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California Grill
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Average Member Rating: Member Rating: 4 out of 5
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Type: full
Cuisine: California
Price Scale: $$$
Meals Served: D

Venture into the vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch culinary masterpieces being created in the on-stage kitchen. Savor flavors influenced by the Pacific Coast melting pot. Delight in sushi, brick oven-baked flat breads, handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, oak-fired pork tenderloin or butterscotch crème brûlée. Accompany your meal with specially selected and limited wines from California's finest estates. Enjoy a Golden State of mind!

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OLP Reviews a scenic dinner at California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World®

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The California Grill located on the top floor of the Contemporary Restaurant has one of the the best "dining views" of the Magic Kingdom If you time your dinner perfectly, you'll have a ringside seat for Wishes!

The seating is - guess what?! - contemporary; >)

and the restaurant offers California "nouveau" cuisine.

We started with a Sushi Roll appetizer that got thumbs up from Alan.

I chose a Corn Chowder soup that I found delicious!

  The Tomato Salad was a beautiful presentation, n'est-ce pas?

By the time Alan's Flatbread arrived, he was "almost" too full to eat it; >)

The salmon was over a corn pudding with a dab of guacomole on top.  YUM!  Our tummies were done by now, but how could we resist the sugar free brownie tower with sugar free chocolate mousse on top they made specially for us?!

Yes, we were rolled out this restaurant, but - the whole time - we were waving our OLP four thumbs up:)  Be prepared to spend $100 easily for two if you want to sample appetizers and desserts along with your entree and sip a beverage or two.

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Average member review 4 our of 5 stars.Member Reviews:
Almost a 5
6/26/2014 by Ahnalira

This is one of the Disney signature aka "foodie" restaurants.  You can expect to pay top dollar and get fresh ingredients.  Sometimes, I order something that is SOOO good I want to lick my plate.  Usually I like everything I get.  Occasionally, the "gourmetness" of a dish is just a little too much for my simple tastes.  For example, I got the Farmer's Salad at our last dinner there...the idea of a poached egg over the top of a salad seemed appealing, but the execution left something to be desired--the egg was not cooked enough for my tastes.  On the other hand, the sugar free Citrus Cheesecake was sublime!   So, like the title of my review says: Almost a 5.

Creative and light gourmet fare
9/25/2013 by Ser Alan

We just finished off our Disney trip with a dinner at the newly refurbished California Grill at the Contemporary.  Honestly, I didn't notice huge differences in the decor -- there is a bit more space and the furniture looks like trendy retro style which might have been used when the Contemporary first opened.  There are also more booth/bench type seating available now.   The food was rather different from past encounters, I would characterize it as very creative and light feeling.

I started off with the Three Meat Signature Meatballs. I can't say that I was overly impressed by the dish. Topped with a nice chimichurri (which I would have liked to see more of), over orzo, it was a bit on the bland side.. Ahnalira had a Farmer's Salad topped with a slightly undercooked poached egg -- surprisingly for a gourmet style restaurant, the appetizers were pretty substantial. I believe I had 5 meatballs and the salad was quite large. For my entr&eac

Finally lives up to the rep!
10/12/2011 by Ser Alan
We just had a delightful dinner at the California Grill, and we were both totally thrilled with our dinners -- a first at tthe California Grill for us. We've been here a few times over the past 12 years but never been really impressed before. We started off with an heirloom tomato salad for me and zucchini blossom fritters for her. I thought the tomatoes could have been a bit more ripe and flavorful, but the balsamic was amazing and so were the micro-greens. Ahnalira's zucchini blossoms with sweet corn puree was just out of this world -- she was ready to have that be her whole meal! For main dish, I had the server recommended Oak Fired Filet of beef with mascarpone potatoes and green beans. This was a home run, the meat was perfect, the potatoes had a delightful creaminess with a touch of cheese flavor, the beens were very fresh and crisp and the beef was cooked to perfection with a beautiful black sear on the outside while retaining a nice reddish color inside -- great flavor
12/28/2009 by AliceinWonderland
I booked my reservation thinking that my dining experience would be wonderful. I had heard only good reviews and was looking forward to my dinner. When I arrived, I was displeased. The service was slow and I was left waiting and without drinks. Also the staff wasn't as caring as the others I have encountered on my trip. The food wasn't terrible, just not great. The bread was good and the duck flatbread was tasty. The food went downhill from there. The chicken was pressed, the pizza too oily, the tuna and spinach lacked spinach, and the salmon was bland. The chocolate cake tasted like straight up chocolate, which it was. Chocolate cake with chocolate goo inside, yum. It was the worst restauraunt I have eaten at in Disney World. I will never return to the California Grill. I expected much more from this business causal dining experance.
Beautiful spot on a stormy evening
8/29/2006 by Ser Alan
Let me start by saying that I have not been a fan of California Grill so up until our recent dinner I would have rated it about a 3; thus my rating of 4 represents a very happy experience to balance a number of less happy times.  To begin with we got an entire 4-top to ourselves, the two of us that is. We were place to the right side and it was significantly quieter than previous experiences on the left (and seemingly more crowded) side.  The view was spectacular as the sun was setting among many storm clouds

The food was quite good, I chose 3 appetizers while Ahnalira went for a Salmon and especially delicious corn chowdery soup.  Of the appetizers, I did find the flatbread quite flavorful, the tomatoes weren't my thing although Ahnalira really enjoyed them!  The Sushi was quite good, California rolls tasted very fresh and there were a lot of them.  Overall I give it 4 because the foo
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