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California Grill

American Restaurant$$$$
Disney's Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista
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  • 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."(39 Tips)
    Craig W.
    "your receipt at the podium"(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Lane K.
    Lane KFebruary 14, 2016
    Totally worth it for the amazing views of the sunset over Bay Lake and the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoJanuary 22, 2015
    The view. The fresh Cali-inspired menu. Everything is good. Worth every penny.
  • 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!
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Star M.
    Star Mountain KennelAugust 3, 2015
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. Excellent food and great service. Bonus is the fireworks view.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KeithNovember 20, 2013
    Awesome place!!!! The view of Cinderella's castle is amazing and spectacular during the firework show!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrawfordJanuary 12, 2013
    The scallop salad was one of the best things I have ever eaten! And the venison is fantastic!
  • 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.
  • Ian W.
    Ian WardOctober 12, 2014
    Recently renovated, great place to see the fireworks. Reservations not needed for the bar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    The California roll crab meat is high quality. Great detail is paid to the sushi ingredients.
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