California Grill Lounge

★★★★★
  • 4600 North World Dr.

    Orlando, FL 32830

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My husband made a reservation to celebrate my birthday; when we went we liked the atmosphere the menu, and the view. Unfortunately our dinner & celebration was ruined by the miscommunication of the server.
We ordered the first course that

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My husband made a reservation to celebrate my birthday; when we went we liked the atmosphere the menu, and the view. Unfortunately our dinner & celebration was ruined by the miscommunication of the server.
We ordered the first course that

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Very creative cuisine with prices to match. Beautiful views all around. A special place for special occasions.

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★★★★★

Very creative cuisine with prices to match. Beautiful views all around. A special place for special occasions.

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My husband and I heard alot of good things about California Grill...but WE were not prepared for what was to come. We went to Disney for our anniversary and was told California grill was the place to go for anniversaries.....and IT WAS! The best food We have ever had...I was very tempted to lick my plate. Let me not for get the sushi. They didnt have spicy salmon on the menu, so we asked and they made it happen. I didnt realize there was a world famous sushi chef there!!!! I crave there sushi!!!! CRAVE!We live in Alabama and We are very tempted to drive 8 hours for a night at California grill!!!!Awesome.We will be back!

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My husband and I heard alot of good things about California Grill...but WE were not prepared for what was to come. We went to Disney for our anniversary and was told California grill was the place to go for anniversaries.....and IT WAS! The best food We have ever had...I was very tempted to lick my plate. Let me not for get the sushi. They didnt have spicy salmon on the menu, so we asked and they made it happen. I didnt realize there was a world famous sushi chef there!!!! I crave there sushi!!!! CRAVE!We live in Alabama and We are very tempted to drive 8 hours for a night at California grill!!!!Awesome.We will be back!

Pros: The Best sushi......EVER!

Cons: Cant think of any!

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We dined here on our honeymoon, and it was simply amazing. The food is delicious, and we had window seats and reservations timed to where we could see the fireworks.

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We dined here on our honeymoon, and it was simply amazing. The food is delicious, and we had window seats and reservations timed to where we could see the fireworks.

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California Grill is a great restaurant in Disney. The view from here is like no other restaurant. They even pipe in the music form the firework's show.

They have a great selection that changes all of the time. The desserts are worth the wait and the service is fantastic. Our steaks are always cooked perfectly. It is a very nice upscale restaurant if you need a break from the traditional Disney cheeseburger.

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★★★★★

California Grill is a great restaurant in Disney. The view from here is like no other restaurant. They even pipe in the music form the firework's show.

They have a great selection that changes all of the time. The desserts are worth the wait and the service is fantastic. Our steaks are always cooked perfectly. It is a very nice upscale restaurant if you need a break from the traditional Disney cheeseburger.

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During our recent WDW trip, we had four dinner reservations at California Grill. We loved the place for years; fabulous meals, wine, and service.
This year's visit could be our last to California Grill for dinner. Two miserable dinners in succession, May 12+13. We cancelled the rest. Something big has changed. The menu still has some familiar offerings -- but a longstanding favorite is gone: Brick Oven Fired Flatbreads.
Our first night, the entrees disappointed. The filet of beef was too heavily salted to be enjoyed or eaten, and the grouper was cold while the vegetables beneath it were steaming hot. We were told the chef cooks the fish to a medium-rare heat unless instructed otherwise. Hmm... the fish was cooked through, but cold. But we reordered.
The filet wasn't salted the second service, while the fish was too undercooked. We requested they fire it just five more minutes, which should have allowed us to dine together. INSTEAD, nothing come back for about twenty minutes. So one ate without the other having any meal before them.
They redid the entire grouper order; against our request. It was fully cooked but the vegetables were not of the same wonderful quality the first servings had been. Had they left the vegetables on previous service, that would have been good.
We spent over 2 hours to have an entree each; over 3 1/2 hours from seating through dessert and coffee. It derailed our evening entirely.
The manager and server were as good as they could be over it. But being on the Deluxe Plan, we'd prepaid for dinner; "comping" could not wipe away that disastrous dinner ($170.00 + gratuity). We tip generously, in cash.
Because the front of house had been so gracious, we returned the next night, certain the first evening had been a fluke and we had nothing to worry about.
We both ordered the pork tenderloin, a meal enjoyed on numerous visits over past years; I had carrots not polenta. I'd ordered a Sonoma Goat Cheese appetizer. It came out with parmesan and another (?asiago) cheese grated onto it. I don't eat parmesan cheese. I explained this to the server, noting that no additional cheeses appeared on the menu; if it had, I'd have asked them not to apply it. I requested that another without the added cheeses atop. He asked if we might "push the cheese aside?" I said I'd be losing all the other wonderful flavors -- tomato and pesto, because the grated cheese covered everything! The second service was fabulous.
Then the entrees came. Again, salty. The pork was salted; too much for our liking, edible (NOT enjoyable). My carrots were another story. They were served in little diagonal disks; each little sliver of carrot was so salty as to be entirely devoid of carrot TASTE.
What has happened to this fabulous restaurant? Some staff have been there for years; we spotted familiar faces from years past. But the food has suffered. Meals there had been a harmony of fabulous flavor; pure delight. Proper food prep does not over season to overwhelm the taste buds. Food at CGl was never salty before; if salted, it was subtle -- you'd barely notice. We hope things improve before our next visit. But if we dine there again, we might share a meal to play it safe, certain we can dine together.

