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“Book Early” Series: Le Cellier

Le Cellier

Le Cellier

Lots of folks just glide right by the large, wrought-iron gate leading to the beautiful replica of Vancouver’s Victoria Gardens in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion. They figure it’s just a garden, of which there are MANY in Disney World, so why stop to gawk when you could move on to Soarin’?

Breadsticks

Breadsticks

Le Cellier, that’s why. French for “the cellar,” Le Cellier is the Canada Pavilion’s table-service steakhouse restaurant that’s known for its filet with mushroom risotto,

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup

cheddar cheese and Moosehead Beer soup, and delicious breads. Le Cellier has been on top for a while now, and quality and service haven’t seemed to suffer for the many years I’ve been dining there. It’s dark, cellar-like dining room provides plenty of cover for Disney big-wigs who have been rumored to hold business meetings on the premises.

Sausage and Corn Polenta

Sausage and Corn Polenta

Le Cellier is part of our “Book Early” Series, because it’s practically impossible to get a dinner reservation here, and only slightly more possible to get a lunch reservation.

Filet with Mushroom Risotto

Filet with Mushroom Risotto

The place is booked solid six months in
advance, and, in my opinion, Le Cellier could easily pay an extra cast member full-time wages to turn away potential walk-in diners.

When you do get a seat, indulge in that Cheddar Cheese soup, the new sausage and corn appetizer, and the lovely filet mignon (though we like the good ol’ burger, served with black diamond cheddar, just as much). If you still have room

Burger and Fries

Burger and Fries

for dessert the maple creme brulee is wonderful, but I tend to grab the seasonal cobbler most of the time!

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5 Comments

  1. Alvina Clay says:

    We have been trying to get a reservation at this wonderful place for the last 3 years, so I guess it’s been about 4 years since we ate there. We have been to Disney World about 5 times since we ate there and everytime we call to make reservations they are booked. The 6 month notice doesn’t work. Is there a “key word ” when trying to book? Three of us are going to be there in Nov. 09″

    Help!!!!!! I want to see if the experience is still great.

    Al (Sitting in Texas Hungry)

  2. admin says:

    Hi Al,

    It’s definitely tough. Right now, you can book reservations 90 days in advance, but if you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you can make reservations for 10 full days of your vacation when you call 90 days ahead of your check-in date. Sadly, I think this is what makes it impossible for people NOT staying at Disney resorts to get that coveted Le Cellier ADR — everyone who IS staying at a Disney Resort is essentially able to book 10 days ahead of everyone else. So, if you’re staying at a Disney Resort, call in the early morning, 90 days out from your check-in date, and try to get a reservation at Le Cellier for one of the last days of your vacation. That’s your best bet.

    Also, folks have said that the Online ADR system has been known to book ADRs earlier in the morning than the 7:00am EST opening time of the phone lines (407-WDW-DINE). That’s a possibility also.

    Good luck!

    AJ

  3. Y. Baldwin says:

    I made a reservation at Le Cellier today using Disney’s online reservation system. Disney has redesigned the online dining reservations and it’s MUCH more user friendly than it used to be. The online system will allow you to make reservations 180 days in advance.

    I was easily able to make reservations for a party of four on a Saturday in January 2011. I had a choice of three time slots available on the date I chose. I noticed there were openings available during both December 2010 and January 2011. (BTW — we are so looking forward to the Cheddar Cheese soup!)

    The new online reservation system makes it very easy to find available times for all of the Disney restaurants, not just the ones in Epcot.

  4. Carol says:

    We are going to be there Dec 2-5. It’s an impromptu vacation w/o kids, so I didn’t have the ability to book 180 days in advance. Is there ANY chance of getting a table as a walk-in? Is there any way of at least ordering there Cheddar Cheese Soup to go?!

  5. AJ says:

    Carol, you should keep calling or checking online each day just in case there’s a cancellation. It often works out. The cheese soup used to be able to be ordered to go, but recently I’ve heard reports that Le Cellier is no longer honoring that option.

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