View Full Version : Grand Floridian Cafe vs. The Wave BATTLE ROYAL

04-06-2012, 12:32 PM
We are down to making our last choice for dining.

On our Magic Kingdom day we are planning a three to four hour break from the park and do not want to head back to the AKL so we thought about eating dinner at either the Grand Floridian Cafe or The Wave.

We have stayed at both resorts before but have eaten at neither of these restaurants.

Alright fellow diners please let me know the GOOD, BAD and UGLY about these two restaurants.

04-06-2012, 12:52 PM
We had better service at the Wave & I found the food better. friendly staff

We did the GF Cafe in October and it took a LONG time for the meal to come out once ordered & the dinning room was only half full! We had 1 extra TS so thought we would give it a try again. Took an early time as they had 4 times offered & they were still slow. :sad2:

Granted it was better than the year before when we waited almost 1 hr from placing our order to getting it.

Sweet Melissa
04-06-2012, 01:48 PM
I'd prefer the Grand Floridian Café for any meal.

I think the Wave's food is a lot better than it was when it first opened, but the dining room is really unattractive and lacks ambiance. It's just a large, open, square, brown room. I felt like I was dining in a cafeteria the one time we ate in their dining room. I think their lounge has beautiful decor and atmosphere, though. If you decide to have dinner at the Wave, I highly suggest taking your meal in the lounge.

I think the Grand Floridian Café offers an overall better menu at all mealtimes and that the dining room is much prettier. It is a little more popular, though, so you could be more likely to experience waits and it may not be as quiet. However, the tables are far enough apart that you won't feel crowded even if the restaurant is at full capacity.

04-06-2012, 02:24 PM
I haven't dined at the Cafe, but I have dined at the Wave. I would not recommend the Wave. We had a very bad experience with them when we dined there a year ago January. To make a long story short, I found a human hair baked into my food. Other tables were complaining of dirty glasses.

04-06-2012, 03:14 PM
We have only ever had two bad meals at Disney and The Wave was one of them. Tasted like out of a can, like another poster said - big brown room. No ambiance. When I hear "The Wave" I think of blues, cooling, soothing. This was like a cheap plywood cafeteria with food to match. Blech.

However, we have eaten at GFC at least 4 times and it has always been amazing!!

But Kona, IMO, is the best restaurant on the monorail line.

04-06-2012, 04:25 PM
Finally! Other people who were unimpressed with Wave. I keep seeing people gush over it and I wonder if I'm nuts or if they just really didn't like me there and gave me crappy service. The food was mostly okay (except dessert), but not worth the price IMO, and the service was bad. As said above, the dining room is incredibly boring, which is a bit jarring after walking through the lovely lounge area. I have a picky kid, and the server was completely baffled that we would want to make any changes to the food (leaving things off). It took forever to order because she just didn't get it. The place was almost deserted, it was just us and a family with a small child, seated almost right next to each other although the rest of the room was completely empty. I understand serving areas, but really, did we need to be brushing elbows with the only other diners? They refused to serve our desserts without the horrid raspberry sauce, and the desserts were not good. It was the worst creme brulee I've ever tasted, the raspberry sauce made the cheesecake inedible and the chocolate mousse was incredibly bitter. When we were finished with our meal it took 10 minutes to get our check. No one came into the dining room for 10 minutes. I was about to walk back into the kitchen to find someone when our server finally appeared. Seriously, I will never eat there again.

Gr8t Fan
04-06-2012, 04:38 PM
We've eaten at GF Cafe 1x a year for the past 5 years and have never had a bad meal there. We've considered trying The Wave but have been scared away by the mediocre reviews. We'd rather go with the sure thing.

04-06-2012, 05:31 PM
We ate at the Wave a few years ago and were not impressed enough to return.

As a PP has said, the best restaurant on the monorail is Kona Cafe, in our opinion as well.

04-06-2012, 05:41 PM
I haven't tried the Wave, but I have been to the GFC and thought it was very good. I will be returning on my next trip!

04-06-2012, 08:13 PM
I've never tried the GF Cafe. I've eaten at The Wave many times, though, and have never had a bad meal. I love it!

04-06-2012, 09:32 PM
Although I've never eaten at The Wave, I can recommend its bar wholeheartedly: some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and most devoted at WDW (one in particular has worked at various locations since the late eighties). Great adult vibe.

The GF Cafe, on the other hand, does wonders with the usual hotel coffee shop fare.

Sweet Melissa
04-06-2012, 09:38 PM
Although I've never eaten at The Wave, I can recommend its bar wholeheartedly: some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and most devoted at WDW (one in particular has worked at various locations since the late eighties). Great adult vibe.

I agree with that. I think the only bar staff I like more are the bartenders at Sanaa.

