Which Harry Potter Restaurant is the Best?

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Hello Muggles (and indecisive witches and wizards!), having trouble deciding which Wizarding World of Harry Potter restaurant to go to while visiting Universal Orlando? Don’t worry, we have all the details on which is best, and what each offers to help you make your decision!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true (especially for a nerd like me!). I love to read, and there is nothing better than immersing yourself completely in a magical world. They have done a perfect job of bringing the books to life.

Exiting the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure Orlando Florida.

 

The Three Broomsticks or The Leaky Cauldron?

There are two restaurants in the WWHP, one on each side: The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron. There are also several places to get snacks, but we will tackle those another time. Here are the details:

The gates to Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure Orlando Florida

The Three Broomsticks:

Located in Universal Islands of Adventure in Hogsmeade is the Three Broomsticks. They have a large dining room and also a covered outdoor dining area. There is a que line to the right of the door because it does get busy at times. Once you move inside, you get in another line to order, than another to get your food. A wizard will seat you once you pick your food up.

In Hogsmeade heading into the Three Broomsticks at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando Florida

The atmosphere here is great, it definitely fits what I pictured in the book. It is full of dark woods and high beamed ceilings.

The Food here is pretty mediocre though. With a couple of exceptions, it is what you can get throughout the rest of the park: Smoked Turkey legs, rotisserie chicken, etc. They do have a sheppard’s pie with salad or Cornish pasties with salad. They also serve pretty decent fish and chips. Entrees run $10-17.

Roasted Chicken and Cornish Pasties from The Three Broomsticks at Hogsmeade in Universal Studios Orlando Florida.

One thing I like about the Three Broomsticks, is they have a family meal deal: the Great Feast. It says it feeds 4 but it could easily feed 5 or 6, especially if you are feeding little ones. It comes with a rack of ribs, whole rotisserie chicken, large garden salad, 4 ears of roasted corn, plus roasted potatoes and veggies for $59.99. Additional servings are $14.99 each but unless you have HUGE appetites, I’d stick with the regular feast.

Full Menu

The Leaky Cauldron

As readers of the book will have guessed, the Leaky Cauldron is in Diagon Alley in London. London in this case being located in the Universal Studios Park. There is a que line here as well but it is all located inside, out of the hot Florida sun. The lines get long here also but for some reason, they don’t seem as long as the ones in Hogsmeade. You will order and pick up your food, then be seated by a witch or wizard.

The daily specials at the Leaky Caldron in Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Orlando Florida
Scotch eggs? I’m in!

The atmosphere here is similar to the Three Broomsticks but smaller and cozier. It is supposed to be a grubby little pub, but it’s a clean grubby lol. They have communal tables, which I love. There is nothing like hanging out with fellow witches and wizards from all over the world!

The dining room at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley Uiniversal Studios Orlando Florida

The food here, in my opinion, is the best in any of the parks. They have a wide array of unique, authentic choices to choose from. They are also less expensive than their sister location in Hogsmeade. I love their traditional English menu. Some of the choices include Fisherman’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Guinness Stew. You will not believe you are eating in a theme park!

The Ploughman's Platter and Toad in the Hole at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Our favorites are the Ploughman’s Platter, an English sampler with cheese, crusty bread, salad, and scotch eggs. We also love the Toad in the Hole, a Yorkshire pudding with an English banger baked inside. It is served with peas and roasted veggies. It is a delicious meal for only $9.49.

The Leaky Cauldron also offers breakfast!

Full Menu

*Insider Tip: It lists the Ploughman platter for 2 on the menu for $20, but you can order the platter for 1 for $10, even though it’s not on the menu. It makes the perfect appetizer for 2.

*Tip #2 they offer a beer here that is not available in Hogsmeade: The Wizard’s Brew.

A Wizard's Brew craft beer at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Both restaurants have kid’s menus available for those picky eaters who will only eat chicken fingers. They also both accept the dining plan.

The Winner: The Leaky Cauldron

As I’m sure you can tell by now, we prefer the Leaky Cauldron over the Three Broomsticks. I like both restaurants for their service and atmosphere, but the Leaky Cauldron wins on food, no contest. They have better choices and some lower priced options.

Butterbeer sign at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley Universal Studios Orlando Florida
Don’t forget your Butterbeer!

Your Turn:

If you have visited the WWHP, which restaurant did you prefer?

What is the best meal you have had in a theme park?

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46 thoughts on “Which Harry Potter Restaurant is the Best?

    1. Eating at both is an excellent idea! They are both good, just prefer the Leaky Cauldron slightly over the other. Let me know how you liked it!

  1. I absolutely agree with The Leaky Cauldron edging out Three Broomsticks. I adore its ambiance and the menu is better, in my humble opinion.

    1. I think travel (or actually an experience) is the best gift to give or receive. Thanks for traveling with us virtually!

  2. This looks like so much fun! I love all things harry potter and love that they’ve created this real life world!

    1. Me too and it is literally like jumping in the books! I want to tour the real life locations some day too. Thanks for visiting.

  3. It is so cool that there are so many places for Harry Potter fans. I wish this was available for I love Lucy, that’s more my speed. lol

    1. Universal had a wonderful Lucy exhibit at one time but I think it’s gone now. Too bad too. We have several older rides at the parks that we miss. RIP Back to the Future lol.

    1. The books are way better than the movies. He will get more of the hidden nuances at the park reading the books too. I love the books, the movies are ok. If you plan a trip, contact us. We’d be more than happy to send you some insider tips from season pass holders! Thanks for reading.

  4. This is so interesting! I’ve never been to any but I think I should visit soon!

  5. They all look like amazing place to hang out at.
    I will definitely pick the one with the best food as well 🙂

  6. Hi AdventureDawgs79 – I had to check out your blog as your name intrigued me! We have been to Disney but we didn’t check out Universal. This comparison was interesting and I enjoyed reading your take on the two restaurants.
    Your blog is so neat with all of the travel tips and ideas. I’ll stay tuned for more ideas!

  7. Maybe it’s just the Harry Potter fangirl in me, but all of these places look so good! I feel like I’d enjoy the food just because of the environment. Thank you for this article!

  8. This is such a cool guide. I’m sure a lot of people are going to find this useful. I have never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (I KNOW!), I should definitely plan a trip sometime soon.

  9. Awesome post! My kids really want to go there one day and we hope to make it soon. We’ll know which restaurants to pick!

    1. It’s the best. It’s great for kids but we go there on adult only trips to Universal too! Happy Memorial Weekend and thanks for visiting!

    1. Thanks for reading! That why I love blogs, they are a wealth of information on every subject imaginable. Happy Memorial Day!

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