5. Coral Reef Restaurant
How about getting out of the Florida heat with a descent into the cool deep waters for a little undersea dining? That’s just what you can do at Coral Reef Restaurant, housed within The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion. With its cool blue ambiance, décor, and stellar views of Epcot’s living coral reef and the 4,000 sea creatures that inhabit it, many know this to be an ideal place for dinner. But it’s also a great pick for lunchtime, featuring an extensive menu laden with seasonal cuisine, both locally sourced as well as and from all around the world. Start off with an aquatic appetizer, like Charbroiled Octopus, Shrimp Cocktail, Crispy Rhode Island Calamari, New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, or one of many delightful salads. For a hearty lunchtime entrée you can tuck into such nautical niceties as Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Seared Mahi Mahi, Shrimp and Grits, or a Seared Sustainable Salmon Filet. Land-lover options are also available, including Oven-roasted Chicken Breast, Port-wine Braised 10-oz. Beef Short Rib, Tempura-fried Cauliflower, and the Grilled 8-oz. Center-cut New York Strip Steak. Children have plenty of options to enjoy as well, from the Turkey Sloppy Joe, Chicken Stir-Fry, Jr. Reef Steak, and Grilled Fish of the Day, to name a few. And you can’t forget about the ocean of possibilities that come with diving deep into dessert. You don’t need to be an angelfish to have some of their Angel Food Cake or a sea turtle to indulge in their Turtle Cheesecake specialty. Other options include the Key Lime Tart, Warm Vanilla Custard Filled Strudel, Baileys and Jack Daniel’s Mousse, and the decadent Chocolate Wave—a concoction of flourless chocolate cake, chocolate curls, and raspberry gelato. Kids can enjoy the Seaside Cupcake, Seabreeze Jello Cup, or Fruit Salad. As always, any meal or after lunch dessert indulgences can be paired with specialty drinks, both spirited and otherwise.