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For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
8:30 PM
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The Cellar Bistro

4.2
605 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(630) 653-6299
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kathleen Lewis
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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.
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Private party contact
Nikki: (630) 653-6299
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Catering
We will be happy to deliver any of our freshly made food for your next party or luncheon.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wesley
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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.
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Public transit
The downtown Wheaton Metra Station is 2 blocks west of The Cellar Bistro.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 605 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wife and I love it here. In walking distance from our house. Food portions are appropriate and the ambiance is second to none.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was my birthday dinner. Our server,Mary, did not ask if it was an occasion unlike like the other female server. No big deal but I gather it should have been done. We had to ask for water and ask that she take away the dirty dishes from the appetizers. Thanks. Perhaps she is new but she needs some training. Food was great and we will be back

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was excellent

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good local place! Very small & dark inside...tables very close to one another but not a big deal for us. Took a bit to get seated even with reservations. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. She seemed very busy though as there wasn’t a big staff.
Only disappointment was that we ordered the filet sliders with bacon & mushroom...and they came out plain without either topping!! So strange! Just a plain dry burger! Don’t know why that would be served but it was. We notified the waitress and she brought the toppings out on the side...huh? How about a new order cuz now my burger is cold! She was apologetic and we don’t blame her. But I think it would have been nice to offer a slight discount of some sort or a complementary dessert instead of paying full price for their mistake. Oh, well. We paid and will probably go back again one day for the bacon wrapped dates & crab bites because they are defiantly worth it!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Phenomenal food, service, total experience.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very relaxing evening. Our server was great; we had the Pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza - it was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We had a couple things we really liked a lot and some things we felt fell flat. Cesar salad with blackened chicken was great. Crab cake bites were great but had garnish that was essentially a side salad. Baked brie was great. Soups were a little flavorless. My wife's pasta tasted like we were eating a bottle of wine. So overall I think this place has great potential but they might need a little outside input on some dishes. If I was in the area again I would maybe check it out again. Service was a little slower but we were there for a slow meal so it was fine.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food and the service are fabulous at the cellar bistro. This was the second visit there and it was better then the first which I didn't think could be possible.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My small group greatly enjoyed our pre-symphony-concert dinner at Cellar Bistro.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service was very slow. The penne pasta with lobster was overcooked but the tuna and steak were cooked perfectly. Place was empty on a Saturday night by 9:30.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was really lacking! At 7p on a Saturday night they were out of their pork medallions and burger shareable. Not use to waiting 45 minutes for an entree at Cellar Bistro. Sign on the sidewalk ‘Help Wanted’- should have given us a clue!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Delicious, fresh beautifully presented food. Well portioned. Classy ambiance, yet comfortable. Attentive service. Beautiful vintage-looking water glasses. A wonderful spot.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fully aware of food allergies and willing to work with them. Server was attentive without smothering. Pleasant sound level.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our waiter provided very poor service, took a significant amount of time to serve us, and failed to take away used dishes and refill our water unless we asked. One dish was apparently left in the kitchen allowing it to get cold. That dish appeared to be reheated by some means leaving it with a butane flavor. My sandwich, which was supposed to be hot, was cold. The restaurant was not crowded, so we are not sure why our food was delayed. We were disappointed becauset we had been to this restaurant on other occasions and the food and service were very good.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Potato’s a little undercooked but everything else was amazing!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We love dining here. Good food. Nice quiet atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great place, not very child friendly but otherwise like it a lot

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Intimate place, Nice ambiance, excellent food. No millennials. Can't wait to go again.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were told they "were having issues with OpenTable" and suggested we sit at the bar, even though there was an open two top. That table never got filled! Bacon wrapped dates were burned. Bartender was friendly and wine was good.

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to the Cellar Bistro with another couple on a Saturday night. We had a 6:45pm reservation and were seated promptly. It was our first time there, the other couple had eaten there before. It is a small intimate restaurant. We waited several minutes for our waitress to come over. We finally flagged her down to take our order. My wife and I ordered the beet salad. It was excellent. Unfortunately, that was the only thing good about the meal. After finishing our salads, we once again waited several minutes for our waitress to return to clear the table and take our order for the main course. Once again, we finally had to flag her down.

After placing our order it took almost an hour before our food came out. I ordered the Bistro Burger, my wife the filet sliders, the other couple ordered pork medallions and blackened tuna. I was brought the wrong meal, my wife's sliders were over cooked, and the medallions were cold, the blackened tuna was OK. My wife sent her's back. When I finally received the correct meal it was also cold. They brought my wife's sliders back out and again they were over cooked. At this point she said forget it. They did apologize and besides not charging us for her meal they also charged us 1/2 price for the medallions and gave us a free beer. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the poor dining experience.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a good dinner. There were some problems however. They did not have enough of the beer on their menu for our group. Meaning we consumed the last two bottles. If you don't have it you can't sell it. The beer was not cold because of some cooler problem the week before. I really hope they get their basics back. The menu is good for your first few visits but they really need to update the dinner selections and their wine and beer list.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We love this hidden gem. Small and relatively quiet. Great cocktail, beer, and wine list. Delicious food.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We have been here a number of times. Nice, quiet place with solidly average food. Went there this time when someone mentioned that they may have finally changed their menu a bit. Menu did not change. My recommendation would be to have more creativity in their menu--change it up a bit from time to time to keep the restaurant a draw.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Never disappointed with ambiance, service, menu, staff, and quality of food....I love the Cellar Bistro...it is my go to place for a small intimate, local restaurant!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

We were seated immediately, server was delightful, food came promptly, well prepared. Lovely restaurant

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

This is our neighborhood go-to. We always have a great experience and good food!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife & I went on New Yrs Eve and had a wonderful time. The food was good, wasn't particularly noisy. Service was a bit slow, but that was understandable due to the fact the house was full and there were only 2 servers. All in all a very pleasurable experience; my wife and I have been there several times in the past and the experience has always been good.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately for New Years Eve they were short staffed. It affected the service we received, but we didn’t let it bother us. They were still friendly and tried to accommodate as best they could.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Cellar Bistro needs to update their menu, which they haven't changed since opening. I think the whole restaurant could use an update. Compared to their neighbors on Hale Street, their decor is a bit shabby, especially the restrooms. For the prices charged, patrons don't want to see racks of supplies or half framed photos on walls. The food needs some attention as well. My seared tuna was overcooked and the bacon wrapped dates mushy. The waitstaff, while friendly and kind, could use a bit of training.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Love the atmosphere. It is usually quiet and comfortable. Great service and great food.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Our pizza and salads were good along with the appies. Their menu has been reworked as well as their wine offerings. Sitting in the bar area is always fun. You can meet new people and get into some interesting conversations. There are always a good sampling of younger people as well as older to keep the subject matter interesting.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Solid selections and interesting wine list

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Normally we really enjoy Cellar Bistro. This last visit though was somewhat disappointing.
The service was not good....waitress did not pay attention to drink refills, other requests, bringing the check etc. My favorite item on the menu is Grilled Salmon salad...normally this is delicious...this time the salmon was overdone...(even though I asked to it to be served medium) and the dressing was not the same at all. Apparently even though it was on the menu, the dressing was not prepared correctly for the dinner order.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was attentive and allowed plenty of time for decisions and conversations. Manager was attentive and friendly. Appetizers were delicious we and plentiful. The salmon and the crab cakes are highly. recommended.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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