Thursday, July 30, 2015

Yachtsman Steakhouse - Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Earlier this week, my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary at Yachtsman Steakhouse, a signature dining restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.  

While we waited to be seated, we watched a cast member cut beautiful NY strip steaks, which helped influenced my decision on what to order for a main course.  

We were seated at a table for two by the front windows, and were both impressed by how beautiful the restaurant was, with its New England steakhouse theming.

The allergy-friendly dinner menu had a good number of gluten/wheat friendly options to choose from.  Talking to a chef is always an option at Disney restaurants, but I decided to forgo it, because our server Ricardo was able to answer any questions I had.  

Before my bread arrived, I was presented with my own plate of salted butter and roasted garlic.  

Yachtsman Steakhouse uses GNI rolls, my favorite gluten free rolls at Disney World. When they are heated well, and served with butter, they are very good.  My rolls were heated perfectly all the way through, and looked and tasted like they were grilled a bit, which I really enjoyed.  

Probably my favorite dish at Yachtsman Steakhouse was the Chef's Garden Heirloom Tomato Salad with house mozzarella, pineapple variations, and a sherry vinaigrette.  The presentation was beautiful, and I loved the combination of flavors with the pineapple chunks, and the tomatoes and mozzarella.  The dried pineapple strips, which were sticking straight out of our salad, were so delicious.  

My husband really enjoyed The Land Garden Greens salad with honey ricotta, peaches, cherries, and a sweet tea bourbon dressing.  He said the greens, which come from the greenhouse at The Land, reminded him of the lettuce his grandparents used to grow.  I ate a few bites of this salad, but did not enjoy the dressing, so I let Mitch finish the rest of my portion.  

We ordered both of our appetizers to share, because they were labeled as gluten/wheat friendly on the menu, but my husband was given a ricotta cannoli on the side, which was not gluten free.  Because he was raving about how good the ricotta in the cannoli was, I asked for a side of the honey ricotta that is served with the gluten free version of the salad.  He was right - the honey ricotta was amazing, and I loved how they presented it shaped like Mickey.  

I was torn between ordering the Black Angus filet mignon and the Prime New York Strip Steak for my entree, but our server Ricardo convinced me to try the strip steak, which is served with potato gratin and peppercorn-brandy sauce.  

I was a little disappointed when my entree arrived, because my steak looked overcooked, and I was unimpressed with the presentation.  I thought it was a little bit strange that my peppercorn-brandy sauce was served on the side, because my steak would have looked a lot better with the sauce poured over the top.  

As far as taste goes, my steak was good, though a little more done than the medium rare I requested.  I thought my steak was seasoned pretty well, and I enjoyed dipping each bite in the peppercorn-brandy sauce, which was a little bit sweet.  Yachtsman Steakhouse uses grain-fed beef that they prepare on an oak-fired grill. 

My potatoes were rich and decadent, and smothered in cheese.  My husband and I agreed that we probably could have split an entree, because we both were unable to finish all of our food.  Mitch ordered the Kansas City Strip Steak, which is 21 day dry-aged, and he said it was the best strip steak he has ever had.  He told me it was so tender, it reminded him of filet mignon.  This entree is not listed as a gluten/wheat friendly option on the menu, probably because of the sides it is served with, but I am sure if you spoke to a chef and changed out the sides, it could be prepared gluten free.  

We decided to share a creme brulee with mixed berries for dessert, since we were both so full from our entrees and salads.  It was good, but I have had better creme brulees at other restaurants on Disney property, like California Grill.

Overall, we enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse, but I would not say it is my favorite signature dining restaurant at Disney World.  For steak, I would probably go back to Le Cellier before I would dine at Yachtsman Steakhouse again, though for a date night at a fine dining restaurant at Disney, my top pick is California Grill.  For our 15th anniversary, we have talked about trying Victoria & Albert's, which I have heard does a great job with special diets.

You can read more about Yachtsman Steakhouse, view their menu, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Yachtsman Steakhouse?  


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