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“Gourmet Fast Food”
Review of California Grill

California Grill
Ranked #52 of 3,924 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: American, Sushi
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: "California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant that serves up award-winning gourmet dinners and sweeping views atop Disney's Contemporary Resort. Venture into this vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch the creation of culinary masterpieces in the on-stage kitchen.
Reviewed May 2, 2014

We have eaten at CG several times now. This was our first experience since the remodel. My biggest complaint is that we've always felt rushed here. For the price you're paying you'd expect a true "dining" experience. This is NOT the place to come if you want a European dining experience where you have the table for the night and can make an evening of it. Our waiter pestered us several times for our order. We hadn't even gotten 3 sips into out cocktail when appetizers arrived. Service is typically perfunctory, not bad, but nothing outstanding. The food is very good but the overall rushed pace diminishes the ability to savor the meal and the experience. (Gotta shove them out the door to get the next batch in.)

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6  Thank Drew756
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Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

We ate here with another couple and the food was fantastic. Between us we had the filet, bison and sushi. We had the sushi as a main. All the food was very tasty and really well presented. We were celebrating an anniversary and we were brought an extra desert - Creme brûlée. This would who've been great except that we had ordered 3 of them already. Sounds ungrateful I know but if want to make a gesture give us one on the house or something different.

Overall the service was no better than average we had to ask for our bread to be brought over and all the recommendations from the waiter were for fish. When we asked what would he recommend which wasn't fish he suggested more fish!

Overall a great experience and the fireworks at 10pm over magic kingdom are spectacular!!

Thank Anna K
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

This restaurant has improved due to the new renovations. Our food was very good and the crème brulee was excellent. One thing we don't like about this restaurant is the noise. We were also seated in a high traffic area, so it was a little distracting.

Thank Deb L
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Ate here late on evening in order to view the fireworks. The view was amazing and definitely worth the trip however the decor was less than inspired and was rather boring. The service was initially disinterested but improved as the evening wore on. The food, while trying to be hip and innovative, was mostly dull and poorly executed. Both fish dishes we received were undercooked and almost raw. I would suggest that you skip dinner and plan to go up for a drink and perhaps dessert to watch the fireworks.

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3  Thank Catsaver911
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

If not for the dining plan we would never have chosen to eat here. It took 2 dining credits but was well worth it. The food was excellent. Out server was very attentive and the view of the Magic Kingdom and the Castle was breathtaking

Thank arcny
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