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Food Type: American “Comfort Food”
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service
Cost: For lunch, Appetizers: $6-$10 and Entrées: $12-$17. For dinner, Appetizers: $8-$10 and Entrées: $15-$21.
Setting: The 50’s Prime Time Café is a nostalgic throwback to what I’ve been told was a simpler time. The restaurant features a number of period piece knick knacks as well as televisions that show clips from various 1950s era shows. The Prime Time Café takes great pride in the good behavior and manners of its guests. Your server, who will go by the name “Mom” or “Dad,” may harass your group if you have a tendency to put your elbows on the table, don’t eat all of your vegetables, or have the audacity to wear a hat at the dinner table. Spilling something is not recommended.
Advantages: This can be a fun atmosphere for those who get into it. You should be able to order a shake or malt as your drink on the Dining Plan and they are delicious. It’s fairly inexpensive. Food is mostly good and portions are large. I would recommend the fried chicken and s’mores for dessert, which would probably be plenty of food for two to share as well.
Disadvantages: Some people don’t appreciate being harassed throughout their meal (try to put on your sense of humor hat before entering). The experience also relies heavily on your server; you may get one that is in character when you don’t want them to be or one that isn’t in character when you were prepared to have a fun time with them. Kids menu is weak.
Value: Above average. Although the experience relies on your server, the overall atmosphere and decorations are fun no matter what. The food is usually good and won’t break the bank. On the Dining Plan this is a fairly inexpensive meal, but I wouldn’t let that deter you from eating here.
Reputation: The 50’s Prime Time Café is probably the best and most consistent table service restaurant at the Hollywood Studios. The food is relatively inexpensive, prepared well, and the service is fun. Just be aware of the possibility that you may be harassed by “Mom” a bit (or a lot). You should be able to request the type of server you would like as well as whether or not you want a table near a television to watch the clips. Just don’t put your elbows on the table.
Overall Rank on The Best Hollywood Studios Sit Down Restaurants: 1st out of 5