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jenny-d
06-19-2006, 02:28 PM
We just got back from our trip and I have to say that LeCellier was definitely the worst dining experience we had on our vacation. First we had to wait 45 minutes for our ADR which made DH in a bad mood. The pretzel bread was boring. The cheese soup was ok, salad was ok, my filet was ok but not great and DH's was WAY overcooked. I've had much better meals at a chain steakhouse like Outback or Longhorn. The raspberry sorbet for dessert was the best part of the meal. All in all it was disappointing after all the great reviews I've read and it's crazy popularity. The hostess said they weren't even taking any reservations for the rest of June or July. We were on the DP and the total bill for the 4 of us (myself, DH, DD6, DS4) was $140.11. I'd expect way better for that price!
On the other hand, we had great experiences at CRT, Whispering Canyon, Crystal Palace, Mama Melrose, and Chef Mickey's. 1900 Park Fare was somewhat disappointing and Concourse Steakhouse was terrible. Cosmic Ray's was our favorite for CS. Also enjoyed Pecos Bills, Pizzafari, and Pizza Planet. If anyone wants any specific info about any of the places we dined at--I'd be happy to answer. I just don't have time to write long reviews of them all!!! I was impressed with the new choices for snacks. We easily used all of our snack credits and TS but were left with 4 CS somehow.

DisneyBaby2004
06-19-2006, 02:35 PM
Hi,
Would you mind elaborating a little on 1900 Park Fare? We have an ADR sch. and I am debating whether to keep it.

BTW - I agree about LeCellier. But I couldn't decide what dissappointed me more 1. the food in general or 2. the food after hearing all hype. But I figure everyplace has off nights so I am going to try them again in December.

Tam1067
06-19-2006, 03:49 PM
I'm glad to hear you liked Mama Melrose, Chef Mickey, Crystal Palace, and Whipsering Canyon because we're going to all those places in July! Beyond your previously mentioned long wait at Le Cellier, did you have any other long waits in spite of ADRs?

tarheelmjfan
06-19-2006, 03:56 PM
I've mentioned on here many times that Le Cellier is very inconsistent. I always recommend Chefs de France in Epcot for this reason. We've never been disappointed at Chefs, but we've had some great meals & some not good at all meals at LC. Sorry, your's was in the not so great category. :guilty:

Disneyrsh
06-19-2006, 04:02 PM
Yeah, add me into the 'hated it' category at Le Cellier! Really, who wants to eat in the cellar? It's dark, for us so dark we couldn't see our food (meat was raw, didn't know until we bit into it, ewwww!), waited forever, etc.

On the other hand, we've been to 1900 Park Faire about 6 times now and have never been disappointed.

Love the italian restaurant in EPCOT, too, especially when we get to dine outside. Ah, al fresco!

Mom of Sleepy, Bashful and BabyDoc
06-19-2006, 04:18 PM
We just got back from our trip and I have to say that LeCellier was definitely the worst dining experience we had on our vacation. First we had to wait 45 minutes for our ADR which made DH in a bad mood.

Would you mind telling me what time your ADR was? Thanks

cdrn1
06-19-2006, 05:10 PM
I tried LeCellier in March because of all the hype and really enjoyed it. I messed up our ADR time but ended up being taken in right at our time; I did not find it dark or claustrophobic; the pretzel bread was great although I agree that the much-hyped cheese soup was nothing special. My DD and I split the maple BBQ filet and it was tender and cooked exactly as we like it; our server was excellent; very attentive and made some excellent wine suggestions. We had the dessert sampler and the maple creme brulee was sooooo good. I will definitely eat there again.

jenny-d
06-19-2006, 10:10 PM
Would you mind telling me what time your ADR was? Thanks

our ADR was for 5:10 and we were seated at 5:55:(

jenny-d
06-19-2006, 10:15 PM
Hi,
Would you mind elaborating a little on 1900 Park Fare? We have an ADR sch. and I am debating whether to keep it.

BTW - I agree about LeCellier. But I couldn't decide what dissappointed me more 1. the food in general or 2. the food after hearing all hype. But I figure everyplace has off nights so I am going to try them again in December.

