Disney’s Contemporary Resort Restaurants: A Complete Guide

by | Jun 1, 2023 | Walt Disney World Food, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

When you think about Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you probably picture the Monorail running through the angular structure. But, what most people don’t know is that Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to some award-winning dining. Check out our guide to all of the Disney’s Contemporary Resort restaurants available at the hotel.

On the shores of Bay Lake lies an iconic Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This ultra-modern design inspired by the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest is just steps away from Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Contemporary Resort features bars, quick service restaurants, and table service restaurants that are among the most popular in all of Disney World. Check out our guide to dining at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort Table Service Restaurants

Chef Mickey’s

Photos by Bill Sferrazza

A classic Disney character meal that guests flock to, Chef Mickey’s, located on the fourth floor of the concourse level of the Contemporary, is a must-visit. Chef Mickey’s is a fun time featuring both breakfast and dinner with characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto.

But it’s not all about fun and games. What about the food? Guests can enjoy a buffet with classic breakfast options such as eggs, bacon, and sausage. We recommend trying the cheesy potatoes! They are a must! Breakfast costs $51 per adult and $33 per child. Dinner service is also a buffet option with items such as roasted pork, mac & cheese, vegetables, and stir fry, among many other items. Dinner also includes characters and costs $62 per adult and $39 per adult.

Steakhouse 71

Photo by David Roark

One of our favorite restaurants in Disney World is Steakhouse 71. Located on the main floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, next to check-in and the front desk, Steakhouse 71 is the former Wave… of American Flavors site. A nod to the opening of WDW, Steakhouse 71’s theme is all about 70s style.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at Steakhouse 71. Breakfast includes classics such as Floridian Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, and the Steakhouse 71 Pancakes. For lunch and dinner, steak is the highlight of the menu. You won’t go wrong if you enjoy a Prime Rib (which we highly recommend), a New York Strip, or a Filet Mignon. Make sure you finish dinner with a slice of the gigantic Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake. You won’t be sorry.

Review: Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

California Grill

Fireworks at California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Watch the fireworks from the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Views and food are the name of the game at California Grill, located on the top level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Also inspired by the 1970s, California Grill is a favorite restaurant for many Disney World guests. It also offers some of the best views of Magic Kingdom and the fireworks available. Make sure to make a reservation around fireworks time and head to the outdoor terrace for viewing. If you dined earlier in the day and would like to view the fireworks, you can also come back with your receipt to ask if there’s room for viewing.

Dinner at California Grill is a 3-course meal for $89 per adult and $39 per child. Appetizer favorites include the Braised Beef Short Ribs Won-Tons and Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. Dinner includes options such as Oak-fired Beef Filet and Pan-Seared All-Natural Chicken. Finish your meal off with a choice of dessert, including Valrhona Ganache Torte and Meyer Lemon Chiffon Cake.

REVIEW: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Quick Service Restaurants

Contempo Café

contemporary resort restaurants

Photo by Judd Helms

Conveniently located right next door to Chef Mickeys, Contempo Café offers classic quick service options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you want the classic Bounty Platter, a Contempo Burger, or an All-Meat Flatbread, there is so much to enjoy in this convenient and easy-to-access quick service location. The best part of the Contempo Café is that you can enjoy views of the Monorail driving by. Plus, if you stand up, you’ll even get a glimpse at some of your favorite characters at Chef Mickey’s.

Contemporary Grounds

contemporary resort restaurants

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Want to enjoy a boost of caffeine? Head over to Contemporary Grounds, which serves up gourmet coffees, iced tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, and baked goods. This is your spot to grab a Joffrey’s Coffee without the massive Magic Kingdom line first thing in the morning.

Sand Bar

contemporary resort restaurants

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Enjoying some pool time and looking for a snack? Visit the Sand Bar located at the main pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This easy and convenient pool bar offers an ordering window and a walk-in bar, making ordering food or drinks easy. Drink options at the Sand Bar include the Pina CoLAVA, the Poolside Iced Tea, a Golden Haze Margarita, and a Frose. Looking for a midday snack? Enjoy a bacon cheeseburger, a hot dog, or a Mickey pretzel while lounging poolside.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Lounges

Steakhouse 71 Lounge

Inside Steakhouse 71, you can enjoy comfy lounge seating with libations and small bites. Enjoy food such as the PB&J Chicken Wings and Loaded Macaroni & Cheese., or drinks like the Vodka Gimlet and Tequila Sunrise Sharable cocktail.

Outer Rim

Situated in the same area as Contempo Café and Chef Mickey’s, on the main concourse is the Outer Rim. The Outer Rim is a lounge situated next to the windows with sweeping views of Bay Lake. Here, guests can enjoy an extensive menu of drinks, including a Rum Swizzle, a Captain’s Mai Tai, a Raspberry Mojito, and a Whiskey Breeze.

Other options here include a large list of wines, beers, bourbons, and mocktails. Just keep in mind that the Outer Rim doesn’t offer food options, but Contempo Cafe is right next door!

Cove Bar

Disneyu Vacation Club members and Bay Lake Tower guests can enjoy Cove Bar, a private poolside bar. Here you can find small bites like wraps and salads, along with speciality cocktails, beer, and wine.

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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