Le Cellier in Epcot’s World Showcase remains one of the more popular dining locations in Walt Disney World. It is a Signature Dining location and if on the Disney Dining Plan your meal here will require two table service credits. Being Canadian, I might be a little biased here in saying that it’s one of my favorite restaurants, but there is so much to love about Le Cellier Steakhouse and I think you’ll fall in love it too. Here are 10 things you’ll love about Le Cellier.
9. Meat Dishes
Le Cellier really is a restaurant for meat lovers. The menu features some delicious steaks, but you’ll also find duck, some seafood including lobster and Prince Edward Island mussels, pork belly and steak tartare. Of course this restaurant is no different than any other Disney restaurant, they are extremely accommodating for those with dietary restrictions, but there just won’t be too many options for vegetarians and vegans. But if you’re a carnivore, this should be your dinner destination when dining at Epcot because you’ll have plenty of delectable dishes to choose from.
Poutine is a traditional and beloved dish in Canada. I would say it’s one of our most popular comfort foods in Canada. It comes in all forms, but the most classic is French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. While the classic poutine is delicious, the poutine you’ll find at Le Cellier is downright decadent. The Le Cellier Signature Poutine has white Canadian Cheddar, truffles and a red wine reduction, which is poured over the poutine tableside. This dish is very rich, and enjoyed most when shared!
7. Ice Wine
Canada, specifically Ontario, is the perfect place for ice wine to be born. The summer and fall have the perfect temperatures for the grapes to ripen, and then colder temperatures that allow the grapes to freeze naturally on the vine. Ice wine is often considered a dessert wine because of its sweetness and goes well with strongly flavored food. Ontario is considered to make some of the best ice wine there is, so it only makes sense that it can be found on the menu at Le Cellier. Here you can try three varieties in the Le Cellier Ice Wine Flight, and if you are a fan of sweeter wines, you need to order this flight. Ice wine truly is a special treat and this is one of the few places at Disney to find it.
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Cellier in English means storeroom, and Le Cellier does give the impression that you are dining in a traditional steakhouse cellar. Once inside you will feel as if you are in a beautiful basement storeroom dining room. The atmosphere is cozy, but refined, with wooden arches and flickering candlelight. You will also find wines stored and displayed in glass display cases throughout the restaurant. The restaurant is meant to evoke the dining experience and atmosphere of those found in chateau style hotels in Quebec. The atmosphere is so immersive that you almost expect to walk out to a light snowfall when you exit, but thank goodness that part of Canada has been left out of the dining experience at the Canada pavilion.
5. Porterhouse for Two
Le Cellier is one of the few restaurants on property that offers a steak that is meant to be shared. The Porterhouse for Two is priced at close to $120, but it will most definitely feed two hungry people. Aside from the porterhouse, you’ll get loaded mashed potatoes, crispy onions, lobster mac and cheese and a blue cheese fondue. It’s a filling and rich meal, but perfect for sharing, and a great option for two people who are celebrating a special event such as an anniversary or engagement.
4. Le Cellier Lot 40 Bloody Caesar
The Caesar is a refreshing alcoholic beverage beloved by Canadians. It’s made with Clamato juice and usually vodka, but here the Caesar has bourbon, giving it a smoky warmth. If you’re a Canadian in search of a true Caesar, this is one of the best places to get one.
The Canadian influence is very apparent in the dessert menu. They may not be Tim Horton’s doughnuts, but you’ll find coffee and doughnuts on the menu, as well as Nanaimo cake, which is inspired by popular Nanaimo bars, which are named for the city Nanaimo in British Columbia. And the dessert menu wouldn’t be truly Canadian if it didn’t feature a maple dessert, so filling the maple quota is the Maple Crème Brule, which is the perfect finish to any meal here.
2. The Cast Members
It’s no surprise that the cast members here are amazing and give top-notch service. Most of the Cast Members here are from Canada and in our experience have lived up to the cliché that Canadians are friendly, polite and nice. The cast members I’ve spoken with love to talk about where they’re from, but funnily enough none of them ever mention missing those Canadian winters.
1. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure where in Canada cheese soup originated or where it’s considered a typical Canadian dish, but it’s so amazing that it doesn’t even matter and I’m just glad it’s on the menu at Le Cellier. The soup features Canadian Moosehead beer and Applewood smoked bacon, giving it a sharp and smoky flavor. This soup is thick, creamy and a must-do when at Le Cellier if you want the full dining experience at the Canada pavilion at Epcot. This soup is the stuff dreams are made of!