As of yesterday, Le Cellier (Epcot, Canada Pavilion) is a “signature dining experience” for dinner. This means you’ll have to fork over (no pun intended) two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan or pay a premium out of pocket for dinner. Lunch (served 11:30am to 3pm) remains one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. WDWMagic has posted the new menus for lunch and dinner here: http://wdwmagic.com/Dining/Le-Cellier-Steakhouse/Menus.htm.
The lunch menu remains mostly the same, with several moderately priced sandwiches and a few more expensive steaks aimed at the Disney Dining Plan crowd. The popular Cheddar Cheese Soup and New York Strip Steak remain on the menu.
For dinner, you’ll notice a definite increase in price. For example, a bowl of Cheddar Cheese Soup is now $9 (previously $5.49 to $6.99 depending on size). You’ll also notice that most of the appetizers are in the double digits. That’s great for those rationalizing the two table service credit cost on the Dining Plan, but it’s a tough price point to swallow (no pun intended) for those paying out of pocket. Prices have also risen across the board. You’ll see that the Mushroom Filet Mignon now costs $41, up from $35.99. The cheapest non-vegetarian entree also comes in at $30, up from the previous $23.99 (three entrees to choose from at that price point). Note that you can view previous menus at the WDWMagic link above.
Time will tell whether Le Cellier lives up to its reputation and continues to be included as one of the best restaurants on Disney property. As it stands, we’re looking at a 20% price increase with no obvious upgrades. The staff is the same, decor is the same, kitchen is the same, and the food choices remain very similar. I’m personally not super-stoked over the “transformation,” but it will likely make it easier to get a reservation moving forward. Then again, there’s a reason for that.