The Cellar Bistro
The Cellar Bistro

The Cellar Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecellarbistro.com/
  • Phone: (630) 653-6299
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -9:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am-9 pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kathleen Lewis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We will be happy to deliver any of our freshly made food for your next party or luncheon.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy the entire restaurant for your next event. Baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries & more. Feel at home in the beautiful ambiance of The Cellar Bistro.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie 6306536299x
  • Special Events: May 13: Wine Dinner -Spain
    June 10: Wine Tasting - France
    July 22: Wine Dinner - Australia
    August 12: Wine Tasting - Napa California
    September 16: Wine Tasting - Italy
    October 14: Wine Dinner- Germany
    November 11: Wine Tasting - Chile
    December 9: Wine Tasting - France

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wesley
  • Public Transit: The downtown Wheaton Metra Station is 2 blocks west of The Cellar Bistro.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and a public lot make parking easy. Parking deck is on the west side of the restaurant. Handicap street parking is on the NE corner of Hale & Wesley.
A word from The Cellar Bistro
A wonderful little gem in downtown Wheaton just 2 blocks from the Metra. Serving delicious, homemade dishes using preservative free ingredients and hormone/anti-biotic free beef, pork, bison, chicken and eggs. Fresh fish featured weekly, live music every Monday night, a great wine list and quaint sidewalk dining with alcohol service. We buy from businesses within our community, or from small businesses who are an integral part of their communities and try to have a positive impact on their environment. Opened in 2007, this husband & wife owned restaurant was nominated for Restaurant of the Year in 2010. You will be impressed with the ambiance of the small dining room, the personal, attentive service by the wait staff and the delicious menu options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Cellar Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (30)romantic (22)special occasion (18)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Inconsistent, but decent.
    Sally
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We go to Cellar Bistro about once every month or two and at best I would say that the food is good. Their mushroom brie soup is often quite good, but the last time I was in it tasted like the bottom of the pot had burned as the slightly burned taste caused me to rethink my one-time favorite thing on the menu. I had scallops and a kale/black-eyed pea side. The whole was good, but so salty that I found it overwhelming the taste. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable First Visit
    winjude
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our group of six friends thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Cellar Bistro. Food was very good, service met our expectations in a pleasant setting. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza and wine
    BigT53VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The personal pizza and salad combination was great as usual. They are changing out some of their wines which is nice. The desert menu needs to be expanded. The chocolate cake could be improved. It was rather dry although the icing was moist..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what I was hoping
    aftrbnr
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Way over priced for the quality of the meal and service was great by the bus boy as he took most of our food requests throughout the night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the wine, stay for the food
    Mark
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    A neighborhood favorite. Great wine list, and they're always mixing in new wines. I've been many times and never had a bad meal here. The atmosphere is great, and you can actually converse with your dinner partners. I'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need More Wait Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I have been to this restaurant about 3 times now. I always enjoy the food and the atmosphere is great. But, they really need to hire more waiters. There was only one waiter for the entire restaurant. Service was way too slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    ShortoneVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We are so glad we tried this place. The food was fresh and flavorful. The service was excellent. It's a small space but nicely decorated and utilizing its space very well. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Low key, high quality
    stevom2
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went here for a birthday dinner. The wine selection was refreshingly limited and unique. Servings are also realistically sized. The atmosphere allows for good conversation and the staff was attentive, yet not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LG00
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Found the food to be good but everything was slightly over priced for what it was.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner for two
    Kb78
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went here on a Saturday night. I was able to book the reservation for 6:45 the night before for a table for two. It was full but not crowded. We were able to carry on a conversation with out feeling drowned out by the people around us. The food was cooked fresh. You can tell right away when you eat it. Nothing was made before hand. The food does take a little longer to serve because it is cooked from scratch but is worth the wait. Some of the bar drinks were a little pricey but you come to expect this at a place like this. I asked for a recommendation on appetizers and had polenta. I never had it before and it was good. I would defiantly come back again for a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this place!