We waited about 20 minutes for our 7:20 dinner ADR for Park Fare. Fairy Godmother was in the lobby and inside circulating were Cindy, Prince Charming, and the 2 mice. Buffet was ok--I guess again it was that I had read such good reviews that I was expecting more. IMO, Crystal Palace was better for dinner. Hope this helps...

jenny-d
06-19-2006, 10:19 PM
I'm glad to hear you liked Mama Melrose, Chef Mickey, Crystal Palace, and Whipsering Canyon because we're going to all those places in July! Beyond your previously mentioned long wait at Le Cellier, did you have any other long waits in spite of ADRs?

We only waited at LeCellier and Park Fare--the others all took us within 5 minutes. I loved all of the ones you mentioned--my favorite was Whispering Canyon--my kids had a blast and the food was excellent. The bottomless milkshake was one (or two!) of the best I've ever had! BTW, they let us have it as a drink or dessert on the DP.

magicmouse2
06-20-2006, 01:09 AM
I like the same restaurants as the OP. I also was dissapointed with LeCellier, tough steak, small cold portions. Park faire is ok but Crystal Palace is better IMHO.

Cinders Mum
06-20-2006, 02:25 AM
wow, I am sorry you had a negative experience at LC, we have been 3 times (different times of year) and have yet to be disappointed.

Having said that I do wonder if we are our own worst enemies ...... we rave about a restaurant and then unwittingly on everyone's part it gets put on a pedestal which no restaurant could ever hope to achieve, so leading to disappointment .......

just a thought.

granmaz
06-20-2006, 02:28 AM
We were disappointed with Le Cellier too - I know we are in the minority, so presumed it was an off night. The creme brullee was just amazing though, but why are they so small(anywhere, that is not just Le Cellier)???? :confused3 Booked for Le Chefs next time. :teeth:

deany
06-20-2006, 10:56 AM
Could you please tell me a bit about WCC and Mama Melrose. We have an ADR at each - at WCC we will be ordering off the menu and for MM we have the Fantasmic Package. THanks. :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

tinkerbeth
06-20-2006, 11:07 AM
Too bad you had a bad night at LC. I hope we get a good one b/c we are trying it for the first time in August and I can't WAIT! :)

Beth

babywewe
06-20-2006, 11:11 AM
It does seem that Le Cellier is very inconsistent! Its funny because the post above this one is mine and its titled "will sell first born for dinner at le cellier." Me and the BF, foodies, have proclaimed it the best meal we have ever had!

Could you please tell me a bit about WCC and Mama Melrose. We have an ADR at each - at WCC we will be ordering off the menu and for MM we have the Fantasmic Package. THanks. :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

Check out my post for reviews of these. Both are great eats!

Disneyrsh
06-20-2006, 11:28 AM
Could you please tell me a bit about WCC and Mama Melrose. We have an ADR at each - at WCC we will be ordering off the menu and for MM we have the Fantasmic Package. THanks. :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:


Oooooh, we had one of the worst experiences ever at Mama Melroses :sad2: .

I wrote another thread about the whole disastrous experience, back in february. Suffice it to say that Disney ended up writing us an apology letter and sending 100 worth of Disney Dollars.

And in 40+ trips to Disney we'd never complained about anything, but this experience was baaaaaaaad.

If you're doing the fantasmic package, I'd go with Hollywood and Vine instead. That way, you get in, get your food at your pace (it's a buffet) and you'll get out in time for the show.

We MISSED fantasmic with a 4:10 seating at MM. Unbelievable.

rluey29
06-20-2006, 11:34 AM
We ate at LeCellier in May and everything was great except our service. The food was really good, not the best i've had at disney but Good.

jenny-d
06-20-2006, 01:13 PM
Could you please tell me a bit about WCC and Mama Melrose. We have an ADR at each - at WCC we will be ordering off the menu and for MM we have the Fantasmic Package. THanks. :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

I really enjoyed Mama Melrose despite that it was the day Alberto came! We had a great attentive server Stephanie. We were also doing the Fantasmic package (which wound up being a bust because it was cancelled about 15 minutes into it) but it seemed like it would work well if the weather cooperated! We shared the 4 cheese flatbread which was excellent and they had a good family style salad. DH and I both had the chicken parm which was very good--DH said it needed more sauce. I had the tiramisu for dessert which was AWESOME! I'd go back just for that alone!

