Jun 22, 2015

California Grill | #MagicalMickey

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This week I wanted to share with you one of my favorite dining location as Walt Disney World. It has some of the finest food, most spectacular views, amazing servers, and it's not even in the parks. I'll be talking about...

California Grill

One of my favorite dining options is not found in the parks but at the top of Disney's Contemporary Resort. Found on the 15th floor up a private elevator is the California Grill. The California Grill is one of the signature dining options. From there, you get spectacular views of both the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park.

The menu here is fantastic. If you know me, you know I love fine foods. One of my favorite things is that it includes a seasonal menu. There are many things you find often, that are delicious. one of the most well known and beloved is the Sonoma goat cheese ravioli. I also am one to never turn down a delicious cheese plate. For main options, I've had so many delicious plates such as oak fired beef filet or a bison center cut sirloin. They also offer oven-fired flatbreads, which I have not tried. Something I have had is their mouthwatering sushi. Their sushi chef is amazing.

One of the benefits about being located on the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort is the view of Magic Kingdom Park. It is prime seating to view the evening's fireworks. They dim the lights, pump in the music, and you can view the fireworks with a glass of wine in hand. They also offer an observation deck that you can step outside for a great view with a little fresh air.

We've always had fantastic servers here, ones that seem to go above and beyond. We actually had a very special experience here, but that's a story for another week. As a signature dining restaurant, you can use their dining plan, though it costs two meal blocks. It is absolutely worth it. The one thing to note is sushi is not included.

And now, I leave you with some delicious pictures.

I do love some fine cheeses.

Sonoma goat cheese ravioli

Bison center cut sirloin steak

Oak fired beef sirloin

A sweet finish?

Have you ever dined at California Grill?

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  1. I have only eaten here once but LOVED it! the food was fantastic and watching the fireworks from up there was amazing

    1. Everything I've ever had there has been fantastic. I love the view.

  2. I have heard nothing but Rave reviews of this place so we tried it only once. It was awful and I vowed to never go back. The waiter was awful and was very condescending towards me because I did not know what some of the stuff was on the menu. When I finally did order something, I thought it was only sub par for the high price tag. We were not on the dining plan. This was 10 years ago and I am sure things have changed since then but because of the nasty waiter I have not been able to bring myself to go back there. It is good to know that you enjoyed it and that they have made changes!

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. A horrible waiter can absolutely do that to an experience. Sorry that they ruined it for you. If you ever bring yourself to go back, I hope it goes much better.

  3. Everyone I know who has eaten here just raves about it. Maybe I'll get there one of these days!

    1. It can be a little expensive but I find it worth it, for special reason of course.

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