8 Themed Restaurants in Orlando That Will Transport You to Another World

From a Sci-Fi Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to A Dine-In Experienced Inspired by DBZ, Orlando Has Plenty to Offer

So you are looking for themed restaurants in Orlando huh? Probably searched something like “themed restaurants in Orlando, FL” or “what’s the best themed restaurants in Orlando” right? What’s that? How did I know that? Well I mean this is on your phone or computer so this article will only show up for so many themed restaurants that you searched in Google so I know it had to be something like that. Either that, or you got here from another GiftYa post or article in which case thank you for reading two today! 

Well today, just like everyday we have exactly what you are looking for. This is a list of the best themed restaurants in Orlando and where you can find them. We also include links anytime one of these restaurants accept our super convenient virtual gift cards!

Wait a sec, what exactly is a GiftYa?

Well it’s not quite an amazing amusement park ride, but GiftYa digital gift cards are a little bit magical (we think so, at least). GiftYa is a digital gift card that can be customized and sent within seconds right from your phone. 

These gift cards can be used at a variety of locations in Orlando and all over the country, from local restaurants to national chains. They’re handy if you’re traveling and don’t want to keep a bunch of cash on hand, or if you need to send (or schedule ahead!) a gift to someone you care about so that you don’t get busy and forget.

There really isn’t a more convenient option when it comes to buying gift cards and gifts for yourself or others.

With that taken care of, let’s get back on track here: we’re talking about some of the best themed restaurants Orlando has to offer.

Comic Strip Cafe

Grab Some Grub with Some of the Most Famous Funnies Around

6000 Universal Blvd | Universal’s Islands of Adventure | universalorlando.com

Toon Lagoon at Universal Studios is a popular attraction in Orlando – with temperatures climbing well into the 80s and 90s (and sometimes beyond), a day at the waterpark sounds pretty nice. Luckily for themed restaurant lovers who also want to catch a break from the heat, the first restaurant on our list is located right within Universal’s famous waterpark.

The Comic Strip Cafe has all your favorite American fare – like chicken fingers and hot dogs – with some more interesting additions as well. But what visitors really love about The Comic Strip Cafe are the photo ops. With speech bubble decorations scattered about the restaurant, you’ll have plenty to post to Instagram about.

“Friendly staff, decent pricing for being a world famous amusement park, surprisingly good food, and the place wasn't severely crowded. Cons=you have to pay extra for ranch and drinks and the portions aren't that big. Otherwise, good for what it is.” - Yelp Review 

Comic Strip Cafe doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding awesome themed restaurants and attractions in beautiful Orlando!

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant

Kick It Old School with American Eats and Nostalgic Flicks

351 S Studio Dr | Disney’s Hollywood Studios | disneyworld.disney.go.com

In many parts of the country, the quintessential American drive-in theater is a thing of the past, gone the way of malt shops and sock hops. But on the grounds of Disney’s Hollywood Studio, their mid-century charm is alive and well!

Stop in for a truly unique dining experience. You’ll be seated in retro vehicles where you can chow down on your favorite foods – juicy burgers, perfectly crisp fries, and milkshakes galore – as you enjoy clips from classic sci-fi movies and nostalgic cartoons. It’s the perfect way to sit back and relax after a busy day at the park.

Note: Since the Sci-Fi Dine-In is located within Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can’t get to the restaurant without admission to the park.

“The restaurant was themed so cute. I was kinda surprised to see it dark and so quite inside when I showed up with a 2 and 3 year old. The kids loving sitting in the car and watching the black and white sci-if film.” - Yelp Review

Unfortunately Sci-Fi Drive-in Theater Restaurant isn’t one of the themed restaurants in Orlando participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

Soupa Saiyan

An Authentic Asian Noodle Shop with an Awesome Anime Aesthetic

5689 Vineland Rd | West Orlando  | facebook.com/soupasaiyan

Dragon Ball Z was and is one of the biggest television shows to take the world by storm. Since the 80s, kids and grown ups alike have been tuning in for the adventures of those beloved Saiyans and their friends. Now you can sit down to a meal so delicious and filling it would even rival Korin’s senzu beans.

Soupa Saiyan specializes in authentic Vietnamese, Chinese, and Laotian noodle dishes, including fan favorites like pho and kimchi stir fry. Plus, you can customize your order with a variety of broths and noodles, without your price tag hitting over 8000. 

“Not to be that guy but I'm gonna be that guy... THE FOOD AND SHOP IS OVER 9000!!! Amazing staff, amazing food, beautiful vybz and love coming here. Cant wait til next time.” - Yelp Review 

Soupa Saiyan isn’t accepting GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check here for all the other GiftYa available for unique restaurants in Orlando and all over the country.


Great Drinks, Tasty Food, and an Unforgettable Atmosphere in the Heart of Downtown Orlando’s Central Business District

15 N Orange Ave | Downtown | wallstplaza.net/sideshow

Something a little freaky is going on in downtown Orlando…if you consider awesome drinks and even awesomer atmosphere freaky. Sideshow has a spooky carnival funhouse theme going on, and visitors can’t get enough of the ambiance – it’s no wonder it’s a frequent stop on downtown Orlando bar crawls.

