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Delicious SeaWorld Orlando Dining Guide

We don’t know about you, but getting our adrenaline rushing on SeaWorld’s roller coasters and walking around (or waiting in line) under the hot Central Florida sun all day long makes us hungry. Fortunately, with so many different specialty dining options and restaurants in SeaWorld Orlando, you’re sure to find something to satisfy everyone at this marine wildlife park. After all, the seals, sea lions and rays shouldn’t be the only creatures in SeaWorld feeling full and happy.

If you’re hoping to find out what sort of dining opportunities await you during your next vacation to SeaWorld Orlando, it’s all just a short scroll away in this delicious (and comprehensive!) guide. Read on as we dig into everything you need to know, from restaurants and other special dining experiences to the SeaWorld All-Day Dining deal. We’ll also tackle your most pressing culinary questions, like “How much do meals cost at SeaWorld Orlando?” and, more importantly, “Is there a Starbucks in the park?” Because, truly, what could be more crucial than coffee? Alright, let’s dive in!

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld © SeaWorld Orlando

Specialty Dining Experiences & Restaurants in SeaWorld Orlando

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat so you can refuel and get back to the action as fast as possible, or you’re in the mood for a more relaxing sit-down meal with appearances by sharks, orcas or Sesame Street characters, SeaWorld Orlando has got it all. And we aren’t just talking about dining options—SeaWorld boasts its fair share of bars, too (which is awesome because, wow, fighting those theme-park crowds can be stressful).

In general, the vast majority of eateries at SeaWorld Orlando are quick-service restaurants where you place your order with a food and beverage team member and then pick up your meal and take it to an empty table somewhere once it’s ready. In fact, aside from a Sesame Street character breakfast and a waterside meal featuring some of the park’s biggest aquatic stars, there is actually only one full-service restaurant at SeaWorld. That said, there is an array of cuisine options available—from theme-park favorites like hot dogs and burgers to Mexican or Asian flavors and BBQ—with something to satisfy every craving.

To really make the most of your time, keep an eye out for restaurants that offer mobile food ordering. Available directly through the SeaWorld app, this free service helps you keep your day moving and your stress levels low by letting you place your meal order ahead of time at participating restaurants, meaning less time waiting and more time enjoying the park. The app is also a great place to look up what’s on the menu at different SeaWorld Orlando restaurants. We recommend you check them out before you arrive so you can figure out where you want to go ahead early rather than wasting precious time trying to decide once you’re in the park.

Now, with all of that out of the way, let’s dig into all of the delicious details!

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Counter-Service Restaurants and Snack Stands

Altitude Burgers

All-Day Dining Deal

Located right next to the Ice Breaker roller coaster, across from Orca Stadium, Altitude Burgers is the place to go for juicy beef burgers served with sides like fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks or fresh fruit and grilled chicken dishes like salads and wraps. Wash it all down with a soda or something boozy, like sangria, cocktails in a can, seltzer or beer.

Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs

All-Day Dining Deal, Mobile Food Ordering

Nestled in the Key West part of the park near Stingray Lagoon, Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs offers up a selection of Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dogs and chicken tenders, all served with crispy waffle fries. Enjoy your order with a soda or draft beer.

Coaster Coffee Company

If the heart-pumping thrills of SeaWorld’s roller coasters aren’t enough to get you going, then the caffeinated beverages from this café near the park entrance certainly will. While the design and decor take inspiration from the park’s biggest thrill rides, the menu features an array of Starbucks drinks like espresso beverages, Frappuccinos and Refreshers, as well as Chameleon Cold-Brew out of Austin, Texas. For something more substantial, tasty baked goods and açai bowls are also available.

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando by Roller Coaster Philosophy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Dockside Pizza Co.

All-Day Dining Deal, Mobile Food Ordering

Just around the corner from Infinity Falls, Dockside Pizza Co. is the newest restaurant at SeaWorld Orlando. Along with plentiful outdoor seating not far from the waterfront, this quick-service eatery also serves a selection of pizzas, like classic Pepperoni and Three Meat or Bianca with spinach and heirloom tomatoes on an olive-oil base. Or go for their Meatball Sub or Chicken Caesar Salad instead. Round off your meal with a side of cheesy Garlic Knots.

Eats on the Street

Part of Sesame Street Land, this trio of food trucks cooks up something for the whole family. At ABC Eats, enjoy platters of chicken tenders with classic honey mustard or Hawaiian- or Asian-inspired flair, while Yummy Yummy Nom Noms is the place to go for grilled cheese sandwiches made with pulled pork or roasted turkey breast. Then, stop by Sesame Sips for refreshing treats like fruit smoothies and ICEEs swirled with vanilla soft-serve.

Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor

Aside from making a splash on Infinity Falls or Journey to Atlantis, there’s no better way to cool off on a sweltering summer day in Central Florida than with some ice cream. Located not far from the Dolphin Nursery, Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor scoops 14 different flavors of ice cream, from standbys like chocolate and vanilla to dulce de leche and espresso chip. Ice cream can be enjoyed on its own in a dish or waffle cone or as part of a sundae or shake. Adults can even make it boozy by adding a shot of Frangelico or Baileys Irish Cream.

