Dining Recon: Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Animal Kingdom

By Evan Chaisson

Hi, all!  I’m glad to be back!  As I think about our last trip to Walt Disney World, I find myself reflecting on our dinner at Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti Restaurant.

Unfortunately, though, the only thing that pops into my head and makes my stomach growl is desert.  Everyone, it was “to die for”!  That being said, let me get into the whole meal.

Yak & Yeti is located in Asia very near to Kali River Rapids.  The restaurant is themed nicely with statues and Asian-inspired artifacts everywhere.

There is a small bar with about 8 to 10 seats to the right as you walk into the restaurant.

As an appetizer, my wife and I got their Pork Pot Stickers.  They were pretty basic and very comparable to the ones you can get at any Asian-inspired restaurant.

For main courses, I had a shrimp and lobster garlic noodle dish.  My wife got their Crispy Honey Chicken.

Honestly, neither dish was overwhelmingly good.  The shrimp and lobster was priced at $35.00.  The honey chicken, which I personally thought was more enjoyable, was a much better value at $18.99.

As I hinted above, the best thing of our entire meal was the desert!  Fried Wontons.

Skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, and honey-vanilla drizzle.  Wow!  I’m telling you, they need a place in Disney where they just sell these! They were that good!

When it comes to the Yeti, our recommendation, fans, is that you order a few appetizers … and, then, go straight to the wontons!  You won’t be disappointed.  I promise!

4 thoughts on “Dining Recon: Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Animal Kingdom

  1. Thank you for posting your thoughts on Yak & Yet.
    I’ve eaten at Yak & Yet twice, first in 2011 with my husband which I remembered as a great meal – it was mid afternoon and it was very uncrowded. It was November – the Jingle Jungle parade passed by outside. We ate downstairs, not too far from the bar that you mentioned. Our food was delicious -very well-prepared. I think my husband had some type of ribs and I might have had a sweet/sour chicken. We had the pot stickers with dipping sauce. It was a great dining experience.
    But this past Dec 2016 my daughter and I ate lunch there and while it was decent food, I felt oddly unimpressed. We ate upstairs not too far from the “kitchen” area where servers are busily working drinks and other things – it looked shabby. I don’t know why restaurants think it’s good to make this area so visible – I noticed it at O’Charley’s last weekend. I don’t like it. Anyway, I ordered a drink – I don’t remember what now – but it was very watered down. I had a curry with rice which was okay. But I think the environment just didn’t work for me this time, I’m very sorry to say.

    • Thanks for taking the time to pass along the feedback, Debbie! That’s the thing with some restaurants – lack of consistency. As for sitting near the kitchen, Mrs. All in WDW will always make a host or hostess seat us somewhere else. She doesn’t want the commotion or the poor view. Maybe Yak will be better next time.

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