Review: Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World

When it comes to getting a great steak at Walt Disney World, there’s no shortage of intriguing options, including our current favorite steak on property: the Wagyu Beef at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.

And when you visit a steakhouse in the World, you enter with certain expectations for mind-blowing excellence. Today we visit Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort. Will it live up to expectations?

Yachtsman Steakhouse has a solid reputation as a place to get a reliable steak with tasty sides (and awesome pull-apart onion bread…). Located in the subtly elegant Yacht Club, with its nostalgic lobby smell and clean, nautical lines, Yachtsman is a convenient out-of-park place to grab a meal, being proximal to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

We’ve enjoyed our visits here in the past, including the Porterhouse for Two and a delightful Boneless Ribeye. Would this visit be as successful as those in the past?

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Atmosphere

The decor in Yachtsman Steakhouse is understated and warm, with light colored woods and tons of craftsman-style lighting.

Dining Room at Yachtsman Steakhouse

Dining Room at Yachtsman Steakhouse

The dining rooms are adorned with unobtrusive wallpaper and nautical paintings. Some of the dining rooms feature vaulted ceilings, while others are low-ceiling’d and cozy.

One of the Yachtsman Steakhouse Dining Areas

One of the Yachtsman Steakhouse Dining Areas

We do love this vaulted ceiling with massive chandelier.

Chandelier

Chandelier

And because this is a steakhouse, there’s also steak (and the butcher’s crew) on display as well.

Butcher On-stage

Butcher On-stage

Which brings us to the food…

Eats

Unsurprisingly, Yachtsman Steakhouse has a menu full of fabulous steaks and great steakhouse-worthy sides — plus some less expected options like risotto. In fact, compared to other Disney Parks restaurants where menus seem to stretch for miles, this one is pretty petite.

Yachtsman Steakhouse Menu

Yachtsman Steakhouse Menu

Meals here start with bread service — Pull-Apart Onion Rolls and Sourdough. The sourdough is standard fare, but that pull-apart bread? It’s killer. I could come just for bread and a side or two and be perfectly content.

Onion Pull-Apart Bread

Onion Pull-Apart Bread

Bread is served with Roasted Garlic, which is a unique accompaniment that goes great with both types of bread.

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

I wanted to try a variety of steaks, so I ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Polenta Cream, Feta Gremolata, and Cipollini Onions. The saucy short ribs are rich and tender, and the toppings are done in an innovative way. The polenta cream is a necessary foil, providing some simplicity to the otherwise complex dish.

Appetizer

Appetizer

I also wanted to try the Yachtsman’s version of Wagyu Strip Loin. This portion is 5 ounces and prepared simply — as it should be. This cut of meat has a Miyazaki Prefecture Marble Score of A5 — so it’s a spectacular cut of meat.

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu Beef

It’s not as succulent and outstanding as the Wagyu at Morimoto — or even at Teppan Edo. But it’s delicious and juicy. Worth the $125 price tag? Not when I was there.

Wagyu Beef Interior

Wagyu Beef Interior

The 12-Ounce New York Strip Steak is an impressive piece of meat — and big enough to share if that 32-ounce Porterhouse seems excessive for you. ;) This is served with Potato Gratin and a Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce – both of which are excellent partners for the beef. This is a great option.

12-Ounce New York Strip Steak

12-Ounce New York Strip Steak

In addition to the Potato Gratin served with the Strip, I ordered the Butternut Squash Risotto side. It’s sizable and a a stunning color. The texture is creamy, and the garnishes of Italian Sausage, Delicata Squash, and Rapini are a lovely contrast. (Vegetarians could enjoy this without the Italian Sausage!)

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto Side

Desserts at a steakhouse often tend to be a little hit-or-miss, and Yachtsman’s is no exception. The Admiral’s Cake is presented well and rich with dark Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, Sponge Cake, Bananas Foster Jam, Caramel Crisps, and Sea-Salted Ganache. It’s a great play of textures and structurally interesting.

Admiral's Cake

Admiral’s Cake

The day’s no-sugar-added Carrot Cake was a total bust — despite being plated beautifully. The too-dense cake has a Cheesecake Frosting, and it’s served with Caramel Ice Cream and Walnuts. But it was… not good. Bland and washed out with very little going for it.

