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The Wave of American Flavors

American Restaurant$$$$
Disney's Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista
  • Russ W.
    "Breakfast buffet is our fav in WDW with many great gourmet choices."(10 Tips)
    Lindsay B.
    "sweet potato pancakes are perhaps the best thing"(5 Tips)
    Zach M.
    "The Beef Tenderloin was one of the best ones I have eaten!"(7 Tips)
    Kasey B.
    "A hidden gem in The Contemporary!"(5 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • magical star
  • beef tenderloin
  • hidden gem
  • sweet potato pancakes
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  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HOctober 14, 2013
    Danielle is awesome if you can sit in her section! Coolest cast member ever! Very personable and friendly if you don't get sat in her section ask to meet her when you leave. She'll make your day!
  • Kasey B.
    Kasey BSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A hidden gem in The Contemporary! Fantastic breakfast, including a buffet. Great lunch & dinner menu with bar menu. The seating area of to the side is very cozy and usually not too crowded!
  • Paul R.
    Paul RApril 17, 2015
    Loved it, Fish tacos, crab cake appetizer was a perfect entrée for me. Great service from our waitress Stephenie also. My wife loved the chicken, brussel sprouts, and cheesy grits also.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HackettJune 21, 2016
    Even if you don't like the sound of a part of the dish avoid the temptation to request it to be removed/substituted as you are likely to be pleasantly surprised by an amazing dish 😊
  • Adam P.
    Adam PresetDecember 15, 2012
    This is the most relaxing restaurant on property for breakfast, and the quality of the buffet is stellar. Eggs Benedict! Your wild kids may actually sit still and chill out. Mine did.
  • Hugo H.
    Hugo HJune 4, 2013
    The crab cakes were awesome, but the side of avocado gelato was to die for. Service & atmosphere were superb. The ruben was really good as well. A great spot for lunch.
  • Tara C.
    Tara ConklinJune 24, 2013
    The breakfast buffet has no equal. Sweet potato pancakes, whole grain Mickey Waffles, eggs Benedict with Kay lime hollandaise sauce... Amazing
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 24, 2011
    Had the short ribs the other night, they were really good. Expensive, but we are on the deluxe dining plan so who cares. I will be having the beef tenderloin tonight. Pic is of current menu.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BMay 9, 2013
    Get here for breakfast. $20 buffet and no wait. But more importantly the sweet potato pancakes are perhaps the best thing I've ever ate anywhere in Disney!
  • Iris W.
    Iris WJuly 2, 2014
    best beef tenderloin i've ever had! our server was really nice and service was great! (went really late so it was pretty much empty)
  • Russ W.
    Russ WakelinApril 28, 2016
    All meals are fantastic. Breakfast buffet is our fav in WDW with many great gourmet choices. Be sure to order the French press coffee!
  • Sean L.
    Sean LebAugust 6, 2014
    A fresh, always changing menu that reflects the season's availability. A modern and clean setting, it offers local flavors in American inspired dishes.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurrayJanuary 8, 2014
    Try the Seared Lamb Chops - Great dish. No so much that you take half home with you and very tasty. Lamb was cooked perfect.
  • Elissa F.
    Elissa FalloSeptember 18, 2014
    One of my favorite Disney restaurants... A hidden gem that most people over look! Excellent local menu! It is so yummy!
  • Lee B.
    Lee BartonMay 12, 2014
    Great breakfast buffet and service. Remember everything tastes better with bacon .... And maple syrup ;) cinnamon rolls are awesome too
  • Chris S.
    Chris SNovember 20, 2012
    Good fresh dining experience. Great value for the Disney parks and would return over most all other restaurants at Magic Kingdom.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 30, 2011
    Maker's mark for me, and a power berry mojito for her. The mojito was really yummy. I've never had bourbon before, I liked ikt very much.
  • Vineet K.
    Vineet KumarJuly 29, 2014
    One of the best meals on the Disney dining plan. I recommend the scallops on risotto and the tenderloin.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SeedykJanuary 4, 2012
    For breakfast, skip the buffet and go for the entree if you have a dining plan with table service -- the buffet is mostly continental offerings with bite-sized portions of hot foods.
  • Beth W.
    Beth WolfMay 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the breakfast buffet! It was delicious & had some unique offerings!! Also the Bay Lake Sunrise was delightful!
  • Soren S.
    Soren SchomburgSeptember 5, 2014
    Great American cuisine in the Contemporary Resort. The food is always delicious. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CucchiJune 15, 2014
    The food was alright for lunch...however my order came out wrong. I don't know that I would make it a must visit destination, but the price is just right for lunch!
  • Heather M.