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During our recent WDW trip, we had four dinner reservations at California Grill. We loved the place for years; fabulous meals, wine, and service.
This year's visit could be our last to California Grill for dinner. Two miserable dinners in succession, May 12+13. We cancelled the rest. Something big has changed. The menu still has some familiar offerings -- but a longstanding favorite is gone: Brick Oven Fired Flatbreads.
Our first night, the entrees disappointed. The filet of beef was too heavily salted to be enjoyed or eaten, and the grouper was cold while the vegetables beneath it were steaming hot. We were told the chef cooks the fish to a medium-rare heat unless instructed otherwise. Hmm... the fish was cooked through, but cold. But we reordered.
The filet wasn't salted the second service, while the fish was too undercooked. We requested they fire it just five more minutes, which should have allowed us to dine together. INSTEAD, nothing come back for about twenty minutes. So one ate without the other having any meal before them.
They redid the entire grouper order; against our request. It was fully cooked but the vegetables were not of the same wonderful quality the first servings had been. Had they left the vegetables on previous service, that would have been good.
We spent over 2 hours to have an entree each; over 3 1/2 hours from seating through dessert and coffee. It derailed our evening entirely.
The manager and server were as good as they could be over it. But being on the Deluxe Plan, we'd prepaid for dinner; "comping" could not wipe away that disastrous dinner ($170.00 + gratuity). We tip generously, in cash.
Because the front of house had been so gracious, we returned the next night, certain the first evening had been a fluke and we had nothing to worry about.
We both ordered the pork tenderloin, a meal enjoyed on numerous visits over past years; I had carrots not polenta. I'd ordered a Sonoma Goat Cheese appetizer. It came out with parmesan and another (?asiago) cheese grated onto it. I don't eat parmesan cheese. I explained this to the server, noting that no additional cheeses appeared on the menu; if it had, I'd have asked them not to apply it. I requested that another without the added cheeses atop. He asked if we might "push the cheese aside?" I said I'd be losing all the other wonderful flavors -- tomato and pesto, because the grated cheese covered everything! The second service was fabulous.
Then the entrees came. Again, salty. The pork was salted; too much for our liking, edible (NOT enjoyable). My carrots were another story. They were served in little diagonal disks; each little sliver of carrot was so salty as to be entirely devoid of carrot TASTE.
What has happened to this fabulous restaurant? Some staff have been there for years; we spotted familiar faces from years past. But the food has suffered. Meals there had been a harmony of fabulous flavor; pure delight. Proper food prep does not over season to overwhelm the taste buds. Food at CGl was never salty before; if salted, it was subtle -- you'd barely notice. We hope things improve before our next visit. But if we dine there again, we might share a meal to play it safe, certain we can dine together.

Pros: Creative Appetizers Usually Excite

Cons: Cows enjoy a good salt lick; foodies not so much.

