California Grill with dairy and egg allergies

Posted on : 02-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Misc, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg. Read her full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

california-grill-logoGreat job accommodating our daughter’s allergies.  She had a lot of choices and we settled on allergy safe tuna sushi rolls as a starter for the whole table, and she had steak, veg and rice from the children’s meal.  The only disappointment was that they didn’t have a more “exciting” dessert option for her.  She had the fruit kabob minus the yogurt as they said that was the only option.  The waiter kept pushing dessert for me, and I had to explain that I didn’t want to eat a yummy dessert when my daughter could only have 4 pieces of fruit.  Bummer, but we went to Magic Kingdom and got a Dole Whip to make up for it.  Not the end of the world and she didn’t mind having fruit (I was the one disappointed to skip my yummy dessert.  LOL)

Overall another great dinner. My husband and I loved our bison steaks here and our other daughter was excited to have pizza..a rare treat for the sister of a diary allergic kid.

Read the full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Recommend California Grill for egg and dairy free?: Yes

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Find the Mouse – Day 2 itinerary

Posted on : 05-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Yesterday was a blast at Downtown Disney and especially the Magic Kingdom. It’s a great time to be here, since the crowds are really light.

Wednesday, October 5

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Hollywood Studios today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • Hollywood Studios around 10:30 AM
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe at 12:10 PM
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at 3:30 PM

We’re also going to the Contemporary for the MK fireworks and a 9:15 dinner at the California Grill, one of our favorites.

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)


California Grill review

Posted on : 22-05-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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The beautiful bar at the California Grill at Disney

The beautiful bar

Located atop the Contemporary Resort, the California Grill has been the best Disney dining experience we’ve had. From both a culinary and food allergy standpoint, this restaurant  is the best of the best.

It started with the usual Disney experience for food allergy diners, but  more upscale. Like  most of the Disney restaurants, they had our allergy noted in the reservation system. However, when we saw our “seating receipt” we noticed that, along with the usual note at the bottom of the receipt, it was also stamped at the top with “Allergy” in red.

The California Grill's allergy card

Bright yellow allergy card.

Our waiter, Daniel, further explained their process. Instead of the hostess placing the seating receipt on the table for the server, they must hand the server the receipt if a food allergy is specified. Additionally, the wait staff uses bright yellow allergy cards to accompany the order, again hand delivered, to ensure a high level of communication about the food allergy.

Our daughter had the Ener-G tapioca roll, with olive oil and a simple hearts of romaine salad with balsamic dressing. The chef would have prepared a wide range of delicious items, but she didn’t want anything else. Plus it was 9:30 PM and we were waiting to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom while we dined.

Filet of Beef at the California Grill

Delicious Oak Fired Filet of Beef


We chose to split some of the signature items on the menu. We had a Hearts of Romaine salad with aged parmesan and homemade croutons. Then we had the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. It was prepared with fresh pasta, wonderfully mild goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto to make a deliciously light first course. Next, we had the Oak-fired Filet of Beef with Mascarpone Potatoes and Teriyaki Barbecue Sauce. This was the best steak we’ve had in a long time. Splitting these items was not only wise for the cost, but also for the portions. It was plenty of food, all split in the kitchen for us. As Daniel suggested, splitting it in the kitchen kept us from fighting over the last bite!

View the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the California Grill

View "Wishes" while you dine

The restaurant was beautiful and the food was delicious. And the service was fantastic. We cannot say enough about our server , Daniel.


Daniel was the best and  most knowledgable waiter we’ve ever met. He really understood the food allergy complexities, the menu, and the options that the kitchen could handle. He also knew Disney World very well, and was excellent at taking care of his customers. Walt himself would be proud of Daniel and the California Grill.

The menu at the California Grill

The menu, printed nightly (click to enlarge)

The kids menu at the California Grill

The kids menu. Notice the allergy statement at the bottom












If you’ve eaten at the California Grill with a food allergy, please share your experience.

All photos from the California Grill.


Fine/Signature Dining

Posted on : 02-04-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Fine / Signature Dining

Disney World has some of the finest dining in the country. Below are the Fine & Signature Dining experiences for which we have reviews, or upcoming reviews. Most Fine / Signature Dining Restaurants can accommodate a food allergy. Be sure to contact the staff first, then make sure the host/hostess and the chef is aware of your food allergy. Food allergens mentioned in the reviews are listed below each restaurant name.

Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room (Grand Floridian)
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Afternoon Tea in grand British tradition. Scones, tea sandwiches and desserts are among the treats.

California Grill(Contemporary)
California Grill dairy allergy
California fusion cooking, with fantastic steak, seafood and a great wine selection

Chef's Menu at CoraNation Room (Boardwalk)
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Greek specialties of a traditional kouzzina. Serving a 5-course prix fixe, this restaurant features vibrant Mediterranean flavors and a unique opportunity to interact with the chef.

Chef's Table at Victoria & Albert's (Grand Floridian)
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American cuisine. Interact with the chef while 10 courses are prepared for you and up to 10 people.

Chefs de France(Epcot)
Chefs de France dairy allergyChefs de France gluten free
French fine dining

Cinderella's Royal Table(Magic Kingdom)
Cinderella's Royal Table dairy allergy
Dine with Disney Princesses inside the castle.

Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Cafe (Disney Springs)
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Serving a fusion of Asian and Californian cuisine, plus decadent desserts.

Flying Fish Cafe Chef's Tasting Wine Dinner (Boardwalk)
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Savory selections from a 5-course prix fixe menu, served with expertly chosen wines.

La Hacienda de San Angel(Epcot)
La Hacienda de San Angel dairy allergyLa Hacienda de San Angel gluten free
Authentic Mexican cuisine.

Le Cellier Steakhouse(Epcot)
Le Cellier Steakhouse dairy allergyLe Cellier Steakhouse peanut allergy
Fine dining in the Canada Pavilion, designed as a castle's wine cellar.

Maya Grill(Coronado Springs)
Maya Grill dairy allergyMaya Grill peanut allergy
Nuevo Latino cuisine and classic American favorites.

Narcoossee's (Grand Floridian)
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Features Maine lobster, Alaskan salmon and filet mignon while overlooking the Magic Kingdom.

Nine Dragons(Epcot)
Nine Dragons dairy allergy
Chinese cuisine in a contemporary Asian restaurant.

Portobello(Disney Springs)
Portobello gluten free
Authentic Italian cuisine and fine wines.

Queen Victoria's Room at Victoria & Albert's (Grand Floridian)
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The most exclusive dining experience at Disney's Grand Floridian.

San Angel Inn(Epcot)

Traditional Mexican cuisine in a 17th-century hacienda.

Teppan Edo (Epcot)
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Japanese dining featuring Teppan chefs.

The Chef's Domain at Citricos (Grand Floridian)
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Interact with the chef and culinary team as they prepare a private, gourmet Mediterraneanmeal for you and a group of up to 12 people.

Tokyo Dining(Epcot)
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Authentic Japanese cuisine in a contemporary, upscale restaurant.

Tutto Italia Ristorante (Epcot)
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Traditional Italian casual dining.

Victoria & Albert's (Grand Floridian)
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A 6-course meal of modern American cuisine with classical influences.

Wolfgang Puck® Cafe(Disney Springs)
Wolfgang Puck® Cafe dairy allergy
Casual restaurant fusing Asian and California cuisine

Yachtsman Steakhouse(Yacht Club Resort)
Yachtsman Steakhouse dairy allergy
Fantastic steaks, seafood and chicken dishes for the entire family.

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