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supersuperwendy
12-30-2006, 09:58 PM
The unofficial guide says sci-fi isn't very good. How about just for an appetizer or dessert? How is the atmosphere? I'm so curious....

Nanabug02
12-30-2006, 10:05 PM
My DH and I, and even my parents, always enjoy the Sci-Fi. You have to try it at least once, just for the really great atmosphere. Just go in knowing the the food is not gourmet, just diner-style. Although, when we went this past summer, I really enjoyed my food. I can definitely recommend the BLT soup and the onion rings.

I say just go for it!!! It is really neat inside! If you are worried about shelling out big bucks, go for a late lunch and either have appetizers and desserts, or split an entree. Ya'll will have fun!

Bob P
12-30-2006, 10:06 PM
No matter what the restaurant, you will find people who like it and people who don't. The Unofficial Guide has never liked it.

But if the menu appeals to you, give it a try. Never mins what other people think!

And yes, you can go just for appetizers or dessert if you like...

Aimeedyan
12-30-2006, 10:14 PM
I've never had a bad meal there - it's a great themed restaurant with typical burger and fry food. Always had great service, too.

There are lovers and haters of every restaurant at WDW; you just have to choose the ones that appeal to you and try it for yourself =)

supersuperwendy
12-30-2006, 10:16 PM
Follow up question....

How many people fit at a table?

LVSWL
12-30-2006, 10:21 PM
The atmosphere is cool, but the waiters used to all be on rollerblades and now only a few are, which isn't quite the same. We ate there recently and had the worst waitress that we have ever had in WDW. She was rude from the moment she walked up and unavailable throughout our meal. We even had to get out of the car and go back to the kitchen once to ask for some help once. Then when it was time for the check ( and the tip) she was all smiles. Yeah right! I know you can have bad service anywhere, but we have other favorites in MGM and will go elsewhere from now on.

tripplanner
12-30-2006, 10:23 PM
We love the Sci Fi atmosphere, but the food is really mediocre. The kids enjoy it so much that we try to go each trip. They like eating in a car and watching the movie clips.

HSMndLKfan92
12-30-2006, 10:34 PM
I love Sci-Fi.

I have a thing for the '50s atmosphere.

I guess it just depends if you like to sit in cars while eating . . .

The food is good.

Scraper
12-30-2006, 10:52 PM
We loved it. It was a little expensive but we had a great time took pictures with our waiter he was so cool.:rotfl:

mommykds
12-30-2006, 10:52 PM
We love Sci Fi..the atmosphere was great & so was the food. The kids loved watching the old movie clips & sitting in the car. We had a whole car to ourselves (5 of us) The car has 3 rows so you could fit 6 in a car.

KimStaR
12-30-2006, 11:00 PM
i really love sci fi.. the atmosphere cant be beat and the food is good too.. i usually get the reuben sandwhich. we also get the BLT soup which is good too! you DEFINITELY have to try this place out.

rie'smom
12-30-2006, 11:00 PM
On our last trip I had the shrimp penne pasta and it was absolutely delicious! The shrimp were huge and so well seasoned. My friend had the salmon which she loved. One of the kids had the ribs and the other had a burger. Every single one of us thought it was a wonderful meal.

Mazz519
12-30-2006, 11:38 PM
My family and I really didnt care for this place at all, we went a few years ago and thought it was one of the worst restaurants we ever went to at WDW. On our last trip we figured we would give it another try but unfortunately the service was bad and the food even worse. The kids did like the atmosphere but that only lasted for about 10 minutes. Sorry but this family gives it a thumbs down

2minny
12-30-2006, 11:41 PM
We always enjoy our annual sci-fi lunch, but we don't stray far from the cheesburger type meal. I wouldn't go there to enjoy a fine meal, but more of a casual experience. My kids always love it.

bkfree
12-31-2006, 12:15 AM
We love the Sci Fi and it is a must each trip. One of the most unique dining experiences at WDW. Food is good enough, Hey It's Drive In. We love the shakes, the Reuban and the Spinach Artichoke Dip is great.The French fries are pretty darn good too. Everyone should certainly try this out at least once.
My kids would never allow us to skip it. We usually pay OOP instead of using a TS DDP credit.:yay:

Maliki2
12-31-2006, 01:08 AM
Wife and I ate there, the food was ok but the atmosphere was fun so we enjoyed it.

