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The Cellar - Fullerton CA, Fullerton, CA

The Cellar - Fullerton CA

4.7
4.7
3303 Reviews
$50 and over
French American
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. Intimate and cozy, the dining room is 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 and finely crafted cocktails which set a benchmark for all of Southern California!

If you are unable to obtain a reservation for an evening you would like to dine out please visit our sister restaurant which is located across the courtyard. https://www.opentable.com/r/hidalgo-fullerton

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French American, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Bar and Lounge Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (714) 525-5682
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Scott Rosales
  • Catering
    The Cellar is the premium catering vendor for The Villa Del Sol. If you are interested in having The Cellar host your event, please email chefscott@cellardining.com
  • Private party facilities
    Enjoy our intimate main dining space, secluded Grotto area, or our upstairs private room surrounded by wine from the decades. Dining with intentionality.
  • Private party contact
    Events@cellardining.com: (714) 525-5682
  • Neighborhood
    Fullerton
  • Cross street
    Harbor & Wilshire Blvd. We are located downstairs on the North Side
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of Free parking in the general area. Please know Wilshire is partially closed. From Harbor Blvd., please head West on Amerige, turn right on Malden, then right on Wilshire to park near the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    $79.99 per person

    Prepaid

    May 12, 2024 only
    Join us for our annual Mother's Day Brunch! We will be offering a four-course meal with choices for each course. We hope you'll join us in celebrating all that moms do for us!
    Mother's Day Brunch Photo

What 3,303 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Romantic

  • North Orange County

    Best Ambiance

  • North Orange County

    Great for fine wines

  • North Orange County

    Romantic

3,303 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good but kitchen was slow that night. Maybe they were too busy.

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  2. MichaelT

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit hard to find as it was in the back and down stairs. Once we found the place it was very cool. We were greeted right away and showed to our table immediately as we had a reservation. Once seated the waitress asked if we have been there before. It was our first time so she gave us the run down on the place. It was very interesting on the history of the restaurant. She took our drink order, followed by an explanation of the different items on the menu. We were severed our meal and everything was absolutely delicious, especially the sautéed mushrooms. Also had desert. I would definitely be back and also recommend anyone to come and eat here. Everything about the place was great.

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  3. RudyP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, fantastic service, great atmosphere. This place has it all.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good. it tasted good and the duck was perfect

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  5. RandyJeeper

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and romantic ambiance. Great service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service was fantastic and the food was amazing.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak tartare was delicious, but an overly generous serving, even shared between two people. The baguette rounds served with it were hard as rocks. The venison was very good, however of the six things we ordered, three were overcooked.

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  8. PeterS

    Orange County

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve lived in Orange County for over thirty years and I have only been to the Cellar once, a long time ago, for a wedding. They sponsored Red Wine and Gold (a Rosary Academy charity event) and we went in part as a show of appreciation for their support. Well, I’m dumb. This restaurant, and our night, was fantastic. The food was some of the best I’ve had at a restaurant in ages. We had the chef special (28 oz rib-eye with sauces and veggies) after our amazing Lobster Bisque soup. (Make sure you try it!!). The service was superb (thank you Bernadette!) and personal. Nice wine list too. We are actually going back for Easter brunch this morning! Thanks The Cellar!! A new favorite!!

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  9. TomC

    Miami

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from Shannon and excellent food! Highly recommend The Cellar for a special dinner.

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  10. Seyoung

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and delicious. Also, good service. Thank you!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good chill restaurant . Perfect for a first or 50th date

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. My husband and I have been here twice and love it here! The service is always top notch, the food is amazing, the drinks are delicious. We have been to other steak houses in the same price range and this place reigns superior.

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  13. ShawJones

    Orange County

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a celebration of our 35th wedding anniversary. 35 years ago, I proposed to my wife at The Cellar, in a booth in the alcove. I requested the same booth for this celebration and the restaurant reserved the booth for us. We had lobster bisque, a salad, and Chateaubriand for Two, with a fabulous bottle of Talbot Pinot Noir. The service was first class from all the staff. Our waiter, Bernadette, was extraordinary and made our evening the very best we could have imagined. Thank you!

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  14. KarlaG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Clarified Painkiller Cocktail was perfect! The food was all super delicious and the restaurant is a cool hidden gem! I would definitely go back !

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been frequenting this establishment for several years now. It is a very welcomed date night destination. Only issue we had was there was some younger kids that were sat next to us, cursing up a storm and causing a little bit of a ruckus. A few minutes later, they got up abruptly and left. Everything provided from the restaurant, including the service food and drinks were phenomenal.

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  16. HeidyR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time. Great service and food tasted great!

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  17. DannyR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good ambiance and service was excellent. Our waitress Gracie did excellent job.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place! Definitely on the pricey side but a wonderful experience for me and my boyfriend. Celebrated our 6 years together and would go back to celebrate. our 7th

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service was perfect. This is my third time visiting The Cellar and it just keeps getting better

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  20. AlexandraS

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary bday celebration for our son. He will remember his 21 years old and the amazing dinner! Definitely coming back,

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and experience! Cocktails were delicious too!

