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California Grill

American Restaurant$$$$
Disney's Contemporary Resort, Orlando
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  • The Japanese food at California Grill is a can't miss
  • Melissa Rose
    "There are great views of Magic Kingdom from the roof top overlook!"(33 Tips)
    Dave F.
    "Spicy kazan roll, fantastic!"(4 Tips)
    jcr R.
    "Expensive but well worth it; highly recommend the sushi."(41 Tips)
    Craig W.
    "your receipt at the podium"(3 Tips)
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  • Paul C.
    Paul CohenApril 8
    Fireworks during dinner, the sushi and sashimi is incredibly fresh and the two new dipping sauces are unique and wonderful. For mains we had pork tenderloin and beef short rids both melt in your mouth
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MacRobertsDecember 13, 2013
    Get seats at the sushi bar... You get to see all the plates going out. Kevin (one of the chefs) even gave us a taste of his lobster succotash (with edamame instead of Lima beans). Amazing place.
  • StarGirl11
    StarGirl11January 14, 2016
    If you time your reservations right at certain times of the year not only will you see the fireworks but you will see a gorgeous sunset from the restaurant. Keep that in mind when booking.
  • Emma C.
    Emma CorlettOctober 13
    It was AMAZING well worth the money, other where doing the Disney dining plan. Mushroom soup was so good light fluffy creamy, steak and pork just melted in your mouth. Firework where magical
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurrayAugust 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Oak-fired Filet of Beef - Sorry for the bad picture but this was incredible! Perfectly cooked and could almost cut it with a fork. Must try! (via @Foodspotting)
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Try these. Perfectly cooked, but not overdone - Jumbo Scallops and Grits Crispy Pork Belly Pepper Jack Grits, Creole Sauce, Pickled Okra and Pepper Relish Dragon Roll
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangFebruary 9, 2014
    This was the most tender filet of beef I've ever had! (Ordered medium-rare.). Muah! Perfect! And the tomato risotto was the perfect accompaniment. YUM. 2 thumbs up
  • Diego N.
    Diego NaranjoFebruary 12, 2014
    The place is amazing & the view is the best in all of WDW. The creme brulee - simply delicious. Our server was incredible & didn't care that you go see WISHES. 30 min before fireworks recommended.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WilliamsAugust 2, 2012
    Great place to eat for adults. The kids loved it as well. Randell was a great server and knew the food and desserts well. Even great with a one year old who loves to destroy a location with food.
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangFebruary 9, 2014
    Walter was an amazing server. Ready w/ suggestions & quick to get us our drinks so we could make the fireworks show on the balcony. Very efficient & friendly. Made our dinner very pleasant.
  • Maiana A.
    Maiana AraujoMarch 31, 2015
    One of the best dinning experience I've ever been, more for the fireworks and atmosphere than the food, but it is a really nice place to have a special dinner when in Orlando.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    If you want to try the sushi, get the Dragon Roll - Spicy and Tataki Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, Bell Pepper, Avocado, Chili-Soy Glaze
  • jcr R.
    jcr RoseOctober 11, 2011
    Schedule dinner to see Magic Kingdom Fireworks. Expensive but well worth it; highly recommend the sushi. We spent a lot of money here, but we got apps, entrees, dessert, wine, coffee. Well worth it
  • Krys H.
    Krys H.September 30, 2013
    Gary from Honolulu was amazing. He was a wonderful. Also the scallop dish was delicious but very tiny in portion so be aware of this before ordering, especially if you're hungry.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Get reservations here for a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks, excellent food and service. If you're celebrating anything, let them know. You'll get a treat like this creme brûlée.
  • John H.
    John HughesJune 6, 2016
    Great view of entire resort accompanied by great service and menu selection. A must visit for those who are desiring something different at a price while vaulting Disney.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RivMay 30, 2016
    Filet mignon is great. Cheese board changes seasonally and always has great samples. Clinton the bartender has been there 28 years he will make your night perfect!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Worth trying - BBQ Pork and Apple Flatbread Coffee-brined Pork Shoulder, Apple Butter, Queso Fresco, Coffee-BBQ Sauce
  • Arturo W.
