Only 3 Pound Weight Gain? A DxDP Review upd 2/9 Yachtsman and Final Thoughts

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by creativeamanda, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. creativeamanda

    creativeamanda <font color=darkorchid>One slithering around on me

    Jan 21, 2008
    Before I begin with my final review, I need to take people back to 2009. In 2009, I was on a solo trip and I had dinner at Yachtsman. I was super excited about this meal, and you can imagine my disappointment with the place:

    DIsney lovers, you can see how this was a risk for me not only to make a reservation at Yachtsman, but also for it to be be the last reservation of the trip. We came into Yachtsman and were seated almost immediately (okay, better) at a table at the window overlooking Stormalong Bay. Already things were looking up.

    After placing our order, bread was brought out to us.


    The onion bread was delicious, and I had to slow myself down just with the bread.

    Sweetie ordered her app: lobster bisque

    She declared it heads above Chefs and ate every mouthful.

    I got the Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad

    Wow, this was delicious! I love tomatoes and this was a light way to start dinner, knowing I had a steak coming up.

    Sweetie's entre:
    Filet mignon with the red wine sauce on the side. I was able to have a taste, and it was definitely cooked to order. It was delicious and those potatoes were to die for.

    My entre:
    New York Strip with Augratin potatoes. Again, perfectly cooked. and a million times improvement.

    We almost couldn't handle dessert, but did it anyway. Sweetie got the Yachtsman sundae:

    This is a gelato trio--chocolate, cherry, and vanilla. She really liked it, even the cherry, which is not something she typically eats.

    Our server, knowing I was full, offered me something off menu:

    I think it was cherry, pineapple, and lemon. This was the perfect end to dinner.

    So, this time, we had an attentive, but not overly so, server, a good seating location, steaks that were perfectly cooked. If not for California Grill, this would have been the best of the trip.

    So it also goes to show you, if you have a bad experience at a restaurant, return. After Dec 2009, I sent a letter to Disney about my experience and gave suggestions for improvement. I won't go into it all, but one thing the server did when he brought us our steaks was wait to make sure they were cooked to our satisfaction. I noticed a few other things that I suggested, and it looks like Disney really does take their emails to heart

    our ratings for Yachtsman:
    Service: 4--we had an attentive, but not overly so server
    Atmosphere: 5--nice atmosphere and the location where we were sitting was the best the restaurant has. Since I have an affinity for the Yacht/Beach Club area, it was wonderful for me to be next to SAB
    Food Quality: 4--I also appreciate being able to order something off menu, and I wonder if it's usually reserved for special diets
    Value: 4--only if using the DxDP. Definitely not an oop good value.
    Overall: 4.25--Definitely not a mistake eating here for our last Disney meal.

    All in all, we made a good decision in our choice doing the DxDP. We were able to order what we wanted without worrying about cost while on trip. This coming trip, I'm not doing the DDP for half of it, and I'll be able to compare.
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  3. iloveeeyore

    iloveeeyore DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2003
    So glad you enjoyed Yachtsman this trip! We actually enjoyed it more than CG this time, but that's because CG was the one that disappointed us a little.
  4. gardengirl628

    gardengirl628 Help, help, a Herrible Hoffalump!

    Jan 25, 2009
    Great reviews...thanks for sharing! We also had a less than stellar experience at Yachtsman 2 years ago. Maybe will consider trying it again after your review.
  5. amandaw

    amandaw DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Sounds like you made the right choice in giving Yachtsman a second chance! :thumbsup2 Everything looks & sounds delicious. That is a restaurant that has made it onto my "must try" list.

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