*This gluten free and dairy free dining experience took place in December 2019.
Lunch at Restaurantosaurus
Restaurantosaurus, located in Dinoland U.S.A. in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is a quick service restaurant with a charming dinosaur theme that serves classic American style food. Recently, I stopped by Restaurantosaurus with my family (who were at Disney World on vacation) for lunch.
Dinoland U.S.A. is one of my favorite themed lands in any Disney park. I just love the charm and retro vibe of this dinosaur themed land. Restaurantosaurus fits right into this theme with a quick service restaurant set to resemble a dino-themed dorm room for the paleontology students who once stayed at Dinoland U.S.A.
If you or your family love dinosaurs, this is a great place to visit and eat.
I especially love how the building and rooms look like essentially a summer camp bunkhouse filled with lots of paleontology decor. From the books to decorative elements and photos, there’s a lot to look at and explore while you’re dining there.
Every inch of the restaurant fits into its theme, with so many great hidden and not so hidden dinosaur touches.
For even more fun, I highly recommend dining in the Hip Joint. It’s a rec-room style space that is supposed to be the entertainment room for the paleontology students who stayed there. From the outside, you can see part of the rec room is actually housed in a vintage RV. It’s definitely very cute and super fun.
When it comes to meal options, Restaurantosaurus serves standard theme park fare — including burgers, fries, sandwiches, and chicken tenders. If you have special dietary needs, you’ll find an allergy-friendly menu for the restaurant. Guests can also speak to a manager at any time to discuss options too.
On this visit, I decided to go with something super simple — the allergy-friendly chicken tenders. These tenders are gluten free and dairy free (and cover other allergens, as well, such as fish/shellfish and peanut/tree nut). The allergy-friendly chicken tenders are fried in a dedicated fryer, as are the French fries. If you have any questions about the frying process, be sure to speak to a manager about it.
The allergy-friendly chicken tenders at this location were Ian’s Brand. I always really enjoy these chicken tenders, and I really love how crunchy they were on this visit. The manager did a great job frying these and not over or under cooking them.
This may sound odd, but I almost always eat my allergy-friendly chicken tenders with Ken’s Steak House Cocktail Sauce, when a Disney owned restaurant has it. The sauce is marked gluten free and is also dairy free too. I don’t know what it is, but I just really love the combination of the fried chicken tenders with this cocktail sauce. I found this pre-packaged sauce at the restaurant’s toppings bar. But, in many Disney restaurants, you’ll need to ask for it, as it’s located behind the counter.
While nothing fancy, I always appreciate Restaurantosaurus’ casual theme park options. It’s definitely my go-to place in the Animal Kingdom for burgers and allergy-friendly chicken tenders.
Have you been to Restaurantosaurus? What did you enjoy when you dined there?