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mrlinck7421
04-06-2012, 08:39 PM
I'm wanting to go to the Coral Reef the night I arrive to set off the trip. What are your thoughts one this place?

gobraves39560
04-06-2012, 08:52 PM
Its a favorite for us!!! It was my first to book for our May trip. Theming is great. My very picky DH even loves it, as well as my children.

cruise cruise cruise
04-06-2012, 08:54 PM
Pros- food is good (or at least we really liked it)
fish tank is a very cool atmosphere

Cons- SLOOOOOOOW and non attentive service
can be loud depending on where you are seatted (acoustics)

Sweet Melissa
04-06-2012, 09:12 PM
Pros- food is good (or at least we really liked it)
fish tank is a very cool atmosphere

Cons- SLOOOOOOOW and non attentive service
can be loud depending on where you are seatted (acoustics)

Pretty much this, although I haven't found service there to be inattentive, just slow. We don't mind a slowly-paced meal, though. I'd rather a server make himself scarce then be hovering while I mentally think, "OMG, go away!"

DW2010
04-06-2012, 09:13 PM
I'm wanting to go to the Coral Reef the night I arrive to set off the trip. What are your thoughts one this place?

The fish tank was really cool, but the food was not very good. My crabcake arrived almost cold! I doubt we'll go back.

jeepwreck
04-06-2012, 09:14 PM
we were there in feb and we found the service very good. i guess it is like any place really its a hit and miss on the service and food., but for us both were great.

the tank is why we went and i was worth it. very kewl to site next to fish swimming around

Wendy31
04-06-2012, 09:41 PM
We used to really like it. In fact, my very favorite WDW dessert used to be the Chocolate Wave.

However, the last time we were there (last September), the service was incredibly slow. And it was so loud! (We were at lunch, so maybe dinner would be quieter.) Plus, the food wasn't all that great. DH & I both ordered the mahi. It was supposed to be "blackened", but some parts of it were just burnt. And the rice wasn't cooked enough - it was still very hard. Everything was just... okay.

The kids did like the fried shrimp though which was new to the menu. And, as always, they really liked the aquarium.

The chocolate wave was still good as well, but it had changed so it wasn't as "wow" to me as it had been previously.

So, we're taking a year off, & not eating there on our upcoming trip. It's not that we won't go back ever, it's just not a favorite "must do" for us any more. There are other restaurants we prefer & other restaurants we'd rather try.

wdw4rfam
04-06-2012, 09:51 PM
Pros....atmosphere.
Cons...everything else. We had slow service, and food was just a very generous OK.

burberryplaid
04-06-2012, 09:55 PM
We ate there in December as part of the Candlelight Processional package. Pros: Our entrees and desserts were delicious. We loved sitting by the tank. Service was fine albeit non remarkable. Cons- While tasty the appetizers were small

We were happy we gave it a shot. We were nervous about it after reading so many bad and mediocre reviews but we enjoyed it and will go back.

KYfriedPanda
04-06-2012, 10:06 PM
Pros - The chicken & spatzel (we had seafood for dinner the previous night so we decided to go with chicken) were delicious. Also looooove the Baileys & JD Mousse.

Cons - Of all the ADRs we had, this was the only one where we had to wait for more than 5 minutes to be seated (we waited 15). I would think this was due to the slightly slow service that we had (but because of the atmosphere we didn't mind that as much).

FunkyDuck
04-06-2012, 10:14 PM
Pros - Fish Tank
Cons - Our food was horrid, soda was warm, slow service, and loud.

...but as with other things...you may like it...and we may have visited on an off day...but enough so that we will never consider returning.

BUTTERHEAD1
04-06-2012, 10:20 PM
Coral Reef has be come a must do for us the last few trips. The food is a change of pace from the burger/chicken meals. The kids love looking for the different species of fish while we eat. Last time there I had the lobster ravioli with a cream sauce that was delicious. On another trip I had the mahi and it was also very good.

TiggerTrigger
04-06-2012, 11:05 PM
We went once and weren't big fans. Our food wasn't very good and the service was slow. At the time, we at least could say the atmosphere was its saving grace, but we've got two Aquarium restaurants locally that we now prefer for that type of atmosphere...so we really have no need to return to Coral Reef.

adamki
04-07-2012, 01:49 AM
I agree it was slow. The food was just ok.

This might be blasphemy here but we thought that Sharks Underwater Grill at -cough-Sea World was better atmosphere, food and service. You could say it blew Coral Reef out of the water (see what I did there?).

Uncleromulus
04-07-2012, 07:22 AM
Good one--good one.