WCC was also a great experience and I went in a little skeptical because I wasn't feeling that great that day and I was very tired and didn't feel like doing all the antics! I can't remember our server's name but she was great and funny--DD6 and DS4 thought the whole thing was a hoot. (especially the ketchup and the straws) I ordered the chocolate milkshake for my drink which was honestly one of the best I've ever had. It was on the small side but free refills :sunny: I ordered the salad for my app which was a little boring. I got the roasted chicken for my entree which came with mashed potatoes (which were yummy) and baked cinnamon apples (yummy too). Too much food but it was excellent. I planned to get the apple cobbler for dessert but I didn't have room. :rotfl: DH ordered the nachos for his appetizer which were very good and he got the sirloin for his entree which he said was better than LeCellier or Concourse! (of course that wasn't saying much from our experience!) but he said it was a pretty good steak. It was a little pricey--$105.19 including tax and tip for 2 adults and 2 children. (we were on the DP)

Hope this helps! I don't think you'll be disappointed...

MelanieC
06-20-2006, 01:21 PM
Sorry you didn't enjoy LeCellier. We love it there. In fact, I could make a meal out of the pretzel breads and cheese soup!

forr2grls
06-20-2006, 01:36 PM
To the OP,what time did you arrive at Lecellier?

jenny-d
06-20-2006, 03:38 PM
To the OP,what time did you arrive at Lecellier?

we got there right at our ADR time--5:10

babywewe
06-20-2006, 08:57 PM
We MISSED fantasmic with a 4:10 seating at MM. Unbelievable.

All these places seem to have "off" nights. Because I had the best dinner at MM! We got there at 4:45 for our 4:50 seating. Seated at 4:50 and out by at least 5:30pm. Too much time to kill before Fantasmic, and I did'nt fell they "saved us" great seats.

noseybuddy
06-20-2006, 09:07 PM
I ate at LeCellier for the first time last Sept. on the free dining plan and it was a great meal. So much that I am going back this August and eating there again. I guess every place has a bad experience now and then, just like when I stayed at the GF, I was very disappointed, where most people love it there.

GloryG
06-21-2006, 06:10 PM
My husband & I have ADR for lunch at LeCellier. We have eaten dinner there many times & have enjoyed it. This will be the first time we are trying lunch, just curious, do they serve the breadsticks at lunchtime also? :sunny:

WAHMto5
06-23-2006, 10:56 AM
Sorry to hear that you didn't like the LeCelliers:( We ate there this past Christmas and it was our BEST meal of the trip, everyone just loved it. We are soo looking foward to going back this September!!

mking624
06-23-2006, 01:12 PM
we got there right at our ADR time--5:10
I'm wondering if this has anything to do with why it took you so long to be seated. When you make ADRs, you need to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your seating time. There have been times when tables were given away to other diners because people weren't there when they were called....and when they do show up (be it right on time or a bit late) it can take awhile before there's an opening again because they need to seat those who arrived early as requested. And yes, we've learned the hard way on that (though we knew it was our fault for not arriving earlier as requested).

I just made an ADR for Le Cellier for our upcoming trip. I can't say I'm excited about it because I do hear mixed reviews, but I am excited about the prospect of trying a new place. I always enjoy that.

dragonstarr
06-23-2006, 01:49 PM
When my friend and I visited the World last August, we were twenty minutes late for our ADR because I took a wrong turn and we had to go the LOOOOONG way around. I'm sure people got a shock from the roller derby wheelchair. Anyway, they told us not to worry and that other people were running late too. I'm on the Atkins diet, so did not eat the cheese soup or pretzel bread. My friend said that the cheese soup must have had a couple shots of bourbon in it and thought that must be why people love it so much. We had the filets which were pretty good, but I got the cheese sampler for dessert and was not pleased with it at all. I was so naive and imagined it would just be pieces of different kinds of cheese, instad of marmalade this and balsalmic vinegar that...eww.

Kycha
06-23-2006, 02:29 PM
We just got back from our trip and I have to say that LeCellier was definitely the worst dining experience we had on our vacation. First we had to wait 45 minutes for our ADR which made DH in a bad mood. The pretzel bread was boring. The cheese soup was ok, salad was ok, my filet was ok but not great and DH's was WAY overcooked. I've had much better meals at a chain steakhouse like Outback or Longhorn. The raspberry sorbet for dessert was the best part of the meal. All in all it was disappointing after all the great reviews I've read and it's crazy popularity. The hostess said they weren't even taking any reservations for the rest of June or July. We were on the DP and the total bill for the 4 of us (myself, DH, DD6, DS4) was $140.11. I'd expect way better for that price!


