Wind & Waves Grill - Disney's Vero Beach Resort

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74 reviews
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Dive into tasty American fare - with a focus on fresh Florida seafood and locally sourced produce - at this ocean-inspired eatery. Ride a current of relaxation inside Wind & Waves Grill, an airy restaurant that recalls a captivating coastal bistro, complete with charming nautical-inspired décor and an onstage kitchen with an oak-fired brick oven. Feast on a fusion of artfully prepared seafood delights for dinner, including a Key West Shrimp Boil, Brick Oven Cioppino, or Swordfish Au Poivre. Or satiate your palate with a handcrafted flatbread. Second wind? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a confection of scrumptious Southern treats and mouthwatering kid's desserts designed to keep the wind in your sails.
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ME
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

After waiting 20 minutes to be seated with our confirmed reservation, we had the pleasure of being served by Muriel. Friendly and helpful. Ambiance was very casual but OK. Food was OK. Prices a bit high for the casual venue. Will not go back.

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PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was nice to be able to get a table when we wanted. We enjoyed the evening and food, drinks we’re expensive but good. There are lots of restaurants I would recommend before this one.

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JF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place to have dinner. My wife and I actually ate there two nights while staying at Vero Beach, and the experience was equally impressive both nights.

Bar was maybe a bit below average - we couldn't get them to figure out reposado tequila for a margarita one night, the other night hey made a great margarita.

Be careful ordering appetizers and mind the bread service (served with butter to which your server will hand-sprinkle your choice of sea salt)- only because entree portions are large and you want to save room for dessert. Salad was good, conch chowder was good, french onion soup was average.

My wife is not inclined toward seafood, so she had pot roast one night and a pork chop the next. As noted, large portions - the chop was a nice, thick double chop. Everything is served with a substantial portion of side dishes, and they were more than willing to substitute for personal preferences. Her entrees were both cooked to perfection and her preferences, with tasty sauces and seasoning. Presentations were very attractive and appetizing.

I had swordfish one night and halibut the next - both were specials and not on the standard menu but whatever seafood specials they offer are likely in the same category - excellent! Both were grilled perfectly, seared on the outside, hot and juicy on the inside. Fresh and tasty. Both served with couscous and a little salad mixed in. The swordfish had pesto underneath it so it wasn't overwhelming. The halibut had cauliflower hummus which was really good. Again, very large portions.

All four choices were excellent - absolutely would order again.

For dessert we had the same thing - twice. We shared a no-sugar-added pumpkin cobbler, served hot with rice vanilla ice cream. Don't let the "special dessert" fool you, it was really good and definitely big enough to share.

Only real warning is that it's relatively pricey - about $50-$55/person (including tip) for one cocktail each, appetizer, entree, and shared dessert

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B
Chicago
182 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There have been a number of restaurant changes at Vero Beach unless you've been there in recent times. Wind & Waves Grill is now the finer dining, dinner restaurant. A reservation is recommended depending on what time of year you're there. The Menu is varied enough to suit any palate. The children's Menu is also varied and nicely done. It's nice to have an above average Restaurant on the premises. You do not have an ocean view, but it's only a few steps away.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Outstanding service!

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SM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The chef was incredible the night we were there. I had my elderly mother and she really wanted fish and chips but she needs a gluten free diet. He made her batter specially and pan fried her meal separately. She said it was delicious and it was nice for me to see her so pleased with dining out.

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E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I booked my reservation on Open Table and the same day and there were many open time slots. When we got to the restaurant at our res time, we were told that there were 7 parties ahead of us. It is obvious that they overbook this restaurant. We waited 15 minutes with several other disgruntled parties before we gave up and ate in the bar upstairs. I am a huge Disney fan and was very disappointed that we did not get the service I expect.

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D
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Breakfast Options. Omelet was Delicious. Must try the Orange Oatmeal Bread. Lisa was a Wonderful Waitress.

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f
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great old restaurant set up was much nicer. Felt like a cafeteria

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JE
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken was extremely dry. Almost as if it was heated up again after being deep friend. Made it through one piece and couldn’t finish the rest of the chicken due to it being so dry.

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J
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre, service was slow but adaquite overall very blasee. Won't eat there again. Just not worth it.

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C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Disney for decades and this was my first trip to their Vero beach resort. The experience at Wind & Waves is Disney plus. Peace and quiet in a beautiful setting with divine food and service. I have a few dietary restrictions and after a great table-side conversation the chef turned them each into a customized, exquisite culinary experience several nights in a row. Family friendly, but with lots of space for a couple or single traveler to not feel overwhelmed. A very special part of my very special quiet Disney experience.

