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 WinnerRomantic
The Cellar - Fullerton CA reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (60)special occasion (59)notable wine list (33)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (23)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Superb Food
    CarolTVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Took my husband and 2 adult so s for his birthday. Odered 4 different meals and all were excellent. Service was extremely good as well. Wine wednesdays half off with an impressive list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lobster Bisque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything we had was incredible however, the Lobster Bisque is what will go down in history as the best Bisque in the business, hands down.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The lobster bisque was to die for! Wonderful dining experience. All the staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for date night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    took my husband there for his birthday. It was good that they accommodated my request for a private booth, but I wish they put a candle on our dessert or said a greeting during or after dinner or something. The host that seated us even asked us if we were celebrating anything special. Other than that, food and overall dining experience were pretty good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and i celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the Cellar and we are so happy we chose this restaurant . Our server Laura was outstanding,our table was romantic ,and the food was perfectly done
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic dinner
    Newleweds1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Cellar is a perfect romantic dinner and drinks place. The food was amazing! I had the salmon, Mac and cheese, and French onion soup. The cocktails are creative and tasty. The service was divine! Everyone makes you feel like a part of the family. The staff talks with you and were all exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Second visit to The Cellar - My daughter's favorite place for celebrating her birthday. 7 people, everyone had something different and all were wonderful. A little bit challenging for my 90-year old mom to navigate but the staff was wonderful about helping us with the service elevator.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Cellar has been an institution in Fullerton, CA for many, many years. My wife and I have eaten there on many occations. They were just awarded Orange County best. We had a very bad experiance with sub standard food, bad service, several items had to be returned to the kitchen to be reworked. It appears that this is not the same Cellar as we have enjoyed in the past. It has been several years since our last visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service were great! Hidden location but worth the find!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations!
    joshc320
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wife and I went in for wedding anniversary. Everything was amazing (including the mixed drinks from the bar!). Waiter was very professional but also made us feel like we've known him for years. The owner came by and made sure everything was good for us, overall just a great dining experience. The ambience and setting are very cool as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was bad.
    kevkodVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was average. If they tell you to get the duck get something elae
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exquisite
    finiky1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    the only word that does any justice to The Cellar, is exquisite. some of the best food I have ever had cooked perfectly. I would recommend anyone interested in a fine dining experience to visit The Cellar restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful dinner but …
    Canuck
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Cellar used to be the place to go in Fullerton for elegant dining but times have changed. The service staff is still good but not as polished. The food is still very good but not as diverse as in years past. I have no issues with the lack of brand name alcohol in the bar, but there should be consistency in the glassware used. One week my scotch is in a low ball, the next week it’s in a brandy snifter. Not a big deal but it indicates a lack of attention to detail. Customers wearing jeans and t-shirts in the dining room takes away from the atmosphere of dinning in a restaurant with so much fine history. Still my favorite restaurant in the area, and I will be back. However, I have to lower my expectations, which is a shame.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Bigs
    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.
  • What a meal!
    Birthday
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. We haven't stopped talking about it. It was a great experience. We had the lobster bisque, lamb, steak, chocolate soufflé and some great mixed drinks/ beer. The waitress was fantastic as was the manager. Extremely attentive. Can't say enough about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Fabulous1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food, wine, and desserts are awesome! This place is a very special occasion restaurant so if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, the occasion is excellent! It is not a place where you can eat at every night unless you have a huge wallet. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    hungrysean
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    went to the cellar with small party bit hard to find but found it ambiance: is a cute place with themed interior and have great ambiance, but smell bit dusty? maybe because is in ground level? food: started out with date and bacon to be safe, french onion wasn't great, and chateaubriand looked amazing but was bit salty service: kind service but took loooooong time to be seated and it wasn't busy at
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1223 reviews are from the The Cellar - Fullerton CA reviews archive.
  • 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.