Dining with the Dreamers: Captain’s Grille

By: Amy Kawa

There are very few things that bring us more joy than Disney food.  I mean, who doesn’t love Dole Whips, Mickey Bars, PB&J milkshakes, and Disney popcorn?  We have been all over the map when it comes to food options in the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs- table service, character dining, quick service, signature dining, snack carts – you name it. As we begin to craft our reviews of the places where we’ve enjoyed some delicious Disney delicacies, we’ll give you our opinions on the atmosphere, service, and quality of the food we ordered.

We know that every Disney dining experience may be different, so please let us know if you’ve eaten at these places, and tell us your experience!

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Captain’s Grille

Location: Disney’s Yacht Club – Epcot Resort Area

Reservation Info: Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, although on an average day with a reasonable party size, reservations are most likely not necessary

Meal, Time, Party Size: Breakfast; 10:30 a.m.; 6

Crowd Level: There were not many people dining at the Captain’s Grille the morning we ate at the restaurant. We had reservations for 4 but were able to add a party of 2 to our reservation and were accommodated efficiently and with a smile. We only had to wait for them to set a larger table.

Atmosphere: When we made breakfast reservations for the Captain’s Grille a few months prior to when we actually dined there, we were told the restaurant itself would be under refurbishment but the food would still be served out of Ariel’s, the resort’s banquet facility.  We were really in it for a couple of the items on the menu, so we figured we’d give it a go anyway.

18738953_10207778845743130_682065300840770056_oFor whatever reason (the Disney World website still says the restaurant is operating out of Ariel’s until Fall 2017), the Captain’s Grille itself was open to guests on the morning we ate there.  The dining area was very open, with arched ceilings and porthole windows, giving that nautical feel you’d associate with a restaurant in the Yacht Club.  The Captain’s Grille has a very open feel, as no walls really separate the dining area from the resort’s lobby.

 

If you are looking for a spot that is out of the craziness of one of the theme parks, the Captain’s Grille is a hidden Disney dining gem.

To the Menu: Like all true Disney food enthusiasts, we scour menus before we make reservations, so we have a pretty good idea of what we are going to order before we even get to the restaurant.  In this case, members of our party ordered:

  1. Tailored Omelet with mushrooms, spinach, peppers, onions, ham, bacon, feta cheese, and cheddar cheese… $14.00
    • Comments from diner: “I loved the fact that I was able to include so many different items into my omelet, and there weren’t any extra fees! It was cooked to perfection- not burnt or dry.”
  2. Short-Stack of Pancakes (no longer on the menu)
    • Comments from diner: “These pancakes were pretty standard. Fine, but I don’t think I would order them again.” (Probably why they’re no longer on the menu)
  3. Tailored Eggs (two eggs scrambled with bacon, roasted potatoes, and a biscuit)… $12.00
    • Comments from diner: “This was your standard Disney table-service restaurant breakfast, but sometimes, that’s what you want. Eggs were good, bacon was crispy, potatoes weren’t greasy – good stuff.”
  4. Seasonal Fruit Arrangement (mandarin oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple with house-made granola bars and yogurt sauce)… $10.00
    • Comments from diner: “I’m not a big breakfast eater, so I usually just stick with fruit. I’m also not a big fan of mandarin oranges, so I probably should’ve asked what the “seasonal” fruit was before ordering, as these oranges were the main components of the dish.  The homemade granola was out of this world, with hints of chocolate and cranberries mixed in with the oats, and the yogurt was delicious!  I’m not sure I would order it again, but that’s only because of the chocolate waffles”
  5. Dark Chocolate Waffles (dried cherry compote, espresso-mascarpone cream, chocolate shavings with bacon)… $13.00
    • Comments from diner 1: “This was the single best breakfast dish I have ever eaten… and I consider myself an avid bruncher. The waffles essentially tasted like lighter brownies and the espresso cream added this wonderful flavor and texture contrast.  I didn’t want to keep eating them because I was stuffed after waffle number 2, but I couldn’t help it… I had to eat number 3.  I will make a special trip back to the Yacht Club just to eat these waffles again.”
    • Comments from diner 2: “What she said… One of the single best things I have ever eaten.”

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Food MVP: In case it’s not clear, go to the Yacht Club and get the dark chocolate waffles.  You won’t be sorry.

Overall Review: 7/10 (but the waffles get a 42/10)

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