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California Grill is one of our favorite places to visit at Disney. The food is probably the best on property, and they have an awesome selection that changes all the time. Their sushi is excellent, and my family thinks that the Fillet is superb!! I would suggest going during the Magic Kingdom fireworks, they dim the lights and pipe in the music for an amazing view!! I totally recommend California Grill to anyone looking for good food and a great dining experience!

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★★★★★

California Grill is one of our favorite places to visit at Disney. The food is probably the best on property, and they have an awesome selection that changes all the time. Their sushi is excellent, and my family thinks that the Fillet is superb!! I would suggest going during the Magic Kingdom fireworks, they dim the lights and pipe in the music for an amazing view!! I totally recommend California Grill to anyone looking for good food and a great dining experience!

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Go for the view and skip the food.
It's free to make a reservation and when your table is ready just tell them you changed your mind and nothing looks good tonight.
Menus are diffrent every night and 4 years ago we had a great time and the food was awesome. After the experaince last night I will never return. Waste of time and money. it took 45 min from when we ordered the food untill the time it came to our table. When it did the baked grouper was dry and cold. horrible! The manger said there was no way for the fish to have sat and there was no way it was served cold. Basiclly calling me a liar. This was apauling service. I called the Area Manager Bridget Sherren, and she still hasn't returned my call. Worse thing was this was my special 30th Birthday Dinner. The whole thing took 3 hours and we didn't even have enough time to go out to eat a real meal. The Grouper dish was $35 and yes we had to pay for it.

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Go for the view and skip the food.
It's free to make a reservation and when your table is ready just tell them you changed your mind and nothing looks good tonight.
Menus are diffrent every night and 4 years ago we had a great time and the food was awesome. After the experaince last night I will never return. Waste of time and money. it took 45 min from when we ordered the food untill the time it came to our table. When it did the baked grouper was dry and cold. horrible! The manger said there was no way for the fish to have sat and there was no way it was served cold. Basiclly calling me a liar. This was apauling service. I called the Area Manager Bridget Sherren, and she still hasn't returned my call. Worse thing was this was my special 30th Birthday Dinner. The whole thing took 3 hours and we didn't even have enough time to go out to eat a real meal. The Grouper dish was $35 and yes we had to pay for it.

Pros: View

Cons: Bad Service, Bad Fish, Long wait, reservations still have 30min wait.

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Had a great evening at California Grill. Excellent wine list. Fantastic Sushi and Steaks. Wonderful service -- and wonderful views of Magic Kingdom fireworks.

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Had a great evening at California Grill. Excellent wine list. Fantastic Sushi and Steaks. Wonderful service -- and wonderful views of Magic Kingdom fireworks.

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It?s pricey for sure, reservations typically need to be made way in advance, and the same clothes you wore to the theme parks that day might not be appropriate at this upscale restaurant. Nonetheless, this is my favorite restaurant in the entire world. The views in this penthouse restaurant on top of the Contemporary hotel are spectacular, especially at sunset and when the fireworks shows are going on next door at the Magic Kingdom. The food is equally exquisite, especially the art-like sushi plates and the flavorful flatbread pizzas. Be sure to save room for dessert! The apple pie I had was AMAZING!

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It?s pricey for sure, reservations typically need to be made way in advance, and the same clothes you wore to the theme parks that day might not be appropriate at this upscale restaurant. Nonetheless, this is my favorite restaurant in the entire world. The views in this penthouse restaurant on top of the Contemporary hotel are spectacular, especially at sunset and when the fireworks shows are going on next door at the Magic Kingdom. The food is equally exquisite, especially the art-like sushi plates and the flavorful flatbread pizzas. Be sure to save room for dessert! The apple pie I had was AMAZING!

