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Eleven at Reunion Resort

7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407-662-1000)
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Eleven, as you may have guessed is the restaurant located on the eleventh floor of the Reunion Grande, the resort's most luxurious one and two bedroom villas. 

The restaurant is very chic and upscale and features an outdoor rooftop lounge that offers stunning views of the skyline and the nightly fireworks display from Disney's Magic Kingdom.

I've been there a few times in the past and have always had a great experience, but it has been a few years since my last visit. A lot can change in that time, especially in the restaurant business, and this time around it was to welcome an all new Chef.

I recently had the opportunity to meet Chef De Cuisine, Jake Brenchley, at a “Meet the Chef" media dinner to indulge in this modern rooftop steakhouse with a nouvelle feel and see how Chef Jake has elevated the epicurean experience at Eleven with a 
masterfully re-crafted menu. 

The name Eleven is not just a coincidence, but a central focus of the restaurant. The space encompasses the 11th story and rooftop of the Reunion Resort’s Grande tower, and is coupled with the comforts of a modern and progressive atmosphere and accented by farm to table elements.

The menu showcases a bounty of creatively prepared fare with 11 showcased ingredients and a signature 11 spice blend, all served from an exposed kitchen. 

The menu at Eleven is full of handcrafted cocktails and steakhouse favorites that accentuate prime cuts of beef with rubs, sauces, and other enhancements available to add to your selection. This is certainly a modern steakhouse with a new cuisine feel.

The ambiance and decor here is pretty hard to match, and you cant beat the location. The open air veranda and nightly fireworks accent the sights and sounds of the open kitchen. 


Although there is plenty of space to dine inside and outside at Eleven, the dynamic wine list and signature cocktail menu along with expanded by the glass selections can be enjoyed at the bar as well.


All good meals start with good bread, and the Parker House rolls served in a cast iron skillet with rosemary lavender butter are a great way to whet your appetite in anticipation for your steak. These are highly addictive, so be sure to leave some room for the rest of your meal.


Wagyu Beef Carpaccio is a great appetizer to share at the table, or eat it all by yourself. This is served with Baby Fennel, Foie Grois Cream and Gooseberry.

If you are not in the mood for a steak, Eleven also features Salmon, Sea Bass, and this wonderful roasted Halibut with lobster, almond milk, English peas, ramp pesto, and preserved lemon. This was served with Pinot Grigio.


The 1855 Ribeye is dry aged 21 days and was cooked to perfection. This cut of meat was tender, juicy and succulent and was highlighted by the flavor blend of the 11 spice blend of green peppercorns, pink peppercorns, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, garlic powder, chili powder, star anise, fennel seed, sumac and smoked paprika.


The steak was accompanied by Creamed Corn with grilled scallions and bacon fat. Other accompaniments we enjoyed were the Roasted Potato Gratin with yukon and sweet potatoes and the Pancetta Roasted Brussel Sprouts.


The dessert portion of the evening was something simple with a twist. The Preserved Raspberry Crumble with whipped brie gelato, rose petal sugar and mint spun sugar may appear to be something your grandmother would whip up, but the complexity of ingredients made this an interesting ending to our night.


Reunion resort is a spectacular place to visit, even if it's just for dinner. As mentioned earlier, at around 9:00 pm or so, if you are at Eleven restaurant, you do not want to miss the wonderful fireworks display from the neighboring Magic Kingdom.

Reunion Resort features 360 resort accommodations including luxury condominiums, private villas and vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape as well as a nature preserve. It is the only location in the United States with golf courses designed by the golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

The resort also features elegantly appointed meeting space, a full service boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000 foot lazy river… and oh by the way, there is even a rooftop pool outside on the 11th floor, just outside of the restaurant.


Eleven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace


1900 E. Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 827-2727
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Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is a 1,014 room Orlando oasis that recently completed a property-wide, multi million dollar renovation, with further plans of 80 million dollars expected to be spent to finalize the complete transformation.

The hotel has unveiled a series of upscale refurbishments including new restaurants, market places, recreation areas and of course all of the rooms got a complete makeover too.

The highlights of this renovation include all new guest room and lobby design, new lobby bar and outside terrace. The restaurant and market additions include Sunnies, home to a selection of local craft beers and seasonal fares, a new poolside restaurant, Shades, a new alphabet-designed restaurant that is designed to be a modern print shop called Letterpress, and a grab-and-go market and retro candy bar called Citrus 28.

