The rise of the restaurants! With the opening of the newest attraction in Black Spire Outpost, we’ve got Star Wars on the brain. Time to focus as we’re here to talk about the best Hollywood Studios sit down restaurants. In a park less known for food and more known for thrilling attractions, the Hollywood Studios sit down restaurant game is starting to rise up. Ok, we’ve resisted the urge long enough, time to share the best Hollywood Studios sit down restaurants!

It’s All About Comfort

Who doesn’t crave meatloaf and mashed potatoes when it’s 100+ in the shade? (#sarcasim) Next door to our favorite show in Hollywood Studios, you’ll find a throwback to the creature comforts we all grew up with at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Offering a variety of American comfort food classics you can’t choose poorly. Sorry, Harrison Ford, that’s a different Lucus Film.

The go-to menu item has to be the pot roast. Just like mom used to make, maybe even a little better. Shh, let’s keep that as our secret. The slow-cooked roast is fall-apart tender and served with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and of course a few vegetables. Not to be outshined, Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop is a delicious choice, as the apples compliment the pork beautifully.

But, wait, there’s more! 50’s Prime Time Cafe is more than just great food, it’s also a show. With quick wit, your server is playing the role of either mom or dad in your 1950’s sitcom. You know what that means, you’ve been cast as the kids! Let’s just say make sure to eat your veggies at this establishment.

Passholder Insights: Attached to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe is the Tune-In Lounge. A great place for an adult time out.

Mama Mia!

No, we’re not talking about the musical. We’re talking about Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Fun fact, Nate has been known to call it Mama Mia on more than one occasion. Ok, time to focus.

Tucked away in the Grand Avenue section of Hollywood Studios, you’ll find one of our best Hollywood Studios sit down restaurants. Themed around California inspired Italian, Mama Melrose is a solid option for even the pickiest eaters in your group. Our favorite is the Oven-Baked Chicken alla Parmigiana. The classic Italian dish is simple and delish. The sauce, or should we call it gravy, is what makes the dish for us. The flavor of tomatoes really shines through.

Passholder Insights: We’ve found that we usually can snag an Advance Dining Reservation through My Disney Experience on the same day.

The Headliner

Every Hollywood production needs a headliner. This is the best Hollywood Studios sit down restaurant after all. By far our favorite spot in the park is The Hollywood Brown Derby. It’s hard to believe this is theme park dining, it’s that good! It’s worth the splurge.

The historic Hollywood dining spot lives on in Hollywood Studios. All we’re going to say is there are no bad choices on the menu, however, if you’re looking for the iconic experience the must-try dishes are the Cobb Salad and Grapefruit Cake. Thank us later! Our favorite thing to do is stop in for a light afternoon bite and split these two dishes.

Passholder Insights: Many times we do not have a reservation for The Hollywood Brown Derby, so we head outside to snag a seat at the outdoor lounge.

Our Thoughts

There you have it, our best Hollywood Studios sit down restaurants. The big question is whether or not we’ll have to update our list when the new Toy Story Restaurant opens. Sounds like we’ll be trying some more food! Alright, we held off the urge long enough, we’re off to join the resistance.

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