Expedition Cafe

All-Day Dining Deal

Whether for indecisive eaters (like me!) or those visiting with a group, Expedition Cafe is the place to go for those in need of a little variety. Located right next to Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, this food-court restaurant is designed to resemble a research base mess hall, serving up a small selection of globally inspired cuisines. Worldlier dining options include orange and teriyaki chicken with fried rice and egg rolls and ever-popular pizza. Particularly hungry guests won’t want to miss the Tender Tower, which comes with chicken tenders and fries piled with cheese, chives and bacon bits.

Anarctica: Empire of the Penguin
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Lakeside Grill

All-Day Dining Deal

Spice things up during your day at SeaWorld Orlando with some Mexican-inspired dishes at Lakeside Grill. Just a short walk from Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and the pearl divers, this waterfront restaurant dishes up south-of-the-border favorites like street tacos and rice bowls. Enjoy breezes off of the lagoon and a scenic patio view from the outdoor seating area, or watch fish swim by inside in a 600-gallon aquarium.

Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen

For a yummy snack you can eat on the go, stop by Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen near Orca Encounter. Here, diners can choose from a selection of both sweet and savory pretzels like cinnamon-sugar or pepperoni and heartier pretzel dogs. Wash it down with a beer for a classic flavor pairing, or go for a soda or sangria instead.

Panini Shore Café

All-Day Dining Deal, Mobile Food Ordering

Nothing satisfies quite like a sandwich, especially when it’s been grilled to create crusty bread and ooey-gooey cheese. At Panini Shore Café near Mako and the Flamingo Paddle Boats, enjoy flavor combinations like Caprese, chicken pesto and Cuban. In the mornings, Panini Shore Café also plays host to SeaWorld Orlando’s continental breakfast, which features items like cereal, fresh fruit and baked goods.

Rita’s Italian Ice

For a refreshing interlude in the middle of the day or a sweet surprise before you head home, make a visit to Rita’s Italian Ice. Situated near Manta, this walk-up snack stand serves chilly treats like Italian ice, frozen drinks and custard.

Sea Lions at SeaWorld Orlando
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Seafire Grill

All-Day Dining Deal, Mobile Food Ordering

Nestled not far from the Dolphin Nursery and the main entrance, Seafire Grill cooks up some of the park’s healthier dining options. Here, you’ll find both chicken tenders, grilled and crispy chicken sandwiches and a turkey wrap. After your meal, stop by the attached Flamecraft Bar for something to sip on.

Sweet Sailin’ Candy Shop

Have a sweet tooth? Then, be sure to pay a visit to Sweet Sailin’ Candy Shop. Situated near the park entrance, this decadent dining outlet has everything from funnel cakes and fudge to hand-dipped apples and Dippin Dots ice cream.

Voyager’s Smokehouse

All-Day Dining Deal, Mobile Food Ordering

If you’re barbecue fans like we are, then you definitely won’t want to miss a meal at Voyager’s Smokehouse. Located right next door to the Seaport Theater, this blissfully air-conditioned restaurant serves succulent meats kissed with hickory-wood smoke. Fuel up on Texas-style brisket or St. Louis-style ribs accompanied by sides like waffle fries and baked beans, or for something lighter, go for the smoked chicken or smoked brisket Caesar salad.

Waterway Grill

Take your taste buds on a tour of the Amazon and its surrounding regions during a meal at Waterway Grill. Nestled near Infinity Falls, this Latin-inspired eatery serves up dishes with South American flair, like grilled churrasco steak smothered with chimichurri and smoked chicken sofrito with black beans and cilantro rice.

Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando
Infinity Falls © SeaWorld Orlando

Specialty Dining Experiences

Dine with Orcas

Although SeaWorld Orlando is home to an oceanful of incredible creatures, some of its most iconic are its killer whales. During this specialty dining experience, guests eat alongside the orcas’ watery habitat, enjoying seasonal dishes crafted with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients, like herb-roasted beef and pan-seared salmon, and exciting appearances by the majestic creatures themselves as they interact with their animal care specialists. Due to its popularity, reserving this separately ticketed event in advance is highly recommended. (Book your table here.)

Sesame Street Character Breakfast

There’s something special about starting a day in the theme parks with a hearty breakfast and a character sighting. Unlike Walt Disney World, which has over ten different character dining experiences, SeaWorld Orlando only has one, and it is typically only open during special events like SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration or the Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring the cuddly monsters of Sesame Street, this colorful buffet feast at Seafire Grill comes with bottomless helpings of morning favorites like eggs, French toast sticks and breakfast meats, as well as tableside visits from the likes of Elmo and Count von Count. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar

In a sea of counter-service restaurants and snack stands, Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar is the only sit-down eatery in the park that isn’t a special dining experience. Attached to Shark Encounter and Shark Shallows, this upscale, signature full-service restaurant doesn’t just serve the best food in the park (think Kobe beef sliders, filet mignon and pan-seared scallops). It also boasts incredible views of the mesmerizing shark aquarium. When you aren’t sinking your teeth into something tasty, sip on specialty cocktails like a Sea Sangria or Octopus Old Fashioned. Same-day reservations for this award-winning restaurant can be made beginning at 11 AM at Shark’s Underwater Grill host podium.