Leave your next drink choice up to chance and spin the shot wheel for some extra fun, and don’t forget to take tons of selfies with the funhouse mirrors and circus decor.

“Tacos. Freaks on the wall. Amazing entertainment. Great location! Had the chicken enchiladas and they did not disappoint. Next time I will definitely get the fajitas because you can smell them throughout this place and the smell is phenomenal. ” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately Sideshow isn’t one of the themed restaurants in Orlando participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Full-Service Themed Restaurant, Bar, and Confectionary in Universal’s CityWalk

6000 Universal Blvd | Universal CityWalk | universalorlando.com

What do you get when you give a chocolate factory a steampunk makeover? We’re not precisely sure, but it has to look something like The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This 19th-Century themed restaurant offers both sweet and savory options. Enjoy steak or seafood for a full service dinner, enjoy crepes or a quiche during all-day brunch, or simply stop in for a shake.

Visitors love the creative cocktails and tasty milkshakes. While the shakes are probably big enough to share, you may not want to!

Note: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is located outside Universal Studios on Universal CityWalk, so you don’t need park tickets to get in.

“Let me start by saying it's definitely worth taking the time to book a reservation for dinner!! The decor is amazing the store that you can shop in while you're waiting for your table is amazing they had actors walking through in costume while we were there they were amazing and that's not even starting on the food.” - Yelp Review 

Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, but check back because there’s more themed restaurants and stores in Orlando added all the time.

Mythos Restaurant

Enjoy Mediterranean, Asian, and American Fare in a Restaurant That Feels Like Mt. Olympus

6000 Universal Blvd | Universal’s Islands of Adventure | universalorlando.com

When Universal Studios does a themed restaurant, it goes big. In this case, we’re talking specifically about the big stone sculptures and dazzling waterfalls that make up the facade of Mythos Restaurant in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The full-service restaurant boasts that it gives guests “an otherworldly experience,” and if the reviews are any indication, visitors seem to agree.

Guests love that Mythos is able to tailor its elegant cuisine to their dietary needs. From gluten restrictions to allergy needs to vegan and vegetarian options, Mythos seems to strive to ensure all guests have an excellent experience.

Note: Mythos Restaurant is located within Universal Studios, so park tickets are required to get in.

“Poseidon's Fury up in dis Piece! Be Amazed and Visually Stunned in Mythos! Cuisine made for the Gods!” - Yelp Review 

Mythos isn’t accepting GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check here for all the other GiftYa available for themed restaurants in Orlando, FL.

Mrs. Potato Restaurant

Casual Restaurant Based Around Everyone's Favorite Vegetable, The Potato

4550 S Kirkman Rd | MetroWest | mrspotato.net

Can’t get enough potatoes? No problem, Mrs. Potato has you covered. The concept behind the restaurant is simple – take a potato, and dress it up with all your favorite foods for a hearty, delicious meal. Whether you like your potatoes baked or crispy, Mrs. Potato has something for everyone.

Locals love the Carne Seca Rosti, Chicken Catupiry, and Philly Cheese Steak Rosti, so be sure to give one of these fan favorites a try.

“Great dinner spot! Something different than the usual. Cheese balls, chicken drops, and rosti were all fantastic.” - Yelp Review 

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Mrs. Potato Restaurant at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new themed restaurants and attractions in Orlando are added all the time!

Buca di Beppo

The Theme of This Restaurant is Your Italian Grandma’s Dining Room

8001 S Orange Blossom Trl | Orange Blossom Trail | bucadibeppo.com

If you never got to experience an Italian grandma (yours or someone else’s!) sitting you down at her dining room table and serving up heaping piles of pasta, now is your chance. The theme of Buca di Beppo’s restaurant is basically Nona’s house, and honestly, we’re here for it. If none of the local spots on this list grabbed your attention, this chain restaurant is sure to satisfy.

With all of your favorite Italian fare served up family style, you’ll be packing in the pasta for days after you visit. Try the baked ziti (it’s best with ricotta), spaghetti with Buca’s famous giant meatball, or just stop in for a jumbo dessert. You really can’t go wrong!

“Yummy! Yummy! This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in our home town, we hadn't been here for a while. So we could not wait to go back. Good news is we still love it!  The decor and music is very eclectic and makes you feel that your in an Italian home.  The food is also excellent. Service is great.” - Yelp Review 

Buca di Beppo is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated themed restaurants in Orlando!

And that’s it for our list of the best themed restaurants in Orlando.

There you have it! All the best-rated themed restaurants you can find in Orlando. 

Orland is a big city with lots to do and lots of restaurants to choose from, so it isn’t easy to narrow down the best themed restaurants in town to only what can fit in our list. But just from this list of the top tier themed restaurants in Orlando, you should have plenty of options to fit your mood, your taste buds, and your budget.

And remember, if you or someone you love is out in Orlando, we marked off which of these awesome themed restaurants accept our convenient GiftYa digital gift cards as of this writing. You can use them at any of the locations we indicated on this list today. 

Be sure to check back soon – we’re always adding new restaurants to our catalog, and we’re always covering new things to do and places to eat in Orlando on our blog. Hope to see you again soon!

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