REVIEW: Dinner Lifts-Off at Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT, But Is It Worth ‘Out of This World’ Prices?
Space 220 Restaurant finally celebrated its grand opening yesterday, and after enjoying our lunch, we decided to check out what dinner had to offer. Dinner for adults is $79 (including an appetizer, entrée, and dessert), while children are $29 (including an entrée, dessert, and drink).
A check-in desk is set up outside the entrance.
Guests enter the lobby and receive boarding passes for the Stellavator ride to the Centauri Space Station.
Panoramic views of Earth are visible out the windows. We found that the closer to the window you are, the worse the glare from the lights. We had a great view from a table toward the center.
Keep an eye out for some interesting sights. We spotted two astronauts with lightsabers.
Dining at dusk also allowed us to watch the transition from day to night across the country.
Take a full tour of Space 220 Restaurant in our video below.
Big Bang Burrata
Burrata di Mozzarella, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Arugula, Sunflower Seed Romesco
The mozzarella was very good, salty with a touch of pepper and oil. The artichoke hearts were good, but they were not crunchy and had no visible grill marks. Romesco was lemony but left a little to be desired. A fresh dish.
The calamari was delicious. Well cooked, light, and crispy. It is served with a spicy marinara and roasted pepper citrus aioli. We didn’t detect any spice in the marinara; it seemed standard. The roasted pepper citrus aioli has a kick and is the better sauce of the two.
The tuna itself is high grade, but this dish was flavorless. The sesame chips were decent and gave it a much-needed crunch. Otherwise, it just tastes like tuna and avocado. This was our least favorite of the appetizers we tried.
Blue Moon Cauliflower
Tempura Fried Cauliflower, Housemade Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese Dust
This was our favorite of the appetizers. It’s excellent, well cooked, and lightly breaded. The housemade hot sauce is a Buffalo sauce with a nice kick. We recommend this.
The Space Greens is a very fruity, vibrant salad. The pears and dried cranberries went well together, and the spiced nuts add a good texture. One diner in our group stated it was the best salad they ever had.
Centauri Caesar Salad
Miniature Romaine, Classic Caesar Dressing, Parmigiano Reggiano
This was a typical caesar salad. The romaine was very fresh with a nice crunch. If you’re looking for a classic, this is good, but the other two salads were phenomenal.
Galaxy Grain Salad
Quinoa, Beluga Lentils, Roasted Red and Golden Beets, Oranges, King Oyster Mushroom, Cashew Hummus
This was another favorite, with the perfect blend of sweet and citrus flavors. The beets brought a good richness, and we could eat that hummus all day long. The oyster mushrooms were amazing. Each element on its own was delicious, but the combination made this dish out of this world.
Star Course (Entrées)
Slow Rotation Short Rib
Braised Short Rib, Cheddar Grits, Bacon, Haricot Vert
We were divided on this dish. Some of us really enjoyed it, while others felt it was underwhelming for short rib. It was tender but relatively dry, especially for a braised dish. The outside was blackened but did not taste burnt. The meat fell apart as good short rib should, but it also had large fat segments in the cut, which made the total amount of meat somewhat deceptive.
The cheddar grits were excellent, perfectly cooked so that you still had the texture of the grits without being overly grainy. The haricot verts were cooked to just the right tenderness but didn’t have much seasoning.
Florida Red Snapper
San Marzano Tomato Broth, Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini, Sicilian Tapenade
This was stellar. A good-sized portion of a nice, flaky filet of snapper. It’s served in a tomato broth with a vibrant taste and a very fresh and pure tomato flavor. The fish was topped with a Sicilian tapenade, we discerned capers, olives, and garlic at least, all minced very finely. A delicious complement to the fish, which was meaty enough to stand up to the strong flavors of the tapenade.
