About The Cellar - Fullerton CA
In 1969, artistic craftsmen of Disneyland fame created a romantic rendezvous in the cellar of the old California Hotel. The Cellar is the perfect setting for an intimate and romantic evening of fine dining. Patrons will find themselves enjoying fine French cuisine while comfortably seated in soft velvet-backed chairs upholstered in rich mellow leather and surrounded by a dimly lit interior. Intimate and cozy, the dining room is elegant amid structured arches and cave-like walls, decorated with wine casks and silver lanterns. Culinary excellence abounds with only the finest and freshest foods prepared in a lighter version of classical French cuisine.
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday: Dinner from 5:30 - 9:00 PM, Bar until Midnight
Friday and Saturday: Dinner from 5:30 - 10:00 PM, Bar until 1 AM
Closed on Monday.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We have complimentary Valet service located adjacent to the Restaurant. There is also plenty of Free parking in the general area.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a Wine room that is Perfect for a Private Party environment. It seats a Maximum of 15 people. We also offer our semi - private Chandelier Room, which can hold up to 25 people. Should you have a larger party, we can arrange a quite corner in our main dining room.
Private Party Contact:
Jen Pizano: 7145255682x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
We've been many times for those "Special ...
We've been many times for those "Special Occasions," i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It tends to be a bit pricey, but the food is outstanding (but rich)! Also, they do not rush you one bit. The pace is extremely slow which you just plan for as you want to enjoy and savor your food. The Lobster Bisque is probably the best I've ever had (but again, rich). The entrees are all delicious, although we had the Chateaubriand steak for two, which was "out of the world" Great and the most tasty, tender steak I've had in years! Enjoy!
I can't say in stronger words that this ...
I can't say in stronger words that this dining experience was the worst I have ever had. I had wanted to go to the Cellar for many years--hearing how terrific it was. First, it is almost impossible to find once you actually get to the location. Signage is terrible and the stairway is hidden in the back of a courtyard. People in another restaurant were kind enough to direct me but made the comment "no one can find it."
The bar didn't have even the basics of alcohol options . The bartender had no clue how to make a standard old fashioned. It was terrible and when I asked for another drink--with attitude--the bartender had literally none of the other options I wanted.
There were only three tables occupied when we went in to eat but the hostess (who people had to go look for) told us that without a reservation we could not be seated because two other parties were coming in. Fortunately, I had a reservation so I was seated. During the 1 1/2 hours that we were there, only one other table was seated
The menu did not match the menu on the website and the entries that I and my guest wanted were not available. We ended having a pork chop that was VERY overcooked, dry and flavorless..even through there was some sort of mystery sauce on it.
We were asked if we wanted a desert soufflé and we indicated we would like that. When it came, it was the smallest soufflé that either of us had ever seen. Literally one bit per person in a small butter ramekin. NEVER AGAIN
My only complaints were : the shrimp coc ...
My only complaints were : the shrimp cocktail was pretty small, I felt like I was eating med boiled shrimp. And my lobster bisque was pretty bland,no lobster pieces.
Bread also could have been better. My entrees steak and chops were very well prepared and delicious .
Lovely Laura was the best server we've e ...
Lovely Laura was the best server we've ever had. She Made our 40th wedding anniversary a perfect evening. Great story teller. So pleasant. And she made sure we had the perfect table.
Food was excellent in all categories. We had escargot, chateaubriand, French onion and lobster bisque soups, and chocolate soufflé. We were very pleased with the quality, taste, and preparation. The best.
The bar tender and asst manager were so friendly and sincerely made sure we were entertained and happy. They treated us as though we've know them all our lives. Their custom and unique bar concept is a must experience.
Just sorry we took so long to try this restaurant. It's a must try.
Manny and Joanie
The Cellar is a nice romantic hide out. ...
The Cellar is a nice romantic hide out. For a date night without the children, I highly recommend it. From the appetizer to the dessert, everything was very tasty. For an unusual drink definitely try the "Brush Fire"
The ambience was perfect for a romantic ...
The ambience was perfect for a romantic dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was prepared perfectly and had a table side presentation that was equally delightful. From the escargot and Cesar salad, to the filet mignon with grilled shrimp over garlic mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus, to the creme brûlée and strawberry soufflé, the meal was perfect. The only thing that could have been improved was the service. It was abnormally slow. We went the entire evening wondering when our drinks would be replenished. Overall it was an absolutely great experience. I have already referred several friends to The Cellar for dinner.
We were five put in the darkest corner. ...
We were five put in the darkest corner. Decor needs update. We have been their in the past and it was the greatest. After yesterday will not be back. Menu was limited and over priced for what we received. One dish was pasta and it was over done and over dressed. Another was trout over done. Salad for the birthday girl had to be sent back because of the pepper tasting that was not in the ingredients on the menu. Finally the desert cream brutal was thinner that water, the chocolate what was so grainy hard to eat. Our waiter was great but their service was terrible because we had to wait for our food because they had to do a presentation for another table and there was not enough help to pull covers from the food. Will not be back.
Overall...food was good..a tad over pric ...
Overall...food was good..a tad over priced. Waiter was very attentive.. but kitchen seem over worked.....waited for several large parties to be serviced first. Ambiance..had not been back to the Cellar in many years..clean but a bit old looking. I had to laugh though ..... on the electronic menu I read before we visited the restaurant it said..... ..."business causal attire"... .. had not seen so many patrons in flip flops, shorts and golf shirts...maybe " business causal" has gone the way of the electric typewriter. I may go back but in more casual clothing.....
Very nice ambience, adequate service. It ...
Very nice ambience, adequate service.
It took 30 minutes for our cocktails to arrive.
Food was just mediocre , and way overpriced.