S.Poppins
12-31-2006, 01:11 AM
I agree with most of the posters that Sci-Fi is something you should experience at least once. We ate there last year. I was the only one who did not like my entree. I ordered some shrimp pasta thing. Stick with ribs and burgers. The spinach artichoke dip was great! It really is a cool atmosphere.

ellencoppola
12-31-2006, 10:14 AM
My husband & I went there for the first time a couple of years ago and we thought it was really cool (brought back memories of being a kid) and the food was not bad. Then we went back the following year and we were on the DDP at that time and the waiter was not friendly what so ever and the food was not that good. Needless to say we won't go back.

ImprovGal
12-31-2006, 11:28 AM
I've never eaten at Sci Fi because I'd heard that the only things they do well are burgers and fries. However, earlier this month I ate at ABC Commissary with a vegan friend and the chef (they share kitchen and chef with Sci-Fi) brought her the mango-glazed tofu dish he prepares at Sci Fi. I got to try some and it was sooooooo tasty! I think I'll be visiting Sci Fi on an upcoming trip.

MJMcBride
12-31-2006, 12:11 PM
Its OK. Stick to the basics and milkshakes. It is avery fun place to eat though especially with kids. It is not gourmet at its finest however

caribear
12-31-2006, 12:15 PM
We always have so much fun here. We stick with the burgers and milkshakes though.....I just love the atmosphere. MIL had the ribs last week and said they were a little fatty, but she still enjoyed them.

crisi
12-31-2006, 02:43 PM
They spike their milkshakes, the kids sit in the front of the car and have a perfectly acceptable kids meal while watching movies. The grownups sit in the back seat. The food doesn't wow, but the atmophere is one of Disney's best. Lunch is a better choice than dinner.

KangaFan
12-31-2006, 02:49 PM
I was told that there are cars that seat 4 or 6. HTH!

supersuperwendy
12-31-2006, 03:27 PM
Well...we'll be there on May 14th (extra evening hours). We're doing the fantasmic package at 3:30 (mama melrose). I think after the 9:00 fantasmic we'll stop in the Sci-Fi for shakes and stuff! From what I hear the kids will need to recover from fantasmic! I'm making my ADR now!

crossfamily
12-31-2006, 04:14 PM
We had bad service but the food was good and my kids loved the place! Here is a link to my tr from our day at the sci fi. I have pics of our food in the link and of the place: Hey my ds9 followed the waitress around with the video camera for awhile (TG it wasn't our server) I have videos too but I am still afraid to watch those! :rotfl2: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=14777831&postcount=111

kribit
12-31-2006, 04:19 PM
We loved it. I had to ask my dh if he thought the food was mediocre and he said his ribs were quite good. ??? We're definately going back so I think it's a matter of different tastes. Personally, I have heard people rave about Chef Mickeys, and we found the food "barely edible."

Thank goodness Disney has so many different places to eat. :)

scrump
12-31-2006, 04:26 PM
This is one of our favorites. The food is ok, but the atmosphere is a lot of fun! Definitely worth at least one try. :thumbsup2

puddleduck
12-31-2006, 06:45 PM
Sci Fi is one of my most favorite places to eat at WDW. IMO its a great burger and fries with a shake place. We went with a party of 14 and nobody complained about the food. We went for lunch which I have heard is better than dinner. So here's my plan for a perfect day.
Lunch at Sci Fi lazy boat ride to epcot - eat dinner at Le Cellier stroll to Norway or France for dessert. Watch Illuminations. Go back to resort and sleep. Get up and do it all again with a different restaurant and a different park. Repeat until money runs out.

kribit
12-31-2006, 09:04 PM
Ribs??? Does Sci Fi even have those??? :)

Dh got a burger...not that it matters but some of you experts may have noticed. :laughing:

byoung
12-31-2006, 09:37 PM
We have always loved it there.

