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5 Unbeatable Dining Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort

5 Unbeatable Dining Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando is full of exciting attractions and delicious restaurants, but there is so much amazing food and entertainment to experience at the resort outside of the theme parks as well! Several hotels on the property have their own unique dinner shows and interactive meals that are not limited just to guests with reservations. Take your next dinner outing to the next level with these one-of-a-kind dining experiences!

Jake’s Beer Dinner (Loews Royal Pacific Resort)

Jake’s Beer Dinners are held on select nights throughout the year in the private Clipper Room at Jake’s American Bar. Each month, a different beer vendor is featured at the special dining event, which pairs various ales and lagers to five delicious courses of food that perfectly complement the brews. This month’s event, scheduled for February 21, highlights various brews from Ivanhoe Park Brewing. The menu includes:

  • Arugula and Frisee Salad: With Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Goat Cheese Caviar, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Beer Pairing: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Bungalow Belgian Witbier
  • Seared Scallop: Served with Charred Corn Salsa, Celery Root Puree, Toasted Almonds, and Almond Foam
  • Beer Pairing: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Toboggan Blonde Ale
  • Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chop: Served with Chickpea Stew and Rosemary Mint Sauce
  • Beer Pairing: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. JoyLand American IPA
  • Smoked Coffee Rubbed Bone-In Short Ribs: Served with Roasted Garlic White Polenta and Rainbow Chard
  • Beer Pairing: Ivanhoe Brewing Co. Tupac Shaporter
  • Guava Berry Shortcake: Guava Panna Cotta, Tropical Coulis, Citrus Pound Cake, and Fresh Berries
  • Beer Pairing: Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Guavacation Sour – Berliner Weisse

Wine Riffs (Hard Rock Hotel)

Wine Riffs at the Hard Rock Hotel is a dining experience like no other, putting a cool music spin on the standard pairing event. The multi-sensory meal features vintage wines from a featured vineyard with elegant complementary multi-course meal accompanied by a DJ spinning a custom soundtrack that sets the ambiance. Tickets to Wine Riffs are valid for a reception outside the Avalon Ballroom starting at 7:00 PM, a five-course dinner with wine pairings chosen by sommelier Andy McNamara, and complimentary valet parking. The February 7 event’s menu will feature a variety of Stags’ Leap Winery beverages and food pairings.

Passed Hors D’oeurves
  • Maine Lobster Arrancine and Tomato Basil Dip
Station
  • Oysters on the Half Shell with Tarragon Mignonette and Key Lime Cocktail Sauce
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery Chardonnay, 2017
Amuse
  • Open Roll: Dungeness Crab, Ahi Tuna Toro, Salmon Caviar, Avocado, Micro Cilantro, Soy Crunch, and Nori
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery Viognier, 2018
Fish
  • Olive Oil Poached Swordfish with Seared Key West Pink Shrimp, Israeli Cous Cous, Sauteed Orach, Parsely Pistou and Roasted San Marzano Tomato Merlot Butter
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery Merlot, 2016
Venison
  • Pan-Roasted Venison Shortloin with Currant Compote, Red Kabocha Squash, Braised Spring Onion, Asparagus, and Petit Sirah & Shallot Reduction
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah, 2016
Beef
  • Grilled “Stuffed” Rib Eye with Prosciutto, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Duck Fat Confit Potatoes, Green Peas & Mint Puree, and Cabernet Sauvignon Glace
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery “The Leap” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016
Dessert
  • Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cheese with Local Organic Strawberries, Violets, and Nectarine
  • Wine Pairing: Stags’ Leap Winery Late Harvest Viognier, 2013

Harbor Nights (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel)

Harbor Nights is a special adults-only event located on the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel that is held four times a year. The next dining experience is Harbor Nights: Romantico on February 14. Guests can enjoy an evening of live music from The I-4 Band while sipping on select wines and indulging in unlimited samples of gourmet dishes from the hotel’s restaurants. General standing tickets cost $65 per person and VIP, which includes reserved seating, a private wine tasting and passed hors d’ouerves, is $95 per person. Parking for Harbor Nights is free, and valet parking is just $5.

Harbor Nights: Romantico Menu
  • Carving of Blue Cheese Prime Rib Log (Mama Della’s Ristorante): Served with Lavender Flower Risotto and Mushroom Gravy
  • Mac & Cheese Bar (Splendido Bar & Grill): Toppings include Sauteed Shrimp, Charred Cauliflower, Italian Sausage, Shredded Pork, Walnuts, and Parmesan
  • Sixty South Salmon (Trattoria del Porto): Marinated with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Herbs; Served with Sun-dried Tomato Stufato and Tuscany Ribollita Soup
  • Pan-baked Chicken Breast (Sal’s Market Deli): Served with Capellini Pasta in a Creamy Carbonara with Parmesan Cheese Croutons
  • Cheese Tortellini (Bice Ristorante): Topped with Mushroom Marsala Cream Sauce
  • Triple Chocolate Gelato (Gelateria)
  • Champagne Sorbetto (Gelateria)
  • White Chocolate Raspberry Champagne Gelee
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake
  • White & Sparkling Wines: Love Story Pinot Grigio, Piccolo Fiore Bianco, J Lohr Chardonnay, Montes Sauvignon Blanc, Masi Modello Bianco, Alta Vista Malbec Rose, and Poema Brut
  • Red Wines: Carletto Montepulciano, Chakras Malbec, Banfi Col Di Sassi, Luna Luda Red, Masi Modello Rosso, Caposaldo Chianti, BR Cohn Silver Cabernet Sauvignon, and Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

