The Cellar - Fullerton CA
The Cellar - Fullerton CA

The Cellar - Fullerton CA

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cellardining.com/
  • Phone: 7145255682
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:30PM to 9:00PM. Friday and Saturday 5:30PM to 10:00PM. Closed on Monday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, French, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a Wine room that is Perfect for a Private Party environment. It seats a Maximum of 15 people. You can also enjoy our Dining room aas a Private Area for Larger Parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Ellis 7145255682

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilshire Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have complimentary Valet service located adjacent to the Restaurant. There is also plenty of Free parking in the general area.
A word from 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 four dining rooms are 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. The Cellar, winner of The Wine Spectator Grand Award, was selected in 1992 as one of the top six restaurants in the world for its outstanding wine list which currently features over 1300 selections from around the world. The Cellar is One of America's 10 Best French Restaurants, and Restaurant of the Year for 2005.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Cellar - Fullerton CA reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (56)special occasion (55)fit for foodies (27)notable wine list (27)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What a fantastic restaurant. We came for our anniversary and we were definitely impressed. Although a bit pricey, the food is absolutely amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Grave Disappointment
    pet4daisyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In the past the Cellar has been an outstanding restaurant with excellent service & wonderful food. Food is still great, but there has been a com-plete purge of wait staff (who treated us like we were Gods) and bartenders-thus less attentive, personalized service. Bartenders carried on a personal conversations rather than interacting with those at the bar. We asked the waitress if we could split the lobster bisque. She brought a bowl and 2 spoons rather than spliting it in the kitchen. We drink specific brands of alcohol & don't mind paying for them, BUT the Cellar no longer carries COMMON brands of liquor. An overall disappointing evening!! We won't be returning!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    g4fun
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food and good friendly service. We shared several different things on the menu. Plenty of food. Artichoke and Lobster Bisque my favorie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed
    Changed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a special occasion dinner for 6 @ 8pm. First change was no "known" premium liquor. Meaning, no Tanqueray, Dewar's, and the like. Strange. Second, some unusual entree's, such as pork cheek & pork bellies. We ordered @ 8:45pm. Got our aps on time, but dinner was still not served by 10. Ryan, the owner was very apologetic, and did his best to make things right, for which I was appreciative. Things could have gone smoother if we were told the kitchen was having issues. Bad news never gets better with age. In short, a very disappointing evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    fatherinlaw
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great menu, steak cooked to perfect temp. duck was very nice also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cellar - Fullerton
    idhrendur
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was great. It was a wonderful experience dining there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will be sure to tell to stay away
    easygoer13
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    one of the most disappointing dinning experiences I have had in many a year. Special occasion arrived and were greeted by two nice but confused young boys. Reader Digest Version: 11 dinners 5 people complained of being salty....I had the duck and it was tough .....also had the bisque which was actually some of the best I have had but it appeared someone used a teaspoon and put in enough to only cover the bottom of the bowl but ....it had to be an error as there is no way it could have been a normal portion. At the end of the meal which was a special occasion the person who we were celebrating was the last to receive their desert Coffee was cold...could not get water without always asking and as salty as the food was it was needed
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Cellar
    enosteak1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outstanding Service! They were very attentive and fun! Beautiful restaurant with great food. Nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "I can do that!"
