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Yak & Yeti Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a longtime favorite dining option for guests who regularly visit. The restaurant located on the outskirts of Animal Kingdom’s Asia features a mix of American, Asian, and Indian cuisine.

Yak and Yeti is unique because it offers casual table service dining and an additional outdoor quick service option next door. In this Disney Yak and Yeti review, we’ll look at the table service restaurant in detail. I’ll also add in a few tips if you want to pick up something next door.

Additionally, Yak and Yeti is part of Landry’s chain of restaurants. Toward the end of this review, I’ll add a little information about dining at any of their locations. In addition, a membership to the Landry’s Select club provides a few benefits that most guests won’t want to miss.

Yak and Yeti Review

Yak and Yeti Disney Review

As mentioned above, Yak and Yeti is consistently a favorite with guests who visit Animal Kingdom on a regular basis. The reason is that the restaurant is splendidly themed and the food always delivers. In addition, it’s a go-to dining establishment offering a setting full of Southeast Asian artifacts.

The restaurant has two different levels. And if you are fortunate enough to receive a table next to the window, you can take in the exterior views of guests coming and going throughout the park. Either way, the interior restaurant’s mix of diverse art transports you to an Asian village, even if it’s only for lunch.

Yak and Yeti is truly worthy of a home at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, given the exquisite detailing of the park in its entirety. Now, as for what to eat.

If you have read any of my prior dining reviews, you know I’m often joined by my son, who deals with severe food allergies. We rarely eat at Asian restaurants due to so many offering peanuts and the scare of cross-contamination. Yak and Yeti, thankfully, has a peanut-free kitchen.

When we order at most Disney restaurants, we typically ask to see a chef due to the severity of his allergies. For us, it seems to work better to talk with the person responsible for preparing the food. Occasionally, we will have a server that expresses enough knowledge about the menu to feel okay ordering with them.

The reason I try to make this point is there are so many different levels of food allergies. Those with inexperience might not take your allergy to be as serious as it is. And while I do not think anyone would consciously intend to do that, I feel that we are all human and make mistakes. But a mistake with a severe food allergy can result in a life or death matter.

For this meal, the server actually offered to get the chef after we spieled off the list of food allergies. An allergy-friendly menu was brought to the table for him to review while we waited.

The result, chicken lo mein. This was a huge dish packaged with noodles (egg-free), chicken, cabbage, carrots, and green onions.

Yak and Yeti Lo Mein

It really hit the spot and was something different from his usual options. Portion sizes at Yak and Yeti are comparable in size across the board. We have eaten here often over the years and rarely can finish our servings.

Menu items at Yak and Yeti Animal Kingdom

There are a few menu items that might come up in a casual conversation with someone who’s eaten at Yak and Yeti prior. For instance, the Ahi Tuna Nachos and Chicken Tikka Masala are both popular items.

And then there’s the Kobe Beef Burger. As many times as I’ve eaten here, this was something that I had never ordered. But for this visit, it was on my radar due to its rave reviews.

Yak and Yeti Kobe Beef Burger

I am so ashamed to admit that I ate nearly the whole burger. Although to be fair, I had skipped breakfast that morning and was feeling a little famished. But the flavor of the beef was really delicious and kept me wanting more.

Now I do understand that there’s a little hype when it comes to higher grades of beef. Since I love to cook, I have experimented with different types of beef over the years, and Kobe has always been an excellent grade. Why? Because it’s full of fat which makes the burger moist and savory.

If you are looking for taste when it comes to burgers, I have found that the most expensive and the cheapest grounds are the best for flavor. The leaner cuts naturally provide less fat, which in essence, is somewhat healthier. But those cuts don’t provide near the flavor.

Anyways, back to this burger. It was smothered in cheese, a scallion compote, and shiitake mushrooms. This entree comes with a choice of scallion compote or Asian slaw. There’s also a sesame-soy aioli which I had come on the side. And what I assume are house-made pickles were divine.

