Coral Reef Restaurant

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by 3-MER, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. 3-MER

    3-MER Wayne

    Feb 10, 2007
    Can anyone share any info, experiences and food quality regarding the Coral Reef Restaurant? I have a reservation in April but I am hearing many mixed opinions so I am considering canceling. Any input is appreciated.


  2. tomandrobin

    tomandrobin DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2006
    We have only gone once, back in September. We really enjoyed our meals. We had a great seat and had a good view of the aquarium. We have planned to eat lunch there this weekend on our trip.
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  4. karen l

    karen l DIS Veteran

    Sep 4, 2005
    We had Easter dinner there in 2006 & really enjoyed it. Lobster soup, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad were some of the apps we ordered. They were very good. Entrees - NY steak, chicken, prime rib & Mahi Mahi also all very good.
    Dessert - Chocolate Wave!!! Delicious. Can't wait - we're going back this April.:goodvibes
  5. jejojual

    jejojual Mouseketeer

    Aug 7, 2006
    Don't cancel! It is well worth the trip! If you can, request a table on the bottom level, up close to the big windows to the aquarium - our kids (6 and 4) LOVE this place - the food has always been really good - and the watching the fish/turtles/sharks/stingrays and the divers who come in and out of the tank is so much fun!
  6. swillis

    swillis "Make your next dog a Blue Dog!"

    Jan 27, 2006
    Guess I will be the first to post a negative review of Coral Reef. We ate there for the first time in May of last year. We were all looking forward to it since most in my party (3 of 4) absolutely love seafood.

    My son was the only one who didn't like seafood, but I had checked the menu previously, and knew there would be plenty of other things for him to eat.

    When we arrived for our ADR we had to wait almost 40 minutes to be seated. I thought the restaurant was really loud, and there were a ton of very small children there who were not having a good time (probably because the service was slow, and they were likely very hungry) Also the smell of fish was really overwhelming.

    I was immediately put off by our server who went on and on with a very snotty attitude about how great this restaurant was, and how we wouldn't find any better seafood in the Disney complex, and that when famous people come to Disney, this is the only place they eat.

    But I was also excited, because if what he said was true then we were in for a GREAT meal!!

    Well the meals were mediocre at best. Maybe I am a seafood snob living in the coastal area of Massachusetts, but the Mahi Mahi was very bland, and the steaks were jusy ok. The Lobster Bisque was good however.

    The portions were small, and the service was VERY slow. At the end of our meal my son wasn't feeling so good, so I took him outside to wait while my friend and daughter waited to get the check. I was outside waiting for almost 25 minutes.

    I just thought for the prices $$$ it was not a good dining experience. It was enough to make me not want to give it another try.
  7. pooh2001

    pooh2001 been there, done that, TRYING to go back

    Feb 16, 2000
  8. allie&mattsmom

    allie&mattsmom Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>I am Jakes favorite

    Jun 17, 2005
    We just dined here Sunday night and had a less than wonderful dining experience. The only food that was worth bragging maybe a little about would be my daughter's Prime Rib. It was decent. Everything else was horrible, including our waiter. When we first sat down, he mentioned a couple of specials, after he returned with our drinks we asked him to repeat them he said they didn't have any specials...huh:confused3 ??? We were very confused, needless to say. Also, we never did get our bread. We had to ask for it, and finally he brought it at the very end of our meal. We definitely will not be returning to the Coral Reef, that's for sure. Oh... and I should mention that the restrooms, at least the women's, was filthy.
  9. crossfamily

    crossfamily DIS Veteran<br><font color=limegreen>Man do I like

    Jun 26, 2006
    The atmosphere was wonderful... We ate there last August.. My food as well as my son's was over cooked.. Hard fish is not a good thing.. I would have sent it back but I think our server was new because he didn't come back for quite awhile... Now friends of ours was there the same night and absolutely love their food and server... I believe its hit or miss.. I am going again in August. We do have adr's for Coal Reef during this trip too.. I'm not throwing in the towel... I have to give a place at least 2 trys before I call it quits..
  10. FormrCastMbr

    FormrCastMbr DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2006
    I wasn't thrilled with the entree I had here...the shrimp pasta...yucko! Everything else was great...DF liked the steak.

    I was glad that we tried CR...I wouldn't go back.
  11. GC&S

    GC&S DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2005
    We went in Sept and had a great time. Our server was wonderful (advised against the Shrimp Pasta). DH ordered some wine and really didn't like it but didn't say anything. Our server realized he didn't like it and brought him a different wine. Certainly he did not have to do that. No complaints about our food and dd loved the "fish" carrot sticks. It's a beautiful restaurant and even if you don't get a front row seat, the view is good from all over.

    While we had a great time, someone else probably didn't. But you should go where you want - don't pick and choose based on others opinion.
  12. Inkmahm

    Inkmahm Disney nut<br><img src=" DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jan 25, 2006
    We always have lunch at Coral Reef on the days we are at Epcot. Always. That means we eat there twice each year. We love being near the glass to see the fish but you can also see them fairly well from the middle level in the restaurant. We have reservations to go again in April and will have them for December as soon as I can make them.
  13. LoriNSC

    LoriNSC DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2006
    It was our favorite meal last July! We are doing DS's 5th b-day there this year w/ a diver holding a sign & a Mickey cake. Can't wait! We thought the food was GREAT!
  14. drag n' fly

    drag n' fly Sassy, salty and sweet....