M-I-C-K-E-Y
01-01-2007, 12:27 AM
Yes, they do have ribs, and they were just fine. All in all, a fun destination - - try it at least once.

tinah159
01-01-2007, 01:49 AM
I love Sci-FI. The atmosphere is fun and the onion rings great. I will be eating there again.

SassyLassy
01-01-2007, 02:08 AM
not bad just not great food! We go there when we have knew people with us and we bring them there for the atmosphere, not the food. It wont knock your socks off but it will satisfy your hunger.

Cool-Beans
01-01-2007, 07:40 AM
I had the worst burger of my entire life at the Sci-Fi. The bun was so dry it was literally crumbling off and falling into the plate as I attempted to raise the burger to my mouth. The burger itself was dry and tastless. And it was cold (which is the waitress' fault, not the cook's, I know.) Waited 40 minutes after ordering for it to arrive, too. Ug. Bad, bad visit.

Another time I had an equally bad burger, but the bun didn't crunch off.

We usually get dessert or an order of fries or something when we go.

BUT, the experience is great. Very, very cool.

Ron from Michigan
01-01-2007, 08:57 AM
My Wife and I have eaten at Sci-Fi several times for lunch and always enjoyed ourselves. :)

Magalex
01-01-2007, 07:23 PM
We enjoyed a lunch at Sci-Fi on our last trip in April 2005. Our DS loved the cars and the movie clips. We are planning on another lunch there for our trip in June. Plus The diner is dark so it would be a good place to get out of the hot sun:thumbsup2

crossfamily
01-01-2007, 08:33 PM
Lunch Menu

Appetizers

7 Bean Beef Chili - finished with shredded cheddar, pico de gallo, and flour tortilla chips $5.19

BLT Soup - a creamy tomato basil soup, topped with an herb crouton, freshly shredded lettuce and bacon $4.99

Crispy Onion Rings - A generous portion of battered Onion Rings $6.99

Mixed Greens - topped with blue cheese vinaigrette topped with red onions, cherry tomatoes $4.99

Spinach and Artichoke Dip - A blend of Mozzarella, Swiss, and Asiago with Spinach, Artichokes, and Corn Tortilla Chips $6.19


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Entrees

The Reuben - Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, Thousand Island Dressing on Marble rye Texas Toast, served with Fries and a Pickle Spear $11.99


Shrimp Penne Pasta with Garlic and Capers sautéed in Olive Oil, Plum Tomatoes, Opal Basil, Baby Spinach, White Wine, and topped with shaved Asiago Cheese $17.19

Honey-glazed Smoked Ham Sandwich - piled high on a specialty roll with Mustard-Mayonnaise, Swiss Cheese, served with cucumber melon salad $11.99

Smoked Turkey Sandwich - Smoked Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Arugula, Plum Tomatoes with Mustard-Mayonnaise on Multigrain Bread, served with cucumber melon salad $11.99

Butcher Tender Steak Sandwich on toasted Ciabatta bread with a portobello mushroom, mixed greens, red and green bell peppers, onions, tossed in blue cheese vinaigrette, served with onion rings $15.99

Slow-roasted BBQ Ribs - Baby back Ribs, slow cooked in Coca-Cola and basted with BBQ sauce, served with Fries and Cole Slaw $16.99

Caesar Salad with Chicken - Grilled chicken breast, fresh cut Romaine Lettuce tossed with a traditional Caesar dressing topped with Croutons and grated Parmesan $12.99

All American Burger - Flame broiled Beef Patty topped with your choice of American or Swiss Cheese, served with fries $11.19
(Add Sauteed Onions, Mushrooms or Crispy Bacon for $.79 ea.)