Pros: views, food, service, ambience

Cons: expensive, reservations usually necessary

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Well, if you read the other reviews on this restaurant, it should convince you to pack your bags or get in your car if you live close enough and make your way straight to the California Grill. Our first experience was back in 2001--AWESOME! Next, we went in 2004 (2 x during our 5 day visit to Disney World)--AWESOME AGAIN! And then we just got back two days ago from Disney World and of course, eating at the California Grill--IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING HOW PLEASED WE WERE. I would recommend you make reservations at least 3 months in advance. If you don't like to preplan, they will still seat you w/o a reservation, but you will eat in the bar/lounge area--not bad, but you feel awkward sitting in Lazy Boy style chairs or on a sofa while downing one of their mouth watering meals--can put a damper on the ambience. Each time we've gone to this restaurant, we have NEVER been disappointed. The sushi is outstanding and fresh; in fact, I think their head sushi chef (a woman?) is world renown for her craft. The service is over the top!! We enjoy quality food and this restaurant definitely deserves recognition for giving their customers the best. I suggest if you do visit Disney World, to patronize this restaurant, as well as the Flying Fish Cafe (on the Boardwalk outside of the Epcot Center). Enjoy!!

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★★★★★

Well, if you read the other reviews on this restaurant, it should convince you to pack your bags or get in your car if you live close enough and make your way straight to the California Grill. Our first experience was back in 2001--AWESOME! Next, we went in 2004 (2 x during our 5 day visit to Disney World)--AWESOME AGAIN! And then we just got back two days ago from Disney World and of course, eating at the California Grill--IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING HOW PLEASED WE WERE. I would recommend you make reservations at least 3 months in advance. If you don't like to preplan, they will still seat you w/o a reservation, but you will eat in the bar/lounge area--not bad, but you feel awkward sitting in Lazy Boy style chairs or on a sofa while downing one of their mouth watering meals--can put a damper on the ambience. Each time we've gone to this restaurant, we have NEVER been disappointed. The sushi is outstanding and fresh; in fact, I think their head sushi chef (a woman?) is world renown for her craft. The service is over the top!! We enjoy quality food and this restaurant definitely deserves recognition for giving their customers the best. I suggest if you do visit Disney World, to patronize this restaurant, as well as the Flying Fish Cafe (on the Boardwalk outside of the Epcot Center). Enjoy!!

Pros: Food, View, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Need to reserve months in advance

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My hubby & I went here to celebrate my birthday. Our table had Mickey Confetti on it & the best view in the house! Space Mountain, Cinderallas Castle, the Grand Floridian, all right there. Then we met Ron, our waiter. What a great guy! He went over the wine menus with us, asked us to ponder if we wanted dessert (as they take some time to make) was off to get water & main menus with a sincerely meant "Let's have some fun tonight!"We tried the spicy sensation sushi appetizer. Ick! The fish was not fresh, the nori was so dry you could hardly chew it, and the sauce was more like a goopy gravy. We had a couple bites, then pushed the rest aside. Certainly not up to the standards I expected.That's the only bad expereince. We then moved on to the Goat Cheese Ravioli & a Peach/Walnut Frisee salad. Both were yummy, but the Ravioli was to die for! It was served in a nice broth, not a sauce, which was nice to see.For dinner I had the beef tenderloin with bacon/garlic mashed potatoes and haircot verts w/garlic. Hubby had the snapper with a coconut curry lime sauce & asian rice patty. My tenderlon was very good! The sauce was yummy & the potatoes were awesome. Hubbys was very good. Fresh, not a bit fishy, a lovely light sauce and fantastic presentation. We tried four wines.A Riesling with the sushi. A great combo if the sushi had been to par. Then 3 different Cabernets. We really dont' do dessert but it being my birthday they brought a special sliver of dark chocolate with Happy Birthday from the California Grill on it. Dinner came to $200 but with our DDE we saved 20%. Afterwards we went out on the catwalk & took pictures of the fantastic sunset.All in all, a great evening, very good food, nice wine selection (albeit it from California) great service! NOT a place for the kids! Everyone was actually dressed to code the evening we went but I can see how a bunch of down dressers could ruin the mood for some. A lesser server could ruin this terrific experience

