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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
The overall experience at the cellar is ...
The overall experience at the cellar is outstanding. Everything I ate was amazing and unique. The lobster bisque soup was incredible. The drinks from the bar were also incredible, I sampled some of my friends' drinks and there I loved each one I tried.
This place is one of our all time favori ...
This place is one of our all time favorites. Still waiting for a dish that's just good but not great. Everything they serve is just fantastic and the restaurant atmosphere alone makes it worth returning time and time again.
I come often for drink but this was my f ...
I come often for drink but this was my first time for dinner. The filet mignon was perfection. I will definitely be back to try more of the menu.
The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Dinner!
We came to the Cellar for our 48th Wedding Anniversary celebration and had a wonderful evening. When we were first seated, we were near a larger group, which was having a good time but a little too loud for a quiet Anniversary dinner. The staff was VERY understanding, and moved us to the "Grotto", which was quieter, and perfect for our Anniversary. Monica, our server, was a joy to have, and was very attentive to whatever we asked - an excellent representative of the restaurant, she was very informative about all of the menu items, and we enjoyed her very much! The food was simply outstanding and delicious. Each course was prepared and served perfectly. The Lobster Bisque was probably the best we have ever had, and the Filet was cooked to perfection, and we could almost cut it with a fork. The soufflés were just amazing. Out entire experience at the Cellar made for a perfect Anniversary. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
You can count on the Cellar for excellent food, drink, and atmosphere every time. This visit was for Mother's Day brunch. The service was perfect in s dry way. I highly recommend The Cellar in Fullerton!
This is the best restaurant in Fullerton!
Definitely the neighborhood gem and the best restaurant in North Orange County. Superior service, excellent Sommelier, food is exquisite. This is definitely the restaurant to go to for a special and memorable evening. Mr. Dudley does it right!
Literally, a hidden gem
We are local residents and dine at The Cellar on a semi frequent basis. It is an unusual location, below ground, which is why I say it is literally a hidden gem. There is ample seating, but it is not an overy large establishment, so Open Table reservations are strongly recommended for peak weekend hours. The bar is smaller than usual, but space is limited so a handful of side tables are available but fill up quickly on a busy evening. The Cellar is renowned for its true, eclectic hand crafted cocktails. Although they will make any of the usual suspects, they specialize is "speakeasy " specialty cocktails that are fun and unique. Tell the bar staff what flavors you like, what liquors you enjoy and they will make something unusually delicious. I asked them to tweak one of their signature cocktails to my liking and I was quickly in my groove. The kitchen specializes in Chateaubriand, their signature beef dish. Perfect serving for two. Be careful of serving temperature you order, why kitchens use their own interpretation of Medium Rare, Medium, etc is so beyond me. Their MR is RARE +. Sides and sauces are great, but we sent back the mushrooms cause they had enough garlic to wipe out all of Transylvania. Excellent mashed potatoes and Demi Glaze. No Chef's Special butcher cut this night so can't evaluate. Ample beef options, one pork (chop) (will try next time) a couple of fish offerings, I'm not a salmon fan, would love to see halibut and/or sea bass, no chicken dishes. I'm a pasta guru, but their offerings do not float my boat, perhaps replace one of them with a chicken and veggie pasta dish with white sauce or marinara for not beef eaters. But I don't come here for pasta. Great wine BTG or bottle, reasonable prices, great selection. A nice Late Night bar menu, I'm anxious to try their steak sandwich! The Cellar is a great alternative to the usual suspects and you will dig the bar. This establishment is family owned, husband and wife team, please support them.
Will definitely come back
My wife and I took my mom and dad out for mothers day. I will come back. Mark was our waiter, he was and very knowledgeable.
Hard to Find - but worth it!
Amazing craft cocktails and an impeccable wine list. The server mentioned they were out of avocados for the salad. Hello this is California! Save room for dessert to share, delicious. Service was very attentive. Odd, no chicken item on the menu...
The food was was very average, not extra special
Ambiance is very good. Service was very pleasant, but poor. Bread and butter was forgotten. Parmesan cheese had to be asked for. Etc. Service was extremely slow. I had to ask if we should send out for Chinese food. Very much not worth the money spent!!!!!!
Food, ambiance, and service were perfect as always. The room was quite warm - still - actually. A bit of cool circulation would have been nice.
You must try the escargot, bone marrow, ...
You must try the escargot, bone marrow, and the lobster bisque. Perfect space and ambience, very cozy. And the staff were very attentive.
Food was too salty
The dining environment was nice. Service was good. I'm not impressed with the food. Overall, everything is too salty and my taste is already on the high end of how salty I like my food. If I think it's salty, it's usually even worse for others. The restaurant was little hard to find. The signs could use some improvement. I don't think I will go back.
Excellent French Restaurant
The Cellar was a wonderful, authentic environment. And the food is absolutely amazing.
Best place in Fullerton
Great food--filet mignon. Even better service. Quiet. Romantic.
The Cellar is just that. As you descend the stairs to this romantic experience, you're taken back in time. The dimly lit Cellar has phenomenal food and an amazing wine list. Robert, the house Sommelier, is like talking to an old friend as helps you select the perfect bottle of wine. Very memorable experience! Highly recommended!
Service was very slow even though the restaurant was not very busy in a weeknight. Excellent cocktail list with edgy recipes of classics The rest of the experience is completely forgettable. I understand it takes time to cook good things but nothing in the plate was that special. Go there on a date for the 'cellar' ambiance but not for the food.
Decent food selection. Excelent cocktail ...
Decent food selection. Excelent cocktails and appetizers. Service not so good. Waiter was very polite but he mixed up the dishes among attendees half the time. And it took a very long time to bring everything out, even though the restaurant was half empty. We even had to ask for water twice.
