This pearl, the Coral Reef Restaurant, is tucked away in Epcot behind the Nemo ride in the Seas portion of Future World. This restaurant is truly spectacular. It is housed inside an actual aquarium; the same ‘‘The Seas with Nemo & Friends’ aquarium you can view when you exit the ride of the same name. The ride itself is adorable and follows Marlin and Nemo as they swim through the ocean with their friends and climaxes with an adorable song at the end from the musical production. Kids who love aquatic friends will be mesmerized.
Coral Reef Restaurant (TS)
Epcot | Future World | Seas Pavilion
Walt Disney World, Florida
► Ranking: #cleandiaper
Our family waited a few extra minutes for a table next to the glass of the aquarium and along with the kids we actually got to watch our own Mr. Ray leading a school of fish around the aquarium, completing several laps, presumably teaching the little tykes all about sea life. It was magical! I wish I’d been able to capture the perfect picture of it.
If you love eating aquatic friends, then you’ll find the menu enticing. I ordered the Lobster and Shrimp Orecchiette Pasta with White Cheddar Cheese and Asparagus, and ended up sharing most of it with the twins. The kids ate it in addition to their fish of the day! It was delicious with large, and plentiful, chunks of lobster.
Gabriel ordered the Seared Rainbow Trout with a warm salad of white beans, arugula, tomatoes, crispy bacon, aged balsamic vinegar, and brown butter. It was phenomenal.
Finally, the desserts left a little to be desired, which is always disappointing. Fortunately, the ambiance scored this restaurant high on the scale regardless. The kids loved the food, and the setting kept them entertained.
► For Kids: For little aquatic lovers, this place can’t be beat!
Have you been to the Coral Reef Restaurant? Let us know what you thought? Or maybe, you prefer a different restaurant at Walt Disney World? We’d love to hear about it!
► Nap-time Version: A restaurant in an aquarium! We saw Mr. Ray leading a school of fish around, and were sure we stepped into Finding Nemo. Make sure to get a table by the glass. Really good seafood! Parents and kids will have a great time at this restaurant!
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