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★★★★★

My hubby & I went here to celebrate my birthday. Our table had Mickey Confetti on it & the best view in the house! Space Mountain, Cinderallas Castle, the Grand Floridian, all right there. Then we met Ron, our waiter. What a great guy! He went over the wine menus with us, asked us to ponder if we wanted dessert (as they take some time to make) was off to get water & main menus with a sincerely meant "Let's have some fun tonight!"We tried the spicy sensation sushi appetizer. Ick! The fish was not fresh, the nori was so dry you could hardly chew it, and the sauce was more like a goopy gravy. We had a couple bites, then pushed the rest aside. Certainly not up to the standards I expected.That's the only bad expereince. We then moved on to the Goat Cheese Ravioli & a Peach/Walnut Frisee salad. Both were yummy, but the Ravioli was to die for! It was served in a nice broth, not a sauce, which was nice to see.For dinner I had the beef tenderloin with bacon/garlic mashed potatoes and haircot verts w/garlic. Hubby had the snapper with a coconut curry lime sauce & asian rice patty. My tenderlon was very good! The sauce was yummy & the potatoes were awesome. Hubbys was very good. Fresh, not a bit fishy, a lovely light sauce and fantastic presentation. We tried four wines.A Riesling with the sushi. A great combo if the sushi had been to par. Then 3 different Cabernets. We really dont' do dessert but it being my birthday they brought a special sliver of dark chocolate with Happy Birthday from the California Grill on it. Dinner came to $200 but with our DDE we saved 20%. Afterwards we went out on the catwalk & took pictures of the fantastic sunset.All in all, a great evening, very good food, nice wine selection (albeit it from California) great service! NOT a place for the kids! Everyone was actually dressed to code the evening we went but I can see how a bunch of down dressers could ruin the mood for some. A lesser server could ruin this terrific experience

Pros: Great service, nice wines, delicious food

Cons: Tourists who dont obey dress codes and/or bring their kids

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Have had the pleasure of eating at the California Grill several times. Absolutely nothing compares to it.
Like trying to explain a Lexus to a devoted Cadillac owner. WHO CARES where you sit..there are NO bad views..Last time we sat in front of the kitchen and watched the cooks...what a treat!! Service, Food, everything is Magic as Disney puts it.... But like anything else like it in it's class...if you have to ask
"How Much?"...this place isn't for you!! Just try to find a post meal treat like watching the Magical Kingdom fireworks show on top of the Contemporary Resort after your meal...Eye Level..That itself is worth the price of admission...Can't wait until next year..am already saving up my change..

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★★★★★

Have had the pleasure of eating at the California Grill several times. Absolutely nothing compares to it.
Like trying to explain a Lexus to a devoted Cadillac owner. WHO CARES where you sit..there are NO bad views..Last time we sat in front of the kitchen and watched the cooks...what a treat!! Service, Food, everything is Magic as Disney puts it.... But like anything else like it in it's class...if you have to ask
"How Much?"...this place isn't for you!! Just try to find a post meal treat like watching the Magical Kingdom fireworks show on top of the Contemporary Resort after your meal...Eye Level..That itself is worth the price of admission...Can't wait until next year..am already saving up my change..

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience...one of a kind experience.

Cons: Not for the weak of wallet kind or then non- appreciater of the finer side of life's experiences.

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We went to the California Grill on 4/7/07 to celebrate my son's 10th birthday. I was unsure about going there because of his age and the price on the menu but that is where he watned to go and we went. It was fabulous. We had a window seat and watched the sunset which was fabulous. The service was beyond great. The food is fabulous. We had the filet of beef that was to die for.The firebread and sushi melted in your mouth.I don't think there is anything on the menu that could possibly be bad.We came back later that evening to watch the fireworks from the rooftop and it was unbelievable.They made sure to help us make this the best birthday possible for my son. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to experience a really nice evening. It is not stuffy and made to feel uncomfortable by any means.It is warm and inviting and everyone working there wants to make sure you have a great time. The experience is worth the price.The only thing that bothered me when we went was another family was there with there teenage daughters that were dressed horribly.They were told about their attire but put on sweatshirts to cover themselves. They had on short shorts and it was not acceptable for dinner. Other than that one incedent I would recommend everyone to dine there.I will be going every year I come back to Disney!