Sesame Street Theater at SeaWorld Orlando
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Full-Service Bars

Flamecraft Bar

Enjoy a momentary reprieve from the crowds and heat with a boozy beverage at Flamecraft Bar. Located near Seafire Grill, this open-air bar dishes up a scenic patio view overlooking the water alongside craft brews, specialty cocktails, wine-by-the-glass, and bar bites like quesadillas, nachos and jumbo pretzels.

Glacier Bar

What better place to beat the heat at SeaWorld Orlando than a place called Glacier Bar? Right next door to Wild Arctic, this cool bar shakes up an array of specialty drinks, including Jack & Coke ICEEs and on-tap craft cocktails, as well as draft beer, a small selection of bar food and 360-degree views of the Ice Breaker roller coaster. And with multiple big screens, Glacier Bar is also the perfect spot to take in the game.

The Sand Bar

There are on-the-water views, and then there is The Sand Bar. Surrounded by SeaWorld Orlando’s central lagoon, this open-air bar rests at the base of the park’s iconic Sky Tower. After taking in the scene from up above, stop here for a beer or cocktail.

Waterway Bar

Unwind after a trip over Infinity Falls with a leisurely adult beverage at Waterway Bar. Part of Waterway Grill, this indoor watering hole shakes up frozen drinks, cocktails on the rocks and ice-cold beer.

SkyTower at SeaWorld Orlando
SkyTower © SeaWorld Orlando

Enjoy Endless Eats With the SeaWorld All-Day Dining Deal

Do you have a big appetite for both fun and food? Then, you might want to consider the SeaWorld All-Day Dining deal. Offering as many meals as you can enjoy in one day (with dining allowed as much as once every 90 minutes), the All-Day Dining deal is perfect for folks who anticipate eating a lot during the day. The plan is priced at a flat fee of $49.99 per adult for the day and includes an entree with a non-alcoholic drink and either a side or a dessert every time you visit.

However, the All-Day Dining deal can only be enjoyed at select counter-service SeaWorld Orlando restaurants. (That’s right—Sharks Underwater Grill and Dine with Orcas are definitely not included.) For more details, check out our complete All-Day Dining deal guide.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Altitude Burgers
  • Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs
  • Dockside Pizza Co.
  • Expedition Café
  • Lakeside Grill
  • Panini Shore Café
  • Seafire Grill
  • Voyager’s Smokehouse
  • Waterway Grill
Ice Breaker and Sky Tower at SeaWorld Orlando
Ice Breaker and Sky Tower © SeaWorld Orlando

FAQs About Dining at SeaWorld Orlando

Hungry for answers to some other SeaWorld Orlando dining questions? You’ve come to the right place!

How much are meals at SeaWorld Orlando restaurants?

In general, meal pricing at SeaWorld Orlando restaurants varies widely, depending on where and what you choose to eat. This is even true of quick-service restaurants like Seafire Grill, Altitude Burgers and Expedition Cafe, where entrees can cost anywhere from $11.99 to $24.99. Naturally, specialty dining experiences like Dine with Orcas and Sharks Underwater Grill are priced even higher, with prices running between $31 to $59 per adult for the former and from the low $30s to mid-$40s per entree for the latter.

Can you take food into SeaWorld Orlando?

Unfortunately, in most cases, outside food, drinks or coolers are not permitted at SeaWorld Orlando. Along with water bottles, either refillable or pre-bottled, the only other exceptions are baby food/formula or, in some cases, special dietary items for guests with food allergies. Talk to Guest Relations or Park Security upon your arrival about bringing in the latter to accommodate special dining needs.

Does SeaWorld Orlando have a Starbucks?

Although there isn’t an actual Starbucks location like there is at the Walt Disney World or Universal theme parks, you can still get your caffeine fix with Starbucks coffee at SeaWorld Orlando’s Coaster Coffee Company. Located near the park entrance and the iconic Manta roller coaster, this café serves a selection of Starbucks beverages—including espresso drinks, Frappuccinos and Refreshers, as well as Chameleon Cold-Brew, baked goods and açai bowls.

Is All-Day Dining at SeaWorld Orlando worth it?

It really depends on you, your appetite and the kinds of meals you typically order. If you tend to eat a lot and/or choose pricier entree options, then not only does the SeaWorld Orlando All-Day Dining deal pay for itself, but you can actually save a good chunk of money. However, if you don’t plan to have too many meals in the park or you simply choose lighter, cheaper dish options, then you might be better off simply paying for your meals a la carte.

Parrots at SeaWorld Orlando
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Well, ya’ll, we hope we satisfied your craving for information on the SeaWorld Orlando dining scene. Which restaurant in the park is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Then, increase your travel food budget by buying your SeaWorld Orlando tickets at a discount through Park Savers.