    lesliead
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was wonderful. The ambiance on a very hot evening in summer was great, as we stepped down into the coolness of the wine cellar. If you want a nice place to actually talk with the people you came with this is a great choice. We had the Chateaubriand which was so tender it was like cutting butter. Our friends had the pork cheeks with the truffle mac & cheese. We all thought the pork cheeks, including our vegetarian friend, was the best! The truffle oil in the mac & cheese was a little overpowering, but overall tasty! The chocolate souffle was good, but the profiteroles were a disappointment as they were not your typical creme puff, but more a biscuit. The service was great, our waitress's motto seemed to be "I can do that!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor food
    FineDine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Service... We dined with jimmy.... Had rib eye .. About as tasty as a sirloin steak... Wife had the duck while not greasy did not have that crispy skin that is a requirement
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Pricey, but food and ambience are worth it on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cellar dining
    dininginstyle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was outstanding. However, our server Jimmy made it a night to remember. He was thoroughly professional and made us feel at home. He also conveyed the feeling he enjoy having us as guests. He answered our questions about the food and got an answer if he didn't know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE Cellar
    9Mill
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant was AWESOME!! The food is top notch, the service is warm and inviting, knowledgeable while not being condescending. I don't drink but my lady had a love affair with the wine. the food is pricey but when you eat it you know where that money is going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out
    Reb13
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food here is good, but probably not worth the price without the atmosphere. I've been twice now and there's always good service, a quiet/romantic vibe, and excellent drinks. It might be quite worth the evening to skip the food and just enjoy the craft cocktails. I haven't tried that yet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my fiance out for dinner and we both loved it! Great hidden location, worth the hunt. Food and atmosphere where great. Great place to take your significant other for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than the food?
    butchVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What could possibly be better than the food done to perfection? The service: personal, caring, prompt and unpretentious, with a delightful visit with the manager.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luisa
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Cellar. There was a wine tasting group in the main dining area. We asked to be seated in a small dining area adjacent to the bar. Very quiet. It was our wedding anniversary. Food is exquisite as well as the service. Very special evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Cellar used to be fabulous, lost it for awhile, and now is back just as good as ever. Younger, interested serve-persons help make it more user-friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    Kaiena
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We chose this restaurant as a special place to celebrate my birthday, and it was the perfect choice. We had a wonderful time, enjoying everything, and deserving of special mention are the amazing one-of-a-kind specialty drinks we were served, these were the best we've had in a while. These drinks are served as cocktails and also paired with dinner. We were a little unwilling to have the drinks with dinner because we are wine lovers, but then decided to take a chance, and what a gratifying experience that was! This is a place worth visiting, the food is delicious, the service is top notch, the ambience is enjoyable (romantic, good background music, etc), the wine list is superb and the specialty drinks will blow your mind. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place for a Special Occasion
    RJW1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday here and it was an overall great experience. The service was fantastic. Atmosphere is different than any other restaurant we've been. Food was delicious. The owner even came by several times to chat and thank us for coming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emms
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food, ambience and service. Andrew our server that night was awesome.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    JPAndersonVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have been a Cellar patron since before the Dudleys (current owners) and hence have seen alot of changes: going from the haute cuisine French style to the hidden speakeasy motif with cocktails and 30s jazz in the background. Their mixologist is awesome, and shaked up a "south side" that was a kiss of lemon and gin. I appreciate the fact they have maintained some of the vintage Cellar menu items such as escargot and lobster bisque. Unfortunately they did not have the Grand Mariner Souffle (but we were able to ask the chef to modify their Vanilla Soufle). Only draw back is the simplified wine list. This is obivous given the younger clientele the Cellar attracts with the cocktail culture, albeit approachable as an intro to wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service & ambience
    Love2trynewplaces
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Came here on a date and it was nicer tham expected. The food was fantastic, it had a lot of flavor and was just delicious. I would definitely come back. Its a very nice cozy place that's quiet although a bit too quiet as one might feel they are talking too loud. The date and I had a great time being our first time there. The truffle mac n cheese was awesome go to have that. Great place for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Town
    KeepITclassy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this beautiful gem of a place. The drinks were great. The food was impeccable and the owner is a sweetheart. Can't wait to go again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We used to go more often, about 6 years ago. The service is really good but we both were disappointed with the food for the price. If we are paying over $150 for a diner for 2 we expect the food to be great, and it wasn't.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Perfect combination of great food, ambiance, hospitality, and professionalism. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downstairs at the Cellar
    Gato
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We loved dining at the Cellar. Couldn't find it at first, but you have to go downstairs (duh!) to get to it. The menu was excellent and the service wonderful. Would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Not only was the food and atmosphere amazing, but the bar is so fun. They have a drink called the Jedi mindtrick and they will make you a cocktail based upon your likes/dislikes. They nailed each time. I can't wait to just go for cocktails with the girls next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    revcamp
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The staff was attentive. The food was excellent and good size portions, though not large. The selections were fun, and the suggested pairings of wine and drinks were a great addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Find
    HonestDiner001
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Overall, aside from being ripped off credit for dining, this place gets a solid 4. The Cellar always has good food, and the Wednesday wine deal makes the wine prices more reasonable. Do not come here on holidays when there is a "holiday menu." I know better because that was a very expensive meal, and this is coming from someone who doesn't mind dropping $100-200 on occasion for dinner. This gets a solid 4 Star for the restaurant, but they took my money (for the meal), then didn't give me credit for dining through Open Table (and yes, I did use my reservation...). I don't take kindly to people ripping me off my rewards. That earns a 1 Star for this visit, not to mention the service could have been better...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The service was great right from the beginning. From Rich the bartender making great recommendations to our server Monica taking great care of us. Great food, great service great ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We haven't been in for about 7 years but the food was still great. The atmosphere has changed a little. Not as formal as it used to be, but we will continue coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Service was wonderful...
