Breakfast at Ale and Compass restaurant is a true treat when it comes to enjoying a leisurely morning at Walt Disney World. The restaurant is located off the lobby of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. It is considered a table service dining location.
The restaurant serves breakfast daily, offering reservation times until about noon. Therefore you can consider this late morning meal to be brunch if desired.
You might also care to dine here during their evening service. The menu features refined classics with a modern flair in aesthetics. The dinner menu also has a nice seafood selection.
If you were to ask me where to have breakfast on your Disney vacation, Ale and Compass would be one of my top choices. The only comparable restaurant I would recommend is the Grand Floridan Cafe for breakfast. And if you asked me about character dining, I would suggest Topolino’s Terrace Character breakfast.
When it comes to Ale and Compass breakfast, the food and service are so terrific that we continually find ourselves returning. In fact, we have had several breakfasts at this Disney restaurant since it opened a few years back.
In this review of breakfast at Ale and Compass, we will look at a combination of several meals. I have even returned in 2021 to try one of their popular vegan dishes for breakfast.
And if you are wondering about the popular dark chocolate waffle dish that the restaurant is known for, don’t worry. It’s included below and still one of my favorites.
Ale and Compass Breakfast Review
One of the things I like about Ale and Compass is that I always feel like I’m getting great value. When dining at Walt Disney World, in general, you expect to pay more. It kind of goes with the territory. At Ale and Compass, the prices always seem reasonable, especially compared to the quality of food and serving size.
If you have ever visited Disney’s Yacht Club before, you might remember that Ale and Compass was formerly Captain’s Grille. While I wouldn’t compare the locations in style or menu, you can still expect a warm welcome and great service.
Ale and Compass previously offered a popular buffet that included an entree item during breakfast. However, at this time, buffets at Disney are not an option due to social distancing. Therefore you will receive a QR code upon arrival to access the breakfast menu.
For the sake of providing up-to-date information, I’ve decided to add in a recent breakfast entree along with other items we have tried in the past. Below that, I’ll add back in a few photos and thoughts on Ale and Compass’s breakfast buffet.
If and when the buffet returns, we’ll review it again to see if things are running similarly. That will also give me a good excuse to return for another breakfast.
For starters, we’ll take a look at my last trip to Ale and Compass. If you’ve been following along on the site, you probably know I started a vegetarian diet back last year. This was my first time having the vegan breakfast at Ale and Compass.
Going into this meal, I already knew they had a good-looking vegan option for breakfast. But I had no idea how hearty of a meal I was getting myself into!
Here is the plant-based breakfast protein bowl. It is described on the menu as a choice of tofu scramble or plant-based eggs with plant-based sausage, quinoa, sweet potatoes, chard, kale, and pickled carrots served with carrot-ginger dressing and chocolate-avocado toast.
When I initially ordered this meal, the cast member asked if I wanted tofu scramble or plant-based eggs. I’ve enjoyed the vegan tofu bowl at Satu’li Canteen (review) previously, but other than that, I don’t have too much experience with it. When I asked my server, she mentioned that most said they couldn’t tell the difference between regular eggs and the plant-based version.
I opted to give the plant-based eggs a try, and you’d have a hard time convincing me they weren’t regular scrambled eggs. On a side note, these are made from a legume.
I took way more pictures than I would like to admit because the lighting was subtle inside the restaurant. I was hoping to capture the texture and color of this dish made from plants that resembled eggs. So many pictures that a couple came over and asked me if I ran a food blog. I just smiled and told them no, I was more of a Resorts Gal.
Anyway, about the rest of this protein bowl. The sweet potatoes, carrots, and greens complemented the dish. Underneath was a base of quinoa, which tasted like quinoa. While very filling, the grain didn’t seem to add or take away from this entree.
The plant-based sausage was what you would expect. The flavors of sausage come together in this mixture of plant-based protein that forms the texture. I have found that these breakfast sausages are usually more on the dry side.
I’ll have a review of Primo Piatto at the Riviera coming up in the next week that showcases their infamous lemon ricotta pancakes. I ordered those with a side of plant-based sausage and felt that both were similar. You might also enjoy my guide to vegan dining at Disney World.
The other part of the dish was chocolate avocado toast. I have a good deal of experience with avocado and love how the buttery flavor takes on chocolate. It might seem contradictory with its bright green color, but these items work well together.
While this whole meal was beyond filling, I felt like I could have probably gone for another slice of that chocolate toast.
Beside the toast is a carrot ginger dressing. This was supposed to be poured over the bowl ingredients. However, I didn’t get the memo and kind of forgot it was pushed over to the side with my toast. It has an enjoyable bite to it. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on whether or not it all worked together.
Now we’ll take a look at a few Ale and Compass breakfasts past. We’ll start with those chocolate waffles. This dish is described on the menu as dried cherry compote, espresso-mascarpone cream, chocolate shavings, and a choice of sausage or bacon.
While this is not a vegan item you can go vegetarian here and order the plant-based sausage as a side over the meat options.
As someone ordering for the sake of reviews, I rarely order the same thing twice anymore. With that being said, I’ve ordered this entree twice and will again.
These waffles are not waffling in any way but a good way. In fact, they will be gone very quickly when they make an appearance at your table. It might take a minute to wrap your taste buds around the richness, but after that, you will be just fine. Trust me.
