Recommendations for California Grill, Jiko, Citricos

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by cw517, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. cw517

    cw517 Earning My Ears

    Jul 5, 2011
    This is our first trip without kids, and we are making the most of it! We have ADRs at California Grill, Citricos, and Jiko for the first 3 nights of our trip (the other nights are planned for F&W festival).

    What are your recommendations for each of these restaurants? Which one has the best filet? Any stand-out appetizers, desserts or drinks not to miss? At CG, which sushi roll would you recommend? I have been pouring over the menus and can't decide!

    Thanks for your help!
  2. DEA

    DEA DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2009
    At Jiko, the Taste of Africa appetizer (bread and dips) is really good. You can even get a sample of them if you do the Culinary Tour of Africa at 4pm at Boma and Jiko. I also like the cheese plate there. For the entrée, the filet, substituting the mac and cheese for the rice pilaf, as nature intended.

    At Citricos, I liked the cheese plate appetizer and the Duck entrée.

    At CG, the mussels are good for an appetizer, and the Ahi tuna is an excellent entrée.

    As for who has the best filet, I'm afraid I have not compared all three. I have enjoyed the Jiko filet, though.
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  4. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    At Citrico's the Arancini appetizer is wonderful!

    Jiko's Filet rates very high.
  5. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    Citricos-the spare ribs are heaven.

    Ca Grill is all about the sushi

    Jiko-I think the appetizers are so much better than the entrees. We usually split the Taste of Africa, cheese plate or a sampler platter (not on the menu but they will do it) and then I get a bowl of soup. Their soup here is always exceptional.

    For filet, I have not had it at Citricos. I was very disappointed with the Ca Grill filet. Jiko's is good; I like it much better with the pilaf that's on the current menu over the mac and cheese on the old menu.
  6. Giselle22

    Giselle22 Mouseketeer

    Nov 5, 2008
    Agree about the filet at Jiko, and the yummy appetizers. That was one of mine and DH's favorite meals when we were on our Disneymoon--we had deluxe dining so we ate at lots of signature places and we both loved Jiko!
  7. minniebeth

    minniebeth DIS Veteran

    Feb 3, 2006
    Pakey, you just made my day! I love Jiko's appetizers and am slowly making my way through the menu. I will for sure request a sampler platter! :cloud9:

    California Grill: Filet is good. Amazing? Not really, but a nice solid choice as part of a wonderful meal overall. We've had their pork tenderloin which was excellent, chicken, very good too! The appetizers are also strong here, sometimes we just do a few with a dessert.

    Citricos: Can't wait to be back in January. I had the short ribs, they were outstanding! The arancini appetizer was delicious and so were the desserts.

    Jiko is my favorite signature! I have not had one thing here that I completely didn't love: the pork, short ribs, peri-peri chicken. The appetizers are amazing, from the flatbreads to the bobotie roll, cheese plate, salads.
    We usually share one or two appetizers and and entree with dessert, otherwise it's just too much. Their bread basket is too good to pass up as well. Their desserts change often but are all wonderful.
    If you like wine, their South African wines are delicious!

    Ok, so can you tell which is my favorite Signature? :goodvibes

    Have FUN and enjoy! They all will be wonderful dinners!
  8. figment814

    figment814 Mouseketeer

    May 9, 2008
    I have been to Jiko 8 or 9 times...and I think all but one, maybe two, I have made a meal out of appetizers. Bobotie rolls, flatbreads, cheese plate! I actually do this at pretty much every signature restaurant...I find the food has more flavor and is more interesting on the appetizer menu!
  9. mk26

    mk26 Earning My Ears

    Nov 6, 2007
    We loved the filet at Jiko. The taste of Africa was great as well. Their wines are really good too.

    Flatbread and sushi were really good at California Grill. We made a meal out of appetizers.
  10. cw517

    cw517 Earning My Ears

    Jul 5, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions! This really helps. I'm so looking forward to Jiko now. It seems to be the favorite!
  11. jimandami

    jimandami DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2007
    DH and I did not love our CG experience except for his appetizer. He got the dragon roll and it was a huge plate of sushi...he ate every last bite!
  12. Karabee

    Karabee DIS Veteran

    Jul 1, 2011
    Sashimi platter at CG was amazing. By far the best filet I've had was at Citricos. It was like butter - cooked to perfection!

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