Update: California Grill will close January 6 and re-open in the late summer 2013.
The California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is truly a masterpiece of fine dining. It’s been a top-notch location since the early days of Disney World (albeit under two different names), and continues to rake in awards and honors for its innovative chefs, market-inspired menus, and incredible quality.
California Grill is pricey, so save it for a celebration, and be sure to book an ADR so you’ll be there during Wishes — seeing the fireworks show from your perch atop the Contemporary Resort is really something.
Service: Table-Service and Bartop
Type of Food: American, California focus
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, signature dining, 2 table-service credits
Tables in Wonderland: Yes
A market-inspired menu reigns here — meaning the Chef slightly alters the menu seasonally depending on what’s good and gettable at fresh markets in the area.
Reserve Wine Menu
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- Regardless of your reservation time, guests of the California Grill are welcome to use the restaurant’s outdoor viewing areas to watch Wishes on the evening their scheduled to dine at the restaurant. (We like to dine during the sunset, then come back to see Wishes later that evening!)
- Guests are served meals at the bar on a first-come, first-served basis, so you CAN get a delicious Cali Grill meal without a reservation. Simply show up at the podium on the Contemporary Resort’s second floor and let them know you’d like to dine at the bar.
- Guests check in for the California Grill on the second floor of the Contemporary and are escorted to the restaurant by private elevator.
Famous Dishes: Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Sushi and Sashimi, Bananas and Caramel dessert.
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