The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)
The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)

The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewinecellarcda.com/
  • Phone: 2086649463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz and Blues Nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)
The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar), not just a restaurant, is rather a place for old friends to meet and new bonds to be formed. We offer a relaxed and pleasant environment for your special night out, or any night out. Come and experience The Cellar, and you will see why it has been one of Coeur d’Alene's top night out destinations for over 20 years.
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The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar) reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (15)special occasion (12)romantic (11)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great main course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our main course and the service were the winners at our visit to the Cellar. The salads and desserts could use some improvement. Overall, we had a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice facility, food just OK
    TallPhilVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we had hangar steak and the salmon on top of orzo, both pretty ordinary. service was fine but had to ask for attention a couple of times.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok, better choices
    afbf
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beer taps were all down, never received part of order, etc. It was pleasant, wine sampler was cute bot very expensive. Better choices in town.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and the service problem we had the first time was still present. The atmosphere was nice enough to try it again. That was probably a mistake. The food was hit and miss with our party of 5. The pesto pasta that was ordered was bland and served well after the others had their meals. While the salmon cakes and bouillabaisse were tasty the flatbread pizzas were doughy and bland. The Caesar salads we ordered were excellent. There is a serve yourself wine bar which is cool in theory but empty bottles and lots of fruit flies were a big turn off. Even the wines from the serve yourself bottles tasted a little off, almost as though too much air had gotten to them. That said, a pleasant dining experience was not had by all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place
    Baxter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I have been coming to Couer d' Alene for several years and enjoy the Sherman avenue area. The Cellar is an exceptional restaurant with tasteful and interesting dishes all presented in an upscale environment. They have a good wine selection and reasonable prices. After diner it is easy to pop downstairs for a night cap and some live music. I have been to this restaurant twice and both time the server (different one each time) was polite, funny and engaging without being intrusive. We will be returning, thank you for the excellent time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We all had something different and we all had a fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine, Dine, Divine.
    MrFowl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Best restaurant in Coeur D'Alene? Best restaurant in C'DA. I've skipped past this place so many times while taking my daughter on a walk, but a on a whim I decided that our family should go out. I doubt The Cellar could do anything unpleasant even if you asked them to. From the most friendly servers, to food that just can't be beat; I ordered a Lamb Shank and that meat just fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. They catered to my one year old's obsession for berries, mixed a killer drink for my wife, and had a variety of my favorite Whiskey I hadn't tried before. I'm glad we live close enough to walk because even if I wasn't planning on drinking I couldn't resist. This is a place for anyone who wants a good drink and better meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a Great Evening
    Winers
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The fun started with the wine tasting. Excellent suggestions from our waiter Nick. We had the Grill Sampler with the four sauces. The Whiskey Peppercorn and Huckleberry were outstanding. Just a fun evening and we will do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    Diane509
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Made a reservation for 4th of July to have dinner before the fireworks. Unexpected great music downstairs. Our meal was great. We started with gazpacho and a Caesar salad The special was Prime Rib and I have been so disappointed in Prime Rib lately, but this was superb. 10 oz cooked to perfection. Veggies under were fresh and properly cooked al dente with savory potatoes on the side that seemed roasted and herbed. Hubby had Papardelle Bolognase which tasted the way it was supposed to ... very delicious, Italian style. We also enjoyed a flight of reds that meshed seamlessly with our meals... yummy. Love this place and the music was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bartender!
    foodiEATheart
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our bartender, Casey, was fabulous! Very attentive & helpful with suggestions. He really added to our fun-filled evening! The host was also wonderful & very accommodating with our several changes in location to satisfy the group. A relaxing, upscale atmosphere with a superb menu selection. A definite treasure in the downtown CDA scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    epicure16
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our meal was superb and our server was perfect. Her name was Mindy and she did everything to make our night special. We were celebrating my sister's 50th birthday and the night was perfect! So glad that they accept Passport as that made our dinner (which I paid for even better). Thanks Mindy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food Good; Service No So
    ArleneVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The evening we dined at The Cellar, we were one of two other couples in the restaurant. Even though quiet at the restaurant, we waited at least 10 minutes for our server to arrive to introduce themselves and ask if we wanted a beverage. After that we were rushed to place our order - not sure why since there were still just the six of us in the restaurant for an early dinner. Salads, salmon and pasta dishes were good but there are other restaurants in the area that offer food just as good with better service. Maybe an off night for The Cellar but first impressions last a lifetime.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun place to eat!
