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Disney Dining Review: Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

While Dining has become as much a part of a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort as many of the theme park attractions that they are known for, many of the Disney Resort Hotel restaurants don't get the attention that they deserve.  Today, Only WDWorld will be reviewing one of the these under appreciated restaurants: The Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.

Captain's Grille

Far from the over the top themed restaurants that you can find at Disney World, the Captain's Grille, located within Disney's Yacht Club Resort, provides a much more sedated, nautical atmosphere, that fits the theme and mood of the resort.

The appeal of this restaurant is the menu and the quality of the food.  The prices are also much more reasonable than it's more well-known Disney Signature Restaurant neighbor The Yachtsman Steakhouse.  The atmosphere is semi-casual and it can actually get rather noisy depending upon how many families are dining that evening.

The location of the restaurant is attraction in that it is walking (or Friendship Boat ride) distance from both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, making it a great choice if you are spending the day at either of these Disney Theme parks.

The Menu

The Captain's Grille cuisine includes a variety of dishes that embrace the New England coast that the Resort is based upon.  The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but we will only be re
viewing the dinner that we ate recently.
Fresh Bread and Salted Butter


For starters you can enjoy a number of choices:

  • Beer-Braised Mussels and Clams $10.99
  • Buttermilk Fried Rock Shrimp $14.99
  • New England Clam Chowder $7.49
  • House Made Potato Cheese Gnocchi $7.99
  • Lump Crab Cake $14.49
Farmers' Market Salad at Captain's Grille

There were also a number of salads offered including the Farmers' Market Salad with Walnut Granola, Granny Smith Apples, Dried Cranberries, Marscarpone-Blue Cheese Cream, and Champagne Vinaigrette

for $7.49.  This salad, which is pictured above was one of the items we tried and it was quite good.

The Entrees included the following selection of Seafood, Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Pasta:
  • Cabernet-braised Short Rib $24.99
  • Rosemary Brined Pork Tenderloin $23.99
  • Lump Crab Cakes $27.99
  • Chef's Pasta Creation $19.99
  • New York Strip $29.99
  • Snow Crab Legs $29.99
  • Pan-seared Chicken $19.99
We did not see any dishes being served that looked unappetizing, but we chose the Short Ribs and the Crab Cakes to try.
Cabernet-braised Short Ribs at Captain's Grille

The Cabernet-braised Short Rib includes Corn Risotto, Pan Jus Reduction, and Corn Cream.  The Short Ribs were extremely tender and did not require a knife.  The corn risotto was an interesting combination that worked very well with the dish.  This is a popular selection for this restaurant and now I know why.  It was very good and I would certainly recommend it!

Lump Crab Cakes at Captain's Grille

The Lump Crab Cakes comes with Old Bay Gaufrette Chips, Stone-ground Mustard Cream, Lemon Emulsion, Succotash, and Greens.  Our server let us know that the Crab Cakes are almost entirely made up of crab meat with very little filler added.  They were very good and you could certainly taste the high concentration of excellent crab meat.  This was another winner that we would recommend!


The dessert includes:
  • Gianduja Chocolate Cake $5.99
  • S'mores Chocolate Tart $4.99
  • Angel Food Cake $5.49
  • House made Gelato $4.99
  • Seasonal Fruit Cobbler $7.49
  • Key Lime Cheesecake $7.49

Even with the tempting list of desserts shown above we decided to pass.  Being so close to Epcot, we decided to visit the World Showcase to conclude our evening and find our dessert there.  From the reaction we got from our server, it sounds like she hears that alot.

Review Summary

Overall, we would rate the Captain's Grille as a restaurant that is definitely worth trying!  We enjoyed the atmosphere, although it was a bit noisy.  The food was very good and the overall dining experience was above average for a Disney Restaurant.  They had a good choice of beers and wines to choose from in addition to the normal drink selection.

The restaurant does accept the Disney Dining Plan and the Tables In Wonderland Discount.

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