There are so many restaurants to choose from as you wander around the World Showcase. Each County has its own cuisine to share. When you think of Canadian cuisine, you can’t always immediately picture what that looks like. Once you see the menu at Le Cellier, however, you’ll find Canadian flavours throughout each dish.
Tucked into the base of the Château, past the beautiful gardens, you’ll find the inconspicuous entrance to this delightful signature restaurant. It may look meek from the exterior, but the experience inside is one of the more impressive dining experiences Disney has to offer.
Le Cellier (the cellar) was one of the original restaurants when Epcot opened in 1982. That being said, it looked a lot different from the signature restaurant it is today. The restaurant originally served Canadian delicacies in a “buffeteria” style. After about 12 years, the Le Cellier was reimagined with a new menu consisting of deli-style sandwhiches and salads. Again, not exactly the Le Cellier we know today. This new iteration only lasted just over 2 years.
In 1997, Le Cellier became a full-service steakhouse, featuring Canadian beef and maintaining other Canadian items on the menu. Since then, Le Cellier has become one of the most popular signature restaurants, not only in Epcot, but in all of Walt Disney World.
At the forefront, Le Cellier is a Steakhouse. The menu features a number of cuts of beef, but it also offers a variety of seafood and poultry options as well. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, with the same menu available for both meals. While the menu can change seasonally, it traditionally showcases a number of Canadian flavours.
Since it’s designed to mimic an elegant wine cellar (it’s in the name, after all), Le Cellier houses an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu for any occasion.
While it will accommodate guests of all ages, Le Cellier is also known to be one of the more romantic restaurants available at Disney. This makes it a popular reservation for couples. Especially those that are celebrating engagements, honeymoons and anniversaries.
The interior of Le Cellier is meant to reflect the feel of being in a wine cellar, albeit one of the biggest you could imagine. The restaurant is said to be inspired by a number of Canadian château-style hotels, like the Château Laurier in Ottawa and Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City. To be honest, you can also see some Château Lake Louise in the styling as well, which is fitting, given the showcase of Alberta beef on the menu.
Inside, the warm light bounces off the dark wood wainscoting and beige sandstone arches. Most of the light fixtures are styled to look like candles. While it feels like Le Cellier is a series of nooks and smaller rooms, there is plenty of seating inside. Wood-carved borders surround some of the seating, while many of the interior windows feature stained glass.
It feels cozy inside. Le Cellier has a charm to it, that makes it appealing for guests looking to escape the busy World Showcase. The relatively dim lighting sets the mood for a more elegant dining experience, yet it’s still accessible to everyone. No one would feel out of place dining here.
When Le Cellier became one of Walt Disney World’s signature restaurants, the menu (and the price) quickly reflected its new status.
Guests using the Disney Dining Plan will need 2 table service credits to dine here. That gets you a drink, entrée and dessert. It doesn’t allow for any enhancements to your entrée, like the lobster mac and cheese or either of the poutines offered on the menu. When looking at the value per dining credit, we believe that it’s typically more beneficial to pay out of pocket for Le Cellier than to use your 2 table service credits. However, if you’re planning on going for the most expensive items on the menu, you can break even here.
Appetizers range in price from $13-19 USD. Entrées are in the $35-50 USD range, with the steaks running between $55-60 USD. After that, desserts are around $10-15 USD.
Annual Passholders and DVC members are currently eligible for a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Tables in Wonderland holders are eligible for a 20% discount on both food and any beverages.
If you plan to pay out of pocket, and you feel like splurging on a meal, expect Le Cellier to cost you around $100-150 USD for a couple of adult guests. Of course, it depends on what you plan to order and whether you want to share dishes.
- Le Cellier Filet Mignon
While the menu at Le Cellier can change seasonally, you can always bet on a few staples to always be there. You can find the current menu here
Each meal at Le Cellier starts off with a bread service. There are typically an assortment of rolls, but of particular note is the pretzel roll. When they come to the table all warm and toasty, you can’t help but slather them in butter and seriously question whether you should spoil your meal by asking for more.