BBQ Chicken Breast Sandwich - topped with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Crispy Onion Straws on a Kaiser Roll, with Fries $14.19


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Desserts

Hot Fudge Sundae $5.19 - A Sci-Fi sundae spectacular!

Warm Apple & Pecan Crisp $5.49


Chocolate Tart with a mix of chocolate mousse, fudge and ganache $5.19

Happiest Celebration on Earth Cheesecake $5.19
with caramel sauce and treats


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Beverages
Bottled Beer
Coors light, Miller Lite, O'Douls $4.00
Amstel Light, Corona, Heineken, Michelob Ultra, Yuengling $4.50

Draft Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite $4.50
Fosters $5.00

Coca Cola® Products $ 2.19

Minute Maid Juices--Grapefruit, Apple and Pink Lemonade $2.79

Nestea Iced Tea $ 2.19

100% Colombian Coffee, Regular or decaffeinated $ 2.19



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Cosmic Concoctions

$ 9.50

Lunar Landing - amaretto, peach schnapps and orange juice

The Comet - rum, vodka, gin and tequila topped off with sour mix and cranberry juice

Space Invaders - A premium blue margarita

Marsha's Martian - chocolate and vanilla shakes mixed with Bailey's Irish Cream and Kahlua

Space Monkey - chocolate shake, Malibu rum, and banana liqueur

Orbiting Oreos - Oreo shake mixed with Godiva chocolate liqueur

Solar Eclipse - strawberry shake blended with banana liqueur

The Milky Way - chocolate shake blended with peppermint schnapps

* Above beverages served with a glow in the dark cube!


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Wine List

Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah
Glass $7.75 Bottle $35.00

Parker Station Pinot Noir
Glass $7.75 Bottle $35

Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon
Glass $7.75 Bottle $36

Buena Vista Chardonnay
Happiest Celebration on Earth
Glass $7.75 Bottle $36

Kenwood White Zinfandel
Glass $6.25 Bottle $27.00

crossfamily
01-01-2007, 08:34 PM
Dinner Menu:
Dinner served from 4 p.m. until park closing.


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Appetizers

7 Bean Beef Chili - Finished with shredded Cheddar, Pico DeGallo, and Tortilla Chips $5.19

BLT Soup - a creamy tomato basil soup, topped with an herb crouton, freshly shredded lettuce and bacon $4.99

Crispy Onion Rings - A generous portion of Battered Onion Rings $6.99

Mixed Greens - tossed in blue cheese vinaigrette topped with red onions, cherry tomatoes $4.99

Spinach and Artichoke Dip - A blend of Mozzarella, Swiss, and Asiago cheeses with Spinach, Artichokes, and Corn Tortilla Chips $6.19


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Entrees

Pan Seared Salmon with Wild Rice Pilaf, seasonal vegetables, and Lemon Caper Butter $16.99

Vegetable Potato Bake - Layers of grilled vegetables, portobello mushrooms with a shredded Potato Crust $13.99

The Reuben - corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on marble rye bread, served with fries and a pickle spear $11.99

Slow Roasted Baby Back BBQ Ribs - basted in BBQ sauce, served with Cole Slaw and fries $16.99

Barbecued Chicken Breast Sandwich - topped with smoked gouda cheese, crispy onion straws on a kaiser roll, with fries $14.19

Caesar Salad with Chicken - Grilled chicken breast, fresh-cut romaine lettuce tossed with a traditional caesar dressing, topped with croutons and grated Parmesan $12.99


Butcher Tendered Steak - with red wine glaze with seasonal vegetables and a potato $17.99

Shrimp Penne Pasta - With Garlic and Capers, Plum Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, White Wine, and topped with shaved Asiago Cheese $17.19


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Desserts

Hot Fudge Sundae $5.19
A Sci-Fi sundae spectacular!

