Full-service restaurant serving contemporary American dishes with a bit of International flair; proud to have won the award for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” for multiple years from ThemeParkInsider.com; often open only for lunch.
Two sentence insider summary
Mythos is the fine dining restaurant at Islands of Adventure. You will usually find the best Universal in-park food here, with a surprisingly vibrant collection of entrees to choose from, all served inside a truly stunning building.
Entrees are between $11 and $17 – see the full menu below.
Online reservations available via OpenTable.com
Guests staying on-site receive priority seating
Reservations highly recommended!
Mythos – menu
Tuscan Tomato Soup $4.99
Cream of Mushroom Soup $4.99 *GF
Chef’s Signature Pizza $8.99
Mediterranean Flat Bread $7.59
Tempura Shrimp Sushi $8.99
Shrimp Cocktail $9.99 *GF
Baby Spinach Salad $6.99 *GF
add grilled chicken $11.99
add shrimp or salmon $14.49
Heart of Romain Caesar $6.79 *GF
Mixed Baby Greens $5.79 *GF
add grilled chicken or beef $10.79
add shrimp or salmon $13.29
Asian Cashew Chicken Salad $11.99 *GF
Line Caught Sustainable Ahi Tuna Carpaccio $12.99
Crab Sliders $12.99
Mythos Hamburger $10.99
Buffalo BBQ Fried Chicken Wrap $12.99
Blacked Fish Taco $12.59 *GF
Grilled Chicken Sandwich $10.99
The Roman Panini $9.99
Mythos Bistro Filet $16.99
Creekstone Farms Boneless Shortribs $17.99
Mythos Pad Thai $11.99 *GF *V
add chicken or BBQ plum roasted pork $16.99
Pan Seared Blackened Mahi Mahi $16.99 *GF
Risotto of the Day $15.99 *GF
Cedar Planked Bay of Fundy Salmon $19.99 *GF
Add side salad or cup of soup to an entree for $2.99
Dessert shots available in assorted flavors $1.75
Warm Chocolate Banana Gooey Cake $5.29
Mythos Child’s Hamburger $5.99
add cheese $6.74
Chicken Fingers $6.99
Dragon’s Cheese Pizza $5.99
add pepperoni $6.99
One Fish Two Fish Cheese Ravioli $5.99
Kid’s Grilled Cheese $4.99
Kid’s Steak $10.99
Rice Krispy Sushi Treats $1.99
Mythos Ice Cream $1.99
Mythos Mini Banana Split $2.99
*GF – can be prepared Gluten Free
*V – can be prepared Vegan
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best place to eat in both parks, reasonable, neat atmosphere and can sit down and get cool, need reservations most of the time, good selection of food, highly recommend this
Mythos has a great reputation, but I have found it to be just average as far as restaurants go. The theming is impressive, but the wait times are generally long (although I think you can make reservations if you want.). The food is decent, but not anything to rave about. The only reason I would eat at Mythos as opposed to one of the nearby counter service places is if I really felt the need to sit down and be served on real plates. Sometimes, you just need to feel real silverware in your hand rather than plastic, so if you are in that kind of mood, Mythos is a perfectly decent, average restaurant to eat at.
Not worth the hype
I tried Mythos after hearing how great of a restaurant was and I was slightly disappointed with the food. Firstly, there is almost always a wait for the restaurant. The best part of eating at Mythos was the inside decor and structure of the building. It is very cool to see at least once. The service was not the greatest and was a little slow. I ordered the Pad Thai and it was a very big portion, but a little lacking in flavor. I had very high expectations for the restaurant, but I felt that I could have gotten better food somewhere else. Would rather have spent the money at the Three Broomsticks. Overall, the scenery of the restaurant is great, but the dish I had was seriously lacking in flavor.
