Battle of the Steaks: Le Cellier and Yachtsman Steakhouse

World Showcase is home to some of the most incredible, delicious, and even adventurous food that you will find.  For those of us who love a good ‘ole steak, the Epcot area has two of the best options you can hope to chose from, and this past trip I was able to eat two of the most incredible steakhouses at Walt Disney World; Le Cellier located in World Showcase’s Canada Pavilion, and Yachtsman Steakhouse which is in the Yacht Club Resort.  I will give a review on each steak and then try (keyword is TRY) to pick which meal was my favorite!  (If you’re looking for a full dining review on both of these fine restaurants, we will have that up soon, right now; we just wanted to highlight the steaks!)

First up we’ll take a look at Le Cellier Steakhouse!  Always a favorite of mine and one of the hardest ADR’s to get in all of Walt Disney World, I’ve been coming here since 2000 and have made their cheese soup many times at home for a quick “fix”.  Moving on to the entrée, I ordered the New York Strip Steak (Medium) and it came with Bercy Butter, and a side of Yukon Gold Potato Gratin.  (For those interested, this was $32 for the entre alone.)  The steak came out and was extremely tender, juicy and flavorful, and was very visually appealing.  It had little to no fat that needed removed and I dug in.  The Bercy Butter that was on top of the stake enhanced the flavor so much and really was a perfect addition to this choice cut of steak.  The outside of the steak was a bit crispy around the edges which I love and each bite really felt like it would melt in your mouth.  It was simply one of the best steak’s I’ve ever had and is very hard to top.

Le Cellier New York Strip

However, there’s also the wonderful Yachtsman Steakhouse located at the Yacht Club Resort near the Boardwalk and Epcot and they have many different cuts to choose from.  Based on the recommendation of my good friend Ryan Kilpatrick (@RyanKilpatrick on Twitter) who said if I loved a good steak, this was THE place to go and it lived up to the hype, especially the steak.  I chose the 24oz which came with a side of paprika fries and the steak was topped with Roasted Garlic Butter.  This was simply the largest steak I’ve ever ordered and I have to say it was mouth watering just from looking at it and it did not disappoint.  Getting two cuts of beef in one steak is amazing (one part is the tenderloin and the other is the loin for those like me that didn’t know before!)  and I had ordered mine medium as well.  The garlic butter added a lot of flavor to the steak as well however it was more subtle and the overall flavor of the steak really came through as it was only seasoned with salt and pepper before being cooked.   The porterhouse had a bit more fat on it than the NY Strip I had in Canada however it wasn’t enough to matter and the tenderness of the steak really came through especially as I got closer to the bone.

Yachtsmen Steakhouse's Porterhouse

Bottom line, these were two of the best steaks I’ve ever had and they were worth every dime (and they are worth many dimes!).  Overall if I had to pick the best meal, based only on the steak it’s quite a difficult decision.  Both were incredibly delicious and full of flavor and just simply, amazing, however if I had to pick one I would have to go with Yachtsman.  The Porterhouse was simply hands down the best steak I’ve ever had, and while I felt like I could roll out of there after eating it, I have to say, I’d gladly do it again.  It was tender, juicy and simply melted in your mouth with the garlic butter.  That being said, Le Cellier’s Steak was incredible and shouldn’t be overlooked, in fact, if one is on a budget, Le Cellier is your best option as Yachtsmen was quite expensive.

Winner: Yachtsmen Steakhouse’s 24oz Porterhouse!

What was left....

 

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10 Responses to Battle of the Steaks: Le Cellier and Yachtsman Steakhouse

  1. Amanda says:

    False. Le Cellier wins. I’ve had two different steaks at Le Cellier, and they were both better than the one I had at Yachtsman. The New York Strip at Le Celier is one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have to go with Yachtsman as well. Apart from the higher quality of food, the atmosphere and service is much better. Perhaps Le Cellier being a Signature restaurant at dinner (i.e. they’re comparable price-wise) will force them to up the ante on service. I found better value in lunch at Le Cellier, and their burger and steak sandwiches are fantastic. Shula’s at The Dolphin has great steaks as well, but I preferred Yachtsman.

  3. Heather says:

    I’m wih Amanda. LeCellier is by far my fav over Yachtsman. I like CA Grill & Flying Fish’s steak better than yachtsman too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, and I wouldn’t turn down eating there, but not worth the hype IMO.

  4. MHW says:

    Thanks for the feedback guys! Oh I totally agree, Le Cellier’s steak is the second best steak I’ve ever eaten and it was a very tough decision to chose between the two.

    Amanda – The Strip at Le Cellier is amazing, no argument at all. I just liked the Porterhouse at Yachtsmen better. May have to do a “NY Strip vs NY Strip” next time haha.

    Sarah – I did like that Yachtsman was much brighter and open than Le Cellier, however I do think Le Cellier’s darker, closer atmosphere would work better in a more romantic setting perhaps. (Side note, it was still daylight when we ate at Yachtsman so I have no idea how dark it gets in there at night.)

    Heather – I’ve never been to Flying Fish or California Grill, however they are on the “to do list”. I actually wasn’t aware that Flying Fish had a big name steak!

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  6. I love love love Yachtman! Probably the best meal that I have ever eaten was there. I’m trying Le Cellier fir the first time next month and I can’t wait!

  7. Gabriella says:

    The best steak hands down on Disney property beats both Le Cellier and Yachtsman ….Shula’s at The Dolphin on the Boardwalk. We’ve tried both of the others and liked their steaks, so we hesitantly ventured to Shula’s with a $25 coupon from Restaurant.com in hand and we’re blown away by the service, quality, presentation and taste of the steaks! They were premium, Angus, melt-in-your-mouth quality. You’ve got to try it to believe it!

  8. Heather Macdonald says:

    I do believe in this situation, you’ve compared apples to oranges. There are huge differences in these two cuts of meat. I would be surprised if a top of the line bone in steak was ever beaten by a boneless cut in a side by side. The Porterhouse contains a NY Strip, but its a bone in strip and that changes the cooking time and flavor! All cuts are not created equal!! I don’t actually have a real preference for one restaurant over the other, but I would try this again and order the same cut of meat at both places. Check the fat content, the marbling, the actual butchering etc . . . I’ll let you know what I think of my meal at Le Cellier on Tuesday night.

  9. MHW says:

    Kristen – You will love Le Cellier, it is a wonderful dining experience. Will you be going for lunch or dinner??

    Gabriella – I’ve heard Shula’s is incredible. Certainly worth the money I’m sure but it was just a bit out of budget for us last trip. Perhaps in Oct during food and wine we can go :)

    Heather – I do think you make a point, I should have perhaps gone for the NY Strip at Yachtsman, however a good friend of mine had the porterhouse when he ate there and suggested that I try it, and I dont think I’d ever had a porterhouse before! Are you going to be eating dinner at Le Cellier or a late lunch

  10. Kristi says:

    Let me ask this;
    We are going in a few weeks WITHOUT the children and have not eaten at either restaurant. I have ADR’s for both places now on the same night and need to decide which one to go to but can’t :( We probably won’t go back without them again for a while and use the dining plan so cost is not an issue. However, being from the midwest we know a good steak when we taste one! Which one do we choose??!!

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