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About The Cellar Bistro

A wonderful little gem in downtown Wheaton just 2 blocks from the Metra. Established in 2007, the bistro brings the best of locally sourced ingredients. The bistro prepares a fish, meat and soup feature weekly to accompany the seasonal menu. A mindfully crafted wine list, fresh cocktails and beer selections pair well with the menu. Casual ambiance, outdoor sidewalk dining, and a bit of a European vibe, create a romantic environment. Occasional live music and wine tastings, the bistro will become your favorite go to place in Wheaton.

132 N. Hale
Wheaton, IL 60187
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:


Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm -9:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Wesley

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 653-6299

Website:
http://www.thecellarbistro.com/

Catering:
We will be happy to deliver any of our freshly made food for your next party or luncheon.

Parking Details:
Street parking and a public lot make parking easy. Parking deck is on the west side of the restaurant. Handicap street parking is on the NE corner of Hale & Wesley.

Public Transit:
The downtown Wheaton Metra Station is 2 blocks west of The Cellar Bistro.

Executive Chef:
Kathleen Lewis

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy the entire restaurant for your next event. Baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries & more. Feel at home in the beautiful ambiance of The Cellar Bistro.

Private Party Contact:
Nikki: (630) 653-6299

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Cellar Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
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Good for a Date (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Live Music (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Casual (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Think our waiter may have been knew. Maybe not, but there was a definite miscommunication. My husband and Inborh ordered small salads (different kinds) and a pizza to share. My husband got the small he ordered. I got the regular dinner size with chicken that I did not order. I’m weird but I don’t like meat and lettuce mixed. Needless to say, could not eat the pizza. Not having ordered that before I just though they had generous salad portions. It was when we got the bill we noticed the charge for the full size salad. Should have argued my point, but since I ate the whole salad, didn’t think Ibshould. Usually have no problems in this restaurant . That being said, they need to change up their menu. It’s been the same since we started going there when it opened. It’s a limited dinner menu to begin with.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Quiet, nice place for a double date but the service was slow and lacking.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We love to sit at the bar, watch TV and people. The new pizza dough is great. The beers are cold and the wine is good. Between 6pm to 7:30pm make a reservation. Hopefully in the winter they will bring back their moist chocolate cake they used to have available. The cappuccino was perfect to top off the meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Another very enjoyable experience at Cellar Bistro...this special small quaint and delicious choice of clean fresh foods, is always one that comes to mind...It just gets nicer and nicer as I experience the opposite in other restaurants locally...They are noisy, brusque service, lack luster food piled on or so skimpy as to hide the common elements of the fare...You could almost think you are in Italy...yes, I know it is a Bistro with french flare but it can be enjoyed in either country's atmosphere! Merci and Chin Chin!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It is a pleasant restaurant, with a nice pasta dish. Fairly reasonable prices. However despite this the menu is fairly limited. The ambience is gentle, and the staff friendly. I would recommend it as a date on a budget.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Crab cakes were just ok and my daughters cheese pizza was not cooked all the way the crust was dough. Not good unfortunately.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Cellar Bistro is one of our favorite places to go and unwind. The food and service is just fabulous!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Unique menu options from appetizers to entrees, properly sized portions,great value

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Mushroom soup was delicious. Grilled romaine Caesar salad was a little hard to eat I probably wouldn't order that again. Great drinks. Beet burger very good. It also was hard to eat on a bun. However most veggies burgers are like that. It was very tasty. Would like a couple more vegetarian choices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This restaurant used to have a great menu, reasonable pricing and good food. Something has really changed. The food was not good and it was very expensive. The place was empty, however it was a Tuesday night. We would not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Is a fantastic place to eat outside when the weather is nice, however, weather didn't permit. Yet still, the cozy dining area makes for optimum ambiance for date or a bite to eat with friends. One of the finer dining options in Wheaton. I wouldn't recommend this location for large groups. The setting is perfect for very well-prepared food for an intimate gathering. Menu rotates so no point commenting on the food details other than the selection was very good. Good wine selection or a $20 corking fee.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

