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“40th Birthday at the Cali Grill”
Review of California Grill

California Grill
Ranked #53 of 3,920 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$80
Cuisines: American, Sushi
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Good for: View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: "California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant that serves up award-winning gourmet dinners and sweeping views atop Disney's Contemporary Resort. Venture into this vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch the creation of culinary masterpieces in the on-stage kitchen.
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This was an extremely special occasion - visiting from the UK and celebrating a big 40th at the California Grill.

A bit of context is required - this was our first full day in the US so there were elements of tiredness that hampered the night - I'll keep the review mainly based on the food and the service.

The food - it really was very very good. Maine lobster was a common choice and there wasn't any left on any plate. The steak was also a popular choice, and again, no complaints at all.

The service however left a lot to be desired. We were left sitting without a drink by the bar for a considerable length of time before eventually being seated. I'd ordered a bottle of champagne that, by the time we got to the table, was warm. It seemed to take an eternity to order, and when we did, it was as equally long a wait for the food to arrive.

The service aside, this is a pretty special place to eat. The fireworks in the Magic Kingdom were spectacular.

I'm not sure I would go back to the Cali Grill (this was our second time there) as there are so many other great venues popping up across the Disney estate - better value is to be had I'd say.

Another quick point of note - it's a bit of hassle to get to the Contemporary Resort - the welcomed additional security checks that Disney have installed mean that you need to go through them at the Magic Kingdom before you can walk to the Contemporary. Recommend that you give yourself an extra half hour to get there.

I wouldn't say "don't go", but for me, the only thing that makes this a premium Disney offering is purely the food.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Everything about this place is perfect. The food, the service, the view, the wines!! One of the best meals I have ever eaten and my family agreed. I had the filet which was so tender I could cut it with my fork. It is pricey but worth it to treat yourself if you can. We had 3 different desserts and shared them and all were delicious.

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Thank TriziaC
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Situated at the top of Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel is one of Disney's signature restaurants. I will make this brief - you have to go here! The food is brilliant, the wine list vast and the open plan kitchen is amazing.

Brilliant service, fantastic views and the open air terraces are the perfect location to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Yes it's expensive but as soon as you walk in to the restaurant you realise it's worth every penny. We had steak, fish and pork dishes and they were wonderful. The desserts were tasty as and the French press coffee a perfect end to the meal.

It's just brilliant and worth a visit.

Thank Ben S
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This place is amazingly wonderful! The food is out-of-this-world delicious! Sushi is top-notch! Wide variety of wines and drinks. The view is spectacular! Service is impeccable.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

There was a very short line to check in before taking the elevator up to the restaurant. We were told we’d receive a text when our table was ready; got the text before even boarding the elevator. We were greeted warmly by name when we stepped off the elevator. Service was fine and good. Food was delicious. We shared the heirloom apple salad — more than enough for two. I had the wagyu and shrimp ramen and my companion had the halibut. We were both very pleased. Even though we were full, we shared the California beignets; a wonderful ending to a great meal.

Thank Judi L
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