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Old 10-18-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Epcot - Coral Reef or Teppen Edo

Which would you pick? Coral Reef or Teppen Edo. We usually go to Le Cellier when we're at Epcot, but I don't think it's worth 2 dining credits.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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Our Ratings of Coral Reef: (Rev 7/10/2013)
. . . food price value: B
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: C
. . . food selection: B
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE: The Coral Reef is a nice respite from normal dining, as is the wall which is the
aquarium. One sees fish and sees divers tending to the fish and tank. Best views are
from the second seating level, not right up against the tank. For best dishes, try the
Mussels for an appy and the trout for the entrée. Other seafood are not good choices.
The non-fish selections, like rubber chicken, are run of the mill or worse. New York Strip
and Smashed Potatoes is always a good choice, Tell them to rest the steak before service
at the table. Service can be spotty, so be prepared for slow waitresses. For those looking
for a quiet and romantic outing, this is a place to pass, the really high noise level drowns
out most conversations.


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Our Ratings of Teppan Edo: (rev 2/19/2013)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: C
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE1: Hibachi tables seat eight (two each side, four front side). Sometimes they can
squeeze nine if several kids. Depending upon the chef it can be exciting and entertaining,
or it can be almost dull. Quality is below a Benihana, but above average for Japanese
cuisine. It should be noted that medium or large appetites will want to stop before or
after dinner for a snack, as portions are medium-sized and big eaters can leave hungry.
(Just to answer a common question, they only serve white rice, as fried rice is Chinese.)

NOTE2: We think the Benihana at the Hilton in the Downtown Disney Hotel District is better
than Teppan Edo for both food quality and "the show" the chef puts on.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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The view at Coral Reef is amazing
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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We love Coral Reef!
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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Neither. Head to Via Napolli and enjoy some of Disneys best!
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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I like Teppen Edo a lot! I wouldn't go to Coral Reef for any reason.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:31 AM   #7
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Coral reef , Nothing unique about TE , just another hibachi place
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #8
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If I had to choose I would pick Coral Reef and that's coming from someone who doesn't eat seafood. The atmosphere is really cool with the fish swimming by and we had really good food & service. Also it was VERY quiet compared to other restaurants we have dined at but we also did lunch not dinner but I'm sure experiences will vary. Teppen Edo the food was good but I feel like I could go down the street and get hibachi nothing really special about it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #9
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Great fishtank, good steak and amazing desserts at Coral Reef. But it wouldn't be my first choice in Epcot.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:40 AM   #10
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We enjoy both but we do prefer Teppan Edo
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:30 PM   #11
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Honestly, I wouldn't choose either of those. TE is a typical hibachi that you can get anywhere and Coral Reef just hasn't been great the past two times we have been there.

I would go with....Via Napoli, Chefs de France, or La Hacienda de San Angel.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #12
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We haven't tried coral reef as we're not seafood people. We just tried teppan edo for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it! We've had several adrs there that got cancelled last minute because we weren't excited about it based on the menu. It does look pretty boring. I will say that we don't have a hibachi place close by and the kids and I have never been to one (DH has once). We thought the food was excellent.

You had to request white rice. They brought out a beef rice that I personally thought wad disgusting. Seasoning on everything was perfect, well cooked. Our chef was very funny. Perhaps not the most skilled when compared to the older chefs at other tables, but he was good and had all of us laughing. My super picky DH wants to go back every trip now.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:25 PM   #13
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We ate at both this past trip. We have eaten at Coral Reef quite often, but it was our first trip to Teppan Edo. The food at both was fine. Like the pp's stated, depending on the size of your party (we had 4), you may sit with strangers. Not an issue with us. The biggest plus that Coral Reef has, at least for us (my DW was an avid scuba diver. I was fanatical !) is the aquarium. It is pretty amazing, and something worth seeing, at least once. Good luck.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:25 PM   #14
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Between these two, I would pick Teppan Edo. However, I think that there are better restaurants in Epcot to choose from.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #15
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I've never eaten at Coral Reef (it's on my to-do list)...I HAVE however, eaten at Teppen Edo, and it was excellent! The food was great and we had a wonderful chef and really enjoyed they show he put on
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