First Look! STK Orlando in Disney Springs

We’re already back at Disney Springs to take a First Look at STK Orlando!

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, I thought STK Orlando wasn’t going to open until May 25th?” And if so, you are correct — the newest Signature Dining venue joining the ever-expanding options in Disney Springs doesn’t open to the public until this evening at 5:00 pm.

But the DFB was kindly invited to a Preview event that took place last night. So while we are looking forward to dining there tonight and to bringing you our full review of our first dinner at STK Orlando soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek now :) .

So welcome to this First Look at STK Orlando!

Though technically situated in The Landing of Disney Springs, STK Orlando is still very much visible from the new Town Center in its spot near Morimoto Asia and Planet Hollywood. In fact, the building’s exterior — built to bear a resemblance to a refurbished train station — fits in nicely with the early-1900s-era inspired setting that is the Town Center.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

No matter whether you’re outside of STK or inside, it’s impossible to not be struck by how MASSIVE this place is, coming in at nearly 15,000 square feet!

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

And speaking of stepping inside… STK Orlando rolled out the red carpet for invited guests getting ready to do exactly that, simultaneously establishing its distinctive vibe as a high-end steakhouse with modern flair.

STK Orlando Preview

STK Orlando Preview

Upon entering, the signature STK logo is illuminated behind the front desk.

STK Logo

STK Logo

STK Orlando Front Desk

STK Orlando Front Desk

To the right, an open room with a bar and hightop tables (along with a few booths lining the side) invites guests to enjoy the atmosphere, with its party vibe completed by the presence of a DJ.

Open Room upon entering STK Orlando

Open Room upon entering STK Orlando

Open Room upon entering STK Orlando

Open Room upon entering STK Orlando

DJ at STK Orlando

DJ at STK Orlando

And, no he was not just there for the Preview event. A DJ will be playing most nights at STK Orlando!

DJ at STK Orlando

DJ at STK Orlando

To the left, you’ll encounter the main dining area three steps up from the dance floor. This is where you can catch a glimpse of “STK’s iconic wall feature,” a long line of ceramic longhorns displayed to bear resemblance to an eyelash.

Main Dining Area on Lower Floor

Main Dining Area on Lower Floor

Floral arrangement

Floral arrangement

Main Bar Area

Main Bar Area

Seating in the main dining area consists of sleek, white round booths and chairs for seating.

Table Seating

Table Seating

Table Setting

Table Setting

Closeup on Table Setting

Closeup on Table Setting

Altos Del Plata Malbec

Altos del Plata Malbec

Lovely Bocci pendants provide overhead lighting.

Lighting Fixtures

Lighting Fixtures

As part of the Preview, we were welcomed to try a few sips!

STK Orlando Bartender

STK Orlando Bartender

Glass of Wine

Cheers, STK Orlando!

STK Complimentary Cocktails for the Preview Event

STK Complimentary Cocktails for the Preview Event

Again, our review of a typical meal at STK Orlando is yet to come; but here is a glimpse at a few of the cocktails we were able to sample, beginning with the Cucumber Stiletto made of Ketel One Citron, St. Germain, and cucumber.

Cucumber Stiletto

Cucumber Stiletto

The Smokeshow is Don Julio Tequila, Mescal, Aperol, and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.

Smokeshow

Smokeshow

And Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan is comprised of Bulleit Bourbon, Zinfandel Port, and Carpano Antica.

Not Your Daddy's Manhattan

Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan

Not Your Daddy's Manhattan

Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan

These were accompanied with the chance to try an STK signature item, Lil’ BRGs. This mini burger features a Wagyu beef patty topped with caramelized onions, gouda, and sauce on a black sesame seed bun. (Note that upsells for the Lil’ BRGs may be available on the menu.)

Lil BRG

Lil’ BRG

While STK Orlando will offer several dishes specific to the location making up about 20% of the menu, we’re glad many of the signature items from other STK locations (New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami among them) will be also available, including the famous Lil’ BRGs.

Small samplings offered the chance to taste the Rock Shrimp in a garlic aioli, Tuna Tartare, and Lump Crab Meat Salad.

Rock Shrimp

Rock Shrimp

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

Lump Crab Meat Salad

Lump Crab Meat Salad

Since the focus was on small sips and bites, we didn’t actually get to try the specialty of the house… STEAK!

@eatSTK Twitter

@eatSTK Twitter

@eatSTK Twitter

@eatSTK Twitter

But don’t worry… we’ll have PLENTY of steak pics for you once we come back with our full review after tonight’s dinner!!

I have to say, as fun — and delicious – as it was to enjoy a few tastes, I think everyone was also pretty curious to take a trip upstairs to check out the long-awaited rooftop experience at STK Orlando.

Stairs to Upper Dining

Stairs to Upper Dining

Stairs to Upper Dining

Stairs to Upper Dining

Of course, the second level offers indoor seating for dining as well, along with a central bar. It’s a more casual atmosphere than the main dining area, but the outside views give this space a feel of its own.

Second Level Central Bar

Second Level Central Bar

Table Seating

Table Seating

As of right now, STK Orlando is the sole location in Disney Springs to offer a rooftop terrace experience (Paddlefish will join ranks when it opens in the fall).

