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5 Things You Will Love About Captain’s Grille

A gem of a restaurant hiding in the Epcot Resort Area, Captain’s Grille serves up the best in American cuisine originating from the Eastern Seaboard. You can find this hideaway restaurant just a short distance from its companion, Yachtsman Steakhouse, in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. However, unlike its companion restaurant, Captain’s Grille requires no special dress code and doesn’t charge signature dining prices, which means it’s gentler on your vacation budget. You’ll find this table-service restaurant to be the perfect place to take a break from Walt Disney World excitement in order to share a family meal. Here are five reasons why you’ll love it.

5. Nautical Theme

True to the spirit of a New England yacht club, Captain’s Grille displays an elegant nautical motif with portholes, wall murals depicting a lighthouse scene, a ship’s wheel, and even a mounted ring buoy. The d├ęcor gives you the impression that a dock sits right outside the door with boats gently rocking as the water swells ripple into the marina. It isn’t far from the truth when considering that walking a short distance brings you to the ferryboat dock. Overall, the theme feels warm and inviting, and it may inspire you to take a boat tour of the lake right after your meal.

4. Excellent Service

From the time the hostess greets you to the end of your meal, the staff at Captain’s Grille creates a friendly environment. Naturally, this telltale feature appears at every Walt Disney World restaurant, but it rings especially true at Captain’s Grille. Feel free to ask questions about menu items, especially if you’re not accustomed to eating some of the seafood offerings. Also, servers here don’t mind modifying orders to accommodate dining guests. Of course, some entrees may take awhile to prepare, but they are nevertheless piping hot when delivered to your table. Try the Captain’s Grille and you’ll be certain to love the service you receive.

3. Delicious Food and Drink

Captain’s Grille serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each with a specific menu. Many restaurants will serve similar or identical lunch and dinner menus, but the chefs at this restaurant like to mix it up. First, you’ll love the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, which offers a great spread of items, like Mickey waffles, fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, potatoes, and frittatas. If buffets aren’t your thing, you may order entrees like eggs benedict, a rock shrimp omelet, or a petit strip loin with eggs. Lunch offers many tasty sandwiches, such as lobster rolls and shaved beef, along with a few entrees like fish and chips and pan-roasted salmon. For dinner, you may order from a variety of selections featuring steak, chicken, lamb, crab, pork tenderloin, and fresh market fish. For age-appropriate diners, Captain’s Grille mixes delicious cocktails, like the Captain’s Rum Runner, and serves a variety of beers, wines, and after-dinner shots designed for relaxation. Many assume from the restaurant’s name that it mostly serves seafood, but the menu provides mouth-watering cuisine and beverages for everyone in your party to enjoy, including vegetarians.

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2. Great Location

During peak season, you may not be able to find a table at any of the fine restaurants at Epcot’s World Showcase. Don’t worry, because you can take a short walk from International Gateway to enjoy a great meal. You can also hop aboard a ferryboat if your feet have been beating the pavement all day long and need a rest. Captain’s Grille provides high quality cuisine and service close to Epcot, Disney’s BoardWalk, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, all of which are accessible by ferryboat. With theme parks so near, you can find a table and then return to your favorite attractions and shows afterwards. You won’t have to wait until you return to your resort or travel all the way to Disney Springs for table-service dining when it’s unavailable in Epcot or Hollywood Studios.

1. Peace and Quiet

After a day filled with thrill ride screams, crowded line conversations, and the general clamor of theme park excitement, a quiet dinner is just the right thing to cap off the day or to take a break in the afternoon. Many diners love the peaceful atmosphere of Captain’s Grille, which seems present even when it’s busy. This restaurant sits a bit off the beaten Disney path, so overcrowding won’t ruin your dining pleasure. But even if you want to jump back into the excitement of Walt Disney World, you’re not too far away. Obviously, if everyone knew that this gem was only right around the bend from Epcot, then it would likely lose some of its tranquility, so try to keep it a secret.

About D.W. Noonan

D.W. Noonan was blindsided by the magical universe of Walt Disney when he married a dedicated Disneyphile in 1994. His wonderful wife dragged him into countless days of binge-watching great Disney films. As children began showing up in the Noonan home, D.W.'s growing passion for all things Disney led him to vacationing with his family in Walt Disney World each year and taking a journey to visit Disneyland. He is especially proud of his two teenage daughters, who danced for Disney Performing Arts at Walt Disney World in 2015. Though D.W. lives in Maryland, he longs to hear these familiar words when he returns to the resort: "Welcome home."