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The Leaky Cauldron at Universal’s Diagon Alley – insider’s guide

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

The Leaky Cauldron is a step up from a traditional quick-service restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serving traditional British fare. The restaurant uses an ordering and food-delivery system that no other Universal quick-service location offers: after placing your order at one of the seven registers, you will be handed your beverages and a numbered candlestick. A team member will then ask for the number of your party and will escort you to an appropriately-sized table. Once your food is ready, it will be delivered to your table, thanks to the candlestick.

 The Leaky Cauldron at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
The Leaky Cauldron at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Two-sentence insider summary
A beautiful dining hall full of whimsical wizarding decor and hearty, satisfying food. Patrons dine on popular British fare and can sip the largest variety of special beverages ever offered or enjoy a cold draft beer.

Entrees are $9 to $15 per person. The Ploughman’s Platter serves two at $19.99.

Breakfast menu
Traditional English Breakfast (farm-fresh eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, and breakfast potatoes)
Pancake Breakfast (three fluffy buttermilk pancakes, crisp bacon, link sausage, and butter croissant)
American Breakfast (fresh scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, crisp bacon, link sausage, and butter croissant)
Apple Oatmeal Flan with Yogurt and Fruit (freshly-baked flan of apples and oatmeal served with yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit)
Egg, Leek, and Mushroom Pastry (pastry-wrapped scrambled eggs, mushrooms, and leeks served with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit)
All breakfast entrees are $16.99 for adults and $12.39 for kids

Lunch/dinner menu
Fish and Chips (fresh North Atlantic cod battered and fried with chips and tartar sauce) – $13.99
Ploughman’s Platter (a feast of English cheeses, crusty bread, field green salad, oven-roasted tomatoes, cornichon pickles, apple and beet salad, Branston pickle, and scotch eggs) – $19.99
Bangers and Mash (roasted English sausage, creamy mashed potatoes, oven-roasted tomatoes, sauteed onions and cabbage, minted peas, and onion gravy) – $12.49
Beef, Lamb, and Guinness Stew (a combination of beef and lamb with chunky root vegetables served in a warm crusty bread bowl) – $13.49
Toad in the Hole (a popular dish of English sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy, minted peas, and roasted tomato) – $9.49
Cottage Pie (a savory combination of beef and vegetables in a potato crust, served with a garden salad) – $12.49
Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp, and cod baked together under a potato crust, served with a garden salad) – $14.99
Mini Pie Combination (mini-Cottage Pie and mini-Fisherman’s Pie, served with a salad) – $13.49
Soup and Salad (split pea soup served with a side salad and choice of dressing) – $9.49
Banger Pub-Style Sandwich (roasted English sausage, mustard aioli, roasted tomatoes, sauteed cabbage and onions on a crusty baguette, served with wedge fries) – $12.49
Specialty Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken breast, apple butter mayo, Colby cheese, smoky apple bacon, roasted tomatoes on a house-made specialty bun, served with wedge fries) – $11.99

Drink menu
Butterbeer – $6.99
Frozen Butterbeer – $6.99
Hot Butterbeer (seasonal) – $6.99
Pumpkin Juice – $4.49
Tongue-Tying Lemon Squash – $4.99
Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – $4.99
Fishy Green Ale (bubble tea) – $4.99
Peachtree Fizzing Tea – $4.99
Gillywater – $4.50
Wizard’s Brew (alcoholic) – $8.99
Dragon Scale (alcoholic) – $8.99
Draught Beer (alcoholic) – $8.99
Fire Whisky (alcoholic) – $8.99
Wine by the Glass (alcoholic) – $7.00

Dessert menu
Sticky toffee Pudding – $6.99
Cranachan – $5.99
Butterbeer Potted Cream – $5.29
Chocolate Potted Cream – $4.49


Leaky Cauldron – extended review

In the fictional world of Harry Potter, The Leaky Cauldron represents a beloved pub and inn that Harry and his friends visited annually. The start of every school year meant a visit to Diagon Alley to gather all the school supplies needed – and, as many of us know, the way to access Diagon Alley is through an enchanted brick wall behind Leaky Cauldron.

In order to stay consistent with the design of the London waterfront area, the Leaky Cauldron at Universal Studios Florida is tucked behind that magical brick wall. It still remains the perfect way to either start or cap off an enthralling visit to Diagon Alley, however.

 The grand wizarding feast
The grand wizarding feast

A quick-service restaurant with a touch of class, Leaky Cauldron offers popular British fare that, while not gourmet, is certainly several notches above the typical quick-service staples like burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.

Upon entering the restaurant, guests are guided through two lobbies of queues before being assigned a numbered register to visit. On busy days, when both queues are pretty full, guests can anticipate waiting 10 to 20 minutes before making it to the register to place their order.

 The queue at The Leaky Cauldron
The queue at The Leaky Cauldron
 More of the queue at The Leaky Cauldron
More of the queue at The Leaky Cauldron

The main menu generally consists of nine entrees, two sandwiches, three kids’ choices, and three desserts. You can also wet your whistle with your choice of seven specialty, non-alcoholic beverages or a variety of draft beer (see the top of the page for menu selections).

