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Lombard’s Seafood & Grille Review

This week WDW Mouse Tales visit Universal Studios Florida’s Lombard’s Seafood and Grille located in the San Francisco area of the park. This is one of two table service restaurants available in this park and from my experience is the slightly better of the two. With that said lets move on to our lunch.

Appetizer

Lombard’s offer five appetizers to choose from which are Spinach Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Beer Steamed Mussels and Chicken Wings. My wife and I are suckers for good Buffalo Chicken Wings so that is what we went with. The wings were priced at $7.99 and came with blue cheese and celery sticks. Our appetizer was on the table within three minutes and I did not think this was a good sign. It takes at least 10 minutes to fry chicken wings and being that there were only two tables with guests in them I doubt they would have made extras for a large crowd. We found out very quickly that our suspicions were correct, these wings were nuked. I might expect this at a fast food restaurant but not when paying $7.99 in a table service restaurant for six little nuked wings. So if you decide on Lombard’s I would probably recommend one of the seafood appetizer options.

Entrees

So with the nuked chicken wings out of the way we hoped our entrees would improve our opinion of Lombard’s. I am happy to report that this is the case.

I decided to go with the Fisherman’s Basket which the menu describes as Fresh cod fish, succulent shrimp and tender oysters lightly fried in a tempura batter served with crispy french fries, vegetable slaw, and creamy tarter sauce and priced at $14.99. As far as the seafood went, I received 3 shrimp, 2 oysters and a cod filet which was more than enough. I found the tempura batter used to be crunchy and delicious and the seafood to be just the right taste without being to fishy. However I have never had any kind of oyster and I will never order them again. My wife tried the other fried oyster on my plate and she loved it so I guess I am just not a fan. The fries were crunchy and slightly seasoned, no complaints there. Rounding out the meal, the slaw was a little heavy with quite a bit of mayo but still enjoyable.

My wife went with the Catch of the Day which was Mahi Mahi which the menu describes as fresh fish specials are yours to enjoy grilled, iron blackened, or baked. Served with a daily fresh selection of garden vegetable and potatoes and priced at $15.99. She went with grilled fish and it was cooked just right and was served with steamed vegetables and baked slices of potato that were flavored with sage. Overall this was not a bad plate.

Dessert

I am actually being kind when I say that Lombard’s dessert menu is very limited. What it consists of is a tray of small shot glasses with bites of different cakes.

The carrot cake that I decided upon was probably the worst I have had in a long while. It was heavily freezer burned and dry. Let me make a suggestion if you decide upon Lombard’s, right outside of the restaurant is a bakery with many fresh and delicious desserts at a reasonable price. Do yourself a favor and make your way out before getting a sweet finish. You will be glad that you did.

The Restaurant’s theme and decor

The overall decor of Lombard’s is very nice. The entrance features a beautiful fountain with water flowing out of multiple fish. In the middle of the restaurant is a salt water tank with many large colorful fish. The restaurant is situated on a pier over the lake and the back half of the restaurant offers nice views of the park. Overall a very relaxing place to cool down for lunch on a hot day.

Final Thoughts

So in summary I can recommend Lombard’s if you are spending the day at Universal Studios and do not want to venture out to Citywalk for lunch. However I would avoid the wings and get your dessert elsewhere.

Did you eat at Lombard’s? Did you love it or hate it? Let others know so they can make an informed decision.

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