair if you don’t get a chance to try everything on your list here because you’ll get another opportunity over in Diagon Alley. Best of all, along with the Leaky Cauldron, this is also one of the only places in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So, if you happen to be in the park early enough, we highly recommend you stop in and give it a try. No matter what you decide to order, be sure to wash it down with a Cold or Hot Butterbeer or a bottle of Pumpkin Juice. Wizarding World of Harry Potter favorites to try at the Three Broomsticks include:
Traditional English Breakfast – A faithful rendition of a British classic with scrambled eggs, English bacon, sausage, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, breakfast potatoes, grilled tomato and black pudding (a kind of blood sausage)
Shepherd’s Pie – Mashed potatoes on top of a mix of ground lamb, beef and vegetables
Fish and Chips – Beer=battered and golden-fried cod with pub fries and tartar sauce
Mushroom Pie – A vegetarian version of a classic made with mushrooms and stewed jackfruit
The Great Feast – A four-person platter with rotisserie smoked chicken, spareribs, roast potatoes, corn on the cob and a fresh garden salad (the rotisserie chicken and spareribs are also available as separate entrees)
Smoked Turkey Leg
Butterbeer Potted Cream
1. Leaky Cauldron
Last but certainly not least on our list of the best Harry Potter restaurants at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Leaky Cauldron in the Diagon Alley part of Universal Studios Florida. The delightful combination of delicious British pub fare, a captivating design and an ideal location make the Leaky Cauldron restaurant our pick for the top Harry Potter restaurant. Upon entering, this atmospheric eatery will cast a spell on you with its vaulted ceilings, rustic wooden beams, impressive fireplace, dim lighting and various magical artifacts. It truly feels as if you’ve stepped into a cozy pub from the wizarding world.
The menu at the Leaky Cauldron is just as enchanting as the bewitching surroundings, consisting of everything from frothy cold Butterbeer to more savory fare. Like the Three Broomsticks, there is a ton of seating available at the Leaky Cauldron. So, while there is often a wait, you hopefully shouldn’t have to wait too long. If you want to stop in for breakfast, opening time aligns with Universal Studios’ park hours and runs until 10:30 AM. Dishes to try at the Leaky Cauldron include:
Traditional English Breakfast
Fish & Chips
Bangers & Mash – Roasted sausage with mashed potatoes, onion gravy, roasted tomatoes, minted peas, cabbage and sauteed onions
Toad in the Hole – English sausages baked into a puffy Yorkshire pudding (AKA a popover)
Ploughman’s Platter – A British take on a cheese board with English cheese, roasted tomatoes, cornichons pickles, scotch eggs (a hard-boiled egg swathed in sausage and breadcrumbs and then fried), bread, field greens and an apple beet salad
Mini Pie Combination – A sampler platter of both the Cottage Pie (beef and vegetables with a potato crust) and Fisherman’s Pie (Salmon, cod and shrimp with a potato crust), or choose one and get a full entree size
Shepherd’s Pasty Pie – Flaky hand pie filled with meatless beef crumbles and a vegetable stew
Chocolate or Butterbeer Potted Cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Well, folks, that concludes our guide to all of the restaurants in Harry Potter World at Universal Orlando. What is your favorite place to eat at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you can work some magic on your wallet with our discount Universal tickets.