Restaurant Review: Coral Reef Restaurant
Found in Future World, this table service restaurant is known for its Fish Tank. That’s right, this is the restaurant with the massive fish tank bordering the restaurant. Those of you friends from the 90s will remember this restaurant being featured in one of the Full House episodes at Walt Disney World. The aquarium takes up one wall of the restaurant and gives guests a view of rays, sharks, sea turtles and tropical fish. This restaurant has been around for decades, we came here for lunch during one of our first Disney trips as a family. The restaurant is very dark, the design is minimal because of the aquarium. That is the focus of the restaurant and why shouldn’t it be. If you take your eyes off the tank long enough though you’ll notice this restaurant is beginning to show its age. If you are enjoying a meal during a low season or in between meal times you’ll be able to score a table by the aquarium. Ask the host when you arrive, if there’s no seats available it may be a minimal wait. It’s worth asking. If you can’t get a table beside the aquarium you’ll still get a decent view for anywhere in the restaurant. It’s designed this way.
As you’d expect the menu is predominantly seafood. There are a couple of meat dishes and one vegetarian option. There is a good variety of seafood to choose from, they have Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp. Lobster Bisque on the Appetizer menu is going to make you wish you were with the Deluxe Dining Plan. We ate here a few years ago on our Tower of Terror 10-miler vacation. I remember my meal being delicious, specifically The Chocolate Wave from the dessert menu.
This restaurant often gets overlooked, with the Pavilion Restaurants being the major dining draw of Epcot. Good news for last minute vacationers or late planners, this restaurant always has availability. In fact, while I write this post there was availability for this evening at 4:45pm and 6:15pm. It’s not where I would choose to go to dine over all the other choices in Epcot but if you have a seafood lover or kids who love to watch underwater creatures it’ll be a win in your books.
Dining Plan: 1 Table-Service Meal Credit
How to Get There:
Coming from the main entrance of Epcot you’ll find the Coral Reef Restaurant in The Sea building to the right of the “Mine” seagulls. Make your way under Spaceship Earth and then take a right before getting to the Future World fountain. You’ll walk past Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on your left and then under the monorail track. The Land is in front of you and The Sea will be on your left. Coming from the World Showcase entrance, head straight, walking past United Kingdom and Canada. Take your first left, passing beautiful landscaping on either side.