Wine Cellar Restaurant

4.5
1797 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Tucked in a corner of historic Old Town Center, the Wine Cellar Restaurant has been a Los Gatos favorite since 1966. Dine al fresco on the Wine Cellar's award-winning patio and enjoy breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains or venture downstairs for a more intimate experience with warm, golden washed walls and candle-lit booths. Choose from our Famous Swiss and Gruyere Fondue, Fresh Seafood including Abalone, Hearty Pastas, All Natural, Free Range Lamb, All Natural Chicken and Pork. Wine Cellar also features flavorful and tender PAINTED HILLS All Natural Beef raised with No Added Antibiotics or Hormones and a 100% Vegetarian Diet. Don't forget to save room for Chocolate Fondue or one of our other Homemade Desserts! Extensive Wine List and Special Wine Events. Voted "Best Outdoor Dining", "Most Romantic Restaurant" and "Best Steak"! PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to book parties over 5 people online. Please call the restaurant for availability.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm (Winter Hours - During Summer we open at 10:30am)
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Phone number
(408) 354-4808
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Wayne Hashman
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Private party facilities
Wine Cellar Restaurant has been helping guests celebrate special occasions for over 40 yrs! Our intimate ambiance will be sure to please and we will work closely with you to establish the perfect seating arrangement, menu, wine selection...and even that little something extra. Contact us today!
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Private party contact
Lisa: (408) 354-4808
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Catering
Wine Cellar takes catering requests on a case-by-case basis. Call or email Lisa for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mullen Avenue
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Parking details
Wine Cellar is located in Old Town Center which has a private parking lot on both sides of University Avenue - the one across the street has an entrance under Sur la Table. There are also public lots located between University and N. Santa Cruz Avenues.
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Entertainment
Wine Cellar periodically offers Entertainment. Please visit our Website and view our Bulletin Board to find out what we are currently offering.
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Special events & promotions
Wine Cellar periodically has Special Events ranging from Live Entertainment, to Wine Tastings, Winemaker Dinners, Happy Hour Specials etc. You may visit our website at any time and view our Bulletin Board to see what we are currently offering.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Wine Cellar will be serving a special menu in celebration of the New Year! We will have many of our normal dishes in addition to some specialty items like Lobster Tail, etc. Menu will be posted soon!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1797 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional. Great food and great service.

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TR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for our anniversary. The staff was very friendly. Everything was delicious!

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San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our "Go To" place for many years and will continue to be for years to come. We live out of town now but whenever we are back visiting we must go to Wine Cellar a minimum of 2-3 times. The waitstaff are always so courteous and accommodating and never rush you. Food is always wonderful and plenty of it. We especially love the Chicken Picata and the fondues!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good lunch menu, excellent service other than trying to sell older people who eat lightly too much food and drink, good ambiance. Haven’t been here for a long time. A nice reminder of such a nice place to eat.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Waiter was amazing. All food and drinks were great except for the ribeye. It wasn’t anything to write home about.

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LD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine Cellar is always great and the service and drinks are awesome!
Lots of food choices.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We came in for a birthday brunch. Waiter was nice but seemed unorganized. We asked for mimosas but once our food arrived we were never asked if we would like more drinks or if our food was ok. We asked for the bill and he came back with desert menu’s...what?? Overall disappointing for our birthday girl. Our group won’t be returning

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine! The ambiance at our corner booth/table was perfect. Our server was EXCELLENT! I wish I could remember his name.

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BH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was wonderful. Only down side was when we asked to move to bigger table as we were placed in tight booth for party of five, we were seated at a table for 4 and they added extra setting/chair which wasn’t much bigger.

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p
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting - enjoy an excellent meal - all four of us had a great time.

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DA
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as expected. Slightly noisy at the beginning but got better later on.

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O
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a very good meal at the Cellar. Waiters are experienced and very good. The food is plenty and cooked just right.

