Date Night Spotlight: California Grill



Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

While the focus of Mousekatots is usually on toddlers and spending time as a family, but sometimes it is nice for Mom and Dad to sneak away for a little alone time and romance.

In my opinion, one of the most romantic places for dinner in Walt Disney World is the California Grill situated atop the Contemporary Resort.

Themed like a trendy casual California restaurant with floor to ceiling windows that offer a view of Magic Kingdom including Cinderella’s Castle.

As a bonus when the castle’s fireworks show is happening, you can either go outside on the balcony to watch the performance or you can sit at your table to watch the show while the music is piped into the room.

In addition to the atmosphere, the food is excellent and on par with any other fine dining restaurant in the United States.


Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

California Grill hosts brunch on Sundays and dinner daily.

The brunch is Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes several buffet items like hardwood-smoked salmon, shrimp tempura, kale and apple salad, California rolls with jumbo lump crabmeat, and more. Guests will also be able to order an entrée choice that is prepared in the kitchen including blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict, grilled hanger steak and more.

The brunch also has a variety of both soft beverages and spirits including wines from their extensive wine list.

The cost for brunch is a hefty $80 for adults (children 3-11 are $48).

Dinner is a completely plated dinner that has the air of class and sophistication.

There are several courses to choose from that feature selections for all different types of pallets including rotisserie chicken flatbread, roasted bone marrow, duck liver pate, a variety of sushi, chef’s selection cheese board, Florida swordfish, coconut vegetable curry, seafood ramen, chocolate pudding cake, banana buzz and more.

Dinner can range from $36 to $69 per adult ($9 to $18 per child).

Included the costs for children even though I said that this place is perfect for date night, just in case you were interested, because the cost seems a little steep for the younger crowd.

There is  a dress code for the restaurant. Men can wear khakis, dress pants, jeans, dress shorts and collard shirts. Sports coats are optional.

The ladies can wear capris pants, dresses, slacks, jeans, skirts and dress shorts.

Items that are not permitted include swimsuits, swim coverups, hats for men, cut-offs, torn clothes, T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

We have only had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at California Grill once before they had the latest remodel. It was an amazing experience so I can only imagine what the dining experience is like now.

Does California Grill make your list of places to try for date night? Leave a message in the comments below.


Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World





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