11/17/13 Update: Menu updated and items added.
Location: Restaurantosaurus is located in DinoLand near TriceraTop Spin. DINOSAUR is located down a path directly to the left of it and Dino-Bites is next door on the right.
Food Type: Typical of the boring Disney quick service in each Park, you’ll find hot dogs, burgers, nuggets, and a salad.
Dining Plan: One Quick Service or One Snack.
Discounts: Unlike most quick services, Restaurantosaurus accepts Tables in Wonderland and does not tack on the 18% gratuity.
Unique Items: Nothing major. The Chicken BLT Salad, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, and Black Bean Burger are slight variations on other Disney entrees.
- Service is usually fast, friendly, and efficient.
- There is an expanded toppings bar for the burgers and other fare.
- Seating area is air-conditioned, vast, and extremely well themed.
- The beverage dispensers are available in the seating sections, so refills are complimentary.
- Music and décor are a lot of fun.
- It’s usually open through Park close.
- Restaurantosaurus is fun to say.
- The menu doesn’t feature any items that should be overly impressive. It’s mostly your standard Disney fare available elsewhere.
- The Kids Picks are served in a shovel and pail and cost between $1.50 and $2 more than most other meals. You should be able to request a meal without the shovel/pail and save $2, but this is hit or miss.
- It’s not particularly convenient from anywhere other than Discovery Island or DinoLand.
Value: Average. This is your standard Disney burger/nugget/hot dog outlet in every way other than the fun theme.
Reputation: Restaurantosaurus is generally overlooked by the masses, in favor of Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue. It’s not a bad choice though, especially if you’re in the area and want to get out of the sun. Although the menu is rather basic, the food is prepared well and the toppings bar adds a little more life into those burgers, hot dogs, and nuggets. Plus, you fill your own cup, which means you can come back for more of that delicious Diet Coke we both like so much. Overwhelmingly though, the best part of Restaurantosaurus is the name Restaurantosaurus. When you’re at the Animal Kingdom, preferably during the most random time possible, try leaning over towards your partner and ask in the most serious tone possible, “Is it time for the Restaurantosaurus?” In fact, ask right before the big drop on Expedition Everest. If that doesn’t elicit a priceless expression then I don’t know what will. If that fails, try adding “-osaurus” to the end of words as often as possible throughout the day, until you get at least a tiny laughosaurus. Don’t give up.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich:
I ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, having virtually no idea what was actually on it.
Turns out it’s grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, bacon, the same sauce that was on the Shrimp Po’ Boy (Thousand Island, probably), all on a hot dog bun. I took one look at it and realized consuming it was not going to be an attractive process. Luckily, I am forever alone. I enjoyed this once I got to the part that had sauce. It didn’t have a lot of flavor without the sauce and the sauce was only located near the end of the side of the bun that I didn’t start with. Not knowing it had sauce, I didn’t complete any redistribution. This was a nice, seemingly healthier option. It was a nice freshly grilled chicken breast on a nice, fresh roll. The bacon was prepared better than the overdone nonsense I was served over at All-Star Movies recently for breakfast. The caveat is just that it’s incredibly messy with the tomatoes falling off as you try to angle the sandwich into your mouth. Otherwise, this is the best quick service chicken sandwich I think I’ve had at Disney World. The ones at ABC Commissary and Cosmic Ray’s are on the sad side of things.
And the somewhat sad looking side of fries, which comes in a separate tub. Luckily, they were piping hot and tasted better than how they probably look.
Black Bean Burger:
As it sits.
The burger was kind of sad looking on the tray and also someone please alert WDWMAGIC that the table next to the tray is dirty.
Opening up the bun, there’s a dollop of guacamole-ish. It did not have much flavor at all. I would have preferred a spicy mustard.
I would bet all the revenue from the website that the burgers used are MorningStar Black Bean Chipotle Burgers. They are one of my favorite things as they come in at 190 calories and 17 grams of protein. And they’re pretty tasty, even for those of us that think being vegan is the epitome of upper-middle-class snobbery. Full nutrition. The Black Bean Burger was a nice change of pace compared to what are mostly entirely unhealthy options. Unless I was a real life vegetarian, I would visit Flame Tree or Yak & Yeti before coming here, but this is a nice option if you’re looking for a vegetable-friendly meal. It’s quite filling.
While the burger is a little sad looking in the bun, Restaurantosaurus does offer a toppings bar, which includes tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, and pickle relish.
In addition to sauteed mushrooms and onions. It’s not quite the Pecos Bill spread, but it adds a little crunch to the burgers.
Chicken BLT Salad:
It has whole cherry tomatoes, bacon, large chicken chunks, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and croutons along with what I would describe as a light ranch dressing.
This was pretty good, but it’s typical of most every chicken salad on property. My assumption is that the bacon they use here is that precooked stuff that can just sit on a shelf. It’s not particularly flavorful. The salad is nothing special, but it’s not a bad choice either should the family wish to dine here.
Wildberry Mango Rum Lemonade:
This is a sweet concoction and basically tastes like fruit punch with a hint of rum. On the plus side, it’s two to three dollars less expensive than just about any other drink you’ll find at Animal Kingdom and it’s a large size.
Restaurantosaurus has a mammoth seating complex with plenty of dark, air-conditioned tables. It’s the most comfortable seating area at Animal Kingdom, though some people may prefer the brighter colors and atmosphere at Pizzafari. This is where you want to head if you’re purchasing a snack and want to get out of the sun. Unfortunately, it’s a little bit out of the way in DinoLand, probably by design. This is also one of the most themed restaurants in all of Disney World, with several distinct seating areas.
Outdoor seating is also available.
Restaurantosaurus has the best condiment bar in Animal Kingdom and one of the best in all of Disney World, especially considering you can fill your own soda cup with free refills (Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Barq’s, Minute Maid Light Lemonade, Powerade, Vault, Coca Cola Zero, Sprite Zero, Golden Peak Unsweetened Tea, Gold Peak Sweetened Tea). You’ll also find sauteed mushrooms and onions as well as sauerkraut, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, relish, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, sweet and sour sauce, honey mustard, and buttermilk ranch dressing.