Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Visited June 2014 & June 2015 (Updated January 2016)

Type: Asian, pan-Asian, American, Seafood
Dining Plan: Yes
Character Experience: No
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Food:  Our kids have been in a “Yeti” phase for some time now. We have now been to Disney as a family on three separate occasions (2010, 2014, and 2015) so once our oldest child was tall enough to ride Expedition Everest (2014) I knew that in our family planning he would put in an order for the Yak & Yeti. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect our first time visiting the Yak & Yeti (yes, we’ve been more than once so that’s a good sign) as i’m not a huge fan of pan-Asian food, or at least I though at that time. But enough backstory, let’s get into the review.

First, the menu is much more diverse than expected. If you are hesitant to make the Yak & Yeti one of your reservations due to the style of cuisine don’t worry, you have various seafood dishes, ribs, chicken, and a phenomenal burger. It may be important to note that each dish will have a pan-Asian influence such as the seasoning and side dishes so you’re not completely off the hook.

For those that enjoy the pan-asian cuisine, like my wife, you’ll be right at home. Every glaze and marinade screams authentic Asian and Chinese cuisine. There are also several menu items prepared in a Wok for an even more authentic prepared dish. One other detail I found unique to the Yak & Yeti that proved enjoyable are the “Sharables” on the menu. These items are geared towards dining for two and prove to be very financially sound options for those that want the cuisine without breaking the bank.

Finally, another great aspect of the Yak & Yeti is the kid menu. Disney does very well at offering kid-friendly items even for the pickiest of eaters. The Yak & Yeti is no different but also offers authentic pan-Asian dishes for the kids who are willing to expand their food pallet and take in the full experience.

Atmosphere:   The Yak & Yeti Restaurant is beautiful dining experience that flows seamlessly with the Asian theme in the Animal Kingdom. To all who have visited the Animal Kingdom know that each area has been meticulously decorated to immerse all in attendance to each culture and atmosphere to a high authentic standard. Walking into the Yak & Yeti consistently adds to that experience. To the appearance of the building, the decor, and down to every dish the Yak & Yeti offers a truly authentic experience to those who enjoy Asian & Chinese cuisine.

Experience:   The Yak & Yeti is a typical Disney (non-character) experience. However, what makes Yak & Yeti a little more special is how well it fits into culture and Animal Kingdom experience. It may not quite stand up to a character dining experience but it is part of a much larger experience. You may not feel that bright and colorful Disney experience that at times can be an experience in itself, especially from a child’s perspective, but I do feel the dining experience captures exactly what Disney intended.

Cost:   For the style and portion size the Yaki & Yeti Restaurant is very reasonably priced, especially for dinner. The prices are slightly higher than your local, chain steak house but with the consideration of portion size and the Disney quality, it’s easily justifiable. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, the experience is valued at a Casual Dining Experience (1 Casual Dining Credit) so anything above a “Quick Service” plan will suffice for each member!

Bottom Line:   The Yak & Yeti provides an authentic pan-Asian experience that is revealed not only in its food but in the restaurant itself. It plays a seamless part of Animal Kingdom Asian that does not disappoint and what is even better, the food is equally enjoyable.

  • Food - 8/10
  • Atmosphere - 8/10
  • Experience - 7.5/10
  • Cost - 8/10
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