Worth $3 more
If you are worried that you will spend too much if you go to a table service restaurant at a theme park, know this...it's maybe $3 more and worth it to relax and be served! We dined at Thunder Falls in Jurassic Park (which is quick service waiting in line) on our first day and spent almost the same amount at Mythos. I'm a HUGE HP fan and only wish IOA would keep the Lost Continent for this restaurant! The plates have fine dining presentations. The sushi roll is beautiful and fresh. The Asian salad was great and the grilled fish. We didn't have kids with us but I was amazed at the selections on the kids menu. You won't regret picking this place instead of one of the quick service places.
Chose Mythos in the hopes of finding a gluten and dairy free meal for my wife. We weren't disappointed. Staff were very attentive and went through the menu to ensure we had a great dining experience. Meal was great and service was as well. Great place for a family meal for those with or without dietary restrictions.
GO-GO-GO to MYTHOS!!
In addition to the absolutely beautiful atmosphere inside, there's a lovely walkway outside right on the water, where you can look out at the rest of the park. The food was outstanding and our waiter, was super attentive and friendly. We're from the Chicago area and he talked about wanting to visit there. It made it more like a friend than a waiter, making our experience even more enjoyable. My husband and I had our 27th wedding anniversary buttons on and he brought out a tray of small desserts for us to choose from that were on the house. It was one of the nicest experiences we've ever had and will be returning there this year, when we're back there! If you want fabulous food and atmosphere, this is one place you do not want to miss!
Nice View and Theme
The view out over the lagoon was great and the theming inside was a nice touch. I was really disappointed in the food. I really expected better quality for a full service restaurant. Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but I will find another option on my next trip.
Even in yoour 40s
My 20 year old Gluten free son with Autism picked out Mythos. We got in with or reserved time in a timely manner and our server was great with the diet issues. Our food was very good and I am glad we went. the thyme and decor are wonderful. It was one of the things that made or vacation memorable.
Great Atmosphere and Food
The atmosphere is just awesome and the food was so great. I got a fish special of the day that was just delicious and a good price. Will definitely eat here again.
Mythos is the most elaborately themed restaurant I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The decor is amazing--rivaled only by the menu. Everything that my girlfriend and I shared tasted fresh and was full of flavor. I do highly recommend reservations. We happened to hit it just right, after a pretty heavy shower, and were seated right away. I've been bartending half my life so was completely embarrassed to be seated in still-dripping clothes from the storm...but the staff made us feel so very welcome. Don't pass Mythos up if it's within your budget. Oh...but wait...it's now part of the Universal Dining plan so there's no need to worry about the price!
Eat here and Like It!!
I had read all about Mythos before coming to IOA, and I am so glad we went there! Don't let the lines outside the door scare you away... eat here- you will like it!!
It's really much easier to make a reservation, but we were there in June and were able to get same day reservations as long as we were a bit flexible. I used the open table app, and easily made a reservation in minutes!
Check in was nice- gobs of people waiting in the lobby to be seated, but we knew we would not wait long. Five minutes later we were seated.
The atmosphere is incredible... like you're in the cave of wonders. It's huge inside despite the small lobby and initial impression.
Yummy herbed bread and butter. Awesome service, and all you have to do is ask if you would like more bread! :)
We tried the pad thai (not spicy,but amazingly flavorful), the mythos burger (SO JUICY and unique), and the fish tacos (fish and sauce was fresh and tasty, but I didn't care for the hard flour taco shell).
The kids menu was reasoinably priced, and my kids loved the pizza and burgers.
I've heard complaints about the prices. We found them to be comparable to anywhere else in the park, plus you get to sit down in the AC, bread, and service. TIP: Ask for the AAA Discount... saved us 10%! Better than nothing! Also, We found that if we ate a late breakfast, and Mythos around 5, it was perfect money saver by only purchasing 2 meals a day!
If you're wavering about Mythos, give it a try... Best theme park restaurant I've ever been to!
I love this restaurant. It is so cool. We eat here when ever we go to Islands of Adventure. We always have good service and food. Which makes us want to return again and again.
