This week we visited the recently renovated Steakhouse 71. The Wave restaurant originally sat in this spot at the Contemporary Resort. However, it transitioned to Steakhouse 71 to celebrate the beginning of the 50th anniversary in Walt Disney World. We were truly impressed with the food, drinks, service, and ambience. I can’t wait to dive into everything that makes Steakhouse 71 so unique!
When you walk into the restaurant, you’ll immediately be immersed into the theming of Steakhouse 71. As the name suggests, the restaurant is themed in celebration of 1971, the year Walt Disney World opened. The best way I could describe the decor is a tasteful approach to 70s style. The light fixtures are super neat, and the entire restaurant is filled with furniture that looks like what The Jetsons would have in their home if they lived in 2022, if that makes sense. My favorite part about the theming of the restaurant is that there are tons of photographs of the opening team of Disney World, from even before it opened!
The first picture you’ll see when you walk into the hallway is a picture of Walt Disney with his Florida project, which really makes you feel nostalgic right away. Then as you continue down the hall you’ll see pictures of artists working on animatronics, construction crews building Main Street, and so much more. These were really fun to look at while waiting for a table! In the lobby area, there are concept art sketches, and sketches of what Disney World looked like when it first opened.
One of the coolest of these photos was one that featured the gondolas that used to travel over Magic Kingdom. In the restaurant itself, there is also abstract art on the walls of Cinderella’s Castle.
Food & Drink
I truly cannot say enough good things about the food. Everything we tried was phenomenal! The lump crab cakes and Steakhouse 71 Onion Rings were table favorites as far as starters go. They also came out so quickly, which was perfect after a long day in the parks!
For entrees, the Vegetable “Wellington” was truly a treat, a vegetarian take on beef wellington, which literally melted in my mouth. The sides were also very tasty, I highly recommend the Mac and Cheese and the Au Gratin Potatoes.
As far as dessert goes, it was hard to pick just one so we tried both the Crème Brûlée and the Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake. The Crème Brûlée was layered, and had chocolate on the bottom and vanilla on top, which was so unique and tasted great. The Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake was so rich and delicious, and the best part in my opinion was the exterior of icing which was made with dark chocolate and balanced the sweetness from the inside.
Our favorite drink was the Pear French 75. This is made with cognac, pear nectar, agave syrup, lemon juice and Prosecco. It was a perfect compliment to our dessert and we really appreciated the natural pear flavor.
Steakhouse 71 is a relatively new restaurant to the Walt Disney World Resort, and it definitely exceeded our expectations. Delicious food and drinks were served up fresh, and the artwork truly made us feel nostalgic for the Disney parks here in Florida.
Steakhouse 71 is located at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. If you are looking for an area in Orlando close to the parks, Kissimmee is one of the closest places you can live, with a less than 20 minute drive. There are so many activities for families to partake in Kissimmee, and Hunter’s Creek is one of many places here that people love to call home. Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory is one of the local spots to grab delicious frozen treats. There’s also a shopping plaza called The Loop here for all of your shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. Curious what’s currently available in Kissimmee?
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