Staying in the Epcot area? Looking to venture out of Epcot mid-day to try something new? You probably have heard of the Yachtsman Steak House, but did you know there are three other, more affordable, table service restaurants at the Beach & Yacht Club resorts? Here are my thoughts about my experiences at these lesser known Beach & Yacht Club restaurants.
Perhaps the least known of this resort’s restaurants. I’ve enjoyed both breakfast and lunch at this restaurant. For breakfast, they have an a la carte menu or a buffet. For lunch and dinner, it’s just a la carte. Every time I’ve been to this restaurant there has been almost no one there and I’ve never had to wait, even without an advanced dining reservation (ADR) in the summer. This makes it a perfect first stop on arrival day before heading to the parks or the pool. The service I’ve had has been quick and courteous.
For breakfast, they have basics like Mickey Waffles ($10) and buttermilk pancakes ($11) on the menu. They also have more creative choices like Citrus-scented French Toast ($12) and Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes ($12). They also were happy to give my husband just a plain grilled bagel, and charged us a reasonable price for it, when he wanted something light.
For lunch, they have basics like Grilled Chicken Sandwiches ($15) and Cheeseburgers ($18), perfect for picky eaters like me. But they also have a number of seafood options tied to their yacht club theme. My husband enjoys the Lobster Roll ($19) every time we’ve gone, and that is by New England standards. And he also enjoyed their New England clam chowder ($8), though we’ve never seen chowder served with the shells in the bowl in Massachusetts.
One could walk right by this tiny restaurant hidden away behind the pool, next to the arcade, if you weren’t looking for it. These days a lot of people know to look for it and you should be one of them! Unfortunately because of that you also almost always need to get an ADR. And especially for a large party, they can be hard to come by, since the restaurant is so small.
The reward you get when you get here is pretty great, especially if you like ice cream to finish off your lunch or dinner. First of all the 1950s style, pastel-colored diner décor gets you in the mood for the basic diner food on the menu, burgers ($16), Ruben ($14), hotdogs ($9), grilled cheese ($10.50), onion rings ($7), and milk shakes ($5.50); you have got to have a milk shake. All of which I find pretty great. They also have a number of sundae options (most $6-9), including the famous Kitchen Sink ($29) which serves four. They have a walk up window for basic ice cream options if you can’t get an ADR.
This may be my favorite character breakfast in WDW. That probably has to do with my memories of coming here as a child with my parents. However, I think there are many positives to this breakfast spot that apply to everyone. It is usually relatively uncrowded and ADRs are fairly easy to make. It also one of the least expensive. The wait staff has always been quick and attentive to us. This has let us get in, get food, see characters (sometimes multiple times within a half hour), and get out to the parks as quickly as we’d like. The characters are also dressed in their swim gear, which is pretty cute! As an adult couple, it is also great to have someone willing to take our picture with characters and we’ve never had a problem here, the character handlers and our waitresses have always been happy to help.
I also really enjoy the breakfast buffet food here. I find the selection really good for my basic tastes. There are the regulars like Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, and bacon, my favorite Disney breakfast combo. They also have a great selection of fruit that I enjoy. I also appreciate the fact that it tends be quieter here than other character meals so one can really savor the food.
One negative about breakfast here is that the place sometimes has a bit of a fishy smell. This does remind me a bit of beaches in New England, which also sometimes have a similar smell. Maybe it is part of the Beach Club theming. However, I think it more likely due to the evening seafood buffet, without characters. I hear that’s good but since I don’t like seafood, I’ll leave that for you to explore.