Magical Blogorail Green: Romance At Califonia Grill

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we are taking a look at some of the most romantic Disney restaurants. For me, a romantic dinner at Disney would consist of great food, a fabulous view, and of course, fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. I can’t think of a better restaurant for a Disney date night than California Grill.

California Grill

Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the recently re-imagined California Grill allows guest to experience the unique flavors of the Pacific coast. Once you check in for your reservation on the 2nd floor, you will be escorted to a private elevator which will ascend to the 15th floor of the resort. Upon your arrival to this signature restaurant, you will be greeted by a spectacular panorama of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom!

Of course, there is much more to a romantic dinner at the California Grill than just the view. The restaurant features an onstage kitchen where you can watch as the chefs prepare exquisite dishes. Dining options at California Grill include delicious appetizers such as Oven-dried Tomato Flatbread (what I would most likely order), Three Meat Signature Meatballs, Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, and more.

I’m not much for fish and have no plans to ever try sushi, but if you love sushi California Grill has got you covered. They offer several different sushi options including the Dragon Roll which almost looks good enough to make this non-sushi-eater reconsider that decision. California Grill also serves carrot and cilantro soup and a variety of salads.

California Grill Dragon Roll

For the main course, guests can choose gourmet selections such as Oak-fired Filet of Beef, Bone-In Veal Chop, or Bison Center Cut Strip Loin. If you love seafood, you can choose entrees such as Atlantic Swordfish or Seafood Stew. For a romantic dinner at California Grill, I would probably order the Pork Two Ways which features grilled pork tenderloin, goat cheese polenta, mushrooms, lacquered belly, and applesauce.

The desserts at California Grill are the perfect end to your romantic dinner for two. Selections include Vanilla Crème Brûlée, a Sundae Sampler, and, what I would probably order, Chocolate Pudding Cake. If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, the Chef’s Selection Cheese Board is another dessert option.

Now, on to what I consider to be the most romantic part of the evening – fireworks! California Grill offers an excellent view of Wishes. They even dim the lights and pipe in the soundtrack for the show. If your reservation is not during the fireworks, you can bring your receipt to the 2nd floor check-in desk or just let them know you have a reservation for later in the evening. You will then be invited to view Wishes from your choice of the California Grill Lounge or outside on the observation deck. For me, watching fireworks over the Magic Kingdom from the observation deck sounds like the perfect end to a romantic date night at Disney!

Which Disney restaurant would you choose for a romantic Valentine’s date night? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, her writing can also be found at The Magical Blogorail, Sand 'n Sea Adventures, and Blogsprout.

  • Lisa Cameron

    We ate at California Grill many years ago (prekids) The best part was watching the fireworks. I’m a little disappointed in the new menu,but I might consider dining there again just for the fireworks.

  • I’ve heard some good things about California Grill but have yet to try it. One of these days . . .

  • Hayden Davis

    Great post! Never been to California Grill but would LOVE to dine here. This would be THE ideal spot for someone to propose on the observation deck during the Wishes fireworks! :)

  • ReturnToDisney

    That sushi looks amazing! And to end the evening watching fireworks from the observation deck would be wonderful.

  • We’ve had our favorite date night at Contemporary Grill. We still haven taken the kids because it is our special place.

  • DIStherapy

    My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary at California Grill last year, and they took such great care of us. From confetti on the table, to one of the best seats in the house, to a personalized dessert, it was one of the most romantic meals we’ve ever had!

  • DisneyDonnaKay

    Another great Disney restaurant I haven’t tried. I guess I need to start visiting more often.

  • Yes! Romance is great here! I had the chance to eat here with my hubby during our anniversary week!! Delicious food, excellent atmosphere and perfect fireworks view!

  • Rosanne_Mottola

    I love this place. I haven’t been since it was “reimagined” but it’s on my list. There’s something about the whole experience that makes it truly romantic. From the elevator ride, to fireworks and drinks on the balcony, to the amazing meal, it’s a wonderful experience all around. Thanks for sharing!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  • Lin @ DisneyMamas

    We ate at Cali Grill back in 2006 and loved it. Really hoping to try the new menu soon!

  • JenniferLissak

    This is one on my list – I’m not sure if the cuisine is up our alley – we’re not much into seafood/sushi, but I’m pretty sure we could make it work!! Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m with you! I don’t like seafood hardly at all, but I’ll find something to eat to get to experience that view of Wishes!

  • I would love to go to the California Grill sometime! Sounds like it’s quite the place!

  • Great post, Kimberly! Thanks for writing about the Cali Grill! It’s on my list to do one day.

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