Best Hollywood Studios Quick Service Dining (& The Worst)

on October 4, 2019

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Wondering what Hollywood Studios quick service restaurants are the best options for your Disney vacation? 

In this post I’ll give you my picks for the best quick service Hollywood Studios dining and tell you where to avoid.

I’ve ranked all of the quick service (aka counter service) based on these factors:

  • Food quality
  • Menu options
  • Theming & atmosphere
  • Seating options

And while I wish there was more quality food to be found here, there are at least a few solid choices. 

First I’ll rank the restaurants and then I’ll describe each one so you’ll know what to expect on your visit to Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Quick Service Dining Ranking

1. Docking Bay 7
2. Woody’s Lunchbox
3. Ronto Roasters
4. ABC Commissary
5. Backlot Express
6. PizzeRizzo 
7. Fairfax Faire
8. Catalina Eddie’s
9. Rosie’s All American Cafe
10. Dockside Diner

One plus side to the quick service Hollywood Studios dining is that every location except Dockside Diner now offers Mobile Order.

Learn all about how to use Disney World Mobile Order in this post – it can potentially save you a LOT of time standing in line for food!

Read on for detailed descriptions of each Hollywood Studios quick service dining location and the reasons for my ranking. 

Note: While prices were current at the time of posting, they change frequently so check the Disney website for current prices. 

Best Hollywood Studios Quick Service: Docking Bay 7

Docking Bay 7 interior seating area

Not surprisingly, the newest quick service dining location (located inside of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge) is the best option at Hollywood Studios.

Docking Bay 7 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a highly themed quick service restaurant. The food looks exotic and tastes delicious!

Endorean Tip Yip Salad at Docking bay 7

I had the Endorean Tip Yip salad ($13.99) and it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had at Disney World.

The cast members there (who are all in character like they are from the planet of Batuu) also recommended the ribs and fried Tip Yip (aka chicken). 

They suggested the Batuu Bon ($6.99) for dessert and it didn’t disappoint! The white chocolate mousse and coffee custard inside were incredible. 

Here are the menus for all meals. I think there is nice variety in the menu options and that everyone will be able to find something appealing. 

The one big downside of dining at Docking Bay 7 is cost. The food is slightly more expensive than you will pay for similar food around Disney World, but you are paying for the experience as well. 

This is really a dining experience and the storytelling is immersive. Food is served on sheet pan with sporks that look like they are from a remote outpost in the far reaches of the galaxy – it is very fun!

There is some seating indoors and some outside at tables with umbrellas. I feel like the seating couldn’t accommodate a huge rush of people, so if you are visiting during a busy time of year plan to eat here at off hours (not during noon-1 or 6-7). 

Overall, Docking Bay 7 offers by far the best Hollywood Studios quick service dining experience. Don’t be scared off by potential crowds at Galaxy’s Edge – they haven’t been bad since the new land opened in August. 

Get my full review and tips for visiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in this post!

Best Quick Service Hollywood Studios: Woody’s Lunchbox

Exterior of Woody's Lunch Box - hollywood studios quick service dining

My next pick for the best Hollywood Studios quick service dining is located in Toy Story Land, just around the corner from Galaxy’s Edge. 

Woody’s Lunchbox serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a limited (but very delicious) menu. 

The Lunch Box Tart ($4.29) is a MUST try. There is a Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella-like) tart and another that changes seasonally.

They are one of my favorite treats in all of Walt Disney World (and don’t worry – they are even available at breakfast!) One is big enough to share between two light eaters. 

Here is the Breakfast Bowl kid’s meal for only $5.49. I thought it was a fantastic bargain and the food was excellent!

Though the menu is limited to a few sandwiches and the signature “Totchos”, the food quality is excellent and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with anything here. 

I also think the prices are reasonable here with entrees ranging from $8.99 to $12.99. It’s a great value when paying out of pocket (but not so much on the Disney Dining Plan). 

There is only outdoor seating available at Woody’s Lunch Box but there is plenty of it and thankfully lots of umbrellas. 

I think you’ll enjoy a visit to Woody’s Lunch Box – the food quality is good at a reasonable price and the theming is fun. 