I totally agree with you. We went to Le Cellier last September during the free dining promotion and had a very similar experience. We arrived 15 minutes before our ADR time and ended up waiting 30 minutes past our time. I was so hungry by the time we were seated. The service seemed a little slow as well. My judgement might be impaired by the long wait and slow service, but as a pp said, I have eaten better meals at The Outback. And didn't pay half the price. The best thing we had at Le Cellier was the cheese sampler. The bread sticks and cheese soup were just OK. Nothing to write home about.

ColetteN
06-23-2006, 02:30 PM
To the OP (or any others that can answer) - how large are the pizza's at pizzafari? Are they larger than the 'person pan' size at Pizza Hut or similar chain? (about 5 or 6 inch diameter). I was hoping to share with my son, but wasn't sure it that was going to be possible.

C

jenny-d
06-23-2006, 04:36 PM
To the OP (or any others that can answer) - how large are the pizza's at pizzafari? Are they larger than the 'person pan' size at Pizza Hut or similar chain? (about 5 or 6 inch diameter). I was hoping to share with my son, but wasn't sure it that was going to be possible.

C
it was almost exactly the size of a Pizza Hut personal pan pizza. It was pretty good--but I was very hungry and I ate my whole one and a piece of DS's! The restaurant was quick, clean and big! Pretty good CS IMO.

swankybeth
06-23-2006, 04:43 PM
Thanks for sharing your reviews. Can you tell me about your experience at Concourse Steakhouse? :)

jenny-d
06-23-2006, 05:01 PM
Thanks for sharing your reviews. Can you tell me about your experience at Concourse Steakhouse? :)

oh geez--I'd prefer to forget that one. And I was very excited about it too. Disappointing. DH's filet was pretty good actually--it was my filet that was a mess. I ordered it between medium and medium well (I like it a little pink). Well when it came it was a very small flat thing that looked like the bottom of my shoe! It looked completely different from DH's filet. Needless to say I sent it back--so 15 minutes go by and they brought me another and I swear it was the SAME thing. They HAD to have just reheated it because there is no way 2 pieces of meat could look so bad. At this point I asked to see the manager (oh and our server was not too happy with us at this point either) and she agreed with me that this was in no way a filet and someone in the kitchen messed up (twice). She wound up not charging me the TS for my meal which was nice but I left hungry--I didn't want to wait for another steak and DS and DD were getting ancy. Not a good experience. I know every place has an off night, but we won't return :(

mking624
06-23-2006, 05:56 PM
I totally agree with you. We went to Le Cellier last September during the free dining promotion and had a very similar experience. We arrived 15 minutes before our ADR time and ended up waiting 30 minutes past our time. I was so hungry by the time we were seated. The service seemed a little slow as well. My judgement might be impaired by the long wait and slow service, but as a pp said, I have eaten better meals at The Outback. And didn't pay half the price. The best thing we had at Le Cellier was the cheese sampler. The bread sticks and cheese soup were just OK. Nothing to write home about.
I think everyone needs to remember that having an ADR at a certain time doesn't guarantee that you WILL be seated at that exact time. When it comes down to it, it's all dependent on the people already in the restaurant eating...the longer they take eating, the longer it takes for someone new to sit down. This is partly why I wish they never changed the name from "priority seating" to ADR. At least the PS term got the point across that you just had priority over a walk-up.

rlrx
06-23-2006, 09:40 PM
Sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience at Le Cellier. We just got back and this was by far the best meal of our 6 nights there. We arrived early for a 4:30 seating and were seated within 5 minutes. Very friendly waitress but she had many tables to take care of and still gave great service. We also had great meals at Mama Melrose and the Crystal Palace. Also ate at Chef Mickeys, Coral Reef, and Sci FI-all very good.

Gina35
06-24-2006, 11:44 AM
I've mentioned on here many times that Le Cellier is very inconsistent. I always recommend Chefs de France in Epcot for this reason. We've never been disappointed at Chefs, but we've had some great meals & some not good at all meals at LC. Sorry, your's was in the not so great category. :guilty:

Made ADRs for Chefs de France for August. Have never been there; have never eaten French food. I'd appreciate specific suggestions if you have any! Thanks

Laurajean1014
06-24-2006, 11:51 AM
LeCellier is okay, but I never understood the big hype either. Small dining room, dark and very crowded. We've eaten there a few times and the food has been good, but there are so many other places to go to get better service and better food.

