We ate at California Grill for the first time last May (I was 18, little sis 16). It was a graduation gift.
I was really scared to book it because we had an extremely embarassing experience at a signature dining restaurant on a previous trip (bluezoo… apparently the dress on New Year’s Eve was cocktail attire… we were not prepared). I asked a lot of questions before I booked.
We had a 9:20 ADR and it is perfect for firework viewing. There are a lot of people who are hanging out up there to see the fireworks, so you might not be seated right at 9:20. After Wishes, the restaurant cleared out pretty quickly, though.
I read in advance to stand on the viewing platform (there are two viewing platforms, but the one on the left is closer and provides a better view of MK) ten minutes in advance to ensure a good view.
We were also a little apprehensive about the menu. We aren’t big eaters and with it being so late at night, we didn’t want to order big entrees and not be able to finish them. We ordered a flatbread for the table as an appetizer (one feeds two-four people). I honestly don’t remember what I ordered, but my sister ordered sushi which she liked a lot. I’ll look back at my TR and see if I can’t figure it out… :laugh:
As for dress, it is a signature restaurant, but our experience was quite the opposite of the one we had just a few months before at bluezoo. We decided to dress up because we were celebrating. There were a lot of men up there in shorts and tee-shirts… dress code isn’t very heavily enforced. However, I would recommend following the dress code so you don’t feel out of place (because I felt ridiculously out of place at bluezoo in my jeans and cardigan!!! ).