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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
Went back to The Cellar after several years and found it to be a great improvement over our last visit. All of our appetizers and entrees were very good. The only thing that I would not recommend was the Caesar salad, which had a lot of onion and the dressing was not a Caesar I would recognize. Service was excellent as was the wine list. Knowledgeable sommelier made some great recommendations. Overall, a very nice evening at The Cellar. We will return.
OMG! just amazing service. Our sever Andrew Pina, was amazing . His suggestions were on the spot accurate in what was good. He knew the menu like he made he it himself. It was My wife and I 7th anniversary and his service & suggestion of cocktails made it even more special. We already started suggesting to our friends to book reservations.
Took my father for dinner on Saturday before Father's Day. Waited at the bar for our table before being seated. The bar is small and the selection of happy hour drinks are limited. The restaurant was quiet and great for table conversation. The food was excellent. The soufflés were amazing. One can't go wrong with key lime or salted caramel. Overall, The Cellar is recommended for special occasions and fine dining.
We were graced with a cozy booth that we learned was where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor! This highlighted our special occasion where we wanted to be somewhat secluded and have a place to talk of intimate matters. Our waiter was friendly, informative, and just the right amount of conversation. We are friendly and talkative by nature, but also needed our own privacy. Our waiter performed this give and take quite well!
I have gone to The Cellar many times. We have always loved the delicious food, ambience and great service. However, the last couple times including this time, the service has been horrible. This time was especially bad. No one was clearing plates. It was taking forever to get cocktails and food. Service was just horrible and this time I had clients with me. They commented on the horrible service as well. Very disappointed.
The lobster bisque is my death row food. I come here every time I'm in town. The wait staff always know the wines well and are amazing when it comes to pairing. This time, an excellent pairing of champagne with the bisque and also a really fruity zinfandel with the cheese platter that enhanced the Humboldt Fog expertly. I am never disappointed. The staff are also very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. This place is an Orange County classic.
Over all was great. The soufflé however was very over cooked. I was disappointed because was my fist time having one. I would not have know if my friend had not said something. It was vey dry. That's why my very good rating on food. I would highly recommend this place!
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.
We've been to the Cellar many time and it never disappoints. The cozy atmosphere and excellent service are only surpassed by the excellent food. Marc was our waiter (again) and he is simply fantastic. Attentive without imposing and very helpful. The food was amazing. My wife had a NY steak that was superb and I had a porterhouse pork chop that was perfect. The bar was hopping and the noise intruded just a bit into the main dining room at times but not enough to be a problem. Looks like a fun place to hang out. We'll be back. Again.
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.
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