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Cafe La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida

Temporarily Closed to General Admission – Available on VIP Tour

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The Hollywood Hotel exterior facade of Cafe La Bamba has the entrance blocked off to all but VIP tour guests
The Hollywood Hotel façade of Cafe La Bamba

What is Cafe La Bamba?

Boasting a southwestern motif and serving Mexican-American dishes, Cafe La Bamba is currently used as a private dining location for VIP Tours. This venue offers its selective guests a quick-service option that is richer in appearance and more savory in taste than Universal’s other counter-service restaurants.

If you’re looking for a quick snack, soda, or beer, you can visit Carmen’s Veranda out in front of Cafe La Bamba. This walk-up drink stand has no reservations or VIP experience required.

Where is Cafe La Bamba located?

In Hollywood, which is in Universal Studios Florida.

Cafe La Bamba – hours and reservations

Carmen's Veranda sells snacks and drinks outside of Cafe La Bamba
Carmen’s Veranda outside of Cafe La Bamba

Cafe La Bamba only serves private meals for VIP Tours, so there aren’t any opening hours or reservations available to regular theme-park guests. Carmen’s Veranda is open during park hours (but opening times are subject to change).

Cafe La Bamba – OI fun facts

A plaque reads: "Historical Hollywood Landmark - established in February, 1904, the Hollywood Hotel became world famous for its celebrity guests and parties. During the 1930's Louella Parsons popular radio broadcasts were made from the hotel. Thursday night dances were held every week for 53 years until the hotel was closed in 1956."
The history of the original Hollywood Hotel is featured on a plaque outside of the venue

Cafe La Bamba was originally designed as part of a “Hollywood Hotel” façade, and, as such, the venue went unused for many years. It later became home to Universal’s Superstar Breakfast and then briefly served lunch on a seasonal basis before assuming its current, exclusive role as a private lunch location for VIP Tours.

During Halloween Horror Nights, guests on private RIP Tours will find the venue decorated with spooky props and serving such themed food and desserts as eyeball cupcakes and “worms and dirt” pudding.

Because the venue isn’t currently open to the public, you’ll have to purchase a VIP Tour experience to find out!

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