No resort is complete without great family oriented recreational activities, especially in Florida. The new expansive recreation area at Hilton Lake Buena Vista includes a Float Lagoon lazy river, adult lap pool and cabanas with a new event lawn and plenty of kid’s programming.

Other resort gems include the Sunday Disney Character Brunch, retro-themed candy shop, stargazing lessons with glow in the dark mocktails, and rooms where kids can watch firework shows from their windows. Groups can book a cocktail reception with views of firework shows over Disney theme parks at 20Seven, which is the highest vantage point in Disney.

Citrus 28 is the place for those moments when you need to grab a quick meal. The gourmet market and cafe features Starbucks coffee, freshly prepared light meals, gourmet bites and local favorites prepared daily and an old fashioned candy store. Guests can take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi while enjoying the casual seating area.

Letterpress has an impressive view. This is the place to enjoy the eclectic feel of a modern printing shop while enjoying classic American fare. The newest restaurant features seasonal favorites and cooked to order omelets for breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus feature delightfully plated meals with locally sourced ingredients. While you dine, you can enjoy the gorgeous views of Blake Lake, the new float lagoon and event lawn.

Shades is the perfect spot to pull up a chair and enjoy delicious poolside drinks and cuisine. Shades serves fresh American fare, including the quintessential burger and fries, flatbreads, wraps and refreshing cocktails while lounging poolside in the Florida sunshine.

The Cobb salad at Shades features chopped greens, grilled tomatoes, avocado wedges, griddled egg ribbons, lemon dressed rotisserie chicken, cave aged blue cheese & a charred lemon and Italian dressing.

Local brewery, Central 28 Beer Company, located in Debary, FL, can be found at Shades as well.

The Coastal Fish Tacos at Shades are flour tortilla with fresh grilled local fish, house ranchero, avocado, shredded lettuce, & topped with a fresh cilantro crema.

For dessert, Shades offers a cookie ice cream sandwich made with vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. The cookies are made in house & can also be picked up at Citrus 28 in the hotel.

Grab a cocktail & reserve yourself a poolside cabana at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.

Sean Riebau is the director of Food & Beverage and his focus is on a regional food and farm to table menu. Shades has approximately 100 dining seats with 30 seats at the bar.

Whether you are a local Floridian looking for a stay-cation or you are an out of town traveler with family, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has something for you from stay-cation packages to Bed & Breakfast deals to Leisure travel packages, you will find a great hotel with great amenities that the whole family will love, and you will be in the heart of Orlando’s attraction areas.
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Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside

7499 Augusta National Drive
Orlando Florida 32822
407-857-6211

Often times, here in Orlando, we take our vast array of hotels for granted. We locals mostly think of other places to go outside of Orlando, or we keep an eye out for a great place to stay for tourists. Although it is very close to the Orlando International Airport, and is indeed a great place for tourists, the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is a great place for locals to take a weekend getaway.

This property features 30,000 square feet of contemporary event space with on site meeting planners and catering readily available. Bike and fishing pole rentals allow guests to get out and enjoy the scenery around the hotel on Lake Michelle. Of course if fitness is your thing you can stay in shape with a 24 hour state of the art fitness center, or go for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools.

When it comes to dining options, the locally sourced cuisine at Crimson Tavern presents an impressive array of delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did a review of that fine establishment earlier in the year that you can see here. The restaurant can fit 80 people, the private dining room can seat up to 16, and semi-private dining on the upper deck is up to 30 guests.

Spacious rooms and suites boast soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows and pillow-top mattresses for a peaceful night's rest.

This was the view outside of our room, with a beautiful view of the pool and Lake Michelle.

Speaking of Lake Michelle, guests can relax lakeside, or you can make use of the free fishing poles to go fishing. We had a blast fishing off of the dock as well as at this nice and shady location.

The pool at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is set up pretty nicely with a portion of it flowing inside next to the fitness center. In the inside portion of the pool, you will also find the hot tubs.

At night, the poolside area comes to life with fire pits and plenty of seating for a quiet romantic evening for your weekend or weekday getaway.

Located just a mile from Orlando International Airport, the hotel does offer a free shuttle service if you are visiting, but if you are an Orlando local, don't miss out on this gem in the Marriott portfolio. We really enjoyed our stay and slept like babies on those pillow top mattresses. Our day was filled with plenty of swimming, fishing, and poolside drinks with snack food provided by Crimson Tavern. It was a very relaxing stay and provided the perfect getaway, even if it was just a few miles from my house.
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