Even those chocolate shavings make the dish complex.
Health-wise, they probably aren’t the best choice. But dark chocolate, cherries, and a side of protein may hold a little merit. You can always be like me and promise yourself to do better and try harder tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day!
If you reviewed the Ale & Compass menu you might have noticed the pancake option. Below, this order is basically the blueberry pancakes with bacon or sausage. The chef modified the dish for my son’s food allergies.
In our case, they substitute the pancakes with the allergy-free waffle mix. We usually end up with a side of both types of meat. The chefs are more than willing to customize a meal, offering things like fruit and potatoes.
Our food allergy diner loves to eat here. The chef at Ale & Compass came out and talked to him about his order in advance. Disney chefs, in general, do a lot to accommodate food allergies and we are so appreciative.
If someone in your party has their heart set on pancakes, they can make them as well. However, we have heard from multiple chefs that the waffle mix does much better preparation-wise.
The sausage at Ale and Compass is house-made and full of flavor. I don’t miss eating meat, but it seems like sausage is always the one thing that sounds good.
If you or someone you know happens to have food allergies, please comment on any of my dining reviews. I have tons of experience raising a son who is anaphylactic when it comes to reactions. That means he is always supposed to carry an Epi-pen to save his life in the event of a reaction.
He is allergic to all dairy, fish, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He also has a milder allergy to tomatoes. I would be glad to share our experiences with anyone that might have questions or concerns.
We started going to Disney so often because of their willingness to accommodate food allergies. Our more frequent visits began when my son was three years old, and now he’s in college.
Back to breakfast at Ale and Compass. Those visiting in 2021 might see a reduced menu at multiple dining locations. Ale and Compass is one of those locations.
On this last visit, I noticed the open-faced skirt steak sandwich and the shrimp with white cheddar grits were missing from the menu. This is probably because they are composed of higher-priced ingredients and capacity overall is much lower at this time.
The open-face sandwich is normally the most expensive menu item at $19.00, making it a great value when you could order the accompanying buffet.
The open-faced skirt steak sandwich comes with caramelized onion, a poached egg, sweet potatoes, fennel, watercress, tomato salad, and truffle vinaigrette.
I opted to have the tomato salad portion left off my plate.
This entree was quite large, and the steak was cooked well. The watercress and poached egg really compliment the dish. There is a variety of potatoes in the mix, and they were really flavorful in their own right.
Other popular items on the Ale and Compass breakfast menu include the following:
Eggs Benedict “Poached eggs, slow-roasted barbecue-spiced pork, roasted tomatoes, English muffin, spiced-herb Hollandaise, and served with potatoes”
Country Ham and Cheddar Omelet “with arugula and seasonal fruit”
Salted Caramel Apple French Toast “with choice of sausage, bacon, or fresh fruit”
Ale & Compass is one of those places you can have a working brunch or other meal if you find the need. This day I had a fairly late start and was able to charge my device and do a few work-related items.
While I haven’t had a chance to try all of these I’ve heard good things. The only item I’ve heard not to order was the breakfast flatbread. It is no longer on the menu.
Before we wrap things up, let’s take a look at the former breakfast buffet. That way if it returns before I get back that way, you’ll have an idea.
Ale and Compass Breakfast Buffet
The breakfast buffet at Ale and Compass offers several different selections of food. For starters, there’s a charcuterie selection with a variety of cheese. These meats consist of country ham, Mortadella (Italian sausage), salami, and a few others that escape my memory.
Additionally, there are items like smoked salmon and accompaniments. Those include cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, onions, and a few other typical options.
The breakfast buffet has a nice selection of fresh pastries.
Moving down the line, there’s an area for traditionally hot items like biscuits with gravy. Those are Parker House rolls next to them and I would recommend picking one up.
They are the same that the Ale & Compass Lounge serves next door. These rolls are soft and fabulous. You can’t go wrong here.
Ale & Compass’s Breakfast buffet also has sweets items like cinnamon rolls. Anyone wanting oatmeal will find it as well, along with its usual modern-day sugary toppings.
I always like to get a bowl of fresh fruit for dessert. Make sure to get one of the cooler bowls for this option. A lot of the plates on the buffet are warm. Unless you like warm fruit or something.
But don’t go overboard on the buffet because your entree will not be terribly far behind. You can always go back later if you desire something else.
Entree prices run anywhere from $12.00 and up at Ale and Compass. When the breakfast buffet is available, you’ll receive a menu with the buffet’s price combined with an entree.
The interior of Ale & Compass has a modern, sleek look.
The theming is nautical, and that’s good because it is at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort. But don’t let the clean, sharp look make you feel the need to dress up. It really is casual like most other Disney restaurants on property. There’s no formal dress code required.
As far as dining at Ale and Compass for breakfast, I recommend making a reservation here on your Epcot or Hollywood Studios park day. With both parks opening a little later, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch and then walk over to either park.
You might also enjoy ordering a meal here and enjoying it in the lounge next door.
And my all-time favorite buffet at Disney (like most everyone else) is the Boma breakfast buffet at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I will most definitely have to return there as well when they re-open. You know, for the sake of the blog.
Make sure to leave me a comment below and share your thoughts on breakfast at Walt Disney World! Have you ever tried the Ale and Compass restaurant?