About The Cellar - Fullerton CA
Fullerton, CA 92832
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, and finely crafted cocktails which set a benchmark for all of Southern California!
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday: Dinner from 5:30 - 9:30 PM, Small plates until 11PM, Cocktails until Midnight
Friday and Saturday: Dinner from 5:30 - 9:30 PM, Small plates until 12AM, Cocktails until at least 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 14 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:
Events@cellardining.com: (714) 525-5682
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
The service was great. Each server was very attentive and answered questions promptly. They were very informed about the menu and polite. I would recommend this place to anyone willing to spend a lot of money for a small dish. I do wish the portion size was bigger especially because of the high price. The ambiance is fantastic and warm.
Went with my girlfriend for Valentine's Day dinner and it was divine. We got there 30 minutes before our dinner reservation so we drinks at the bar. The cocktail selection is outstanding, Dustin (spirits manager) and crew create their own specialty drinks and let me tell you, you can't go wrong with any choice! Dinner was a delicious prix-fixe menu which made it easy to sit back, enjoy our bottle of wine and just take in the moment...thank you Rob (sommelier) for sharing your thoughts and recommendations on Napa!
We are definitely going back to try the rest of the menu. Oh and a big shout out to Andrew Piña! Andrew was courteous, attentive and made the experience that much more memorable.
Thank you to everyone there for making it a beautiful night for us!
I haven't been to the cellar in quite some time and was very disappointed in the 4 course tasting menu we were required to have on February 11th. The vegetable ravioli consisted of two small deep fried pasta pockets that had obviously been cooked quite some time before they were served to us as they were barely warm and were doughy and stale . Course two was an arugula and melon salad I could have made at home. My dish for course three was a duck confit that was very good - just not good enough to make up for the first two courses. I hope this was a one-off bad evening as the other nights we had dinner there were much better. Those nights are the only reason the Cellar is not getting a "no" in the recommend section of this review.
Went for valentine's day expecting the regular menu, however it was prefixed for $99/person. Had the duck confit as the main course, which turned out to be dry and small, very disappointed. Definitely overpriced. Would recommend the regular menu, but avoid V-day in the future.
Hadn't been here in years. I had read reviews and didn't really know what to expect from the staff or the food. This restaurant was a favorite of my wife years ago. It was our anniversary and we choose The Cellar over The Summit, The Five Crowns and the City of San Francisco. It's a different atmosphere - as it is subterranean. I really think we enjoyed our time here over the other 2 restaurants. That is based on the atmosphere, service and food quality. Patrick (our waiter) was very attentive and friendly. We ordered a bottle of Australian Pinot. Very good. I'm trying to find the wine locally now. Our order was the Chateaubriand for 2. ($91) It was the tenderest cut of beef I've had in years. The slices were over an inch thick and you could cut the meat with a fork. The vegetables and potatoes were seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The manager came over; introduced himself and made sure everything was to our liking. There were several other couples, a business dinner party and a family gathering in our room - but we didn't feel crowded. We will be back again. I don't know if the negative reviews about service, prices and food quantity were "fake" or just "sour grapes", but my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
The server was not familiar with the specials, nor what accompanied the entrees. We were seated at 6:45, waited some time for appetizers and cocktails, and the entrees were not served until 9:00pm. The rib eye was ordered medium rare but served rare. The manager made apologies, but overall it was just a very disappointing experience with friends.
Cocktails were excellent. Lobster bisque was very good, escargot was mediocre, bone marrow was just okay. My wife enjoyed her mahi mahi, my seafood soup was way (way) overpriced at $37. Ambience is warm, but things are looking a little threadbare. I'm sure in its day it was quite the place, and could be again with some sprucing up. We'd return, but probably just for drinks at the bar. Dinner for two with a total of three cocktails was $230 with tip. Not overly expensive for a nice meal, but this meal didn't measure up.
Remarkably less than when I ate there before. Service is very good! Entree was fine, good filet mignon. Caeser salad, not classical style - added roasted corn and a bit too much red onion, overwhelmed the dressing! Crime brûlée was cold, not even the caramelized sugar was warm!
Wonderful classic cocktails, superb food in a cellar speakeasy. The server started the evening with an introduction and stated the table was ours for the evening so take our time....and we did. I suggest this is not a place for a quick bite before a show but a destination in and of itself. It's pricey but well worth it.
