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September 2, 2005
I made reservations at 8:20pm, as the "Wishes" fireworks show would be visible from the large restaurant windows at 9pm.
We checked in at 7:30pm and requested a window table. We were told that a window table would be a wait of 1.5 hours after our scheduled reservation. We were also told that just being seated would take 40 minutes beyond our reservation time.
I was in too good a mood to be upset. The hostess suggested that we check out the view on the observation deck. My jaw dropped at the gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom and the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts. While we were taking loads of pictures, our buzzer went off within minutes of checking in!
We make our way back to the hostess, who seats us at a window table!! Our server Kevin was extremely knowledgeable about the food preparations and wine pairings, as I would expect a server in such a restaurant to be able to do.
The menu changes on a weekly basis. As Kevin did help me "steal" a menu, here is the short list of what was offered as entrées when I dined there.
Wild King Salmon w/Corn Spoonbread Soufflé
Veal Tournedos w/Ricotta Gnocchi
Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta
Black Grouper w/Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes
Wild Mushroom-Ricotta Stack w/Herb Pasta Leaves
Halibut Steamed w/Banana Leaf
Oak-fired Beef Filet w/3 Cheese Potato Gratin
Roasted Petite Chicken w/Cipollini Fondue
For a first course I ordered the Hearts of Romaine Salad, which had a delicious "Green Goddess Dressing." I ordered the Grilled Pork Tenderloin as a main course. It was very tender, and the cheese polenta was so tasty, so I highly recommend it.
At 9pm, the lights in the restaurant dimmed and the music from the "Wishes" fireworks over the castle played through the speakers. Watching the fireworks 15 floors high and dining on a decadent meal was just, well, magical. It is Disney, isn't it?
Time for dessert! Kevin told us early in the evening about a certain dessert called "Chocolate and Cherries, Cherries and Chocolate" that would take 45 minutes to prepare. His description of it made my mouth water, so I was quick to order it on his suggestion. Imagine, if you will, a warm chocolate cake tart filled with molten chocolate that is so decadent, you wonder if you could ever eat a "common" Hershey bar again. Where are the cherries you ask? The cake sits on a small pour of cherry puree. But there's more! To go with that warm chocolate, there is a serving of cherry ice cream with chocolate shavings... mmmmmmm!
California Grill is simply an outstanding restaurant. If you and your wallet are up for a little indulgence while in Walt Disney World, consider dining here, as it is certainly memorable. Enjoy!
From journal The Magic of Disney - A Guide to the World
by Jen Cook
August 4, 2000
From journal Walt Disney World
November 14, 2004
The only drawback was the snooty person who checked us in and rudely asked if we had reservations (we did) because "if we didn't, we were out of luck." He wasn't your usual friendly Disney employee, but the lady working the check-in desk was sweet and friendly. Our waitress was great-I wish I could remember her name! I think it was Vicky. Go for the view and the food!
From journal Orlando with the Girls
July 7, 2003
Our food was excellent but very expensive. We started with some tasty bread with an herb flavoured oil. Since we're Canadian with the exchange of 1.6, we ordered an apaetizer and entree to share. Both were excellent. When the dessert and coffee menu came, we ordered a trio of cream brulees and asked to order regular tea because the specialty teas were $5. Well the regular teas were also $5, so we skipped that.
From journal Silver Lake Resort
OCEANSIDE, New York
June 6, 2005
From journal Disney Vacation
February 6, 2004
From journal Mouse Addicts
by art jensen
February 5, 2004
From journal The Happiest Place on Earth
hamburg, New York
November 24, 2009