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In case you were wondering, SeaWorld only serves sustainable seafood. There are also always vegetarian options. Prices are in line with everyone else’s: $10 a meal, before a drink, is standard. Most places to eat are clustered in the center between the Waterfront and Kraken. All-you-can-eat food passes (one entree, one side or dessert, one nonalcoholic drink each time through line) cost $33 for adults and $18 for kids ($3 cheaper online); they’re good at six of the counter-service locations.

Disney World has its Mouse-ear ice-cream bar, but at SeaWorld, you’ll be served a variety shaped like Shamu ($3.60). Plastic drinking straws could choke the aquatic animals, so you don’t get one. If you must have a straw, the $9 souvenir cups have them built in, and they grant $1 refills. More interesting are the Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains, which are touchscreen machines that allow you to blend your own brew from a range of 126 Coke flavors. Cups cost $10 and each time you refill it ($1). There’s also a customizable Tourist Penguin version ($16) sold at Antarctica.

The headline meal event is Dine with Shamu, served from noon to 2pm and from 4:30 to 6:30pm alongside the orca pools with the narration of trainers. Prices fluctuate by the day, but $34 for adults and $24 for kids is a peak rate. That’s not bad to be near one of these massive creatures. It’s important to book far ahead.

The newest counter-service location is Expedition Café, with non-A/C seating outside Antarctica, which, like the Antarctic Research Station, serves a range of food from many cultures: baked chicken, shrimp lo mein, gluten-free teriyaki chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, meatless lasagna, and “iceberg chef” salad.

The Terrace Garden Buffet, past the Nautilus Theater, is the only all-you-can-eat buffet. It piles on pizza, pasta, salads, and dessert—nothing daring, no caloric regard. Buy a ticket for $15 adults, $10 kids at the kiosk outside; it closes 90 minutes before the park does. Out front, don’t miss the huge sculptures of sea life made out of plastic trash skimmed out of the ocean by the group WashedAshore.org. The other main restaurants serve high-quality food, too, but with less caloric regard.

The Seafire Inn, at the Waterfront, has some seating overlooking the lagoon and does fish and chips, pasta bowls, Caesar salads, and Mediterranean veggie wraps. Farther up the Waterfront but with similar prices, the Spice Mill Cafe does stuff such as steak burgers, low-fat vegetarian chili, and grilled chicken salad, and it also has pretty water views.

Voyagers Smokehouse, facing the Seaport Theatre’s entrance, offers baby back ribs, spare ribs, and barbecue chicken, with a higher top price of $16.

Like Epcot’s The Seas, the park devotes a section of an underwater viewing area to Sharks Underwater Grill, one of the park’s premier tables. It doesn’t particularly specialize in seafood. Despite some cute touches, such as a bar that’s also an aquarium and chairs that look like sharks’ teeth, prices like $27 for tempura shrimp and $28 for grilled chicken risotto strike me as too high (although salads are $9). But if you can square that with the incredible view, give it a shot. Some tables are right against the glass, but I think I prefer the ones farther back, which have a wider view.

For snacks, I suggest the Cypress Bakery, near the entrance. The carrot cake ($4) is huge, fluffy, and arguably among the best you’ll have anywhere. The parks employees are hooked on it. It also sells snacks for special diets.

SeaWorld participates in the gruesome Orlando tradition of huge roasted turkey legs. Find them for $10 at Seaport Market, near Seaport Pizza (where you buy weak $8 individual pizzas) and at the Smugglers Feasts booth near Seafire Inn. Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs in the Key West area has foot-longs such as one with key lime slaw ($9). At the Shamu end of the boardwalk, Mango Joe’s Cafe does a short menu of burgers and mango chicken salad.
 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.