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.
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!
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.
Upon entering, the signature STK logo is illuminated behind the 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.
And, no he was not just there for the Preview event. A DJ will be playing most nights 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.
Seating in the main dining area consists of sleek, white round booths and chairs for seating.
Lovely Bocci pendants provide overhead lighting.
As part of the Preview, we were welcomed to try a few sips!
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.
The Smokeshow is Don Julio Tequila, Mescal, Aperol, and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.
And Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan is comprised of Bulleit Bourbon, Zinfandel Port, and Carpano Antica.
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.)
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.
Since the focus was on small sips and bites, we didn’t actually get to try the specialty of the house… STEAK!
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.
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.
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).
Admittedly, the crowds were in full force for this Preview event!
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.
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!