    Arturo WallisAugust 21, 2012
    If you check on the same day you can sometimes get a last minute reservation due to cancellations. Try to reserve around 9:30 do that you can catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
  • Jena M.
    Jena McDowNovember 8, 2013
    If you don't eat here your trip is ruined! I love it been here 2 times and both experiences' has been better than any other restaurants I've been to on Disney property!
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangFebruary 9, 2014
    The Pork Two Ways entree was excellent. Never had pork so tender before! And the pork belly was so tasty!
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany CulpOctober 11, 2011
    1. Get a seat by a window, the view of the magic kingdom is spectacular. 2. Get any item on the menu that contains goat cheese. 3. Stick the mickey confetti on your nose and keep a straight face.
  • J F.
    J FNovember 10, 2014
    Service is stellar and being able to watch the fireworks was great. That said, I wasn't bowled over by the food. Worth it to do once, not sure if it will be on future itineraries.
  • Lane K.
    Lane KutsorFebruary 14, 2016
    Totally worth it for the amazing views of the sunset over Bay Lake and the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom.
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangFebruary 9, 2014
    The rock shrimp salad was good but the dressing was a bit salty for me. The shrimp was fried, so not the healthiest version but considering it was accompanied by salad, I'd say things balance out ;)
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 5, 2012
    Simply amazing. The food was some of the best at Disney. The sushi may have been the best rolls I have ever had. Book months in advance
  • Heather L.
    Heather LutzApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask to sit in the wine room, try the sushi (Spicy Kazan is the best), and enjoy a loooong dinner with those you love. You won't be disappointed!
  • Jill H.
    Jill HimayaDecember 17, 2013
    Everything here is amazing, the sushi is magnificent ad well as the Bison , 24 hour braised short rib and the seafood stew!!
  • Craig W.
    Craig WingersonJune 15, 2015
    Dined too early to see fireworks? As long as it's the same night, show your receipt at the podium and they will let you return to watch fireworks that night from the 14th floor deck.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoJanuary 22, 2015
    The view. The fresh Cali-inspired menu. Everything is good. Worth every penny.
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DrumsMarch 29, 2012
    View of Wishes was superb. Food was good but not great. For great or borderline fantastic, stick with Citricos or Victoria & Alberts at Grand Floridian.
  • Post M.
    Post MidnightNovember 11, 2011
    The smore molten chocolate cake, bison, Kazan roll...everything is awesome. Ask for Jenny - she transformed our meal from amazing to legendary.
  • Jackie Z.
    Jackie Zima-EvansSeptember 8, 2015
    Views are spectacular. One of my favorite restaurants in Disney! Make sure to stay to watch the fireworks!
  • Minh N.
    Minh NghiMay 28, 2015
    Great food and view of the Magic Kingdom. Time dinner correctly and see the fireworks from multiple parks from your seat or the observation decks.
  • Courtney
    CourtneyDecember 29, 2016
    If it's not busy, you can get full-service from the lounge (waiting area) without having to make a reservation. Just ask at the 2nd floor check-in desk.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KaplanOctober 25, 2014
    One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Top restaurants in Disney and probably all of Florida
  • J L.
    J LJuly 11, 2010
    The best food and wine list in Disney period !! Great wine list. Great sushi, great filet mignon and dessert selection!! Also awesome view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks anyway !
  • Maria M.
    Maria MyrbackNovember 29, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best place to see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The steak is so tender you can cut it with the back of a knife. A nice, inexpensive meal: split a flatbread & sushi. The sushi is AMAZING! Read more
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 30, 2011
    Rachael is a fantastic server at the #CaliforniaGrill . If you get her, she will make ordering uberfun and will provide awesome service.
  • Kristen H.
    The sushi is to die for, and the wine list extensive. Our favorite restaurant in all of Disney World.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KeithNovember 20, 2013
    Awesome place!!!! The view of Cinderella's castle is amazing and spectacular during the firework show!!
  • Star M.
