Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Le Cellier - Review of a Fan Favorite, Eh!



Welcome to Le Cellier
Before Be Our Guest opened, reservations at Le Cellier were easily the most sought after reservations in the entire World…Walt Disney World, that is.  Still one of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World, Le Cellier is located in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Chances are if you have never eaten there, you have most likely heard of Le Cellier.  I first heard about Le Cellier while looking up restaurant reviews on the internet and I decided that I needed to try this highly praised restaurant.  Advance reservations are always recommended for table service restaurants but this is the restaurant where it is essential to get a reservation at that 180-day mark.  I was lucky enough to nab a reservation and experience my first meal at Le Cellier in 2010.

Le Cellier Bread
Perhaps my favorite thing about Le Cellier is the bread.  The pretzel bread is just about the most wonderful thing I have ever eaten.  I love bread and I love pretzels so when you combine those two things, it makes for glorious results.  On a recent trip to Le Cellier, our server described the bread as being like the bread in Panem from the Hunger Games.  Each piece of bread represents a different region of Canada.  I thought that was a pretty awesome analogy.


Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Le Cellier now has an all-day menu so you have the same options for lunch and dinner.  Sadly, with the change to an all-day menu, Le Cellier got rid of two of my family’s favorite dishes; the burger and the spicy chicken and chipotle sausage appetizer.  The burger was absolutely delicious and I am beyond sad to see it go.  Luckily, my next favorite item on the menu, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, is still available.  It is so tasty and it tastes even better when you dip some of the pretzel bread in the soup.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  My husband and I love the soup so much, we actually make it at home thanks to our purchase of a Walt Disney World cookbook that contains the recipe. 

"Le Cellier" Mushroom Filet Mignon
Another highlight of the menu is the “Le Cellier” Mushroom Filet Mignon.  It’s one of the tastiest steaks in Walt Disney World but it doesn’t have my number one spot.  For that, see my review of Narcoossee’s.  Despite not being my favorite steak on property, it is still a really darn good one that I would happily enjoy eating. 







Gardens outside of Le Cellier
The restaurant is located in the cellar of the ch√Ęteau so don’t plan on watching IllumiNations from the restaurant.  I actually prefer eating at Le Cellier for lunch because you get to enjoy the beautiful gardens outside the restaurant.  When you eat there after sunset, it just isn’t as pretty walking up to the restaurant.  Of course the ambiance inside the restaurant is the same day or night but the gardens just make it so much quainter.

Le Cellier Dining Room

Le Cellier is now a Signature Dining restaurant, which means that it is now 2 credits on the Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining plans.  Before the switch to Signature Dining, I thought the value of Le Cellier on the dining plan was very good but I am now sad to say that I don’t think it’s worth it to use 2 credits.  I know, it may sound crazy to all of the Le Cellier fans out there but there are just so many other great Signature restaurants that are a better value for those 2 credits.

Le Cellier certainly lived up to the hype but with recent changes to the menu and becoming a Signature Dining restaurant, I don’t know that I will be dining there as often as I used to.  It’s hard to see favorites missing from the menu.  I still think Le Cellier is worth a visit, I would just recommend paying for this one out of pocket and saving your dining credits for another meal. 

Ashley

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