A picture of the B-1 Bomber Burger you can get at Jake's American Bar at Universal Orlando's Royal Pacific hotel

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My family recently had the pleasure of staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.  This is a wonderful luxury hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.  The hotel has a lot of great perks (it’s within walking distance of Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks, you get free unlimited express pass, etc.).

But one of the reasons I was excited about visiting here is that there are some great dining options here.  My family tried some of the dining options here.  Our favorite was Jake’s American Bar.

So today I am going to review this bistro and bar and tell you all about it.  And then I will tell you how you can save money at your next trip to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Jake’s American Bar Location

Jake’s American Bar is located at the Royal Pacific Resort.  It is really convenient to visit if you are staying at the Royal Pacific Resort, which my family was.  You just take an elevator to the first floor.  It is close to the hotel’s pool and the boat dock.

But if you are not staying here, you can easily get there if you want to come here for dinner or lunch.  You can take a boat to Royal Pacific and then take a boat back to Universal.

A picture of the boat taking guests from the Royal Pacific hotel to the Universal Orlando theme parks (Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios Florida) and CityWalk

Royal Pacific is also a short walk to Islands of Adventure.  So you can take the Garden Walk walking path to the restaurant.

You can access any of the restaurants at the Royal Pacific Resort with the walkway from the theme parks and CityWalk

This can be great on a multiple-day trip to Universal Orlando if you want more sit-down dining experiences since most restaurants at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are quick-service.

Jake’s American Bar: Story, Atmosphere & Decor

One of the things I love about Jake’s American Bar is its innovative storyline (assuming, you know, this is a storyline and not a true story, of course!).  Jake McNally is a fabled South Seas explorer whose seaplane mysteriously disappeared.  But if you want to see it, don’t worry; the boat actually floats in the lagoon onsite at the hotel!

Anyway, the whole restaurant is a tribute to him.  If you have time before your food arrives, check out the memorabilia up around the restaurant.  It really is creative and neat.  I loved the letters from his Hollywood girlfriend, the pictures, etc.  It really helps the story come alive, and I am a sucker for restaurants with detailed storytelling.

Learn about the Jake behind Jake's American Bar at Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando by looking through the decor up at the restaurant

All the letters to Jake add to the overall experience at Jake's American Bar & Bistro at Universal Orlando's Royal Pacific Resort

Jake's American Bar has great attention to detail with its decorations. It is a great sit-down restaurant at Royal Pacific Resort, a hotel at the Universal Resort in Orlando, Florida

Take time to see the decorations at Jake's American Bar when you stay at Royal Pacific Resort a luxury resort within walking distance of Universal Studio Florida & Islands of Adventure theme parks

A review of Jake's American Bar, a bistro and full-service bar at Royal Pacific Resort, an onsite Universal Orlando hotel

Why my family highly recommends Jake's American Bar and Bistro at Royal Pacific at the Universal Orlando Resort

All the decor at the whole restaurant really sets the mood, down to the smallest detail like how the fans on the ceiling look like propellers of planes.

Even the fans are perfectly themed at Royal Pacific Resort's Jake's American Bar & Grill in Orlando, FL

The music playing also helped add to the atmosphere.  It really gives you a 1930s feel.

In addition to the theming, you can get some wonderful views of the resort from this restaurant, too.  Royal Pacific really is one of the prettiest Universal hotels, and that is on full display here.

Jake's American Bar has great nature views of Loews Royal Pacific hotel at Universal Orlando Resort


As you might expect since bar is in their name, Jake’s is a great place to go if you like drinks.  Jake’s is a full-service bar.

Jake's American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando offers island-inspired cocktails & Florida craft beer

They have great island-inspired cocktails and craft beer.

They have a lot of Florida local brews like:

  • Funky Buddha from Oakland Park, Florida
  • Crooked Can from Winter Garden, Florida
  • Big Top from Sarasota, Florida
  • Bold City from Jacksonville, Florida
  • First Magnitude from Gainesville, Florida
  • Islamorada from Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Ivanhoe Park from Orlando, Florida

So if you are looking for a great drink after a day at the theme parks, this is your place.


But Jake’s doesn’t only serve drinks.  My family had lunch here, and we absolutely loved our food.

I’ll start with my favorite menu item.  And that is the Prosciutto And Goat Cheese Flatbread.

Jake's American Bar at Royal Pacific at Universal Studios Florida has great lunch and dinner items like flatbreads, pizzas, and sandwiches

This is a flatbread with, of course, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese along with Roasted Tomato, Arugula, Pesto, and a Balsamic Glaze.  I had actually never eaten anything like this, though I have enjoyed a lot of these ingredients in other meals.  I wasn’t sure honestly if I was going to enjoy it but I took a chance and ordered it.

And boy am I glad I did! Because it was absolutely delicious.  The flavors blended perfectly together.  I loved every bite.

Another great menu item is the B-1 Bomber Burger.

A picture of the B-1 Bomber Burger you can get at Jake's American Bar at Universal Orlando's Royal Pacific hotel

It is a burger that comes with tomato, lettuce, onions, a pickle, and bacon.  It normally comes with cheddar cheese.  But we asked if they could switch it to Swiss cheese, and they happily did.  I thought that was good, since not every restaurant is accommodating when you want to switch ingredients.  Additionally, they were not shy with the swiss cheese, which made the burger way better.  The burger was really good.

You had a choice of fries with this meal.  Pictured here are the sweet potato fries, which were absolutely delicious!

Another fries that was delicious was the Parmesan fries.  They came with the Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich.

Jake's American Bar at Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida offers delicious lunch and dinner items like this great sandwich

This was another delicious menu item.  The Fries in particular were especially delicious.  I like French Fries normally, but I thought these were even better than just regular French Fries.

Jake’s has some great lighter menu items, too, if you don’t want a heavy lunch.  Pictured here is one of those menu items.

One of the "take off" menu items at Jake's American Bar and Grill at Universal Orlando is this delicious tomato soup

It appears on the “Take Off” part of the menu.  It is tomato soup with a side of a grilled cheese sandwich.  And this was delicious, too!


Jake’s American Bar is a great themed restaurant with delicious food and a wonderful selection of craft beer and cocktails.  It is especially a great restaurant to visit if you are staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.  But it is also a great restaurant if you are visiting Universal Orlando because you can walk there from the parks or get there by boat, and it is one of the best sit-down restaurants at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Additional Info: How to Save at Universal Orlando

I am sure you didn’t forget that I said earlier I would tell you how to save money at Universal Orlando!

Well, if after reading this blog entry you want to visit Royal Pacific (you will love it, I am sure), click here.  You can get a great rate at the hotel on this website.

Do you want to also save money on Universal Orlando theme park tickets?  Then click here for some discounted tickets!