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Disney’s California Grill: A Perfect Anniversary Dinner

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Disney helped my husband and I have a perfect, fairytale 10th anniversary. Disney’s California Grill was a huge part of that.

You check in on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary. Since my reservation was at 9:05 and Wishes was at 9:00 pm that night I checked in at 8:30 and wanted to enjoy the amazing view before Wishes fireworks started. A cast member escorts you up to the California Grill and the first thing you see is the wine wall. The California Grill has a very extensive wine list!

Disney's California Grill

Disney’s California Grill

We were about to go enjoy the view for like a minute before our table was ready. We were seated on the side of the restaurant that was closet to the castle. I had a perfect view of the castle while dining! After we ordered our drinks we went out to the observation deck to watch Wishes (now the Happily Ever After Fireworks). It was so romantic! It was not crowded at all and not a whole lot of children. It was nice to watch the fireworks without getting cozy with strangers on Main Street.california-grill-view

After Wishes, we returned to our table. I forgot to mention that our table had Mickey confetti to help celebrate our anniversary, such a nice touch! Our server brought us a bread basket and took our appetizer order. I wanted to try the cheese plate. It was amazing! It was like a little foodie adventure on a plate. They give you a card naming all the cheeses and a little information about them. While this appetizer is $21 and the servings of cheese were small, my husband and I thought it was still worth the price.

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For our main course, my husband and I both chose the same thing- Pork 2 Ways. The server described the dish and said it was one of the featured dishes at Disney’s California Grill. The menu description reads Grilled Tenderloin, Goat Cheese Polenta, Mushrooms, Lacquered Belly, and Country Applesauce. The applesauce has a little kick to the sweet and the Lacquered Belly was so melt in your mouth delicious.  The Lacquered Belly sat atop a cooked apple that still was firm. I loved that since I am not a huge fan of mushy fruit. Each bite my husband and I savored. Though the portions are somewhat small, the richness of the meal fills you up. california-grill-4

For dessert, we had the Butterscotch Creme Brûlée. We experienced some extra magic because we got the dessert for free! It was divine!


Service: Fine/Signature Dining

Cuisine: American, Seafood, Sushi Cuisine

Location: Contemporary Resort

Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 2 table service credits

Price:  $30.00 to $59.99 per adult—is it worth it? YES!


Have you ever dined at Disney’s California Grill? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.

Love Disney food? Check out these Disney cookbooks to make the magic at home!

Cooking With Mickey & the Chefs of Walt Disney World

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Enjoying the Days

Sunday 11th of February 2018

I like how you described the crowds outside watching the castle as cozy. Haha. My husband has said that we need to dine at California Grill. There are just so many good restaurants to try! It looks like you had a beautiful experience for your anniversary.


Thursday 28th of April 2016

I have never dined there before but it sounds like it would be worth it-even though the portions are on the smaller size.

Denise C

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I've never been there before, but the idea of Butterscotch Creme Brulee is making me hungry!

Nicole Cochingco Escat

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Oh my goodness! I wanna grab this for my screen! It's really tempting.


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

That pork dinner looks amazing! I never thought to do a fancy fun dinner there but that would be super fun!