The Ale & Compass is one of the newest restaurants at Walt Disney World opening in November 2017. The restaurant is located in the Yacht Club in the space previously taken by Captain’s Grille.
Disney describes the restaurant as an opportunity to “Dine on New England comfort food and classic seafood dishes in a gastropub-inspired restaurant that’s reminiscent of a cozy lighthouse”. I have to admit I completely missed the lighthouse theme! I’m not sure missing it is due to my poor observation or an unusually poor theme presentation by Disney. However; the restaurant certainly does have a gastropub feel. Furnishing is minimalistic but comfortable.
The Ale & Compass is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, there is the choice of a buffet or à la carte. Lunch consists of sandwiches, flatbreads and burgers. Dinner is a more foodie affair with dishes including seafood & steak. The menu probably appeals most to fans of seafood.
We dined at dinner and a new menu has been introduced that week. The previously advertised T-Bone steak has been replaced with a strip steak. There was also a new seafood pie which our waiter described as being extremely popular. You can get a link to a sample menu here.
Disney Dining Plan is accepted and costs 1 Table Service Credit. Dinner, as usual, represents the best use of the Disney Dining Plan. Allergies are catered for and there is a kid’s menu.
Our Opinion on the Ale & Compass
The Ale & Compass is a good Disney World Restaurant but it does not quite hit the top. Unless you are staying near or visiting the Boardwalk it probably should not be on your must-do list.
Whilst the food is good you can get similar closer to the theme parks or in other resorts. The steak and fish pie were both excellent but are not worth the effort of travelling for. The restaurant will appeal more to fans of seafood. Dessert lovers will also likely love the choices.
Our Disney World Dining Guide is a great resource to plan your Disney Dining
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