04-06-2012, 10:03 PM
I've eaten at both multiple times. Great food at both, but GFC's atmosphere and service are better. The Wave, despite its name, is a little more sterile and cold in its atmosphere. The GFC is warm, inviting and cheerful.

If you're looking for a truly restful break from the parks, the Grand Floridian Resort is a better option than the Contemporary. GF is gorgeous and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration: the shops, the beach, the beautiful grounds, the grand lobby, etc.

For what it's worth, I'm still dreaming about the dinner I had at GFC in December. Absolutely delicious!

04-06-2012, 10:03 PM
We had dinner at The Wave last month and I was not impressed. We've never tried the GFC, but, like others, are big fans of Kona Cafe. We've never had a bad meal there and the servers are great.

04-06-2012, 11:42 PM
Here is another vote for the Grand Floridian Cafe. We had a lovely dinner there on our last trip and I agree the Grand Floridian is a lovely resort for a break. We have eaten at the Wave and did not enjoy our food. We found it blah and uninspired.

04-07-2012, 08:06 AM
Well I ate at both this past February and The Wave beats out GFC with regard to steak. The Waves steak was wonderful, melt in your mouth, very very good. GFC wasn't that great. The only thing I didn't like about The Wave was the bread they served. It was multigrain or something like that and I didn't care for it. But that's ok. I was able to enjoy my main course that much more by not being full on bread. Happy Disney Planning!

04-07-2012, 06:40 PM
We had 2 trips last year and ate at a ton of TS meals, and the GFC was one of our most favorite in terms of the quality and taste of the food. We're planning another trip in March and that's on our to-do list for sure. :goodvibes

04-07-2012, 07:11 PM
GFC! Hands down....even though they changed my beloved GFC burger :mad: We love the place and make more than one trek each trip, though we never have stayed at the GF.

04-08-2012, 01:41 PM
I would go with the GF Cafe

We eat her twice every trip!!

04-08-2012, 02:27 PM
Love, love, love the GF Cafe. It's beautiful, we've always had great service there, and the food has always been very good.
I'm one of those who always wants to try the Wave, but just can't get excited about the food offerings.
For our family, the GF Cafe wins, hands down.

04-08-2012, 02:44 PM
The Wave wasn't a terrible meal by any stretch but it wasn't all that impressive either. It was just... meh. The meal and service were just okay. Nothing exceptional. Can't compare it to Grand Floridian as I haven't eaten there yet.

04-08-2012, 05:24 PM
We often have taken a break in the middle of a MK day to go on over to GF and enjoy lunch at the GF Cafe. It has always been quiet, pretty and an enjoyable lunch.

04-09-2012, 01:35 AM
We have had an ADR for The Wave every single trip, and every single trip we have cancelled it for one reason or another and from what many of the comments here, it sounds like we made the right choice.
We ate at the GFC for the first time last Nov. We got there right at opening for lunch and as other have said we did run into some slow service, at least initially, like maybe they were just behind in getting things set up, even though there were only people at maybe 5 tables. Once things got going the speed seemed to improve. As to the food we both thought it was very good, and we have no qualms about eating there again.

04-09-2012, 03:45 PM
We have done both.

The Wave: We have tried both Breakfast and dinner. While the food we thought was good the service was so SLOW!! We have gone three times and all three service was the same. It is easy to get here since we stay at BLT so we usually just book it to eat close. The staff was always very nice just the service was slow.

Grand Floridian Cafe:
We really loved the food it was so good. We have done breakfast and Lunch. The worst staff we encountered here though. The breakfast staff we thought were just ok but when we tried it for lunch they were just plain rude. We always hesitate booking this one because of the staffing now. I am sure it was just an off day that day for lunch and probably would not get the same experience again but left a bad taste and we have not been back even though it is easy to get to on the monorail from BLT.

04-09-2012, 05:34 PM
Love the Wave! We eat there each trip! Healthy (ish) and delicious!

wide receiver
04-09-2012, 05:58 PM
We have not eaten at GFC but did eat at The Wave Aug 2011. I liked the food at the Wave, they try to purchase local and cook organic when possible. I remember our meal being quite tasty. But maybe it was that I wasn't expecting much having read reviews that we not so good before we went.

I do think GF would be more fun to walk around after/before dinner since you said you had a couple of hours to burn. We also enjoy going over to the Wilderness Lodge from MK, you can take the boat or bus. Such a fun resort to walk around.

04-09-2012, 06:10 PM
I was just coming to start this exact thread, but since it already exists, it looks like the decision is clear and GFC is the place to go for our last TS credit since Kona Cafe is already on our list.

Thanks all for the input!!!

04-09-2012, 08:54 PM
Unimpressed with GFC. had a great meal at the Wave, although ambiance is lacking. Like PP I suggest Kona! It was great!