    Heather M.July 18, 2011
    The servers and bartenders are the best! Be sure to see Kim and Chris at the bar & Barbi, Tim, Dave, and Kim S. are great and fun servers!
  • 44
    44July 16, 2011
    Underrated, very good food at a reasonable price. No view, but overall the food quality and Drinks beat the California Grille hands down.
  • PSU-Lion D.
    PSU-Lion DiOctober 18, 2013
    Get the French Press Columbian coffee. It's not covered under any dining plan but it's sooooo good, so worth it
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 31, 2011
    Show up after a birthday party and get free cake... Granted it's a rare occasion but still a good tip if you can swing it.
  • Bonny P.
    Bonny PoohDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The fish tacos are great they come with 3 gelatins (avocado, salsa and lemon) really yummy!
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie ChampeauOctober 30, 2012
    Dinner was excellent! This is truly a hidden gem that's sure not to stay a secret for long!!!
  • Robert P.
    Robert PaluszakMarch 4, 2016
    The Reuben is great. A great place to escape the hectic day spent at the convention center.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarballoMay 26, 2012
    Phenomenal food. Geaux with the lamb shank or beef tenderloin. Ask for Ali... Excellent server
  • keith
    keithDecember 2, 2010
    lamb shank is the best I have EVER had. meat falls off the bone. one of the best restaurants in Walt Disney World.
  • Beach B.
    Beach BunniiJune 4, 2013
    Amazing restaurant! Food is great and the servers and hostesses are very fun :-)
  • Tiffany B.
    Tiffany BlairJuly 29, 2013
    Amazing restaurant, fantastic atmosphere, and the most INCREDIBLE fish tacos ever!!!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RowanFebruary 18, 2013
    Ok service. AMAZING FOOD! Great coming from magic kingdom. Highly recommended
  • Shannon R.
    Shannon ROctober 4, 2016
    Steak was a bit too charred for medium well. Green beans were way undercooked. Friend rice was pretty good minus the bean curd. Typical prices for here. Service was fairly quick.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RouseDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the press pot coffee (it's worth it)
  • Sandy
    SandyNovember 15, 2011
    Everything here has a healthy touch, i.e. wheat pasta and breeds. It was yummy!!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CaselnovaFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for local and micro beer and seasonal food
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BeckerSeptember 22, 2013
    Breakfast buffet was excellent value for the $19.99 price. They take Tables in Wonderland
  • John H.
    John HaddockJuly 17, 2012
    DJ GRE3NMNKY recommends the magic star or the GREEN drink
  • Eating WDW
    Eating WDWAugust 24, 2012
    We tried their latest flatbread creation: Our “Everything on it” Bison Burger Flatbread Read more
  • Suzanne, L.
    Suzanne, LopezMay 10, 2012
    Try the spinach, tomato and feta eggs!!!! You won't be disappointed!
  • Selena R.
    Selena RoyleMarch 17, 2013
    amazing breakfast buffet, has almost everything on the menu!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BaranikApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Service too slow. If you have to go, have your drink & food order ready to go and even get your bill ahead of time. They need to have more servers working when a convention is in town.
  • Jeanine P.
    Jeanine PerezFebruary 29, 2016
    Bartenders are super sweet and will offer great suggestions.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van DillewynJanuary 9, 2012
    Awesome breakfast buffet including eggs Benedict and sweet potato pancakes!!
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WrightJuly 4, 2014
    The sustainable fish with edamame stew was phenomenal!
  • Eric K.
    Eric KassermanFebruary 4, 2012
    Enjoyable atmosphere. Drinks could be a bit stronger. Prices are on par with the Disney experience.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 24, 2011
    The pan seared scallops are smothered in bacon. What isn't good that is smothered in bacon?
  • abdulla77
    abdulla77July 27, 2015
    Their beef tenderloin is out of this world!
  • Bob S.
    Bob SikonJanuary 4, 2013
    Crab cakes at The Wave - Small but out-of-this-universe Outstanding! Wow!
  • Adam P.
    Adam PresetDecember 15, 2012
    Jim from Philly is the best server. Very personable and attentive!
  • Madisen S.
    Madisen SaglibeneOctober 16, 2010
    Eggs benedict with the filet is delishh. But ask for the hollandaise on the side because they put wayyyy too much on
  • Brian
    BrianFebruary 19, 2013
    Great breakfast with healthier food options and delicious coffee!
  • Carrie
    CarrieSeptember 22, 2013
    Cobb Salad is tasty...try it with chicken!
  • Christa D.
    Christa DunbarDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great breakfast, the grits will blow you away!!!
  • Sara H.
