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Cella, Monterey, CA

Cella

4.8
4.8
74 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Discover CELLA Restaurant + Bar at Cooper Molera Adobe in Downtown Monterey. Step into a sleek, historic venue with a heated pergola and stunning local woodwork. General Manager Bernabe DeLuna leads an exceptional wine program with a remarkable staff. Savor seasonal cocktails and mocktails crafted by Barkeep Joshua Perry. Chef Ben Spungin & Chef Cal Stamenov create an ever-changing menu inspired by the bountiful central coast. Join us and experience the neighborhood's culinary gem!

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Bistro, European
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 920-1046
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Cal Stamenov
  • Private party facilities
    Alta Bakery and Cella Restaurant invite you to savor our offerings amid historic adobes and charming courtyards, where Chef Cal Stamenov and Chef Ben Spungin elevate your experience with family-style meals, brunches, and more. Our flexible spaces set the stage for unforgettable gatherings. Explore our packages, e-mail lily@cellarestaurant.com.
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Cross street
    We're a short stroll from downtown and parking structures.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Around the corner from public transit and trolleys.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Private Dining in the Diaz Sala

    $127.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Reservation must be confirmed by restaurant 10 days in advance. Legendary Chefs, Ben Spungin & Cal Stamenov's family-style dinners are a celebration of community, offering a bountiful spread that brings people together. From company gatherings to rehearsal dinners, our historic Diaz Sala provides a versatile space for any occasion. Dinner includes a crafted 3-course meal: Alta Bakery's bread House salad Pickled farmer's market vegetables Two proteins Roasted root vegetables Seasonal vegetable Alta Bakery's sweets & treats Enhance your experience with our Add-Ons $95++/person $500 facility fee Email lily@cellarestaurant.com to confirm reservation request or if you're a group of 21-28 people.
    Private Dining in the Diaz Sala Photo
  • April 25th Cella Winemaker Dinner: I Brand Wines

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 25, 2024 only
    The winemakers at I Brand Winery delicately refine their terroirs' raw character, preserving its unique nature. Echoing this, Cella Restaurant becomes a canvas for celebrating central coast authenticity in our 3rd dinner of our Winemaker's Dinner Series. This enchanting evening at the Cooper Molera Adobes awaits. Tickets are $175++/person. Included in ticket: A brief reception of hors d'oeuvres and wine. Four courses served both plated and family-style by Chef Cal Stamenov and Ben Spungin. A collection of wine pairings from I Brand Wines. Please plan for safe transportation to and from the event. Tickets are non-refundable.
    April 25th Cella Winemaker Dinner: I Brand Wines Photo

What 74 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Overall

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Food

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

74 Reviews
  1. ashleyc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, ambiance, and service! Try the green juice.

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  2. ChristopherC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent, excellent food. Sitting outside was a bit cold but will return and highly recommend. Service was excellent too.

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  3. DBsonoma

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fresh food that not only tasted wonderful but was presented expertly. First time at Cella and will be certain to visit again on our next trip.

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  4. Swede

    Central Coast

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. The Parmesan Garlic Fries were the best we’ve ever had! The Steak Tartare was different from the the usual version — it is served with small potato crisps covering it — it was, however, very tasty. The Beef Cheeks and Pork Chop entrees were delicious. And the merengue/ice cream/strawberry dessert was so very good! We enjoyed the evening very much!

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  5. Andy179

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Cella to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful evening and meal. The food and service were first rate and I highly recommend Cella for those seeking a fine dining evening in the Monterey Bay area. We shared the grilled octopus as a starter, then my wife had the pasta special for her entree. I enjoyed the pork chop, and we shared the hazlenut mousse for dessert. Everything was delicious and the staff couldn't have been any friendlier

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  6. foodie

    Central Coast

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner with bright touches of herbs and vegetables. The servers were friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was warm and inviting in the historical building. It is expensive, but the quality of the ingredients and the skill in the preparation made it worth the cost. I can't wait to come back in the warmer weather and sit outside for my meal. My only complaint would be that the cocktails were light on the alcohol and need either larger glasses or smaller square ice cubes.

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  7. SimonaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service as always! The duck confit frisée salad was divine. I love that they have a white burgundy on the “by the glass” menu. The Old Monterey ambiance of the historic building combined with artwork by a local artist wrap up the experience beautifully.

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  8. Laureli

    Central Coast

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service at this restaurant is just so lovely. Really enjoyed meeting the group. I had the veggie risotto. A few points off for over salting, it still so yummy Ironically, it’s the beans that can’t be beat!

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  9. carmelvillager

    Central Coast

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Easter Brunch. Traditional Eggs Benedict was perfection with smokey bacon, avocado and the perfect light Hollandaise. My husband has the perfect Cobb salad and it was substantial, too. The desserts were beautifully displayed and are always stellar, thanks to Ben Spungin, pastry chef from next door Alta Cafe. This is one of our favorite restaurants since chef Cal Stamenov has been cooking there, after 20 years as Executive Chef at Bernardus Lodge. We especially like to choose occasions to dine here which makes it even more special.

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  10. chuckp

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, all our needs met, with outstanding food and bar

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FAQs

Cella is rated 4.8 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cella

525 Polk St, Monterey, CA 93940-2809

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We're a short stroll from downtown and parking structures.
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Bistro, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Around the corner from public transit and trolleys.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Cal Stamenov
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 920-1046
  • Private party facilities
    Alta Bakery and Cella Restaurant invite you to savor our offerings amid historic adobes and charming courtyards, where Chef Cal Stamenov and Chef Ben Spungin elevate your experience with family-style meals, brunches, and more. Our flexible spaces set the stage for unforgettable gatherings. Explore our packages, e-mail lily@cellarestaurant.com.
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