Yachtsman Steakhouse is a signature restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This spot specializes in steak and it serves up what we think are the best steaks on Disney World property. Inside you will find a richly themed coastal New England restaurant much like the theming in the rest of the Yacht Club Resort. It’s a great setting for a nice romantic meal. Let’s take a look at our full Yachtsman Steakhouse dining review.
Yachtsman Steakhouse Quick Breakdown
- Service: Table-Service
- Type of Food: Steak, Chicken, Allergy Options
- Price: $$$$
- Location: Yacht Club
- Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 2 Credits
- Discounts: Tables in Wonderland, Annual Passholder
- Features: Reservations, Alcohol
- Good For: Steak, Special Occasions
- Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
A Tour Around Yachtsman Steakhouse
The entrance of this restaurant is marked in a beautiful golden sign. Not this restaurant is tucked into the back of the Yacht Club Resort. You have to go past all of Ale and Compass first so if you feel lost don’t worry it really is that far of a walk off the lobby of the hotel.
When you enter be sure to look to the left to take a look at the trimming station. This is where they cut the steaks for the evening. If you have to wait for your table, it’s fun to watch the head butcher prep all the steaks don’t miss out if you see him working in the meat room.
All of Yachtsman Steakhouse steaks are aged in this room for a minimum of seven days. The Kansas City steak is actually aged even longer at twenty-one days! I think this aging process is why you get the best steaks here out of all the places on Disney property.
We like the nice open space here that overlooks the Stormalong Bay Pool area. Unlike other Disney spots, we found the tables weren’t crammed in and there was plenty of space to breathe. As you can see Disney also uses Christmas time as an opportunity to add decorations to Yachtsman Steakhouse. The garlands and wreaths are NOT up year round.
When seated definitely take in your surroundings and don’t forget to look up! Here is a look at the details in the ceiling at Yachtsman Steakhouse.
This is a look at the back room. It was a great quiet place to be seated away from everyone else. If you have a later reservation the restaurant does tend to fill up and get on the louder side. Being nestled away in the corner helped with noise a lot.
This menu is from a couple of years ago. While paper menus are still available on request Disney has moved to reading the dining menu via your phone. They will place a QR code at your table when seated. Then you can scan the code with your phone’s camera and access the menu.
Yachtsman Steakhouse Dishes
The following are a few of the dishes we have tried from their menu. Keep in mind that beef is the heart and sole of the menu here. I think steak is where they shine and you will have the best meal experience.
Complimentary Dinner Rolls
Yachtsman offers something really special with their bread service, in addition to standard sourdough rolls, you’ll also find onion rolls. Be careful, the onion rolls are addictive! To accompany the bread, you’ll receive salted butter and a ramekin of roasted garlic!
French Onion Soup
Pretty standard French onion soup, large cup. The only disappointment here was the bread was quite burned and actually some it wouldn’t even soften in the hot soup.
If you are a lobster fan this is your appetizer here. I was shocked at the amount of lobster chunks that were in this soup. The cheese crouton covered up the pile they placed in the back. It was nice and creamy and when you broke the crouton in it was a perfect pairing.
This twist on the Caesar Salad was a win in my family. The salami was a perfect touch and well-loved. Plus you can’t go wrong with that cheese crouton am I right?
Here is a look at the Strip Steak paired with the potato gratin side. The potatoes are super cheesy and creamy it was a great pairing with the steak. The crispy onions on top of the steak were a perfect accompaniment.
The flavor was amazing in this prime rib. Do you also get it for the crunchy amazingly seasoned outside part? Hmmm, maybe that’s just me! This was the dish I got and loved it.
8-oz Filet Mignon
I was really impressed with how the filet just melted away in my mouth. The quality here is really the best I have had on Disney property, even beating out my favorite place to eat, California Grill. I feel like the amazing oak-grilled flavor that comes through may have played a big role in this.
12-oz New York Strip Steak, Prime
If you love strip steak you will want to order this from Yachtsmen Steakhouse. It’s a hit every time. We like to pair it with potatoes au gratin.
Lobster with squid-ink pasta
Here is a look at the Lobster with squid-ink pasta. Honestly, this one just didn’t win with my taste buds. The lobster on this occasion with a little chewy and the sauce didn’t pair as well I hoped.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
On our second trip back here I decided to go wild and crazy and get the chicken dish at the steakhouse. I was of course not disappointed with Yachtsman’s unique spin on Chicken Cordon Bleu. It’s officially titled, Chicken Cordon Bleu All-Natural Bell & Evans. I was expecting ham and cheese but instead, it was a honey-roasted chicken, with the best part lobster mushrooms! Under that pile of chicken, there was some fancy rice that was new to me. In hindsight, I wish I just went with the amazing mashed potatoes they serve up here.
Truffle Mac and Cheese
Oh my, truffle mac and cheese! If you are a mac and cheese fan you have got to try this one. Also, those crunchy onion strings on everything really was the perfect topper to the meal.
Somehow my husband managed to save room for dessert, I don’t know how he did it. After our meal, we decided to do the full Epcot World Showcase loop to walk off all the cheese bread. I was still stuffed after that! Anyhow back to dessert, if you know my husband no surprise he had his eye on the Creme Brulee here. The vanilla custard and fresh berries got two thumbs up. We thought the size was good for the price, not shown in the zoom-in shot above but the dish is a decent size.
This was a look at the creme brulee from when we went in 2021. The toppings this go-around were, Pickled Local Blueberries, Orange, and Candied Meyer Lemon. Again this was a winner and we would definitely get this dessert again.
This dessert was giant! The strawberry shortcake came accompanied with Macerated Florida Strawberries, Vanilla Bean Shortcake, Chantilly Cream, and Strawberry Gelato. If you opt for this dish it’s the perfect sharing size. Everything was so fresh and the lemon flavor on the bottom added a refreshing summer taste.
Dress Code for Yachtsman Steakhouse
When dining at Yachtsman Steakhouse you are asked to adhere to the minimum dress code requirements at this Signature Dining experience. Dressier attire is also welcome. Please explore the minimum dress code requirements:
Men must wear khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Sport coats are optional.
Women must wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses, or dress shorts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition.
Not permitted are tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing, and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.
Yachtsman Steakhouse Recommendation
Overall our Yachtsman Steakhouse dining review is the steak can’t be beaten here. The filet just melts in your mouth, the strip steak was full of flavor as was the prime rib. It is important to note the pricing here was expensive so this one, at least for us, will be saved for celebrating those special occasions. We were shocked to find that the portions on the side were very large here. At other signature spots on Disney property, it’s normally a much smaller pairing with the main course. Had I known I would have skipped the soup and just waited for the main course.
I really have to say the service here is another thing that sets this restaurant apart from the rest. All the waiters are well-trained and not new. My husband even commented that he didn’t ever see our waiter but whenever we needed anything she was suddenly there with whatever we needed. We got refills before we realized and even extra onion rolls when we got low!
If you are interested in booking a reservation for Yachtsman Steakhouse you can do so through My Disney Experience. We find reservations are rather easy to make here last-minute. If you have eaten at Yachtsman Steakhouse be sure to share your own review in the comment section below!
Want more dining tips? Check out our Best Disney World Restaurants recommendations along with Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. If you are visiting with young ones read our Best Places to Eat with Kids at Disney World.
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Wednesday 5th of February 2020
I am glad that you had a great visit; mine was not. For me, your comment that the server was nowhere to be seen, but then suddenly your every need was fulfilled was only similar to my experience in that the servers were nowhere to be seen.