News: Disney World’s California Grill to Offer “Brunch at the Top” Starting February 2016

Great news if you’re a fan of California Grill, Sunday Brunch — or both!

Coming on the heels of the announcement that Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian would begin offering a Sunday brunch, now we are hearing that California Grill will do the same.

The popular signature restaurant, which sits atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, has been a dinner-only spot since opening in the 1990s. But as Disney World continues to expand hours in table service restaurants across property, it looks like California Grill will soon join the trend.

The experience promises to be a hybrid of sorts. If you’d like, you can choose to begin your meal with something to drink. Options include both mocktails and cocktails, or indulge in a trip to the Bloody Mary Bar.

Bloody Marys from the Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Marys from the Bloody Mary Bar

Guests begin their meal with house made Breakfast Pastries and Breads. Assortments will include Caramel Apple Monkey Bread, Cranberry Pecan Scones, and Tillamook Cheddar Biscuits, accompanied by Jam made from scratch and Orange Blossom Honey Butter.

Next, you’ll have the chance to interact with culinary staff at the counter of the on-stage kitchen. Here, guests can enjoy tasting portions of dishes like House-Smoked Orange Honey Ham and Deviled Eggs, which will feature Lake Meadow Naturals Eggs.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Greek Yogurt Parfaits, interesting Salads, and an assortment of Sushi will also be on offer.

Sushi Offerings for Brunch

Sushi Offerings for Brunch

The next course will feature plated entrees. Guests can choose from a wide range of offerings. Here are some of the items that are planned:

  • Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Heirloom Apples, Dried Cranberry and Raisin Compote, Vanilla Custard, Warm Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Shrimp and Grits: Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth, Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout
Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

  • Poached Lobster Benedict with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham,
    Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash
  • Chef’s Frittata with Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Florida Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, Creamy Goat Cheese, Marble Potato Hash
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Soft Poached Eggs, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash and Charred Red Onion
Lobster Eggs Benedict -- Up Close

Lobster Eggs Benedict

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

After all of that, the dessert menu will focus on small offerings, with Mini-Desserts, Macarons, and Chocolate Truffles as sweet ending options.

The price is prix fixe and will be $80 for adults and $48 for children ages 3 to 11. Advance Dining Reservations will open on Wednesday, December 16 and can be booked online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). No word yet on whether they’ll accept Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland, but we assume so, since California Grill accepts both.

Will you be adding California Grill Sunday Brunch to your ADR list come February? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us!

Comments

  1. Mike V says

    $80 per adult?
    Listen, looks amazing and yes you do get some adult drinks built in, but that just seems ridiculous to me!

  2. says

    I was all excited that the buffet was coming back…. we use to go all the time 35-40 yrs ago. Then I saw the price – nothing is that good. Very disappointed. We will not be going.

  3. Erica says

    Hello,

    I have been trying to book this brunch since 7:30 this morning. I have called Disney Dining, as well as trying to book on My Disney Experience. I have not had any luck. No one has any information, and cannot give me a solid answer if my date is blocked out, or booked up. Will you be having this brunch on February 21st?

  4. says

    Erica — Our advice is to keep trying. Sometimes, you have to call back and get a different Cast Member. Maybe their “live” date changed? Good luck!

  5. DH says

    I am not seeing an option to book any of the dates as well. I called a cast member. They knew it was coming, but they also cannot book and they felt it was an internal delay and not yet ready to launch.

  6. Disney mom says

    There are several things that I love on the dinner menu in the appetizers, entrees, and desserts that I can get for under $80 all together. For just over that price point I can pretty much take my pick from each section on the dinner menu. Why in the world would anyone pay that much for “assorted pastries” and “light dessert” many people don’t care about the alchohol included either. The main courses look great but I will never pay that to try them. Not when I can get a full dinner for about the same. I agree with other reviewers that Disney has way overpriced this one.

  7. Linda Morgan says

    The Character Breakfast is cheaper than that and all you can eat!! I can easily do without the Drink!!!

  8. Ron Helms says

    My wife and I have booked our brunch reservations for middle of April. We always go to California Grill each trip and we are excited to get to experience a new offering there! The price is a little steep, but we believe that we will not be disappointed! We will take plenty of photos and share our thoughts afterwards.

  9. Conchchowder says

    Reserved for my birthday weekend! So excited. We’re staying for free so $150 (-Tables in Wonderland) isn’t too bad.

  10. says

    Oh, sushi for brunch sounds amazing! That would be perfect to get my morning started and hopefully keep me going as I walk through the park. It’s so hard to resist some of the in-park restaurants sometimes. I tell myself that I can’t afford it, but then I see the ice cream shoppe and my subconscious says “Oh, you’re at Disney, we already planned for this to be expensive.” I just need to do better at eating before we hit the park!

  11. John says

    Took my family to Brunch at CG, 4 of us…the check came to over $400 as not everything is included. I was very disappointed. The service was slow. The bread basket offering was rationed, when I asked for additional Muffin, I was told only 1 per person!
    Generally the food choice was not to my taste and the ROSEN near Universal does a MUCH BETTER BRUNCH with more choice at far less.
    Other than the fantastic views, I feel that CG is not worth visiting, certainly not eating at, evening dinner had similar experience of over priced (undercooked) food, poor service.

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