Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review: Yak & Yeti Restaurant

There are four table service restaurants located at the Animal Kingdom. Each are very different, not so much in cuisine but in design. Tusker House is your character dining experience in Africa, Tiffins is your signature dining experience on Discovery Island, Rainforest Cafe is like you’re in the heart of a rainforest and then you have Yak & Yeti. Yak & Yeti has a quick-service window, a bar and then a table service restaurant. Today we’re looking at the table service restaurant. 

Yak & Yeti is located in Asia, the northern part of Animal Kingdom. The restaurant can be found immediately upon entering Asia via the bridge from Discovery Island. It’s a two floor restaurant, with dining on both floors. There’s room here for both large and small parties. With golden statues, deep rich colours and tiled flooring, you’ll feel like you’re at a restaurant in Asia. 

The menu is incredibly diverse. With Asian influences, Chinese dishes, and American standards. There’s actually something on this menu for everyone. You can choose between bowls, woks, ribs and duck. For the less adventurous eaters, there’s the standard burger. When we dined here I enjoyed the feature, which was fish tacos. They were like nothing I’d ever had before. The helping was also incredibly generous, which I needed after a full day at the park. Jeff had the Crispy Honey Chicken Wok. He says it was memorably delicious. 

The kids received a kid’s menu, which had activities for them to do and pictures to colour. There was so many meal options for them too. With mac & cheese, corn dogs, and chicken tenders. For kids that have more of an adventurous palette there’s egg rolls and teriyaki chicken. All of these items come with 2 sides, choose between carrots, grapes, rice, applesauce, corn or steamed veggies. 

The night we dined here, this was our second meal on the Disney dining plan and I couldn’t wait to choose a cocktail to accompany my meal. Yak & Yeti had the largest and most diverse alcoholic offerings we saw at any park restaurant we went to on our vacation. Most restaurants have a lot of wine and not much else, or lots of cocktails and not much else. But Yak & Yeti has a mix of it all. I enjoyed a glass of Sangria and my husband had a Margarita, which he said was tasty but weak. 

The dessert menu left much to be desired in choices, in comparison to the rest of the menu. I had the fried wontons, which were amazing. The honey-vanilla drizzle that covered the dessert was delectable. I tried to get some on each bite I put in my mouth. My husband had the Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which he was disappointed with. 

We sat on the second floor during our meal, a table I would strongly recommend. We were sitting next the windows, which gave the kids something to look at while we waited for our meal. It also kept us away from the noise that was everywhere else in the restaurant. The restaurant is open, with a big opening between the floors. Allowing noise to carry. But we didn’t hear any of it. We were able to have an enjoyable meal with our family of four without being surrounded by the noise of the guests around us and below us. 

The only poor thing I can say about this restaurant is our server was rushed. He brought us our bill with our desserts. Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry. He was also back while we were still eating our desserts to pay said bill. He was a nice server, giving us lots of information on the menu and was speedy with the delivery of our meals. We enjoy our meals at Walt Disney World, we rarely eat out at home and when we go to Disney the dining is a real treat. This is one of the reasons we always choose to purchase the dining plan. So we are not the guests who are looking to have their meal done with so they can rush off to the next FastPass. We soak up our dining experiences. So it really puts a sour taste in our mouths when we get rushed along. 

I would definitely come back here. I really enjoyed my meal, and would love to try some of the other things on the menu. I loved the atmosphere and the location. We were able to have our dinner while being in the midst of the Animal Kingdom. As opposed to heading out to the entrance to go to the Rainforest Cafe. This is a very popular restaurant so I would suggest getting an advanced reservation. If there’s none available try these last minute reservation tips by following this link. Happy Planning Friends. 

How To Get Here:

When you’re in Animal Kingdom there are several areas: Pandora, Discovery Island, Africa, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A.. As mentioned, Yak & Yeti Restaurant is located in Asia. To find this restaurant from Discovery Island make your way past the Tree of Life on the Eastern Side. Passing Mickey and Minnie meet and greet on your right. Cross the bridge to Asia and Yak & Yeti Restaurant is in front of you. Coming from Africa, make your way into Asia and Yak & Yeti will be on your immediate left. Coming from DinoLand, U.S.A. you can either make your way back to Discovery Island or head to Asia by passing Finding Nemo The Musical on your right and then walking past Everest, the food truck and the Monkeys. It’s faster to go through Discovery Island. 

Hours: 

Lunch: 11:00am-3:30pm

Dinner: 4:00pm-9:00pm

Dining Plan: 1 Meal Credit

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