As you approach the register, be sure to look up and all around you to take in all the enchanting details. Portraits of quirky witches and wizards watch over diners. Funny signs are posted throughout the lobby and dining areas. Desks and doorways are perched above. Little lofts serve as a reminder that in the Harry Potter books and movies, the Leaky Cauldron, like so many pubs of old, is also an inn.

 The impressive, immersive second story
The impressive, immersive second story

Once your order is placed, you will be given any beverages you have ordered and handed a candlestick with your assigned order number. A Leaky Cauldron attendant will ask for the number of your party, and you will be escorted to an appropriately-sized table.

There is one dining room, which is a dining hall with a high ceiling flanked by two darker alcoves. All tables have a condiments caddy with napkins and utensils.

 The main dining room at The Leaky Cauldron
The main dining room at The Leaky Cauldron
 One of the darker alcoves of The Leaky Cauldron
One of the darker alcoves of The Leaky Cauldron
 Your magical candle stick
Your magical candle stick

There are some standout dishes on the menu, like Fisherman’s Pie; Fish and Chips; the Beef, Lamb, and Guinness Stew; and the Specialty Chicken Sandwich. However, some guests have voiced some mild disappointment in the dishes that feature sausage or bangers, including the Toad in the Hole. All three desserts are delectable and worth the indulgence.

Leaky Cauldron

Breakfast at The Leaky Cauldron: although Universal appears to market breakfast at the eatery as an exclusive benefit of its Harry Potter vacation package (learn more), the truth is that anyone can walk in and get breakfast. Just keep in mind that vacation-package guests have the opportunity to make reservations while everyone else is first come, first serve – so there is a slight possibility that, as a walk-in guest, the restaurant could be sold out for breakfast on very busy days.

After dining to your appetite’s satisfaction, take a moment to grab a photo with the iconic cracked, leaky cauldron itself at the head of the dining room. Lift your eyes to the ceiling and gaze at the beautiful wooden beams, which are each capped off with the bust of a magical creature.

Look around enough, and you’ll even find the (in)famous moving wanted poster for Sirius Black.

 The titular cauldron
The titular cauldron
Leaky Cauldron
The magically detailed ceiling
Scenery at the Leaky Cauldron
Have you seen this wizard?

OI fun fact:
As you make your way for the exit, don’t miss the silly sign that indicates the proper way to leave The Leaky Cauldron!

The Leaky Cauldron – real guest reviews

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by Keanna on The Leaky Cauldron
Fish & Chips!!
Date Of Last Visit: June 2015

My Husband, two sons & I stopped in to grab lunch before getting back on the train. I ordered the fish & chips. It was the best & I mean BEST cod fish perfecly cooked that I've ever eaten & I eat a whole lot of fish.....We are coming back!!5/30-6/3 2016' & the "LEAKY CAULDRON" is all i talk about , so i'll be visiting for the beautiful ambiance as well as great lunch. OH! I'll be leaving with a extra platter of fish! maybe two..SOOO DELIISSSSH! :()

by Claire on The Leaky Cauldron
Date Of Last Visit: Oct 2015

My boy friend and I went for lunch. The ambiance is amazing and all the people working there were really friendly, especially the cashier Mike. The food was also really great! Overall a good experience. We can't wait to go back!

Delicious and interesting
Date Of Last Visit: 11/23/14

The decor is absolutely amazing. Universal has done such a phenomenal job with all the shops in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade it's just unreal.

We shared the Ploughman's Platter for 2 near the end of the day. There was no wait to order, food took a few minutes, but that was ok. The server taking my order was very, very helpful and even confirmed I wanted the platter for 2 instead of just one, for half the price. He also explained what the novelty drinks were while I waited, but I settled on sweet tea, which was perfect if you are from the South and love really, really sweet tea.

The platter itself was very tasty. We were unsure about the Scotch eggs, but after trying them they were great, I plan on making them at home. They serve a spicy mustard which tastes great on the greens as well as the eggs. The apple/beet salad is good, as well as this red jelly stuff we couldn't figure out but ate anyways. Overall delicious, the bread was yummy, the cheese tasty, and the pickles also good.

There were a lot of delicious options on the menu and they have mock-ups of the food so you can see what they actually are.
I'm not sure why the person who ordered bacon and eggs here is fussing, if you went to Ruth's Criss and ordered a hamburger, I'd bet you wouldn't be impressed either. Try something different and be amazed.

by Martha on The Leaky Cauldron
Magical experience
Date Of Last Visit: 09/30/2014

After touring Diagon Alley my friend and I enjoyed lunch at the Leaky Cauldron. She had the fish and chips which were delivered hot, was a nice portion size and tasted delicious. I tried something new, toad in the hole. It was very tasty and the vegetables served with it were cooked perfectly. Our Peachtree Fizzing Tea was awesome! I only wish we could visit again soon!

by Martha Fonzarelli on The Leaky Cauldron
Amazing venue with horrific food
Date Of Last Visit: 09/29/2014

My nephew and I were in the Wizarding World early and were excited have breakfast in the Leaky Cauldron. The restaurant itself is absolutely wonderful to behold, and I highly recommend peeking in and checking it out. The food, on the other hand, is abysmal. The potatoes were undercooked. The eggs were definitely not "farm fresh"; I would venture that they were powered. The beans were unlike any baked beans I'd ever seen and were certainly nothing like Heinz. Long story short: the food is absolutely disgusting. If I'd had my wits about me, I would have asked for my money back.

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