10 March 2010

Gatebuster Dining: California Grill

Gatebuster Dining: California Grill
Tony Caggiano

While contemplating our next stop on our continued exploration of the best of the best in Disney dining I could only come up with a single restaurant this week. In my humble opinion, this establishment could very well tie or surpass the restaurants we previously visited, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Le Cellier, for the top spot in the Disney Dining hierarchy. The venue I am speaking of is none other than the Contemporary Resort's California Grill.

With a delicious menu, an unsurpassed wine list and arguably the most incredible and picturesque location in all of Walt Disney World, the California Grill truly has it all! Having grown up as a fan, and regular diner, at the now extinct Top of the World, I anticipated this renovation with much excitement and, from my very first meal here, the Cali Grill has never let me down.

Over the years I have tried many items off of their eclectic, California inspired menu. I can safely say that to my recollection I have enjoyed each and every entree. These days though, I find my dining choices there to be less exploratory as I am hard pressed to pass up the opportunity to enjoy two of my favorite menu offerings. For appetizers I find myself ordering, time and time again, the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. As for my entrée, my favorite is far and away the grilled pork tenderloin over polenta. My wife and I have gone so far as to have these items offered at our Disney Fairytale Wedding at the Grand Floridian. Dessert has always been another story, since the offerings change from time to time and I have not yet been able to find one that is better than any other... they have all been fantastic.

While my menu choices might not be for everyone, I am certain that anyone can find something to please his or her palate here. With this incredible menu, a long, long list of fine wines and the ultimate viewing location for the Magic Kingdom's nightly display of Wishes, reservations here are always in high demand. As with our other Gatebuster Dining Attractions, you will need to book well in advance in order to secure you spot at The Grill, especially if you would like a seating that coincides with the fireworks.

1 comment:

Gator Chris said...


In my experience, California Grill, Flying Fish, and V&A are the top tier of WDW dining. The food at each is top-notch, and it's hard to argue with the view from CA Grill.