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STK Orlando – Signature Dining in Disney Springs

As promised, STK Orlando is “just as much about the night out as it is about the food.” (Jonathan Segal, CEO of The One Group) Make no mistake, however, the food is exceptional. Now open in the Landing section of Disney Springs, the STK Orlando steakhouse changes your mind about what a steakhouse is.

The STK Orlando joins locations in Atlanta, Miami Beach, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., London, Ibiza and Milan. Roll outs are planned for Denver, Dallas and Austin as well. By the end of this year, there will be 16 STK locations. The Orlando location is a 14,000-square-foot space with two floors including rooftop dining. Complete with several bars and a DJ, you’ll want to spend a full evening there.

STK Orlando Signature Dining

If you want an upscale dining experience, STK Orlando will deliver. The downstairs area features striking clean lines with white chairs and linens, dark contrasts and accent pieces and lighting that are very stunning. The upstairs indoor dining room may feel a little more relaxed, yet the setting is still very upscale with exceptional service. The patio dining (with a fire pit) offers a nice “urban” view of the newly vamped Disney Springs community. For dinner with a lot of conversation, either plan an early dinner or request upstairs seating. As the evening progresses, the downstairs area livens up with dancing and loud music. Your preference isn’t guaranteed with your reservation, but the staff will do their best.

STK Orlando Signature Dining

STK Orlando Menu

STK SteakBeing a steakhouse, STK Orlando doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delicious steaks. Other items on the menu including seafood, sandwiches and salads. Be prepared to order your complete meal at the start (except dessert). Choose your appetizer, main dish, sides and even cocktails to keep the meal progressing as only a signature restaurant can. The prices are high (easy to spend over $60 per person for dinner), but compared to other high-end steakhouses, they are in line. Feel free to split the “large” listings as you’ll have plenty to eat. Several sauces are also offered with your steak, and are fun to experiment with ($2 ea.), however, your steak will be flavorful without.

Side dishes are served family-style. Try their signature dishes. You won’t be disappointed. Dessert is also spectacular with several ice cream dishes, cake and cookie a-la-mode to choose from. If you are looking to split a dessert, try the Caramelia Layer Cake. STK also offers a kids menu and an extensive drink menu.

Dining Reservations

STK Orlando is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 1580 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. To make a reservation, call (407) 917-7440 or by calling the regular reservation phone number 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or make reservations online through the Disney website. It is a great way to spend an evening out in an upscale “city vibe” setting. Closing at 11pm, there are places to go to afterwards right there in Disney Springs if you aren’t ready for the evening to end.

If you have another evening to fill with a dining experience while you are in Orlando, make reservations for Capone’s Dinner & Show. Unlike STK, you can come as you are (this is not fine dining) and relax while our staff entertains as well as serves. The buffet is filling and best of all, very affordable. The entire family will love this dining attraction experience!

Lunch & Dinner Reservations – Be Our Guest!

Beast at Disney

The Beast welcomes guests at this Disney restaurant attraction.

If you enjoy the 1991 Disney film “Beauty and the Beast,” (who doesn’t?), you’ll love dining at the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant. This dining experience has only been open since 2012, and getting a dinner reservation has been as difficult as dining with Cinderella’s Royal Table since it opened! Unlike Capone’s Dinner & Show, where an entire mob can easily make a reservation, this French restaurant gets mobbed with guests trying to make a single reservation!

Starting February 25, guests looking to dine at this castle-like attraction for lunch or dinner, can make Advance Dining Reservations up to 180 days in advance. Gone will be the FastPass+ testing for resort guests. The long lunch lines, which have typically stretched from the restaurant’s bridge out into Fantasyland, will also disappear. No reservation – no dining – no reason to stand in line hoping to get in.

Lunch is served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. While it is considered quick-service dining, the menu is still quite upscale. Be sure to stop by the Enchanted Tales With Belle attraction prior to eating lunch and see Belle in her cottage, because the Beast nor Belle are not present during lunch hours. If you do not have a reservation, there is a better chance of getting to dine at this attraction for lunch rather than dinner. Check in as soon as the restaurant opens to see if there are any available tables. You may also try walking up prior to 2:30 p.m. to see if there is a late lunch vacancy.

