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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.
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
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The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
This is a place we save for special occasions. Service and food were great. Manhattan and martini were excellent to start with. We had the chefs cut pork chop & the catch of the day fish (John Dory).
We were disappointed in the salad (bland tomatoes & mozzarella was tasteless). We also were disappointed in the bread and butter offered (only white).
The food was over priced, under seasoned, cold and the choices were limited. We were a party of four, with reservations for 7:30. By the time we ordered, (2) appetizers & (1) entrée were no longer available. I would never recommend anyone spending their hard earned money on the experience & food offered at the Cellar.
Drinks were amazing! Truffle butter in the lobster bisque and truffle mac n cheese was awesome! One of the steaks was ordered well done and was presented as medium after being cut into. The sea bass with sake beet purée was delicious. The chocolate soufflé had minimal flavoring but had a good texture.
This was our first time at the incredible Cellar. The ambiance is dark, romantic and vintage. The cocktails were incredible and our wine was excellent (and well-priced for a special occasion). Very good food and just a perfect place to spend our anniversary. I can't wait to go back!
The whole thing about the cellar was great. But our server Laura was the best. Her ability to explain all the dishes. To how they are prepared and what ingredients were in each dish. But most of all her personality and service was over the top. Not once did our wine glasses go empty. She was on top of everything. The food was out of this world. Very romantic place. If I would have a complaint about one thing. The lighting over the booths, a little too bright for my liking. But that won't keep us from coming back. 5 stars all the way around.
My friend had been coming here for 15 years and brought me. Had their specialty Chateaubriand - amazing, best ever. The restaurant was a bit hard to find from the address. It is through the courtyard, to the right, down the stairs. Some signage would be helpful.
Love this place, complete surprise when we walked in and the look of the place, great decor complimented by the staff. Started our night at the entry bar, bartender was a perfectionist on making drinks. Table was ready, moved there and service was great, food was awesome.
Overall - the server did an impeccable job. He carried this venue. The OpenTable description does not accurately reflect the quality and caliber of this place. It's very tired, musty, and rough; however, whatever shortcomings this venue has, the server over came them with a natural ease. I recommend that you GO here knowing that it's a casual venue, NOT an elegant experience. It's not French by any means. It's not cheap by any means. It cost the same as Mastro's Steakhouse without the fineness. What you do get here is GREAT service and good food in a dark subterranean 1960's style decor, which if you are an old schooler like me, it reminded me of old times. This place 30 years ago was The Bomb for this area, nothing better nearby.
According to the staff, there's a flying black pest that there's no way to get rid of, which seems implausible. My first impression was the rougher than expected crowd at the bar and the black flying pests, which gave me great pause. Again, let me repeat that the server who has been there for decades was so flawless in his presentation that he well surpassed the great anxiety that we developed initially. Well Surpassed! So long as he is working there, I will return with a well-adjusted mindset.
Realy disappointed with the services here. I booked a reservation for 8:30pm for my girlfriends BIRTHDAY. When we arrived we were seated roughly 10-15 minutes after, as they had to prepare the table. After sitting it took almost another 15 minutes for a waiter to come take our order and bring us water. He took our order for a lobster bisque, porterhouse, and ribeye steak; after taking our order he said he would come back with some bread in the meantime. About 15-20 minutes later we are told they are out of the ribeye and if I would like to order something else (knowing they made us wait so long just to tell us they are out of something they offered a %25 discount off our meal.) By this point, we are almost 45 minutes in from our reservation time and all we have is a cup of water and still no bread, no lobster bisque, nothing. I asked if our bread was coming out which he said it is in the oven NOW. By now I am pretty ticked off as I went above and beyond to plan the perfect night for my girlfriends birthday, in which everything was according to plan until we ended up at this restaurant for dinner. About an hour into our reservation we decided to walk out. I spoke to the manager explaining our situation and how ridiculous it was that we didn't even get our bread yet and its an hour into our reservation and all we have is a cup of water. He was kind enough to offer me $150 gift card if we wanted to give them a chance next time, but this doesn't make up for my girlfriends BIRTHDAY dinner.
First time at the Cellar; here for our wedding anniversary. Newly renovated kitchen had timing issues; sadly food took much longer than expected. The large nearby booth was loud and spoiled the evening's ambiance. They eventually left early as they waited over 30 minutes without food service.
Would consider returning only for Happy Hour...
The Cellar was the perfect spot to celebrate my dad's birthday! The service from Andrew and the rest of the team was impeccable. Great suggestions, always ready to answer any questions we had, and very polite and entertaining. The crafted cocktails were delicious! The main courses were cooked to perfection. Highly recommend this restaurant.
We came here to celebrate our anniversary and The Cellar made it an exceptional celebration. Everything was on point from the service, ambiance, drinks, and especially the food. We were greeted warmly by the staff and were seated in a quiet booth where we felt we were having a private dining experience. Everything we had was delicious and we look forward to visiting this restaurant again very soon.
Took my girlfriend here for a special occasion, and we had the best time we'd had at a restaurant in a very long time. The architectural aesthetic and layout of the restaurant building, both inside and out, were awesome - the restaurant is set in the cellar of a 100+ year-old building. When you walk in, it feels like you've entered a speakeasy from 1900. On top of the great ambiance, every item of food we got was incredibly delicious, and their cocktails were on point. The service was bar none. When we left the restaurant, we were both in agreement that we would definitely need to come back soon! We found our new favorite restaurant.
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.
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