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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, and finely crafted cocktails which set a benchmark for all of Southern California!
Join us for a full dining experience, or simply stop by for some of the best cocktails in Orange County and perhaps a small plate or two!
Fullerton, CA 92832
French American, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Dining reservations from 5:30 to 9:30pm daily.
Bar and Lounge open from 5pm daily and open until at least midnight.
Happy hour in the Bar and Lounge from 5pm to 6pm daily.
$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 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
Cory and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary Dinner there in the Grotto Booth with our two best friends Roger and Taylor and it was nothing less then amazing as usual. We have been coming there for 25 years to celebrate...... which is half our lifetimes (smiles). Once again a ultra amazing experience. Our young waiter I believe his name is Andrew was so gracious and welcoming (blonde tall adorable) and our wine sommelier (she just as beautiful young blonde) as amazing as well. The two as a team made our evening a memorable and joyous event and I could not of think of celebrating 25 years of Life, Love and Laughter anywhere else in this world. Thank you.
Jeans & flip flops were common among many guests, plenty of staff but our plates sat empty for 30 mins until asked to be picked up. Octopus salad special was burnt and tough and not eaten but when advised to the waiter he only took off 50%. Service changed after we told the waiter we would not eat the octopus and we were ignored there after.
If you don't mind that it's a little on the spendy side, and you're looking to have a real special occasion ... then you'll love it. Has great ambiance, amazing food and classical drinks. The chateaubriand was to die for and don't forget to try the soufflé for desert.
The restaurant was a bit crowded (well, it was Mother's Day), but the staff made all effort to get folks to their tables in a timely fashion. We had a slight issue and the management and the server were incredibly nice and accommodating. My ood was ok (salmon eggs benedict), lobster bisque was excellent! Mark was an incredible server and overall the day was lovely for our family. Thank you, The Cellar, for making the day so special.
Been here a few times but it had been a couple years. We arrived a 1/2 hour early hoping to enjoy a cocktail in the bar before dinner. But parking was horrible. Vallet was full and they turned us away. We circled around for a 1/2 hour only to find parking two blocks away making us late for our reservation. This put a damper on the whole evening. The ambiance is great, but we thought the food and service were just OK. Maybe it was an "off night." I'd go back for cocktails and appetizers in the bar and pass on dining there again.
I've been to The Cellar a few times but it has been over a decade ago. I remember it to be pricy so not a destination unless expecting to impress. Other tables when we were sat had a nice selection of breads on their tables. Our bread showed up about 15 min after we had been sat and we were told it was because they were making more butter. The bread that did finally arrive at our table was akin to stale sliced Weber bread and the butter was unsalted whipped butter with absolutely no flavor. The menu looked great and we were excited to receive our entrees. An hour later we were starving for our entrees. I chock it up to an off night given my previous experiences and the wait staff kept checking on us anxiously. The other tables that had been sat before us were waiting with awkward frustration as well. When the food finally arrived we were very disappointed with the quality. My swordfish was pretty good but nothing to write home about. The sauce was fabulous but the fish itself was a little dry and lacked flavor. It could have been canned tuna. My girlfriend ordered the pork porterhouse and after a few bites was done. It was dry and chewy and forcing herself to eat the entire meal would probably have resulted in TMJ. They new something was wrong when she just had them take it away but we aren't trypically ones to complain, especially in an upscale environment. We left very disappointed and ended up eating frozen burritos after a $200 meal. Given my last experiences and a comment I overheard about a new cook I give them the benefit of the doubt and wouldn't have said anything except I was asked. Unfortunately my gf isn't as unforgiving as I am so probably won't be given the opportunity to give them another chance. It's unfortunate because I had a lot of fabulous meals there in the past. Not sure what else to say.
We had a fantastic meal of Chateaubriand served by a delightful and informative Andrew. We were seated at a remarkable small booth away from the main dining area which was perfect for our 30th anniversary dinner. The wines were amazingly well priced and a fine selection as well!
We started our dinner with the shrimp cocktail. The texture of it was very strange. We asked our waiter to please send it back. Our waiter Mark was very kind and helpful. We didn't want to make a fuss over it. The manager came and apologized and explained that they had a new supplier and won't be using them again. Mark also treated us to a soufflé at the end of our meal. The rest of the dinner was great and the staff handled the situation really well. The salmon entree was really good.
A HIDDEN GEM! My wife and I had heard of it in passing and had seen it on its official website. Never had we dreamt of the amazing dining experience that was to come. Through a small and dimly lit path of downward leading stairs, we found a large closed door. Upon opening it we were visually entertained by its decor and a feeling as if we had been here before. The ceilings were low and made to look as if we were inside a cave with casks of wine embedded in its walls. Through our waiter we discovered it was designed by the same Disney Imagineer's responsible for the Pirate of the Caribbean. As avid fans of Disney we were pleased with this discovery. With great food, ambiance, service and a varied history... the rest of the dining experience must be discovered on your own.
The Cellar is an institution. It doesn't have the most novel or revolutionary menu, and it doesn't change often -- but the food is amazing and the wine list is exceptional (if not particularly large).
It's one of my five favourite restaurants in the world.
Yes. The world.
Be sure to eat here if you are in the area, you won't be disappointed. Tip.... Ask for a Jedi Mind Trick Drink. A custom made drink made from your favorite spirit and flavors... Very big kudos to the bar tenders, they are top notch!
My first visit to The Cellar to dine with friends did not disappoint... the atmosphere, food, and service were all outstanding. With an extensive wine and beer menu, and hand crafted cocktails we got off to a very pleasant start. Out server kindly gave us a brief history of the place, originally the underground kitchens of a hotel built in the second decade of the last century. It was a very slow midweek night, so our foursome had the cozy, low-ceilinged dining room almost to ourselves. The room was perhaps a bit contrived, but altogether elegant. Our appetizer of a grouping of five noble artisan cheeses was splendid, as was the first course of lobster bisque. The salads were fresh and crisp, the dressing light and not drenching the greens. The bread basket was only okay, but there was a variety and each type was fresh and warm. Our entrees were presented beautifully and each was delicious. We opted for a small chocolate souffle to share for dessert, with a caramel liquid glaze poured into and over it. Exquisite. It was an expensive dinner, the entrees particularly priced a bit on the high side, but not so much that they will keep me from returning on my next visit to southern California.
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.
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