The Contemporary Resort’s “hidden gem” dining spot is “The Wave... of American Flavors” or just “The Wave”. Located on the ground floor of the resort, it doesn’t seem to get the spotlight attention that the high-end California Grill does. It’s also not a character or buffet meal like the popular Chef Mickey’s.
Instead, the business casual table service restaurant features a well balanced new American cuisine menu that is said to feature local and regionally sourced ingredients. While not being a large menu, they’ve managed to represent all the main protein groups and have even included a few vegetarian options... so that everyone should be able to find something to enjoy.
The nearby “Wave Lounge” means that there’s a decent wine list, specialty cocktails and organic beers on tap.
If everything else is booked solid, you can often score a last minute reservation to the Wave. It’s not because it’s necessarily a lesser dining location, but mostly because it starts with a “W” and it’s at the end of a very long list of restaurants. The overall concept is also frankly, a bit loose, but if you look at the menu and see something of interest, we say give the Wave a try. The Wave is often described as a solid dining choice, it’s just not “flashy”.
(*) Price ranges listed are the average cost for one main entree and one soft beverage item, unless otherwise stated. There are many combinations of appetizers, deserts and drinks that will add to your final total. Many parks also use seasonal pricing systems which result in food and beverage costs increasing at peak times. Please check with the location that you are interested in for specific pricing information.