    Star Mountain KennelAugust 3, 2015
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. Excellent food and great service. Bonus is the fireworks view.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa StylosApril 17, 2012
    Great! Ask for Ron, best server! Cheese plate is to die for! Can't gone wrong with the Malbec.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 30, 2011
    Spicy kazan roll on the left and tuna three ways on the right. Both killer sushi dishes. You can't go wrong.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrawfordJanuary 12, 2013
    The scallop salad was one of the best things I have ever eaten! And the venison is fantastic!
  • Ian W.
    Ian WardOctober 12, 2014
    Recently renovated, great place to see the fireworks. Reservations not needed for the bar.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreeneApril 7, 2011
    Absolutely one of the best Caesar salads around. Get the bison ny strip. Get reservations for 8:00 on to see fireworks.
  • Lynne B.
    Lynne BingelOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place was amazing!!! Try the sake martini and the pork belly sushi. Amazing!!!
  • John D.
    John DelhotalAugust 31, 2014
    This is the best view of Magic Kingdom and the fireworks. I hear the food is amazing as well... Haha.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrownMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Reservations are mandatory-best to start trying exactly 180 days out. If all else fails, they serve a full menu from the bar.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishAugust 26, 2016
    Came here for birthday dinner. Great view of fireworks and excellent food.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    The California roll crab meat is high quality. Great detail is paid to the sushi ingredients.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BarrettFebruary 13, 2014
    Save your receipt and come back and watch the fireworks! They pump in the music! Get there 30 minutes early for a good spot!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerAugust 1, 2011
    Ask for a window seat when making reservations. They are booked 6 months out. Great wine list and sushi.
  • Bryan F.
    Bryan FuerstApril 23, 2011
    Make sure you time your reservation so that you are able to see the fireworks display - - most amazing perspective!
  • patrick w.
    patrick wilsonFebruary 28, 2014
    Excellent for kids and adults ..best meal in Disney
  • Maria M.
    Maria MyrbackAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderful cuisine. Sit in the lounge for the best view. Ask for Rachel because she is full of WIN.
  • Mashable
    MashableMay 11, 2011
    Reservations needed. You can see the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks from here and they have the best sushi. - Kristen Heptinstall
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can't get reservation, try the bar/lounge area. Same full menu and view!
  • Matt M.
    Matt McNelleyMarch 24, 2011
    Try the espresso cheesecake for dessert and watch the fireworks from the deck, you won't regret either choice!
  • Lorraine M.
    Lorraine MFebruary 24, 2014
    Wasn't as intimate as I thought it would be. Was told there is a dress code yet there were people in there in shorts and sneakers. The food was amazing but not the overall experience.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaJune 27, 2016
    Very filling portion on the pork two ways. Great option if you're hungry.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WhiteSeptember 26, 2014
    Pork tenderloin & beef tenderloin. Great spot to view Magic Kingdom fireworks.
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SiddenSeptember 21, 2013
    The views of The Magic Kingdom is amazing!!!!!!!! Go to the lounge and check it out!
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HeptinstallFebruary 12, 2011
    Hands-down my favorite Disney World restaurant, and our special place for anniversaries and celebrations. Try the sushi!
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PattersonSeptember 27, 2011
    Abdell is fantastic! Very personable and makes great recommendations. Highly recommend the sushi
  • Anna C.
    Anna CrofootJanuary 10, 2012
    Don't have Joae as a waitor. Gary at the table next to us gave better service. Also, if you get the beef, get it bteween rare &med. Any more & its toi done.
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KozupMay 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Window tables not guaranteed. Ask at the 2nd floor podium and expect to wait. The view is worth it!
  • brandie
    brandieDecember 3, 2012
    I was excited to eat here after reading the reviews, but our experience is way below par. The cheeseburger flatbread is more greasy than bar food, & the Surf and Turf sushi just inedible. So sad!
  • Ibtisam T.
    Ibtisam TahirApril 13, 2016
    Very nice view .. Love the food and exelaint service
  • bananabelle
    bananabelleDecember 21, 2013
    Save room for dessert. Their chocolate pudding is absolutely heavenly.
  • David P.
    David PowellOctober 22, 2013
    No beer on draught, but a respectable selection of bottled craft beers.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CornwellOctober 11, 2014
    Food is superb! View is awesome! Uses 2 points on the dining plan.
