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Coral Reef

Restaurant at Epcot in Walt Disney World

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Epcot's Coral Reef Restaurant Combines Fine Dining With Unique Atmosphere

  • Feb 25, 2010

Coral Reef Restaurant - Epcot

One of the best restaurants in Epcot is found, not in the World Showcase, but instead in Future World.

The Coral Reef Restaurant is actually part of The Seas With Nemo and Friends Pavilion.  Although the restaurant has nothing to do with the Pixar film Finding Nemo, it does take full advantage of the location.  The entire seating area shares a glass wall with the 5.7 million gallon salt water tank that is the showcase of the pavilion.

Coral Reef Restaurant - Atmosphere

This gives the diners a spectacular view to enjoy while they are eating.  It is truly amazing to see the fish swimming by in this one of a kind restaurant.

Coral Reef Restaurant - View

The Coral Reef does not live on the view alone, its food makes it one of the most highly sought after reservations in all of Disney World.

Ranked #2 in the Only WDWorld Top 7 Disney Dining Plan Restaurants in Disney World, the Coral Reef specializes in seafood as well as steaks.

The current dinner menu includes the following entrees: Seared Golden Tile Fish, Seared Rainbow Trout, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Pan-Seared Seasonal Catch, Seared Chicken Breast, Roasted Scottish Salmon, Wild Mushroom Lasagna, Grilled New York Strip, & Apricot Braised Beef Short Rib.

The menu changes from time to time, but it is consistently one of the best restaurants to visit at Disney World that only takes one Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credit per person to eat there.

The dessert menu also has my personal favorite: The Chocolate Wave.  This is a flourless chocolate cake that is truly wonderful.  The Bailey's and Jack Daniel's Mousse, as well as, the Butterscotch Creme Brulee are family favorites.

Coral Reef Restaurant - Dessert

The lighting and seating makes this an intimate feeling restaurant.  It is fun to take your kids here to enjoy the view of the aquatic life, and it also serves well for a romantic dinner for adults.

Although I have occasionally seen mixed reviews for the quality of the food at Coral Reef, after more than a half dozen visits, my family and I have been consistently impressed with the food and we continue to list it near the top of our must visit restaurants each trip.

Unique Atmosphere, Great Food
The Coral Reef is considered a must visit restaurant at Disney World.  Even if your family is not a big fan of seafood the atmosphere alone makes it worth the visit. 

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March 01, 2010
Great review. I ate there many years ago as a kid and had totally forgotten about it until I read your review. The atmosphere is fabulous and so entertaining for kids (even if they don't eat fish). Nice photos!
March 01, 2010
Ooooooh, it's almost like dining undersea!  Though I don't know how I feel about eating something that's also swimming around me... Eh, who am I kidding?  I'd still eat it! ;)  Great review, Jamie, and nice pictures!
March 01, 2010
Good review, Jamie. I couldn't agree more!
More Coral Reef Restaurant reviews
review by . March 01, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
      The Coral Reef Restaurant in Future World at Epcot soared to the top of my personal "favorite restaurants with a view" list this past year.  As a solo diner, I like restaurants which provide me with something to look at while I wait for my food to arrive.  This is a beautiful restaurant, inside and out, and feels slightly more "grown up" than many Disney restaurants.  The showcase is, of course, the fish aquarium that takes up nearly …
Quick Tip by . September 10, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
I never thought I'd enjoy seafood away from home as much as I enjoyed it here.
review by . March 06, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
Coral Reef from a Family Perspective
We visited the Coral Reef for the first time in May 2009.  That day, after experiencing the Nemo ride and checking out the aquarium for a bit, we decided to head over to the Coral Reef restaurant. We were a bit early but it was fine, we just sat outside the restaurant for a bit and relaxed.               We had been looking forward to this meal for so long. I will admit, when we got inside I was a bit surprised, it wasn't the atmosphere I expected.   …
Quick Tip by . March 01, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
Ate there when I was 9! Totally forgot about this restaurant, but remember the huge aquarium and giant fish.
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Disney World fan and Editor-in-Chief of the Disney World Blog - Only WDWorld (http://www.OnlyWDWorld.com) .       After over 40 visits to the Walt Disney World Resort, I love to be … more
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