    Sara HofFebruary 28, 2013
    Food was great, service mediocre. I'm not sure why they asked if the kids were 1st timers, because they did nothing at all for them. Restaurant was beautiful, but the staff just didn't cut it.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HarrisNovember 22, 2012
    Breakfast buffet is small but delious. The grits are AMAZING.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 24, 2011
    Beef tenderloin is good. Not mortons of chicago good, but good nonetheless.
  • Tara C.
    Tara ConklinDecember 1, 2013
    If you ask, they'll give you the recipe for the sweet potato pancakes from the breakfast menu.
  • Paula B.
    Paula BrownJanuary 22, 2016
    Salmon, beef tenderloin - both great
  • Ray H.
    Ray HoffmanMay 1, 2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. Needs a little update I think though.
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel DietrichJanuary 4, 2015
    Good organic local food. Taste the local organic beers
  • John R.
    John RogersFebruary 13, 2012
    Some good local brews here. Check out Orlando Brewery Blonde Ale or OBP
  • Dan F.
    Dan FulkersonOctober 14, 2013
    Absolutely fabulous! One of WDW's hidden gems!
  • Jason D.
    Jason DenisApril 28, 2013
    Loved the free dessert trio for our Anniversary! A nice surprise!
  • Zach M.
    Zach MowbrayJanuary 8, 2014
    The Beef Tenderloin was one of the best ones I have eaten!
  • Zena W.
    Zena WeistMarch 17, 2013
    Hidden Gem - Breakfast vuffet with little to no wait.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 24, 2011
    The jim barry cabernet (s. Australia) is pretty good for a cheap wine.
  • Rachael F.
    Rachael FranklinApril 1, 2015
    Excellent service and the menu is superb!
  • Aleyda B.
    Aleyda BracJune 22, 2015
    The Magical Star Cocktail is delicious!
  • Brad C.
    Brad ConwayJanuary 6, 2013
    Quiet, relaxing break away from the madness of the parks
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezMarch 17, 2016
    Great but slow service. Try the sweet potato pancakes.
  • Luis V.
    Luis VillahermosaNovember 21, 2011
    Out the lunch menu the Ruben is a most try
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CousinsJune 1, 2012
    Try the shrimp cakes! Delicious!
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GMay 2, 2013
    Try the raspberry rain- it's delicious!
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CalabriaFebruary 19, 2014
    Ask for Tammy. Great server!
  • Garry M.
    Garry M.August 28, 2013
    Candied bacon as a burger topping. Enough said...
  • Matt G.
    Matt GentryMay 16, 2015
    Fireball Cocktail!!!
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SabatoJuly 28, 2013
    Godiva Flight! Highly recommend!!!!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LowryJuly 15, 2013
    The breakfast buffet is amazing!!
  • BB B.
    BB BuzzellMarch 25, 2012
    Rainbow Grilled Cheese is great fun for kids!
  • Kelly Christine D.
    Share a bottle of Nouveau Blanc bottle of wine with your friends over a meal. Read more
  • Chad H.
    Chad HaighAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pina Colava is freakin' amazing!!
  • ConnieFoggles
    ConnieFogglesDecember 22, 2013
    Pricey with small portions, but substitutions can be made.
  • Melanie P.
    Melanie PetersonMarch 30, 2014
    Great Cobb Salad at lunch.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BullardJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Reuben. Order it. Now.
  • Nerissa S.
    Nerissa Serrano-OkiyeNovember 29, 2011
    The antioxydent drink is amazing !!
  • Paul O.
    Paul OjedaMay 25, 2015
    Everything is good !!!
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy MaddenJune 12, 2012
    The Ruben is great
  • Chillachello
    ChillachelloOctober 30, 2011
    One of my favorite breakfast spots. Yumminess!
  • David C.
    No one enjoyed their food. Portions were quite small, quality was mediocre, and price was very high. Poor choice for our group.
  • Chip H.
    Chip HowardSeptember 11, 2013
    Good food- as all things Disney, it's overpriced.
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinJune 11, 2015
    Yeah it's good but it's not "Disney" good. I expected more than generic overpriced food
  • Carol K.
    Carol KellyNovember 23, 2015
    Steak salad at lunch
  • Megan M.
    Megan MccartyMarch 4, 2013
    The buffet is amazing!
  • David J.
    David JohnsonFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Outstanding bartenders
  • Staci D.
    Staci DunsonJune 15, 2013
    The food here is fantastic!!!
  • Donna G.
    Donna GJuly 1, 2013
    Food was very good!
  • Makiko F.
    Makiko FeliceMarch 28, 2011
    When California Grill announces the last call, head down to the Wave.
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