Everything You Need to Know About Dining at Kings Island

If you are visiting Kings Island for the day, you are most likely going to grab a bite to eat while you are there.

I’m sharing tips and menu items so that you can plan ahead and make the most out of your dining experience at Kings Island.

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Local Cincinnati Favorites 

I love to check out the local foods when I visit a destination. If you are visiting from out of town, Kings Island has several local favorites in its dining options that will give you a taste of some of the local flavors.

LaRosa’s Pizza

A local chain known for their thin crust pizza served with a sweet sauce with provolone cheese on top. There is a theory that LaRosa’s Pizza tastes better at Kings Island.

Skyline Chili

Cincinnati Style Chili has a cult following and most people either love it or hate it.

It’s definitely not your typical traditional chili and Skyline Chili is by far one of the most popular chili parlor chains in the area.

You can order a cheese coney, 3-way ( spaghetti covered with chili topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese), or a 4-way (3-way plus onions or beans)

Tom and Chee

You might recognize this brand from its features on Shark Tank or the Travel Channel. They are known for their grilled cheese and melts along with their grilled cheese donut.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Grab a scoop of handcrafted ice cream using the French Pot Process.

One of the most popular flavors is Raspberry Chip but you really can’t go wrong with any of the flavors.

Blue ice cream with sprinkles at Kings Island

Famous Blue Ice Cream 

If you have a history of visiting Kings Island that spans a few decades, you might also refer to the Blueberry soft served ice cream as “Smurf” Ice Cream, as it used to be called back in the days of Hanna Barbera Land. 

I highly recommend topping your blue ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, just because you can. Blue ice cream is in the Planet Snoopy section of the park.

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Ways to Save Money on Meals at Kings Island 

There are several options to choose from to save money on meals at Kings Island.

Single Meal Deal 

A single meal deal includes an entree, a side, and a regular fountain drink. 

All-Day Dining Ticket 

If you are just visiting for the day, I recommend the All Day Dining Plan.

This plan is best for out-of-town guests and Non-Season Pass holders. With All Day Dining, you get a meal with an entree and a side every 90 minutes.

I recommend setting an alarm on your phone to help you keep track of your meal times.

Premium All-Day Dining Ticket

The all-day dining tickets include an entree or snack every 90 minutes and also include beverages all day. (Drink refills must be 15 minutes apart)

All-Season Dining Plan

There are a few ways that you can save on dining at Kings Island.

If you are a Season Pass Member I highly recommend the All Season Dining Plan that you can eat up to 2 meals, 4 hours apart during each visit.

You can read more about Why I bought the All Season Dining Plan here.

What Restaurants Are on the Kings Island All Season Dining Plan for 2023?

  • Chicken Shack
  • Coconut Cove Cafe
  • Coney Bar-B-Que
  • Enrique’s
  • Festhaus
  • Grain & Grill
  • Island Smokehouse
  • Juke Box Diner
  • LaRosa’s Pizzeria
  • Miami River Brewhouse
  • Panda Express
  • Planet Snoopy Grill
  • Potato Works
  • Skyline Chili
  • The French Corner
  • Tom & Chee

Where Can I Get Snacks on the Premium All-Day Ticket?

  • Auntie Anne’s (Both Locations)
  • Calypso Coolers
  • Cinnabon
  • Coney Treats
  • Dippin Dots (All Locations)
  • Ice Scream Zone
  • Meteor Canteen
  • Rivertown Funnel Cake
  • Snoopy Treats
  • World’s Greatest Funnel Cakes
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Ways to Save Money on Drinks at Kings Island

Soft Drinks, Pop, Coke, or whatever you call it

If you are big on soft drinks, you have a few ways that you can save on beverages too.

If you are only visiting for the day you might consider purchasing the Souvenir Bottle (Buy online and save $2)

Enjoy Coca-Cola beverages including Minute Maid Lemonade, Hi-C Fruit Punch and Powerade all day long. You get FREE refills on your first visit and pay $1 for each whenever you visit within the same season.

Kings Island Souvenir Cup

All Season Drink Plan With Souvenir Bottle

If you are a Season Pass holder for the best value you can choose between the All Season Souvenir Bottle or go bottle free with the Season Pass Drink Plan and enjoy unlimited drink refills for one low price for the season!

*There is a 15-minute interval between drink refills.

Are Courtesty Cups of Water Still Available?

Yes, you can still get courtesy cups of water where drinks are available. 

They are really small cups so if you want to stay hydrated all day you may want to consider purchasing a souvenir drink cup.

alcohol at Kings Island

Where Can You Purchase Adult Beverages at Kings Island?

There are a few locations where you can buy a beer or specialty drink. The Bier Garten has a full-service bar, offering wine, spirits, craft beers, and frozen drinks.

There is also a bar and stand serving beverages with alcohol in the Soak City Waterpark.

Miami River Brewhouse and Festhaus also have alcohol available for purchase.

Where are the Coffee Stops at Kings Island?

Coffee lovers will find lots of caffeinated options at the large Starbucks with plenty of seating located on International Street.

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Got Food Allergies?

You can still find lots of dining options throughout the park. If you have a specific dietary regimen or if you have food allergies, you will want to speak to a food and beverage supervisor for guidance and recommendations.

Dairy Free Products

Note: Klosterman bread products in the park are vegan-friendly.

  • Fresh cut Fries – Rivertown Potato Works
  • Burrito Bowl – Hank’s Burrito Shack (no sour cream or cheese)
  • Chicken Sandwich – Snoopy Grill, Coconut Cove & Juke Box Diner
  • Hamburger- Festhaus, Jukebox Diner, Snoopy Grill & Coconut Cove
  • House Salad – Reds Hall of Fame Grille

Egg Free Products

Note: Klosterman bread products in the park are vegan-friendly.

