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Walt Disney World's California Grill Will Reopen Sept. 9 with New Look, Menu

Published: August 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

California Grill, the popular restaurant at the top of Disney's Contemporary Resort overlooking Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, will reopen after an extensive remodeling on Sept. 9. Pam Brandon reports in her Disney Parks Blog post that reservations will be taken beginning Monday, August 26.

California Grill, which closed on Feb. 1, has long been considered one of the premier dining venues at Walt Disney World Resort. It opened in 1995 with a fittingly contemporary design by New York restaurant designer Martin Dorf, who fashioned his decor after the legendary Rainbow Room. (Dorf also designed Flying Fish Cafe and Citricos.)

The new decor is by Puccini of San Francisco. The redo will feature a wall of wine and give more tables a better view of the panoramic vista. The show kitchen -- one of the first in the area when it opened in May of 1995 -- will still be open to the dining room, but chef Brian Piasecki told me that every piece of equipment except the pizza oven is new, and much of it state-of-the-art additions.

You can see photos and read more about the new California Grill's cuisine at scottjosephorlando.com.

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