The Desert Grill at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner during a trip to the park. The food is reasonably priced and is included in the park’s All Day Dining Plan, and the dining area is air-conditioned and spacious. Diners can take in entertainment as they eat, as the restaurant features a stage and a number of different shows throughout the year.
The menu consists of heavier fare including ribs, a variety of pastas, sandwiches and select salads. The chicken fettuccine alfredo and the meatball sub are especially tasty, though they tend to feel a bit heavy for the hot Florida weather. While the entrees are delicious, the desserts steal the show. During my last visit, I enjoyed a cookies and creme cupcake that was too big to eat with my hands - I needed a fork and knife!
I highly recommend swinging by this restaurant if only to grab a midday snack and take a break in the air-conditioning. If you purchase the All Day Dining Plan, it is a great lunchtime option.
Category: Counter Service
Location: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Recommended: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Meatball Sub, Cookies & Creme Cupcake