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Food Type: Fish, chicken, steak
Dining Plan: One Table Service
Cost: For lunch, appetizers are $7-$17 and entrées are $13-$28. For dinner, appetizers are $7-$17 and entrées are $19-$31.
Setting: The tables at the Coral Reef Restaurant face a large aquarium full of sharks, sting rays, turtles, and more than 85 varieties of tropical fish. The restaurant features raised stadium seating so most tables have a great view.
Advantages: The atmosphere can’t be beat. Kids and adults who enjoy aquariums will be fascinated by the variety of fish. Fish is presented nicely. Service is usually attentive. I recommend the Mahi Mahi and Chocolate Wave dessert.
Disadvantages: This restaurant is deceptively noisy due to the sound bouncing off the aquarium glass. Service may be rushed, especially during Free Dining promotions. The menu is limited with less than ten entrée choices. There are no crab, lobster, or shrimp entrées. Portions are small. Lunch isn’t much cheaper than dinner. Personally, I am deathly afraid of fish (not kidding), so eating here is entirely unpleasant for me.
Value: Average out of pocket or excellent on the Dining Plan. The Coral Reef Restaurant relies heavily on its ambiance to please guests. The food portions are small and the prices are high considering the low cost of many of the ingredients. You come here mostly for the aquarium, so if that is not something you would particularly enjoy then you’re better off dining elsewhere. You can spend about $45 on the Dining Plan, making this an excellent use of a credit.
Reputation: The jury is out on this one. There is definitely better food and service at Epcot, but the chances of finding another aquarium with a table to eat at are slim to none. Chances are you will have a good meal here, but be aware that the portions are small and the Coral Reef is not known for its high quality food or relaxing atmosphere. The other potential downside is that not all of the tables have a great view of the aquarium, so you may want to request a good view or ask to be moved elsewhere in the restaurant.
Overall Rank on The Best Epcot Sit Down Restaurants: 15th out of 15