Disney’s Coral Reef Restaurant

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Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Well, technically this eatery is before you hit the World Showcase, but it still made our Epcot bucket list. Before I take you through our experience, I am going to be honest and tell you that this restaurant was not high on “to-eat” list. We snagged a last minute reservation the same day that we did our 4 park-1 day challenge. They had some openings before we had to leave town, and we decided it was time to cross this one off our list.

You can find Coral Reef to the right of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. I immediately loved the under the sea vibe, and thought that the wave shaped booths were a great touch.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

There were hardly any guests at the time of our reservation, so we were able to get seats right when we checked in. They walked us to the best seat in the house: in front of the aquarium tank.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Coral Reef’s biggest selling point is the gorgeous view that you are able to see from the comfort of your table. As you dine, you will see sharks and string rays swim just a couple of feet away.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Having gone to 4 parks that day, Tim and I were HUNGRY. The waiter quickly brought bread to our table, and what can I say? I am a sucker for yummy bread before you place your order.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

To celebrate completing the 4 park challenge,  we ordered some refreshing treats from their drinks menu.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Timothy tried the fruity and delicious Piña CoLAVA, while I surprised no one and got my typical glass of red wine.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

We looked over the menu and I opted to try the Lobster Mac and Cheese,  and Tim ordered the Seared Mahi Mahi. You can check out their full menu here.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

Waiting for our food was actually one of the best parts. We had so much fun looking at all of the fish and soaking in the calming atmosphere. To top it all off, they had these fun fish guides sitting on the table for us. We challenged ourselves to find everything on the list!

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

It was finally dinner time!

One bite into my meal and I knew that this restaurant had far exceeded my expectations.

Disney's Coral Reef RestaurantMy Lobster Mac and Cheese was everything that I had hoped for and I even got to try a couple bites of my husbands Mahi Mahi. The fish was fresh and flavorful,  which is exactly what you hope for at a seafood restaurant.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

The Good: 

Coral Reef has a unique atmosphere that you can’t get any other Disney restaurant. There was something magical about dining next to the beautiful aquarium tank. It was romantic and the lack of crowds was a nice surprise for an Epcot restaurant.

Disney's Coral Reef Restaurant

I’m still daydreaming about that Lobster Mac and Cheese. That chef did not mess around!

What I didn’t love:

Overall, Coral Reef does have dated feel to it. When I first walked in the dining room, I was disappointed to see that the carpet needed to be vacummed, and a few of the decor choices gave away the age of the restaurant.

Final Thoughts:

Coral reef was a breath of fresh air, and this underdog won me over. It may not make my top 10 Disney restaurants, as there is some pretty stiff competition, but I would easily choose to dine here again.

If you are looking for a last minute place to dine at Epcot, Coral Reef is a solid choice. Make sure to ask to sit by the tank!

Have you eaten at Epcot’s Coral Reef before? What did you think of this ocean themed eatery?

 

10 Comments

  1. What a thorough review of Disney’s Coral Reef Restaurant! Very well done. If I ever find myself back at Disney World, I will be sure to keep this restaurant in mind. That’s awesoe that the aquarium is large enough to hold sharks!

  2. Good to know about Coral Reef Restaurant. I have never been there before. My family would love to sit near the tank and dine. When I will plan my next trip to Disney, I will keep this in mind. Thanks for the review.

  3. I’ve never been, but I love giving a chance to older places. And, like you said, it can be easier to dine in a timely manner! I love the idea of eating by an aquarium!

  4. I’ve heard good to great things about the food here (that lobster mac and cheese sounds delicious), but I’m always a bit weirded out by the thought of eating beside the fish (kind of the same way I’m a bit freaked out by all the BBQ at the Animal Kingdom!) There’s been some chatter about the Land and Seas pavilions getting reno’d/changed; I wonder if Coral Reef will be a part of that?

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