  • Melissa Rose
    Melissa RoseJanuary 8, 2013
    Go outside! There are great views of Magic Kingdom from the roof top overlook!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonSeptember 29, 2010
    Get reservations like a year ahead, but its great & has view of fireworks. You can also eat in lounge.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NashAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best meal in Disney... Ask for Jenny, she's amazing! Great service
  • Clifford R.
    Clifford RyanJune 28, 2012
    Reservations at 7:30 or later should allow you to be dining while observing Magic Kingdom fireworks.
  • Brett R.
    Brett RumpelstiltskinDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't miss with sushi or the filet mignon.
  • Rusty L.
    Rusty LeihyJuly 12, 2012
    For any sushi lover the vegetarian sushi is amazing !
  • Doug G.
    Doug G.September 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Jenny O is a great server. One of the best I've ever had.
  • Steve "Gigs" .
    Steve "Gigs" 🐧November 2, 2011
    Overall C- experience: Had 9:20 reservations and was not seated till nearly 10. For the price, I expect more from Disney. Missed fireworks. Food OK. Server was nice. I've had better fine dining.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJuly 22, 2015
    Delicious with great views.
  • Missy B.
    Missy BennettAugust 16, 2011
    Make sure to ask for Justin, he's knowledgeable and very prompt. Great waiter!
  • Lucia F.
    Lucia FonsecaJanuary 25, 2014
    Delicious food & great service. The steak was amazing.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SchreitMarch 22, 2012
    Filet was UNBELIEVABLY good!! Medium Rare the ONLY way to go!!
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MorrisMarch 21, 2014
    Try the BBQ pork and apple flatbread... Delicious!
  • Peter A.
    Peter A.August 22, 2010
    Once again California Grill was the Culinary highlight of our trip. You gotta get here. A celebration of flavor and service.
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AveryDecember 26, 2013
    The Pork Two Ways is amazing!!!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 20, 2011
    Try the Mushroom Medley And Goat Cheese Flatbread With Truffle Oill
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MatheniaJune 1, 2011
    Reserve as early as you can. Tables are becoming hard to come by.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YaunOctober 17, 2011
    You can't wear hats here. You can wear all Mickey t-shirt or even jorts but no hats allowed.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WagnerFebruary 13, 2011
    Overrated ambience- kids will need to suck it up and eat something besides nuggets and hot dogs. Fireworks? Decent but not if you're behind a pole- tons of ppl go out on the terrace to view them.
  • xǝlɐ 
    xǝlɐ July 26, 2010
    Ask to have Gary as your server. He is excellent and has amazing stories.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KeyesJanuary 26, 2016
    Best view for fireworks!
  • Andoni M.
    Andoni Molina-BlancoNovember 29, 2013
    Incredible thanksgiving dinner!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MontiJanuary 28, 2012
    Ask for Roberto- and enjoy the warm Service
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    No need for a reservation if you eat at the bar or in the lounge.
  • Didi M.
    Didi MarieOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Dragon Roll looks divine.
  • Fernando
    FernandoNovember 11, 2014
    Great views of fireworks
  • Hildeberto M.
    Hildeberto MartínezAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent view, great food and fireworks!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 25, 2011
    Arrive 30 minutes early for your reservation and request a window seat.
  • Deena G.
    Deena GSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rachel is the best server! Food is excellent.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BOctober 6, 2013
    Spicy Kazan Roll - amazing
  • Doug G.
    Doug G.September 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rachel is the best server. Third time and only gets better!
  • Jerry Croutons
    Jerry CroutonsOctober 13
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is outstanding!
  • Didi M.
    Didi MarieJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    No better place for a birthday celebration!
  • Louis P.
    Louis PosillicoOctober 6, 2013
    Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli and a Dragon Roll. Yum!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HarrisOctober 11, 2011
    Eat the best sushi here and watch some awesome fireworks.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SandersJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hold on to your receipt and come back for the fireworks!
  • Brian
    BrianJune 27, 2011
    Ask for Jorge. Terrific Server!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 25, 2011
    Tuan three ways. Wifey says it is almost as good as sex!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CaselnovaMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place for sushi and dinner
  • Robert M.
    Robert MorrisonAugust 12, 2014
    Best views in "The World".
