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.
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.
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.
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.
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.