Choosing dining can be an overwhelming task for your family vacation.  At Disney World, it is not just about the food or the character interaction, but also about environment, location and convenience.   Coral Reef is one of my family’s favorites for these reasons:

1. Location:

When it’s possible to choose in-park dining for your park days, you absolutely should.  In-park restaurants can save your family a huge amount of time so you can enjoy the park more.  Coral Reef is conveniently located in the Seas building in Epcot’s Future World.  You can basically walk out of your clam shell from The Seas With Nemo or your interactions with Crush in Turtle Talk and into the restaurant without wasting any time.  If you schedule a Fastpass+ for either of these experiences, try to make it around lunch or dinner for the most time-efficient sea experience.

Coral Reef Restaurant - Review

2. Atmosphere:

Dining at Walt Disney World should be an adventure and Coral Reef does not disappoint.  Dining in the restaurant means feeling completely submerged in an aquarium. While dining, you can view over 60 species of marine life as well as the occasional scuba diver.  On each table, you will find a sea life guide detailing the species of each fish.  It is a wonderful way to keep your kids entertained and educated while you relax and enjoy your meal.

Coral Reef Restaurant - Review

3. Food Selection:

The top question clients ask is “It is only seafood?”  On the contrary, Coral Reef offers pork, chicken and steak as well as an array of seafood items.  You and your kids can be as adventurous or as safe as you like with kid-friendly favorites such as chicken strips and macaroni and cheese always available.  There truly is something for everyone on this menu.

Coral Reef Restaurant - Review

4. Dessert:

My favorite part of the meal is always dessert and Coral Reef has one of the best dessert menus in Epcot.  At the top of my list are the flourless Chocolate Wave (gluten free) and the Sea Turtle Cheesecake.  Your meal is sure to end in a most delicious way.

5. Value:

If you are on the Plus or Deluxe Dining Plan, this is a great use of one table service credit.  Factoring in the generous portions and excellent service, Coral Reef is an excellent value


Coral Reef is not just a meal, but a full and delicious experience for the entire family.  Try it on your next trip to Epcot!
Coral Reef Restaurant - Review


Julie Stewart

Disney Vacation Planner