  • Amber
    AmberSeptember 16, 2016
    Amazing menu and food!
  • Whitney G.
    Whitney GeorgeOctober 30, 2010
    This is best sushi ever! Try the Kazaan roll.
  • Rudy A.
    Rudy ArciniegaMarch 6, 2016
    Awesome ribs and pork belly
  • Cookie M.
    Cookie MonsterNovember 3, 2015
    The food is not that special. Overrated and overpriced, but you can't beat the view. Why the screaming kids people?
  • Tony C.
    Tony CaselnovaJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bar & sushi at WDW
  • Diane M.
    Diane MaguireOctober 3, 2013
    Best view around wdw
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    The Sashimi plate appetizer melts. Delicious.
  • Yoly
    YolyJanuary 16, 2012
    Tuna 3 ways is very good. Kazan roll is mayonnaise, hear-attack on a plate mess. Spicy mayo completely overwhelms roll. Cheese platter brings thumb nail sized pieces. Dragon roll looked delish.
  • Wayne B.
    Wayne BrownSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy Kazan Roll is DA BOMB!
  • Emma C.
    Emma CorlettOctober 13
    Chocolate cake
  • Dave F.
    Dave FortinSeptember 25, 2011
    Spicy kazan roll, fantastic!
  • Kerry P.
    Kerry PApril 5, 2012
    Best place to eat at WDW.
  • Hunter B.
    Hunter BasseletJanuary 9, 2013
    Seriously the best food I've ever had.
  • Cat P.
    Cat PetersMay 23, 2012
    Bring a sweater because it's freezing in here!!!!
  • Neil E.
    Neil EbelingJuly 27, 2012
    The Sushi is amazing!!!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer S.January 12, 2014
    Table seat for Wishes!
  • Dana F.
    Dana FritchieDecember 29, 2011
    Jenny is THE best server!
  • Heather E.
    Heather EhardtSeptember 21, 2010
    Kids love the dessert sushi on the children's menu!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AmosSeptember 4, 2011
    Clearly the best view of fireworks
  • Gerald H.
    Gerald HallMarch 19, 2014
    No hats for men. Resort wear enforced.
  • JenDodge
    JenDodgeNovember 19, 2011
    Ive had better sushi at Martin's grocery store.
  • 44
    44July 16, 2011
    Overrated. Great views and average food. The bartenders cannot make a decent drink to save their lives. I will eat elsewhere.
  • Des T.
    Des TurnerDecember 20, 2013
    Going tonight, let you know how it is
  • Cristina G.
    Cristina GomezOctober 18, 2014
    Disney fireworks! Lounge area is not good any more, bad service and sushi was too cold , like if it had been done for hours!!!!
  • Sue G.
    Sue GoldmanJanuary 6, 2016
    Strange menu
  • Katy A.
    Katy AnadaleSeptember 6, 2010
    Sushi, sushi, sushi!
  • Stacey G.
    Stacey GossOctober 15, 2011
    We love Daniel!!
  • Kelly
    KellyFebruary 12, 2011
    yummy!!!!!!!!!
  • amber
    amberMarch 4, 2012
    Donald was a terrible sever and made for a miserable experience.
  • Margaret F.
    Margaret FJanuary 19, 2011
    No tap beer :(
  • Isabelle
    IsabelleNovember 8, 2013
    Faca reserva com antecedência para ter essa experiência. Ótimo restaurante com ótimos garçons, ambiente maravilhoso a preço acessível. Aproveitem para ver wishes! Faca reserva para cedo, pois da tempo
  • André B.
    André BorgesJuly 26, 2015
    Reserve o jantar durante os fogos... Maravilhoso!
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas MachadoJanuary 25, 2014
    Espetacular! O preço é bem puxado, mas vale a pena.
  • Fernando M C.
    Fernando M Cañizales HernandezSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    El Bisonte y la tabla de quesos!!!
  • Abuelinho
    AbuelinhoApril 4, 2012
    Hagan su reservación del Restaurante cuando menos 1 mes antes.
  • Ale M.
    Ale MuñozDecember 12, 2014
    Solo con Dining PLan. Si lo vas a pagar en cash no lo vale
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