The Perfect in-Park Restaurant
We decided to try Mythos on our early-entry day to the IOA. Since it was July and early-entry was 7:00am(!) we reserved a table for lunch at their 11:00am opening. I would recommend making a reservation during the summer. The front of the restaurant was full of guests asking, and then waiting, for an open table.
The 2 adults started off with the Sangria drink of the day special for $5. It had the perfect balance of fruit and alcohol after a hot morning in the park. The kids all had lemonade which they gulped down repeatedly so I'm going to assume it was good. :)
The taste and quality of our entrees really stood out. If you're used to the typical park food that is low quality and high priced, you will be pleasantly surprised with Mythos. We ordered a variety of meals: Asian Cashew Chicken Salad, Mythos Hamburger, Mythos Pad Thai, Blacked Fish Taco and Grilled Chicken Sandwich. They were all very tasty and filling. The only negative thing I can say is that the Parmesan fries which came with the sandwiches were not prepared in the typical fashion. I have always had them served where the cheese is added, the the fries are "tossed" in a bowl to get a nice covering of Parmesan on the fries. These seemed to just have a spoonful of cheese tossed on them right before the plate was served. Not a big deal, but not as tasty as we have had at other restaurants. Overall, the 6 of us were very impressed! Our meals and drinks were delicious.
Our server was also excellent. He answered our questions about several items, was prompt in his service, and spoke with us briefly about our stay at Universal when our meal was over.
The next we go to Universal we will definitely be eating here again, maybe twice!
I have read so many wonderful reviews about Mythos restaurant and was hoping they would live up to all of the hype. Unfortunately, I did not agree. I ordered the pad thai, which is supposed to be a signature dish at Mythos. It was just okay. I have had better pad thai from my local thai restaurants! It was also pricey considering the quality of the food. Our server however, was excellent and the food was delivered quickly and at a nice, hot temperature. I also ordered the trio of dessert shooters. They were also just okay and looked much better than they actually tasted. Maybe it was what I ordered but I would not return to Mythos.
Wonderful Detailed Decor
Our party of 10 visited Mythos in Decemer. The outside restuarant captures your attention immediately as you roam through the park. The huge rock formations and waterfalls give you the feeling that you have stubled upon lost ancient ruins. There was a crowd waiting out front but we didn\'t wait long for our reservation. We entered into what appears to be a cavernous cave and were immediately in awe of the details that totally engulf you in greek mythology and the constellations. The walls, lighting and even the handrails feature such ornate details. Take time to wander as you wait for your meal to take in the full effect.
We all enjoyed burgers and chicken sandwiches which were much better than typical theme park food. One member of our party chose a wrap which was excellent. For us though, the food was not the highlight. This is truly an experience not to be missed. Be sure to make reservations early as this experience is very popular and usually only open foe lunch.
WE first found Mythos 5 years ago when one of my sons peeked inside and ran back to report that he wanted to eat there. My first thought was, "I can't afford that place!" We walked on but the seed was planted. The next day I went by at opening to see if we could get a reservation. Sure enough we could, we have been back every year since. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is wonderful. A lovely place to eat that is a haven for the weary park visitor. The most shocking part of your trip to Mythos is the bill! For just a few dollars more than you would pay for a fast food dinner at any of the other Universal restaurants you can have a lovely meal at Mythos. For a mini vacation from the park, have a dining adventure at Mythos.
Warm & Friendly Staff
Very cool place, my 13 yr old wants to go back next, loved the feeling of eating in a cave. Waitress was outstanding very friendly and helpful. I had ordered a dish that was disappointing, but I was not far into it and they gave me something else instead. Tempura California Rolls was my second choice. It was really good. They do seem to give you large portions also.
Great expereince and will go back for sure!!!!
