The Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is home to Le Cellier Steakhouse, a Signature Dining location that invites Guests to dine for lunch and dinner on steakhouse classics inspired by various provinces of Canada. Nestled down a winding path through Victoria Gardens, Le Cellier Steakhouse immediately makes Guests feel as though they have entered into a Canadian chateau as the restaurant is in a building modeled architecturally after famous hotels including the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
The interior of the restaurant is just as striking with a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of a wine cellar. Just inside the main entrance, Guests are greeted with a hostess stand to check in and a beautiful wall with many wine bottle on display. Those who look closely at the wine bottles can also spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three concentric circles. Guests then descend down a small hallway and emerge in the main dining room which is actually very small compared to other locations at the Walt Disney World Resort. The décor is very cozy with low stone vaulted ceilings, rich colors on carpeting featuring maple leaves, dark wooden beams, tables, and chairs, and gently flickering candlelight. Guests are sure to feel as though they are tucked away inside of a wine cellar in Canada thanks to the small dining area and beautiful atmosphere.
Le Cellier Steakhouse may be cozy and welcoming, but the food is what brings guests back time and time again. Each meal begins with a complimentary bread basket that features several different types of breads including the famous pretzel rolls. These pretzel rolls are warm, soft, and perfectly salted and guests can ask for more if they would like! The bread is accompanied by a pat of maple butter topped with flaky sea salt.
There are plenty of amazing appetizers to begin with including Prince Edward Island Mussels, Tuna Tartare, Plant-based House-made Chorizo Meatballs, Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad, and an Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate. The most popular appetizer option by far is the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup which is so beloved that it is even served every year at the Canada Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Featuring Moosehead Pale Ale and Nueske’s Applewood-smoked Bacon, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is rich, creamy, and slightly smoky. It’s also a great thing to dip that delicious pretzel bread into!
Poutine is a signature Canadian dish that can be found in several locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, however Le Cellier Steakhouse features two of the best options. The Le Cellier Signature Poutine is a relatively classic take on the dish with fresh-cut French fries, Canadian cheddar cheese, truffles, and a red wine reduction. Guests looking to be a little more adventurous can indulge in the Le Cellier Beef Bourguignon Poutine which tops fresh-cut French fries with greuyere, beef bourguignon gravy, garlic aioli, and truffle. Annual Passholders also sometimes have exclusive access to other poutiness that regularly come and go from the menu.
Since Le Cellier Steakhouse is a traditional steakhouse, it is no surprise that the entrees feature some amazing cuts of beef. Guests can opt for the Ribeye Steak which is served with lemon-scented fingerling potatoes, caramelized onions, and roasted shallot-whiskey butter or the New York Strip Steak which is accompanied with a smoked cheddar potato au gratin, au poivre sauce, and crispy onions. The signature beef option served at Le Cellier Steakhouse is the Le Cellier Filet Mignon which is a AAA Canadian Tenderloin that is served with a mushroom risotto, asparagus-tomato relish, and truffle-butter sauce. Like the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, the Le Cellier Filet Mignon is also offered each year at the Canada Marketplace during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Guests who are looking to enjoy an entrée other than beef can opt for the Sustainable Fish that is served with bamboo rice, miso butter, jalepeno gel, and sweet onion soubise or the Steamed Asian Impossible Dumplings which are paired with bok choy, Chinese long beans, red peppers, radish, and fragrant Asian broth. Like any true steakhouse, Guests can add enhancements to their meals at Le Cellier Steakhouse including Maple-Whiskey-glazed Brussels Sprouts, Canadian Cheddar Creamed Spinach, Five-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese, and Loaded Boursin Mashed Potatoes.
Dessert at Le Cellier Steakhouse is definitely worth saving room for and guests can choose from several options that can only be found at this location. The Maple Leaf Cheesecake celebrates the flavors of Canada with a chocolate coating, crème fraiche whipped cream, and shortbread cookies and the Maple Crème Brulee is torched to perfection with maple whipped cream and a shortbread maple leaf cookie. Other dessert options include Carrot Cake adorned with candied walnuts and coconut caramel, a Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart served with maple ice cream, brown sugar anglaise, and whiskey caramel, and a Chocolate Caramel Bar with caramel cookie pieces, a milk chocolate shell, and a chocolate shortbread cookie.
The beverage menu at Le Cellier Steakhouse continues the cozy wine cellar atmosphere with selections from different provinces throughout Canada. At any given time, guests can find several Icewine selections, as well as red and white wine and Canadian beer such as Blanche de Chambly, Moosehead Lager, and Labatt Blue. Guests who are looking to enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage can also choose between traditional soft drinks as well.
Le Cellier Steakhouse is a restaurant that shouldn’t be missed in Epcot’s World Showcase thanks to its perfect combination of charming atmosphere and stellar food. It is a great option to enjoy for a dinner with friends and family before watching the fireworks each evening or a great afternoon lunch before heading back to a Disney Resort to enjoy a nap. Guests should also plan on enjoying the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and the Le Cellier Filet Mignon each year during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. No matter what, Le Cellier Steakhouse should be on any Guests’ itinerary for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation!