FULL REVIEW: STEAKHOUSE 71 - BREAKFAST
Location: Steakhouse 71 (Formerly The Wave) is located in Contemporary Resort at ground level, next to the resort lobby check-in.
Cost: $$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)
Booking Window: 60 Days Out
For this trip, we had booked breakfast for 8:45 AM. We arrived at the podium for check-in at about 8:00 AM. We were able to successfully check in with no issue and seated at our table a bit earlier than our reservation time. This pays off if you are dining on a park day!
This recently refurbished restaurant, formerly known as “The Wave”, has been styled and “named for the year Disney’s Contemporary Resort first opened, Steakhouse 71 harkens back to the design style of the 1970s, reimagined in a contemporary, comfortable and sleek way. You’ll even notice some Florida flair—such as Orange Bird and citrus groves—mixed in with the décor”. This refurb now gives the interior a bright and more minimalistic feel.
And of course, the menu underwent a refurb too, taking inspiration from Walt Disney himself! You can choose from dishes inspired by some of Walt’s favorites, including “The Steakhouse 71 Feast or Walt’s Prime Rib Hash for breakfast and French Onion Soup, Prime Rib, 6-oz Filet Mignon or Dry-aged Bone-In Pork Chop for lunch or dinner.”
To begin our experience was a little slow. It took about 20 minutes for a CM to come to our table. We chalked this up to opening week kinks which often get worked out as the restaurant finds its groove. Except for character meals, I have found breakfast at Disney to be on the quicker side of service because guests are looking to fill their stomachs and get to the parks.
We were a party of five and were sat at a round table, which I love. Whenever possible and the party is bigger than 4, I find it best to sit at round tables, this allows everyone to be part of the conversations and not shouting down the table.
As far as food goes: (Rating is a on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the worst, and 10 being the best)
Steak and Eggs: 8
American Breakfast: 6
Avocado Toast: 4
Breakfast Potatoes: 6
EARidescent Sip-A-Bration: 4 Hard Pass – not worth the $$ or the hype.
Peru Alto Mayo Protected Forest Coffee: 8
Western Omelette: 9.5
WHAT WE FOUND MAGICAL
The remodeling and interior design are great. The redesign gives the space a lighter feel. The food overall was good. The steak was cooked perfectly, and the food was tasty.
WHAT NEEDS A LITTLE PIXIE DUST
The service was very slow. Breakfast took us 1.5 hours. From the beginning, the server didn’t come to the table for 20 minutes. We also order the pastry basket that never came. He bought us regular coffee when we ordered the coffee press pot. Most of the servers are new, and one server had never served tables before. We are betting our next visit to Steakhouse 71 the service will be much more improved.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This is for the guest that wants to have a good-tasting American-style breakfast that is a little bit more upscale than your run-of-the-mill dining and isn’t in a hurry.
WOULD WE DO THIS AGAIN?
I think we will dine here again if only to see if the restaurant has worked out the bumps. The food was good, the server was nice. While the service was a little slow it’s not a deal-breaker. We weren’t in a rush on this particular morning, so time wasn’t a big deal. If time is a factor, I might skip it.
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