Today, we are going to head back a couple of million years to Disney Springs and get some prehistoric eats at the T-Rex Cafe!
Located between Paddlefish and the Lego store in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs, T-Rex Cafe is like a cross between Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland and the Rainforest Cafe. There is even a little bone dig site in the front of the restaurant for the little ones to explore while you wait for a seat! Inside, you will find dinosaurs from land and sea, including a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex, an adorable family of Woolly Mammoths, and a gigantic octopus like thing whose true identity is unknown to me personally BUT HEY his tentacles move up and down so that’s cool right? There is also aa “Build A Dino” store located in the giftshop, where kids can choose and stuff their own dinosaur. It is an official off branching of the popular Build A Bear chain. The restaurant itself is divided into different themed “rooms;” one is like an ice cave, one is more of a tropical prehistoric forest, and the bar area is more of an ocean theme.
If you are planning on going to eat at T-Rex Cafe, I highly recommend that you join the Landry’s Select Club. While it does cost $25 to become a member, you automatically get a $25 gift card for joining, which will essentially pay for part of your meal. It ALSO gets you priority seating, which is a MAJOR benefit, because the lines at this particular restaurant can be over 90 minutes at times. For a full list of benefits and to sign up for this club click here. Other restaurants on property that are Landry’s include the Rainforest Cafe and Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom.
One thing that parents should keep in mind if considering whether or not to take a child to this restaurant are the meteor showers, which happen every 15 minutes or so. These are LOUD and, honestly, can be pretty terrifying for younger children. All of the dinosaurs sort of descend into chaos when this occurs, and children with certain sensory issues would definitely not enjoy it. Check out this video review to get a better idea of what the meteor showers are like, as well as get a better look at the restaurant
Taking a look at the menu, you will probably notice there is a little bit of everything to choose from, sort of like Friday’s or Applebee’s, You will also notice those prices, which are sadly anything but prehistoric. This would be where your Landry’s Select club welcome gift certificate would come in handy. 😉
The children’s menu is as follows:
Grilled Chicken $8.99
Dexter’s Corn Dogs – Mini Corn Dogs $8.99
Sly’s Slider – Char-broiled mini burger with American cheese. $8.99
Prehistoric Pop N Shrimp – Popcorn Shrimp $8.99
Shrimpkens – Popcorn shrimp and Jurassic chicken tidbits $8.99
Jurassic Chicken Tidbits – Dinosaur-shaped chicken $8.99
Mini Mes-o-bones – St. Louis style pork ribs $8.99
Dizzy Chicken – 1/4 Rotisserie Chicken $8.99
Lava Lasagna – Layers of pasta with meat and tomato sauce $8.99
Cosmo’s Cheesy Macaroni – Pasta with lots of cheese $8.99
Rocksy’s Pasta – Tossed with Alfredo, butter or marinara sauce $8.99
Paeleo Pizza – Cheese or Pepperoni $8.99
All entrees come with a drink and a choice of one of the following sides: Applesauce, Baked Beans, Corn, French Fries, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Gelatin, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables
Lets take a good look at some of these menu items now, shall we? 🙂
Also called “the most addicting thing on the planet” by recent guest reviewer and relatively neutrally opinioned Victor, this particular dish is my absolute go-to meal over at the TRex Cafe. The ravioli itself is gigantic, and is filled with a delicious mushroom paste, which are then smothered in the most amazing lobster sauce I have ever tasted. Slices of tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach leaves are cooked into the sauce, and the result is a dish that might just lead you right to extinction if you eat too much of it… I’ll see myself out.
I am not normally a person to order pasta at a restaurant that serves a little bit of everything,
Something I do want to call a tiny bit of attention to is the sliiight… difference in presentation between visits. Looking below you will see the dish during my most recent visit to TRex and the dish from a trip with my friend last summer.
Now I realize that this difference is almost definitely due to how unbelievably busy the restaurant was on the day that I got a small mountain of spinach. I would like to stress that there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with either dish, and that I walked away totally overstuffed on both trips. I just wanted to point out that not all dishes will come out looking exactly the same as what I am showing on this blog, but the overall appearance has nothing to do with the taste of the meal.
To pull in some other honest opinions, this is what my friend sent to everyone he knew after I let him have one of my raviolis:
I rest my case.
SO this is what my brother got. This massive meal came with half a fire-roasted rotisserie chicken, slow roasted St. Louis style spareribs, onion rings, and a giant cup of coleslaw.
This plate was absolutely massive. In case you haven’t caught on, the portions at this restaurant a very much dino- sized. At a whopping $28.99, this does come with a hefty price tag, but I feel like a couple of people could easily share this, order an additional side dish and probably leave happy, especially if they ordered an appetizer or dessert.
When we went, my younger brother ordered this and ended up eating a good portion of it. He seemed to enjoy it, but I was too busy tackling my giant plate of ravioli to really get a good taste. I did eat some of the onion rings, and they were pretty tasty.
Now, these next two items were things that I didn’t get to taste nor did I get any sort of review from those that ordered them, but since they were both eaten I’d assume they were good:
Mastadon Stuffed Chicken
Overall, T-Rex Cafe is a great place to go if you want a fun, prehistoric atmosphere and good food. It can be a relatively pricey meal, and wait times for a seat can exceed an hour during peak meal times. If you have rewards through the Landry’s Select Club to cash in during your trip, I would definitely recommend choosing T-Rex over Rainforest. There are only a handful of these restaurants in the US, while there are dozens of Rainforest Cafes, with two of them being located on Disney property. The menu at Rainforest Cafe also seems to be much more limited at the on- property Rainforest Cafes, particularly the one just outside of Animal Kingdom, when compared to the menus of other locations not at Walt Disney World.
When it comes to other dining options at Disney Springs, there are plenty of other restaurants that are delicious, and I would never be so bold as to say you should definitely choose T-Rex over someplace like Paddlefish or the Boathouse when it comes to food, but I would definitely say that it has an amazing, family- friendly atmosphere that would be perfect for dinosaur loving children.