STK Orlando sign on Second Story Terrace

STK Orlando sign on Second Story Terrace

Admittedly, the crowds were in full force for this Preview event!

Second Floor Outdoor Terrace

Second Floor Outdoor Terrace

But the shot above gives you an idea of STK’s orientation (you can spy Planet Hollywood in the background). And we’re DEFINITELY eager to enjoy this spot — and the views! — on a more typical evening once regular operations are in place.

STK Orlando sign at night

STK Orlando sign at night

And remember, those regular operations begin TONIGHT!! So keep an eye on the DFB twitter and instagram for peeks tonight, and on the blog itself for our first ever review of STK Orlando… coming SOON!!

Are you excited to welcome STK Orlando to the Disney Springs dining scene? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Keith says

    The food/drinks appear to be everything anticipated…but you didn’t mention what kind of music the DJ is playing? If this is going to be club or hip-hop crap, that will be disappointing… especially for a high-end steak joint.

  2. Sandra G says

    I’m sure this will appeal to the demographic that thinks nothing of spending $14-20 for a single cocktail, but the visuals and food don’t seem all that appealing to the general populace or those with families. On the plus side, this may mean fewer children for an adults night out.

  3. Rosemary Rinaldi says

    We were lucky enough to get an invite for friends and family night and grand opening party. The restaurant is beautiful, and the food was incredible! Would highly recommend ! The dj played 60,70, and 80s music that everyone was singing and dancing in their seats!

  4. Frank says

    How about a real menu w real prices??
    Also, how loud is the music, i.e., do you have to scream to talk to whomever you are dining with???
    Also2, how is the name pronounced?? Is it “steak” or do we just read the letters… “S T K??”
    Thx.

  5. Barbara says

    Ewww. I really didn’t think STK was for me, but I’m sure of that, now having seen the photos. The decor and atmosphere looks like a sleazy New York club. And I can’t say the DJ is appealing. All in all, for me it won’t be worth the $$$$$$ it’ll take to dine there. I’ll skip it.

  6. says

    Frank — Stay tuned. We will be sharing a full review of a “real meal” at STK next week. :-) (And I believe it’s S-T-K.)

  7. Frank says

    Having heard that people were singing at their seats, I have to consider the name, as perceived by me, is a bit of a misnomer. I’m thinking STK as in STEAK, like a Wolfgang Puck’s CUT.
    Maybe it is more of a NY Niteclub-type place, which is fine for those looking to hearken back to the days of Pleasure Island, etc.
    I’m curious if anyone really knows who they are “marketing” to??
    Thx.
    Frank

  8. Sarah says

    I’m also curious to know just how loud the music is- mainly in the dining area. I’m fine with just about any type of music, but there is nothing appealing to me about eating an expensive meal with the surrounding volume so loud you can’t hear the person you’re sitting next to.

  9. Carter says

    Everyone seems to be obsessing over this DJ situation, but it appears to be a late night thing. It looks like during normal dining hours, there will be tables and high tops set up in this area. Not to mention, there is a ton of other seating in this place that is nowhere near where the DJ is set up. The restaurant plays top 40 type music up to the early 2000s. I’d imagine the DJ will be playing something similar if they have one on a regular basis at night. The one thing I found odd was the downstairs bar…I wonder if anyone else noticed this. While seated there you are staring at big blank wall…and the servers/staff all enter/exit the kitchen from a walkway directly behind the bar. So basically, your view for the time you are there are staff members frantically walking back and forth. It kinda makes it uncomfortable. It seems like a big oversight to me, I hope they at least put up some kind of partition behind there. If not, I’ll be heading to the upstairs area from now on.

  10. says

    Thanks, Frank! We had dinner there last night, and will be posting our review as soon as possible. Also, I am very sure at this point that the name is S-T-K, having had conversations with staff and PR for the venue. Stay tuned. We’ll share more very, very soon. :-)

  11. Lisa says

    Check out the Hidden Mickey’s on the ceiling of the main dining area on the lower level!

  12. Axelskater says

    TIW? Also- I can out up with music if the steaks are good. Best Steak I ever had was Cut in Vegas. Loos like it will not appeal to families w/ small children. If they accept TIW, I would love a new place to go besides Bluezoo & Shula’s, our “go-to” places which have very few kids.

  13. Candace says

    Take a pic of the view from the terrace next time!! That would be amazing to see what it’s looking at!

  14. Axelskater says

    Well darn. Thanks for letting me know. Shula’s takes TIW ….but I really want to try STK if it is worth it!

  15. Jeff says

    If you’re wondering whether it was loud on the inside, as I was walking past the club music (not 60s-80s at the time) was overpowering the music from Paradiso, which had a tendency to overpower the outdoor band at Raglan Road.

    This is the first restaurant at Disney Springs I have no desire to even try…because of the booming music. And it takes a lot for me not to try a steak.

  16. Martisha says

    I recently visited STK for cocktails aND the place is gorgeous! I tried 2 different drinks, not your dad’s Manhattan and the green intensity. Both drinks were fresh vibrant and delicious. I normally can’t drink Manhattan but this one is excellent and the green intensity had a nice spice but not overwhelming. There is no “club” atmosphere and found the music to be tasteful and the volume on point. We had no problem making friends at the bar and carrying on conversation! Before y’all knock it try it!

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