Breakfast at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

On a recent stay at Disney's Yacht Club Resort we had a few open hours in the morning before heading to the airport, so we decided to check out the breakfast spread at Captain's Grille at the hotel. We had wanted to dine at Trattoria al Forno for breakfast but it was all booked, so Captain's Grille was our second choice.

Check out our review of breakfast at Captain's GrilleCheck out our review of breakfast at Captain's Grille

I've often heard Captain's Grille described as a "hidden gem" at Disney World. The decor isn't great (it's kind of boring) but the food is good and you're likely to always be able to get a table, even without an Advance Dining Reservation.

Let's talk about the look of the restaurant. The theme is nautical with a lot of boat stuff including stars, stripes, anchors, and other nautical features. It fits well with the overall theme of the Yacht Club but it won't knock your socks off.

Dining room at Captain's GrilleDining room at Captain's Grille

The dining room is a nice, open space with ample seating. We were lucky enough to get a table in the back corner, away from the center of the room. It was nice and quiet and away from many larger family groups (some of whom had some grumpy little ones in need of Mickey waffles).

It should be noted that Captain's Grille is closing next month for a refurbishment so the nautical theme might be getting a much-needed update. During the refurbishment guests can dine at the temporary location - Ariel's at Disney's Beach Club.

Some of the artwork at Captain's GrilleSome of the artwork at Captain's Grille

At breakfast diners have two options: a la carte items off the menu or the buffet. The a la carte options include Tailored Eggs, a Lump Crab Omelet, Dark Chocolate Waffles with Espresso Marscapone Cream, Challa French Toast, Mickey Waffles, and more.

Since we were headed to the airport later in the morning and I wanted to fuel up for the day, I opted for the buffet so I could enjoy a little bit of everything. Although, the Dark Chocolate Waffles do sound delish!

Dark Chocolate Waffles from the breakfast menuDark Chocolate Waffles from the breakfast menu

The buffet at Captain's Grille features two different sides, so make sure to check both sides out before filling your plates!

On one side you'll find fresh fruit, yogurts, cottage cheese, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato slices, and bread items including croissants, Danish, and muffins. You'll also find house-made granola and cereals.

The hot items on the buffet include scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, sausage, bacon, individual quiches, mini frittatas, potato casserole, and grits. If you're looking for some sweet options you'll find French toast, pancakes, and mini Mickey waffles!

The breakfast buffet at Captain's Grille!The breakfast buffet at Captain's Grille!

While I'm not normally a buffet fan at home, when I'm at Disney I'm always game to try a buffet and Captain's Grille did not disappoint. I had a little bit of almost everything. The fresh croissants were light and flaky (and made even more delicious with butter and strawberry jam, which our waiter brought out for me).

Because I didn't want to JUST eat carbs I had some eggs (they were standard buffet eggs) and bacon, but the standout item was, of course, the Mickey waffles.

Mickey waffles with Bananas Foster syrup!Mickey waffles with Bananas Foster syrup!

What made these waffles SO good was the Bananas Foster sauce. I could have eaten a bowl of just the sauce (but I didn't). The sauce (syrup?) is super sweet and has the perfect punch of banana flavor and honestly, it was almost like eating Tonga Toast when you combine the sauce with the waffles. Almost. ;-)

Overall, breakfast at Captain's Grille is a great way to start a day, whether you're fueling up for a day at the parks or what ended up being the longest day ever at Orlando International Airport. The service was quick and friendly, the food was really good, and I'd definitely return.

Another plus for Captain's Grille is the convenient location between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's a great spot fuel up before hitting the parks!

Have you dined at Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 15:33:

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Those dark chocolate waffles look amazing! I've never eaten here but now I think I should.

Debra T wrote on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:38:

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I would go back again and again for the lemon-ricotta hotcakes I had in March.

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