Caribbean Carnaval Dinner Show (Loews Sapphire Falls Resort)

The Caribbean Carnaval Dinner Show is an entertaining musical journey through the islands that takes place every Friday night at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The interactive dinner show celebrates Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados, Trinidad, and the Bahamas through songs, dance, and authentic food from the Caribbean. Tickets include an authentic Caribbean buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and Planter’s Punch. Seating and dinner begins at 6:00 PM, and the show kicks off at 7:00 PM. In addition to the dazzling entertainers, the show has interactive elements that will get guests up on their feet such as limbo, conga lines, and more!  
Priority Seating: $81 per Adult, $41 per Child (plus tax and fees)
Regular Seating: $71 per Adult, $36 per Child (plus tax and fees)

Dinner Menu
  • Organic Greens Salad with Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber, Carrots, Corn Bread Croutons, and Grilled Pineapple Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  • Pinto Bean & Shrimp Salad with Chorizo, Peppers, Cilantro, Oven Roasted Vegetables, Green Banana and Yucca Escabeche and Chili Lime Vinaigrette
  • Mojo Roasted Suckling Pig
  • Coconut Pineapple Brioche Carving Rolls
  • Ropa Vieja: Made with Shredded Beef, Tomato and Sweet Plantains
  • Grilled Snapper with Coconut Rice, Corn and Black Bean Salpicon
  • Jerk Chicken with Mango Papaya Relish and Jerk Sauce
  • Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
  • Johnny Cakes
  • Caribbean Rum Cake
  • Guava Flan
  • Mexican Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Coconut and Caramel Rice Pudding

Wantilan Luau (Loews Royal Pacific Resort)

The Wantilan Luau is a weekly show at Loews Royal Pacific Resort that takes place on Saturday evenings. The authentic Hawaiian traditional luau celebrates Polynesia food and entertainment with an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music, hula and fire dancers, and so much more! Registration begins at 5:30 PM and seating for the dining experience begins at 6:00 PM for each show. Tickets include access to the tropical buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais.
Priority Seating: $81 per adult, $41 per child (tax and fees not included)
Regular Seating: $71 per adult, $36 per child (tax and fees not included)

Menu
  • Island Spiced Vegetables Medley with Toasted Almonds
  • Toasted Coconut Jasmine Rice
  • Fire Grilled Tender Beef with Straw Mushroom, Bean Sprouts, and Baby Corn
  • Catch of the Day from the Pacific Waters
  • Macadamia Crusted Goat Cheese with Kim Chi Napa Cabbage and Shiitake Mushroom
  • Ahi Poke Salad with Cellophane Noodles and Ginger Soy Vinaigrette
  • Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki
  • Pit-roasted Suckling Pig with Spice Rum infused Pineapple Puree
  • Lomi Lomi Chicken Salad with Maui Onions, Tomatoes and Green Scallions
  • Mixed Native Greens with Hearts of Palm and Citrus
  • Kona Coffee Ganache Pineapple Macadamia Tart
  • Passion Fruit Crème Brulee
  • Tropical Fresh Fruit with White Chocolate Mousse Shots
  • Freshly Baked Breads with Sweet Butter
  • Beverages: Mai Tais, Beer, Wine, Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaf Coffee, Virgin Mai Tais, Lemonade, and Water
  • Kids’ Meals: Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chicken Fingers, Cheese Pizza, and Salad

Jake’s Beer Festival (Loews Royal Pacific Resort)

Jake’s Beer Festivals take place twice a year outside on the Wantilan Pavilion. The special event highlights more than 50 craft and specialty beers and delicious, creative food offerings and live entertainment. In addition to a wide variety of craft beers from local and regional vendors like 3 Daughters and Cigar City Brewing, a sample festival menu may feature foods such as:

  • Fresh Baked Soft Mini Pretzels with Four Cheese Porter Fondue
  • Chicken & Waffles: Crispy Chicken, Fresh-made Waffles, Jalapeno Maple Glaze
  • Achiote Marinated Pork Tacos with Pickled Onion, Cilantro, and Cotija
  • BBQ Short Rib Sliders: Smoked Cheddar Biscuits, Jake’s American Red Lager BBQ Sauce, Caramelized Onions, and Cabbage Slaw
  • Mediterranean Flatbread: Roasted Eggplant, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Toasted Pistachio and Sorell Pesto
  • Hot Smoked Salmon Tostada with Onion, Avocado, Tomato, Radish, and Meyer Lemon

Looking for more entertaining dining experiences at the parks? Check out these awesome dinner and a show packages at Disney World!

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