    loveNWgems
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A very enjoyable ambience was enhanced by the live music played while we were dining, which made the experience even better. The appetizer was delicious, we order a dinner special for two where the meat was done exactly to our preferences with dipping sauces that I wanted to bring home with us! Even with big appetites we managed to bring home enough to share the next evening. This was our second trip to The Cellar and we would recommend others to give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar) reviews archive.
  • cross your fingers
    foodandfun
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Both the food and the atmosphere at The Wine Cellar are wonderful. The service left much to be desired, we were very dissapointed. Hopefully it was just a bad night and won't be repeated.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Will definitely come back. I got engaged here and it was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Cellar I've Been In.
    Nesspra
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The Cellar was a great find. They had an excellent array of salads and a good choice or appetizers. We shared a salad and a pizza for dinner and both were delicious. The wine menu was intense, so much to choose from. They had local live music acts, abit loud for dining but decent music. Our waitress was friendly and energetic. We had a great time here. Definitely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par excellence
    IBSleepy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great place, great food, great ambiance. What more can I say? Definitely will recommend and return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dueling pianos
    greenfishgirl
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The piano entertainment was great, although not much dueling going on. The food and service were excellent. My only complaint is that I made a reservation one week in advance, requesting piano side seating, but our table was toward the back. We were a bit disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was great, Music entertainment was great and Service was Great Had a great time, My daughters first time and was her Birthday She enjoyed the whole package !!! and she's from New York
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week at The Cellar
    BCS15
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was a great dinner followed by glasses of port while listening to Kosh. Thank you for a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and Dine
    Sweetbee
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We were a party of four and we had never been there but the other couple had. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The ambiance was vibrant, but the place felt chilly, temperature wise. I guess enough people had said something because the staff must have raised the thermostat. The food was delicious and though I chose to share a meal with my husband I was quite please with the choice. The wine list was extensive, and expensive, but I managed to fine a bottle that was within my price range and palatable, too. The entrainment added to the experience of the evening. We left the place satiated and pleased with our choice of restaurant. I would highly recommend The Cellar to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific meals at The Cellar
    MsJeanna
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The Cellar is one of my fave foodie places. Great ambience, fab food and a righteous wine list make this restaurant a must visit for anyone who values a carefully crafted meal with a great bottle of wine. The beautifully restored turn of the century setting has a hip vibe mixed with old brick, pressed tin ceilings and super sexy bar that draws you in from the street. This week's visit during Restaurant Week meant we got a great deal too! Just 28 bucks for a pre-fixe three course dinner that was really terrific. My recommendation? The mussels as my first course pick would make many a main course pale by comparison. Delicious deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    After have the restaurant recommended to us by friends, we were very disappointed. I had the lamb and while it was good, it came with a large mound of a mashed potato like substance that wasn't worth eating. There was a tiny amount of over peppered seasonal vegetables as well. My wife had a salad which, while tasty, was tiny. Expensive prices and not worth it at all.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food is always great here and I love the atmosphere. Good wine is a pluss too! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, music
    Annabelle
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The live bands are always a fun treat here and the decor is great. Nice place to drink wine and have fun.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Window Table
    happycampers
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We were fortunate to have a relatively quiet window table in the corner front upstairs. Had we been seated downstairs (music) or in the larger area upstairs (large group tables), we would have had a hard time conversing. We each had a pizza which were good, but I'd give the caesar salad a miss next time (my fault for ordering it... there isn't much you can do to make a caesar salad special, and why does every restaurant offer one?)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal, Poor service
    Oneydee
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had a server who missed the mark badly enough that much of the experience of enjoying our dinners was ruined. Forgot our salads to start. After 15 minutes of waiting I had to flag her down to inquire about the salads arriving before the entrees. Server looked surprised and embarrassed and immediately hustled off to get the salads. We no sooner got them with her apologies than the entree's arrived. The (different) server who brought those looked embarrassed too but just stacked the plates and left. By the time we finished our salads the entrees were cold! The food was good (albeit cold) but we never saw our original server back at the table until we finished. Final straw was the bill came and was inaccurate. Disappointing!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Mountaineer
