We have all heard of the adage, “You eat with your eyes first” at some point in our lives. We’re naturally drawn to a place with nice decorations and is visually pleasing. This explains the recent popularity of theme restaurants.
In a theme restaurant, food usually takes a backseat, and the presentation of theme becomes more crucial to its success. A lot of effort is put in to decide the appropriate décor, lighting, and menu to adhere to a particular theme.
Did you know theme restaurants which also take you back to the Cretaceous Period? If you’re looking for a dinosaur-themed restaurant to enjoy a meal with your family, we have compiled a list of 5 unique dinosaur-themed cafes for you to enjoy.
- T-Rex Café:
If you’re searching for a café offering quintessential Jurassic experience, you should check out this place in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 2008, T-rex Café is a prehistoric-themed family restaurant located in the Walt Disney World Resort. This place is equipped with life-size animatronic dinosaurs which stand at the entrance and greets the guests. These dinosaurs can also move around the area and roar. There is also a 35-meter long replica of an Argentinosaurus, a creature which is known to be the largest and heaviest animal ever to walk the earth.
The restaurant features different sections which depict a distinct theme of its own. For instance, the room of prehistoric insects is equipped with giant animatronic insects. The Ice Age room features a giant mammoth and its baby against the backdrop of a snow-covered landscape. There is also an Aqua room which is equipped with a large aquarium to create the illusion of being under the ocean.
The dinosaur theme is also reflected in the menu with uniquely named dishes such as the Megasaurus Burger, the Paleozoic Chicken sandwich or the popular T-Rex Bone-in Rib Eye. A gift shop named Dino-Store is also attached to the restaurant and allows you to buy various dinosaur-related souvenirs. There is also a Paleo zone which is a play area for kids, a Discovery Creek water mill, and a Discovery Dig Fossil sandpit. If you are a dinosaur fan planning a trip to Disney World, you can take some time out of your schedule to visit this Café.
- Dinosaur – Ancient Times Restaurant and Bar:
If you’re in Japan and looking to fulfill your appetite in a dinosaur-themed café, you can head over to this restaurant located in Yamato City in Kanagawa Prefecture. The owners of this restaurant have gone out of their way to deliver an authentic dinosaur-themed experience to their guests.
The main entrance is unique where the guests have to enter the restaurant through a T-Rex mouth which has large, pointed teeth jutting out of its upper and lower jaws. The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of a dinosaur museum with the presence of 20 real sized dinosaurs including some popular ones such as Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. These animatronic dinosaurs look very realistic as they tower over their guests and look around the restaurant. Two of the dinosaurs also have saddles attached to them so that the visitors can ride on top of them.
- Jurassic Perk Café:
Jurassic Perk Café is a dinosaur-themed soft play café located in Ruislip High Street. The café provides a pleasant environment where kids and their parents can spend quality time together while immersed in the sights and sounds of the prehistoric era. The interior is decorated with green palm trees and colorful, friendly looking dinosaurs. You can also hear the rustling of the leaves, roaring of dinosaurs and the distant pitter-patter of rain. A dance floor fitted with disco lights is attached to the restaurant. The café also provides impressive packages for those who need to rent a place to throw parties.
- T-Rex Grill:
Lodged near the Green Zone of the Natural History Museum in London, T-Rex Grill is the perfect place to grab a bite if you get hungry while looking at the dinosaur exhibit. There are a few of large-sized dinosaurs placed at the entrance against a green background which adheres to the dinosaur theme. The restaurant is spacious, and the walls are adorned with pictures of dinosaurs. The décor is simple and doesn’t feel cluttered. The food here is pretty good, and you can choose from a wide selection of pizzas, steaks, and burgers. The restaurant also provides a separate menu for the kids. So, if you’re planning a day out with your family in the museum, you should pay this restaurant a visit.
- Jurassic Restaurant:
As the name suggests, this is a Jurassic Park-themed restaurant in Los Angeles which offers Taiwanese food. The walls of the restaurant resemble those of caves, and green vines run along the ceiling. There are no chairs, and they have seats which look like tree stumps. Pterodactyls can be seen hanging from the roof of the restaurant. The biggest attraction is the giant Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton which is located right in the center of the restaurant. If you don’t mind slurping on your noodles while seated beside a T. Rex skeleton, this restaurant lodged in the heart of the City of Industry is the perfect place for you.
Now you don’t need to find a time machine to travel back millions of years ago for enjoying a wholesome meal with these ancient creatures. You can head over to any one of the restaurants mentioned above and enjoy a unique dining experience with your family and friends.