I guess that's why WDW gives us so many options. :wizard:

Kycha
06-24-2006, 12:23 PM
I think everyone needs to remember that having an ADR at a certain time doesn't guarantee that you WILL be seated at that exact time. When it comes down to it, it's all dependent on the people already in the restaurant eating...the longer they take eating, the longer it takes for someone new to sit down. This is partly why I wish they never changed the name from "priority seating" to ADR. At least the PS term got the point across that you just had priority over a walk-up.
Thanks. But I am well aware that ADR times are not guaranteed. I don't have a problem waiting. But I think that the 45 minutes I(and the OP) waited was extreme. I have read many other threads from other posters about long wait times at Le Cellier. So, I know my experience was not unusual. Unfortunately, I didn't know beforehand or we would have chosen a different time or restaurant.

tarheelmjfan
06-24-2006, 01:40 PM
Made ADRs for Chefs de France for August. Have never been there; have never eaten French food. I'd appreciate specific suggestions if you have any! Thanks


How adventurous is your palate? We'll pretty much try anything.

Even if you're not as adventurous, you should try the escargot. We've eaten it at many places & Chefs is by far the best. It's wonderful, nothing like what you may have imagined. :p The tomato & goat cheese tart is also very good. The cheese plate is a safe choice. Try the french onion soup.

As for entrees, it depends on what you like. I would stay away from the safe choice (i.e. chicken) & get something a little more adventurous. The lamb, duck, & tenderloin are all very good. The duck is my favorite. My DH prefers one of the others. He's more of a meat eater.

For dessert, I suggest everyone at the table order something different & share. They're so good it's better to get a sampling of all of them. :teeth: If that doesn't appeal to you, I suggest the creme brulee, crepe, or puff pastry. You can't go wrong with any of them. Enjoy your meal! :)

Disneyrsh
06-24-2006, 03:15 PM
oh geez--I'd prefer to forget that one. And I was very excited about it too. Disappointing. DH's filet was pretty good actually--it was my filet that was a mess. I ordered it between medium and medium well (I like it a little pink). Well when it came it was a very small flat thing that looked like the bottom of my shoe! It looked completely different from DH's filet. Needless to say I sent it back--so 15 minutes go by and they brought me another and I swear it was the SAME thing. They HAD to have just reheated it because there is no way 2 pieces of meat could look so bad. At this point I asked to see the manager (oh and our server was not too happy with us at this point either) and she agreed with me that this was in no way a filet and someone in the kitchen messed up (twice). She wound up not charging me the TS for my meal which was nice but I left hungry--I didn't want to wait for another steak and DS and DD were getting ancy. Not a good experience. I know every place has an off night, but we won't return :(

Have you seen the movie "Waiting..."? Because this sounds like a scene right out of it! It's about a bunch of waiters in restaurants. It's totally juvenile, but oh, devastatingly true!

Gina35
06-24-2006, 05:23 PM
How adventurous is your palate? We'll pretty much try anything.

Even if you're not as adventurous, you should try the escargot. We've eaten it at many places & Chefs is by far the best. It's wonderful, nothing like what you may have imagined. :p The tomato & goat cheese tart is also very good. The cheese plate is a safe choice. Try the french onion soup.

As for entrees, it depends on what you like. I would stay away from the safe choice (i.e. chicken) & get something a little more adventurous. The lamb, duck, & tenderloin are all very good. The duck is my favorite. My DH prefers one of the others. He's more of a meat eater.

For dessert, I suggest everyone at the table order something different & share. They're so good it's better to get a sampling of all of them. :teeth: If that doesn't appeal to you, I suggest the creme brulee, crepe, or puff pastry. You can't go wrong with any of them. Enjoy your meal! :)

Thanks so much for the suggestions; can't wait to try it! I've had escargot only once and really loved it, so I'm looking forward to it! Thanks again.

4mykids
06-24-2006, 05:35 PM
We have been to LC many times and the service seems to get worse each time we go. Our last meal there was "fine", but due to slow service it made the whole dinner mediocre. My best friend just went and loved it once again. She has never had a bad experience. And we are going once again in July.

I don't understand why the hostess told the OP that they were not accepting ressies in June/July as I just made one yesterday for mid-July.

