Think there’s nothing vegan at Walt Disney World’s premiere steakhouse? Think again. Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has just unveiled a new plant-Based menu and we’re here to show you all of it.
Vegan Disney Food Review: Yachtsman Steakhouse at Walt Disney World Resort
The Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Disney signature restaurant located in the Yacht Club Resort and is part of the Epcot resort area nestled along the shores of Crescent Lake.
Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse Atmosphere
The Yacht Club Resort has a New England feel to it which carries over into the restaurant. Inside you’ll find circular windows, knotty pine beams, nautical accents and tables clad with white linen tablecloths.
The restaurant is divided into two main seating areas with windows overlooking the Stormalong Bay water recreation area.
Yachtsman does not have bar seating, but does have a neighboring lounge, Crew’s Cup Lounge, where you can indulge in a beverage while waiting for your table.
Fair warning. This is a steakhouse and there is a display case situated in between the lounge and the restaurant which houses cuts of meat. It is unavoidable when entering the dining room here.
Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse Vegan Dinner Options
Our meal began with complementary bread service.
The restaurant serves two types of bread. The sourdough is vegan friendly but the onion bread is not.
My server initially brought me out oil and balsamic vinegar to go with the rolls but was happy to provide me with Earth Balance butter when I requested it.
The real draw is the split roasted garlic bulb though. So delicious!
The Yachtsman Steakhouse has a dedicated vegan menu similar to the Vegan Unplugged menu available at Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, and rightfully so. The menu was developed by Chef Michael Rodriguez who recently made the move from Cali Grill to Yachtsman.
The specialty menu is divided into two sections which cater to vegetarians and vegans.
For $34 guests can choose four options off of the “Chef’s Selections” menu where five items are vegetarian and five options are vegan.
I asked nicely and was granted the opportunity to sample all five for a $12 upcharge.
First up is the Truffle Selezione Pasta. This dish was orecchiette pasta tossed in oil with asparagus, minced mushrooms and vegan Italian Field Roast sausage.
The pasta was rather dry and was my least favorite of all five offerings.
The next plate is the Brussels Sprouts which are roasted with garlic and herbs and then mixed with House-dried tomatoes.
The brussels had great flavor and were cooked al dente.
Moving on to the Farro Risotto which is slow cooked with baby turnips, green beans and chef’s garden carrots.
What an inventive way to do risotto. The cream tasted like it was a soy milk base and the grain had a nice bite to it.
You can feel good eating the Winter Wedge Salad which is composed of baby iceberg lettuce, kabocha squash, radishes and beets in a lemon vinaigrette.
And finally the Tofu Steak served with salsa verde, which is more of a chimichurri than a salsa, and a miniature baked potato.
If you were wondering where the tofu steak from the Vegan Unplugged menu at California grill was, here it is. Chef took it with him.
And speaking of the Vegan Unplugged menu, they are not calling it such at this restaurant but my receipt had it listed as “Unplugged”.
For dessert try the Warm Chocolate Molten Cake ($12).
This dessert is a decadent chocolate cake sprinkled with powdered sugar.
It’s plated with a raspberry-chambord sauce, coconut ice cream and a ginger cookie crumble.
Because this is a Disney Signature Restaurant, there is a dress code. No tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language or graphics is allowed. Men are encouraged to wear collered shirts and although jeans are permitted, dressier attire is preferred.
If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience at the Yacht Club Resort try Ale & Compass. You can read my review on it here: Vegan Disney Food Review: Ale & Compass Lounge
Barring the walk past the meat case when entering the dining room, my experience eating inside Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse as a vegan was a pleasant one.
I’d definitely skip the pasta when dining here again. And when recommending a fine dining experience this would not be my first choice. Yachtsman & Crews Cup Proprietor Kristopher Soto made a valiant effort, we just think it fell a bit flat in its execution.
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