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★★★★★

We went to the California Grill on 4/7/07 to celebrate my son's 10th birthday. I was unsure about going there because of his age and the price on the menu but that is where he watned to go and we went. It was fabulous. We had a window seat and watched the sunset which was fabulous. The service was beyond great. The food is fabulous. We had the filet of beef that was to die for.The firebread and sushi melted in your mouth.I don't think there is anything on the menu that could possibly be bad.We came back later that evening to watch the fireworks from the rooftop and it was unbelievable.They made sure to help us make this the best birthday possible for my son. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to experience a really nice evening. It is not stuffy and made to feel uncomfortable by any means.It is warm and inviting and everyone working there wants to make sure you have a great time. The experience is worth the price.The only thing that bothered me when we went was another family was there with there teenage daughters that were dressed horribly.They were told about their attire but put on sweatshirts to cover themselves. They had on short shorts and it was not acceptable for dinner. Other than that one incedent I would recommend everyone to dine there.I will be going every year I come back to Disney!

Pros: Fabulous- only great things to say about it

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My wife and I were amazed at the excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

First of all, the service was incredible. Our waiter, Ron, was super friendly. He talked to us about everything, even his future career plans. He was very quick to serve us and made sure our drinks were full and food was good.

Secondly, the food was great. Definately worth the price. Try the sushi, even if you don't like seafood. It will make you think twice. The sushi chef is supposedly among top 10 in Florida sushi chefs.

Lastly, the view was incredible at night. You got to see almost all of the Disney Resort area. And seeing the Magical Kingdom lit up with fireworks, was to say the least, "magical".

Price is high, but quality is high too. You get what you pay for. Make sure you make reservations 3-5 of weeks ahead of time.

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★★★★★

My wife and I were amazed at the excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

First of all, the service was incredible. Our waiter, Ron, was super friendly. He talked to us about everything, even his future career plans. He was very quick to serve us and made sure our drinks were full and food was good.

Secondly, the food was great. Definately worth the price. Try the sushi, even if you don't like seafood. It will make you think twice. The sushi chef is supposedly among top 10 in Florida sushi chefs.

Lastly, the view was incredible at night. You got to see almost all of the Disney Resort area. And seeing the Magical Kingdom lit up with fireworks, was to say the least, "magical".

Price is high, but quality is high too. You get what you pay for. Make sure you make reservations 3-5 of weeks ahead of time.

Pros: Great Food, Awesome Service, Romantic Atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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We have had a wonderful time during each trip we have made to the California Grill. The food is amazing (try the romaine salad with green goddess dressing and any type of sushi), the view is really neat, and the menu has something for everyone, including kids. The servers that we have had were very knowledgeable and their wine selections were great. It is especially fun to sit at the sushi bar, because the chefs are really fun. We had a great experience. Make sure to get priority seating as soon as you can in advance, because it fills up quick. Very much worth the price!

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★★★★★

We have had a wonderful time during each trip we have made to the California Grill. The food is amazing (try the romaine salad with green goddess dressing and any type of sushi), the view is really neat, and the menu has something for everyone, including kids. The servers that we have had were very knowledgeable and their wine selections were great. It is especially fun to sit at the sushi bar, because the chefs are really fun. We had a great experience. Make sure to get priority seating as soon as you can in advance, because it fills up quick. Very much worth the price!

Pros: Food, Service, View

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This restaurant has a GREAT view of Cinderella's castle and the fireworks. Just be sure to get a seat overlooking the Magic Kingdom when you dine here. Unfortunately, the restaurant thought they were doing us a favor by seating us in a more 'private area' which we overlooked nothing but darkness. The food was wonderful and I highly recommend the california rolls for an appetizer!

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★★★★☆

This restaurant has a GREAT view of Cinderella's castle and the fireworks. Just be sure to get a seat overlooking the Magic Kingdom when you dine here. Unfortunately, the restaurant thought they were doing us a favor by seating us in a more 'private area' which we overlooked nothing but darkness. The food was wonderful and I highly recommend the california rolls for an appetizer!

Pros: atmosphere, service, food

Cons: price

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This is a fantastic restaurant! We spent our first dinner in Orlando here, with our 6-year old daughter. Since this restaurant overlooks Cinderella's castle and the fireworks, it's a magnet for families with kids, so it's quite noisy.
Our evening started off badly because the folks at Disney quoted us the wrong time for the fireworks and we ended up missing them.
However, our server "Ron" made up for it! He was pleasant, suggested a fabulous appetizer of Tempura-style breaded "Sushi" (words don't do it justice!). We had a great pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and the most spectacular kids' mac & cheese we've ever had. Definitely worth visiting, albeit a little pricey.