There is a lot of hype about beloved restaurants. We have never cared for CRT...overpriced and food has always been luke warm at best at breakfast. Lunch as been better (in the old days). Chefs as always been good, but not great. And our last visits to the California Grill have been disappointing. Again, due to service. Call me silly, but when I pay a lot for food I expect it to be really good!

But as with anything, different strokes for different folks!

mking624
06-24-2006, 08:32 PM
I don't understand why the hostess told the OP that they were not accepting ressies in June/July as I just made one yesterday for mid-July.
Don't forget, availability can always change because people can always cancel ADRs. It's possible something could have been booked solid, but then someone called and cancelled and you got the spot.

There is a lot of hype about beloved restaurants.
They hype is created by people who really love it. I don't join the hype about CRT, because we thought the food was just ok. We did not care for California Grill at all, though it seems to be a favorite with a lot of people. WCC is just "ok" for us as well. But I'll sing my praises about the restaurants I do love...like Boma for example.

tarheelmjfan
06-24-2006, 08:51 PM
There is a lot of hype about beloved restaurants. We have never cared for CRT...overpriced and food has always been luke warm at best at breakfast. Lunch as been better (in the old days). Chefs as always been good, but not great. And our last visits to the California Grill have been disappointing. Again, due to service. Call me silly, but when I pay a lot for food I expect it to be really good!

But as with anything, different strokes for different folks!

Consistency is the most I hope for in a WDW restaurant. I want great food on a consistent basis. I'm talking great not exceptional. The truly exceptional meals we've had cost much more than we pay to dine at WDW restaurants.

num1tigerfan
06-24-2006, 11:29 PM
We just got back from our trip and I have to say that LeCellier was definitely the worst dining experience we had on our vacation. First we had to wait 45 minutes for our ADR which made DH in a bad mood. The pretzel bread was boring. The cheese soup was ok, salad was ok, my filet was ok but not great and DH's was WAY overcooked. I've had much better meals at a chain steakhouse like Outback or Longhorn. The raspberry sorbet for dessert was the best part of the meal. All in all it was disappointing after all the great reviews I've read and it's crazy popularity. The hostess said they weren't even taking any reservations for the rest of June or July. We were on the DP and the total bill for the 4 of us (myself, DH, DD6, DS4) was $140.11. I'd expect way better for that price!
On the other hand, we had great experiences at CRT, Whispering Canyon, Crystal Palace, Mama Melrose, and Chef Mickey's. 1900 Park Fare was somewhat disappointing and Concourse Steakhouse was terrible. Cosmic Ray's was our favorite for CS. Also enjoyed Pecos Bills, Pizzafari, and Pizza Planet. If anyone wants any specific info about any of the places we dined at--I'd be happy to answer. I just don't have time to write long reviews of them all!!! I was impressed with the new choices for snacks. We easily used all of our snack credits and TS but were left with 4 CS somehow.

Did you have dinner at CRT? Everyone seems to be giving bad reviews because it is now 2 dining credits but you stated you really enjoyed it. Can you tell me a bit more about it? :blush:

jenny-d
06-25-2006, 03:58 AM
Did you have dinner at CRT? Everyone seems to be giving bad reviews because it is now 2 dining credits but you stated you really enjoyed it. Can you tell me a bit more about it? :blush:

We had breakfast at CRT. It was worth it for us because it was our first trip and DD6 and DS4 loved it. We paid OOP (over $130!) even though we were on the DDP. I thought there was no way it could be worth 8 TS!! The food was good--not exceptional. Photo with Cindy was nice. Kids liked the sword and wand they got but the sword was broken in two by the end of the day. All in all it was great for one time but probably not something we would do again.

Hef4545
06-27-2006, 12:35 PM
We went to LeCelliar last August for Dinner at 7:30am with ADR. We weren't seated until 8:45pm. I thought I had timed it right that we could eat and then head out to see illuminations. The waitress told us that we could step out if we wanted to and see it. I have to say that we were very disappointed. The food was good but not extroidinary. It could also be that the wait just ruined the night. I am the type that always figures it will be just 5 more minutes. I felt very bad about the whole thing. :sad2:

mking624
06-27-2006, 05:23 PM
We went to LeCelliar last August for Dinner at 7:30am with ADR. We weren't seated until 8:45pm. (bold my own)
WOW what a wait time!!! Sorry, just trying to keep up with some humor. :lmao:

