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Café La Bamba restaurant at Universal Orlando reopening for all guests

by Jon Self

Universal Studios Florida will have a new option for celebrating “Taco Tuesday” soon. Café La Bamba looks to be opening with a new quick-service menu featuring burritos and tacos.

La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida

Many Universal Studios Florida guests have never dined at Café La Bamba. In 2020, this location was converted to being a “Skeleton Bar” during the spooky season that year, but this dining location, over the past decade or more, provided food and beverage for only special events such as VIP tours or media events. Yesterday, a brand-new menu for Café La Bamba appeared on Universal Orlando’s website. In addition, a quick online search shows operating hours listed for Café La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida now.

Carmen's veranda near Cafe La Bamba
Carmen’s Veranda

Universal Orlando Resort has been undergoing extensive payment repairs recently leading to many construction walls seen around the parks. A few months ago, construction walls went up around Carmen’s Veranda, a food and beverage kiosk near Café La Bamba. When the walls came down, the kiosk failed to reappear. Perhaps this was a clue that Universal Orlando possessed different food service plans for this area of Universal Studios Florida.

The new Café La Bamba online menu resembles fast-casual style places like Moe’s Southwest Grill in CityWalk. The online Café La Bamba menu includes burritos, tacos, salads, and taco bowls. The protein options for these dishes involve Baja shrimp, carne asada, mojo pork, pollo Asado, portobello al pastor, and vegan chorizo.

Some good news for vegan diners resides on the online menu. Vegan entrees have two protein choices with portobello al pastor and vegan chorizo. The vegan entrées come with vegan cheese. Vegan sour cream will be included if purchasing a deluxe vegan entrée.

An old photo from inside La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida

The menu entrees range in price from $13.49 to $16.49. The vegan entrées cost a little more than non-vegan entrées, though.

Some other unique options appear on this menu. For example, guests may order a salsa flight. For $6.99, this flight includes hand-cut Pico de Gallo, roasted corn salsa, and spicy tomatillo with lime-salted corn tortilla chips.

For dessert, the menu presents two options. Both qualify as non-traditional theme park food. Guests can purchase the Horchata Tres Leches Cake for $5.99. According to Universal Orlando, this vanilla cake comes soaked in horchata with dulce de leche. A version of the chicharrons that Universal Orlando served during Halloween Horror Nights 2022 exists on the menu here. The Cinnamon Chicharrons de Harina consists of crispy flour shaped like a pinwheel with cinnamon sugar churro seasoning added.

Below is a listing of the menu items found on Universal Orlando’s website. At the time of writing, some prices were not listed.

Burritos

Deluxe Burrito – $15.99

flour tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, cheese, and pico de gallo with guacamole, sour cream, and roasted corn salsa

Burrito – $14.49

flour tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, cheese, and pico de gallo

Vegan Deluxe Burrito – $16.49

flour tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, vegan cheese, and pico de gallo with guacamole, vegan sour cream, and roasted corn salsa

Vegan Burrito – $14.99

flour tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, vegan cheese, and pico de gallo

Bowls

Deluxe Taco Bowl – $15.99

served in a bowl with no tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, cheese, and pico de gallo with guacamole, sour cream, and roasted corn salsa

Taco Bowl – $14.49

served in a bowl with no tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, cheese, and pico de gallo

Salad – $14.49

chopped romaine lettuce, choice of protein, cheese, pico de gallo, and lime chipotle vinaigrette

Deluxe Vegan Taco Bowl – $16.49

served in a bowl with no tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, vegan cheese, and pico de gallo with guacamole, vegan sour cream, and roasted corn salsa

Vegan Taco Bowl – $14.99

served in a bowl with no tortilla, cilantro rice, black beans, choice of protein, vegan cheese, and pico de gallo

Vegan Salad – $14.99

chopped romaine lettuce, choice of protein, vegan cheese, pico de gallo, and lime chipotle vinaigrette

Tacos

Tacos – $13.49

Three soft flour tortillas with a choice of protein, cheese, and pico de gallo

Vegan Tacos – $13.99

Three soft flour tortillas with a choice of protein, vegan cheese, and pico de gallo

Sides & Extras

Fresh Salsa Flight – $6.99

hand cut Pico de Gallo, roasted corn salsa, and spicy tomatillo with lime-salted corn tortilla chips

Lime Salt Chips & Guacamole – $7.99

Lime Salt Chips & Queso – $6.99

Guests may purchase a side order of any side items, entrée proteins, and toppings. Prices are not yet displayed on Universal Orlando’s website.

Kids Entrees

Kids’ Tacos – $7.49

choice of meat, cheese, and romaine lettuce, served with tortilla chips and fruit

Kids’ Quesadillas – $7.49

Choice of chicken or cheese served with tortilla chips and fruit.

Desserts

Horchata Tres Leches Cake – $5.99

vanilla cake soaked in horchata with dulce de leche

Cinnamon Chicharrons de Harina – $4.99

crispy flour pinwheels with cinnamon sugar churro seasoning

Beverages

Fountain Soda – $4.29

Bottled Beverages

H20+ Premium – $5.50

Powerade – $5.50

Milk – $3.69

Minute Maid apple or orange Juice – $3.29

Hot Beverages

Coffee (including decaf), Hot Tea, and Hot Cocoa (prices not shown yet)

The menu also indicates Espresso and Cappuccino as hot beverage options (price not shown yet)

Beer, Wine & Specialty Drinks

Bud Light – $9.50

Dominga Mimosa Sour – $10

High Noon Pineapple Seltzer – $11.25

Modelo – $10.50

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA – $11.50

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon – $9

Beringer Founder’s Estate Chardonnay – $13

Fantinel Prosecco – $13

A to Z Riesling – $13

Sangria – $13

Margarita – $14.50

Mimosa 1925 – $13

Grapefruit Paloma – $14

Spicy Mango Margarita – $11.50

We have not received confirmation from Universal Orlando about this dining location officially opening. But we expect it to open today to all guests, as Universal Orlando team members were testing it out yesterday.

What are your experiences with Café La Bamba? Let us know in the comment below, please.

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