Located off of the lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of Disney’s often overlooked restaurants, The Wave... of American Flavors. Opening on June 7, 2008, The Wave brought a fresh menu of organic and locally grown produce. Healthier dining options and environmental friendliness were the main focus. Images of tofu, leaves and granola are usually what people think of when hearing words like healthy and organic. However, I can assure you, The Wave’s menu is so very much more than that!
Right beyond the check-in area on the ground floor and to the left, The Wave’s entrance is hard to miss. Glowing blue lights shine their way through the almost tunnel-like hall leading to the restaurant’s bar and waiting areas. Some guests feel it’s more for the adult crowd, and this is one of the most common misconceptions I have heard in regards to The Wave. At first glance it may have a bar and lounge type of feel, but rest assured it is a family friendly restaurant – complete with a kid’s menu. And while it may not be decorated with Mickey or Princesses, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.
Once checked in and ready to be seated, guests will be taken to the dining room located beyond the wall that separates it from the bar. Warm hues offer a calm and cozy environment, which is great after (or before) a day at the parks. After being seated, you’ll quickly notice that the entire restaurant has come together in waves. The carpet, the ceiling, the lights, the curtains and the seat backs have a flowing pattern which really ties everything in well.
The Wave serves guests breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. For a great start to the day you can enjoy a fresh fruit plate, multigrain muffins, waffles or French toast. Egg lovers, you’ll be happy to see there are plenty of options for you, including eggs benedict, egg white frittata, omelets and spinach, tomato and feta cheese scrambled egg. Smoked salmon, bacon, pork sausage, chicken sausage and even the Wave’s Signature sweet potato pancakes are waiting to be enjoyed. For lunch, stop in for delicious sandwich options like the vegetarian Cuban or the classic Reuben. Multigrain Penne Pasta, Asian chicken salad, grilled chicken breast and sustainable fish also find their spot on the menu. Appetizers and dessert are also available on the lunch menu.
I’m not much of a breakfast person, and lunchtime is usually spent in one of the parks, so dinner is the only meal I’ve had at The Wave, and it did not disappoint! If you’re a lover of appetizers, the menu has some delicious choices. Black bean chili, seasonal soup, pan-seared sea scallops and The Wave Cobb salad are the perfect way to kick-start your appetite. While I didn’t try any of the appetizers, my entrée was one of the most delicious meals I’ve had on property. I opted for the grilled beef tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by the yummiest potato and onion gratin. Along with this yummy meal, guests can order oven-roasted chicken, whole grain penne pasta, chili-soy marinated flank steak, as well as a sustainable fish, cabernet-tomato braised beef short ribs or a curry vegetable stew. For the little ones, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, cheese pizza, penne pasta and grilled fish of the day are some of the items that make up the Kid’s menu. After you’ve enjoyed your dinner and are ready to end your visit to The Wave with a sweet treat, take a look at the dessert menu. There are a variety of fruit, gelato, cheesecake and chocolate desserts for both lunch and dinner.
While it may not be as popular as the other table service restaurants at the Contemporary, it’s still a good idea to make an Advanced Dining Reservation at the 180 day mark if you plan on dining at The Wave. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted here, and will use 1 Table Service credit per person. The Wave is also a Tables in Wonderland participating location.
The next time you’re planning a visit to the Walt Disney World resort, try and make time for a meal at The Wave. Delicious food, great service and a family friendly, comfortable atmosphere await you!