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  22. Ckoo

    Orange County

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Alex great waiter! Food could’ve been better as in quality. Presentation was good flavors just OK crabcake was the worst thing I’ve ever eaten never seen anything so flat and the taste was horrible. The shrimp were unbelievable for the cocktail. The salad was good with the dressing, the rest, the food so.

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  23. DWagner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you enjoy old-school dining on a subterranean level, this place is for you! From the moment I walked in I enjoyed the ambience the and the watestaff was very accommodating. Super friendly and good food.

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  24. RHB515

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is excellent but I do have one request. Please make escargot in garlic and butter. The brown sauce was too much and it was not as appetizing as the classic recipe.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t order the short rib,it will destroy your meal

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress came by to let us know she will be right with us.. it took her 10 mins to come back to take our drink order. Very took to long, even just getting the bread to the table too long. My husband got the ribeye steak he asked for medium well, he got well done. He didn’t want to send it back, very was taking too long.

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  27. VickyM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant inside of and actual wine cellar. Very romantic and ambiance is nice. But the real star of the show is the food and dessert. Everything was done very authentically in European cuisine. The dessert was crafted perfect and tasted exactly as I had in France. Highly recommend it.

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  28. MichaelM

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very upset with our dining experience. I made reseravations two months in advance for my wife's birthday. She was so looking forward to a nice romantic meal. I will say the waitress was very nice, and the ambience was quiet and romantic. However, the food was an utter and total letdown. My wife had Salmon that was completely tasteless and without any flavor, as if it was steamed, not pan broiled. My venison was acceptable and I was happy with it. Now the really bad stuff: 1) the wine quality was poor and prices were high. We both ordered a side of garlic mashed potatos and received the smallest serving I have ever seen, and zero garlic flavor. $15 each!, and we received less than one potato's worth off absolutely nothing. This was the biggest disapointment of the meal and an absolute rip-off. Next we each had a souffle and they were small and flavorless. And to top it off, even though our server knew it was my wife's birthday, she said nothing about it, and then brings my wife a "free" creme brulee after she had tried to finish her soufle. This was such a bad experience and really let my wife down on her birthday. And I paid $277 for this nightmare. Never coming back.

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  29. StevenB

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Over priced!!! Trying to be Mastros but more like Applebees. Steak and mushrooms were cold when arrived. Terrible experience and do not recommend s this restaurant Wait for drinks and refills is unacceptable Staff are immature college students Really this place needs to reassess the menu and service. Will dissuade all my friends and colleagues from ever dining here. Recommendations: STAY AWAY!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in a back booth where us was much quieter than the main dining area. Food and service were amazing.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely world class experience. We could not rate it more highly.

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  32. dave

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect evening for our birthdays. Thank you.

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  33. Chandler

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Wonderful atmosphere. All in all a great place to eat.

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  34. RogerS

    Yosemite

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bernadette was a great server. The bar was well stocked-even knew how to make a Carajillo for me. The dining area is close quarters but the other patrons were enjoying quiet conversation and were friendly to chat with. Nice experience in a really cool cave-like atmosphere. Going back soon!

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  35. 45familytime

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my team from work to celebrate a milestone in our company. Our server, food and atmosphere was just perfect for the celebratory occasion.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the cellar, it’s one of my favorite restaurants!

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  37. CBGB

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Amazing escargot and Bone marrow. Duck cooked to perfection. Short Rib one of the best I've had. Excellent service.

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  38. JanieS

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    2/19/24. I went to Cellar for my boyfriend’s BD after reading reviews. We ordered the bouillabaisse and it was the WORST I’ve ever had in my life. The dish was so minimal it had only few shrimps and few mussels over a tomato base. The picture in the menu had several shellfish fish in a soup or stew. This wasn’t bouillabaisse. The price for this dish was $50 and was very disappointing disheartening and an insult to have been charged this price.

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  39. YenH

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent with Jasmine as our server. Food was a little on a salty side. But the steak cooked very well.

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  40. Tania

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place. Elegant. Customer service was great!!

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FAQs

The Cellar - Fullerton CA is rated 4.7 stars by 3303 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Cellar - Fullerton CA

305 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Harbor & Wilshire Blvd. We are located downstairs on the North Side
  • Neighborhood
    Fullerton
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Bar and Lounge Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French American, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of Free parking in the general area. Please know Wilshire is partially closed. From Harbor Blvd., please head West on Amerige, turn right on Malden, then right on Wilshire to park near the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Scott Rosales
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (714) 525-5682
  • Catering
    The Cellar is the premium catering vendor for The Villa Del Sol. If you are interested in having The Cellar host your event, please email chefscott@cellardining.com
  • Private party facilities
    Enjoy our intimate main dining space, secluded Grotto area, or our upstairs private room surrounded by wine from the decades. Dining with intentionality.
  • Private party contact
    Events@cellardining.com: (714) 525-5682
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