  • Soft Pretzels – Cart locations around the park
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels & Nuggets
  • Strawberries with Whipped Cream- Festhaus, LaRosa’s International St., LaRosa’s Rivertown, Skyline Chili International St., Coke Market Place
  • Coleslaw – Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Fresh cut Fries – Rivertown Potato Works
  • Mac-n-Cheese – Festhaus, Snoopy Grill, Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Burrito Bowl – Hank’s Burrito Shack
  • Chicken Tenders – Chicken Shack, Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Chicken Sandwich – Snoopy Grill, Coconut Cove, Juke Box Diner & Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Hot Dogs- Hotdog Grill Soak City, Rivertown Hotdog, Snoopy Grill, Reds Hall of Fame Grille & Juke Box Diner
  • Antipasto Salad- Festhaus, International St. LaRosa’s, Rivertown LaRosa’s & Coconut Cove
  • Side Salad- Festhaus, International St. LaRosa’s, Rivertown LaRosa’s & Coconut Cove
  • Hamburger- Festhaus, Jukebox Diner, Reds Hall of Fame, Snoopy Grill & Coconut Cove
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad – Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Chicken Caesar Salad – Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • House Salad – Reds Hall of Fame Grille

Locations Using Peanut Oil/Peanuts/Tree Nuts

  • Graeters
  • Ralphs Ice Cream – (a toppings option)
  • Subway locations – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Panda Express
  • Rivertown Potato Works
  • Chick-fil-a

Locations Using Peanut Oil

  • Rivertown Potato Works
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Panda Express

Vegetarian Options at Kings Island

Note: Klosterman bread products in the park are vegan-friendly.

  • Soft Pretzels – Cart locations around the park
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels & Nuggets
  • Strawberries with Whipped Cream- Festhaus, LaRosa’s International St., LaRosa’s Rivertown, Skyline Chili International St., Coke Market Place
  • Coleslaw – Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Fresh cut Fries – Rivertown Potato Works
  • Mac-n-Cheese – Festhaus, Snoopy Grill, Reds Hall of Fame Grille
  • Burrito Bowl – Hank’s Burrito Shack
  • Side Salad- Festhaus, International St. LaRosa’s & Rivertown LaRosa’s

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Healthy(ier) Dining Plan Options on the Dining Plan

**The substitution policy varies by the stand, so make sure that you ask before you order.

Coney Bar-B-Que (Coney Mall)

  • Rotisserie Chicken with one Side
  • Pulled Pork with one Side

Festhaus (In Oktoberfest)

  • Gluten free pizza

Hank’s Mexican Grill (In Oktoberfest)

  • Burrito bowl

Juke Box Diner (In Coney Mall)

  • Grilled chicken sandwich and fries

LaRosa’s Pizza (On International Street and in Rivertown)

  • JoJo Salad with Breadsticks
  •  Antipasto Salad with Breadsticks

Panda Express (In Oktoberfest)

  • Two entree plate and side

Planet Snoopy Grill (In Planet Snoopy)

  • Grilled chicken sandwich and fries

Potato Works (In Rivertown)

  • Boneless Chicken Wings with Fresh Cut Fries

Miami River Brewhouse (In Rivertown)

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Subway (In Coney Mall & Soak City)

  •  Six-inch sub and bag of baked chips

Coconut Cove Cafe (In Soak City)

  • Jojo Salad with breadstick
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fries

Island Smokehouse (In Soak City)

  • Pulled Pork with One Side (While Supplies Last)
  • Smoked Chicken Wings with One Side (While Supplies Last)

Subway (In Coney Mall & Soak City)

  • Six-inch sub and bag of baked chips

shrimp at Kings Island

One of My Favorite Places to Dine at Kings Island

During the summer months, I always look forward to the breaded shrimp, spicy sauce, and wavy fries at the Island Smokehouse in Soak City.

I order it every time I visit the waterpark and sometimes I even walk over from the other side of the park for it. The breading for the shrimp reminds me of a hushpuppy and the sauce has a great kick to it.

All season long Coney-BBQ- Smokehouse is my go to for meats that have been slow cooked with great sides.

Air Conditioned Dining Options at Kings Island

If you are trying to beat the heat, my first recommendation would be the Miami River Brewhouse.

Another great location would be the Festhaus with large Bavarian-style tables perfect for large groups which also has several different restaurants in one spot along with live shows throughout the day.

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More Sweet Treats

Because you can never have too many sweets on an adventure day, I recommend sharing a funnel cake ice cream sundae (located on International Street near the Eiffel Tower) or another local favorite, Graeter’s Ice cream.

You can also find lots of specialty candies and treats at the Sweet Spot or grab a cinnamon sugar pretzel at Auntie Anne’s.

Unique Eats

If you are feeling extra adventurous check out the wild flavors of cotton candy- ( chili pepper, cake batter, and ranch to name a few) inside The Sweet Spot shop on International Street.

Want to Save on Your Next Visit to Kings Island?

You can find discount tickets to Kings Island here.

More Information

You can plan your next visit and find more information from the King Island website. 

Additional Kings Island Articles

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10 Fun Things for Non-Riders to Do at Kings Island

Why I Bought the All Season Dining Plan at Kings Island

What You Need to Know About Winterfest at Kings Island

Disclosure: I’m a Kings Island Ambassador which means that I share my love for the park and enjoy perks and behind the scenes access.This article contains affiliate links.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dining at Kings Island

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