The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant is a very unique place to dine in Walt Disney World. Located in the The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion in Epcot the Coral Reef Restaurant is certainly a room with a view. The Coral Reef has a wall of 8 feet high windows which look onto the huge salt water aquarium. Diners can view not only 85 species of tropical fish but also the divers who often swim pass the windows.
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Where are the best tables in Disney’s Coral Reef? Whilst it is tempting to think that a table right by the aquarium is the best place to be, it is also good to be one table away. The tables in the restaurant are ‘banked’ so that all the diners get a pretty good view.
It is a while since I have dined at the restaurant – after a couple of very mediocre experiences I really have not been tempted to go back any time soon. Reviews are very mixed with many saying that the food is mediocre and over priced. The last time I dined there I really did feel that in so many ways this is a missed opportunity for Disney. The location is amazing. But in my experience, and that of many others, the food and service really are not what they should be.
Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant offers both lunch and dinner. The main theme of course is seafood but there are plenty of other choices on the menu.
On the lunch menu appetizer choices include:
Crispy-fried Shrimp with a Jícama Slaw and Spiced Rémoulade $11.99
Crab Cakes with Tropical Fruit Salsa and Tequila Aïoli Steamed Mussels $10.99
Creamy Lobster Soup made with Tarragon and Brandy $7.99
Seasonal Soup Chef inspired creation $6.99
Fish Tostadas with Napa Cabbage, Avocado-Cilantro Cream, and fresh Lime $8.99
Seared Scottish Salmon on Lemon and Pea Risotto with Bay Scallops and Citrus Oil $22.99
Seared Chicken Breast served over Spaetzle finished with Applewood-smoked Bacon Chicken Broth $20.99
Caesar Salad With Chicken Breast $15.49 With Shrimp $17.49
Mushroom Phyllo Crisp Roasted Mushrooms, Wilted Arugula, Aged Cheeses, and a Rustic Tomato Ragoût $18.99
Seared Rainbow Trout with Warm Salad of White Beans, Arugula, Tomatoes, Crispy Bacon, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Brown Butter $19.99
Roasted Pork Chop on Hominy Mash with Wild Mushrooms, Broccoli Rabe, and Apricot Glace $25.99
Grilled Mahi Mahi with Rock Shrimp, Hearts of Palm, Jasmine Rice, Cilantro, and a Coconut-Lime Sauce $24.99
Grilled New York Strip Steak served with Horseradish Smashed Potatoes and Market Fresh Vegetables $31.99
Lobster Ravioli with Rock Shrimp, fresh Tarragon, and Lobster Cream $26.49
The Chocolate Wave served with Raspberry Gelato $7.99
Key Lime Mousse served with with Roasted Pineapple, Mango Glaze and Chocolate Pearls $7.99
Baileys and Jack Daniel’s Mousse with Roasted Pineapple, Mango Glaze, with a Caramel Crisp $7.99
Cheesecake Napoleon with Berry Compote $7.99
Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée $7.99
The dinner menu is the same, and strangely for a Disney restaurant the prices are also the same as lunch. The usual soft beverages, coffee and tea are available as well as a cocktail, beer and wine menu.
The wine menu is not particularly extensive but it contains one wine that I would be very interested to try. Lasseter Family Winery St. Emilion Blend, Alexander Valley at $16 a glass and $69 a bottle. Think you may recognize the name? This is from the winery owned by the family of Pixar’s John Lasseter.
There is a separate kids menu at Coral Reef. For $8.99 kids aged between 3 and 9 get a choice of one appetizer, one entree and a dessert, with a choice of milk, bottled water or apple juice.
Carrot and Celery Sticks
Soup of the Day
Seared Mahi Mahi
Grilled Chicken Breast
Is a visit to Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant worth it? The reviews are very mixed with some guests absolutely loving the place. But consistently the same comments appear about the service and the quality of the food. My recent personal experience is limited so I would welcome any comments about experiences you have had dining at Coral Reef.
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