Ronto Roasters

ronto roasters fire pit - hollywood studios quick service dining

A second (and much smaller) quick service dining location in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Ronto Roasters. 

It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and some outdoor seating. 

The main item on the menu is the Ronto Wrap ($12.99) which for lunch and dinner consists of a sausage with a peppercorn sauce topped with slaw in a pita. It has already become somewhat of a cult favorite in a short amount of time!

There is also a Breakfast Ronto Wrap ($12.49) that has a sausage topped with peppercorn sauce, an omelet, and cheese. 

Photo credit: @hopemcsheffrey

The other item on the breakfast menu is the delicious Rising Moon Overnight Oats ($6.99) – it is eligible for a snack credit on the Dining Plan as well. 

This is one location to grab one of the round themed soda bottles – and you can now bring them home with you on a plane after a brief ban. 

Though Ronto Roasters has a small menu and limited seating, I ranked it high due to the delicious food and excellent theming. 

As you will see next, quality food can be hard to come by in Hollywood Studios. Disney has put a lot of effort into making sure the food is great in Galaxy’s Edge. For this reason I think Ronto Roasters is a solid choice for a grabbing a quick meal.  

ABC Commissary

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ABC Commissary is a counter service restaurant located right in the center of Hollywood Studios.

It serves lunch and dinner and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. 

The lines can get VERY long here at peak dining times so I recommend using Mobile Order.

This Barbecue Rib Platter with fries and coleslaw ($18.29) is a good option if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. The ribs are good, but they can’t touch the ribs at Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom. 

I had the Fish & Shrimp platter on my recent visit. The fish and fries were a bit greasy and the coleslaw left much to be desired. 

Here are some other items on the menu:

Mediterranean Salad with Chicken – mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, and feta cheese tossed in a Mediterranean vinaigrette and topped with chicken; served with hummus and flatbread – $12.99

Braised Beef & Enchilada – Braised Barbacoa Beef served on Cilantro Slaw with a Roasted Corn and Cheese Enchilada topped with Fire Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Queso Fresco – $15.99

Southwest BBQ Burger – Flame-broiled 1/3 lb Angus Burger topped with Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork, Cheddar, Green Chilies and Bread and Butter Pickles finished with Green Chilies Aïoli and Crisp Onion Rings on a Brioche Bun served with Signature Southwestern Steak Fries dusted in Chili-Lime Seasoning – $15.49

While I don’t think the food quality is much better here than the next locations on my list, I do think the menu variety is a plus here. Everyone should be able to find something they want from the offerings. 

Backlot Express

Backlot Express is a huge Hollywood Studios quick service restaurant tucked away close to Jedi Training Academy. It serves lunch and dinner. 

As if the case with most quick service dining, you’ll order and pick up your food at the main counter. 

The menu is typical theme park fare of burgers, chicken, and salads. Expect the standard Disney burger such as the 1/3 lb. Angus Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries ($10.99) pictured above. 

If you’ve had one of these burgers on Disney property then you will know what to expect – they are passable but not great. 

Here are some other menu items: 

Southwest SaladMixed Greens Salad topped with Crisp Wonton, Black Bean Relish and Avocado and served with Vinaigrette Dressing – $8.99

Chicken Garlic-Ranch ClubHot Grilled Chicken Breast topped with Bacon, Pepper Jack, Lettuce, Tomato, and Garlic Ranch on a Brioche Bun served with Carrot Sticks or French Fries – $10.99

Chicken Breast Strips4 chicken strips served with carrot sticks or French fries – $8.99

Cuban Sandwichpressed roasted pulled pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard served with carrot sticks or French fries – $11.99

Plentiful indoor seating is a plus of this counter service dining location. It is also a bit out of the way which keeps crowds to a minimum in all but the busiest times of year. 

Memorabilia from production of some TV shows and movies is scattered around the walls so it can be fun to see what you can find. 

The prices are reasonable and while the food is nothing notable you should get decent quality compared to other dining locations here. 

PizzeRizzo

PizzeRizzo is located close to Muppet Vision and the entrance to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. It is open seasonally, but I’m not sure what this means – I visited in September which is typically the low season and found it open. 