Tiny portions of food
The Portions were tiny. We do fine dining every week and this place was a disappointment. My gf who weighs just 98 pounds even left hungry . After spending almost 200.00 We both left hungry and irritated and got pizza down the street. The best part of the night was the cigar bar across the street and the pizza after.
Delicious food and fine service!
Delicious food and fine service!
The Cellar is fantastic. My fiancée and I went to the Cellar for our 1 year anniversary and it was absolutely the perfect place. We were accompanied by my best friend and his wife. The libations were phenomenal. I feel like any choice I made from their list would have been fantastic. Each of us had a different drink and loved each one. The food, though, was superb. I have never had a cut of beef that was so juicy, with so much flavor and so tender as that night. My fiancée had the filet mignon and was astounded. If that wasn't enough, the setting was perfect. I liked the dim lighting and I really appreciated the noise level. It was quiet enough to really have an intimate dinner with just the people I care most about. This place blew my already high expectations out of the water.
A true gem in Fullerton
We were 30 minutes early, but that was not a problem even though they were very busy. Table was wonderful, service was top notch and the food was to die for. I'm hoping to become regulars, but since it is a bit of a truck to get there from Redondo Beach, we will have to make it our special occasion destination.
Losing its luster
I have gone to The Cellar about once a year for the last six years and I guess it is a victim of the times. It used to be fine dining with professional servers. However, on this most recent visit, I noticed the menu had been greatly reduced in choices and the quality was not as exceptional in the past. My salmon was cooked on one side and almost raw on the other, also served skin side up which I had never seen before. Not to mention it came with different sides than what the waiter explained. A small point, but these are details that would not happen in the past. Again, it is a sign of the times, but, to me, “fine dining” does not mean to show up in torn jeans and a hoodie. I would say about a third of the people in my dining area had on jeans (many with “fashion” tears). I still give it four stars as it is still a great place but it's been trending in the wrong direction.
The food and service is very good. Speci ...
The food and service is very good. Specially the soups and there greatest hit cocktails are delicious.
Cellar is the tops
We were celebrating two birthdays and a retirement so this was a very special occasion. The chef and servers did not disappoint. From the cocktails to dessert (including comped creame brûlée for the celebrants) everything was perfect.
Not what I remembered. Management not ready 4 biz
Unfortunately slow service. Over 3 hr. meal just too much. Management did not seem to be respectful of business and seemed very understaffed. Did offer discounted bill which showed that they may acknowledge the problem.
Definitely would come back for birthdays or anniversaries! Good service and food all around!
So good but pricey
The Cellar is always so good however it seems the prices went up quite a bit. Most dinners in the high 30s and into the 40s. Drinks are also delicious but pricey. Great romantic place for special occasions.
excellent landmark restaurant
incredible food with the Pirate of the Caribbean themed basement. Highly recommend for special occasion or romantic date.
Bad Experience at the Cellar
Overall bad experience. Dined at the Cellar for the first time on Valentine's Day. Ambience was great, dark and romantic, though smaller than I thought it would be. The set menu was not worth the price. Mediocre appetizers, soup was cold and worse than an instant soup mix, salad was very plain, boring and tasteless, desserts were also boring and unimpressive. The filet mignon was cooked well and was the best part. The server was nice however rather unprofessional and too casual, not quality service. The worst part was the customer next to us was extremely rude and every word included profanity. He was rude to everyone working there and unfortunately we had to hear every bad word he said. Then, surprisingly even the manager on duty used a four letter word when confronting the customer! Ruined our evening. Won't be returning.
I made reservation over months ago. But ...
I made reservation over months ago. But seat offer was terrible, compared to other couples...
My boyfriend and I had reservations on Valentine's Day, I was very excited because I heard great things about this place. Overall the service was fantastic, our waiter came off generic as if he was trying too hard but that's his job I guess, although he was very attentive. The food was not $200 worthy... AGAIN it was a fixed menu. We plan on returning and trying their regular menu hoping it'll be better, you're definitely paying for venue.
The pre-set menu was limited but great. Good wine selection. Had a cocktail it was nice and strong. Enjoyed the taste of all the food. Had the filet medium came out perfect. Can't wait to go back and try the regular menu. Special occasion restaurant for me, romantic maybe birthday or anniversary. Service was excellent.
$500 Bill, 4 people, 2 drinks, horrible food
We have been to the cellar numerous times, but after our Valentines experience I see no need for us to go back. I am not in the mood to write a huge review, but if your going to drop $250 a couple the food needs to be exceptional. It was far from! My starter was basically a brie grilled cheese, my soup was cold and very basic, my filet was cold in the middle and raw, my desert was a red velvet mess. Honestly we should have stopped mid meal and left. In a sense this was robbery. The women in the party got trout. The presentation of the trout literally made it look like it was pulled from the trash. A toasted paper sack with fish in it.
The food was absolutely horrible!
We went here for Valentine's day and the food was nothing but a huge disappointment. Liked the ambience but a "high-end" restaurant with bad food is a no go for me...
First time there, absolutely amazing. Great atmosphere, service was excellent and the food superlative.
Great place for a quality romantic dinne ...
Great place for a quality romantic dinner.
Went here for the first time to celebrat ...
Went here for the first time to celebrate an anniversary. They took such great care of us. Genuinely friendly, warm, and fun. The food really knocked some of the best steak houses out of the park. Wow! Great experience and can't wait to go back!
Pricey with no choices
The atmosphere was nice. Way too pricey for such a limited menu. Had items on the menu that they were out of, not good!
Like going back in time.
This place was great! I loved the food and the service and if you don't care for french food the ambiance alone is worth it. I'd highly recommend this place for special occasions.
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