The Wave — Dinner — Table Service — Contemporary Resort

Cheese Plate at the Wave

*This dining experience took place in August 2017.

Dinner at The Wave

The Wave, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is a table service restaurant that has quickly become one of our favorite hidden gem restaurants on Disney property for breakfast and dinner. We’ve been several times recently, and on this visit, we stopped by randomly for dinner. One of the things that we like best about the Wave is that you can almost always get a last minute reservation, which is great.

Atmosphere

I wouldn’t say that the Wave has the most amazing atmosphere. It does have many visual touches that represent real ocean waves and the concept of sustainability for food. It’s not anything fancy, but I do appreciate the little details throughout the restaurant.

Wave Exterior
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I recommend checking out my previous review for more photos inside the restaurant.

The Food

One of the things that keeps us coming back to the Wave is the food. Brandon is a huge fan of their steaks, and I appreciate that they have a lot of different gluten free (and even dairy free) options.

Wave Gin & Tonics
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On this particular visit, we had to wait a bit for our reservation time, as the restaurant was quite busy. So, we made our way to the bar to order an appetizer and drinks. I absolutely love the little touches…including the cute Contemporary swizzle sticks served with every drink.

Cheese Plate at the Wave
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The cheese plate served at the Wave can be made gluten free by omitting bread. We usually get bread on the side for Brandon, when offered, so he can still enjoy it while avoiding cross-contamination. Overall, we enjoy the Wave cheese plates a lot. They do rotate cheeses, and we like the accompaniments that come with the cheese too.

Rolls at the Wave
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Once we were seated in the main dining area, we were greeted by our server Alan. If you go to the Wave for dinner, ask for Allan. He’s a rockstar and has been our server on several occasions. He’s really awesome and always helps make our meal even better.

He did bring me some gluten free & dairy free Ener-G rolls, which I have to say I’m not a huge fan of. I much prefer the Deanna’s Gluten Free rolls any day. Unfortunately, the Ener-G rolls get rock hard and inedible pretty quickly. If you’re dairy free, make sure to ask for some Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread instead of regular butter.

Bacon & Eggs Appetizer at the Wave
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We opted to split the Bacon and Eggs appetizer which is Gluten Free, Fish/Shellfish, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Free. It does contain dairy. If you can have dairy, this is a must order. We both loved it and splitting it is a good way to break up all the richness of the dish. The Wave definitely has a winner with this appetizer.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin at the Wave
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For my entree, I ordered the Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Three-Potato and Bacon Hash, Broccolini, and Blackberry-Barbecue Sauce. This is marked Gluten Free, Fish/Shellfish, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Free. It does contain dairy. Overall, I really liked the dish. I think I preferred their previous pork dish, but this was quite nice too. The winner was the three-potato bacon hash. But, the pork was really well cooked and super flavorful. I would definitely get this again.

Overall

The Wave is a consistent and inviting hidden gem of a restaurant on Disney property. It’s great for a nice relaxing meal that’s a bit off the beaten path. If you’re staying at the Contemporary Resort or need a break while at the Magic Kingdom, dinner or even brunch at the Wave is a great choice.

Have you been to the Wave? What did you order when you went there?

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