Space 220 Review: Is it Worth Your Time & Money?

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Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT
Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT

Would you like to eat in space?  EPCOT has a restaurant 220 miles above Earth at the Centauri Space Station.  While enjoying a meal, you can gaze upon the wonders of space.  

Miles with McConkey went into the great unknown to check it out.  We provide you with a Space 220 review and answer the question – is it worth your time and money? 

SPACE 220 WHAT TO KNOW

Is Space 220 actually in space?

To be clear, Space 220 Restaurant is not actually in space.  It is a theme restaurant to give you the sensation of eating in space.

Space 220 location

The restaurant is near the front of EPCOT, between Mission: SPACE and Test Track.

220 hours

Normal operating hours are:

  • Lunch:  11:30 am to 3:55 pm
  • Dinner:  4:00 pm to 8:40 pm

Space 220 dress code

Even though the restaurant advertises out-of-this-world dining, you do not need to dress fancy.  You are in a theme parkCasual attire is perfectly fine.

Starry Calamari at Space 220
Starry Calamari

Seating options

  • Restaurant (reservations required)
  • Lounge (reservations required)
  • Bar (walk up only)

Space 220 walk up

Currently, there is no walk-up seating in the restaurant or lounge.  You must have a reservation.

Steak & Frites at Space 220
Steak & Frites

Space 220 lounge

Space 220 has an open layout.  The lounge is literally a few feet from the restaurantseating.  There are no walls or partitions.  Your view is the same.

In the lounge area, you can order a la carte (flight bites) or from the regular menu.  With the same view and additional menu options, the lounge is a more flexible alternative for guests.

Bar 220

There are 10 coveted seats at the bar.  Currently, the only way to sit at the bar is to join a walk-up queue.  It is not a virtual queue.  If you step out of the line, you will lose your spot.

At the bar, you can order from the regular menu or a la carte.  If you prefer, you can skip the food and just order a cocktail.

No guests under age 21 are permitted at the bar.

Coconut Panna Cotta at Space 220
Coconut Panna Cotta

Space 220 reservations

Reservations are needed for both the restaurant and lounge areas.  The bar does not take reservations.

Dining reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance.  In general, dining reservations are recommended for all Disney table-service restaurants.

Since Space 220 just opened late September, 2021, it is very popular.  It is like the shiny, new toy that everybody must have.  

You need to make your reservations as soon as your 60 day window opens

There are three ways to reserve a table:

IMPORTANT: You must be able to enter EPCOT in order to get to the restaurant.  So, you must have valid admission and park reservations for EPCOT on the same day in order to dine at Space 220.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere is the primary attraction at Space 220.  Everything looks and feels like you are in space.  Even the menu items are named accordingly.  Restaurant staff members stay in character, talking to you the entire time as if you are really in space.

Space 220 elevator

Upon entering the ground facility, you will receive a boarding pass.  To reach the Centauri Space Station, you will take an elevator to space.  It is essentially a simulatorexperience.  This is actually pretty cool.  

Looking up, you will see the space station get closer as you leave Earth behind.  If you look down, you will see Earth become small as you ascend into the vast darkness.

After your meal, you will return to Earth in the space elevator.

If you tend to get motion sickness with simulators, tell a Disney cast member when you arrive at the elevator.  You can enter the restaurant separately, bypassing the simulator.  

I encourage you to ride the elevator if you can.  It is a significant part of the overall experience.

Space lettuce

Space lettuce at Space 220
Space lettuce

After exiting the elevator, you will pass a spinning wheel of hydroponic space lettuceHow did they know I enjoy Living with the Land?

Space 220 view

View from Space 220 Restaurant
View from Space 220

You will then be escorted into the restaurant itself.  The windows are actually giant screens with images of space.  You can see Earth looming in the distance below.  It is quite surreal.

Every now and then a space shuttle will fly by or an astronaut will float into view.  These are just two of the many possible sightings you may encounter during your meal.  

We do not want to spoil anything else for you.  Let’s just say, you will find yourself staring into space…

Space 220 prices

The restaurant offers a complete meal at a fixed price.

Lunch pricing:

  • Adults:  $55
  • Children:  $29

Lunch includes: appetizer (lift-off) and entree (star course).

Dinner pricing:

  • Adults:  $79
  • Children:  $29

Dinner includes: appetizer (lift-off), entree (star course) and dessert (supernova sweet).

SPACE 220 MENU

Chocolate Cheesecake at Space 220
Chocolate Cheesecake

Space 220 Lunch

Lift-offs:
  • Big Bang Burrata
  • Starry Calamari
  • Blue Moon Cauliflower
  • Space Greens
  • Centauri Caesar salad
  • Galaxy Grain Salad
  • Neptuna Tartare
Star course:
  • Tuna Tataki
  • Galactic Salmon
  • Steak Salad
  • Steak & Frites
  • Supreme Chicken Breast
  • Centauri Burger
  • Quinoa Burger
  • Terra-Bolognese
  • Spaghetti & Shrimp

Space 220 Dinner

Lift-offs:

Same as those served at lunch.