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A
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve eaten here at least 4 times before and had wonderful food and service. It has been a special place to go with my 92 year old mother when I am in town. This time, however, the service was slow and I was always looking for the waiter. The food was good, but not great, perhaps it was because it was lunchtime not dinner? We had a shrimp salad and chicken piccata. Sometimes the dessert will rescue a lackluster meal but not for this meal. The apple tart was cold and the crust was soggy, not what I expected when served á la mode. What made me feel worse about the quality of the dessert is that I had asked the waiter whether the apple tart or the tiramisu was better. He said that most people did not eat the crust of the tart but that there were no ladyfingers in the tiramisu, an answer which I understood to mean neither dessert was great. My mother, an artist, said her berry dessert was not arranged attractively, a very small criticism, indeed, but something we had come to expect at this restaurant. I wondered if the waiter gave us slow service because he expected a small tip from two older women. A very nice bus person was the one who brought me a coffee finally when our waiter disappeared again. We were sad that our special luncheon had been ruined.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to eat. Everything on the menu is worth trying. I love the tune tartare and fondues. The drinks are spot on and the wait staff is always friendly. They are opening up another part for large parties in the future which will be a great place to have larger events.

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EF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual.

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TS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fun to sit on patio with friends. Food was OK but not special or creative. Good wine and drink choices. Service was exceptional -- waiter let us chat and didn't rush us in any way. Really nice!!

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and service as always.

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FM
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Weeknight dinner for four of us was very good. Steaks, Duck and Ahi were all perfectly cooked and delicious. Attentive service, appetizers, entrees and deserts were at a good pace. We were there for about two hours.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent lunch.

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BA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch and excellent service. Very relaxing to sit at the patio and enjoy my eggs Benedict. I’ll do this again and again.

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MZ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistent, servers are a pleasure to deal with, drinks are great. Lovely atmosphere. one of my favorites for many years now.

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MG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant and the abalone was incredible! I will be back for that alone. Loved that we could get corkage fee waved on Monday night, which made it a bit more affordable. It's expensive, but a nice splurge. Hostess paid no attention to our request for a booth -- she said she knew we requested a booth, but she'd just given the last one away. I didn't push, but if you make a reservation and that request, then they could say we can't promise. If she had said we don't reserve booths it would have made sense. As it was, I felt like she was saying we got there too late to get what we wanted. So the hostess was off putting, but after that everyone was charming.

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JE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

If you enjoy drinking special Manhattans, this is the place! The food was delicious too. We shared the scrumptious beet salad-just perfect! We each ordered an entree which were huge. Kind of wish we had just ordered one and split. The food was perfect-short ribs and Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi. The wine pairings were perfect with the entrees. The only problem was the server started out kind and offered great suggestions. But it was my husband's 80th birthday and we never saw a dessert menu after waiting a long time. Finally, a bowl of ice cream with a candle arrived at the table and we had to ask for the check.

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in huge portion. Service was excellent, too. Would like to come again.

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LK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Te best thing about this restaurant was the service, and wonderful attention from waiters.
Next best things are dessert, and salad!

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TC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink! Love the patio ambiance! We had a terrific waiter who took great care of us! Thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Five plus baby for Sunday brunch..... eggs Benedict was served cold. Menus were dirty, cutlery was dirty.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Waiter was rude, slow, inattentive, and just plain bad. We had ordered apps and main courses at the same time and asked that the apps come first. Later he came back and asked us to remind him what we had ordered for the main course! He misjudged the distance to the table with my wine glass, letting go about an inch above the table. He failed to deliver my friend's wine until about halfway through the meal. Yikes.

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. We waited for a patio seat, but it was worth it because it was a beautiful day. Did I mention the food was delicious!!

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MY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our food took over an hour to get, so we were really upset. And when I got my food, it was cold. The server had to take it back. He brought us free ice cream to make up for it though. The drinks were great and fast, so props to the bartender.

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v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wine Cellar never disappoints. Went there several times and tried different things and chef work is outstanding. Good service and interior

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BG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, just too loud

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy the Wine Cellar. Good food, but especially good atmosphere and wait staff.

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M
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing!!
The menu was amazing, I had a very difficult time trying to figure out what to try first. I had the ribeye steak and it melted in my mouth. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met long time friends for lunch, we sat outside in the patio area. A nice view of downtown Los Gatos.
The food tasted great, the wait person did a fantastic job and kept our drinks refilled. The entire experience was as we expected and would reccomend this to anyone.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Poor food. Over cooked duck. Disappointing

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a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

By the time we'd been sat down and told the specials (with totally off-hand manner and inability even to make eye contact), we'd decided the service was so bad that we didn't even bother to stay and order. Certainly not at those prices!

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