On the Appetizer menu, you can typically find a seasonal salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and French onion soup. There is also an Artisan Cheese Plate, which offers a selection of Canadian, French and house-made cheeses. The most popular appetizer has to be the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, which is blended with Moosehead Pale Ale and Nueske’s Applewood-smoked Bacon. If you happen to have saved a pretzel roll, the soup is perfect to dip it into. The Cheddar Soup is such a perennial favourite, that it typically makes an appearance outside of the restaurant, during the Food & Wine festival, in the Canadian booth.
I would argue that the poutines offered on the menu could also fall under the appetizer category, but they are an excellent addition to any meal. They’re also perfect for sharing. That being said, the poutine that Lauren and I shared was one of the best we’d ever had, which made it difficult to share. We highly recommend the Le Cellier Signature Poutine. In addition to the Canadian cheddar curds, the truffle and red wine reduction elevate this poutine to an elegant status.
The menu at Le Cellier will almost always feature a seafood dish and a poultry dish of some kind. More recently, all menus at Walt Disney World also need a plant-based dish as well, which Le Cellier currently features Impossible™ Meat Dumplings.
If you booked a reservation here, chances are good that someone in your party wanted steak. The menu typically has a Rib-Eye, New York Strip and the signature Le Cellier Filet Mignon.
Lauren and I have each enjoyed steaks here. She opted for the Le Cellier Filet Mignon with a mushroom risotto, asparagus-tomato relish and truffle-butter sauce. I opted for the Rib-Eye with fingerling potatoes, bacon whole-grain mustard sauce, and a Maple-Bordelaise butter.
While the dessert menu can also change seasonally, there are a few favourites that will always be showcased. A Maple Crème Brûlée, some sort of Pecan tart and a Nanimo Bar. There may be variations to how they are presented, but in general, you can expect to find them on the menu alongside some other Canadian flavours.
Lauren and I have been lucky enough to dine at Le Cellier a couple of times. I can honestly say that we haven’t been disappointed. As Canadians, our palates might be slightly biased, but the food is rich and delicious. The atmosphere makes for a great date night (or day-date, depending on what reservation you manage to get).
The wine and beer list offer a wide variety of options. You could also opt for one of their signature cocktails (I personally recommend the Ottawa Apple). If you haven’t ever experienced Ice Wine before, Le Cellier has an Ice Wine flight on the menu.
We have always found the servers to be friendly, knowledgeable, and great at making recommendations. Again, we’re slightly biased here, but the servers here add to the overall elegance of the experience.
Price-wise, it’s certainly a splurge on any trip. Save a reservation for a special occasion and it will make your dining experience a special one. To reiterate, if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this might be one reservation you should pay out of pocket for as it’s pretty difficult to get the full value of your 2 dining credits here. On top of that, there are so many other items on the menu that are tempting to add to any meal, making it hard to stick to just an entrée and dessert.
One thing that I wanted to mention was the fact that, because the food is so rich and filling, maybe plan on taking it easy after your reservation. You might think you want to run over to Frozen Ever After in Norway, but expect to walk a little slower after dining at Le Cellier.
There are lots of shareable plates on the menu. Lauren and I will typically share an appetizer and dessert between the two of us…especially at Le Cellier, where we know the entrées will be filling.
While it isn’t a must-do every trip, we try to plan for a Le Cellier reservation if we’re celebrating something together. It is definitely one of the pricier restaurants at Disney, given its signature status, but it’s worth the cost if you are visiting for a special occasion.
Disney Dining QUIPS – Le Cellier Steakhouse
Quick – A Canadian steakhouse offering signature fine dining in the relaxed atmosphere of a Château wine cellar.
Unique – Tucked in the Canadian pavilion at Epcot, Le Cellier features flavours and dishes that showcase Canadian cuisine.
Impressions – Warm candle-lit dining with sandstone arches with dark wood throughout. It creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic meal in the park.
Palate – The Cheddar Cheese Soup is always a crowd-pleaser as an appetizer. The steaks here are well executed and are paired with great side dishes. Add enhancements to your entrée if you want, but we recommend the poutine instead.
Skip or Stay – It’s definitely a stay. Disney fans should experience Le Cellier at least once. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a first-time visit, it’s a great place to dine as you get to explore the parks on future trips.