uWink Restaurant Reviewed (Verdict: Neat, but Needs to be Finished)

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Nolan Bushnell's super high-tech video game restaurant, uWink finally opened its doors last week and the first reviews are beginning to come in. The general concensus is that the place isn't even ready to be opened.


Jonathan from gamebang provided us with a very grammatically butchered review of the restaurant, but a review nonetheless. Every table has three touchscreen displays where the food/drink ordering and gaming is done. Upon entering the restaurant you are given an RFID card that tracks everything done and ordered. For the gaming, there were only six or so games that were mostly short little flash games, and they will soon be adding table-vs-table gaming competition.

Jonathan seemed most upset that there were no booths in the restaurant and that they charge extra for bacon and cheese. Even though Jonathan says it isn't close to being 100-percent finished, uWink still seems like an interesting place to at least check out.

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I also ended up at the first day of opening ceremonies for Uwink. I was told I was one of the first 10 customers to walk through the doors. He's right, even the management team admitted they weren't "finished" but wanted to open the doors once you could order food of the menu.

And since it is a restaurant, I'll start with the food, which was absolutely awesome. Big portions and great tastes, so that was a good start. Ordering the food on the menu was fun, and actually worked very well. Service was quick, but the place was pretty much empty when we were in there anyways.

I did get alot of the games to work, and some of them were even really entertaining, but some other functions of their magic box were non-finished, things like comedy, movie trailers, interacting with other tables, etc... But the unfinished items really didn't negatively affect my experience, as I was more than entertained with eating of my food and a couple side games.

The only thing that saw as negative was the furniture, it was much more like a cafeteria than a fun lounge like atmosphere. I hope that is one thing they change in opening future locations, like maybe one in South Bay ;).

Go for the food and entertainment, they say they will have exponential growth in capabilities and features over the next couple weeks, so I am hoping for the best.