“Where to eat lunch at Legoland Florida” is what this post could be titled, because that’s what most visitors to the new theme park are going to find themselves eating there. Since the park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days, you won’t find any “sit down” restaurants or breakfast buffets at Legoland. Here, the eateries are all about lunch.
The good news is that there is a fairly wide variety of food from which to choose, and everything I have tasted has been fresh and good. Prices are what you might expect to find at a theme park, i.e. a little higher than you would find “on the outside.” But there are some good values to be had. Just like everything else at the theme park, I find the food to be geared toward kids, which isn’t a bad thing, just something to point out. You’ll find that the pizza sauce is a little sweet, kid-friendly salad dressings such as ranch and honey mustard are most frequently available, and the Asian food doesn’t have much heat.
One big plus for me at Legoland Florida is that many of these counter service-type restaurants offer indoor (air-conditioned!) seating. That’s sometimes in short supply at Florida theme parks.
Here’s a look at the places I recommend:
The Market Restaurant is definitely the best choice if you need to please a wide variety of palates. The restaurant is basically set up like a food court, with different counters serving different types of food – Asian fusion, rotisserie, soups and salads, a kids’ station, a coffee counter, and a bakery case.
Everyone should be able to find something to please them here in the $6 to $10 range. The soft drinks are not included with meals, but you do get free refills.
My favorite tastes here include the Vegetarian Pad Thai and the rotisserie chicken. You’ll find the Market Restaurant near the front of the park in The Beginning land.
Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet
This is the best choice at Legoland Florida for big appetites. If you’ve got a couple of growing boys in your party (or a growing husband), eat here. For $10.99 per adult and $6.99 per child (ages 3-12), you get all-you-can eat pizza, pasta and salad.
Best of all, the drink is included. I’m used to paying at least $2.49 for a soft drink at a theme park, so I find this to be a good value. The drinks are at a station where you fill them yourselves, so you can get refills and carry a full drink out of the restaurant, too.
I found the pizza to be fairly good. Not my favorite pizza, but definitely superior to many national chains, in my opinion. The cheesy breadsticks offered next to the pizza were very good. The ingredients on the salad bar were fresh, and the pasta was tasty. Again, remember that the food is kid-friendly, which means you’re not going to find exotic toppings on the pizza or on the salad bar. But everything was tasty and there should be something here that everyone likes.
Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet is in the Fun Town land.
Capt. Brickbeard’s Burgers
This eatery is the best choice for a basic burger and fries. Here, you’ll find combo meals that include the drink for $9.29 for a single cheeseburger or $9.99 for a double. Kids meals are $5.49 and include a burger, piece of fruit and a drink. There’s also a chicken sandwich on the menu, but I have not tried it, so I can’t recommend it.
The Legoland Florida burgers are good. They are a thinner patty, and they come with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a sauce that tastes like a ketchup-mayo combo. The bun was big and a lot of bread; I think the burgers would benefit from a smaller bun. Seating is outside at Capt. Brickbeard’s Burgers, but many of the tables are under a shelter so there is shade.
You will find Capt. Brickbeard’s Burgers in Pirates’ Cove, right next to the stadium for viewing the water ski show. Which means, of course, that it is packed after the shows let out. We ate there during a show and found the place deserted with plenty of open tables and no lines.
If you have some eaters with special diets, check out my post on gluten-free diets and food allergies at Legoland Florida. And if you’re wondering how to get the most bang for your buck, I wrote about the best food bargains at Legoland Florida.