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Old 11-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Coral Reef, Le Cellier, or Chefs De France OH MY!

I can't decide between these 3 restaurants. The only one I've been to is Coral Reef. We are 4 adults and 2 toddlers- please give me your advise- I would really appreciate it.
*Right now I have resi's for Coral Reef, because I figured the children would really enjoy the fish tank. I am just not sure what I want to do---
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #2
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I love CR and I think you're right about the fish keeping the kids entertained.
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Coral Reef has been getting mixed reviews as of late. I've read a lot of reviews that say food and service are average at best.

Source: Friends who have eaten there and were disappointed.

An option: My family and I last stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and none of us are fans of African food. On our second to last night, we took the advice of some friends to eat at Boma, the buffet at Jambo House.

We were surprisingly happy with our meals. It was the best dinner we had on our trip. We ate at Cinderella's Royal Table, Akershus (very good), Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney, Rainforest Cafe and other places, but Boma was the stand out favorite for two "foodie" parents and two picky eater kids.

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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I can't speak to Chefs or Coral Reef, but I can definitely say that Le Cellier was one of the best meals I've ever had at WDW. There were four of us and we all were thrilled with the food and service.
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CR is my wife's favorite (she's a Marine Biology major) but for our trip in June I had to put the kabosh on a CR ADR. Food was downright mediocre my last meal there. However, for your kids ages and the atmosphere, CR may be the ticket. My kids used to love it there.

I notice a few restaurants that were "must do's" in the past and difficult to obtain ADR's have been getting really poor reviews over the last 12 months, including Le Cellier (yes, I'm also looking at you, Ohana)

Food is very good, but not great, at Chef, but the atmosphere leaves something to be desired. But it is consistent!

Perhaps I'm not recommending any of these? I'm planning on Teppan Edo as our only TS restaurant within Epcot, but I'm staying at the Dolphin, so planning on Flying Fish for the other Epcot night.
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We have enjoyed Coral Reef in the past. Had a horrible meal and experience at Chefs in August, and absolutely loved Le Cellier in August...our favorite meal of the trip.

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We sat right by the glass in CR and it was a pretty cool experience, but the food was just plain bland and boring for our tastes (which may be exactly what you need with young ones who haven't developed a taste for a ton of flavor yet).

Le Cellier continues to be one of my favorite places to eat on property. Maybe I just got an extra dose of pixie dust from the Disney Food Fairy when I was young, but my family seems to be the only ones who haven't ever been given reason to say anything negative about Le Cellier. We've always gotten great food, top-notch service, and been completely satisfied.

Les Chefs is our favorite and most consistent lunch choice at EPCOT. I've only done dinner there once and I was definitely not disappointed. The food is good and very filling (the Prix Fixe is enough to stuff me for the rest of the day at lunch).

While the atmosphere in the two WS TS selections isn't very entertaining for young children, the food would probably be the better option for the adults.
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We love Coral Reef. Absolutely one of our favorite places. LesChef didn't impress us when we ate there, but haven't decided to try again, so may one day in the future. LeCellier USE to be our favorite, esp. the lunch menu. But lunch and dinner are now both the same. We ate there last month for our last time. We all decided never again. The food was average and overpriced and the service was poor. Sadly, we use to love eating at LeCell, but after a steady decline the last few visits, our family all agreed while walking out, that we just can't justify the cost for what we got.
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Im not a fan of Le Cellier at all. Food is over rated and the place is so cramped, tables too close together. I dont think this is an ideal place for toddlers.

Foodwise, I vote for chefs/france. Food is delicious!
Atmosphere wise, I say go for Coral Reef. It'll keep your wee ones entertained!
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:11 AM   #10
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I used to love Le Cellier years ago but now it seems so tight and cramped - boo! I've never had a bad meal there though imo the steaks are overrated. Chefs for us has always been a disaster when we go for dinner BUT we've had fabulous lunches there. We don't usually order big entrees - we tend to graze on soups and cheese plates, maybe escargot etc. Now Coral Reef. Sigh. I love this restaurant but it is inconsistent. We keep going back because we love the atmosphere and do have a great great meal about 50% of the time but I'll offer some advice. If you decide you want to go with CR (and I'd recommend it truthfully over the others - even with the food / service caveat), I would make sure your ressie is not during peak peak dining times. That place can get wild when it is super crowded and the servers are "in the weeds." Also, you don't have to sit right next to the aquarium to get a great view.
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With a party of 6 you will not be seated tankside at Coral Reef. You will probably be at the 6 top tables on the middle tier. While still a good view, it's doubtful that at that distance, your toddlers will be entertained. I know ours was not. Food here is hit or miss-I've dined here at least a half dozen times and I would say the good vs bad meals is 50-50. Service is never great.

I like Chefs for lunch but not for dinner. I have disliked every dinner but the lunches have been pleasant. It's a combination of menu and atmosphere and not one particular thing.

I think Le Cellier is the best of the 3. Although I don't think Le Cellier is a good signature restaurant, it is still better than most of the casual dining Epcot restaurants.

I've dined at all but Nine Dragons at Epcot and none of the 3 above rank in my top tier. If it's between these 3, I would pick Le Cellier for dinner and Chefs for lunch.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Goldilocks07 View Post
I can't decide between these 3 restaurants. The only one I've been to is Coral Reef. We are 4 adults and 2 toddlers- please give me your advise- I would really appreciate it.
*Right now I have resi's for Coral Reef, because I figured the children would really enjoy the fish tank. I am just not sure what I want to do---
Fish tank would be the reason my family chooses Coral Reef. My wife & I also prefer the 'smallish' portions too.

Le Cellier & France would have nothing to preoccupy the children (alas, Remy is gone).

Some suggest food at Le Cellier is a cut above France & Coral Reef. I might not agree. However, lunch menu in France is more limited and, in my opinion, not as good as dinner menu.

My choice(s):
1.) Coral Reef
2.) France Dinner/Le Cellier Lunch
3.) Le Cellier Dinner/France Lunch
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Just want to let you know that we ate at CR and the kids menu was completely changed. No pizza or nuggets. Had baked fish, chicken steak and Mac n cheese. We won't be going back. This was our second try. The first time food was horrible and service was bad. This time food was blah and service was good.
We love les chefs and it's always excellent service and food. Le Cellier is also a hit for us.
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Originally Posted by Goldilocks07 View Post
I can't decide between these 3 restaurants. The only one I've been to is Coral Reef. We are 4 adults and 2 toddlers- please give me your advise- I would really appreciate it. *Right now I have resi's for Coral Reef, because I figured the children would really enjoy the fish tank. I am just not sure what I want to do---
Le Cellier would be my pick.
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