Dining at Walt Disney World is usually at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to planning the best vacation ever to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Where and what you eat is half the fun!
The Contemporary Resort opened in 1971 when steakhouses were all the rage. Steakhouse71 at Walt Disney World Resort brings a retro look with some modern Florida-inspired fun, and of course, some Disney-flair like Orange Bird. The vintage decor was my favorite part. I recommend a whole lap around to see all the fun photos that even spread out into the lobby and restroom.
I had an amazing dinner experience there in the fall of 2022. I look forward to going back to try the breakfast option.
This is a fun fact – Steakhouse71 used to be The Wave.
Here’s what you should know about Steakhouse71.
- Advanced Dining Reservation (ADRs) are required for this location. Walk up reservations are sometimes accepted for small parties. The lounge (behind the check in desk) has a select menu and accepts walk ups.
Arrive early and enjoy the posh lounge tucked away at the entrance with couches, chairs, and a great bar.
- Characters. There are no characters at this meal.
- Food. The menu feels like a classic steakhouse with cuts from medallions, to NY Strip, filet, sirloin, and prime rib. I had the sirloin and it did not disappoint. Cooked perfectly medium, excellent portion size. There are several tasty sides to choose from broccolini, asparagus, macaroni and cheese, but the sleeper hit is definitely the au gratin potatoes. My travel friend and I shared the Au Gratin potatoes and macaroni and cheese, because everyone needs melted cheese and carbs – you can’t go wrong.
The dessert menu is divine, you’ll want the Steakhouse71 Chocolate Cake. Have a bite and take the rest to-go, it’s the best midnight snack – or breakfast. Your choice.
- Atmosphere. Steakhouse 71 used to be the Wave, which I visited in 2018 and enjoyed, but it felt a little outdated then. The new look still has a classic feel that fits with The Contemporary, but is so full of fun details. I love the artwork – you can browse the hallway from check in to the restroom and find fun images of the early days of Disney World. My favorites are tucked around the restaurant – paintings of rides like the Peoplemover and Space Mountain!
- Extras. Need something to do while you wait for a table? Enjoy a drink at the Lounge bar, or check out the shopping – Bayview Gifts is the Contemporary Resort’s gift shop and it’s a rather large one with lots of sections and items. You can check out the view from the balcony and see Magic Kingdom (fireworks and lights if it’s after dark – see the Pro Tip above). Finally, the Monorail runs directly through this resort and it’s a site to see – and an experience to ride. Allow time before or after dinner to take a spin on the loop.