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.
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday: Dinner from 5:30 - 9:00 PM, Bar until Midnight
Friday and Saturday: Dinner from 5:30 - 10:00 PM, Bar until 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 15 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:
Jen Pizano: 7145255682x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
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.
I took my girlfriend on saturday night, ...
I took my girlfriend on saturday night, to put it simply we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The host was kind and promptly sat us. Shortly thereafter our server introduced himself and we felt comfortable. The ambiance of the whole place is cozy and relaxing. The service by all was quick, intelligent and fun with good laughs and memorable moments. The chefs skill was present in all of our dishes and the wine was pleasantly refreshing and chilled the whole time. Before going there I had heard good things about them and after the expirience we will be going here again!
Very good experience. We'd been there se ...
Very good experience. We'd been there several times before. Steak was ordered medium rare but came out very rare. I didn't send it back and ate it anyway. It was delicious but slightly undercooked. Other than that, everything great. Our waiter, a young guy whose name I can't remember was excellent. I left him a $40 tip.
The Cellar never disappoints us. My husb ...
The Cellar never disappoints us. My husband and I went to celebrate our anniversary. Every aspect from staff greeting us, our server, and the food was most excellent. We also like that the noise level is low so we can have conversation in an intimate setting. If you haven't already tried it, you must have the Beeler's Pork Chop in blackberry bourbon sauce. So delicious!
Excellent longtime Fullerton favorite. I ...
Excellent longtime Fullerton favorite. It was my first visit but my husband had been there several times in the late 1990's. Great old style cocktail choices. Good wine list. Waiter was good but not great. He didn't have us taste the wine, just decanted and walked away. Never poured. Chateaubriand was top notch as were vegetables and potatoes. Caesar salad was just OK but my husband raved about the French onion soup. And the truffle Mac and cheese was to die for. Excellent breads. Only criticism was the service which was good enough but not too notch.
This was the best dinner we have ever ha ...
This was the best dinner we have ever had. Went for my girlfriend's birthday. Amazing historic ambiance, everyone on staff was warm and friendly, the food was amazing, and the drinks were great. Employees struck up casual conversations, wished her a happy birthday, and even provided a free desert. Kicking myself for waiting this long to try it out and can't wait to come back again. I cannot recommend enough, especially for special occasions.
We've been many times for those "Special ...
We've been many times for those "Special Occasions," i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It tends to be a bit pricey, but the food is outstanding (but rich)! Also, they do not rush you one bit. The pace is extremely slow which you just plan for as you want to enjoy and savor your food. The Lobster Bisque is probably the best I've ever had (but again, rich). The entrees are all delicious, although we had the Chateaubriand steak for two, which was "out of the world" Great and the most tasty, tender steak I've had in years! Enjoy!
I can't say in stronger words that this ...
I can't say in stronger words that this dining experience was the worst I have ever had. I had wanted to go to the Cellar for many years--hearing how terrific it was. First, it is almost impossible to find once you actually get to the location. Signage is terrible and the stairway is hidden in the back of a courtyard. People in another restaurant were kind enough to direct me but made the comment "no one can find it."
The bar didn't have even the basics of alcohol options . The bartender had no clue how to make a standard old fashioned. It was terrible and when I asked for another drink--with attitude--the bartender had literally none of the other options I wanted.
There were only three tables occupied when we went in to eat but the hostess (who people had to go look for) told us that without a reservation we could not be seated because two other parties were coming in. Fortunately, I had a reservation so I was seated. During the 1 1/2 hours that we were there, only one other table was seated
The menu did not match the menu on the website and the entries that I and my guest wanted were not available. We ended having a pork chop that was VERY overcooked, dry and flavorless..even through there was some sort of mystery sauce on it.
We were asked if we wanted a desert soufflé and we indicated we would like that. When it came, it was the smallest soufflé that either of us had ever seen. Literally one bit per person in a small butter ramekin. NEVER AGAIN
My only complaints were : the shrimp coc ...
My only complaints were : the shrimp cocktail was pretty small, I felt like I was eating med boiled shrimp. And my lobster bisque was pretty bland,no lobster pieces.
Bread also could have been better. My entrees steak and chops were very well prepared and delicious .
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