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★★★★★

This is a fantastic restaurant! We spent our first dinner in Orlando here, with our 6-year old daughter. Since this restaurant overlooks Cinderella's castle and the fireworks, it's a magnet for families with kids, so it's quite noisy.
Our evening started off badly because the folks at Disney quoted us the wrong time for the fireworks and we ended up missing them.
However, our server "Ron" made up for it! He was pleasant, suggested a fabulous appetizer of Tempura-style breaded "Sushi" (words don't do it justice!). We had a great pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and the most spectacular kids' mac & cheese we've ever had. Definitely worth visiting, albeit a little pricey.

Pros: view, service, food

Cons: noisy, parking, crowded

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My husband and I celebrated our 2nd aniversary at the California Grill and it was a night to remember!!! We had priority seating at 8:00, so when we arrived we requested a table by the window. We had to wait 15 min. for our table, but we didn't mind, we sat in the lounge area at a table by the window and had some cocktails overlooking the castle. Our table was perfect by the window, off to the side so it was a little more private than some of the other tables. Our server was attentive, but not in our face all the time, our every need was met and then some. And his recommedations were excellent. The pork eggrolls with a spicy voo-doo sauce were surperb! All in all we had a wonderful experience at the California Grill and would recomend it to anyone..... So enjoy!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I celebrated our 2nd aniversary at the California Grill and it was a night to remember!!! We had priority seating at 8:00, so when we arrived we requested a table by the window. We had to wait 15 min. for our table, but we didn't mind, we sat in the lounge area at a table by the window and had some cocktails overlooking the castle. Our table was perfect by the window, off to the side so it was a little more private than some of the other tables. Our server was attentive, but not in our face all the time, our every need was met and then some. And his recommedations were excellent. The pork eggrolls with a spicy voo-doo sauce were surperb! All in all we had a wonderful experience at the California Grill and would recomend it to anyone..... So enjoy!!

Pros: View, Food, Service

Cons: Kids, A little bright

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California Grill is the best restaurant Disney has to offer. The California wine selection is superb, and the food is unbelievably wonderful!!

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California Grill is the best restaurant Disney has to offer. The California wine selection is superb, and the food is unbelievably wonderful!!

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Located on top of Disney's Contemporary Hotel, you will find a restaurant that will offer you great food, drinks, service, and a view. I recommend a later dinner, this way you can see all the lights, and lightshows(hint,hint). A great selection of sushi and sashimi. The flatbread pizza's are very tasty. And the main meal selections are prepared with perfection in mind. Even the bread that comes with extra virgin olive oil to dip into is high on my list. If you like to have a cocktail, this is the place. Go there once and you'll be hooked. The service is extremely great, as they run around the place doing so much to keep you, and everyone else, happy. Make your reservations, it can get quite busy. Hope to see you there.

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★★★★★

Located on top of Disney's Contemporary Hotel, you will find a restaurant that will offer you great food, drinks, service, and a view. I recommend a later dinner, this way you can see all the lights, and lightshows(hint,hint). A great selection of sushi and sashimi. The flatbread pizza's are very tasty. And the main meal selections are prepared with perfection in mind. Even the bread that comes with extra virgin olive oil to dip into is high on my list. If you like to have a cocktail, this is the place. Go there once and you'll be hooked. The service is extremely great, as they run around the place doing so much to keep you, and everyone else, happy. Make your reservations, it can get quite busy. Hope to see you there.

Pros: Food, View, Service

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Terrific ambience, lots of fun. We had an excellent dinner and a great time. Everything was superb and the service was excellent. The menu changes daily and reflects the freshest ingredients available. Try the sushi platter or the frisee and butter pear salad. The pork tenderloin is delectable with creamy polenta and mushroom demi-glace. For desert, have the Vahlrona banana bread pudding or the butterscotch creme brulee.
It will be a memorable occasion.

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★★★★★

Terrific ambience, lots of fun. We had an excellent dinner and a great time. Everything was superb and the service was excellent. The menu changes daily and reflects the freshest ingredients available. Try the sushi platter or the frisee and butter pear salad. The pork tenderloin is delectable with creamy polenta and mushroom demi-glace. For desert, have the Vahlrona banana bread pudding or the butterscotch creme brulee.
It will be a memorable occasion.