A little pricey but food was tasty. One dish was incorrect but the staff offered to change it. Staff were conscientious and courteous.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Cellar Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants. This night we went with another couple who had heard me talk about the restaurant but had yet to go. The bistro duo appetizer is a favorite of ours. The pimento cheese spread is really good. I was hugely disappointed to see that the wedge salad was removed from the menu. I know it's a simple menu item but I order it every time. The blue cheese was always the best and adding steak to it made it the perfect meal with a glass of red wine. I hope they bring it back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've been eating at Cellar bistro for several years now and have always had a great experience and delicious food. This last time around, for our 6 year wedding anniversary it was good, but not great. First of all, they were decently busy, it was a Saturday night and had 4 ppl total on the floor, meaning 1 buser and 3 other women that were server/hostess and bartender, that's it. Now I know it isn't a big place, but they were busting their butts and no manger was in sight, for the 2 hours we were there. My $28 filet that was supposed to be medium, came out well done and there was at least 20 minutes between our second course and entree, no wonder my steak was over done! The server was lovely and gave us free desserts. However, management should've stepped up and helped his crew out. As a server for over 10 years it was a poorly ran night for a great dining place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great location. Nice outdoor seating. Food is uninspired. Service is hit or miss and staff are spread too thin. There are many better options on the area. Hope this place will get sold to someone who wants it to succeed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great ambiance, cozy and great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I gave three stars for food because I had to click it. We left the restaurant shortly after arriving and we were so happy that we did. When you walk in, you are hit by two sensations--the smell of dirty wet rags and freezing cold air from fans everywhere. I'm sure the fans are to mask the smell. We ordered a glass of wine just to give us some time while we looked elsewhere. The table cloth was dirty. The rose I ordered was bad--it tasted like the bottle had been open a while. We will not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food. Good drinks. Service was good as usual. They now have TV's in the bar. Had the little pork medallions and my wife had her favorite pizza and a salad. Good times and very nice people. Hopefully they will be adding some new dishes this fall.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food, friendly staff! We enjoyed the seafood salad, pasta, pork chops !

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Lovely place with vegan menu choices clearly marked.
Humus was yummy.
Great cocktails too!

Tags: Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This a great place which fortunately for us offers live music on a Wednesday night. Very creative appetizers and everything we ate was delicious. The service was warm and accommodating..,much appreciated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

It was a business lunch and the atmosphere was perfect, not loud and the food was excellent. We had quiche of the day and a pear salad, both great! Service was also excellent. I would definitely recommend Cellar Bistro!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Quick Bite, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I've been here twice now and both times were amazing!!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Cellar Bistro has continually improved over the years, cheerful and attentive staff, very good food, great ambiance. Well done!

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

My family and I were celebrating an important event: dropping my daughter off for her first year in college. It was a Friday night, and we were interested in The Cellar Bistro because it (a) had gluten-free options, (b) was close, and (c) took a reservation. In short, we had a very good meal. I am a snob when it comes to bacon and potato salad, and both of those were outstanding! The wine menu was limited but good, and the service was wonderful. If they had been open for breakfast the next morning, we would have gone right back! Now we're looking forward to returning to town to see my daughter and have a great meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We frequent this establishment 3-4 per month. The food is always good and sometimes exceptional. Their menu has not been updated in some time and we were told it will be in the next month. Both the chicken and pork dishes are very good. Their house dressing could do with a change and the beer list could be a little wider in it's selection. We always enjoy sitting by the window and watching the foot traffic. When in doubt order a pizza, always fresh with a good chewy crust.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

In the past, the food and service has been excellent. This visit, two pork dishes were poorly prepared, cold, and probably left over. Only one of my guests enjoyed her meal. The wedge salad was served with very little lettuce which I found strange. It will be some time, if at all, for me to return to Cellar Bistro.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Have been to Cellar Bistro many times and always good food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We were disappointed in the food. Kind of expensive for what you got. I was told they had three dollar wines on Monday and Tuesday and that was not the case.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Cute little place with French decor and delicious food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I found this restaurant by searching for vegan options on Open Table. They had lots of options and the meal we decided on was outstanding. Going back ASAP.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent soup and fish. Tried the special if the day and was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Rare gem find...great food & good location...service very good!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We love the crab Louis. One of the few area restaurants that offer this great salad. Only way to improve would import dundeoness crabs from Alaska.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Just okay. Wouldn't go back. Too many other good places

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I have eaten here many times, although this last time the service was as if we were at a classless diner . Don't get me wrong, I love diners, but for the price you are paying for your meal, I expect a little service, respect, not to have to ask what the soup du jour and specials are, and for the minimum price of 11 for a glass of Griogio. Just some common courtesy. When I walked in, the server said ur table is ready over there in the corner. Lol! I do love the food. Sometimes they don't always think the female is picking up the tab, and seem to address the male. I always leave at least 20% as I have been a server and bartender. This lunch time, I was a little disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food....good service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Staff was attentive without hovering. Unfortunately, the food was not as good as in the past. The salmon dish was ordered and it's served with asparagus. Salmon was delicious but the asparagus was over cooked and the ends were not trimmed. Very disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had two house salads. The croutons were overwhelming. The lemon vinaigrette dressing on the salads was not as good as usual. The pizza was good but the center was very doughy for the first time. It was taste of Wheaton weekend and maybe they were just to busy. This is one of our favorite local places to eat. They make great cappuccinos and coffees also.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We were celebrating a few milestones in the family. Cellar Bistro is our favorite spot to eat--the food has always been great, the atmosphere is nice (usually quiet, except Saturday night a group of young ladies were celebrating a birthday), and the service is good. Wait staff was very busy - we only saw 2 of them and they were also tending bar and taking care of tables inside and outside, but our meals were served in a timely manner, neither rushed after appetizers or a big wait for the food. We would definitely recommend Cellar Bistro and we will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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