Review – Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal CityWalk

After a fun packed day at Universal Orlando we couldn’t wait for our dinner reservation at the Hard Rock Café.   There are so many cool restaurants at Universal CityWalk, next door was the amazing the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, designed to look like a giant chocolate factory but the girls are big music fans and wanted to visit the largest Hard Rock Café in the world.

This is our review of Hard Rock Café Orlando at Universal CityWalk.

Situated in Universal’s CityWalk, halfway between the entrance gates of Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, it’s the perfect location for dinner after a busy day at the parks and the fact that this is the world’s largest Hard Rock Café added to the excitement.

The Hard Rock Café is such an iconic venue and dominates the skyline as you walk through CityWalk, this stunning restaurant is designed to look like a roman coliseum and inside it holds the worlds largest collection of music memorabilia, it even has its own 3,000 person concert venue.

The theming inside is just as incredible as is the atmosphere, this is a dining experience centered around rock and roll.  Every wall is decorated with music memorabilia, there are stained glass windows and exuberant painted domed ceilings – there is even a giant  pink revolving Cadillac on top of the main bar as you walk into the restaurant.

We were really happy with our table which had great views of the restaurant, and the atmosphere in here was so amazing, with loud rock and pop music playing.  This size and scale of their Orlando venue is what makes this Hard Rock so special, we have dined at many of their other locations around the world but this restaurant is the most spectacular, you really feel like a rock star here.

Like any other Hard Rock Café around the world, the menu here is extensive with everything from burgers and ribs to pulled pork and sandwiches – we were here for our favourites their signature  Hard Rock Fajitas, and couldn’t wait to experience these once again.

The starters here are large enough to share, we had the chicken nachos which were as good as I remembered and for non alcoholic drinks I highly recommend their strawberry basil lemonade.

The girls were really excited to look at the rock memorabilia on display, so while we waited for our meals we explored the huge displays across its two floors spotting items from Led Zeppelin, Prince and Pink Floyd to Freddy Mercury.

Service was a little slow which was disappointing but when the main meals arrived it was worth the wait.  We all went for the chicken and steak fajitas served on a sizzling skillet and they were amazing.  Holly went for the cheeseburger on the kids menu which was served on a really cool guitar shaped plate.

Much like the starters, desserts are massive here.  We shared the hot fudge sundae served in a giant Martini glass which was more than enough for the four of us to share.


The Hard Rock Café Orlando is a fun choice for a family meal that’s also in a great location after a day at the theme parks. Dining at a Hard Rock Café isn’t the best value but you are paying for the Hard Rock experience.  Out of all the Hard Rock Cafes that we have been to, this venue was by far the most impressive!




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