Coral Reef- Pros and Cons?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by mrlinck7421, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. mrlinck7421

    mrlinck7421 Earning My Ears

    Jan 22, 2012
    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?
  2. gobraves39560

    gobraves39560 Mouseketeer

    May 26, 2008
    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.
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  4. cruise cruise cruise

    cruise cruise cruise <font color=royalblue>Either way we will have FUN!

    Mar 17, 2007
    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)
  5. Sweet Melissa

    Sweet Melissa DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2009
    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!"
  6. DW2010

    DW2010 DIS Veteran

    Dec 31, 2009
    The fish tank was really cool, but the food was not very good. My crabcake arrived almost cold! I doubt we'll go back.
  7. jeepwreck

    jeepwreck DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2011
    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
  8. Wendy31

    Wendy31 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    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.
  9. wdw4rfam

    wdw4rfam DVC member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Cons...everything else. We had slow service, and food was just a very generous OK.
  10. burberryplaid

    burberryplaid <font color=darkorange>Addicted to SOARIN's Orange

    Feb 11, 2007
    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.
  11. KYfriedPanda

    KYfriedPanda Mouseketeer

    Jan 18, 2008
    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).
  12. FunkyDuck

    FunkyDuck Fan of RAFA NADAL & DONALD!!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pros - Fish Tank
    Cons - Our food was horrid, soda was warm, slow service, and loud.

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

    BUTTERHEAD1 Mouseketeer

    Jan 7, 2005
    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.
  14. TiggerTrigger

    TiggerTrigger a.k.a. HouCuseChickie

    Jul 16, 2010
    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 we really have no need to return to Coral Reef.
  15. adamki

    adamki Mouseketeer

    Feb 13, 2012
    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?).
  16. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    Good one--good one.

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

    budafam DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2009
    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 :)
  18. chinarider

    chinarider DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2006
    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?
  19. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    For us, it was un-noticeable.

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

    KNovacovschi DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2007
    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.
  21. LJSquishy

    LJSquishy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    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.

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