Location

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Selections

Pork two ways (grilled tenderloin and lacquered pork belly); oak-fired filet of beef; Sonoma goat-cheese ravioli; Cape Canaveral prawns and oven-roasted potatoes, charred lemon, and baby arugula; three-meat signature meatballs. Outstanding wine list.

Entree range

$32-$50 (child $9-$18)

Summary

The California Grill still is one of Disney's top dining experiences, more like a hot spot in L.A. or New York City than Disney World. We like the seats at the bar in front of the kitchen, or a coveted window seat. Though it's a sophisticated dining experience, be warned that you'll see plenty of kids in the dining room.

Note that California Grill reopened from a 9-month refurbishment on September 10, 2013. Here's our review of opening night.

Setting and Atmosphere

High atop the Contemporary Resort, the award-winning California Grill sets the standard for Disney dining. But expect a boisterous crowd-the noise level makes quiet conversation difficult. Still, the view from the 15th floor is stellar, one of the best spots for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It's so popular that the Grill no longer allows just anyone on the elevator for a ride to the top - you must have a dinner reservation. A show kitchen is the centerpiece of the airy dining room.

House Specialties

Chef Brian Piasecki takes advantage of seasonal produce, fish, and meats. Sushi chef Yoshie has been there for more than 16 years, creating sublime, artful sushi that's a meal in itself. Oven-fired flatbreads are always on the menu, as well as grilled pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and Zinfandel glaze, a favorite since day one.

Other Recommendations

Oak-fired beef filet and any fresh fish on the menu. A beautiful selection of cheeses.

Related Blogs on California Grill:
Vegan Options at California Grill (9/15/2013)
A Disney Bucket List (featuring "Eat at California Grill")

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Details

Requires Credit Card to Reserve: Yes
Requires Pre-payment in Full: No

Discounts

Type Discount Valid Weekdays Valid Meals
Tables in Wonderland 20% All All

Disney Dining Plan

2014 2015

Requires 2 credits

Requires 2 credits