    Jun 6, 2006
    It amazes me how people's experience varies. We had dinner at Coral Reef on Valentine's Day and it was fantastic. The service was outstanding, the food was very good!
  15. flechette

    flechette Mouseketeer

    Nov 30, 2005
    I'll have to qualify my report w/ 2 notes:
    1) hubby and I are not seafood fans but we wanted to try out Coral Reef for the atmosphere
    2) this was several years ago....

    1st seating for lunch so 11am? we were right next to the aquarium which was being cleaned so no view just murky water. Hubby asked about non fish menu items - there were none available this early in the day. Waiter got snotty when we declined to order wine (neither of us drink much, a margarita at a Jimmy Buffett show once a year about covers it)

    I ordered grilled Mahi Mahi, Tim ordered shrimp? pasta ( I think)> my fish arrived burned on one side, no cooking marks on the other side and was mainly raw. Tim's pasta stank:scared1: . We asked for a manager, 20 minutes later he asked us what our problem was? we indicted the plates - to be fair he looked taken back and asked what we wanted to do. We just wanted out w/out owing for anything. He did send a $25 gift certificate to our room later that day but needless to say we haven't been back:rotfl:

    I still toy with going to try it again but I have to admit it's not a high priority
  16. MAKmom

    MAKmom <marquee><font color=peach>*Caution* thinks all p

    May 20, 2001
    We love it. It is a must do for DD9. The portion sizes are not standard American chain restaurant. They are what you would expect in an upscale restaurant. We have always enjoyed our meals but we have gone on off hours in the past. We are doing our Christmas Eve Dinner this year ...if I can get a ADR.:dance3:
  17. casaazul

    casaazul DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2005
    I have ADR for Coral Reef on our Epcot night. We won't be expecting haute cuisine, but is the food ok??? I really like Mahi Mahi, should I order? Or should we stick with beef and just enjoy the aquarium??

    Only one month until WDW!!!!
  18. IMDORY

    IMDORY "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming

    Aug 29, 2006
    For years I've wanted to try Coral Reef...but just hadn't for one reason or another. We finally ate there in December. It was our WORST meal of the entire 10 day trip. I had made the ADR for our last evening too, b/c I thought it would be a great, special meal for us to end our trip with.

    We waited for about 50 minutes past our ADR-we never waited more than 5 minutes for any other ADR the entire trip. The menu choices were "blah" we were surprised at the un-creative seafood offerings. The seafood offerings didn't even seem very appealing-but we had our minds set on seafood, and my husband had ordered prime rib or steak pretty much everywhere else this trip-so he got the seafood pasta. OMG!::eek: I'm sooo glad I didn't order that-it smelled gross and it was just plain yuck. I didn't see an entree that appealed to me, so I got 3 appetizers: the bisque(ok/good)crab claws(good)seafood souffle-the single most worst thing I think I've ever had at a restaurant. It was gross looking-a white clump of something that looked like it had been plopped out of a catfood can. As if that wasn't bad enough-it tasted sooo gross! I'm wondering if it WAS catfood????:confused: I only could manage to eat a few bites of it. We salvaged the evening by sharing a chocolate wave-very good. I wish that we just ordered that! We were not on the dining plan-we thought the food was WAYYY overpriced for what we got. From what I've been reading about Coral Reef-perhaps we would have been better off ordering beef. But we didn't go to a seafood restaurant to have prime rib!

    Our waiter. He was ok. He seemed more interested in pushing us into getting some wine.

    Atmosphere-very cool. The fish tank-neat. Some divers were around. One diver had a "will you marry me?" sign and we witnessed a couple get engaged.

    I agree with a PP-bathroom was dirty-the worst public bathroom I saw all trip, I think.

    The worst part-within an hour of leaving the restaurant I was sick for the next 12 hours-I do believe it was something I ate.:sad1:
  19. the Fidge

    the Fidge <font color=blue>I miss standing like the statue o

    Jan 15, 2006
    HI heres my 2cents! OK DH hates seafood, I lvoe seafood, DS on the fence for some seafood.

    OK I had ordered the bisque, DH ordered the salad no dressing. OK my bisque no wow factor, and the watier was distrubed that we were not drinkers and went with soda. Brought DH salad with dressing.

    Forgot about us for some time, when dinner arrived DH asked for a baked potato, not there! My catfish was great.

    DS loved his dinner had something from the kids menu.

    DH never got his potato and we ordered dessert and coffee I had tea. DH thought the waiter had it in for him poor guy. He remebered DH cheesecake which he enjoyed. Rembered my tea forgot DH's coffee.

    Needless to say DH was fuming ! He suggested that tihs guy right his order down what a mess!

    We left DS and I had good food. DH was very cranky!

    Heres the joke, DS is having his birthday dinner there, OMG!! I called and spoke to manager and told her what happened. SHe has aussred me I will not have the same experience this time!

    Keep your fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................Will report back after our April trip and start praying now!!!!


    MY SON LOVED THIS PLACE hehehhe...wondering if he has it in for his Dad!!!
  20. Disneyof3

    Disneyof3 <font color=deeppink>Mother of my 3 angels, heaven

    Jul 30, 2004

    Well there goes my decision out the door for supper. Was going to try the shrimp pasta and will now not:scared1: I guess it will be the prime rib or the steak. I don't mind burned steak as long as I don't see red it is okay. Dh will likely go for the prime rib now too.:confused3 :confused3 Reservations next Thursday and am now scared to death.


    Apr 17, 2006
    I'm hoping someone will post a good experience. We are going there in August w/a group of 13. Only a few are actually seafood eaters so we're really only going for the ambiance. We arranged for the divers as we are celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary.

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