kimmar067
06-27-2006, 08:10 PM
Hmmmm :scratchin....I musta been one of the LUCKY FEW, because every time we have eaten at LC, we have never been disappointed..... :confused3 . In fact, the last time we were there (Feb 2005) we originally had ressies for 4 for 6PM. We were eating lunch (around noon) in 'Japan', when we were unexpectedly joined by friends. I immediately hurried over to 'Canada' to see if I could change my ADR from '4' to '8', and did so with NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER...when we arrived, we only waited for about 6 or 7 minutes before we were seated....BTW ~ I drank some of the BEST wine I have EVER sampled here....

disneyde
06-27-2006, 08:19 PM
I hope that ADR's for lunch are better wait times than dinners. We have noon ressie in September. No dinner ADR's even available. One good thing is that it doesn't take two dining credits per person like so many other well reviewed places.

J-lat
06-27-2006, 08:40 PM
We ate at LeCellier this week, it was our second time dining there. The food was awesome both times. Steak cooked exactly the we way it should be and you could cut it with a fork. The Cheese soup was great as was the DW's Asian Shirmp Cocktail. Whiskey cake for dessert with a glass of Inskillen Ice Wine. Mohammed was our server, and he was okay, but nothing spectacular.

Now the down side. We had a 7:20 ADR and did not get seated until 8:00pm :furious: When I went to check our status, the host said that they were seating a party of 22 a head of us and we would be next....***.

This caused us to totally miss Illuminations. We could of course gotten up in the middle of the meal and went to watch, but that would have been a bit lame to me. Anyway other than that, it was a great meal. We will go back again in April.

John

J-lat
06-27-2006, 08:59 PM
We had breakfast at CRT. It was worth it for us because it was our first trip and DD6 and DS4 loved it. We paid OOP (over $130!) even though we were on the DDP. I thought there was no way it could be worth 8 TS!! The food was good--not exceptional. Photo with Cindy was nice. Kids liked the sword and wand they got but the sword was broken in two by the end of the day. All in all it was great for one time but probably not something we would do again.


We did CRT this week. It is much better in the past than it is now. After we checked in they made us wait outside in the AM heat with another family, while others were inside getting pictures with Cinderella. Also the queue is much more confusing and people would queue up, not knowing that they needed an ADR. Some thought they were inline for a ride. When we finally went inside, the lobby area was totally empty. I asked why we were made to wait outside while there was no one inside, and the girl managing the queue shrugged and said it was her first day.

After a quick photo session with Cindy, again, there is only our family (2 little girls) and another family in the queue. The session seemed very rushed. The character handler, said we had to "decide" who was going to be in the picture as there was only one shot being taken. My picture was much better than the the Disney photog.

After we went upstairs we were seated in an area where there was only 2 other families (the ones that went in ahead of us and the ones that went in after us). We were seated in the upper aread just to the right of the stairs. I had to ask our server if we were seated in the "Princess Free Zone", as there were NO Princesses in our area. Down below and in the section across from us we could watch Snow White, SB, MaryP and FGM all moving from table to table and spending a fair amount of time at each table. Our girls kept asking when it was going to be their turn. We were completely finished with breakfast before SB (the first Princess) came by. Then she stayed for a few seconds to say hello an moved to another table. She did come back for photos and autographs, but then moved back down to the center section. SW came by and spent some time chatting with the girls as did FGM. MaryP acted really grumpy as if she would have rather been someplace else. The Character Handler came by and asked if we had interacted with all the characters. We had a chat about what had happened, and apologies were made but little else.

We won't do CRT again, Aker's House is much better now.

Dustmouse
06-27-2006, 09:31 PM
We ate at LC three weeks ago and enjoyed it very much! The service was good, the food was great and the "dark cellar" was a welcome respite from the brutal June sun! I would recommend it and definitely go back.

Minniespal
06-28-2006, 02:31 AM
Thanx for sharing.

kaytieeldr
06-29-2006, 11:10 AM
Now the down side. We had a 7:20 ADR and did not get seated until 8:00pm When I went to check our status, the host said that they were seating a party of 22 a head of us and we would be next....***. Oh, wow. So much for the definition of ADR: "The next available table for your size party"! So, what - there were no tables for the X of you, but a table for 22 became available?? Heck, I'd be hanging out by the Host/ess podium, paying attention to who arrives when and how I get seated relative to that.