    historylover76
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was a delightful find and we enjoyed every thing about it. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Meal. Good Service
    BethRose
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I hadn't dined at Cellar Bistro in awhile. We were seated right away at a comfortable window table. Our server was friendly. We started with housemade hummus, not my favorite. I prefer it creamier but the pita and raw veggies served with it were fresh. Our salads were ample. The wedge is served as a deconstructed salad with dressing and blue cheese on the side. The beet salad was good with red and golden beets though not quite enough of them. The tomato bisque soup was surprisingly spicy or peppery tasting, a bit too much for me. It was served with 2 small pieces of thin French bread served without butter. My husband ordered penne pasta which he enjoyed. We enjoyed our evening, but for us the food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!
    CulinaryPatron
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been here at least 1/2 dozen times. Have not been here in probably 6 months. Wow...menu changed, for the worse. Prices jacked up quite a bit. A 4 Oz Filet for $28?! had been earlier in the week to Capital Grille...$46 for a 10 oz filet that I thought was expensive...Cellar Bistro has them beat per ounce by 52%. Asked for bread and they said we usually don't do that an then brought out warm bread. Unfortunately, my wife who was the Great Fan of this restaurant, swore off it as well saying "we won't go back there." Disappointing to see restaurants change when they had a good thing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terriffic Food
    Italian1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We go there quite often because every time we go the meal is delicious, it's quiet, and the have outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absent server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere, but just because you are a signal diner service should not be neglected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was delicious, the menu diverse and interesting, the salad choices wonderful. The wine list is balanced well for their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten Free Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a group of 10 and the service and food were great. Also they have an interesting menu and are wise to GF concerns. I've eaten here for lunch too and it was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 283 reviews are from the The Cellar Bistro reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Eddybill
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ordered our favorite pizzas and both were underdone. The crusts were doughy and the veggies were almost raw. We had reservations and when we arrived asked for an empty two-top table by the wall. We were told we couldn't have the table. It wasn't reserved but "it might be needed." We agreed to another table rather than further distress the obviously confused and inept hostess. We were then told two of the wines we selected from the list were "out" that evening. A thoroughly disappointing evening. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SpartyBoilerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Have been to Cellar Bistro 2x before. Always a great meal and great service. Had the beet salad-excellent. Our table had the lamb ragu, Prawns and polenta and filet. All were excellent. Waitress is awesome and very attentive. Will continue to go the Cellar Bistro. It is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late evening dinner - Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Flavorful, light dinner for two women. Enjoyed a delicious wine, and wonderful Brie appetizer. Loved the squash soup. So great to have fine and flavorful dining on a weeknight. Wait staff generous with table time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance, nice menu
    resiak1958VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first time, and we will return. Both soups -- tomato bisque and mushroom - were outstanding. Penne pasta was light but flavorful, pork medallions with sweet potatoes and kale. Solid wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little pizza's
    BigT53VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Some new wines to try. They still should upgrade their after dinner drink selection. The ice cream was some of the best we had in years. The fresh fruit was just great. Try it and you will like it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I went to Cellar Bistro on a Saturday night and they had the front window table waiting for us. We had the bacon wrapped dates that were spectacular. My husband had a glass of wine that the waiter recommended and my husband enjoyed. I had the sangria and it was the only meh point of the meal. It was a bit too sweet, which is not usually a complaint of mine. I ordered the penne pasta with prawns- fabulous- and he got the sirloin which he really enjoyed. The setting is quiet and quaint, it was modern fare without being pretentious. Our waiter was great and the prices were what you'd expect. I would absolutely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    MelB
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My husband and I went to The Cellar Bistro to celebrate our anniversary. I had never heard of TCB before, and we don't live very close to Wheaton, but it came up in my search for "organic restaurants." Finding suburban restaurants that try to use organic and local fare when possible is difficult (I feel) to come by, so I was excited when the experience that we had was great! We both ordered soups to start, shared the crabcake appetizer and then had a chicken entree and a lamb entree with chocolate cake a la mode for dessert. Everything was was delicious. For as excellent as the food, drinks and service all were, I was surprised to find that the place was pretty empty. It was a Thursday night at 8pm, so perhaps it's busier on the weekends?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch location
