Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several table service restaurants, including one that has a truly unique theme that immerses Guests in an unforgettable experience. The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is located in the Commissary Lane area of the Disney Park and invites Guests to step back in time to a vintage drive-in theater where the movie clips are as memorable as the delicious food.
The interior of Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is made to feel like a Hollywood sound stage and is filled with a sea of brightly colored vintage cars that each hold rows of table or booth seating. Every car is facing a large screen at the front of the restaurant that plays an entertaining mix of sci-fi clips and cartoons from the 1950s, including some special bits where Guests can spot favorite Disney characters.
Part of what helps to make the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant so memorable is the attention to detail that can be found in a massive mural painted behind the fencing and screen that depicts the Hollywood Hills at night, complete with towering palm trees and twinkling stars. The cars themselves also feature some great detail, with the Disney logo in chrome and Imagineers’ initial and birthdays left as signatures on the license plates.
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up a menu of American favorites that are made to look as though they are being prepared at the concession stand located behind all of the cars. The menus for both meal periods are identical, and Guests who stop by for either meal are sure to immediately feel whisked back to the 1950s while indulging in some delicious and hearty classics.
To begin each meal at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Guests can order an array of beverages including fountain drinks, beer, wine, non-alcoholic specialties like milkshakes and Joffrey’s Coffee, and specialty cocktails with fun names. Guests can indulge in the Spicy Martian Margarita, Orbiting Oreos, Long Island Lunar Tea, Baileys and Coffee, and more, and every beverage is a great addition to any meal for lunch or dinner!
The food menu at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant begins with appetizers like perfectly fried Crispy Onion Rings served with a horseradish dipping sauce, Fried Dill Pickles served with either ranch or horseradish dipping sauce, and Crispy Chicken Strips served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing and the choice of buffalo or barbecue sauce. Guests who are looking for lighter appetizer options can choose the Sci-Fi Wedge Salad with a large iceberg wedge paired with grape tomatoes, bacon, red onions, blue cheese, radishes, balsamic glaze, and blue cheese dressing or the plant-based Island Salad with an apple and cabbage saw topped with dill rémoulade.
While the appetizers are all delicious, the entrées are the main attraction at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and Guests are sure to be satisfied with an array of options that showcase some big flavors. The Oven-roasted Turkey Sandwich tops a multigrain croissant with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and a cilantro-avocado aioli for a light and filling bite. Guests also love the Buffalo Chicken Salad which is a light, yet hearty, option that tops mixed greens with a generous portion of buffalo chicken strips, bacon, tomato, red onion, cucumber, shredded cheddar, fried tortilla strips, and cilantro-ranch dressing.
Guests who are looking to enjoy some pasta at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant can order up one option that can be enjoyed two ways. The Chicken Pasta features parpadelle mixed with a lemon-butter sauce, rainbow tomatoes, onions, spinach, and a toasted garlic crostini and Guests have the option of adding either pan-seared chicken or pan-seared salmon as their protein. Either protein addition is delicious, but Guests can also opt to keep the dish vegetarian if that is their preference.
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant’s main focus is on burgers, and there are plenty of amazing options to choose from. Guests who like a traditional choice can order the Classic American Burger which is topped with a house-made burger sauce, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun. There is also the unique Salmon Burger which tops a brioche bun with a grilled salmon patty, goat cheese créma, apple-fennel chutney, arugula, and marinated heirloom for a meal that is tangy, crunchy, and delicious!
The Drive-in BBQ Burger is one of the most popular choices on the menu at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and it tops a brioche bun with a juicy patty, nine-hour smoked pork, bourbon-bacon jam, cheddar, lettuce, and barbecue sauce so that every single bite is packed with smoky and crisp flavors that will leave Guests enjoying every last morsel. There is also the Flying Saucer Impossible Burger for Guests looking for a plant-based option, and it features a grilled plant-based burger, grilled Portabello mushroom, cashew-mozzarella, garlic-tomato “aioli,” nut-free pesto, lettuce, and tomato that is a healthy and filling option.
No meal at the Walt Disney World Resort is complete without enjoying some dessert, and the options at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant are all amazing. The Hot Fudge Sundae is a traditional take on the favorite ice cream treat, and the House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar is a chocolate lover’s dream topped with cookies and cream mousse, chocolate ganache, and chocolate sauce. There is also the Warm Glazed Doughnut that is served with cinnamon apples, fresh vanilla bean ice cream, and caramel sauce, and the plant-based Cookie Shake with plant-based milk and cookies topped with a coconut whipped cream.
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is an absolute must-do table service restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as it has the perfect balance of unique atmosphere and theming and delicious American favorites on the menu. Guests are strongly encouraged to make a reservation for both lunch and dinner at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and they are sure to enjoy every single moment of the wonderful table service location!