Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Disney Dining Review: The Wave at the Contemporary Resort

On Saturday night we had a fun night out at Disney.  Yeah, it’s not necessarily the best time to be out there because it is ridiculous crowded right now, but we had two things on the agenda on Saturday – 1) see the castle lighting at Magic Kingdom; and 2) eat the The Wave at the Contemporary Resort.

We made reservations at The Wave a while back, and it worked out to our advantage that we hadn’t seen the castle lighting yet because we were able to park at Contemporary and walk over to Magic Kingdom for the lighting and not have to worry about parking at Magic Kingdom (because lately they’ve been closing the parking lot due to the park being at capacity).  It’s the little things. 

We arrived at the Contemporary around 5:30 and parked and walked over to the park.  

Since it was crazy crowded we decided to not even venture into the park and just hang out on Main Street until the lighting ceremony at 6:15.  This worked out well because while perusing through the shops Hubs and I found some awesome shirts that we will be sporting at Jillian’s “it’s a small world” party and something we can use for décor.  Fabulous! 

Around 6:10 we made our way out to the castle with the other 50,000 people in the park that evening.  Sheesh.  It was totally worth it though.  The castle lighting was spectacular!! 

After the lighting, we high tailed it out of there and back to the Contemporary for our reservation.  We had time to kill, so we meandered around the Concourse a little bit and then made our way downstairs to The Wave. 

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really excited about going to The Wave.  I was under the impression that it was primarily seafood with some non-seafood options on the menu.  It wasn’t.  The menu is seasonal, sustainable American cuisine, where everything is fresh and grown locally, and the menu has a little of everything on it. 

The meal began with fresh bread with Hawaiian salted butter.  Oh my.  As usual, I could have just eaten the bread basket for dinner.  But I didn't, I opted for the Herb-Salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin (because you can never go wrong with that) and Hubs ordered the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, which were out of this world delish.  The whole meal was such a happy surprise.  We weren’t expecting it to be in our top 5 favorites, but it surely was!  

I would definitely recommend The Wave because the food was excellent, the restaurant was really nice and the Contemporary is just a fun place to be, given its proximity to Magic Kingdom.  And if you book it just right, you can actually stay and watch the fireworks from the hotel.  Not a bad night out!  

How about you ... Ever been to The Wave?

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