|Welcome to Ale & Compass Restaurant|
Location - Disney's Yacht Club Resort is located on Disney's Boardwalk and Ale & Compass Restaurant is easily found right off the resort's main lobby. Dining at resort properties can sometimes be tricky from a transportation standpoint, but guests wanting to check out Ale & Compass Restaurant will find easy access from both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is also easily accessible to guests enjoying stays at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort, or the Swan and Dolphin. Both of the theme parks and all of the hotels mentioned are within easy walking distance of this dining location. If you haven't taken time to stroll the Boardwalk area located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, it is absolutely beautiful and has many dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
|View of Disney's Boardwalk|
Atmosphere - Once inside the restaurant, you will fall in love with the calm, quiet atmosphere. I love Disney and even get excited about people watching, but even I need a break from the busy theme parks. I went at lunch time on a Wednesday and the entire time I was in the restaurant, there were no more than 5 tables seated. The color scheme is also warm and relaxing with rich blues and wood finishes. There is certainly nothing here that would overly appeal to parties traveling with kids, but it's not a restaurant that is off-limits because it's "too fancy" for little ones. The waitstaff could not have been more friendly and I was impressed by their willingness to accommodate food allergies with such care and precaution. While no one in my family has a food allergy, one of the ladies traveling in the group next to my table did and the waiter talked extensively with her about the allergy and then had the chef come out to review the menu with her and offer options for preparing the meals. Great customer service!
Menu - So one of the pitfalls to writing a restaurant review when you travel by yourself is that you only get to try what you eat off the menu. With that being said, I can tell you that my meal was one of the best salads I've had on Disney property. I had a hard time choosing with so many delicious options on the menu, but opted for the salad to try and eat a little healthier before heading into Disney's Hollywood Studios where I would most certainly being enjoying less-healthy options throughout the afternoon. On my waiter's recommendation I chose the Roast Chicken Kale Salad. The dried cranberries and spiced walnuts added a sweet and salty kick to the superfood mix of kale, swiss chard, and quinoa. I felt ready to take on the day when I was finished and no so full that I couldn't blast of on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in just a bit! I decided to save my dessert for the park later on and wrapped up my visit. As you can see, prices are pretty reasonable when compared to other Walt Disney World Table Service restaurants. If using the Disney Dining Plan, you'll probably get more "bang for your buck" elsewhere as that one table service credit can buy you character dining experiences as well. Don't forget that this is one of the restaurant locations on property that offers 10% off to Disney Visa Rewards Cardholders. Don't have a Disney Chase Visa yet? Check out my referral link here to learn how you can save money and earn rewards with your Disney Parks vacations!
|Roast Chicken Kale Salad at Ale & Compass Restaurant|
While I can't speak to the quality of the menu entirely, if the salad is any indication the rest of the menu should be delicious - and I'd love to come back and try more on a future trip. It's a quiet respite from the rush of Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios and can easily be fit into your day at either of these parks. This is also an easy reservation to grab if you're planning a last minute trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Bon Appetite at Ale & Compass Restaurant!