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Frog Family Foodie Review: Space 220 Restaurant at EPCOT

by Mommy Frog on October 27, 2021 3 Orlando   Video

Space 220 Review - PinterestHave you ever wondered what it's like to dine in space? Well, now you can — 220 miles above Earth! Disney is known for its immersive experiences, and the brand-new restaurant, Space 220, is the latest addition to the lineup of highly-themed dining at Disney World. To make the (g)astronomical experience as realistic as possible, guests board a special elevator simulator that transports them to the space station's dining room, which has giant, panoramic windows looking out into outer space with Earth below. Your favorite frogs leapt at the opportunity to have dinner shortly after Space 220's initial launch at EPCOT. Here's everything you need to know, including full menus and our best tips for getting into this high-demand restaurant.

Overview of Space 220 Restaurant at EPCOT

Space 220 is located next to Mission: SPACE in the new World Discovery neighborhood at EPCOT. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, offering a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner. While it is one of the more expensive meals on property, you're paying for the full culinary adventure in the cosmos. Plus you can expect to spend a good chunk of time in space. Our dinner lasted about two hours!

Don't froget — you'll need valid theme park admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation to dine! You will also need an advanced dining reservation for lunch or dinner. Because it's a brand-new restaurant, reservations may be hard to get, but it's not an impossible (space) mission. If Space 220 is a priority for you, we recommend grabbing any reservation time that pops up and continually checking if you can't seem to catch one. Leap managed to snag our dinner reservation late at night when most frogs would probably be croaking in their sleep.

If you really want a look inside and don't have a reservation, check to see if there is a standby line available for the lounge and bar area. This is also a great option if you just want a drink or a quick bite to eat and don't want to spend as much money for the prix fixe meal. There's a separate a la carte lounge menu, which has some exclusive menu items, or you could order from the prix fixe menu if you'd like. (But if you have a reservation, you must order from the prix fixe menu.) We actually hopped back for a second visit to get a glimpse of the daytime views, and we waited in the lounge's standby line for only about 20 minutes. It was right around the time of the transition from lunch to dinner, so that would be a good time to check if you're trying to avoid a longer wait during the lunch or dinner rush. (Note: As of Dec. 1, 2021, you can make advance dining reservations for the lounge.)

The Arrival Experience at Space 220

Space 220 Review - Boarding Pass

When it's your launch time (aka lunchtime … or dinnertime), check in with the host at the outdoor stand. Perhaps it will be incorporated later, but we didn't get an option to do a mobile check-in, so we went directly up to the stand. After you confirm your reservation, you enter the lobby area where you receive a boarding pass while you wait your turn to board the special space station elevator.

Once it's your turn, you may be grouped with other families, but there is limited space inside the elevator. During the ride, look up and down as you're launched into outer space! You get to watch Mission: SPACE, then EPCOT, followed by Florida and finally the Earth get smaller and smaller as you speed away into the atmosphere. Look up to see views of the Centauri Space Station getting closer. This is one of the best parts of the experience — tadpoles will love it! Once you've arrived at the space station, you pass by a slowly rotating garden of vegetables and a wall with wine bottles in holes. They have to grow the food and store drinks somewhere in space, right?

The Dining Experience at Space 220

Space 220 Review - Bar

There are three sections spaced out on two levels of the dining area: the main dining room, the lounge and the bar. When you initially walk into the dining area, you enter on the second level, with the bar and the lounge area on your immediate right. Keep in mind that if you're seated at the bar, you will be turned around with your back facing the windows, but there is a large mirror on the wall so you can still see what's going on in space. You're more than welcome to explore and take photos once you're done eating. If you have a reservation, you may be seated either on the left side of the second level or down on the lower level, closest to the panoramic windows.

Space 220 Review - Astronaut Family

Keep an eye on the windows throughout your meal, as you never know what may float by! You can see all kinds of activity, including meteors, other space ships, various groups of astronauts sometimes participating in random activities such as a lightsaber battle and "walking" a dog. All of the objects and astronauts move quickly and often stay in one window frame at a time (they don't usually float into the nearby windows), so it can be hard to snap photos and video of them if you're not paying close attention.

If you're having lunch, you'll see daytime views of Earth, and if you're eating dinner, you'll have nighttime views of Earth. But if you're dining at dusk? You'll be able to watch the gradual transition from day to night, moving from east to west. Toadally cool!

Space 220 Lunch Menu

Space 220 offers a two-course, prix fixe lunch menu for $55 per person; you select one appetizer and one entrée to enjoy. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 3:55 p.m.