I've eaten at Mythos twice (was sad a third time not to get a reservation). Walking into the restaurant takes you away from the hustle of the park. It's nice to sit down at a table and have a well trained server take care of you. I'm not sure if it's standard practice there, but our server told us, "Try it and if you don't like it, I'll get you something else at no extra charge." He must have been confident that the food is that good. And it is. If you can, look into the kitchen area. The chefs are having such a good time preparing the food. Always smiling and laughing while concentrating on preparing each order individually. Don't hesitate to give Mythos a first try.
When I go into a theme park I don’t have high expectations of the food they serve. Normally it is somewhat like McDonald’s at 3 times the price. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have eaten at Mythos and it is one of my favorites inside the theme park.
1.It has great food. Period. You can go for the “normal” (hamburgers, chicken nuggets) if you have picky kids but one of my favorite dishes is the Pan Seared Blackened Mahi Mahi. Good fish in a theme park…go figure.
2.It has reasonable prices. Kids’ stuff is around 7 bucks and adult stuff is around 15-20 bucks I would consider this a good value especially inside a theme park.
3.It has a cool Theme and air-conditioning. You are in Florida in the summer, it’s HOT! This is a nice cool place to “hide” from all the theme park madness outside and the way this place looks is a nice bonus.
In conclusion I recommend getting a dining reservation at open table before you arrive. You can cancel day of arrival if needed with no penalty and a credit card is not required. It is nice to bypass the line at the front counter for only 5 minutes worth of work from your cell phone web browser.
Great Food and Great Prices!
Mythos is the best full-service restaurant you can eat at in Islands of Adventure, with great food, fair prices, and a nice view of the Islands Lagoon. My family had reservations for around 2:00 pm, and they had seated us fairly quickly (If you plan on eating here I recommend a reservation, as it can get crowded around lunch time!). Our server was very nice and helpful in deciding which dishes we should try.
We ordered the Buffalo BBQ Fried Chicken Wraps, Pad Thai Noodles, Mushroom Casoullet, and the Crab Sliders. Everything tasted very fresh and had a nice flavor. My favorite was the BBQ Chicken Wrap, it was spicy and sweet and very filling.
Overall, this is a great place to take a breather from the sometimes hectic days at the park. The decor is extremely well done and very detailed, and gives off a very "other-wordly" vibe. The food is also pretty great, and at fair prices too! The service was friendly, and we had a great view of the park.
I, as well as my family, had a very enjoyable lunch here, and if you decide to eat at Mythos, we hope your experience will be as great as ours was.
Best Restaurant in Park
This is definitely one of the best restaurants in the park and my go to place for when I want to eat inside Islands of Adventure.
You can use open table to make a reservation. Sometimes the wait can get up to 45 minutes long! Therefore I suggest making one, just to be on the safe side. When we were there on a Sunday there was no wait, but it was still pretty busy at noon. We originally had a reservation for 11:30 a.m., but were waiting in line for a ride. It was no problem making a call to push it back half an hour.
The decor is a little over the top, but makes sense in a theme park. I don't know about other people, but I froze inside there. They had the air conditioning on full blast. It was really sunny and hot when we walked in, so the first couple minutes felt great, but I thought I was going to freeze after that. I was still cold when we walked outside, because it had become overcast. It was that cold, that I felt chilled in the summer, outside, in Florida.
After we ordered we waited a long time for food. Usually I do not expect to wait over 25 minutes when we are at an amusement park. It seemed like even longer, because we were starving. They do give you Rosemary Bread, which was warm, but otherwise nothing stood out about it.
I got the Cordon Bleu Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Parmesan fries. The chicken was nice and tender. I would have liked more honey mustard sauce, so I requested more. Honestly, it tasted like there was none on it. I would suggest skipping the Parmesan fries. All it is is normal fries with parmesan cheese shook on top. Nothing else. My fiance got the Mythos Signature Hamburger and absolutely loved it. He wants to put pulled pork on every hamburger he makes now.
