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It’s Soft-Shell Crab Season at California Grill at Walt Disney World

For just about four more weeks, soft-shell crab fans will want to know that Chef Brian Piasecki has the delectable seafood on the menu at California Grill, serving them two interesting ways: in the sushi “Medusa Roll” with asparagus, spicy mayo and yuzu pepper sauce; and as little sliders on housemade brioche with a side of Florida peach ketchup. Order them both and it’s a delicious, indulgent dinner.

'Medusa Roll' from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

It’s been 16 years this month since California Grill debuted on May 15, 1995, high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, opening a new chapter in Walt Disney World Resort dining. Our server Steven has been there since Day 1, he told us, and still enjoys hearing diners rave about the cuisine.

Soft-Shell Crab Sliders from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

If soft-shell crab isn’t your favorite, you may want to try Chef Piasecki’s crispy Asian rock shrimp salad with Florida citrus and a kicky dressing with soy and wasabi cream. Or the heirloom Florida melon salad with baby arugula, prosciutto di Parma and vanilla vinaigrette. Carnivores not counting calories will like the rotisserie-roasted barbecued chicken flatbread with Peppadew barbecue sauce, Zellwood sweet corn salsa and smoked cheddar. Warning: Chef Piasecki changes his menu often, so these springtime eats may not be on the summer menu.

Springtime entrées include a cast iron-seared veal tenderloin with tiny potatoes and fiddlehead ferns with a morel-spring veggie vinaigrette; artichoke and cheese raviolis; and petite chicken with pickled ramps, wild mushrooms, Zellwood corn, bacon, favas and pommes frites with a sherry jus. No worries, the classics are still on the menu if you want – grilled pork tenderloin with goat cheese polenta and oak-fired filet of beef with mascarpone potatoes are there.


  • I had the sliders last Tuesday night and boy were they delicious! Of course, so was the rest of the meal and dessert!

  • I hope this is still on the menu on July 4th week. We will be there and it looks amazing!!!

  • The plating is amazing and I think it is wonderful that you don’t already know what you are going to order 180 days in advance.

  • Yeah, I don’t get why sushi isn’t in the California parks. So much money to be made there…

  • Oh man…that sushi roll looks delicious! I wish they had a sushi place in Disney California Adventure! (Maybe near the Monster’s Inc. ride because of Harryhausen’s!?) Now that would be something! 🙂 🙂

  • I love softshells! WDWers, live it up while you can! We Californians are very jealous of these scrumptious delicacies you’re getting!

  • That looks SO delicious!!! I wonder if they deliver to MA!!! Lol

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