REVIEW: Restaurantosaurus Gourmet Burgers and Build Your Own Sundaes Brings Relaxed Family Friendly Fast Casual Dining to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Restaurantosaurus at Animal Kingdom has added a new “fast casual” dining experience for dinner, known as “Restaurantosaurus Burgers and Sundaes”. One side of the restaurant will be quick service, and the other side will be reservations-only. This new dining option allows guests to make reservations ahead of time for a table in a separate section of the restaurant. You are also given the ability to order from a separate menu of gourmet burgers. For one price, guests receive an entree, side of their choice, and a non-alcoholic drink, although alcoholic beverages can be purchased additionally. Adults are $22.99, and children 3-9 are $14.99.
The fast casual menu features gourmet burgers, a plant-based burger, chicken sandwich, and salad. Each meal comes with choice of side and drink. Your options are fries, onion rings, or salad. Drinks include fountain beverages or bottled SmartWater. Cups are stacked near the drink stations in the dining room, so it might be a wise decision to order a bottle of SmartWater to save for later and grab a fountain beverage, too.
We also checked on the allergy-friendly menu.
Once you arrive, you’ll find a podium set up to the left of the entrance, with Cast Members ready to check in guests with a reservations. Dinner is offered 4pm-7:30pm, with walk-ins subject to availability. Once you’ve checked in, you’ll be given a chalkboard with your name and table number, and directed to a separate register to order. The process is similar to ordering at any other quick service location. You’ll also receive a paper voucher to redeem later for 2 scoops of ice cream. When you’ve placed your order, you’ll be directed into the dining room towards your table.
The left section of the restaurant seating area is sectioned off and closed to regular guests (except for the restrooms, apparently.) When we arrived, it was very empty and quiet. This gave us a good opportunity to look around at all the details in the restaurant in a more relaxed setting. And having a reservation means guaranteed seating rather than navigating a crowded dining room looking for an open seat. We had expected some sort of themed Cast Member interactions to entertain us, but we didn’t see anything like this. We were told two dinosaur jokes, but we’re not sure if they were very funny. What do you call a crying dinosaur? A tear-osaurus. Maybe we missed something. So much for Cast Members playing games and entertaining us with stories as advertised. Thankfully, we can still draw.
Each table is covered in white drawing paper with a bucket of dinosaur stencils and crayons in the center. This is probably one of the best parts of the entire experience. After a long day in the park, it’s nice to just grab some crayons and draw. This also helps pass the time, seeing as we waited 20 minutes to get our food. At least it’s fresh.
The toppings bar is set up with a variety of sauces on one side, and ice cream toppings on the other. In addition to your typical ketchup and mustard, there are 4 house-made dipping sauces.
Buffalo, BBQ Mustard, Ketchup-Mayo, and Horseradish from left to right. The BBQ Mustard and Horseradish Sauce were the favorites.
The food is served on rolling trays, so just sit back and relax.
It’s finally here! The burger patties are different from the ones served on the standard menu. These gourmet burgers are made with a blend of ground beef chuck, brisket, and short ribs. They’re also served on buttered brioche buns, which adds a noticeable difference.
Sunny-Side Up Burger – $22.99
The sunny side up burger is topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg. The egg is very small, and doesn’t top much of the burger. The cheese was unidentifiable, but it was still good. The burger patties are bigger in size on these gourmet burgers and taste better than the ones offered on the quick service menu. The side of onion rings was really good, but not very crispy. This burger was good, but probably the least memorable one of the 3 we tried.
Pulled Pork Barbecue Burger – $22.99
The pulled pork burger is the gourmet patty topped with pulled pork, cheese, barbecue sauce, and onion rings. This was a saucy and delicious meal. We really enjoyed the pulled pork and onion rings on top, making this one a favorite of the table. We ordered the fries for our side, and got a nice little cup of steak cut fries.
Chili-Cheese Corn Chips – $22.99
A heaping pile of chili, cheese, and corn chips tops this gourmet burger. There is a lot of chili meat covering the entire burger patty and the corn chips give a nice crunch. We ordered half onion rings and half steak fries for our side, and this seemed to be the best decision. We got a good amount of onion rings on top of a cup full of steak fries.
Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich – $22.99
The hand-breaded chicken sandwich is served with house-made Green Goddess dressing, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun. The chicken was good, but it was pretty simple, aside from the sauce on top. The side salad was really delicious, much to our surprise. The house-made Green Goddess dressing was the star of the dish.
When we were ready for ice cream, we went to visit the Ice Cream-osaurus stand to get our two scoops of ice cream. There are four options to choose from: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Raspberry Sorbet. Once we have our ice cream, it’s time to dive into the toppings bar. This is the real highlight of the night.
There’s a guide above the toppings bar with everything labeled. There is only one topping, whipped cream, that repeats twice. Each container has a unique item and the bowl of ice cream is big enough to accommodate a little of everything. A Cast Member said the Oreo cookie crumbs and the chocolate rocks were fresh from the fossil dig site. This was the second attempt at incorporating the dinosaur theme into the dining experience. It’s a nice effort, but far from what we were expecting. The hand-scooped ice cream was delicious, and every topping was fresh. The chocolate chip cookie pieces were soft and fresh and honestly put the hard, prepackaged cookies to shame. Fruity cereal, fruit topping, caramel sauce, fudge, cookies, and more make this build-your-own sundae bar a great value.
Overall, this is a good offering. At $22.99 a person, it is a little pricier, but we all agreed the burgers were much better quality. The build-your-own-sundae bar impressed us and adds a lot of value to this meal. This still counts as one quick-service credit on the dining plan, so it may be one of the wiser choices there. If you’re looking to take the stress off of finding a place to sit, but don’t want a full service meal, this is a great alternative. Reservations are open now.