Steakhouse 71 in conjunction with the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Named for the year the Contemporary Resort first opened, Steakhouse 71 harkens back to the design style of the 1970s, reimagined in a contemporary, comfortable and sleek way. You’ll even notice some Florida flair—such as Orange Bird and citrus groves—mixed in with the décor. As you enter the restaurant, take time to soak in all the incredible details in the vintage photos from Walt Disney World’s earliest days.
Since opening, I have dined here four times – once at the bar and three times in the dining room. This restaurant has quickly become a must-eat for me on many Disney trips. The food is good, the service is great and the prices are not too bad.
Steakhouse 71 Lounge
Settle into comfortable lounge seating and sip on beverages reminiscent of the 1970s. Enjoy drinks inspired by the history of the area, including cocktails that evoke scents of citrus groves, and so much more. My favorite specialty cocktails are the Pear French 75 and Citrus Blossom Groves. You will enjoy modern interpretations of classic dishes, such as PB&J Chicken Wings, Loaded Macaroni and Cheese and the house classic Bacon and Eggs. The lounge and bar areas are first come first served and do fill up.
Steakhouse 71 Dining Room
At dinner, you will feast on a delicious menu that offers a nod to Walt Disney himself! Classic cocktails and a portfolio of Disney family wines are also available.
On both visits, we started with the Steakhouse 71 Onion Rings – Hand-breaded with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce. I’m not a huge onion ring fan, but not a bite was left uneaten. :-)
Both the Filet and New York Strip are tasty and were perfectly cooked. We prefer the Red Wine Sauce over the others and I must insist everyone orders the delicious Au Gratin Potatoes. (SO GOOD!)
The menu is slightly different at lunch, with my favorite item being the Prime Rib Sandwich – Shaved Prime Rib, Caramelized Onions, Herb Aïoli, Provolone Cheese, Arugula, Horseradish Cream.
The Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake, with layers of Whiskey infused Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberries, is a decadent ending.
I would not leave Magic Kingdom to make a special trip over here, but I think it is a solid choice for any Contemporary or Bay Lake Tower guests and also a convenient choice for those at Polynesian or Grand Floridian. I know I’ll be back!
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