It was also served with roasted baby potatoes that were nice and crisp on the outside, perfectly cooked and tender inside, and dusted with sea salt. There was broccolini in the sauce as well, and this was the only thing about the dish that left us wanting. It was cut up and very tender, and lost its way in the strong tomato broth. We thought zucchini would have been a better choice for the veggie in this dish.
This was a nice vegan and gluten-free dish with a very substantial amount of food. The corn noodles were a great approximation of traditional flour-based pasta. The pasta was mixed in with zucchini noodles that were cooked al dente.
The sauce was rich and had a nice meaty flavor from the tempeh that was a good approximation of a bolognese sauce. The macadamia nut “ricotta” tasted very much like the real thing, and added a creaminess that pulled the whole dish together nicely. We would recommend this even if you don’t have any dietary requirements.
Glazed Carrots, King Oyster Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, Ginger, Beurre Blanc
The Bluehouse Salmon was cosmically appealing! It was a hit across the table, even for those who normally don’t care for the fish. It’s easy to overcook salmon, but this was not. Most enjoyed the smoky flavor.
The king oyster mushrooms were enjoyed by everyone. The glazed carrots were soft and lightly sweet. The baby bok choy was a nice surprise, something you don’t see in too many dishes on property.
The salmon was also presented uniquely with a smoke-filled cloche, as seen in the video below.
8oz Filet Mignon
Cabernet Butter, Potato Leek Croquette, Haricot Vert
The filet was perfectly cooked and very tender. A quality piece of meat with good flavor. We were split on the Cabernet butter sauce; some of us loved it and were dipping the space fries in it. Some of us found it too sweet, and it detracted from the taste of the meat.
The potato leek croquette was excellent. Nice crispy exterior, and the leek added just a hint of extra flavor without being overpowering. Ours came with broccolini because they ran out of green beans, but we were glad of the switch because the broccolini was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. This was the favorite entree of the majority of the table.
This is an excellent cake, but the flavor is closer to pumpkin than carrot. The sauce is definitely carrot, though, almost like a mashed carrot purée. The “cream cheese” dollop on top is good also, and you get the profile of cream cheese as your tasting it. It’s different, but delicious. The candied walnuts are only slightly sweet, and aren’t completely sugar-coated like you might expect. they help to balance out the heaviness of the other aspects
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Dark Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Crunchy Pearls, Salted Toffee Drizzle
This was phenomenal. The toffee cake didn’t stand up to the sauce as well as we’d have liked, but honestly, it didn’t matter. The sweet, rich cake was well complemented by the sauces and banana for an overall well-rounded dish. A spoon and not a fork dessert. We highly recommend this.
Whipped Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Sauce, White Chocolate Crunchy Pearls, Cookie Crumbs, Dark Chocolate Shards
This is a basic chocolate cheesecake. The top is a chocolate mousse. It’s light, but the richness of the chocolate is there. The paper-thin shards of dark chocolate on top are tempered and melt in your mouth. All in one bite, the crunchy pearls and cookie crumbles give the right texture and depth. This was very good.
Gelato and Sorbet
Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, or Mango
We chose one scoop of mango and one strawberry. It was delicious! Fresh and sweet, but not overly so. Clearly made with real fruit. Don’t get it here, though; you can get the same sorbet at Patina’s gelato stand over in the Italy Pavilion.
The gelato was rich and creamy, with little flakes of chocolate throughout that added to the texture. Same as the sorbet, though, you can get this over in Italy. We recommend one of the other, more unique desserts for the experience.
Lemon Mousse Sphere adorned with White Chocolate Rings, Lemon Custard, Marinated Blueberries, Lemon Curd
Unfortunately, the presentation here was much better than the product. The consistency of the mousse is thick like butter. The mousse is decently tart on its own, but the lemon custard on the bottom is too tart. The curd is stringy and chewy. We couldn’t finish this and cannot recommend it.
Chicken Meatball and Tomato Sauce
The chicken meatball was thoroughly cooked. The sauce didn’t have a lot of flavor. The spaghetti itself was normal. Overall, it was what you’d expect for a kids’ menu item.
