Updated: May 21, 2015

Review of the Rainforest Cafe Restaurant:

With over 20 locations across the United States, the Rainforest Cafe is gradually becoming a restaurant that people are familiar with. I've been to 3 of their locations, most recently to the one in Orlando, Florida at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. I have also been to the one in San Francisco and in Anaheim (at Disneyland). If you travel abroad they have locations in London, Paris, Tokyo, Cairo, etc. They are very unique in that you eat your meal in a pseudo rainforest. The replica animals include things like elephants, birds, and monkeys. Throughout your meal you will hear bird calls, elephants "trumpeting" and apes making noises. It's actually quite fun if you are with kids since they can be loud and no one cares. Periodically you'll hear thunder and see lightning as if you are caught in a typical rainforest deluge of rain. It's no wonder these restaurants do so well in Disneyworld and Disneyland since parents enjoy the atmosphere and the kids love it. I've heard some parents say the noises and animals were so lifelike that their children were actually frightened. My son is 3 and he did just fine, just let your kids know that the animals move and there will be jungle sounds.


What I like about the Rainforest Cafe is that the menu has plenty of good food to choose from and the drink menu is nice to look at after a long day with the kids at one of the Disney amusement parks. Even if you are traveling in a major city like London or San Francisco, it's a nice change of pace for the kids in your family if they can eat dinner in a relaxed atmosphere like a Rainforest Cafe. The waiters cater to the youngsters with crayons and a small activity book with coloring, dot to dot pictures, and more. It gives the parents a chance to unwind and kids the chance to let loose a bit. I always find the restaurant to have good service and I enjoy all the sights and sounds that surround you. If you have never been to one of these places, then definitely put it on your map the next time you are near one of the locations, especially those near Disney theme parks. Get there early as the tables fill up around dinner time and waits can exceed 1 1/2 hours at times. There is a small bar area that you can sit in while waiting for your table or you can browse their conveniently located retail shop right in the main entrance area. Prices are not cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive either. If you can use a coupon or promotion to get a discount, then the Rainforest Cafe is just like dining at any other mid-priced family restaurant. Their website is located at Rainforestcafe.com and offers information on menus, locations, gift ideas, kids stuff, promotions, and the Safari Club.

Rainforest Cafe Menu:

The food is normally ok at the restaurants with entrees like burgers, pastas, seafood, chicken and steaks. The appetizers are reasonable and you can choose from soups and salads as well. Last time in Orlando we had the calamari appetizer and a Caesar salad to start and entrees of fajitas and shrimp. You can view a menu online HERE. The kids ate things like chicken strips shaped like dinosaurs and a burger. My wife had the Jungle Safari soup (it came out cold) but once reheated it was fine. I thought the Amazon fajitas were excellent with grilled onions and bell peppers along with cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Save room for dessert as the Sparkling Volcano is massive and worth the effort if you have a few people to help you eat it. The Volcano sundae includes a brownie cake, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel sauce on top. It's huge but our kids had a great time trying to devour it. For hours and a menu of the Rainforest Cafe in HTML format, you can go HERE.

Locations - United States and International:

So you want to know if there is a Rainforest Cafe in your neck of the woods? Perhaps you are traveling and want to see if a location is near where you will be staying? Go to their official website online HERE and click on Rio (the bird) to see the locations both in the United States and those that are located Internationally. You get the complete list with phone numbers, address, and Google maps so you can quickly and easily see where it's located.

Rainforest Cafe Coupons:

The easiest way to get coupons for Rainforest Cafe restaurants is to join their Safari Club. The benefits are many and being able to get a guaranteed 10% discount off entrees is worth the membership. When you go to any Rainforest restaurant run by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. you can join the Safari Club in person. They will mail you a membership card with a $10 new member award. You instantly get 10% off the price of your entree plus those of 3 other guests. You can also save money by using the 10% off coupon when buying retail merchandise in their stores. Another benefit of membership is priority seating (based on availability) which comes in handy in places like Disneyland or Disneyworld locations where wait times can easily be an hour or 2 hours long. We found some websites that listed Rainforest Cafe coupons that were redeemable for $10 off a $25 purchase or one that let you buy a Volcano dessert for FREE. You can find an online coupon for a free appetizer HERE.