Dinner is table-service dining and even more popular than lunch. Dinner at this restaurant is nearly a Disney dinner show! You’ll be welcomed by the Beast himself in one of three spectacularly-themed dining rooms. The enchanted rose drops its petals periodically in the West Wing. A music box plays as the Beast and Belle dance atop as it rotates in the Rose Gallery. In the Main Ballroom, floor-to-ceiling windows reveal mountains with gently falling snow outside with sparkling chandeliers within. You will definitely be drawn into the story from the moment you walk into the castle until you exit.

Making Reservations

As crazy as this may sound, guests that will be staying at the resort will want to time their reservation to the minute of their vacation 180 days in advance. At 180 days out, you can make your reservation online at 6:00 a.m. EST. Set your alarm if you must. If you are not staying on-site, you can still try to make your reservation in advance. Keep trying several days as well as calling in to find a vacancy at (407) 939-5277.

Without a reservation, it is difficult to experience this spectacular theme park dinner attraction. You can always try walking up to the restaurant at 4:30 p.m. to inquire about a vacancy, and if you are able to snag one, consider yourself lucky! Like the Enchanted Rose, a reservation being dropped is rare.

Dinner Show & Restaurant Attraction

Since you are planning your dining 180 days in advance of your vacation, why not visit alcapones.com and snag your VIP tickets to this Orlando dinner show while you are at it? General admission discounted tickets do occasionally sell out, however, the VIP tickets almost always sell out!

If you’re uncertain of all your plans during your stay in the area, reservations can be made the day of your visit. You may also walk up to the box office an hour prior to the show and possibly get in. Just keep in mind, the earlier you make your reservation at this Kissimmee dinner show, the better seats you will have.

You’ll not be welcomed by the Beast at this dinner attraction, but you will certainly welcome the feast! It is a dining experience you’ll definitely want to schedule for one evening of your visit to the Orlando area. Unlike many other dinner shows in Orlando, Capone’s Dinner & Show is the only one like it in the entire country. Al and the wise guys and gals will always want you to “Be Our Guest!”

Italian Restaurant Now Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

Photo by Kent Phillips.

Photo by Kent Phillips.

Disney’s dinner shows have a little more competition from within now that the new Trattoria al Forno restaurant is open. Disney’s Boardwalk resort opened the new Italian Restaurant near Kissimmee earlier this month. While there is no formal show offered, the restaurant itself is quite a showcase. It has a story to tell all its own.

Everything that was imagined while preparing for this new restaurant (see earlier post) has come to fruition. With everything brand new, the quality and detail of Trattoria al Forno truly makes this a spectacular place to dine at Disney. The open kitchen and family-friendly dining rooms (there are four distinct dining rooms) weave a story all their own. Add in the vintage family photos, brick walls and aged keystone medallion anchors, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to an Italian countryside farm.

While the setting follows the story of an Italian family’s modest tavern and boarding house on the boardwalk which expands over the years into a popular restaurant, it is the menu that completes the show. The mix of authentic and innovative dishes seem to have been handed down, with each generation adding their own touches to the delicious meals. A few of the dishes to try include:

  • Neapolitan-style pizzas
  • Veal Marsala from Sicily
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Lazio
  • Parmigiano Reggiano from Emilio-Romagna
  • Risotto from Lombardy
  • 16-ounce T-bone steak Served Florentine-style
  • Braised Beef Bolognese

For breakfast try something a little different (traditional American dishes are also offered):

  • Waffles with Espresso-mascarpone Cream
  • Caramel Apple Crumb Pancakes
  • Poached Eggs with Fennel Sausage
  • Parmesan and Tomato Gravy over Soft Polenta

As with any great Italian restaurant, a fine wine menu is offered. Trattoria al Forno offers a 100% Italian wine list, including nearly 70 wines from Italy’s 20 wine regions. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with some of the wines. A description for every single wine is included along with the region and grape variety! For those not wanting to drink wine, signature cocktails, Italian beers, a signature-blend Italian coffee and sodas are also included in the beverage menu.

