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A Restaurant Review: The California Grill

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California GrillMy wife and I are empty nesters and when we make our yearly trek to Walt Disney World, we like to include a couple of romantic dining experiences. Our favorite romantic restaurant is the California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

What makes the California Grill so special is the great service, exquisite food and a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Our server, Topher, never once made us feel rushed or just one of the crowd. His service was very personalized, and he made sure all our needs were met. Topher made menu suggestions, which turned out to be fantastic.

When going to the California Grill, we usually try to make our reservations forty-five to sixty minutes before the fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom. When it is time for the fireworks, the lights are dimmed in the restaurant. You can enjoy watching the fireworks from your table. Or our personal favorite unique experience is to go outside on the walkway which is on top of the Contemporary Hotel for the viewing.california grill

There are many fine restaurants at Walt Disney World, but we feel the California Grill is the best in the whole park.


  1. MouseFamily says

    California Grill will be closing for renovations 1/6/13 through late summer 3013. I hope their trip is not during the renovation time as this is really an awsome restaurant and my favorite restaurant of all WDW.

  2. Melissa Furches says

    I am currently helping my aunt and uncle, who are empty nesters, plan their anniversary trip to Disney. This is certainly something I will suggest to them! Thanks for the information – I have never dined here!

  3. Great post! I’ve never been to the California Grill, so this definitely made me want to go there! 🙂

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