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California Grill Lounge

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PRICE RANGE
USD 35 - USD 80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a fantastic meal and experience. With the 50th anniversary they are now affecting a standard 3 course meal and we added with the wine pairing. We chose as apps the short rib wontons and the duck a l’orange pizza. We both had the...filet for dinner. We finished with the 5 magical bites 50 years in the making and chocolate torte. Every bite was delicious and the wines complimented the food perfectly. However the service is what’s was above and beyond. Jess G. was absolutely spectacular her recommendations were spot on and she took great care making this experience an absolutely memorable occasion. Living in St Pete we will be back again soon and we will ask for Jess G. This is by far the best meal on Disney property we’ve had in our many visits!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Top on my list this place has it ALL food outstanding service pristine and the view is spectacular we’re not only you can see for miles and miles you can see the fireworks from Magic Kingdom nothing missing here

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had high expectations of the food, the service, and the view. Unfortunately, only 1.5 out of 3 of those things were fulfilled. The service was good: not great. Our server was nice, but far from the Disney magical friendly we've had in the past:...nothing to feel exceptional about. We had an encounter with a server I wish to not explain that completely ruined our experience. (It involved personal health issues). Our food was literally brought out ten seconds prior to the firework show beginning. At that point, the lights dim, and we had to let our food sit and get cold. We asked a server (different than our personal one) if our food could be taken back to be kept warm. She responded with, "well yeah, if you want us to re-make the food all over again." We were a bit taken back and confused with this comment: we were not at all asking for this type of special treatment. She brought over our server, who wisely suggested she would place the food under the red heat lamp: good solution and perfectly fine. However, at the California Grill, food should be fresh and preferably not brought at total inopportune times to keep warm: especially when our server instructed us to order at a specific time before the firework show so that we wouldn't have to wait for it to come out late: that's what happened anyway and we would much rather wait for fresh $50 per plate food than have it sit and get cold during a show where it is too dark to eat. No one else was eating during that time. The views were exceptional: totally worth it. Finally, the food was mediocre. We ordered the fillet, yet it was relatively burnt and so-so. We also ordered the pork loin which did not offer any praise as well. The drinks were good, and the sushi was filling and had a nice presentation. We have eaten at many fine dining establishments (such as Magellan's in Tokyo) and had a decent idea of what to expect with the quality of food. California Grill did not even come close. Overall, it's about the views and not the service or food, especially for the price. We left pretty saddened as this was a celebratory dinner for us.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 20 September 2021

We've been to California Grill a few times in the past, but we were disappointed on our last visit because we felt the entrees were not up to par. However, our friends had made reservations for California Grill for this trip, so we agreed to...go and try again. We decided to order a bunch of apps to share rather than order entrees, and that decision paid off. Everything we ordered was delicious (my personal favorite was the goat cheese ravioli) and I don't think you could go wrong with any of the apps, sushi, pizzas, or salads. Ryan was our server and he was absolutely delightful and incredibly on-point. He wasn't phased by our unorthodox approach and provided us with an exceptional experience. I can't wait to go back now!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 19 September 2021

My first visit to the grill...came for the view and the food but found another amazing touch...my server Ron was the quin essential disney example...professional and thoughtful he created an amazing memory with his champagne toast for my bday and his care to me though...I was a solo diner made me feel well cared for. He sent me on my way with some chocolate chip cookies...awesome. Loved the sushi...forbidden roll all the way and the pasta and finished with souffle...what else can we say! Perfect meal. So thankyou Ron for treating me like a vip though I was not the usual couple or family...I appreciate your smile!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

This was our first time here. We loved it! Our waiter was so nice and friendly and didn’t rush us. The cocktails were delicious and my husband loved his salad. We each ordered the filet mignon. I ordered mine medium rare and it was a...big thick piece that was perfectly cooked. So delicious. My husband ordered his medium well and honestly it was so small! We couldn’t believe the difference! A small flat piece that truly wasn’t worth the price. Both came with a different corn dish that was really good. So while we enjoyed the atmosphere and amazing fireworks, it wasn’t the best food experience at Disney. The Yachtsmen way much better.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 10 September 2021 via mobile

We have always heard that the California grill was the high point of fine dining at Disney world Our experience was far from it The food was very good but the service made the meal a horrible experience I had the grouper which was good...The wontons were very good The steak was good The corn casserole was very bad For service The waiter was very unprofessional He was rude specifically highlighting my mis-Pronunciation of the name of the wines (note I have a speech impediment that I don’t like to be made fun of) Second we had to ask for everything Bread, water, It took over 30 minutes to get the check He completely ignored us Ruined a otherwise great meal I suppose he thought because of my speech issue I wasn’t going to give a good tipMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 10 September 2021

Took 109 min. to get someone on the phone to see about reservations, she checked one date for me giving me less that 60 sec of her time and said sorry there are no reservations that date. Asked her to check another date which she...refused to do. I would give them no starts if I could. Disney/California grill need to learn some customer service skillsMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021

We had a free night before the rest of our group arrived so my husband and I decided to go to California Grill for dinner. We had to wait a bit for our table so we took a seat at the bar. It was a...Friday night and the place was very busy. There were two bartenders working, a young girl who seemed to be tending to the handful of people at the corner, and an older man who was tending to the rest of the bar and the servers. Having worked in the service industry myself, this was painful to watch and I hesitated to even order anything as to add to his load. The ambiance was lovely as always, except for the screaming child at the table next to us but what can you do? I did end up ordering a cocktail, the name escapes me now, and it was very nice. Our server was efficient, but never tried to upsell us an appetizer or dessert which I found peculiar. It felt like he just wanted to turn our table. My husband ordered a pork dish and he did enjoy it. I ordered the Green Chicken because it sounded interesting on the menu and when I asked the server highly recommended it. It was ok. They took the dark meat and made it into rolls with sage, too much sage for my taste. We would have liked to try the creme brûlée but he brought our check so I figured 'oh well'! We will go back here again and hope it was just an off night.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 1 September 2021

We stayed at Disney for 11 nights and this was hands down our best meal. We shared the soup and short rib wontons to start and both were phenomenal. The soup was full of flavour and could even add a selection of other dips to...your taste, and the dumplings also delicious. Our waiter Walter was probably the best waiter we have ever had, he was incredibly attentive, knowledgeable about the food and wines, and ensured our mains were paused so we could watch the fireworks. The mains of black grouper and pork tenderloin were also absolutely delicious. The main was adapted for me to cater for a nut allergy and the sauce with the fish was delicious. Nothing bad to say about any of our dishes and coupled with the fantastic service and the viewing of the fireworks, this really makes for a really special meal. Would really recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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tlang5
9 January 2020|
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Response from 031nikita | Reviewed this property |
Yes around nine is best,,
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5 January 2020|
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Response from scootstheman | Reviewed this property |
Get there early and eat at the lounge then go back with your receipt and you will get back in the Cali grill for the fireworks. The lounge has the same menu as the restaurant.
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Response from guillermob400 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you ll allow. Best way is to make a reservation.
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Yes, California Grill Lounge is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

California Grill Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5