There are so many good places to eat at Hollywood Studios, it’s hard to choose! I’ve listed my top choices for Hollywood Studios food below, but there are many other restaurants available at the park. If you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant, you’ll need to make a reservation before you come to Disney World; if you’re OK with fast food then there are great choices scattered around the park.
Here are my top choices for Hollywood Studios food:
|Fast Food/Counter Service Fav Restaurants||Sit Down Fav Restaurants|
|1. Backlot Express|
2. ABC Commissary
|1. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano|
2. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
3. 50’s Prime Time Cafe
For fast food/counter service, I strongly suggest PizzeRizzo: it’s tucked away in a corner right opposite to MuppetVision, with plenty of seating and a delicious pizza menu. It’s a great place to relax and unwind: if you get a second floor table, you can people-watch the crowds going into the tunnel for Galaxy’s Edge. There are also washrooms close by: see Gonzo’s Royal Flush, look for the stairs/ramp going down next to the fountain in front of MuppetVision 3D. Unfortunately PizzeRizzo is often closed during the slow season; if it’s closed, go to the nearby ABC Commissary or Backlot Express.
A PizzeRizzo meal is a personal pizza (various toppings are available), a side salad, and a drink. Originally I was a little disappointed – pizza goes with breadsticks or buffalo wings, not salad! But I was pleasantly surprised – the salad comes in a cup, with lots of lettuce, cheese, and croutons in a vinaigrette dressing and it’s delicious!
Recommendation: I like a cheese pizza, side of salad, and a cup of Coke. If I’m extra hungry, I’ll order an orange (they sell Cuties Mandarin oranges). For dessert, I suggest getting the cannoli, although they also sell a great shortbread cookie.
Lots of seating, lots of character, and lots of choices! That summarizes Backlot Express very well. There’s tons of seating available in various sections of the building, and lots of character to the name – you’ll see empty paint cans, workshop tools, and miscellany decorating the seating area.
There’s a ton of choices available as well: burgers, sandwiches, salads – there’s an offering for everyone in the family. If you’re a Star Wars fan, watch for the souvenir steins! Backlot Express is also a good break spot before/after a Star Tours ride, and it’s on the way to MuppetVision and the new Star Wars land.
Recommendation: I get the Angus Cheeseburger! After riding Star Tours this is also a good place to rest and have a snack: a slushy and a cookie hits the spot! This is one of my favorite fast food places.
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Ever watched Leave It To Beaver? Great, because everything in this sit-down restaurant is themed after a 1950s-era diner/Mom’s kitchen. The TVs show clips from 1950s era TV shows, and the menu leans strongly towards large meals with a strong meat showing.
If you describe yourself as a carnivore, or you have a big appetite, I strongly suggest you get a reservation here. I loved the pot roast, and the stuffed pork chop is fantastic.
Recommendation: Get the pot roast. And feel free to banter with the waiters/waitresses, they encourage you to finish your food in a fun way!
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Just like the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, the Sci-Fi Dine-In celebrates the 1950s-era drive in theater. Your table is actually a convertible car in front of a large theater screen, which plays old sci-fi films. This is a great place for people who love history or sci-fi (including Star Wars fans!).
I love this place – the menu is varied and the restaurant simply feels more spacious, most likely due to the high ceiling. The large movie screen is set up as the central focus of the restaurant, which helps to fill in any quiet spots in your table’s conversation. The menu has a variety of burger and sandwich selections to sate any appetite; I’ve tried most of them and they’ve all been delicious. If you’re looking for something other than sandwiches, there’s also pasta, steak, salad, and a barbecue platter!
Recommendation: If you’re a BBQ person, get the BBQ burger! Otherwise I would opt for the chicken or shrimp pasta.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
One of my favorite sit-down restaurants in Hollywood Studios, this restaurant is hidden even more than PizzeRizzo is. If you’re having trouble finding it, go to the fountain in front of MuppetVision 3D, then go towards the main entrance to PizzeRizzo. Go past that entrance but follow the wall, and you should see the entrance to Mama Melrose tucked in a corner. Alternately, the exit for MuppetVision 3D drops you right out in front of the Mama Melrose entrance.
As you may have guessed from the name, it serves very good Italian food. I liked the Chicken Parmigiana, but essentially any pasta is a good choice. For the pickier eaters, there are also steak and fish options.
Recommendation: I usually order the Chicken Parmigiana, but the old standard Spaghetti and Meatballs is still an excellent choice!
Sunset Ranch Market
A great spot to dine at if you have a picky eater in your party. This open-air, fast food market is composed of several smaller shops: Anaheim Produce (sells fruit, lemonade, and alcoholic drinks), Rosie’s Cafe (burgers, chicken nuggets), Catalina Eddie’s (pizza, salads) and Hollywood Scoops (ice cream). Regardless of what you order, there’s plenty of tables to sit down at.
Recommendation: I recommend getting a personal pizza and side salad from Catalina Eddie’s