We really love this restaurant and go here for special occasions as it is expensive. Food is excellent . We were celebrating a birthday last night. They were very busy and the service was not as good as when we were there in May. We ordered coffee with the soufflé and it was lukewarm.
Our waitress was extremely slow. Our. Cesear salad was so small we could hardly find it on our plate and not a Caesar salad at all. Filled with lettuce and lots of onions...period.
Expensive and very small portions. My husbands salmon was about 2".
The bread was ordinary sliced bread.
We were very disappointed and will not be returning.
Don't bother with this has-been restaurant if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion with quality food. The restaurant has a unique and desirable concept, but the food is mediocre all around. This place is in dire need of a chef / menu overhaul if they hope to survive. They are simply milking the reputation of their one-time greatness and fooling unsuspecting diners with low quality ingredients and inattentive service.
It was a lovely evening. Albert got us seated early and Mark was an excellent server. Although my filet was over cooked they replaced it and it was great. I think the only thing that really fell short was the dessert. I had a chocolate creme brule, and it had no flavor. I think for Christmas Eve the dessert should have been spectacular. Overall it was very nice and I'm sure I'll be back.
A solid choice for a special dining experience. Classic food fare that is dependable and well prepared.
Also, top notch service. I had reserved a table for our party without thinking about the fact that one of our party members is disabled and might have difficulty going down a long flight of stairs. In spite of my goof up, the staff took special attention and care to accommodate us. Kudos to the Cellar staff for their professionalism, friendliness and care. We had our meal on Christmas Eve and special occasion dining can be hectic for staff, yet, in spite of our special circumstances, the staff never made us feel unwelcome or that we were an inconvenience. Their excellence service continued throughout our meal.
As for the food, classic French fare with some modern touches. Though we only had a limited prix-fixe menu due to holiday dining, there were some excellent choices, offering something for everyone. For soup lovers, the lobster bisque is a must try. I've had lobster bisque in quite a few restaurants and theirs is one of the better ones.
Overall, we had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at The Cellar.
I like the old time charm of this restaurant the ambiance is good and the bar is excellent. It has been a couple of years since I have been here and the food as good as I remember. We had a large party (10) and the main entrees were a mixture of seafood and steaks and they were all very good. Overall the food including deserts were very good. The value taking everything into account was also good for a special occasion restaurant. The issues for me were around the service which was extremely slow and inefficient, amplified by the kitchen which was also very slow.
Food was excellent except my filet mignon was a bit cold but flavorful and tender. Service was challenging. When waiter was there very attentive and knowledge but he would disappear for long stretches of time. Twice we had to ask for water cups to be refilled as he was not attentive to that. My cocktail went empty and when he finally asked if I wanted another, the time has passed.
Ha! How would you feel after you paid a $438.00 bill, left an $80 tip, sipping your coffee and the manager walked up tot he table and said "I hope you enjoyed your dinner, but we need your table now..."! Tasteless and so uncouth. Never have we been so embarrassed or humiliated. The rest of the experience doesn't even matter! Spend your money elsewhere!
Our party of 5 attended in celebration of a birthday. The staff was highly courteous and eager to please from the beginning as they had to switch us to a larger table while giving us a mini-tour of the restaurant. The cocktails are innovative and a unique experience - quite tasty. The wait staff was helpful with both food and wine selection (the menu is brief, the wine selection extensive). The courses were served with panache and were quite tasty. This small upscale restaurant is expensive, but well worth it!
There is no-charge valet parking available (excepting tip) that always has an open space available.
I was very disappointed by the place and left with a lot of frustration.
I'll start with the positives. The food and cocktails are FANTASTIC. My wife and i absolutely loved them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
But now my frustrations...
1) The service
The service was very friendly buy very unattentive. we felt forgotten and neglected all night.
We came for my wifes birthday. i told them ahead when i made the reservation. the hostessed asked to confirm it with me at my arrival, and then......nothing.
No one ever checked our water glasses once . Something that simple says a lot about the management here.
2) under cooked food.
This is a small quip, but the potatoes that came out with my dinner were undercooked and hard.
Normally i wouldn't be so bothered except this is not cheap experience. when you charge a premium then your customers deserve a premium experience. that's not what we got and that's why i left frustrated and won't be back anytime soon.
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