Star course:
  • Slow Rotation Short Rib
  • Florida Red Snapper
  • Supreme Chicken Breast
  • Space Glazed Duck Breast
  • Terra-Bolognese
  • Galactic Salmon
  • 8 oz. Filet Mignon
  • 1.5 lbs. Baked Whole Lobster Stuffed With Jumbo Crab
  • 24 oz. Bone in Ribeye
Supernova sweets:
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coconut Panna Cotta
  • Short Cake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Gelato 
  • Sorbet
Space 220 drinks:
  • Cocktails (atmospheric spirits)
  • Wines (worldly wines)
  • Beers (crew brews)

Drinks are available at the bar, lounge and dining room during normal operating hours.  

The atmospheric spirits provide the most fun both in name and concept.  Atmospritz has a cotton candy cloud.  The Big Tang includes tang-infused agave nectar and astronaut ice cream.    

Note that drinks cost extra and can quickly rocket your bill to the moon.

SPACE 220 REVIEW

Impressions

Space 220 is a fun and unique experience unlike any other theme restaurant we have seen.  Overall, the food is good.  

The real star here is the atmosphereEverything and everyone plays into the space theme.  The elevator ride adds a layer of realism to the experience.  Your view makes it feel like you really are in the dark, vast space wilderness.

Disney cast members play their part very well, never breaking character.  Service is fast and friendly.

Lift-offs

Space Greens at Space 220 Restaurant
Space Greens

The lift-offs may not appeal to those who are picky eaters.  Trust me, we have a few in my family.  And, that is being kind. 

We inquired about having dessert in lieu of an appetizer.  The waitress quickly ran this by a manager for approval and we were ready for launch.  Some of our party took full advantage of the substitution.  Keep this in mind if you prefer to have dessert instead of an appetizer at lunch.

With that said, the lift-offs we did order all came out fresh and tasty.

The standout here is the Space Greens.  It consists of Bibb lettuce, compressed watermelon, spiced pecans and an apple cider dressing.  

The produce was crisp and flavorful.  Guess that spinning wheel of hydroponic space lettuce works!

The sweet and juicy watermelon was a nice counterbalance to the spiced pecans and cider dressing.  Simply put, this is a tasty and refreshing salad.

Star course

Centauri Burger at Space 220
Centauri Burger

Keep in mind, we were here during lunch.  While the star course offerings for lunch do not shine as bright as the dinner options, there are still some solid choices.  All the entrees were good.  

The winner here is the Centauri burger.  It was cooked to perfection, juicy and flavorful.  The crisp garden toppings enhanced the burger.

The steak was good, not great.  It is a flat iron steak with a coffee rub and a chimichurri sauce.   The coffee rub has a subtle presence while the chimichurri sauceis bright with a slight spiciness.

The flat iron is the only steak option at lunch.  I would have preferred filet mignon or something a bit thicker and more tender.  This is not to say the steak was bad.  It just was not out of this world.

One of our taste testers had the Cosmic Chicken from the kids menu.  She boldly proclaimed, “These are the best chicken tenders I have ever had!

The star course options for dinner are clearly elevated when compared to lunch.  Considering the cost is $79, they should be.

My conclusion is that the star courses are good.  However, the price is high if burgers and chicken tenders are your standouts.

In fairness, we did not have the opportunity to taste the dinner star courses.  I am confident they are a step up.  Is it worth the price though?

Supernova sweets

Carrot cake at Space 220
Carrot cake at Space 220

We had the chance to sample nearly every dessert on the menu.  Hands down, everyone agreed the carrot cake was the best.  A few said it was the best carrot cake they had ever eaten.

The chocolate cheesecake was a hit for some, but a miss for others.  All the other desserts were ok.  Our advice, go for the carrot cake!

Is Space 220 worth it?

With the consensus being that the burger is the best lunch entree, is Space 220 worth your time and money?  

This place is really more about the experience than the food.  With that said, you expect a quality meal for the price.

We feel that the food is good.  It is not out of this world.  The theme is unique and fun for the whole family.  Based on this, is Space 220 overpriced?  As much as I like the concept, it is overpriced.  

I am glad we ate here and had the experienceDo I feel the need to do it again?  No, one time is enough.

The Bottom Line

If you plan to come here solely for the food, I think you will feel disappointed at this price point.  I believe you will be happier sampling all the wonderful foods and drinks across the many countries in the park. 

If you come to enjoy the experience, I think you will find this to be a fun outing as a one-time eventTry to book seats in the lounge so you can order a la carte to save a few bucks.

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About the author

We are Scott and Julie at Miles with McConkey. After nearly 30 years, we took a leap of faith out of the corporate world to enjoy a life of travel and adventure. We hope to inspire you to find ways to travel more and enjoy life now.

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