REVIEW: Ale & Compass Breakfast at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

by | Oct 15, 2021 | WDW Food, WDW Resorts

Keep reading for our honest review of Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Looking for something a little bit more elevated than your run-of-the-mill Mickey waffles? Breakfast at Ale & Compass gives you comfort foods with a touch of New England charm.

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Inside the Ale and Compass restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club

Courtesy of Disney

Nestled inside Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you’ll find a cozy little table-service restaurant themed to remind you of the inside of a lighthouse. 

While the interior décor didn’t necessarily give me light house vibes, the dark blue tones and minimal windows were a cool escape from the heat of the Florida sun, and were a perfect extension of the Yacht Club’s nautical aesthetic. 

The dinner menu is loaded with some typical New England dishes like clam chowder and seafood pot pie, but on this visit we were here for a hearty breakfast, and we were not disappointed!

Ale & Compass Breakfast Menu

Bacon Blueberry pancakes from Ale and Compass at Disney's Yacht Club

Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes. Courtesy of Disney

You can find the usual American Breakfast of two eggs served with potatoes and choice of bacon or sausage on the Ale & Compass breakfast menu, but I highly recommend trying something a little different.

The Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes are an ever-popular item, and the Dark Chocolate Waffle with cherry compote and espresso mascarpone looked to die for. The salted caramel apple French toast is another winning item on the sweet side of the menu.

However, on this visit, we opted for the more savory items. I went for the Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger, while my husband tried the Crab Cake Benedict. 

Ale & Compass also has some nice fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, Joffrey’s coffee and an assortment of teas on their breakfast menu. I decided to try the Tropical Green Smoothie to balance out the truffle fries I had ordered with my burger. 

Ale & Compass Menu Review

Sign for the Ale & Compass at Disney's Yacht Club

Tropical Green Smoothie

The Tropical Green Smoothie from Ale and Compass

Tropical Green Smoothie. Photo by Tajana Lazar

The first item to hit our table was my Tropical Green Smoothie, and while the flavor was quite nice, the texture could have been better. 

In a good green smoothie, you can’t taste the greens, and in that respect this smoothie was a winner. The tropical fruit flavors were sweet, tangy, refreshing and definitely hid any grassy green taste that can sometimes overpower a green smoothie.

Where it fell short was the texture. For me, a good smoothie is thick and smooth. This smoothie was a little bit on the watery side, and was not blended smoothly enough. I could feel the little gritty bits of what could have been some sort of leafy green or celery. I think next time I’d opt for the fresh squeezed orange juice instead.

Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger

Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger with Truffle fries and Roasted Shallot Mayonnaise

Photo by Tatjana Lazar

If the fact that I ordered a burger for breakfast seems a little odd to you, consider this 11am breakfast reservation as more of a brunch, or early lunch and it should seem more sensible. 

Either way, I would order this burger again and again for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was just that good.

Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger

Photo by Tatjana Lazar

The burger patty itself was thick and cooked to juicy, tender perfection. The bacon and cheddar cheese added a nice salty touch to each messy bite. It was a seriously good burger. 

I opted for the Truffle Fries with Roasted Shallot Mayonnaise as my side, and these were also absolutely delicious. These thin cut fries are crispy, salty, and have just a touch of that truffle flavor to kick everything up a notch in terms of flavor. 

Crab Cake Benedict

Crab Cake Benedict from Ale and Compass

Crab Cake Benedict. Photo by Tajana Lazar

This was my husband’s dish, and I was a little too focused on my burger to taste it. But I will say that my husband is a big fan of both seafood and eggs benedict, and while this combo may seem a little “out there” he gobbled up every morsel. 

This meal was a definite winner in our books and we’ll absolutely be back to try a few more menu items. 

What to Know About Dining at Ale & Compass

If you’re interested in trying out this Yacht Club restaurant for breakfast or dinner, I highly recommend getting an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) for it ahead of time. 

The restaurant itself is not that large, and it’s one of the more convenient spots to eat for Yacht Club guests, so it fills up very quickly. Luckily, ADRs for Ale & Compass aren’t that difficult to get, so you shouldn’t have much trouble snagging one in the weeks leading up to your trip. 

If you’re dining with kids, or less adventurous eaters, have no fear! There’s both a kids menu and more simplified menu items for picky eaters. Plus, Disney Cast Members will be happy to help accommodate any dietary restrictions if needed. And don’t worry about wearing a button down and close-toed shoes. This is a casual establishment that will be happy to welcome you in flip flops and tank tops. 

What’s your favorite menu item at Ale & Compass? Visit the WDW Magazine Facebook page and tell us what you’ll be ordering during your next stay at Disney’s Yacht Club!

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Written by Tatjana Lazar

Written by Tatjana Lazar

To say that I’m obsessed with Walt Disney World is an understatement. Luckily, as Communications Director for WDW Magazine, I get to live and breathe my passion every day! Follow me on Instagram for all my Disney adventures!

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