Fish Tanks and Steak- A review of Coral Reef Restaurant.



IMG_0716We recently sat down to an early dinner at Coral Reef restaurant in Epcot. I go to Walt Disney World often, and this restaurant has not been in our rotation for years. With many clients showing interest in this particular dining experience I felt it was time to make a reservation!

I am from Cape Cod, which honestly is probably the seafood capital of the world so I am always skeptical about booking restaurants that primarily offer seafood; especially if the ocean is no where in sight. We were looking forward to the view more than the food to say the least.

We arrived a few minutes late and were still seated promptly at a table very near the giant tanks. We saw turtles, sharks, schools of fish and scuba divers during our meal. I would highly suggest asking for a table as close to the tanks as you can, but realize that there is a good view from most all seats.


Because of the water, lighting, and under sea inspired decor the restaurant has a very classy feel to it which made it seem like a nice option for a fancier one credit meal on the dining plan.

You are given menus (of course) as well as a color guide listing the fish you may see in the tank. This is a nice touch!

The meal starts off with some really nice bread and butter with a delicious black salt. Very unique and delicious.

We started with the Creamy Crab Dip and it was excellent. I was really impressed with this. It is heavy so it is a nice option for a table of 4 or so to share as an appetizer. It is rich and creamy with spinach and a nice amount of crab meat. A wonderful start to our meal.

Crab Dip

Crab Dip

I ordered the NY strip steak while my husband went for the chicken. Yes, we did avoid the seafood for our entrees, but we were both pleasantly surprised by how good our meals were. The steak I had was one of the best one credit steaks I have enjoyed on property and the mashed potatoes were outstanding. The chicken was cooked nicely and very good if not a little salty. The polenta that accompanied the chicken was delicious!

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We are not on the dining plan and do enjoy a tables in wonderland discount as annual passholders, but even still felt this meal was an excellent value. Our total bill for 2 adults and 1 child including drinks, appetizer, entrees, tip and tax was less than $90 which was almost 40% less than we paid the previous night for a less than stellar dining experience at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom which is a character buffet. (Tip: Stick to breakfast at Tusker House and Boma for dinner).

All in all we agree this restaurant is worth a visit and it may even make our short list for next visit! I give it a strong 8/10.

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