Ron from Michigan
06-29-2006, 02:03 PM
Sorry to hear that your food was not very good at Le Cellier. We have eaten here many times over the years and always had fantastic meals and service. Glad that the rest of your dining was better. We always enjoy WCC too. :)

DizneyNutz
02-10-2007, 06:38 PM
I'm glad to hear you liked Mama Melrose, Chef Mickey, Crystal Palace, and Whipsering Canyon because we're going to all those places in July! Beyond your previously mentioned long wait at Le Cellier, did you have any other long waits in spite of ADRs?

We LOVE Whispering Canyon, but then we love anything WL/VWL, so we may be prejudice! The last time we were there, Dec 06, we had the most awesome server! She came out, threw our napkins in the air, the DH and I were like, holy cow! She was awesome, very attentive, very funny, as always the food was VERY GOOD, especially the ribs, chicken, potatoes and corn on the cob, we like to go for a "late lunch" early dinner, eat all you want for a fraction of the dinner price, and the only thing missing, I think, from the skillet is the beef stew and pulled pork, I don't think you get a salad either-----but-----you don't miss ANY of it! Word of caution though, it's rowdy, it's wide open and you be best prepared to expect anything, so if you're tired, have a headache, etc., you may want to skip this restaurant---but if you're in the mood for some entertainment, awesome ribs and such, belly up, because it's worth it!!!!!!!

disneyfan551
03-08-2007, 11:43 AM
Buffet was ok--I guess again it was that I had read such good reviews that I was expecting more. IMO, Crystal Palace was better for dinner. Hope this helps...

I agree 100%!! We love CP, but 1900 PF will not be on our return list any time soon! :sad2:

Disney owl
03-08-2007, 12:29 PM
Thanks for sharing

RAIDER
03-13-2007, 07:46 AM
Out of 10 i would give it a 8 ...

The food cant be faulted except if your really hungry this is the place not to go .
I found it a tad expensive as well for what it is which is really a steakhouse as such .

However its worth the experience and they must be doing something right as its one of the few places you have to beg for a reservation :)

ryantab02
03-13-2007, 08:23 AM
Wow. My family absolutely adored LeCellier. I believe it was the best steak we have ever had! I loved the maple steak. There was not any fat on it at all. It was really amazing to me. In fact, we liked it so much that my fiance and I are going back for our honeymoon.

Oh, and we're also eating inside the castle for the first time in August too. We're so excited! :cool1:

Disney-For-Life
03-15-2007, 06:19 AM
My husband and I love LeCellier. I think it must be hard for them to live up to people's expectations especially when they are so highly rated/recommended. Anything less than great would, understandably, seem like a disappointment.

Luthien_Rei
03-23-2007, 02:44 PM
I'm honestly glad to see more people voicing their dissapointed experiences at Le Cellier. I've eaten at this establishment many times over the years, and it is one of the more inconsistent and overhyped restaurants in all of WDW. The food at Le Cellier, if you manage to catch them on a day when they are preparing the food properly, is good, not great. . . . far from great. The food, on every occasion I have dined there, has been no better than what you might expect from a commercial chain steakhouse found in Anytown, USA, for a fraction of the cost. When the best and most common praise you find for a steakhouse is how good the soup and bread is, that's really a warning sign.

I think many people rush to Le Cellier because it is one of the few establishments that advertises itself as a steakhouse at WDW. I really encourage people to try Shula's at the Dolphin for a real steakhouse and a fantastic dining experience.

PaulaSB12
03-24-2007, 06:37 AM
I hope that ADR's for lunch are better wait times than dinners. We have noon ressie in September. No dinner ADR's even available. One good thing is that it doesn't take two dining credits per person like so many other well reviewed places.

I hope I don't have to wait too long either. I am going twice in September, maybe I got lucky with being a solo diner because I rang and booked them both last night.

PamNC
03-24-2007, 06:48 AM
I agree that it's inconsistent. We've had very good meals there, and so-so meals there. I don't know why it is SO popular. We went back in November and it was very good. But, the time before we went was July 2005 and it was just incredibly average. And they had the air conditioning cranking to the point that I had to get up every 15 minutes and go outside for a minute to soak up some heat. It was like a cave in there. The service was bad during that visit too. Slow slow slow to the point of ridiculousness.

PamNC