This buttery, caramel pastry was beyond good, and I’ve daydreamed about it all week! (Last updated January 26, 2019.). Although we don’t normally comment on service in restaurant reviews since it’s hit or miss, I do want to pause here to note that our service here was exquisite. I’m not a bloody mary girl, myself, but the garnish bar almost made me convert! We chose to dress up, but saw others in park attire being admitted to the brunch despite a posted dress code notice at the check-in desk. We each got our own pot of about 2.5 cups of coffee, and I’m sure more would’ve been made available had we requested it. Your email address will not be published. It’s not often that you see lobster on a brunch menu, so we agreed that it felt luxurious and paired nicely with the hollandaise sauce. The salads were also quite enjoyable; among so many heavier options, it was really nice to have something light and fresh available. Perhaps you’ll wonder why a restaurant with such a prime location and floor to ceiling windows mostly operates when it’s dark out. Have you done Brunch at the Top? The cuts were a bit on the lean side, and not quite as rich or flavorful as we hoped. I feel clarification is necessary – “unlimited alcohol” is only the mimosas…if you are ordering a bloody mary for instance, you have to pay for that… now a bloody mary may be included if using the DDP (but I don’t know). Tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are included. I’m a grits fanatic, so of course we had to try the Gulf Shrimp with garlic and chorizo Antebellum grits and a sweety drop vinaigrette. For the most part, the overall experience was the same with some slight menu changes. There’s an obvious ‘apples to oranges’ challenge here, as brunch offers an all-you-can-eat buffet spread plus a la carte entree selections and unlimited mimosas whereas dinner is entirely a la carte. The atmosphere here is something special, with the rarified quality of California Grill cut with a “chill” vibe. Our server came over to our table right away and started by taking our drink orders. Also fantastic, and topped with a generous portion of lobster. The entrée selections were definitely the highlight of our brunch experience. Before we were shown to our seat, we were each handed a mimosa with boba balls, and the refills were more champagne than juice! My experience with CA Grill, is after 3 dinners, that it was overpriced and very inconsistent. Everything at the California Grill Brunch was pure magic. You’ll then walk to your table, noticing along the way the light and airy daytime atmosphere of California Grill. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Also, be aware that there is a dress code, though we did not see it being enforced. Any questions we can help you answer? Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World Weekly News Update 11/23/20, Foodie Friday: Review of the Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie, Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World Weekly News Update 11/16/20, Seven Disney Theme Park Attractions That Were Made into Movies. In this review, we’ll share food photos from our meal, thoughts on whether it’s worth the money, and how brunch compares to other meals at Cali Grill. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. Are you a fan of California Grill? She and her friends ordered multiple entrees this time, an ‘aerial view’ of which is pictured below. As for how brunch at California Grill compares to dinner? With regard to the Victoria & Albert’s comparison, it’s actually been a while since we’ve dined there, so we can’t offer a totally current assessment of that meal. But I digress. I have to say that the star of the self-serve selections was the Bourbon Baba. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. As if that wasn’t magical enough, our server asked us if there was anything else we’d been eyeing on the menu. Still confused… do you lay for the buffet and an entree separate? As a Signature Restaurant, it will cost you two credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Now that we’ve established that the rest of this review is pointless because no one should go to Brunch at the Top under any circumstances whatsoever and instead enjoy the glorious cuisine of Chef Mickey’s (California Grill’s brunch is nearly the same cost and doesn’t even have Pluto preparing the food! My review and thoughts are derived from several different experiences at this brunch over the last few years. Our server walked us through the entrée options, and we decided to try the Blueberry Pancakes with blueberries, vanilla custard, and blueberry compote, the Vanilla Bean French Toast with crème brulee custard, caramelized bananas, and candied walnuts, and the Eggs Benedict with butter poached Maine lobster and orange honey ham. Since brunch at California Grill is an indulgent experience, there are quite a few …