Trattoria al Forno is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for breakfast, and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner. They are one of the Disney restaurants that accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or go to www.disneyworld.com/dine.

New Italian Restaurant Coming to Disney

By Christmas time, you could very well be dining at a new Italian restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk. The new restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, plans to open some time in December, offering Old World techniques in cuisine from various regions of Italy. It is sure to be worth the wait.

Trattoria al FornoThe style of dishes will come from the name “Trattoria” which equates to a restaurant serving simple food. For example, the Neapolitan pizzas come from the region of Naples, Italy where classic pies are made with a simple tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. The cheese, by the way, is handcrafted and made daily at the restaurant.

The menu will also feature dishes from the second part of the name “al Forno” which means that many items will be baked in an oven. A wood-burning oven will provide the perfect flavoring for baked dishes such as lasagna, braised beef Bolognese, roasted fish with vegetables, slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta and more. The new restaurant will also offer grilled items.

The new Orlando restaurant will also consider the vegetarian guest with a nice selection of meatless dishes. The pastas are sure to be a favorite along with the eggplant rollatini and the roasted potatoes. It’s hard not to love anything with a Genovese pesto, in which Trattoria al Forno will prepare fresh.

An Italian restaurant isn’t complete unless it features great wines, and the Trattoria al Forno plans to offer Italian wines from regions including Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmont. In fact, over 60 bottled wines will be available and more than 25 wines by the glass. Signature cocktails and Italian beers will also be offered. A special signature-blend of Italian coffee will also be featured, roasted specifically for this new restaurant.

A cappuccino will go well with the planned menu of desserts. Sweets being planned for the menu include tiramisù, gelatos, and a signature dish called bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato. Is your mouth watering yet?

The best way to stay informed about this new restaurant is to visit the Disney Parks Blog. Once the opening gets nearer, you’ll be able to make reservations online by visiting Disney’s web site. The price range has not been announced at this time. This new restaurant will join the Flying Fish Cafe, Big River Grilled, ESPN Club and others at the BoardWalk. Kouzzina by Cat Cora® will be closing in September; read more about that in a previous post. Many other places to dine near Disney can be found at the Marketplace, Pleasure Island and in the Downtown Disney area.

Capone’s Dinner & Show is often categorized as an Italian Restaurant, and has been featuring Italian/American food for over 20 years. We prepare fresh pasta every day for our evening dinner shows. Our pizza is a hit, along with our other Italian dishes. So if you’re craving Italian food, and cannot wait until December, be sure to plan an evening and dine with us and take in the show. Good food, good laughter and good times are had by all at our Orlando dinner show. Once December rolls around, be sure to make a reservation at the new Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno. If you like Italian cuisine, it is sure to be spectacular.

Spotlight: Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot

The Coral Reef Restaurant is located at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot theme park. This Orlando, Florida restaurant is best known for its stunning underwater views of the Caribbean Coral Reef.  Art deco tables and booths face a tank full of 85 species of tropical fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles.  You may even catch scuba divers swimming with them.  Be sure to ask for a table down front for the best view.

Appetizers include crab cakes, creamy lobster soup, and steamed mussels.  Entrees have plenty of seafood options including lobster ravioli, seared Scottish Salmon, and Grilled Mahi Mahi.  However, this is not a ‘seafood’ only restaurant, and non-seafood lovers have their choices of Grilled New York strip Steak, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Seared Chicken Breast. The kids menu includes cheese pizza, grilled chicken, and grilled fish of the day.  Visit the website for full menu.

As with most of the Disney restaurants, you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance, the restaurant is non-smoking, and the food is pricey.

While at Epcot, be sure to check out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, running now through May 15th.  Of course, Epcot admission is required to eat at the Coral Reef, so if you are not visiting Epcot, be sure to check out Capone’s Dinner and Show for a fabulous, entertaining evening!

$$$, casual dress, Seafood and American  cuisine, full bar, reservations recommended, call 407-939-3463, lunch and dinner
: Epcot’s Living Seas Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32856
11:30am – 9pm
Service Type: Full Service
Price Range: entrees from $36 to $59.99