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V
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Nice staff. Convenient location. This restaurant is loud, like a cafeteria. The menu is limited and too expensive.

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RF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Incredibly slow service. 2.5hrs for a basic meal, no dessert. Plates left on the table for 30min after we were done.
Food is decent, quite overpriced though, typical hotel prices. Seating outside is very nice, I guess we are paying for the view

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JR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth our drive 30 minutes south of our home. We always take out of town guests for the best brunch in our area.

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Fantastic food and fantastic staff. Would recommend.

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JC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Showed up for reservation, was told 5 minutes. 30 minutes later, finally seated at the worst table in the restaurant. After 30 more minutes of no drinks, bread or ordering, got up to leave. 3 tables seated after us had drinks, bread and one even had their food! I will NEVER go back to Disney Vero Beach!!! Worst ever

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The resort area itself was well decorated, clean and typical of a Disney owned resort. The restaurant itself felt slightly cafeteria-ish with its decor, lighting, and even how the wait staff was dressed. The food was good, but not memorable. The service was formidable and the wait staff were attentive. The resort itself is in a nice location and is quiet and feels pretty exclusive.

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TR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service we love the beat salad but both of our New York strip steaks were very tough which was disappointing because of the price.

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m
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here 4 times in past 6 months, enjoyed every meal. Kathy, the server, is great. Very relaxing experience

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m
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal, room, and the wait staff, especially Kathy. They made my birthday special.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Service was fine, but not what you would expect for a Disney restaurant, server didn’t explain a thing and didn’t know much when you asked questions. We did really enjoy the food though!

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for our anniversary. Have eaten at many Disney restaurants from moderate to high end. Was a enjoyable night. Food and service were very good.

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KL
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Anthony was extremely personable. He wandered table to table to talk to guests to make sure that their selection would be made to their personal preference. He had several suggestions for our family which included a low salt, low sugar diet. We loved watching our meal being cooked on the fire!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The baked goods here are fabulous and I should know because I am a baker! All the breakfasts are delicious and plentiful. Always leave with a doggy bag. The pineapple marmalade is a must have. The staff is so friendly and attentive. Love going here!

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WI
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and unique food; entertaining and attentive service

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. We ate here our 1st night at the resort and then opted to eat here again our last night as opposed to driving off property.

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant, was not accepting walk-ins. Food was delicious and service was great! Nice ambiance.

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent although a bit high $, especially when a glass of red wine cost $14.00. The service was great. Everyone is so friendly. A nice way to treat yourself while on vacation.

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E
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I had a reservation on a Sunday morning & had to wait 40 minutes.
There where 5 tables empty, but no servers. Other guests came by to complain about the 90 minute wait the night before.

The food was good.

Server was a nightmare; no spoons provided, no coffee refill,... no napkins,... sitting about 7 minutes with not even anybody serving us at all.

Not a true Disney Experience.

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JO
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our service was very good. Service when we needed it and not when we didn't. Spot on. Our meal was fine just fine.

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C
New England
56 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to other restaurants in the area and this was by far the best meal we had. We started with the Tuna Sashimi which had a pretty presentation and was delicious. I had the chioppino which was the fresh catch of the day and had clams in a broth, my husband had the grilled swordfish with a cauliflower purée and creamed spinach. Service was excellent and thoughtful of an allergy.

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C
New England
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for breakfast and I had the BLTE sandwich which was outstanding. Bacon,lettuce, tomato, avocado and an over easy egg. My husband had the breakfast skillet which consisted of poached egg, hollandaise sauce with pork belly, he loved it. Service was fantastic.

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F
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Good food a bit pricey for a very small casual restaurant. I used to love until they renovated and make it small 😓😓

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Stay away. Way over priced!!! $165 for dinner for two. Food quality was exceptionally poor. Swordfish was deplorable and smelled of fish. The pot roast was underwhelming and flavorless. Unless you want to have dinner with a bunch of rug rats climbing the furniture around you, this is NOT your place. Outside of a nice waitress who tried hard, this place was a solid 1 on a 10 scale.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a little slow. We were seated next to a large family with very loud children (not the restaurant’s fault but be prepared for families on vacation).

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JR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in relaxing environment. Responsive to dietary restrictions.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I requested a birthday celebration and they forgot

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HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered a $38 steak medium rare, it came black & blue they remade it and it well done & it was tough.

I expect better when I pay $38 for a steak

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