Most adults will not give T-Rex Cafe the same rave reviews as say Homecomin' or other Disney Springs restaurants. Adults are usually drug there at the request of their children. No doubt this restaurant is geared towards the kids in the family, however, it is absolutely ok for adults to make a reservation here! And here's why:
The Theming Is Just Cool
T-Rex Cafe is a dining experience immersed into the age of the dinosaurs. Surrounded by large animatronic prehistoric creatures and meteor showers, the T-Rex Cafe will transport you to the Jurassic Age. The overall atmosphere is a clear reference to the theming of Rainforest Cafe, the sister restaurant, but there is just so much more here. Unlike other Disney property restaurants, T-Rex Cafe is not subtle. It is "in your face" dinosaurs!
There are four distinctly themed rooms in which to be seated, but you are encouraged to walk around and take in all of the restaurant. The Ice Age Room is beautiful as it changes colors from blue to purple to red (although I have a hard time eating in this one just because who wants blue food?). The UnderSea room surrounds you with octopi, starfish, and a live aquarium. The Forest is the more typically dinosaure-themed room with Triceratops and other dinosaurs greeting you. And then finally, there is the Meteor Shower room where the meteors shoot across the ceiling and the kitchen is visible through a firey bar.
One note about the meteor showers: They go off approximately every 15-20 minutes. When there is a meteor shower the lights flash, there are loud booms, and the dinosaurs gets very agitated. My kids love this! But I mention it because if you have a smaller child or someone in your party who may not react well to the stimulation, I would recommend not eating here.
Menu Has Something For Everyone
The menu is GIANORMOUS! It will take you some time to decide what you want, so order your drinks and then dive in. The menu features American cuisine with a "mammoth" touch. With entrees ranging for ribs to burgers to salmon to salads, everyone in your party will find something that they can eat. The same is especially true for the kids. The children's menu covers lots of ground and my picky kids always like what they get!
My husband always orders the Bronto Burger. It is a large burger topped with a fried onion ring and comes with waffle fries. The hubby says its his favorite burger on property. (I don't agree with this statement as I am particular to the Southern Burger at Sci-Fi Theatre in Hollywood Studios, but I digress) Personally, I really like the Omnivore's Delight which is a spinach salad with goat cheese, strawberries, and carmelized onions. I always add the grilled chicken.
Now, that said about the entrees, I would not recommend eating dessert here. T-Rex touts its Chocolate Extinction as the top dessert and while it sounds great, it is pricey and just not worth it. I recommend skipping dessert and heading elsewhere in Disney Springs such as Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, Sprinkles Cupcakes, or Amorette's Patisserie. They have a greater variety of deliciousness and are at a better price point as well.
Some Things to Note:
While I certainly advocate for dining at T-Rex Cafe if it is the right fit for your family, I do want to note a few things that are draw backs. The first is noise. This is a loud restaurant. The sheer number of tables, plus the meteor showers, plus the occasional roar of dinosaurs, make this a hard place to have a conversation. If you are looking to actually talk to your family over lunch or dinner, this is not the place. If you are looking to sit down somewhere cool, eat a decent meal, and watch your kids love it, then yes. Go here. It's OK.
The second is the crowds. It is a large restaurant, and it seats a LOT. This is a place I highly recommend getting reservations ahead of time. Or you will be sitting outside in the sun while your children are likely shopping in the gift store...see below.
The third is the GIFT STORE! My kids will not fail to find something they just have to have here. And its nearly impossible to keep them from going into it. The restaurant is already fairly pricey for what you get and sometimes adding on the cost of the souvenir at the shop is hard to stomach.
Finally, the price. The food, itself, is high for what you get. But you are not paying for the food. You are paying for a prehistoric adventure. Nevertheless, it is easy to be sucked into the "extras" such as the novelty, light up glasses or the specialty cocktail drinks, or the gift shop as mentioned above. The price is high and it gets higher quickly here.
Overall, T-Rex Cafe gets a solid OK. The cuisine is not gourmet, but its not trying to be. You go for the atmosphere and to see the face on your kids when the dinosaurs come to life. So do you have kids? Do they like dinosaurs? If you're family is like mine Happy Kids + Full Bellies = Reservation! Just because there are "better" restaurants to be found, doesnt mean this one you must skip.
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!