Space 220 has officially opened in EPCOT!
This long-awaited restaurant takes guests up “220 miles above Earth” to dine on space-themed eats at the Centauri Space Station. We’ve been in to check out the food, drinks, and amazing views already, and we also found some awesome easter eggs for you to look out for while you’re there. If you’re planning to eat at Space 220 soon, you might be wondering When is the best time to go? Here are our thoughts on that!
While the restaurant opened taking walk-ins only, now you can make a reservation now for the restaurant, and those reservations are going fast!
Now, reservations will be the best way to get inside for a meal. But you can always get in to the Space 220 Lounge without a reservation by joining the virtual queue. You’ll still want to get there early in the day to put your name on the list for the Lounge.
So when is the best time to eat inside Space 220? The answer might just be “whenever you can get in.” This is a really high-demand place right now, so we’re just happy when we can get our names on the list to come eat at the lounge. If you’re eating in the Lounge, you can try the fun, space-themed drinks like the Celestial Cosmopolitan for $15…
…or the Stargarita for $16.
There are also some “Flight Bites,” which are smaller meals on the Lounge Menu. We really enjoyed the Blue Moon Cauliflower for $17…
…Short Rib Sliders for $18, and Chicken on Waffles for $18.
As you can see, these are still pretty big portions. Depending on which you ordered, you could definitely treat them as a good-sized lunch or dinner. Here’s a look at the full Lounge menu.
Since it’s in such high demand right now, any time you can get on that Space Elevator is the best time! And if you aren’t able to get a reservation, we would actually recommend the Lounge over lunch or dinner anyways, since you can still order off the main menu if you want, or you can choose one of those Lounge Bites, which were some of our favorite dishes here anyways.
What if would prefer to get reservations? When should you book them? In our opinion, dinner was the best bang-for-your-buck in terms of the experience and food.
Lunch was a little bit cheaper, and it’s less of a time commitment since it’s two courses instead of three. So if you’re trying to get in some other EPCOT attractions and activities, you might prefer to visit Space 220 for lunch instead.
BUT if you’re looking for the best Space 220 experience, we think dinner wins, hands down. Dinner for adults is $79, and for kids it’s $29. It’s about $24 more for adults than the lunch prices, but the cost for kids is the same. The adult menu at dinner comes with three courses, including an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Kids get a main course, dessert, and a drink.
The appetizers for both meals are the same.
Here’s a look at the lunch menu for adults…
…compared to the dinner menu.
Some of the lunch items are just not worth the $55 price tag, like the Centauri Burger (a good burger, but nothing super special) or the Baked Maccheroni (we thought it was forgettable). But if you are there for lunch, we really enjoyed the Flat Iron Steak, which we thought was the best value for your money here.
Even better than the lunch steak, though, was the Filet Mignon at dinner. The Short Ribs were also one of our favorites here. In general, we thought the dishes at Dinner were just a little more interesting and filling, which made it more worth the extra cost to us.
PLUS dessert is included in the Dinner price, which gives you access to some cool treats like the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake…
…or the fancy-looking Lemon Mousse.
And if you’re going to Space 220 later in the day, you might get to see both the day and night views from the windows and inside the Space Elevator.
But keep in mind that you can still order off the Lunch or Dinner menu if you’re going to the Lounge. You will have to do the prix fixe meal (which includes the appetizer and entree for lunch and appetizer, entree, and dessert for dinner), and pay full-price for the meal if you order it in the Lounge.
The other option at the Lounge is just to order off the Flight Bites and drinks menu, which is what we would choose for our next visit.
In general, we think the best way to do Space 220 is to go to the Lounge. You can get there early and put your name on the list, then go back and decide what you’re in the mood for — a full prix fixe meal or just a few smaller plates and some fun drinks!
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Are you heading to Space 220 soon? Let us know in the comments!