The new restaurant is “bold cooking inspired by fresh markets,” said Dieter Hannig, vice president of new concepts for Walt Disney World Food & Beverage. “America is more and more a melting pot, and The Wave features American cooking with world flavors.”
Guests enter the stylish new space on the first floor of the hotel through a brushed steel arch “tunnel” into The Wave’s lounge, one of the largest at Walt Disney World Resort. The sleek, serene décor is earthy browns and golds, with frosted glass lamps for soft ambient light and a copper-colored metal ceiling. Banquettes and booths line the perimeter of the dining room, and wooden tables are set with white linen napkins. A large central table is draped in sheer fabric in purples and golds.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the 220-seat restaurant takes casual dining into the health-conscious 21st century. “Lots of stocks, lots of broths and seasonal ingredients keep the menu well balanced,” said Chef Frank Brough. “We are sourcing ingredients locally and regionally to create fresh flavors, and our fresh catch of the day features sustainable seafood.” from the Disney press release
The restaurant is beautiful and it has a contemporary yet inviting tone to it. We were greeted by so many Disney cast members our heads were spinning! We met everyone from the head of marketing for all 450 of Disney World’s dining establishments, to the manager and bartender of The Wave and others I can’t begin to remember.
I am not a food or wine connoisseur, nor do I pretend to be. We did learn that they use a lot of organically grown ingredients in the dishes at The Wave. The Colombian coffee is organic Colombian (fair trade and “Smithsonian-certified bird-friendly”). The Wave only serves wines from the southern hemisphere and only wines with screw-tops, no cork in these bottles. This initiative supports sustainable agriculture.
Our soup course was a sampler of two of the soups available that day. On the left is the delicious avocado citrus soup. In the center is a slice of a grilled brie cheese sandwich (this was heavenly) and then a black bean chili, which I didn’t really care for.
The Wave has a well rounded menu and even a picky eater like me found plenty to eat. If you would like more information on the menu and prices you can check them out at these links. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Child’s Menu