The California Grill at The Contemporary Resort started serving brunch on Sundays from 10 AM until 1 PM last year. The brunch is a little pricy at $80 per adult and $48 per child, but discounts are available to Annual Passholders (10%) and through Tables in Wonderland (20%). While expensive, the brunch can offer excellent value if you bring your appetite with all you can eat food and unlimited beverages. Valet parking is also complimentary with your reservation. This is our California Grill Brunch review.
Check-in for the restaurant takes place on the second floor of the resort. Guests are then escorted to a private elevator that brings them up to the restaurant on the top floor of The Contemporary. Here you’ll be welcomed with a Mimosa or coffee and invited to wait in the lounge until your table is ready. The lounge has a live band that takes requests. The lounge offers excellent views of the Magic Kingdom and surrounding resort area. You can even step outside for a better view. The outdoor patio on the south side of The California Grill also has views of Spaceship Earth, the Dolphin Resort, the Tower of Terror, and Expedition Everest.
Once seated, guests can order entrée off the menu and invite to start with the buffet. There is a wide variety of offerings here. The buffet includes muffins, scones, biscuits, deviled eggs, Greek yogurt with vanilla-scented granola, and fresh berries. There is also kale and apple salad, baby iceberg wedge with Cherrywood bacon and avocado-buttermilk Ranch dressing, hardwood-smoked salmon. The sushi options on the buffet include California rolls with jumbo lump crabmeat, spicy tuna rolls, and shrimp tempura with orange drizzle and mango. There is also a Charcuterie and Artisanal Cheese station and a Bloody Mary Bar.
We tried everything on the buffet, and it was all delicious. I especially liked the deviled eggs, baby iceberg wedge salad, and sushi. The sushi makes the brunch a great value since it’s all you can eat, and sushi is generally on the pricier side.
The entrée selections when we dinned were wide-ranging and included the following:
- Pan-fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet – Haricot Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette
- Shrimp and Grits – Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth, Espellette-spiced Tomato Ragoût
- Chef’s Frittata – Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, creamy Goat Cheese, and Marble Potato Hash
- Blueberry Pancakes – Buttermilk Pancakes, Florida Blueberries, Vanilla Custard, Blueberry Compote, Powdered Sugar, warm Canadian Maple Syrup
- Eggs Benedict – Two Soft-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Honey Ham, Classic Hollandaise. Additionally available with Butter-poached Maine Lobster or Smoked Salmon
- Grilled Hanger Steak – Two Eggs-Any Style, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, Charred Red Onion
We tried the Eggs Benedict with Lobster and the Chef’s Frittata, which were both excellent. The eggs in the Eggs Benedict were cooked perfectly with the eggs being a little runny once the yolk broke. There was no additional charge to add the lobster to the Eggs Benedict.
When we finished our meal, the server brought desserts to the table. The desserts included Macaroons, Chocolate Truffles, and other sweets. They bring enough dessert that everyone at the table can try one of each. We enjoyed each of the desserts, but the Macaroons and Truffles were the best.
Guests can come back that evening to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the top of The Contemporary.
Overall, we enjoyed the Sunday Brunch at the California Grill. The atmosphere and the views of the Magic Kingdom are fantastic. The food was all delicious, and we took advantage of the all you can eat buffet. The service was excellent as the waiter stayed on top of refilling our drinks. At $80 per person, we probably won’t be coming back regularly, but we’ll be back at some point. We hope you found this California Grill Brunch review helpful.