$36 for linguine with 6 tiny shrimp...really?
Their famous Mac and cheese lacked the crusty too, and truffle oil, if present, was tasteless.
We will not be back.
Food was great and our server was excell ...
Food was great and our server was excellent! Nice, quiet, romantic dinner. I've been here twice now and this restaurant forces you to slow down and enjoy your meal. With two small kids at home it's easy to eat and run, but that defeats the purpose of this visit. A nice bottle of wine, great food, and great company made for a wonderful evening!
Second time I've dined here and second t ...
Second time I've dined here and second time I've been incredibly disappointed. Service was very slow, and even though we had the last available reservation of the night our server (Mark) still had little-to-no knowledge about the specials of the day (you'd think after serving a few tables he'd be able to remember what the specials are without reading from his pad). At a so-called "fine dining" restaurant you'd expect the server to have knowledge of the days' specials at least by the end of his shift. I ordered the "catch of the day" which was a seared ahi tuna entree with a cauliflower and pea couscous. The tuna was over seared and completely void of any flavor. The plate was decorated beautifully with a squid ink soy sauce and another sauce that I couldn't really identify but it seemed to have sat in the window so long that I literally had to scrape the sauces from the plate if I was going to be able to taste them at all. The couscous was a good idea but again there was absolutely no flavor. It's like they haven't heard of salt or seasoning of any kind. When you're talking about $40-$50 entrees this is ridiculous, making totally amateur mistakes that any novice home cook could point out. I won't be returning to dine there ever again. I would stop by the bar again because they do have delicious cocktails, but as far as fine French Food goes this place is a joke that should stop kidding itself.
Good choice for a special occasion dinne ...
Good choice for a special occasion dinner. Excellent service, relaxed pace, and reliable execution of special entrees you don't find everywhere. Especially notable -- the chateaubriand for two, complete with sauces and side veggies, and the chocolate shuffle for dessert. The real cellar dining environment is an experience too.
If you are looking for a romantic date s ...
If you are looking for a romantic date spot, you should try out The Cellar. They have various drink menus (wine, beer, cocktails), their dinner menu is excellent, and their service is outstanding. Our waiter was educated with our dinner and drink selections and was extremely polite. You will pay more in entre prices (compared to chain restaurants), I recall their prices being between $30-$50 per plate, but their dishes are excellent. I had the catch of the day which was ahi tuna shipped from Hawaii earlier that day. You will pay for the quality of freshness for your entre. The ambiance is dark and intimate (dim lighting by small lamps and candles). The staff is also aware of their seating arrangements and they do not seat parties next to each other. I thought it was a courteous action because the last thing I want is to have open tables and have another couple sit right next to me. This place is hidden (as it is underground) in the Downtown Fullerton area. It is the complete opposite of the Downtown Fullerton Party atmosphere and a perfect place for special occasions. I would strongly recommend this restaurant and I hope to be back soon.
We found this restaurant super cool for ...
We found this restaurant super cool for anyone who likes cool atmosphere, great service and good food. This "laid back, this is who we are" kind of restaurant that has been around through all the trends, kind of place is perfect.
We had an outstanding meal at The Cellar ...
We had an outstanding meal at The Cellar to celebrate a special occasion. The cocktails were delicious and our meal was excellent. Our server was charming and professional, but there were several minor errors made with our meal (like bringing us soup instead of salad and providing the wine list quite a long time after we had requested it), which caused me to give a 4 star rating for service rather than a 5-star rating. My impression was that the staff was experiencing a slightly "off" night and that the service would normally be at a 5-star level, though.
Altogether I'd recommend The Cellar to anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion or to have a romantic date.
The service was a bit slow and the atten ...
The service was a bit slow and the attention to detail somewhat unbecoming a restaurant of such iconic history. Whether this expectation is lost on the xgen cannot be said. Wait staff either needs training commensurate with the Cellar or Ryan needs to spend more time onsite, engaged.
By far the best bartenders and cocktails in all the area, Napa Rose not even a contender.
Food on par with establishments of equal offerings. Still a great choice for good food and drinks but service attention could take a que from Disney.
Celebrated a family evening together, an ...
Celebrated a family evening together, an annual treat. Nice to dress up and go out -- and give the kids a once-a-year chance to try the best escargot in OC. Besides our tables' two chateaubriands, we enjoyed scallops and Chef even prepared a truly exceptional meal for our one vegan at the table on very short notice. A wonderful experience.
Wonderful meal! Our server, I believe h ...
Wonderful meal! Our server, I believe her name was Janice, was attentive and had a warm demeanor. We enjoyed an exquisite family dinner. All of the food was well-prepared, and the Lobster bisque and Baked Alaska were worth a return visit.
My only frustration with our experience ...
My only frustration with our experience was the fact that with a reservation we were still seated near the entry/reception area of the restaurant. I just don't think we were able to enjoy the total ambiance as the traffic and phone ringing detracted from what could have been a 100% positive experience.
Overall the food was good but the scall ...
Overall the food was good but the scallop entree was small ( 3 scallops) more like appetizer size as was the onion soup was a cup not a bowl. The restaurant smelled musty. It was our anniversary and we ordered the soufflé which again was small. After we had paid our check ( about $100 per) the chef remembered it was our anniversary and sent out a one person size creme brûlée. The cocktails were great as was the Chardonnay that the bartender recommended. I am glad we dined here but for the money there are better places.
Excellent service and a wonderful atmosp ...
Excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere made this experience a memorable one. Went on a date and she was speechless as everything was romantic and just perfect. Food was outstanding and service impeccable. The beautiful decor and dimly lit restaurant just made the night magical. Would absolutely recommend to friends and family.
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