Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant

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The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant is a very unique place to dine in Walt Disney World. Located in The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion in Epcot the Coral Reef Restaurant is certainly a room with a view.

The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant has a wall of 8 feet high windows that look onto the huge saltwater aquarium. Diners can view not only 85 species of tropical fish but also the divers who often swim past the windows. Somehow the humans are often more interesting than the fish!

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Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant

 

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Coral Reef is one of the most expensive of the Disney Epcot restaurants. However, it still only uses one Dining Credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. This means it is a great value if you are using the Disney Dining Plan.

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.

The tables in the middle of the room are not the best.

Always ask if you can be seated next to the aquarium. If there is an extra short waiting time we suggest that you tough it out and wait for the best seats in the house.

A really nice feature is that if you get a seat by the aquarium you will be given a “cheat sheet” which identifies the fish in the tank This is a great way to keep young children entertained. The adults find it pretty cool as well.

If you get the chance to dine at the Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant you really should. The setting and the food make it one of the best places to dine in Epcot and it is one of our favorites in Disney World.

All menu prices are correct on 5 August 2019

Epcot Coral Reef Menu

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.

Coral Reef Restaurant

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Epcot Coral Reef Menu Appetizers

On the Epcot Coral Reef menu appetizer choices include:

Seared Sea Scallops $13.00

Creamy Lobster Soup made with Chervil and Brandy $10.00

New England Clam Chowder $9.00

Crispy Fried Shrimp $9.00

Colossal Shrimp Salad $15.00

Plant-based Mushroom (Lobster-style) Salad $13.00

Caesar Salad – with shredded parmesan and croutons $10.00

Disney Coral Reef Entrees

Salmon @Coral Reef

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10 oz Grilled Top Sirloin Steam – loaded mashed potatoes with bacon, Berry Butter $34.00

Shrimp and Grits – Sautéed Shrimp, Cheddar Grits, local Corn Succotash, Andouille Sausage, and Creole Spice Emulsion $30.00

Oven Roasted Herb Chicken Breast with Corn Puree, Roasted Potatoes, and Summer Vegetables $27.00

Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice, Coconut and Cilantro-Lime Sauce, Caribbean Ship Salsa $31.00

Lobster Seafood Boil – Lobster, Jonah Crab Claw, Shrimp, Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Corn, Potatoes, Ouzo-Garlic Butter, and Spice Cloppino Broth $40.00

Grilled Swordfish with Warm White Beans, Roasted Cipollini Onions, Arugula, Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette $32.00

Plant-Based Grilled Garden Vegetable Skewer with Roasted Kefta, Basmati Rice, Lentils, Smoked Eggplant Salad $24.00

 

Epcot Coral Reef Enhancements

These are not included in the Disney Dining Plan but you can pay extra for them:

Snow Crab Legs – one-pound of Steamed Maryland-style Snow Crab Legs, Lemon and Butter $22.00

Crab Oscar – Lump Crab Cake, Asparagus, Bearnaise Sauce $10.00

Lobster, Macaroni and Cheese tossed with Applewood-smoked bacon, Baby Spinach, Peppadew Peppers and Herb-toasted Panko $13.00

Mahi-Mahi @ Coral Reef

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Epcot Coral Reef Menu Desserts

Orange Dessert @Coral Reef

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The Chocolate Wave served with Raspberry Gelato $9.50

Seasonal Cheesecake with Shortbread Cookie and Fruit Compote $9.50

Plant-Based Baileys and Jack Daniel’s Mousse with Chocolate Ganache and Candied Almonds $9.50

Key Lime Tart – Toasted Meringue and Tropical Fruit Coulis $9.00

Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berry compote, Whipped Cream, and Berry Glaze $8.00

Panna Cotta Tart @ Coral Reef

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The dinner menu is the same, and 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. A favorite cocktail is The Abyss which is Skyy Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Blue Caracas and Pineapple Juice.

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 kid’s 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.

Kids Appetizers

Clam Chowder $3.00

JR Garden Salad with Ranch Dressing $3.00

Lobster Bisque $3.00

Vegetable Crudites with Ranch Dressing $3.00

Kids Entrees

Grilled Fish of the Day  $13.00

Grilled Chicken with Sweet Soy Sauce $11.00

Turkey Sloppy Joe $11.00

Pasta with Parmesan Cream Sauce $10.00

Jr Reef Steak $13.00

Shrimp and Grits $11.00

All Kids Entrees are served with a choice of two sides of either Broccoli, Corn, Greem Beans, Jasmine Rice, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Fruit Salad, Sea Breeze Gelatin Cup or Coral Reef Ice Cream Sandwich.

Kids Entrees also include a choice of Small Low Fat Milk, Small Dasani Water or a Small Minute Maid Apple Juice.

Coral Reef Restaurant Disney Dress Code

The Coral Reef restaurant dress code is very relaxed. Pretty much anything that you would comfortably wear to Epcot theme park will be acceptable within the Coral Reef dress code. It is one of the nicer Epcot restaurants. However, if you come here wearing Mickey Ears you are going to feel more at home than if you wear a tie!

Is a visit to Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant worth it? We think that if you are lucky enough to be able to get reservations here you should take the opportunity.

Service is not necessarily the best of the Disney restaurants as often the wait staff seems to be responsible for rather too many diners. However, the food is very good and the ambiance is unique.

What do you think of the Epcot Coral Reef restaurant?

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