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“High School Cafeteria Atmosphere”
Review of Spoodles - CLOSED

Price range: $21 - $30
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Racine WI
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“High School Cafeteria Atmosphere”
Reviewed March 28, 2008

Having dined at the Flying Fish our first night, we thought we'd try Spoodles for the next night, assuming it was going to be equivalent.

The comparison was not even close. While Flying Fish is very busy restaurant, it provides a much more enjoyable experience, as compared to Spoodles which has all the atmosphere of a high school cafeteria, specifically the noise. Its just one giant barn like room with a ceiling that seems designed to amplify and direct back down all sound. I kid you not that a normal level of conversation at a two person table was impossible.

Additionally, our table, really should not have been a table. It was a table for two where my wifes chair was in the traffic pattern of all food coming out of the, I suppose you call it kitchen, and my chair was sticking out into the exit from the next booth over. It was as if we were in one of those old movies where they throw stick you at a table back by the swinging doors to the kitchen in the club when you insult the head waiter.

We were lured there initially by the marquee which promised Mediterranean cuisine, with "Tapas" in really large letters outside. Being fans of Tapas, we were quite disappointed to see nothing of the sort on the menu. (I should note that the menu was not displayed outside as it is at most of the Disney restaurants.) The food was mostly just standard fare, steak, chops, pasta, with some Mediterranean names, and couple dashes of spice, but not too much to risk moving beyond bland. Like most large eateries, the dishes will neither offend, nor inspire.

Very expensive, as are all things Disney. But I imagine if you just get the pizza, you will eat as well and save.

4 Thank mczet
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“Not too much to choose from on the menu...if you like white beans then you'll like Spoodles. Everything has white...”
Reviewed December 19, 2007

Not too much to choose from on the menu...if you like white beans then you'll like Spoodles. Everything has white beans.

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80 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Decent food for post Epcot late dining”
Reviewed November 4, 2007

Recently dined at Spoodles with a group of 8 altogether. It was around 10pm as we had visited Epcot together after a day at the PDMA 2007 conference. We ate some snacks and had some wine at the Food & Wine festival in Epcot and then watched Illuminations and went over to the Boardwalk. I chose Spoodles on behalf of the group and wish I had chose the Flying Fish Cafe instead.

The reception staff were very pleasant and friendly and our waitress was very helpful, friendly and informative on drinks, the menu, good choices etc.

People were generally happy with their food. Don't get me wrong - the food was good. The issue with Spoodles to me is that they are marketed as a Mediterrean cuisine restaurant but I think they are too conservative with their interpretation and as a result come up short of my expectations. The combination of good food but short of expectations and good wait staff gets them a Neutral/Average combination in my book.

I had the Oak-fired Steak Kabobs with multigrain pilaf, balsamic red onions and harissa - decent food but not as bold as I would have expected.

Despite the later time of night, the restaurant was clean, the staff was friendly and the food was fresh so do not let the fact that it is late deter you from dining. Spoodles is ok for dining but Flying Fish Cafe is a better choice in my opinion.

5 Thank Jason Koulouras
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Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Love Spoodles for Breakfast (Last Visit Average)”
Reviewed October 21, 2007

We have had breakfast at Spoodles for breakfast at least 4 times during 3 trips to Disney World over the last year.

3 of the 4 experiences were really great! The coffee was great, the breakfast really delicious and the atmosphere really nice - a mixed Mediterranean decor that we really like.

The prices seem to be much more reasonable than many other sit-down restaurants at Disney, and since we usually stay at the Boardwalk this is great option for us.

I will say that our last experience (October, 2007) was not very good. We chalked it up to the fact that we were practically the first customers in the restaurant in the morning and that can sometimes mean that everything isn't really ready to make the best possible food.

All the other times we have been to Spoodles for breakfast were really great. We will go again next time and make sure we give it some time for the restaurant to get up and running before we eat. Hopefully things have not just simply gone down hill since our last visit, in April 2007.

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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Lots of Potential, But Not Very Good”
Reviewed October 3, 2007

I agree with the last review. Spoodles is located on Disney's Boardwalk. It's a simple restaurant where you are served. The kitchen is open so you can see your food being made. I dined there while here on training, staying at the Dolphin Hotel. See my review of that place!

Anyway - the menu itself looks very appetizing. Mediterranean steak, poultry, fish dishes. It smells good when you walk in, with open fired-brick ovens.

The Greek Salad was good, and the bread with the olive oil spread was good as well. I ordered the steak-kabobs at the advice of the waiter. I ordered it medium-well and they were cooked very very well done. It smelled good, but the curry-based sauce was bland.

The waiter was nice, but took forever to bring my food. It was just me dining, so it was not a large order! I had to ask repeatedly for my tea to be refilled. And then my waiter disappeared for 20 minutes at the end of the meal. I finally had to ask another waiter to find my waiter.

The food is expensive, as one would expect at a Disney Resort. Steak-kabobs, greek salad, and an unsweet tea was $35. Kids are welcome - they have a kid's menu with pizza, kabobs, and grilled chicken, but it's $7.95.

I would not recommend this restaurant at this point. Instead, head into the Dophin hotel and eat a Shula's steakhouse.

4 Thank wwills
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