Is EPCOT’s Space 220 Restaurant Worth The Hassle Or The Price?

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Recently I was able to finally get down to Orlando and check out the Space 220 restaurant in EPCOT. This new(er) restaurant is located to the right hand side of Mission Space, towards Test Track, as you approach the pavilion.

The first thing you need to know is that it is not easy to get into this restaurant. We walked up when it opened and were able to secure a reservation for late afternoon.

Cost

Straight up I’m going to tell you that if you want to spend less do lunch not dinner.  It is a Prix Fix menu for both dining periods, but lunch is $24 cheaper at $55/ per adult. Dinner will run you $79/adult.

With lunch you get an appetizer and an entrée, while dinner gives you those and a dessert.

When you arrive they will have you wait until your table is ready. There is a nice air conditioned seating area.

Then they will call you to line up with a pass. Then you will go into the “elevator” to “go up” 220 miles into space.

This part is basically people standing around two screens, one above and one below you. Here you can see yourself leaving EPCOT and going up to the restaurant.

Once there, you will exit the restaurant and be seated.

The whole wall are screens meant to appear as windows looking out into space. While it’s very interesting at first, the characters outside seem a bit cartoony and it does get a bit repetitive after awhile.

The food

When you sit down you will be instructed to scan a QR code to see a menu. I did not care for this. I get COVID makes sharing menus difficult, but not everyone is going to want to use their mobile devices to order. I’m sure you could ask for a menu if you needed to, but it’s a bit off putting.

Beverages outside of water are not included in the price. Of course they are expensive, especially the alcoholic ones. Drinks do get you a pack of collectible cards, but most people aren’t even going to care about those. Our group tried a couple.

Lightyear Lemonade Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Butterfly Pea Tea, and Mint.

The drink comes with a dropper full of purple  liquid that you can squeeze into the drink. Overall my children liked it.

Moon Rocks – Coconut, Blue Cotton Candy Syrup, Lemonade, Moon Dust, and Moon Rocks.


My nephew enjoyed this one.

Milky Way – Chilled Espresso, Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup, Caramel, Cream, Milky Way.

I got this one and frankly it was not a $12 drink. It was okay and it came with a tiny Milky Way bite. I wouldn’t order it again.

To start you will be allowed to choose an appetizer. The choices can be found HERE.

There were six of us and between us we chose the following:

Big Bang Burrata Burrata di Mozzarella, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Arugula, Sunflower Seed Romesco

My son enjoyed this, but there was a lot of Mozzerella, so he could only do part of it.

Blue Moon Cauliflower-Tempura Fried Cauliflower, Housemade Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese Dust

My daughter did not care for this. She is picky so it was hard to pick something she would eat. She did enjoy the hot sauce.

Starry Calamari-Fried Calamari, Italian Cherry Peppers, Spicy Marinara, Roasted Pepper Citrus Aioli

Two members of our party got this dish and both enjoyed it. I know my husband really liked the sauce.

Centauri Caesar Salad– Miniature Romaine, Classic Caesar Dressing, Parmigiano Reggiano, Crouton Crumble

I was not a fan of this at all. The dressing tastes a bit more vinegary than Caesar usually does and they serve it with hunks of lettuce still bunched together. It was even kind of brown inside. Not worth it.

Galaxy Grain Salad-Quinoa, Beluga Lentils, Roasted Red and Golden Beets, Oranges, King Oyster Mushroom, Cashew Hummus

My sister enjoyed this.

Entrees

There are several Entrees to choose from and you can see the list HERE. We chose:

Galactic Salmon – Glazed Carrots, Miatake Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, Ginger Beurre Blanc

My son really enjoyed this dish.

Centauri Burger – Signature Beef Blend, White Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Fried Potato Wedges, Sriracha Aioli

Three people in our group got this. To be honest, the options are a bit out there for some.  It wasn’t bad. The potato wedges do get overwhelming.

Steak & Frites – Coffee Space Rub Flat Iron, Fries, Broccolini, Chimichurri

My husband got this and it was okay. The steak was cooked more than he asked and the fries were basic restaurant fare and nothing special.

Spaceghetti & Shrimp– Sautéed Shrimp, Spaghetti, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic Beurre Blanc

My sister liked it enough, but wished she had gotten something else.

When you are finished you pay and then take the elevator back down to EPCOT and go on with your day.

But was it worth it?

I would say, no, it wasn’t worth it.

Overall this one was a “one-and-done” type experience for us. It is not worth the price, although you can get an annual passholder discount here.

Everyone working there was really nice and I give them all high marks, but the hype far outweighs the reality of this one. The food, when compared to other table service restaurants in EPCOT, was not that great. It’s also difficult if you have picky eaters. The menu doesn’t have much to appeal to them.

At the end of the day, if you really want to experience it, go for it. Or maybe try the Space 220 Lounge, where you can buy individual items instead of the prix fix menu. Otherwise I would tell you to skip it.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!


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