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Based on Wine Spectator recognition and recs from friends we expected more. Bouillabaise was good, but portion was quite small for all three who ordered it. Two of our party ordered the Elkburger and were pleased with it. Waiter seemed inexperienced and was not as familiar with the wine list as one would expect. Prices were reasonable; atmosphere was unremarkable. We dined on the main floor. Service is also available downstairs, so I cannot offer an opinion there. We will give it another try, however. The neighborhood is fun and we may have hit them on an off night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wife's birthday
    Baylee
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We had dinner for my wife's birthday. We asked to sit downstairs, but were told there were no open tables. When we went to get our wine, the room was less than 1/2 full. The service was slow, at best. The time we were seated, to the time we left, was just short of 2 hours. The food was better than average, and was very well presented.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We loved everything about our evening. Our waitress was outstanding and we loved the music! Great food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere! Our dinner
    Larissa
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Great atmosphere! Our dinner was served in a timely manner and was hot and very flavorful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Celkar
    Jaeger
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Large group celebrating Christmas and music much too loud. Had to shout to be heard by others at the table. We will not sit downstairs again. Food and drinks delicious. However garlic mash potatoes had so much garlic it was hot. And I'm a garlic lover. We will try again, we are locals and want this restaurant to be a success for our community. Thank you
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    The over all experience was not that great. Our host sat us in a very crammed location that was very loud even after we left our reservation and told her it was a special occasion and would like a nice private area. Our waiter had zero personality, never offered us any specials, seamed to just want to get us in and out of there and it was very time-consuming to get new drinks. The food was okay but not that great for this kind of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rich's Review
    RichOverlin
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The food was very good,not much of a seafood selection so my wife was limited on her choices. I'm a meat and potatoes guy so the menu worked for me. The service was good, but the customer service was lacking. I believe the waiters/waitresses should be adding a personal touch rather than just going through the motions. The ambiance was just right. Their piped in music was not my choice of music, but not worth worrying about. We were seated in the lower level and when the live music started it was to loud for us to carry on a conversation, so we left. Good music, just to loud for us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    KKELLY
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Had a great dinner.. Room was a bit cold but we were the first ones to sit down for that evening. Loved our server. She was probably one of the best we have every had. Very friendly, prompt and just a very pleasant girl. We had the "sampler" platter and what a great choice it was.... Next visit will be to do some wine tasting as we were not aware of the new set up down there. Had been there in the past and it was way too noisy for us but we will give it another try now that it seems to have changed for the better.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Naomi rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    As always, Naomi was awesome and the server she assigned to us was outstanding! She was not only patient with our (5) Guaudalajara guest with broken english, but she was very patient, accomendating and thoughtful with us as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, music TOO LOUD
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    The food was wonderful, but the guitarist was too loud. We could not converse at the table! visiting from out of town, liked the restaurant, but we could not talk with friends we hadn't seen for several years because the live guitarist was playing for a large venue, rather than an intimate crowd. Restaurant music should be background entertainment, not what we experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in downtown restaurant
    TerryR
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I had a lovely dinner at the Cellar. It was nice to have the choice on the glass of wine I ordered. There were house wines and more expensive wines by the glass. I opted for a more expensive glass of Barolo wine. It was delicious and smooth. I arrived while it was still happy hour and ordered a half price appetizer of olive tapenade on crostini. It was flavorful and beautifully presented. It arrived with a nice small salad, and some cooked red peppers and onions to add to the crostini. Each bite was delicious and a great start to the meal. I had the steelhead salmon with a citrus tarragon sauce, orzo, and cooked vegetables. it was all flavorful and enjoyable. This is a great place for a relaxing dinner and a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very classy in a modern way.
    MELL
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner here. Ask for the beautiful white leather banquet seating in the back of the upstairs restaurant. I must note that Open Table did not, however, convey our reservation to the restaurant. Luckily, they were not too busy that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.