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake

The last dessert was by far the best: The Lexington Sundae. This confection is comprised of Salted Caramel and Popcorn Gelatos, Brown Butter Cookie triangle, Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream, and Toasted Honey marshmallow. Aside from the sort of dubious-looking shape of the marshmallow, this was dynamite! Yes, please, all day long!

The Lexington Sundae

The Lexington Sundae

Nosh or Not?

Navigate to Yachtsman Steakhouse if:

  • You are on a mission to try all the steaks in the World.
  • You are staying at the Yacht or Beach Club Resorts and want a reliable, nice meal.
  • You want to eat somewhere that’s not so Disney-fied.

Steer your ship for other shores if:

  • You want to try only the very best steaks and sides in the World — which are served elsewhere.
  • You’re not interested in dining in a steakhouse that could really be located anywhere.
  • You aren’t interested in table service dining (especially if you have to leave a park to get it).
  • You need a faster meal. Yachtsman service is slooooooow.

Overall

Yachtsman Steakhouse, while not serving my favorite Walt Disney World steak, is a good overall dining experience…IF you’re OK with your dining experience being glacial. Service here is veeeerrrrrrryyyy slow, and not always great. So heads up on that.

Sides are delicious, and the steaks are cooked well. The location is also terrific, which adds to the appeal of this otherwise fairly standard steakhouse. Still, I’ll be back when I’m in the mood for the familiar warmth and good eats of the Yachtsman.

See Our Steakhouse Battle And How Yachtsman Stacks Up Against Other Disney World Steakhouses Here!

Are you a Yachtsman fan? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below! 

Comments

  1. Matt M says

    My opinion is the food at the Yachtsman has always been excellent. Although the service is slower, I find it’s a good time to relax and digest between courses

  2. Kristina says

    Huh, when we went, the waygu was presented with a certificate (which I thought was morbid…my other half are it so my conscious was clear) and it looked a lot different than your photos. I wonder when they made the change. He said it was amazing.

  3. cherie says

    We had been big fans of Yachtsman for a lovely, slow and delicious meal for a number of years – so much so that my son and I would gladly have gone twice each time if the rest of the family would agree. Our last trip [April ’18] was our last I think – the food and service have been declining, the price tag is high. There are too many other places I’d rather spend my time and cash!

  4. Mike V says

    This is a very nice place for a slow paced relaxing meal.
    However this is another Disney restaurant that has been (in my mind) negatively affected by the Disney Dining PLan.
    In order to justify the signature 2 meal credit for the plan the prices have been inflated as such.
    I get that it’s what you would regularly pay at most high end steak joints these days but thie restaurant was once agressively priced. Now it’s just high.

  5. Kevin says

    Went to Yachtsman on april 24th, my steak had to be sent back because it was very rare(I had ordered medium) when it came back it was very well done. My wife had ordered the same steak medium, her’s was fine. I don’t plan to go back. at a steak house a steak should be cooked correctly especially at the prices.

  6. Pam says

    We have tried this restaurant three times. The first time was great. The second time it had started to decline in service and food quality. Our third, and last, our waiter was too interested in a party at another table beside us and we could hardly get him to bring our food let alone anything else. On top of that, he charged our credit card for a tip of his choice and we had left him cash. Upon discovering this, we contacted our credit card company as well as our conseirge at the resort and it is our hope this server was fired. Needless to say, we will not be back.

  7. jnoel says

    I was very disappointed in the Yachtsmen when I took my family in late April. Two of us ordered the Wagyu and it was very disappointing. We did think for the portion size (5oz if I recall) the price seemed very low, but we went for it anyway as my family is frequent consumers of A5 wagyu and we needed to see if we found a great deal!

    Turns out it was too good to be true. The meat was tough (by A5 wagyu standards) and much of the fat in the steak had not rendered when cooking which had me questioning the quality rating of the steak if not at a minimum the trimming of the cuts.

    One thing I will say is we have never had wagyu from Miyazaki Prefecture before. We have exclusively had wagyu from Kobe and Kagoshima Prefectures. Maybe that is the difference but ultimately this experience, coupled with the rest of the meal being unremarkable won’t have us heading back anytime soon.

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