Pros: Excellent food, Good Service, Great View

Cons: Popular, hence crowds, Not cheap, can be noisy

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My daughter did an internship at THE California Grill
and I was a guest there one night and the food and employees are the BEST...She is now back there for her second year working and Loves it.

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★★★★★

My daughter did an internship at THE California Grill
and I was a guest there one night and the food and employees are the BEST...She is now back there for her second year working and Loves it.

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I too had a terrible experience at California Grill! The place was noisey, The food was not as good as some everyday restaurants, and the price for what you got was excessive. I will NEVER go back there again. There was no place to sit down when we got there the wait was excessive and the service was so so at best

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★☆☆☆☆

I too had a terrible experience at California Grill! The place was noisey, The food was not as good as some everyday restaurants, and the price for what you got was excessive. I will NEVER go back there again. There was no place to sit down when we got there the wait was excessive and the service was so so at best

Cons: expensive, noisey, cold food

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A great meal, one of my favorites in Orlando. Not what you'd expect at a Disneyworld restaurant. But it's the view of Disney that makes it special.

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★★★★★

A great meal, one of my favorites in Orlando. Not what you'd expect at a Disneyworld restaurant. But it's the view of Disney that makes it special.

Pros: food, view

Cons: location, crowded, parking

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From the moment you arrive, the loud and crowded restaurant welcomes you with arms wide open. The restaurant offers a few small lounge areas as well as a small bar while you wait for your table. Then as you make your way to your table you see the large open kitchen, which in itself makes the restaurant unique. The service is wonderful and the food is just amazing. You will definitely leave happy and every cent is worth it when it comes to this high rise gourmet!! Enjoy!

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★★★★★

From the moment you arrive, the loud and crowded restaurant welcomes you with arms wide open. The restaurant offers a few small lounge areas as well as a small bar while you wait for your table. Then as you make your way to your table you see the large open kitchen, which in itself makes the restaurant unique. The service is wonderful and the food is just amazing. You will definitely leave happy and every cent is worth it when it comes to this high rise gourmet!! Enjoy!

Pros: great atmosphere, open kitchen, wonderful food

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This is a really nice place with a great view and decent food, albeit pricey. The drinks are virtually alcohol-free and expensive, unless you're ordering something straight-up. Staff very attentive and friendly.

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★★★★☆

This is a really nice place with a great view and decent food, albeit pricey. The drinks are virtually alcohol-free and expensive, unless you're ordering something straight-up. Staff very attentive and friendly.

Pros: View, Great staff

Cons: Expensive, Weak drinks

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I travel to WDW at least once a year. I couldn't wait to try the California Grill! What a disappointment. Service was mediocre at best. Food quality was far below what I expected. Try Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge Hotel, the food is SUPERIOR! You won't get the magnificent view of the Magic Kingdom though....

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★★★☆☆

I travel to WDW at least once a year. I couldn't wait to try the California Grill! What a disappointment. Service was mediocre at best. Food quality was far below what I expected. Try Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge Hotel, the food is SUPERIOR! You won't get the magnificent view of the Magic Kingdom though....

Pros: Great view!, did I say great view?, good ambience

Cons: mediocre food, mediocre service

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This is a great romantic restaurant. We were lucky to get a window table. You can watch the sun set, see the lights come on at the magic kingdom, see the fireworks and enjoy a wonderful meal. When the magic kingdom fireworks go off then stop serving, dim the lights and pump in the music from the park. This was our most enjoyable meal of our vacation. The service was excellent and the presentation is comparable to that of many top NY City restaurants.

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★★★★★

This is a great romantic restaurant. We were lucky to get a window table. You can watch the sun set, see the lights come on at the magic kingdom, see the fireworks and enjoy a wonderful meal. When the magic kingdom fireworks go off then stop serving, dim the lights and pump in the music from the park. This was our most enjoyable meal of our vacation. The service was excellent and the presentation is comparable to that of many top NY City restaurants.

Pros: view, food, fireworks

Cons: expensive, can have long wait, need reservation

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