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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!
Fullerton, CA 92832
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 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.
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!
My wife and I have been at The Cellar before and it was incredible. This time it was a bit on the flat side. The filet mignion kept coming out a little rare for medium and I noticed others were getting the same result. Also some items were 86. Honestly our server was great, but the back of house was lacking. I could have gone somewhere else for half the price and better flavor. The cellar let me down this time for $100 + bill. Desert, tea, soups were awesome, but the main meal was a little cold and too fleashy for medium. Even a couple two tables over experienced the same thing. U know the one where she had a full plate and his was empty but brought out in the same fashion as if his had something in it. My wife and I usually celebrate ❤day a month before. Because on ❤️Day service stinks at most places. I expected more from here. Did management change or new chef??
The ambience, meal choices, and drinks are still great.
Mark (Fullerton Resident)
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