Garden Grill or Coral Reef

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by GoingtoDisney, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. GoingtoDisney

    GoingtoDisney Mouseketeer

    Feb 2, 2004
    We were able to get reservations at both for our upcoming trip. Both sound great. We are a party of 3 families with 7 kids ages 4-10. I was leaning toward Coral Reef as I've heard so many great things, but Garden Grill sounds like a good choice as well.

    Any advice? TIA!
  2. TheDisneyGirl02

    TheDisneyGirl02 <font color=navy>I found my Disney Prince!<br><fon

    Jun 23, 2006
    Both are great, but I think the kids would like the Coral Reef better...there's always something to look at since the fish swim by constantly. If you're lucky, you'll be there when there are diver's.

    We did do both this past trip and I would go to both again, but I think CR edged out GG by just a bit in my book!

    Enjoy whatever you decide! :)
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  4. mamazaz

    mamazaz Mouseketeer

    Aug 29, 2007
    The only problem with Coral Reef is their menu selections. Very limited in my opinion and also very small portions for the cost. We ate there last December and yes, the kids loved looking at the aquarium, but I would rate the service as fair and the food as poor to fair. We had a group of 9 ages adult down to age 6 and none of us were really happy with the food. My sister is a vegetarian and there wasn't much for her to choose from at all. She was hungry when we left as were most of us. The atmosphere was good, but again the food - so so. We're opting for the Garden Grill this time and giving it a try. Hopefully the characters will be as entertaining as the fish were at Coral Reef and maybe the food and service will be better.

    Just my experience and preference.
  5. djlexus

    djlexus Pi DJ Why no mini doughnuts in the parks only at T

    Sep 3, 2007
    Garden Grill is my favorite! They have the best fried catfish ive never had it anywhere else that good. And the flank steak is so yummy plus it revolves and you get to see charcters. Its also all you can eat fmaily style. Which means they just keep putting in reorders for food. So you can eat all you want and you get a three course meal for 30 bucks. I would go Garden Grill all the way.
  6. LorilieMarie

    LorilieMarie Addicted to Disney

    Aug 31, 2006
    This is almost my same experience. The atmoshpere was really neat, but the food and service were awful. My daughter loved her desert, which is a make-your-own sundae with a huge formed piece of chocolate on top that we thought was plastic. No one liked their meal though. :sad2: Dis Unplugged reran a review of it last time (It's called best of.....?) They did not like it either. We are trying Garden Grill on our next visit.
  7. Disneyolic

    Disneyolic DIS Veteran

    Mar 25, 2002
    We went to both Coral Reef and Garden Grill this past June. Our kids were ages...2, 6 & 7. The enjoyed GG much better than Coral Reef. As far as food goes, we liked GG better also. We would go back to Coral Reef but we would not order the Mahi Mahi. Both DH and I did not like it at all.

    With young kids, I would go with GG because the character interaction is wonderful there!!
  8. SharonLowe

    SharonLowe DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2005
    Everyone has different tastes but we loved CR so much in June we booked it again for our trip in November. I'm a vegan and they made a great meal for me - just tell them at the podium you need to speak to the chef. My DS (adult) got the mahi-mahi and said it was great. My DD (9) loved it too - she's vegetarian and they made her a nice plain pasta with some veggies. She loved the sundae too.

    GG of course doesn't appeal to me with its meat-centered menu but others like it. The rotating restaurant is kind of fun and of course they do have the characters. We last ate there when they had a menu rather than family style.
  9. tinkgurl

    tinkgurl DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2006
    I would go with the Garden Grill based on the kids ages. They will love the character interaction and the idea that their restaurant rotates!
  10. mickeybrat

    mickeybrat Drives like a Cadilac, stings like a Beamer!

    Jun 29, 2007
    My DS8 and I have PS for Coral Reef next week. This will be our 3rd year in a row going. My DS picks this one every year. The aquarium is awesome. The food is good too if you are a seafood eater. I think you would enjoy either!! Happy planning.

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