    BigNightDining
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to The Cellar on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The restaurant was a little hard to find and we had to ask a security guard where to go. The service and food were wonderful Highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner. Only one complaint, I don't think the toilets in the women's restroom have been cleaned in this century. Almost ruined a perfect night. Be sure to ask your server about the history of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not a good service
    thetruth
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    our original server was told to leave because there weren't enough reservations to warrant her to stay. The replacement server was not good. We almost argued because he wouldn't believe me when I told him what dessert I had asked the former server to bring to the table. Dirty dishes were left on our table after we were done. The server and bus individuals walked by an didn't remove them. When they did there was a little food remnants left on the table which weren't removed. I was extremely disappointed with the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic dining!
    fabdining
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful server- very sweet- excellent food - pork cheek melted in your mouth- cinammodessert out of this world
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Separate our party of 6 in 2 tables
    Bernie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a party of 6 celebrating Mother's Day there, and they dared to put 4 of us on one table and 2 on the next table! Are you kidding me? Are we at a food court or something? I complained to the manager, Nicole, and her excuse was "we did that so the person sitting inside could get out easier". How lame! I understand the restaurant was fully booked due to Mother's Day, but this just isn't right, definitely not when you charged $40 for brunch! I'm sorry, but this is no longer the classy restaurant like it used to be.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    LOVEFOOD
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I brought my sisters and family here for mothers day brunch. They had a special 3 course meal with "flowing champagne". Over all the food was good, but i did think they should have had bottomless mimosas for a mothers day brunch. Over all the place was awesome (kinda dark) very intimate, and had delicious food. I recommend the prime rib! DELICIOUS. My mother and sisters said they would be back for a more intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute reservation
    dineoutqueen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a restaurant is Downtown Fullerton to celebrate my birthday. We were able to get a reservation within 2 hours. We have been to the Cellar in the past so we knew what to expect as far as the menu and environment. Service was a little slow, especially for drink refills. We didn't not like the table that we were sitting at as it was right by the entrance so people were constantly walking right in front of us. I would request a table deep inside the main room. There was a large party a few tables over and they were very loud...not the restaurant's fault. It was just unfortunate for us. The food was wonderful...cooked perfectly and brought to the table at the right temperature. Sodas served in can-cheap
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very expensive and the food wasn't that good. I ordered a glass of wine for $14.00 (on the cheap side) and they must have usef a machine to measure the ounces, very skimpy. I will not go to this restaurant again - too pricey for the quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1206 reviews are from the The Cellar - Fullerton CA reviews archive.
  • wonderful experience
    datenitedins
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband and I went to The Cellar after seeing the PBS show about it. Walking down the stairs to the cellar was like going back in time. The ambience was wonderful. We sat in the chandelier room & started our evening with cocktails, then appetizers, salad, soup, wine and dinner & an amazing dark chocolate soufflé, never feeling rushed. The wait staff was very knowledgable on the menu and wines. We are planning on returning for our anniversary in a couple weeks and will be requesting to sit in the grotto. Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.