We are making our way around the world!
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.
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.
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.
Having gone to 4 parks that day, we 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.
To celebrate completing the 4 park challenge, we ordered some refreshing treats from their drinks menu.
He tried the fruity and delicious Piña CoLAVA, while I surprised no one and got my typical glass of red wine.
We looked over the menu and I opted to try the Lobster Mac and Cheese, and he ordered the Seared Mahi Mahi. You can check out their full menu here.
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!
It was finally dinner time!
One bite into my meal and I knew that this restaurant had far exceeded my expectations.
My Lobster Mac and Cheese was everything that I had hoped for and I even got to try a couple bites of my his Mahi Mahi. The fish was fresh and flavorful, which is exactly what you hope for at a seafood restaurant.
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.
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.
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?