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Old 02-07-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Does Coral Reef smell strongly of seafood?

I know it's kind of an odd question since Coral Reef is primarily a seafood restaurant, but for anyone who's eaten there, does it smell strongly of seafood like some places do where you can smell it before you even walk in and it hits you when you walk in the door? I ask because we are a group of vegetarians and vegans, and DD and I are very sensitive to smells in general and can't tolerate strong seafood smells. I know it may not seem like the best choice for us, but they have one good vegan option that everyone will enjoy, and the kids will love being surrounded by the aquarium (we aren't on the DDP, so the kids get the red curry veggie noodle bowl w/ Gardein chik'n, too).
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Never noticed a fishy smell. I've only recently begun to eat fish, so I'm very... aware... of those fishy smells.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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No fish smell and try Rose And Crown too.. My parents are one vegetarian and one vegan and they loved it...
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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It does not. I recommend steering clear of Fulton's if you're sensitive to fishy scents, though. We went to their bar twice on our last trip and both times the smell was overwhelming. I found it odd because I've never noticed it on previous visits.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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I know it's kind of an odd question since Coral Reef is primarily a seafood restaurant, but for anyone who's eaten there, does it smell strongly of seafood like some places do where you can smell it before you even walk in and it hits you when you walk in the door? I ask because we are a group of vegetarians and vegans, and DD and I are very sensitive to smells in general and can't tolerate strong seafood smells. I know it may not seem like the best choice for us, but they have one good vegan option that everyone will enjoy, and the kids will love being surrounded by the aquarium (we aren't on the DDP, so the kids get the red curry veggie noodle bowl w/ Gardein chik'n, too).
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I am sensitive to "fishy" smells and did not have a problem at Coral Reef - now Cape May was a different story. However I did find Corel Reef to be very loud and disorganized. The food was just okay. We will not be going back
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I am sensitive to "fishy" smells and did not have a problem at Coral Reef - now Cape May was a different story. However I did find Corel Reef to be very loud and disorganized. The food was just okay. We will not be going back
I agree with the Cape May comment. They tried to put us in the side room for breakfast and the fish smell was so strong in there we had to change tables/rooms..
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:19 PM   #10
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Coral Reef was a favorite of mine, but we ate there last week and the meal was bad enough that I don't need to go back. And I got some vegan/vegetarian dish and I didn't finish it because it was so gross.
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My youngest DS is extremely sensitive to smells and commented on the smell the second we walked in the dining rom.
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I have stayed at the Beach Club - we just don't walk through the lobby during dinner - if you are going to the Yacht Club restaurants just walk outside
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We have stayed at the Beach Club. We just avoid the lobby at dinner time. If you want to go to the Yacht Club restaurants walk on the outside
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OP, we are veggie and I am highly sensitive to smells, and I had a VERY hard time dining at Coral. I don't even know if salmon was on the menu but that's what the whole place smelled like to me when I was there.

If the kids are veggie, be aware that it can be hard to watch the aquarium while those around you are eating the cousins of the fish they are watching.

I have read that Sunshine Seasons has the chik'n as well now, and I like their tofu noodle bowl (which you can get without the broth in the form of a stir fry as a different option). So you might have other choices apart from the Reef.
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OP, we are veggie and I am highly sensitive to smells, and I had a VERY hard time dining at Coral. I don't even know if salmon was on the menu but that's what the whole place smelled like to me when I was there.

If the kids are veggie, be aware that it can be hard to watch the aquarium while those around you are eating the cousins of the fish they are watching.

I have read that Sunshine Seasons has the chik'n as well now, and I like their tofu noodle bowl (which you can get without the broth in the form of a stir fry as a different option). So you might have other choices apart from the Reef.
The fish in the tanks are related to the fish that are served only in that they are all fish and live in water. However, the fish in the tanks are not what are served at Coral Reef, either exactly or in type. The tank has things like sharks, a turtle, and tropical/shallow depth sea fish. Most of the fish served are either deep sea or sustainable fish, which aren't in the tanks.

Sunshine Seasons is open-air kitchens and can be smelled through the whole Land building. The fish served there are displayed (in type/species and in the fact that the fish there will eventually be used for consumption on property) in "Living with the Land." Those who are sensitive to smells or seeing fish that were on a ride, or related to ones on a ride, will find that to be a worse option then Coral Reef. By a lot.
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