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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gets Ready for a New Look

We recently caught up with Chef Brian Piasecki from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to talk about upcoming plans for one of our favorite Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.
Chef Brian Piasecki from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Chef Brian, when will California Grill temporarily close?
Chef Brian: We’ll close on January 6, 2013, and we’re all so excited about the new look – I can’t wait to share the plans!

And when do you plan to reopen?
Chef Brian: Late summer 2013.

Are you making big changes to the menu?
Chef Brian: We’ll be tweaking the menu, but we’ll still focus on a fresh, seasonal menu with top-of-the-line sushi. You can still look for creative flavors and techniques, and sophisticated cuisine – I’ve got a great group of chefs in my kitchen and a great crew in the dining room, and we all plan to return.

We heard the private dining rooms may go away?
Chef Brian: No, we’ll continue to use the two private dining rooms for personalized catering for groups and parties.

Are you getting a new onstage kitchen?
Chef Brian: We’re so excited about enhancements to the interactive kitchen – we’ll be able to give a fresh spin to California Grill classics, and add some cutting-edge new selections to the menu.

Stay tuned for updates!

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  • I hope they bring back the Smoked Salmon flatbread! I hope they don’t change the bar too much, but adding more sushi will be a good thing.

  • We so love the CA Grill. How sad I am though to hear of it closing in January for a time! Our ten year wedding anniversary is in January, and we had hoped to spend it at WDW and of course enjoy the best meal ever at CA Grill. Looks like we may have to try something new 🙂

  • Eek! California Grill is perfect as is; I cringe at the thought of anything changing. But, Disney has been making some pretty impressive changes recently so I’m going to trust this will be too.

  • Can you delay the rehab till after marathon weekend? I was hoping to take my wife for our 10 year wedding anniversary. 🙂

  • We’ve eaten at the California Grill in the past, and it has grown to be one of our favourites. We were looking forward to bringing our son’s “significant other” with us to the California Grill when we visit in March for her first ever visit to WDW. We’ve discussed it so much in the past several months. I know she (and we) will be disappointed to miss it and the roof-top fireworks viewing. However, this will give us the chance to try out a new place too 🙂 Can’t wait to get to return there after it reopens!

  • I had the pleasure of working at the California Grill during my time in the Disney College Program last year. I love stopping in whenever I’m in the area. It is a bummer that it will be closed when I head down to Disney World this coming February for a conference. What exactly are they changing? Just the dining room, or the whole restaurant?

    • The entire restaurant will get a facelift!

  • I would love to experience California Grill, but I’m a much more plain eater than the menu allows.

  • We LOVE CA Grill — excited to see what changes you all have in store!

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