We were invited for a complimentary meal at Antojitos in Universal CityWalk to facilitate my review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Over the course of this year Universal Orlando’s CityWalk has undergone an historic expansion. You’ve probably heard about the AMAZING Diagon Alley that opened this past summer and you may have heard that the newest and largest of the destination’s hotels, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open. To complement those exciting additions Universal CityWalk has also grown in some fantastic ways. They’ve opened 8 new venues, a perfect combination of national brands, some hip and current concepts, and some of Universals own creations. To get a feel for what’s new at CityWalk my family was invited to have dinner at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food restaurant. Let me tell you about our experience. We absolutely loved it!
The atmosphere definitely makes the restaurant. Antojitos is fun and lively. I love this al fresco dining area out front. We kind of wanted to check out the scene inside for this meal but usually my family loves to eat outside and this is a great option if you’ve got kids with you. I think sometimes they just do better in the open air.
This is the view from the lobby. There’s a bar with stool seating so you can grab a drink if you’re not there for a full meal or if you have to wait to be seated. We were there on a Monday night maybe around 6:30pm and waited only about 5 minutes. Don’t you love those big cagey seats for families, too? So cool. There are tons of little extras like that throughout the restaurant that give it a stand-out atmosphere.
We stayed downstairs for our dinner but I snapped a pic of this wall just to give you more of a feel of the atmosphere. It’s kind of dark with lots of little bright lights that add color and style. I assume there is more seating upstairs. If you look at the pictures I have of the exterior of the restaurant you can see a second level balcony.
This is the dining area we sat it. We had the BEST server! Super friendly with us and the kids and kept our drinks filled and and everyone happy. Music and colored lights add such a fun feel to the evening. We had a great time just hanging out together at Antojitos and I haven’t even gotten to the food yet!
First things first: feed the kids. Our server brought us chips and salsa right away. I love when restaurants do this especially when there are kids at the table. And of course they were delicious!
You guys, look at the kids’ menu. $5.95 for each meal! Their prices are so reasonable. I love that you can be in a place like Universal Orlando and go to a fun, unique restaurant with fantastic food without breaking the bank. My daughter is a taco addict so she was in heaven and ordered a beef taco. My son is 5 and little more iffy on new things so we got him an order of rice with a side of beans. He loved it and ended up eating a bunch of my meal too!
This is what I got, Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas del Comal. The picture doesn’t do the taste justice. Here’s the thing about Antojitos: This is REAL Mexican food. It’s not that stuff you might get in your local chain restaurant. Totally authentic flavor like I’ve never had before. I couldn’t finish my meal (Dessert, people. Priorities) so I took the rest home and as soon as I got home I was digging in again. It was SO good, so fresh. Check out the entire Antojitos menu if you want to drool on your keyboard a little more.
There’s my taco loving girl! She had the best meal. And did I mention that it was $5.95?! I can’t get over the reasonable family-friendly pricing. And you get a LOT of food. Our table was totally covered and we were at a pretty big, round table. Tons of bang for your buck!
Dessert was definitely on the must-do list. The dessert menu cover is just the coolest, second only to the dessert menu prices. We ordered two things for all four of us to share, Tres Leche and Molten Cajeta de Leche.
This is the Tres Leche, only $4.50. It was as divine as it looks. Fresh, delicious, creamy. Perfection.
The Molten Cajeta de Leche was amazing, too. It’s served with sour cream ice cream and I’ll admit I wasn’t too sure what to think about that but it was fantastic and paired beautifully with the chocolate cake. Only $5.50 and it was plenty to share after our big dinners.
When you next find yourself traveling in the Orlando area add dinner at Antojitos to your list of things to do. Great food, fun atmosphere, and totally reasonable prices make this a hit for the entire family. We enjoyed not only a great meal but a great family night together. You can learn more about Antojitos and see their complete menu too.
What’s New at Universal Orlando CityWalk
Antojitos is one of the new restaurants that have opened this year at Universal CityWalk. Here’s the complete list and you can find more details on each of them here. We did have dessert at Menchie’s one night and it was delicious!
Red Oven Pizza Bakery: Take a quick trip to Italy for authentic, artisan pizza–made fresh, while you wait–at Universal CityWalk’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery. The combination of the highest quality ingredients and a traditional 900-degree stone-lined oven ensures every slice is pizza perfection.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Journey through the cantinas, street carts and markets of Mexico City for a unique, vibrant dining experience at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made-from-scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity.
Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nation’s most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more.
The CowFish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: “Burgushi”. A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements.
VIVO Italian Kitchen: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere.
Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.
Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli. Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.
Menchie’s: One of the world’s most popular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk. The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves—not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile.
Don’t forget to check out my posts on the parks including 9 Things You Need to Do at Universal Orlando Theme Parks and 9 3/4 Things You Need to Do in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!