Experience the magic of The Cirque Magique Dinner Show

Orlando’s theme parks have always been a big hit for families – and now, so are the city’s restaurants. Themed dining experiences, entertainment and unique kids’ meals are all on the menu.

Save by picking up a VIP Dine4Less Card. Here’s our roundup of the top 10 family restaurants.  

The Cirque Magique Dinner Show
Sit in the middle of a circus while dining. Performers from around the world were handpicked to entertain guests with fun interactive acts. Save over 50% by getting Cirque Magique Dinner Show tickets in advance on Best of Orlando. $36–$42

Medieval Times Dinner Show
Step back in time and enjoy a feast that is fit for a King. Sit in the arena and take in a show with jousting knights, princesses and beautiful horses. Kids love the interactive show and utensil-free dinner. Save over 35% and pre-purchase Medieval Times tickets with Best of Orlando. $34–$43

T-Rex Cafe
If your kids dream of dining with dinosaurs, the T-Rex Cafe is a must. Located in Disney Springs, on Walt Disney World property, diners can eat next to life-size animatronic dinosaurs. T-Rex Café also has a dinosaur-themed retail store, educational kiosks and a “Discovery Dig” fossil sandpit. Popular menu items include the Bronto Burger and the Prehistoric Pasta. $15–$34.99

Enjoy breakfast at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom 

The Once Upon a Time Breakfast at Magic Kingdom
The ultimate character dining experience is inside Cinderella Castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant. Restaurant guests must purchase Magic Kingdom park tickets to dine there. The Once Upon a Time Breakfast is extra magical for young diners because they get to meet Disney princesses. The meal is all-you-can-eat and each guest leaves with a complimentary photo. Reservations are recommended up to six months in advance. $35–$59

American Girl Bistro
For young ones who love American Girl Dolls, there’s no better place than American Girl Bistro. Step into this world of pink accents, chandeliers and dolls at every table. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t own an American Girl Doll – they loan one upon check-in. The menu includes pizzas, salads and unique sweet treats. Reservations are recommended up to a month prior. Open for brunch. $7.50–$16.50

Rainforest Cafe
Go wild at Rainforest Café, which has two locations at Walt Disney World. The one-of-a-kind atmosphere has aquariums and animatronic animals for the kids to enjoy. Enjoy the Disney Springs location or purchase Disney park tickets to dine at the Animal Kingdom Park location – then stay for park fun. $11–$30

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory
Feast KitchenThis full-service restaurant, bar and confectionery, at City Walk in Universal Orlando, is like a chocolate-lovers dream come true. Enjoy everything from steaks and seafood to artisanal desserts, including lots of gooey chocolate. $10.99–$30

Miller’s Ale House is both budget-friendly and delicious

Miller’s Ale House
The budget-friendly Ale House has multiple Orlando locations, all with diverse kids’ menus. Select locations also offer nights where kids eat free with a purchased adult entree. Plus, adults have this perk: More than 15 beers on tap. $7.99–$19.99

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill & Griddle House
At Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill & Griddle House in De Leon Springs State Park north of Orlando, families can make “cook-your-own” pancakes at the griddle on their table or enjoy sandwiches and salads. Kids love to pick from fun toppings to add to their pancakes – which are the perfect fuel for exploring the park with a boat rental, swimming or history tour. $4-$9

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
If you’re looking for a casual family friendly restaurant with American cuisine, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is the spot. They have multiple Orlando locations and offer a large kids’ menu. Select locations also offer the “Movie and a Meal Deal” with discounted movie tickets. Try their famous pizookie for dessert – a deep dish cookie topped with ice cream. $4.95–$25.95

[Photos: Miller’s Ale House, Cinderella’s Castle and The Cirque Magique Dinner Show]

By: Kimberly Stroh