Epcot's Le Cellier Restaurant Undergoes Changes, But Not Nearly Enough
Walt Disney World's culinears have elevated Canada's Le Cellier steakhouse to "signature" dining status, which puts it on the same level as California Grill and Flying Fish Cafe. Sadly, the food doesn't reach that level, although the prices certainly do. Here's a link to my full review
Just to clarify, Scott. Le Cellier's never won our award for best theme park restaurant, though it has come close as a finalist a few times.
Loved the article, Scott. My dad and I were always baffled about Le Cellier's success, but we're confident that it is because it's safe. The Unofficial Guide gave it similar reviews - too dark, too dank, mediocre food, friendly service. I agree with every comment you made except one:
Thanks for the clarification, Robert. A correction has been added to the review. sj
I appreciated Le Cellier for exactly what it was. An unpretentious steakhouse that was simple and delicious. I enjoy the decor. It is what the name suggests, a cellar. I'm sure Disney's drive to change the menu and price range is to maximize the popularity and its no surprise that the change didn't meet expectations. However, I'm not sure what those expectations were. A "Signature" WDW restaurant comes with a certain stature. Based on this particular review, this status has not been met. I'm just hoping that its because of the new menu, and not because the atmosphere at Le Cellier turned out to look like a, well...
Pacific or Atlantic, I think the real difference is farmed versus wild. I love salmon, but find that most of the farmed stuff (which typically is sold as "Atlantic" salmon) lacks the wild salmon's flavor.
I never thought Le Cellier was worth what they charged from the beginning so I really didn't have high expectations when they announced it was going to "signature" status. Glad to see my initial thought is turning out to be true.
I visited Le Cellier in August 2010, based on the recommendations of some friends who absolutely raved about it. Le Cellier was their favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, I was quite let down. With our deluxe dining plan, each member of my family had an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Not one of us like our appetizers, and our entrees and desserts were just okay. When we went back this past February, again with the deluxe dining plan, we made sure to avoid LeCellier.
I think the skepticism may be - finally - making an impact. Le Cellier's been tumbling in our ratings; it's
Ah. Good point RE the farmed salmon, Robert. Gotta have it straight from the coast.
I could not disagree more with Mr. Joseph over here!
I've never been to a restaurant based on a rating. If a rating is deserved, it certainly cannot match the prices. They are always overpriced, thus obviating the rating.
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