California Grill & Jiko

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by DreaminDisney, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. DreaminDisney

    DreaminDisney <font color="purple">The TFs converted another BEL

    Nov 19, 2002
    For those of you who have been to both which one did you like better?
  2. tampaguys

    tampaguys AUGGGHHHH

    Dec 28, 2006
    Jiko by a LONG shot. The menu at California Grill is tired, and their waitstaff tends to be snotty.
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  4. BCV23

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    Feb 11, 2002
    We like California Grill better although Jiko is excellent too. But CG has a wider variety on their menu which works well for our family of six. And the view is of course fantastic.
  5. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

    Apr 21, 2000
    We love JIKO. It's been a while since we've eaten at CG and we probably won't eat there again unless they change their cancellation policy. I can't worry about cancelling 2 days in advance, sometimes we have to cancel a few hrs in advance and CG won't allow that, so we don't bother anymore. Not to mention still having to wait a while even with an ADR.
  6. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

    Aug 26, 1999
    I've been to both, and I'd definitely pick Jiko's. My server at CG was one of the nicest I've had, but I'd still give the edge to Jiko's for atmosphere, much nicer and quieter.
  7. JennyMominRI

    JennyMominRI <font color=red>Live from Red Sox Nation<br><font

    Jan 13, 2005
    I prefer the Ca Grill. We love the wine room. We like Jiko too.

    MYDISNEYHOUSES Mouseketeer

    Nov 21, 2006
    That is a tough one. These are 2 of my favorite restaurants.

    I do not think you can go wrong with either.:thumbsup2
  9. CPer'sMom

    CPer'sMom DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2005
    Totally agree with this ~ They are both great! :)
  10. Amyrlin

    Amyrlin DIS Veteran

    Jul 20, 2005
    They are both great, for the menu and view I like CG best, but the ambience at Jiko is better.
  11. hmp2z

    hmp2z Disney Bride, Mom to Molly, Moose, and Hannah (all

    Mar 9, 2002
    We prefer the quality of the food & the variety of food at California Grill. Jiko is fine, but underwhelming - for what we get, we prefer Boma.

    I was also underwhelmed by the level of knowledge & attentiveness of the chef staff at Jiko. We attended a special event there in November, and I notified them in advance that I didn't eat meat. They assured me this would not present a problem, then proceeded to serve two dishes with meat: one with chunks of bacon in it, and a carrot soup made with chicken stock. I couldn't believe, for the price we were paying, and the way Jiko touts itself as upscale dining, that they were this sloppy with my dietary needs. If I'm paying $150 pp for dinner, and I've been assured that I won't be served meat, then I would expect that to be the case.

    That aside, though, we've just overall gotten better quality of food at California Grill. Their sushi there is out of this world.

    Heather W
  12. CoolDisneyCat

    CoolDisneyCat North Carolina

    Apr 7, 2003
    Jiko .. without a doubt..

    We have only been to CG once, but it was such a zoo with people fighting for and camping out window side tables, it ruin the meal for us. We may go back sometime with our ADR no where near the time for Wishes.
  13. Ron from Michigan

    Ron from Michigan DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    Wow. You have asked about our two favorite places to dine at WDW. We ate at CG twice in October and it was fantastic from start to finish. The service and food were excellent. I had the Pork Tenderloin with creamy polenta, it was so tender you could cut it with your fork. We always start with a flatbread also, on this visit we had the flatbread with figs and it was so good........

    We dined at Jiko in October and December and it was excellent just like always both times. I had the Lamb Shank on this last trip and it was my favorite meal of the trip. It was so tender and flavorable. We also had the barbacue chicken flatbread on this most recent trip and it was as good as always. The service and food are always tops here.
  14. OKWMom

    OKWMom DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2006
    I guess it depends on what server you get or what night you go. We dined at Jiko three weeks ago and that server was the snottiest I have ever had in any restaurant. He acted like it was beneath him to be waiting on us. It was our first time dining there and when I asked about a menu item and told him I couldn't pronounce the name, he said "Of course you can't" and rolled his eyes at me. We had been very nice to him and were dressed within the dress code (actually nicer than some of the other diners). I couldn't imagine why he treated us so poorly. His attitude ruined our experience there and we won't be back.
  15. Fly me with Balloons

    Fly me with Balloons Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2006
    They are my 2 favorites. I love the sushi & fillet at CG, but the best dish I have ever eaten is the Fillet w/ macaroni at Jiko. Great wines, as well.

    I'd go Jiko by a nose/photo finish.
  16. tx2tn

    tx2tn "What fortuitous circumstance be this"

    Jan 22, 2006
    WITH OUT A DOUBT......California Grill. They have a better menu and what better place to enjoy a meal than CG as you watch the sunset over the MK or maybe watch the fireworks. Yes, CG by a mile :thumbsup2
  17. Judique

    Judique Dis Veteran, Beach Lover at BWV, BCV, HHI, VB

    Aug 1, 2003

    I liked both for different aspects and different menu choices. We've eaten at Jiko 4 times (in the last year) and on each occasion had excellent food and service. We've eaten at CG 3 times (in the last year) and most of the food was excellent and the service was good. The CG has the advantage of an incredible view and the chance to see fireworks after dinner, so you have to throw that into the mix. If you want an intimate experience and to focus on your dining and dinner partners, I'd go with Jiko. If you want a good meal with a great view and a lot of excitement going on (as in hustle bustle and noise) as well as to watch the fireworks, choose CG.

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