5 Things You Will Love About Coral Reef Restaurant

Coral Reef

Walt Disney World is home to endless dining options, many of which can be found in Epcot. Thanks to a diverse park, Epcot is home to many different full service dining locations in World Showcase and several locations in Future World. One of the most unique restaurants in Epcot can be found nestled inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion in Future World and it allows guests to feel as though they are dining under the sea. The Coral Reef Restaurant is a favorite of many guests as it features a beautiful décor, delicious cuisine with a focus on seafood, and sweeping views of the pavilion’s aquarium. Guests will love dining on unique meals while watching the sea life float past! Here are five things that guests will love about the Coral Reef Restaurant!

5. Atmosphere

From the moment guests enter into the Coral Reef Restaurant, they are greeted by a nautical theme evoking the soothing waves and the motion of the ocean. Guests can enjoy curved accents, overhead lights that evoke jellyfish, and lighting that suggests that they are under the surface with the sun shining above. Once inside the main dining room, guests are treated to floor to ceiling windows looking into a massive aquarium that is home to dozens of species of sea creatures including turtles, sharks, sting rays, and countless fish. The dining area is set up with multiple levels so that all those who are dining have clear views of the beautiful aquarium.

4. Fish Guide

When guests are seated at their table, they are given a large guide which features a picture and description of each type of fish and sea creature in the aquarium. Throughout the meal guests can peruse the guide and try and spot everything from a shark to a giant turtle floating by. A great way to get the whole family involved is to see who can spot the most sea creatures!

3. Dedication Plaque

One of the most historical details of the entire Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion can be found just outside the entrance to the Coral Reef Restaurant and it pays homage to the original version of the pavilion. When Epcot first opened, the pavilion was titled The Living Seas and it featured an attraction that took guests to the ocean floor to Sea Base Alpha. In 2007, the pavilion was updated to include characters from the Pixar film Finding Nemo. Guests who are dining at the Coral Reef Restaurant can search nearby for the original dedication plaque for The Living Seas and learn a little about the rich history of Epcot!

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2. The Food

Guests who are headed to the Coral Reef Restaurant are heading there to eat! The restaurant features one of the most delicious menus in all of Walt Disney World and serves up lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, the menu heavily focuses on seafood but there are plenty of options for guests who aren’t big fans of seafood as well. Guests who visit for lunch or dinner can choose from appetizers like Lobster Bisque and Charbroiled Octopus and entrees like Seared Mahi Mahi, Grilled New York Strip Steak, Pan-seared Verlasso Salmon, and Teriyaki-glazed Tofu Bowl. With such a wide range of options, guests are sure to find something on the menu that they will love. For guests who are fans of seafood, the Coral Reef Restaurant is one of the best options at Walt Disney World!

1. Drinks & Dessert

Obviously some of the most enjoyable parts of dining out are sipping on a drink and digging into a decadent dessert! The Coral Reef Restaurant features an extensive wine list including whites, reds, dessert, and sparkling options. In addition, there are several cocktails which are unique to the restaurant including The Abyss which features vodka, rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice for a fruity delight. Guests can also sip on the tasty Reef Amber Draft beer which will help them embrace the nautical under the sea environment! Dessert at Coral Reef Restaurant is also a big deal and guests can choose from several delicious options. The most popular is the exclusive Chocolate Wave which features a warm chocolate cake filled with chocolate sauce and served with a raspberry gelato. Guests can also nosh on the decadent Key Lime Tart with raspberry sauce and tropical fruit glaze. With so many delicious drinks and desserts to try, guests had better save room after the main course!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.