Whenever we go to Animal Kingdom, one of our traditions is to have an early lunch at Yak & Yeti. Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a lot of restaurants to choose from, so it’s lucky that they have one that we just adore!
As you might expect, Yak & Yeti is a table service restaurant located in Asia. We like to get reservations right when they open (at 11am) because we have our own table that we like to eat at on the second floor next to the windows overlooking the big tree with prayer flags in it. Generally if we are the third or fourth group to be seated we get that sweet spot.
The whole restaurant is gorgeous with lots of artifacts from Nepal and beautiful decor. The theme is that it is a restaurant at the base of Mt. Everest in the town of Anandapur. The servers are attentive and the service is usually quite prompt without being rushed.
The food is mostly Pan-Asian with standard menu fare like crispy honey chicken, lo mein, chicken fried rice and bourbon chicken. The bourbon chicken is my favorite and on my last visit my server explained that they make the sauce from scratch. The bourbon flavor is distinct without being overwhelming. Most menu items come with either steamed white or brown rice, but you can order a side of chicken fried rice if you prefer. Most of the entrees come with lots of fresh veggies mixed in.
We love the food here and typically choose from the items listed above (we really should branch out and try new things!) and we always start with the delicious pork pot stickers, yum! They also have fancier dishes like Maple Tamarind Chicken, Malaysian Seafood Curry and the Kobe Beef Burger. You can review their full menu here. You should always save room for their signature dessert, the Fried Wontons. These little wonders are cream cheese wontons, deep fried and served with pineapple skewers, vanilla ice cream and a sinfully good honey vanilla drizzle. Warning: you might not want to share!
Erik always gets a Bloody Mary and says it’s delicious (I think tomato juice is disgusting)! Like all the restaurants in Animal Kingdom, they use those awful paper straws to help protect the animals from ingesting plastic straws that guests might litter. My oldest son is not a Disney fan at the moment (teenagers!), but even he can be tempted to go with us if we’re visiting Yak & Yeti!
It’s a kid friendly restaurant and although they do have a lot of seating on the second floor, they also have an elevator for anyone who would prefer not to have to climb stairs. They take advance dining reservations, are not part of the Tables in Wonderland discount plan but they do take the Disney Dining Plan and give a 10% discount to annual passholders. While they take reservations, they almost always accept walk-ups as well, especially if you go right when they open.
If you’re in a big hurry or can’t get a table, the quick service next door has a limited menu but the food is cooked in the same kitchen and is the same high quality. I always look forward to our Yak & Yeti tradition whenever we go to Animal Kingdom for the ambiance, the service and the food.