One of the dining options at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is Ale and Compass Lounge. This table-service location offers an incredible range of seafood and “Cape Cod” style options for dinner and one of the top-rated breakfast options on property.
This past week we visited several dining locations we had never visited before. One of them being Ale and Compass. You’ll find the restaurant off to the left side of the Yacht Club lobby if you’re looking into it from its front facade. When you arrive you are asked to check-in on your My Disney Experience app or by scanning the QR code at the check-in stand to check in online. You can also scan a QR code to view the menu while you wait for your table.
When you check-in online you are prompted to have a seat in the lounge next door to have a drink before dinner or wait socially distant from other guests. When your table is ready you receive a text letting you know you can return to the podium to be seated. Before they take you back you have your temperature taken to ensure no one in your party has a fever.
The first thing you notice about Ale and Compass is a very dark, nautical theming that is very much a “lounge” atmosphere. This would be an excellent place for a romantic dinner or celebration. While Disney does categorize this as a “casual dining” location, I would suggest wearing something a little nice for dinner. Although, you are also welcome to come right from the park in whatever you are comfortable in. One point to mention is there are not any Disney influences in the decor of the restaurant.
Once we were seated, our server came over and introduced himself and went over the fresh catch of the day, and explained some other favorites from the menu. When you are making your dining reservation it is important to note any food allergies you may have. We had one member of our group with a gluten allergy and they stamped our table ticket “ALLERGY” in red to that our server and the chefs knew to keep it in mind when preparing our meal. The first thing our server mentioned was the allergy and pointed out all of the options on the menu that they could adjust for her. **While it is very important to mention they did NOT have a gluten-free pasta option and the server said it is hit and miss if they do have it in stock.
The menu is full of seafood and savory New England classics like Lobster Corn Chowder, Crab Cakes, and Seafood Pot Pie. The drink menu also has some fantastic options. I asked the waiter to suggest a couple of drinks for us and he suggested the Purple Mariner: (Hendrick’s Gin, Crème de Violette, Simple Syrup, and Fresh Lemon Juice topped with Soda Water) and the Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro, Napa Valley. Both were sweet and paired perfectly with our meals.
FIRST: The gluten-free option we chose off of the menu was the Brick Lemon- Herb Half Chicken- Duck Fat-roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini, Sautéed Wild Mushroom, and Pan Jus for $22.00.
Review of the chicken: This was a miss for us. While it looked delicious, the chicken was dry, the seasoning was lost, and the Broccolini was overcooked to the point it was basically mush. It was just over-all pretty disappointing.
NEXT: New England Seafood Pot Pie: Shrimp, Scallops, Jumbo Lump Crab, and Sustainable Catch of the Day with Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions, Peas, Potatoes, and Crustacean Cream with a Flaky Crust for $25.00
Review of the Pot Pie: This was 10/10 hit! The pot pie had a flaky pastry puff on top and bottom. The inside had HUGE chunks of Shrimp, Scallops, Jumbo Lump Crab, fish, and veggies. When I say huge, I mean I had to cut up the seafood inside the pie. The flavors went together so well. It was rich, creamy, and every bite tasted a little different. I would have this again in a heartbeat.
Our overall opinion of Ale and Compass is a good one. While our chicken was “meh” there are many other options on the menu that I would go back and try again. The service was very nice, the atmosphere was delightful, the mood was light and sophisticated. To ensure you can get into Ale and Compass you want to make sure you have your Travel Agent book as soon as the 60 day window opens for booking. It is also an excellent place to visit for breakfast or brunch.
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