The Amatista Cookhouse restaurant is located in the Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort, an on-site hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort. This restaurant features Caribbean inspired cuisine in a casual but elegant environment.
Amatista is the primary table service dining venue for Sapphire Falls and it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Located on the first floor of the resort, the restaurant features both indoor dining, a small full liquor bar and a outdoor patio which overlooks the Sapphire Falls lagoon and water taxi landing.
Amatista Cookhouse at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours for the Amatista Cookhouse restaurant?
Hour vary seasonally but at this time breakfast is served daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, lunch is served daily from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and dinner is served Tuesday & Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and Thursday to Sunday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
What kinds of food is served at the Amatista Cookhouse?
The Amatista Cookhouse serves Caribbean inspired cuisine but there are a number of traditional American items found on the menu.
Breakfast is a traditional buffet American style with a cold station, hot station and made to order omelet station. Lunch features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and Rotisserie Chicken. Dinner service includes Caribbean dishes including seafood paella and Jamaican spiced chicken pasta as well as flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches.
In addition, the Amatista Cookhouse offers a kids menu for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Is the Amatista Cookhouse expensive?
The Amatista Cookhouse is not expensive and typical for most theme park resort restaurants. The breakfast buffet is $25 per adult and $15 per child ages three to nine. Lunch ranges from around $10 to just above $20 for most items and dinner entrees range from $18 to $40.
Following are some of the offerings with their current price:
- Chargrilled Black Angus Burger – $17.00 (lunch & dinner menu)
- Crab Cake Sandwich – $20.00 (lunch menu)
- Mojo Marinated 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken – $22.00 (lunch & dinner menu)
- Seafood Paella – $34.00 (dinner menu)
- Jamaican Spiced Chicken Pasta – $22.00 (dinner menu)
- Char-Grilled Ribeye – $40.00 (dinner menu)
Is the Amatista Cookhouse family-friendly?
Since the Amatista Cookhouse is located at the Universal Orlando Resort you can be assured that it is family-friendly. There is a separate kids menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Does the Amatista Cookhouse serve alcoholic drinks?
The Amatista Cookhouse has a full bar serving beer, wine specialty cocktails. The wine list is fairly extensive and has a wide variety of red and white wines as well as sparkling wines.
Our Review of the Amatista Cookhouse
During one of our visits to the Universal Orlando Resort (June 2021) we stayed at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and had the opportunity to eat lunch at the Amatista Cookhouse.
Our meal consisted of the Chargrilled Black Angus Burger ($17.00) and the Margherita flatbread ($14.00). The burger includes cheese lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and bacon on a brioche bun along with a side of French fries which the Margherita flat bread included Roma tomatoes, sweet basil pesto and a balsamic glaze.
While our meal was delicious and the quality of service good, we found the portion sizes to be a little small. In addition when we asked for ketchup and mayonnaise for the burger and fries, we were provided the individual packets.
Hopefully this is a short term solution during the COVID era, it was disappointing not to be provided traditional sized restaurant condiments at a dining establishment of this caliber.
With two soft drinks our bill was just under $50 which included the tip (we always try and tip at least 20% when receiving good service) which we considered about right for a theme park resort hotel dining venue.
While we enjoyed our lunch at the Amatista Cookhouse, we would have preferred to receive a little more value for the money (whether portion size or atmosphere). Although we were not displeased with the experience, the next time we will choose a different Universal dining option like the Hard Rock Cafe or the NBC Sports Grill for a light lunch.
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