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 Cellar has yet to let me down. I lov ...
The Cellar has yet to let me down. I love the food and I can't stress enough how much I love the ambience. I feel like I'm in my own world when I'm there and am always sad to step back out to reality when I leave.
Wonderful classic cocktails, superb food ...
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 he ...
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. Ce ...
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 restaura ...
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 s ...
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 expe ...
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 restau ...
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 migno ...
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 ...
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 o ...
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 ...
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.
Restaurant was a very cool cellar settin ...
Restaurant was a very cool cellar setting that had old world charm - feeling almost castle-like. Service was excellent, food was delicious and the handmade cocktails were tasty, and interesting. Bathrooms needed a good cleaning and can be a turn off in a nice restaurant like this, but the rest of the atmosphere made up for it. We arrived at about 7pm on Thursday and were the only ones there, but it had filled up by the time we left so a later dinner spot.
Oh my God the food was to die for. Abso ...
Oh my God the food was to die for. Absolutely wonderful..everything was fabulous. I think we ate everything on the menu, or at least tried to. The Lobster Bisque was delicious, and the Beet salad mouth watering and sweet. The sautéed mushrooms, the mac and cheese with truffles, the steak and the seafood linguini were the best. Loved the deserts, and all of the awesome different types of drinks..ask for Under the Apple Tree, that alone was an experience in its self. Thank you for making the night perfect for us, our waitress was the bomb.
This is a great place to take someone sp ...
This is a great place to take someone special. The ambiance is wonderful. We had a leisurely dinner and never felt rushed. Our server was helpful and courteous. The food was very good but they did not have everything that was on the menu...they were out of the special and missing one of the ingredients on a main course. This was explained by our waiter and other suggestions were made. Overall it was a lovely evening and I would go back again for another enjoyable meal.
First time back to the cellar in about 2 ...
First time back to the cellar in about 20 years. Used to go there with my wife's parents. Missed having proper maitre D greet us. Server nice but didn't have enough others servers helping to give us proper attention. Decor looks and is old. Don't expect update but expect things to looks well dusted and painted, and good material on furniture. Food good but many things too old fashioned. Need to find way to modernize classic dishes.
Our server was good but everything was s ...
Our server was good but everything was slow. Remote booth was nice but very warm. Also a wedding in an adjacent restaurant was noisy through the walls plus they had filled the valet to where we couldn't park there. Taste of the lobster bisque was excellent although temp could have been warmer. Sommelier was helpful. Food was okay but not up to expectation. We won't be going back.
It is difficult to find but that is part ...
It is difficult to find but that is part of the ambiance. All staff pleasant and attentive while still allowing a no rush private dining experience. The portions are great not like the usual small portion French restaurant items. The food was beyond excellent! The Chateaubriand was to die for and the lobster bisque the best I have had anywhere.
Although the staff was friendly my wife ...
Although the staff was friendly my wife and I both thought the service was a little slow for a fine dining restaurant, particularly since the restaurant wasn't busy. My wife's salmon was dry, not to mention the bread was also dry. All in all, we thought the restaurant was a bit pricey for the overall value of the experience.
Cellars had been change with ownership I ...
Cellars had been change with ownership I believe but still pretty nice restaurant.
Server Laura S. was excellent service like jewel of the restaurant.
We will visit again when she is available.
Sure appreciated her service.
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