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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 Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Authentic (4)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Bar Seating (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Solid selections and interesting wine list

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Chicago)·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 13, 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 September 30, 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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 (Chicago)·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 16, 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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 (Chicago)·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 14, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 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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