Warm Apple & Pecan Crisp $5.49
Served in a Cinnamon Sugar dusted shell, topped with Streusel and served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate Tart with a mix of chocolate mousse, fudge and ganache $5.19


Happiest Celebration on Earth Cheesecake $5.19
with caramel sauce and treats


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Beverages
Bottled Beer
Coors light, Miller Lite, O'Douls $4.00
Amstel Light, Corona, Heineken, Michelob Ultra, Yuengling $4.50

Draft Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite $4.50
Fosters $5.00

Coca Cola® Products $ 2.19

Minute Maid Juices--Grapefruit, Apple and Pink Lemonade $2.79

Nestea Iced Tea $ 2.19

100% Colombian Coffee, Regular or decaffeinated $ 2.19



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Cosmic Concoctions

$ 9.50

Lunar Landing - amaretto, peach schnapps and orange juice

The Comet - rum, vodka, gin and tequila topped off with sour mix and cranberry juice

Space Invaders - A premium blue margarita

Marsha's Martian - chocolate and vanilla shakes mixed with Bailey's Irish Cream and Kahlua

Space Monkey - chocolate shake, Malibu rum, and banana liqueur

Orbiting Oreos - Oreo shake mixed with Godiva chocolate liqueur

Solar Eclipse - strawberry shake blended with banana liqueur

The Milky Way - chocolate shake blended with peppermint schnapps

* Above beverages served with a glow in the dark cube!


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Wine List

Parker Station Pinot Noir
Glass $7.75 Bottle $35

Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon
Glass $7.75 Bottle $36

Buena Vista Chardonnay
Happiest Celebration on Earth
Glass $7.75 Bottle $36

Kenwood White Zinfandel
Glass $6.25 Bottle $27.00

crossfamily
01-01-2007, 08:35 PM
Kids Menu:

Menu Date: December 2006

All kids' meals are for guests 3-9

All meals served with choice of 1% milk, bottled water, or juice


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Kids' Complete Meals

These menus include one serving from each of the five food groups

Beef and Macaroni with marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella served with veggies and fruit salad $7.49

Pizza with mozzarella and diced chicken (optional) served with veggies and brown sugar apples $7.49


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Kids' Picks

Choice of 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert - $7.49

Appetizers

Tomato Soup

OR

Garden Salad

Entrees


Macaroni and Cheese

Hamburger

Hot Dog

French fries and Soft Drinks Available Upon Request

Dessert

Ice Cream Sundae

Fruit Salad

themudd4
01-01-2007, 08:39 PM
I do not go with what any guide book says about any eatery.
Sci Fi is a must do every year for our family. Our kids love it...and so do we. I will tell you that in June we were not really overly happy with it but are going back this March. We do it for Lunch and pay oop for it.

Excellent place to just grab a snack or dessert tho...you will still get the experience but without all the cost!

tink1953
01-02-2007, 12:42 AM
We tried Sci Fi last month for the first time...four adults..

We all HATED it! The food was terrible, could not get seated even with a ressie. when we were seated it was at a table all the way in the back, not a neat car facing the screen. Demanded a better table and finally got it.
We almost got up and left after seeing the prices and limited menu.

We did get a sandwich and dessert...both of which were bad.
The onion strings were burned and had to send them back they brought me back rings that were not much better...

Way overpriced...

will not try it again...

BArb

WAHMto5
01-02-2007, 09:50 AM
We LOVE Sci~fi, the kids request it every time. The last trip we tried 50's instead and it was fun, but we tought the food was much better at Sci~fi. They have the best onion rings and reubens, dh loves the burgers! We always go for lunch and you cannot beat the atmosphere;)

taylorl25
01-02-2007, 10:08 AM
I quite liked sci-fi but it's the sort of place you go for the atmosphere rather than outstanding food. The alcoholic milkshake drinks are fantastic (if rather expensive) and their spinach cheese dip was really good. However the chicken burger I had was very dry, but I'd still go back as it was a fun and unique restaurant.