With a variety of exotic entertainment, shops, and dining experiences throughout Epcot’s World Showcase, it can be easy to look past our neighbor to the north. At first glance, there is very little to the Canada pavilion, located just to the right of the entrance from Future World. However, tucked away under the elevated chateau is Le Cellier Steakhouse, one of Epcot’s most intimate dining options.
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Off to the side of the Canada pavilion is a winding pathway taking you past a beautiful flower garden and over a small stream. After this little stroll, you’ll find the doors to Le Cellier Steakhouse. Inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a converted wine cellar. The stone archways and wood furnishings give you the sense you’re now inside a very fine restaurant.
And you are! Le Cellier is currently Epcot’s highest rated restaurant according to Zagat and one of the hardest to reservations to secure. In fact, we were lucky to get our own reservation. After wandering about Epcot since rope drop we started to get hungry. While riding Living with the Land, I pulled up the My Disney Experience app and jumped at an available slot for lunch. We even arrived quite early for our reservation. They couldn’t guarantee seating before our reservation but we barely waited before a table had opened up.
While the dining room seemed full, it did not feel loud. Even sitting quite close to another couple we felt it was quite private. The coziness was helped by an extremely friendly wait staff. Though they dressed appropriately for high end dining, their manners were much more fitting to that family diner you always go to and they know your name. We felt at ease with our waitress and it added to the whole experience.
But, like us, you came here for the food! Starting with appetizers, I ordered the Le Cellier Signature Poutine while my girlfriend ordered the Smoked Macaroni and Cheese and we shared a bit with each other. I found the poutine delicious and rich though it was easily eclipsed by the sumptuous mac and cheese. The smoked cheddar, creamy and warm, brought a more traditional dish to life on our taste buds.
For the main course, we both chose the same entree. The Le Cellier Filet Mignon is a cooked to order tenderloin resting on a bed of mushroom risotto and topped with heirloom tomatoes and a truffle-butter sauce. Each ingredient finds your taste buds in each bite you take. The sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes mixed well with the seared beef and the creamy truffle-butter and risotto brought a smooth finish to the overall dish. Though the $49 price tag was an eye-widening experience, I can say that this was surprisingly well worth the cost.
Between the fact that we were at lunch and that we were quite full after our main course, we opted out of dessert. Which was good for the pocketbook as our bill had reached well into the $70+ per person range. This was easily one of our most costly meals at Walt Disney World but it may have well been one of our overall favorites.
Between the intimate atmosphere, excellent service, and fantastic fare, Le Cellier Steakhouse has become our favorite restaurant in Epcot so far. The price may prove prohibitive to some guests and may be best suited for special occasions but you certainly receive a lot of value for the money spent. For those who can get the reservation and keep the bank from breaking over the bill, Still Small World gives Le Cellier Steakhouse a whole-hearted recommendation.