Lift-Offs (Appetizers)

Space 220 Review - Starry Calamari

  • Big Bang Burrata - Burrata di Mozzarella, grilled artichoke hearts, arugula, sunflower seed romesco
  • Blue Moon Cauliflower - Tempura fried cauliflower, housemade hot sauce and blue cheese dust
  • Centauri Caesar Salad - Miniature romaine, classic Caesar dressing and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Galaxy Grain Salad - Quinoa, beluga lentils, roasted red and golden beets, oranges, king oyster mushroom and cashew hummus
  • Starry Calamari - Tempura fried cauliflower, housemade hot sauce and blue cheese dust
  • Neptuna Tartare - Yellowfin tuna, yuzu ginger miso, soy, avocado, raddish, apple and sesame crackers
  • Space Greens - Bibb lettuce, dried cranberries, roasted pears, spiced pecans and apple cider dressing

Star Course (Entrée)

Space 220 Review - Roasted Free-Range Chicken

  • Seared Tuna - Spiced yellowfin tuna, avocado, marinated egg, brown rice, edamame, pineapple and radishes
  • Bluehouse Salmon - Glazed carrots, king oyster mushrooms, baby bok choy, ginger, beurre blanc
  • Centauri Burger - Signature beef blend, white cheddar cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, fried potato wedges and sriracha aioli
  • Flat Iron Steak - Coffee space rub, smashed fingerling potatoes, cabernet butter and haricots verts
  • Roasted Free-Range Chicken - Herb-roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts
  • Baked Maccheroni - Candele pasta, sausage ragu, broccolini, sheep's milk ricotta, béchamel and pecorino
  • Terra-Bolognese - Corn linguine, tempeh ragu, macadamia nut "ricotta," zucchini and mushroom

Space Station Supplemental

  • Galactic Lobster Globe ($18) - Maine lobster salad, quinoa, bulgar wheat, avocado, lettuce, mango, citrus dressing and crispy wonton (supplemental to the prix fixe menu)

Satellite Sides

  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes ($9)
  • Fried Potato Wedges ($8)
  • Brussels Sprouts ($10)
  • Broccolini ($9)

Supernova Sweets

See dinner menu for ingredients. Dessert is not included with the prix fixe price.

Space 220 Review - Lemon Mousse

  • Carrot Cake ($14)
  • Chocolate Cheesecake ($14)
  • Lemon Mousse ($14, pictured)
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake ($14)
  • Gelato and Sorbet ($10)

Space 220 Dinner Menu

Space 220 offers a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $79 per person; you select one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert to enjoy. Dinner is served between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Lift-Offs — The same appetizer menu is offered at lunch and dinner.

Space 220 Review - Blue Moon Cauliflower

The Blue Moon Cauliflower and Starry Calamari are two of the most popular appetizers, so of course, we had to try them! Leap doesn't usually love calamari, but even he thought it was tasty. He enjoyed the crunchiness and loved the two different dips that came on the side. And I would have to agree that the Blue Moon Cauliflower is a hit! The hot sauce made the dish very flavorful, but it wasn't too spicy (it was very similar to buffalo sauce). The cauliflower was crispy and not overly crunchy, and as someone who isn't a big fan of blue cheese, it wasn't a flavor that stood out.

Star Course

  • Slow Rotation Short Rib - Braised short rib, cheddar grits, bacon and haricots verts
  • Florida Red Snapper - San Marzano tomato broth, fingerling potatoes, broccolini and Silician tapenade
  • Roasted Free-Range Chicken - Herb-roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts
  • X2 Duck - Roasted and confit crescent duck, butternut squash flan, brussels sprouts and orange glaze
  • Terra-Bolognese - Corn linguine, tempeh ragu, macadamia nut "ricotta," zucchini and mushroom
  • Bluehouse Salmon - Glazed carrots, king oyster mushrooms, baby bok choy, ginger, beurre blanc
  • 8 oz. Filet Mignon - Cabernet butter, potato leek croquette, haricots verts; Add shrimp for $9 or half lobster for $15

Space 220 Review - Filet Mignon

Leap decided on the filet mignon. While it wasn't anything "out of this world," he thought it was filling and flavorful, and it met his expectations of a good steak. The sauce and sides complemented the meat well. Meanwhile, I ordered the roasted chicken and got a huge portion (I ended up not finishing everything on my plate). The meat was juicy and delicious, but similar to how Leap felt about his steak, I wasn't completely blown away by the dish. We wish the entrées had more of a space theme too!

Space Station Supplementals

  • 1.5 lbs Baked Whole Lobster Stuffed with Jumbo Crab ($20) - Roasted corn, broccolini and Mornay sauce (supplemental to the prix fixe menu)
  • 24 oz. Bone-In Ribeye ($18) - Coffee space rub, cheddar leek moonrock, asparagus and cippolini onion (supplemental to the prix fixe menu)

Supernova Sweets

  • Carrot Cake - Plant-based carrot cake with plant-based cream cheese, candied walnuts and toasted pepitas
  • Chocolate Cheesecake - Whipped chocolate ganache, chocolate sauce, white chocolate crunchy pearls, cookie crumbs and dark chocolate shards
  • Lemon Mousse - Lemon mousse sphere adorned with white chocolate rings, lemon custard, marinated blueberries and lemon curd
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake - Dark chocolate sauce, caramel crunchy pearls and salted toffee drizzle
  • Gelato and Sorbet - Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or mango

Space 220 Review - Chocolate Cheesecake

Leap opted for the chocolate cheesecake (and I stole a bite). It was very light and reminded us more of mousse than cheesecake, but we're chocoholics and didn't mind at all (but if you're expecting a New York-style texture, you may be a tad disappointed). I went for the lemon mousse, which was incredibly photogenic and a perfect fit for the space theme. From the first bite, I could instantly taste the tangy lemon flavor. It was very strong at first, but as I ate more, my taste buds grew accustomed to it. Though if you're not a fan of lemon-flavored desserts, you'll want to opt for another.

Satellite Sides

  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes ($9)
  • Fried Potato Wedges ($8)
  • Brussels Sprouts ($10)
  • Broccolini ($9)

Space 220 Kids Menu

For both lunch and dinner, kids can choose one star course (entrée), one supernova sweet (dessert) and a celestial beverage. Tadpoles also get Space 220 trading cards.

Star Course

  • Space-ghetti - Chicken meatball and tomato sauce
  • Galactic Salmon - Mashed potatoes and broccolini
  • Cosmic Chicken - Fried chicken tenders, honey mustard dip, ketchup and space fries
  • Mission Macaroni - Corkscrew-shaped pasta, cheddar cheese sauce and breadcrumbs
  • Smashed Burger (lunch only) - Burger, American cheese and space fries
  • Steak and Space Fries (dinner only) - Grilled NY strip steak and space fries

Supernova Sweets

  • Cosmic Cupcake - Chocolate devil's food cake topped with galactic frosting
  • Gelato Scoop - Chocolate or vanilla with chocolate sauce
  • Sorbet - Strawberry or mango

Celestial Beverages

Add a special Space 220 collectible cup for $3.

  • Soda
  • Milk
  • Apple juice
  • Bottled water

Zero-Proof Sippers

These drinks come in a special Space 220 collectible cup for the tadpoles!

  • Moon Rocks ($12) - Coconut, blue cotton candy syrup, lemonade, moon dust and moon rocks
  • Light-year Lemonade ($12) - Fresh-squeezed lemonade, butterfly pea tea and mint

Space 220 Drinks Menu

Atmospheric Spirits

  • Celestial Cosmopolitan ($15) - Tito's Handmade Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry-hibiscus juice and moon dust
  • Jupiter Fizz ($17) - Hendrick's Gin, Aperol, grapefruit and mango
  • Stargarita ($16) - Herradura Plata, Cointreau, housemade agave sour and B'lure
  • The Big Tang ($16) - Avion Silver, Grand Marnier, Tang-infused agave nectar, grapefruit, strawberry and served with astronaut ice cream
  • The Nebula ($15) - Maker's Mark, pineapple, honey, passion fruit, Angostura bitters and moon dust
  • Red Star ($17) - Jameson, Monin dragon fruit, fresh lemon and onyx
  • Atmospritz ($15) - New Amsterdam vodka, Aperol, Monin blood orange, orange juice, Prosecco and cotton candy cloud
  • Planetary Punch ($15) - Bacardi Silver, Malibu, blue curacao, guava and coconut

Space 220 Review - Planetary Punch

If you like piña coladas (and getting caught in outer space), then you'll love the Planetary Punch with its strong pineapple and coconut flavors. I'm partial to sweeter cocktails, and this was right up my lily pad. It's served over dry ice, which causes bubbles on top and a smokey effect. It lasts for a long time so you can get the perfect video for TikTok!

Zero-Proof Cocktails (Nonalcoholic)

  • Moon Rocks ($12) - Coconut, blue cotton candy syrup, lemonade, moon dust and moon rocks
  • Lightyear Lemonade ($12) - Fresh-squeezed lemonade, butterfly pea tea and mint
  • The Milky Way ($12) - Chilled espresso, spiced brown sugar syrup, caramel, cream and Milky Way

The tadpoles enjoyed the Moon Rocks drink! It reminded Tad of melted ice cream, and Lily got a kick out of the "snap, crackle, pop" sounds it made when the Pop Rocks candy was poured into the drink. All of the Zero-Proof cocktails come with Space 220 trading cards.

Crew Brews, Worldly Wines and Dessert Drinks

There's a selection of draft and bottled beer, as well as an extensive wine list. Dessert drinks include coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, Sambuca, Limoncello and the Milky Way.

Space 220 Lounge Menu

Flight Bites (some are unique to the lounge)

  • Astro Deviled Eggs ($12) - Free-range eggs, maple-glazed bacon, scallion, pickled shallots, micro cilantro
  • Starry Calamari ($19) - Fried calamari, Italian cherry peppers, spicy marinara and roasted pepper citrus aioli
  • Blue Moon Cauliflower ($17) - Tempura fried cauliflower, housemade hot sauce and blue cheese dust
  • Chicken on Waffle ($18) - Fried chicken, smoked bacon and roasted corn waffle, spiced coleslaw and bourbon maple glaze
  • Short Rib Sliders ($18) - White cheddar cheese, sriracha aioli, lettuce, tomato and butter pickles
  • New England Lobster Roll ($34) - Chilled Maine lobster, butter-toasted bun, celery, chive, lemon mayonnaise

Atmospheric Spirits, Crew Brews and Worldly Wines

See the same offerings and prices from the Drinks Menu.

Our Thoughts About Space 220 Restaurant

Space 220 Review - Panoramic Windows in Dining Room

Few frogs can say they've dined in space, and this is as close as you can get to the real deal! We really enjoyed the overall experience and were once again blown away by the Disney Imagineers' creativity that went into the immersive theming. (Also, if you're curious about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, we think the hotel will have similar technology that's used for these Space 220 window projections.) The food was delicious, though we wish that some of the dishes would tie in better with the space theme. We didn't leave disappointed at all (our bellies were very full and hoppy!), but for the higher-priced prix fixe menus, the food by itself did not greatly exceed our expectations. Taking into account that the price includes the overall experience though, we can understand why it's pricier than most restaurants on property.

Is Space 220 worth it? If you've got aspiring astronauts or you're celebrating a special occasion and want to splurge, absolutely! But if you're on a tight budget, skip the prix fixe meal and try to get into the lounge (because it's toadally worth riding the space elevator).

Tips for an Out-of-This-World Space 220 Experience

Space 220 Review - Space Elevator Simulation

  • Reservations may be hard to get, but check at random times, even in the middle of the night. We had luck at 12:40 a.m. Some people may also cancel by 11:59 p.m. the night before to avoid the cancellation fee.
  • If you want to make sure that you catch the fireworks, avoid late reservation times beyond 7:30 p.m. (or at least two hours before Harmonious is scheduled) because the multiple courses will make your meal run long. You want to enjoy your food and not have to rush back to Earth!
  • We'd suggest waiting in the standby line for the lounge if you don't have a reservation, are limited on time or don't want to spend the full price for a prix fixe meal. Stop by around 4 p.m. when it's transitioning from lunch to dinner, as we'd expect the wait time is likely shorter then, compared to peak dining times.
  • Our waiter shared that the window projections run on a 90-minute "show" before they are repeated. So if you see the astronaut walking the dog, you might not see them again!
  • Make a trip to the restroom, and don't worry — fluid vacuum containment systems will engage in the unlikely event of an artificial gravity malfunction.

What do you think is the coolest part about dining in space? Let us know in the comments if you're planning a visit to the Centauri Space Station at Space 220. 

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney World’s Advance Dining Reservation System

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 13, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. Aaron Says...

The drinks seem to be where it's at. From the looks of the menu, the food lacks imagination--can probably get better food here on earth--lol

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Nov 3, 2021 at 11:44 p.m. Cathy Dunn Says...

Our daughter was lucky enough to get reservations at Space220 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. She got online at 5:30AM and kept trying till she got them at 6AM. We went in knowing it would be pricey. We had a 5PM dining time. We were very happy with our experience. Our space hostess was amazing. The whole atmosphere was worth it. My husband got the salmon which he said was excellent. I got the chicken which was good (not special) as was the mashed potatoes. Not a fan of brussel sprouts either. Special needs son got the kids Space-ghetti. They let him order it with no issues even though he just turned 49. We could not believe the large portion he received. The 1 meatball on top was just a bit smaller than a baseball!! He was celebrating his birthday too and they brought him a space decorated cupcake with his gelato. He was thrilled. He also got the souvenir cup which was a rocket shaped with lid like the nose cone on a real rocket (very cool). My daughter got the filet mignon with the sweet potato which she said was very good. She also opted for the moon rocks drink so she could get the trading cards. I had the carrot cake for dessert. It was wonderful. No raisins or nuts or carrots, just a smooth, moist cake texture with a very light cream cheese frosting. I would definitely recommend it. My husband teased the hostess about how he could get trading cards too. When she brought our bill she told him there was a surprise in the receipt. It was trading cards. Apparently there is a rare white trading card that is worth something and he was hoping to get it. And we also got an anniversary cupcake (chocolate with out of this world frosting-space themed). We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our experience!! Everything you mentioned in your comment was awesome too.

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Nov 4, 2021 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy!

It sounds like you had a frogtastic time in space! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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