Side: Space Fries
A side is not included in the kids’ menu but is available á la carte.
The Space fries are the best fries at EPCOT, but they are still theme park fries. Picky eaters will likely be happy with them.
Dessert: Cosmic Cupcake
Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake Topped with Galactic Frosting
Aesthetically, it’s an ordinary cupcake with colorful frosting and star sprinkles. The frosting was very light and not very sweet. The cake was very moist. Although there was no filling, there was a good balance between the frosting and the cake itself. You can find plenty of cupcakes at the parks with overly sweet frosting or overly dry cake, but this was not the case here. It was a step above your average cupcake. A solid dessert option for children or adults.
Drink: Lightyear Lemonade
Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Butterfly Pea Tea, Mint. Served in a special Space 220 collectible cup.
This was very sweet with a peach flavor and a hint of tang. If your kid is picky, this might not be the best choice, as it’s not a traditional lemonade. The cute cup is the real reason to get the drink. The kids’ meals also come with Space 220 Trading Cards, which is a great addition. The souvenir might help justify the price point.
Moon Rocks – $12
Coconut, Blue Cotton Candy Syrup, Lemonade, Moon Dust, Moon Rocks. Served in a special Space 220 collectible cup.
This kid-friendly, non-alcoholic beverage is very sweet, and the coconut is very strong. When we added the pop rocks, the drink splashed and made a mess on the table (as seen in the video above). It’s a fun mocktail, but flavorwise, it doesn’t stand out.
Stargarita – $16
Herradura Plata, Cointreau, House Made Agave Sour, B’lure
It was a nice but basic margarita. A little too tart, like many of the drinks we tried. But it is crisp and refreshing, and does not taste syrupy at all, making us believe that the mix is house-made. Enjoyable, but nothing remarkable as far as margaritas go.
This is a classic cosmo with a twist. The orange is prevalent with subtle notes of hibiscus, and the cranberry adds a hint of sweetness. The orange peel garnish is shaped like a star for a bit of space-themed fun.
The Big Tang – $16
Avion Silver, Grand Marnier, Tang-Infused Agave Nectar, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Served with Astronaut Ice Cream
This one is very interesting. The grapefruit puts a unique twist into the otherwise very sweet mix of Grand Marnier, agave nectar, and strawberry. Solid tequila flavor without being overpowering. The astronaut ice cream is an odd touch. Thematically, it’s interesting, but the chocolate doesn’t really go with the flavors in the drink. Though it is neat that the ice cream doesn’t get soft or soggy as it sits in the drink.
Red Star – $17
Jameson, Dragon Fruit, Fresh Lemon, Onyx
This manages to be both refreshing and sour. The Jameson and Onyx moonshine are difficult to taste under the other layers of citrus and dragon fruit. One of our party described it as “a punch in the mouth.” But If you like sour drinks, this one is a winner.
This drink comes with a little “show” as it is served with the cotton candy in the glass alone. Then, the beverage is added, and the cotton candy dissolves. The initial taste is somewhat shocking, but it’s pleasant after your taste buds are prepared. It’s extremely sweet, and sugar collects in the bottom of the glass. This was our least favorite drink.
First of all, budget plenty of time for this. Both lunch and dinner took 3+ hours. Overall, everything we ate was good. Some things stood out more than others, but nothing wasn’t enjoyable.
However, for overall value, this is a pricey meal. You are definitely paying for the experience here. It’s meant to be a themed experience that you do once on your family’s trip. Not likely to be a place that locals return to over and over like some other favorites on property. That said, it is definitely worth the trip into space. In a time when theming isn’t getting the attention it used to, this is an out-of-this-world example of how good theming and attention to detail can really make the experience.
They offer a 15% discount for Disney Vacation Club Members and a 10% discount for Annual Passholders.
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