PizzeRizzo is a huge restaurant that you might recognize as the former Pizza Planet. It is open for lunch and dinner. 

There is plentiful seating both indoors and out, which is a major plus to eating here. 

As you’d suspect the menu is mostly pizza. I had the Meat Lover’s Pizza with Caesar side salad ($10.99) and wished it was better. It was pretty doughy and greasy – you will likely get better pizza at your neighborhood Pizza Hut. 

That said, if your kids love pizza they will likely be fine with it. I’d recommend PizzeRizzo as long as your kids (or you) aren’t too picky about pizza quality. 

Here are some other items on the menu: 

Personal Cheese Pizza with Caesar Side Salad – $9.99

Meatball Sub with Pasta Salad – $9.99

Kid’s Macaroni & Cheese with two sides and a drink – $6.49

Cannoli – $4.99

As you can see, the prices are very reasonable here. If you are looking for a cheap place to eat with plenty of indoor seating, PizzeRizzo is an option. 

Fairfax Faire

Fairfax Faire is located on Sunset Boulevard close to the Hollywood Tower of Terror. It serves lunch and dinner and opens at noon.  

It is part of a group of five food and beverage locations (all walk-up windows) found in the same vicinity that all share a covered outdoor seating area.

Collectively the area is know as Sunset Ranch Market. Here you will also find Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s, Hollywood Scoops (ice cream), and Anaheim Produce (snacks). 

 

As I mentioned, all of the seating is outdoors for these dining locations, which is a definite downside in warmer weather. 

At least everything is covered so you’ll be out of the sun. 

The interesting choices on the menu is what makes Fairfax Faire stand out from the other choices in the area which offer basic theme park food (burgers and pizza). 

You have to give them credit for at least trying to mix it up a bit with a rice bowl, tamales, and fajitas. 

I tried the Beef Empanadas Platter ($12.99) and while I really wanted it to be good, it was a big let down. 

The rice was hard and hurt my teeth to eat. Clearly it had partially dried out when left sitting open for too long. 

The Empanadas were soggy thanks to the what seemed to be jalapeno ranch dressing covering them. They didn’t have much flavor to begin with which might explain the sauce. 

I haven’t had a chance to try anything else on the menu so I am hopeful that other items would be better and I just caught them on a bad day.  I will be back to try more items and will update this and possibly bump it up in the rankings!

Catalina Eddie’s & Rosie’s All-American Cafe

I am grouping these two locations together because they are essentially two windows that share a kitchen. 

They are located at the back of Sunset Ranch Market and share the outdoor seating area with Fairfax Faire. Both serve lunch and dinner from noon on. 

Cataline Eddie’s serves the same individual pizzas as PizzeRizzo, but this time without the benefit of seating in the AC. 

Nothing worth going out of your way for to be sure. 

Rosie’s serves the standard Disney burger and chicken nuggets plus a foot-long hot dog. They currently have a Fried Green Tomato Sandwich ($9.99) on the menu that looks promising.

These locations are at the bottom of my list due to their basic menus and outdoor only seating. 

Dockside Diner

Dockside Diner is located on Echo Lake close to the center of the Hollywood Studios. It has a limited lunch and dinner menu and opens at 10 am most days. 

There are four entrees that qualify as quick service meals, such as a Carolina Foot-Long Hot Dog topper with pulled pork and slaw ($12.99) and Loaded Nachos ($10.99).

There is a small outdoor seating area nearby. I would only recommend this place if you are really in a pinch or craving a hot dog. 

Well that wraps up my Best Hollywood Studios Quick Service dining post. The park doesn’t have as much to offer in the way of high quality and creative counter service fare as Epcot and Animal Kingdom. At least with the addition of Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land there’s at least something beyond burgers and pizza. 

Here are my posts on the best and worst quick service dining at the other Disney World theme parks:

If you’ve already tried my top few recommendations at Hollywood Studios, I’d actually suggest Sci-Fi Dine-In for an affordable table service meal (if you can get reservations) and The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge for small plates and drinks. You’ll have a better experience there then at most any Hollywood Studios counter service restaurant. 

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