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RESTAURANT REVIEW: A True Hidden Gem!

As I searched for breakfast reservations for our trip back in 2021, I panicked when I realized a bunch of our favorite breakfast spots were not open. As I did some research, I discovered Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club, and am I glad that I did! This place is fantastic, and we all enjoyed our food and the atmosphere. Check out my review for Ale & Compass Restaurant!

Ale & Compass – Location, Atmosphere, and Theming

Ale & Compass Restaurant - Yacht Club

Ale & Compass is located on the first floor of the Yacht Club, just off the lobby. The setting is coastal and meant to feel like dining in an Eastern Seaboard Lighthouse. Above all else, it certainly is incredibly laid back, quiet, and relaxing. The food is described as New England “comfort food” and classic seafood dishes.

Bonus points in the location category, because the Yacht Club is located in the BEST location on property. Since the Beach Club, the Yacht Club, the Boardwalk Inn, and even Swan and Dolphin, are all walkable, these hotels really do feel like one big resort. As a result, you can easily walk to each one and enjoy all the restaurants each has to offer. In fact, the entire reason we ended up with reservations here was that we were staying at the Boardwalk and spending the day at Epcot, which meant we could easily just walk the entire day. Second bonus points: the cost. This was our least expensive meal and involved the most amount of people (7) over 10 days.

The Food

Alright, so we got down to the brass tacks, let’s get into what really matters: THE FOOD. We have only been here for breakfast, so I’m going to focus on just that meal.

Ale & Compass Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet. For $23, you get a buffet of seasonal fruit, assorted yogurt parfaits, assorted breakfast pastries, house-made granola, cheddar biscuits and country gravy, and warm cinnamon rolls. But wait, there’s more! In addition to the buffet, the $23 also includes a choice of a main entree! That right there is the absolute BEST value in all of Walt Disney World! Coffee, tea, juice, or soft drink is also included.

Ale & Compass Restaurant – the Entrees
Ale & Compass
Crab Cake Benedict
Ale & Compass Salted Caramel Apple French Toast
Salted Caramel Apple French Toast
Dark Chocolate Waffle
Dark Chocolate Waffle
Breakfast Protein Bowl
Breakfast Protein Bowl

The entrees are FANTASTIC. I’ll just say that. With a menu consisting of 10 main entrees, including vegetarian and plant-based options, and great variety, there is something for every type of eater. There was not a crumb left on any of our plates, either!

Ale & COmpass – Food Allergies
gluten free American Breakfast

Since , I have celiac, I have to order from the allergy menu. And because of this, I usually speak to a chef. If I have dined somewhere before, so that I feel totally comfortable, I just order. But this was my first visit to Ale & Compass, so I met with the chef.

Following our talk, I opted for the American breakfast, a simple eggs and bacon, with a side of fruit. And, to my immense delight and surprise, I WAS OFFERED GLUTEN FREE TOAST!! And since my daughter only eats plain waffles, I ate my toast with all the goodies meant for her dark chocolate waffles! This was light and fantastic, and helped make this one of my new favorites!

So, to recap….location? Great. Atmosphere? Great. Food? FANTASTIC. Value? THE BEST. You’ve got to add this to your list! Have you dined here? Let me know!

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On our trip this month, we tried to do new things that we had never done before, and this lead to us having brunch at Ale & Compass. It’s safe to say, this is now one of our favorites!

Located at the Yacht Club, this restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. Since we stayed at the Boardwalk, it was just a short walk for us, but you could also get here via the Skyliner (a short walk from the EPCOT station), or use busing from Disney Springs or another park, and, of course, Uber or Lyft. It is just to the right of the entrance to the Lobby, of course right next to Ale & Compass Lounge. We were seated inside and our server was quick with the drink orders! As with other Disney restaurants, there were no menus handed out and you have to scan a QR code to access the menu. Honestly, I much prefer this method. It’s much faster, it’s cleaner, and it’s SO MUCH more sanitary. I hope this is a change that sticks around.

They were very accommodating with food allergies, and the menu was clearly marked by Top 8. If you’re uncomfortable or have multiple and/or rare allergies, I always recommend speaking directly with a chef. Celiac is fairly simple, and I’ve yet to run into a problem. I usually only ask for a chef when I have a special request at this point. They offer the normal beverages, coffee, tea, juices, water, and soft drinks, plus morning cocktails.

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten-free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

My daughter chose dark chocolate waffles with cherry compote and espresso mascarpone cream with bacon. Since she is a “plain, please,” person, I happily ate the mascarpone cream and it was AMAZING. She loved the waffles and scarfed them down!!

Husband dined on crab cakes benedict and he said they were delicious, but not quite as delicious as the crab cake at BOATHOUSE. Who can argue with that, though? My niece had the plant-based protein bowl, and my cousin dined on the caramel apple stuffed French toast. Everyone absolutely loved their meals and we definitely plan to return!!

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