Review of California Grill Brunch Inside the Contemporary at the Walt Disney World Resort

Pastries at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

“Brunch at the Top” every Sunday at Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort

It’s no secret that I love the California Grill at the tippity top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Situated right on the border of the Magic Kingdom, the views from this signature dining location are nothing short of amazing. Time your dinner service correctly and you can marvel at Wishes Fireworks and the Electric Water Pageant from the comfort of your own dinner table or bar stool.

I’ve sipped cocktails and indulged in wine and sushi more times here than I can recall before heading over to Bay Lake Tower’s Top of the World Lounge for a nightcap from my favorite bartender, Mike. You can read my dinner reviews of California Grill here and here.

Sushi at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

But that’s not why you’ve come today is it? Are you ready too see what brunch is all about?

Disney’s California Grill “Brunch at the Top”

Your leisurely meal begins with an assortment of breads served with whipped honey butter. The Bread Service consists of cheddar biscuits, scones, rolls and sticky buns.

Bread Service at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Bloody Mary at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Brunch isn’t brunch without a Bloody Mary is it? Make your way to the bar and select your vodka, bloody mary mix, hot sauce and accoutrements. I went with a salted rim, candied bacon, rosemary sprig, olives, red beets, celery, Gouda, Brie & a breadstick. (Bloody Marys are an upcharge and not included in the price of brunch)

Bloody Mary at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

I can NOT pass up Sushi! It’s the thing I order most often when dining at the California Grill for dinner. Offerings include California Rolls with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Spicy Tuna Tekkami Rolls and Salmon, Tuna & Himachi Nigiri.

Sushi at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

In addition to bagels and Greek yogurt, you will also find deviled eggs, shrimp tempura and an assortment of salads like this Baby Iceberg Wedge and Kale & Apple Salad.

Salad at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Salad at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Be sure and save some room though.

Brunch includes an entree course which you choose from a fixed menu. My dining companion overheard another diner raving about the steak so we opted for two different entrees that we could share.

This was the Grilled Flatiron Steak with Soft-poached Egg, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, and Charred Red Onion. It was divine!

Grilled Flatiron Steak at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Here we have the Chef’s Frittata composed of three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, creamy Goat Cheese, and Marble Potato Hash.

I felt that the frittata was overcooked and would have benefited from being prepared in a less shallow pan. We were there for a preview brunch, so this dish may become more refined over time.

Chef's Frittata at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

You’re then presented with a sweet little ending to your meal as your server sets a Pastry Tray before you loaded with truffles, French macarons and what cast members are calling “sweet minis”. Our sweet minis were toffee bark, madeleines and Linzer cookies.

Pastries at Disney's California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

I really enjoyed my dining experience at this new Disney brunch though I don’t think it warrants the $80 price tag.  Chef Brian Piasecki has things running like clockwork in the open kitchen. Service was impeccable and we didn’t feel rushed at any point during our meal. Definitely give the flatiron steak a try. I assume the Poached Lobster Benedict and Shrimp and Grits will become a hit as well.

Your $80 brunch includes complementary valet parking. Alcoholic beverages are additional. Tables in Wonderland is accepted.

(PIN IT FOR LATER)

California Grill Brunch in the Walt Disney World Resort

Disclosure: This meal was complementary as part of a Cast Member preview. I paid for the bloody marys. Special thanks to my friend Mike for this decadent treat!

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