Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant is one of the most unique restaurants at the park that you didn’t know exist. Located at a dead end at the very end of The Living Seas Pavilion, you aren’t likely to randomly stumble on the Coral Reef. That said, this restaurant is one of Epcot’s best-kept secrets and worth your going out of the way for.
Coral Reef is a restaurant with tables in a tiered, almost stadium seating-like setup forming a half moon around a gigantic fish tank that occupies an entire wall in the restaurant. It is on the other side of the fish tank (which Disney tells us is the largest inland saltwater environment ever built), that can be explored in The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction.
Even if you’ve already tried out the Coral Reef, it is worth an encore visit as it was just announced that they have overhauled their menu.
Here is a rundown of the new Coal Reef Restaurant menu items according to the Disney Parks Blog:
For starters, there’s a charbroiled octopus with nori sushi rice, sesame slaw and a soy reduction; a lump crab cake with watercress-citrus salad and a classic remoulade; seafood salad with Gulf Shrimp and mahi mahi in a citrus marinade with a little kick from serrano peppers, a little sweetness from mango sorbet and crisp plantain chip, and a seasonal house salad – for summer it’s mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette, fresh berries, feta cheese and sunflower brittle.
New entrées include one from land and one from sea: the tuna bowl with spice-crusted tuna, rice noodles, charred bok choy, crisp shiitakes, pickled vegetables and broth (substitute tofu for tuna if you prefer); and a bone-in roasted pork chop with potatoes, creamy pimento cheese, braised greens and a honey-barbecue vinaigrette.
There’s even a new sweet, a rich citrus bread pudding with whiskey sauce, candied pecans and salted caramel gelato.
The Coral Reef Restaurant can be found in The Living Seas Pavilion at Epcot. If you are facing the Nemo Ride entrance, look to the right and you will see the sign for it. More information about the restaurant, including how to make reservations, can be found here.