    Lynn
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Cellar Bistro was a nice choice for lunch. Great variety on the menu. There were some particularly unique selections of appetizers and salads. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Leisurely Luncheons
    ecm252
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food is impeccable. The service is attentive. The atmosphere is inviting. These three qualities make The Cellar Bistro the perfect location for a leisurely lunch with a friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 6/12/2014
    kiwi
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    food great , wine very fine, service conscientious. Always a fun place to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    NaperKen
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was a very leisurely, pleasant experience with very good food, but bread was not offered and water infrequently replenished.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to the Cellar Bistro many times and each time it is great. It is a quaint and just plain wonderful restaurant in downtown Wheaton. I highly recommend it for lunch or for a nice dinner with your significant other. Not a very large restaurant but the ambiance overall is great. Spinach dip is fantastic and recommend it for an appetizer
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cellar Bistro
    FrannyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have been to Cellar Bistro many times. The food is consistantly excellent. When friends and family come to town, this is my go to place. Their wine and beer options are also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent as always. The food is delicious and portioned just right. We had dinner with some friends and the atmosphere was great. It is a fairly small place so make a reservation, even during the week. They do have a few tables outside on the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wedding special
    SmartCookie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My husband and I came here with both our mothers and our son after getting married at DuPage County. The lunch was fantastic! Every piece of food was superb! The server was great, and they provided us with a very comfy table that easily sat us and our 5 month old son. There is no doubt that we will return here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Villagediner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It is nice to have such a fine restaurant within walking distance of home. Our guest from England thoroughly enjoyed our informal luncheon at Cellar Bistro.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Night
    Bigt53
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was great. The pizza and salads were served promptly. They had not opened the outdoor seating yet. They had a great coconut cake desert served with fresh fruit. The cake was good but rather dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy & Classy
    Fookie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Cellar Bistro is the perfect combination of cozy and classy. It wasn't uncomfortably classy either though. Just the right balance! It's got a great "ambiance," and excellent food! Strongly recommended for eating out at Wheaton!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A disappointment
    JenB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our first mistake was choosing a new restaurant to eat at on Mother's Day. Our second, greater mistake was choosing this one. Cellar Bistro has no waiting area so when we arrived, we stood uncomfortably for nearly 15 minutes before someone seated us. When that person finally arrived, it was clear she was not actually the hostess as she didn't know how to work the reservation system. The service was consistently poor (It took us over 2 hours!) and the food incredibly greasy. How can you have a restaurant open on Mother's Day with what appeared to be only 3 servers?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    oova
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I did not get the attention from the waiter. This is a great restaurant and it needs a more personal staff
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    DaddyO
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We went with friends to celebrate my birthday. We had a lovely time, however, my bison steak was overdone, as was the bison steak of one of my guests. Other than that, the food was excellent and our server was very nice. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely birthday lunch
    LadyMerrylees
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I brought my sisters and aunt to Cellar Bistro for her 85th birthday. I wanted someplace small and intimate, so it wouldn't be too noisy. We had a lovely meal - bruschetta, crab and tomato salad, and beet salad. The food was wonderful and when the weather improves there is outdoor seating which is lovely.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for an early dinner, I had never been there before but she had been for lunch. When we got there there were only a few other people so the noise level was almost non-existent, the service was very attentive and most of all the food was outstanding! Easily the best I've had in a while. Chicken Sciambicotto (sp?) chicken mashed potatoes and peas in a cream sauce. Sounds simple and ordinary but there was nothing ordinary about. I will definitely go again in the near future and would give the food six stars if I could.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet