Dining at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Mickey Mouse and Goofy in chef attire posing in front of Chef Mickey's restaurant and Disney's Contemporary Resort
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The Walt Disney World Resort stretches across four theme parks, two waterparks, golf courses, Disney Springs, and more than 25 resort hotels. This means there are many things to do and tons of amazing places to eat. We know figuring out which restaurants are best for your next trip can be overwhelming. The good news is, here at DisneyDining.com, we’re ready with all the insight on where you should dine in Walt Disney World. Today, we’re looking at all the places to eat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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The Sand Bar and Cove Bar

Cocktails at Cove Bar

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The Sand Bar and Cove Bar are the pool bars at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower, respectively. Both bars offer refreshing poolside cocktails, mocktails, beer, and wine. The bars also provide menus of entrees and snacks that can be ordered to go or served poolside.

Contemporary Grounds

Contemporary Grounds

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Contemporary Grounds is the perfect place to start your day with a hot coffee, chilled smoothie, or flaky pastry. This cafe’s drinks feature Joffrey’s coffee and tea. You can find this cafe just outside of the resort’s main lobby on the first floor.

Contempo Café

Contempo Cafe

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Contempo Cafe is Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s most prominent Quick Service location. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with hot entrees, grab-and-go snacks, and desserts. The location offers Disney’s Mobile Order feature, allowing Guests to order ahead using the My Disney Experience app.

Outer Rim

Outer Rim Lounge

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Relax with a cocktail at Outer Rim, a Lounge offering unique cocktails. This dining location is found on the resort’s fourth floor, next to Chef Mickey’s and Contempo Cafe. You do not need a reservation to stop by, and both cocktails and mocktails are available, so all ages are welcome to enjoy.

Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey's

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Dine with Chef Mickey and all his friends for breakfast or dinner! Chef Mickey’s offers buffet-style dining with delicious entrees and refreshments. While you dine, Chef Mickey and his cooking crew will visit your table, ready to take pictures and sign autographs. This dining experience requires advanced dining reservations, which can be made online or through the My Disney Experience app.

Steakhouse 71 and Steakhouse 71 Lounge


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Celebrate Walt Disney and the beginnings of Walt Disney World in Florida at Steakhouse 71 and Steakhouse 71 Lounge. The location is decorated with inspiration from 1970s design, featuring photos of Walt Disney. Walt Disney and Florida favorites also inspire the menu items at both locations. Steakhouse 71 requires advanced dining reservations, while the Lounge does not.

California Grill

Fish and quinoa and vegetables

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Disney’s California Grill offers world-class cuisine and service, with gorgeous views from the rooftop of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant offers a 3-course selection menu for both adults and children, featuring the fresh and bright flavors of Californian cuisine. This dining location requires an advanced dining reservation.

Celebration at the Top: Sip, Savor, Sparkle

Celebration at the Top desserts

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Celebration at the Top: Sip, Savor, Sparkle is an exclusive fireworks event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The event is hosted at California Grill and includes delicious small bites, sushi, desserts, and a private rooftop viewing of Happily Ever After. This provides a brand new way to experience the Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks. This experience requires advance reservations and costs $129, not including taxes and gratuity.

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.