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Restaurant review: Mythos at Universal's Islands of Adventure -- still the best?

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Published: May 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Just posted a review of Mythos at Universal's Islands of Adventure, one of five finalists in Theme Park Insider's search for the best theme park restaurant -- and a six-time winner of the title.

Interior of Mythos

Ten years after it opened, it isn't the restaurant that executive chef Steven Jayson wanted, but it is, apparently, what park guests want. It's a better restaurant than the one I originally reviewed in August of 1999. But is it the best?

Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on May 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM
A friend of mine just got back from a week at Disney/Universal and he tried the crab sliders as well. However, he absolutely loved them. Even sent me a picture of them to rub it in my face that he was eating at Mythos and I was not. Loser! ;)

Don't know if they still have it or not, but the Buffalo BBQ Fried Chicken Wrap was my favorite lunch menu item when I visited Mythos in 2007. It was amazing.

Thanks for another fun review, Scott.

From 69.69.23.152 on May 27, 2009 at 7:31 PM
To be honest - when I go to a theme park [ after all the high prices} a fancy restuarant is not what I'm looking for. But looking at that photo - I'm thinking i might try it once...
From Joshua Counsil on May 27, 2009 at 8:18 PM
I love some fine dining after a hectic day at the parks. Great food, a lot of laughs, some relaxed atmosphere, and a few cocktails always complete the experience. However, if the restaurant is not open late enough to avoid the crowds of fanny-packers and crying children, then I'd rather eat outside the parks. This is Mythos' one major problem. If I cannot eat there after 8 pm, then I won't eat at all. I don't feel comfortable being in a nice restaurant if I'm under-dressed and smell like Popeye water.
From 192.234.90.30 on May 29, 2009 at 5:27 AM
Mythos is FANTASTIC! Amazing food, perfect service, and very reasonable prices.
From 80.56.214.163 on May 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM
I was there this May and we ate there the 2 times that we visited IoA and to be honest, it was the best we have had in whole our holiday...To make themeparks USA rocks, but fine dining is still very hard...
This was great though
From 66.165.175.126 on May 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM
I have to always have at least one destination-dining experience when I travel. My family and I visit Orlando 3 to 4 times a year.

I don't get the Mythos hoopla though. There's something ironic about that name really since its "fantastic-ness" is a myth to me!

I had what I would describe to be a satisfying (yet forgetable) meal there and the service was top-notch but I've had better meals at Disney's Cape May (and that's a buffet which are usually not as good as table service). I plan on visiting again AFTER summer vacation ends for the kiddies and I welcome your suggestions.

From Mark Hollamon on May 29, 2009 at 1:24 PM
I have voted for Mythos each year. The following year I search for something better.

Recently, my wife and I had lunch at Mythos with her Aunt and Uncle. I got to review the restaurant again with a fresh set of taste buds accompanying us. Our relatives stated what we have been saying all along which is they cannot believe cuisine of this quality could be found inside a theme park. The biggest compliment to the restaurant was that they would make a special trip to the park to dine there again.

A restaurant that actually pulls business into the theme park? Mythos does just that! There have been several occasions where we went for lunch stayed for the park! To me that speaks volumes about the culinary experience.

Mythos is still the head of it's class!

From 68.205.73.231 on May 29, 2009 at 6:28 PM
Mytho's is not what is seems to be. High priced and not very good food. I would not go back.
From 24.196.210.92 on May 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM
Been there twice and can not wait to return. My three boys never eat the same and had a variety of choices. The chops with Blue Cheese is outstanding as is the sushi. They have a great wine list and the prices are resonable. Being from New Orleans I have eaten at Commanders, Emerals,Antoine's, Mandinna's, Drago's, Brennens - Mr. B's and Patouts; where prices range about $45.00 per person. Thats about a glass of wine one entre and a salad. If Mythos were in New Orleans, I'm sure that I would not only eat there but would miss the rest of Universal's park. It just like goig to Pat O'Brien's at City Walk; have a few then feel like taking a walk down Bourbon St. but its 700 miles away.
I'm sure if they were open after 8 P.M.; they should charge 1/3 more just most reraurants do. As for those who wish not to eat there again; I say good riddens which makes less wait time to get a table quicker. Sweet!!!

The only other park restaurant that places second is the San Miguel Inn at EPCOT good food good service.

Greg

From Will Chilcote on May 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM
Its the best restaurant in a theme park I have ever eaten at. Went there a few years ago. The food is fantastic and it actually feels like you have left the theme park for a while.

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