Best Table Service Restaurants at Hollywood Studios
Best Places to Eat in Hollywood Studios
There are 5 Table Service restaurants to choose from at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Remember that Table Service restaurants – unlike Quick Service restaurants – do take reservations well in advance. It’s always a good idea to secure your spot as soon as possible in order to guarantee your seating. See our Disney World Planning Timeline page for guidance as to when you can make your ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations).
5. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (menu)
When it was first constructed, Hollywood Studios’ popular Italian eatery Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano was slated to become a Muppets-themed restaurant. That idea never came to fruition because Jim Henson passed away and Disney was unable to acquire rights to the Muppets as originally planned. Instead, Disney chose to create Mama Melrose, named after a girl from Sicily who came to Hollywood to become an actress but used her family recipes to open an Italian restaurant instead.
As far as the food goes, Mama Melrose serves traditional Italian fare like Chicken Alla Parmagiana, saltimbocca, seafood, and tiramisu. The cuisine here will definitely fill your stomach if you have worked up a big appetite.
Much of the popularity of this restaurant comes from the fact it’s part of the Fantasmic dinner package (you receive good seating for the show if you buy the dinner package). So if you plan on doing Fantasmic, we certainly recommend eating at Mama Melrose in order to get the most value. If Fantastic isn’t in the cards, then skip Mama Melrose and wait to eat your Italian food in Epcot.
Verdict: Mama Melrose is a good choice for Italian food lovers, but there is nothing overly memorable about the restaurant. It’s a pass for us unless you are doing the Fantasmic show. In that case, we recommend the package with a Mama Melrose dinner.
4. Hollywood & Vine (menu)
Hollywood & Vine is Hollywood Studios’ character dining option. In fact, this is Disney World’s only dining spot that mixes up its themes on a regular basis. For example, you can expect to find Star Wars-themed character meals during Star Wars weekend, Mickey dressed in vampire attire during Halloween, and Goofy dressed as Santa around Christmas. If you are looking for a unique Disney dining experience, this is your spot!
The food itself is served buffet style. You can find interesting offerings such as herb-crusted salmon and lobster & shrimp macaroni. Overall, the food is very good, although very similar to what you would find at the Chef Mickey character buffet.
Verdict: Like Mama Melrose, Hollywood & Vine offers a Fantasmic dinner package. If the idea of character dining appeals to you – and you plan on seeing Fantasmic – then Hollywood and Vine is a perfect choice. If Fantastic and Italian dinner sounds better, then stick with Mama Melrose. And if character dining isn’t your thing, definitely skip Hollywood & Vine.
3. The Hollywood Brown Derby (menu)
Looking for fine dining at its best? The Hollywood Brown Derby is one of Disney’s best options. Simply put, the food here is phenomenal!
Seafood lovers will enjoy the Lobster Cioppino, meat-eaters will relish in the Filet of Beef, the chicken connoisseur will fancy the Bell & Evans Chicken Breast, and non-meat eaters will delight in the Vegetarian Pho. There are plenty of great culinary choices at The Hollywood Brown Derby and the atmosphere is charming.
This restaurant also offers the “Dine with an Imagineer” package, which is a unique experience with allows you to chat over lunch with a knowledgeable Disney Imagineer to answer all of your questions and give you an insider’s take on the park. At around $60, we think it’s worth the price.
Note that slots fill up quickly, so book your reservations at the 180-day mark if this is something you want to experience.
Verdict: As great as the food is at The Hollywood Brown Derby, it should be noted that eating here will cost you 2 Table Service credits (on the Disney Dining Plan). If you have some extra TS credit, or if you want to splurge on a great dining experience, Brown Derby fits the bill. However, if you are trying to get the most out of your plan, we recommend you just go to a regular (1 credit) TS restaurant instead. For inquisitive Disney visitors, we encourage you to book a reservation for the Dine with an Imagineer luncheon.
2. Sci-Fi Dine-In (menu)
Sci-Fi Dine-In is a restaurant modeled after a 1950’s dine-in movie theatre. The decor is a lot of fun for both kids and adults. Most of the tables are designed to resemble 50’s era automobiles, waitresses roll up to take your order, and there are sci-fi classics on the movie screens.
As you would expect from this type of restaurant, the menu has plenty of burgers, fries, and shakes. Other standouts include the Drive-in BBQ Burger, the St. Louis Pork Ribs, and of course, the hot fudge sundaes. Yum! It’s hard not to love this place.
Verdict: The food isn’t gourmet, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with their order. Plus, the fun atmosphere creates a memorable dining experience. Recommended!
1. 50’s Prime Time Café (menu)
Top Pick – Best Hollywood Studio Restaurant
It may seem like overkill to have two 50’s themed Table Service restaurants at Hollywood Studios, but they both work together just fine.
The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is totally different than the Sci-Fi Dine-In in several ways. First off, you don’t have the drive-in feel here. You still have the 50’s decor but it’s done in a more authentic and less kitschy way. The menu is much more varied and the food is of better quality. You still feel like you have been transported to the ’50s but it’s definitely a different feel.
Some of our favorite dishes include Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie, Cousin Harold’s Vegetable Lasagna, Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken, and Cousin Megan’s Traditional Meatloaf. That’s some down-home-cookin’ right there!
Verdict: This place is a winner. The food is great, the wait staff is amazing, and the atmosphere transports you back in time. A must for anyone looking for a great Table Service restaurant in Hollywood Studios.