Best Table Service Restaurants in Hollywood Studios

Street Scene in Hollywood Studios
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Disney World is filled with delicious foods and memorable restaurants. In Hollywood Studios, Guests are transported back in time to feel the lifestyle of old Hollywood. Like every theme Park, Hollywood Studios has sit-down restaurants, quick service, and snacks for on-the-go. Sit-down restaurants offer a different dining experience, allowing you to take in the scenery and be waited on. These restaurants are great if you want some serious downtime from the Parks, a romantic meal, or some top-tier food.

Here, you can find the best 4 dining options for sit-down restaurants in Hollywood Studios.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The #1 spot in Hollywood Studios is The Hollywood Brown Derby. Also noted as the best restaurant in Hollywood Studios by Disney Fanatic! Inspired by the Vine Street Brown Derby in Hollywood, California this is a staple to Hollywood Studios. Deemed the most beautiful, in my opinion, that is, and one of my favorite restaurants out of all the Parks.

The food here is decadent and gourmet, which is no surprise that the reservations fill up quickly. They are known for their “Famous Cobb Salad” and offer an outdoor lounge if you are unable to get a reservation. The lounge even offers some of the menu items from the restaurant and tasty cocktails. This restaurant is worth booking a reservation in advance, even if that’s not usually your style of Disney vacationing. You will not regret it!

Hollywood Brown Derby

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Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

If you’re at Hollywood Studios and looking for some Italian comfort food, look no further. The story behind this restaurant is that Mama Melrose move to California to become an actor, but her food was the real show-stopper. The cuisine and restaurant theme is California and Italian flare combined, which is also reflected in the food.

Mama Melrose’s offers foods you’ll know, like spaghetti and meatballs; which is always a great dining option for the family or big groups. It is also recommended to get a reservation to dine here. Furthermore, it’s best to dine after going on some of the Park’s thrill rides if you’re having a big bowl of pasta!

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

If you’re looking for a retro dining experience look no further than the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. This sit-down restaurant transports you back into the day of drive-in movies minus the outdoors. Your table and seat are a car facing the big screen as they play retro films to watch while you dine. The food here is also classic, like burgers and fries which makes for a great stop for a filling meal.

Sci-fi diner

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50’s Prime Time Cafe

This restaurant embodies all things family, literally. That wait staff will treat you as so, making sure you ate all of your vegetables before leaving the dinner table. 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a fun experience if you are looking for just that. It is much more than just a restaurant but an interactive dining experience, feeling like you are having a family meal. The food is definitely comfort style, offering things like meatloaf and pot roast.

50's prime time diner

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Hollywood Studios offers something for everyone in both sit-down and quick-service dining. You can view the full guide of all Hollywood Studio dining options, here. I always like to do a little of both, creating a different dining experience every time I hit the Park. Although The Hollywood Brown Derby is at the top of my list, which is your favorite?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.