I agree w/ several others..the Fish Tank is great. Everything else mediocre at best.

budafam
04-07-2012, 08:00 AM
We ate there on our last trip and loved it. We got seated up on the top tier (so farthest away from the fish tanks) but the food was EXCELLENT and our server was great! He had the food out very quick and was very friendly. I wouldn't make a decision based on someone else having bad service.. it all depends who's working that night. I would love to return here someday :)

chinarider
04-07-2012, 12:45 PM
How bad is the fish smell? My daughter doesnt like the smell at all of seafood and that's what was keeping us from trying it?

Uncleromulus
04-07-2012, 12:49 PM
For us, it was un-noticeable.

Of course the dinner itself may smell if you actually get seafood---

KNovacovschi
04-07-2012, 02:10 PM
When deciding on restaurants for this trip we made an agreement that we would each choose 1 restaurant and the remainder would be a joint decision. My DH was adament to try Coral Reef. I don't like seafood or fish (except shrimp, talapia and cod) but didn't say anything cause it was his choice. Two questions though, 1. Will there be anything that I will like and 2. Do you sit beside a fish tank no matter where you sit. I think the decor would sell it to me if it did.

LJSquishy
04-07-2012, 02:29 PM
My husband and I were there in mid-February. We actually really enjoyed Coral Reef, to my surprise.

Service is rather slow compared to most other Disney restaurants so make sure you allow plenty of time to dine there if you choose to give it a try.

We both ordered the Mahi-Mahi and loved it! It was perfectly prepared and was well presented. We also both had the Bailey's & Jack Daniel's Mousse...YUMMY! We were too stuffed to finish our desserts, though. We loved our meal. It wasn't our favorite due to service being on the slow side, but foodwise it was great.

The atmosphere was fun, but my husband was under the impression somehow that most of the restaurant walls would be the aquarium, and not just one wall. So, that part was a letdown, but it was still fun.

TJDisneymama
04-07-2012, 02:32 PM
we'll be eating there for the first time in 2 weeks. I was a little disappointed about the (lack of) seafood selection on the menu. I guess I was expecting a lot more shrimp, lobster, scallops, etc. Mostly we are going for the ambiance though. And because I just booked this trip 2 weeks ago and it was one of the few ADRs I could get on such short notice, lol.

It looks from the pix like the aquarium is along one wall and some tables are right next to it, but the others are spread out around the room, but all tables can still see it.

Mousemommy1
04-07-2012, 02:33 PM
MY DH did not like his meal, he got steak. I didn't have a bad meal, because I would have remembered that. That being said....I didn't have a meal that blew my socks off either, as I can't remember what I got. :rotfl2:

The fish tank was really cool though!!!

LJSquishy
04-07-2012, 02:35 PM
When deciding on restaurants for this trip we made an agreement that we would each choose 1 restaurant and the remainder would be a joint decision. My DH was adament to try Coral Reef. I don't like seafood or fish (except shrimp, talapia and cod) but didn't say anything cause it was his choice. Two questions though, 1. Will there be anything that I will like and 2. Do you sit beside a fish tank no matter where you sit. I think the decor would sell it to me if it did.

If you haven't had Mahi-Mahi before, you would probably enjoy it. It is a very mild white fish just like Tilapia and Cod. It was very yummy, and came with rice, a cream-based (I think) sauce that was delicious and had little rock shrimp in it. I would call it a very "safe" dish as far as taste buds go. :)

No, not everyone sits by the aquarium. Only one wall of the restaurant has the aquarium wall and the restaurant is tiered. We were up on the 3rd tier which is farthest from the aquarium but we could still see the fish well. You can request aquarium seating when you check in, but you will probably have to wait a while...and fight off unruly children who are shoving past you to lick the aquarium wall as you are trying to enjoy your meal. It happens a lot.

briandunne
04-11-2012, 07:58 PM
Kids [3, 6 & 8] and I loved it. My wife didn't.
I found the portions small. Don't be afraid to get two appetizers.
Service was fine. Never felt rushed. Never had to wonder where she'd gone.

It's fascinating to me how one's experience at WDW varies with the cast members and other patrons you encounter.

disneyfav4ever
04-11-2012, 08:02 PM
I really liked the last dinner I had there. I think the atmosphere is great, though the food can be hit or miss, but the last time was really good, and the desserts are always fantastic!

disney fan4
04-12-2012, 12:52 PM
We ate there in March. My food was ok, but portion sizes were too small for my husband. He ended up finishing my steak. My kids did enjoy the fish tank which was good because service was slow. We also had a 15 min. wait to be seated with reservations. It wasn't bad but will try something new next trip:thumbsup2