This really is the place to go when you want a nice sit down meal in the middle of the chaos of running around an amusement park.
Always a MUST @ IOA
My family and I travel to USF and IOA often. Any time we are there got a couple of days or more, we make sure to plan a stop at Mythos. I highly suggest a reservation (download Open Table app).
I think I could drink the tomato soup in a glass. This is NOT what you expect as far as theme park cuisine.
The risotto of the day is an excellent choice.
A far cry from Pizza and nuggets.
It is a bit chilly inside so don't go right after a ride with Popeye and Bluto!
Years worth of fantastic food!
I've been going to Mythos for years. Every experience has been wonderful. I generally am able to be seated within 15 minutes whether I am alone or with a few friends. My most recent visit on June 3rd, 2013 was no exception. I enjoy the fact that some menu items change every so many months so that the flavors remain innovative and exciting for those who are able to experience Mythos on a "regular" basis. I had the Shrimp Tempura Sushi and it was awesome! They have a "meatloaf and mashed potatoes" on the menu at the moment which was very enjoyable and the portions were extremely generous. I am always delighted at the service and have never had a bad experience. Pricing is extremely fair for the atmosphere, quality and quantity of food and the top-notch servers. When you go to Islands of Adventure, please be sure to make time to experience this culinary treasure. It is not to be missed!
A nice Oasis
This place was a very very welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the park for the day. The wife and I stopped in and had a great meal at a really reasonable price for the quality that we got.
If you're looking to take a nice break and enjoy a good meal it's a great stop off to wait out the crowds or, as we did, had a meal just before Sinbad
Must do at Islands
Love the food and the atmosphere at Mythos!! Just be sure you make a reservation in advance so you don't have to wait too long. I went just to have a really nice snack. And that's exactly what I got! Their mushroom soup is probably the best I've ever had and I eat it a lot. My son who was determined not to like their food even said we needed another reservation after trying it. I also had the mushroom casoullet which was amazing! And the service was wonderful. I tried to pay quickly and told the waiter I felt bad for holding his table for such a small ticket and he told me to sit and enjoy my food. Wonderful experience all the way around and will definitely be back for my son to try it next time. He had a MIB headquarters tour this time so had to go :-)
Amazing ambience, delicious food
We made a reservation at Mythos after reading OI recommendation and we're not disappointed. Just looking at the front of the restaurant you can see why it was elected one of the best theme park restaurants. The place is BEAUTIFUL and very well themed, and the inside continued to amaze us. My mom was craning her neck during the whole meal to look at the walls and the columns. The food was very, very good. We started with the Cream of Mushroom Soup for me and the Baby Spinach Salad for my mom. I love mushrooms and the soup did not disappoint, it's creamy and full of flavor. For our entrees my mom chose the Pan Seared Blackened Mahi Mahi and I had the Risotto of the Day which was a delicious asparagus risotto, piping hot and just perfect. The mahi-mahi was flaky and well seasoned. I thought the meal was incredibly filling, so much so we didn't order dessert.
Our server was good but he could have paid a little more attention to our table, there were times our drinks would need a refill and he wasn't even around.
One thing needs to be emphasized: MAKE RESERVATIONS. We went right after Mardi Gras and the place was completely booked. While we were waiting for our pager to go off, we saw at least 20 families being turned down. This is not a counter service location and you really need a reservation to eat there.
Great theme park food
We really enjoyed this restaurant. Food was very good and the restaurant itself was a nice break from the heat of the day and great views while you ate.
I had Tuscan Tomato Soup and Mythos Pad Thai. Was not crazy about the soup but the Pad Thai was very yummy and lots of peanuts!
My husband had Cedar Planked Bay of Fundy Salmon and he said it was quite good with lots of flavor.
My dd had a grilled cheese and loved it.
It was nice that we did not need reservations and was able to walk right in on a busy day and get away from the sun and craziness.
Overall a very good experience.
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