Kobe Beef Burger at Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti

The Kobe Beef burger also comes with standard toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. It is well worth the price tag and something you might even consider sharing, given the 10 oz portion. Unless, you didn’t eat breakfast that morning, of course.

Moving on, we’ll take a look at the outdoor quick service. Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes has a sign above the entrance with the name Anandapur Local Food Cafe.

The location is right next door to the table service restaurant. I’ve always found it very confusing that the sign doesn’t actually indicate the correct name for the quick service location.

Yak and Yeti Counter Service at Animal Kingdom

There are several walk-up ordering areas.

While there isn’t immediate seating, you’ll find several delightful areas to sit across the pathway. Most of them look out at the water and the Tree of Life. The areas aren’t exactly hidden, but you might have to look for them.

Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Below is a picture of the lunch and dinner menu posted at the restaurant.

And here is a link to the menu on Disney’s site. You might notice that this is a good place to pick up a cheeseburger or chicken nuggets kids’ meal if you are dealing with picky eaters.

The fried rice options here tend to be popular due to the portion size versus the price. I don’t think you should expect anything more than standard fried rice, but the cost should be agreeable to most budgets.

Landry’s Select Club at Yak and Yeti

Before we wrap up this review, I wanted to touch on the benefits of becoming a Landry’s Select member. We have been members since 2014 and have used the card multiple times throughout the years. Here’s how it works.

The cost of the card is $25 for a lifetime membership, there are never any other fees. Subsequently, the initial $25 is immediately returned on your first visit to any Landry’s restaurants.

The biggest perk of the card for me is priority seating. If you have ever visited Animal Kingdom on a busy day, you know it isn’t easy to get a last-minute reservation. With a Landry’s Card, you can walk right up to the check-in stand and let them know you are a member.

The host will shortly seat you ahead of waiting guests. Ensure there is a line for the hostess stand at Rainforest Cafe that you note there’s a separate side for Landry’s members to approach.

Other benefits include a yearly $25 reward that can be used on any day of your birthday month. When we signed up for the card, we chose December as our birthday month. None of us have birthday months in December, but we knew this was a time we would be more likely to use it. The manager said it could be considered our celebration month.

Lastly, members get 1 point for every $1 spent at Landry’s restaurants. When you reach 250 points, you will receive a $25 reward for your next visit.

Animal Kingdom has two Landry’s locations, Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti.

Additionally, you’ll find a Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs and TREX. We find Yak and Yeti to be the superb choice of the three. Rainforest Cafe has good, standard options similar to a local chain restaurant. And TREX has a cool dinosaur theme going for it, but we weren’t impressed with the food on our last meal there.

The information about the card is here on Landry’s site. And I have no motives in suggesting the membership. It’s just been an asset for my family that I like to share.

Yak and Yeti is a great choice for standard table service dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Expect large portions, reasonable prices, and a pleasant atmosphere on your visit.

I forgot to mention that they often have a separate seasonal menu offering limited-time items. The restaurant really does a good job of providing consistent traditional entrees, along with new specials here and there.

Anyone that wants to preview more counter service will enjoy the Disney Animal Kingdom Quick Service guide. It offers a brief overview of every quick service location at the park.

Suppose you are looking for something more along the lines of fine dining at Animal Kingdom. Then, you might want to read my Tiffins Restaurant Review. Tiffins is the signature dining location for the theme park, and it’s oh so good. And the adjoining Nomad Lounge(review) is the perfect stop as well!

Additionally, there’s a full review with several menu items of Satu’li Canteen (review) here. It even includes one of my Disney vegan food finds, the spicy tofu bowl.

Lastly, if you are looking for other Disney restaurant reviews in the theme parks, you might like my other favorites:

Leave me a comment below and share your thoughts about dining at Disney’s Yak and Yeti? Have you tried it? If so, what did you enjoy and did you see benefit from using the Landry’s card?

Or if you have any questions about Yak and Yeti, I’ll be happy to answer them based on our experiences.

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