The Cellar - Fullerton CA

4.7
2034 reviews
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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. Patrons will find themselves enjoying fine French cuisine while comfortably seated in soft velvet-backed chairs upholstered in rich mellow leather and surrounded by a dimly lit interior. 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!

Join us for a full dining experience, or simply stop by for some of the best cocktails in Orange County and perhaps a small plate or two!
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MS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. Loved the dark and intimate atmosphere. Service and food was wonderful. Had a couple hiccups (forgot hubbys drink and Mac n cheese was super salty) but other than that, it was wonderful. We would definitely go back.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here and it was fabulous. The food was incredible, I had the scallops and lobster bisque. Our waiter was perfect. Will go back soon!

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GH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great however service was VERY VERY slow. We waited at least 30 mins before anyone came to take our drink order. Then it was another 15 minutes before we got water and bread. Dinner reservations were for 6:30pm. We didn’t get served our main course until 8:00pm.

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TB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adrian was an absolute pro. Will go again

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EE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service (Marc).. Great for a special occasion. Fish special (Orange Roughy) prepared perfectly. Veggie Risotto -Portobello was Balsamic-heavy and rice could have been creamer. Caesar salad wasn't impressive....no finesse and small for $15. Specialty cocktails were creative and enjoyable.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I and another couple had dinner each course was 5 stars. Highly recommend.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Ordered the lobster bisque soup---oversalted
Ordered the Mahi Mahi special---again oversalted
Water glasses were not refilled right away and our waiter seemed like he was either very new or just not terribly good at explaining the specials. The waiter behind us seemed more seasoned. For the price you expect a certain level of both service as well as appetizing food. I really was hoping for an overall excellent experience but that is not what I experienced. Also...when trying to make a reservation I observed the times were limited, however upon arrival there were lots of empty tables so I am perplexed about the limited availability when making the reservation on-line.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience like always. Love this place. The service and food are always amazing.

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T
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food and service was superb. Many new delicious items on the menu, and everything was cooked to perfection.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One drink was almost as much as a main course, but my manhattan was amazing, and reasonably priced. honestly ate like a king, and can't wait to go back with the wife. Was amazing.

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CP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for a special occasion! Had a fantastic time!

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GC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, except 2 of our filets, ordered medium, were well done. Still very tasty, but too done.
Service was superb.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the back where just a few booths are and it was very quiet and excellent Time, we were able to enjoy the evening

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RM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

If you like paying for over priced drinks and food then this is the place to go.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There was a wedding in the upstairs c

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GS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Romantic feeling

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MV
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps one of the best meals we’ve ever had, and we’ve dined at many world class places.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Having eaten at the Cellar several times many years ago and enjoyed it, my wife and I decided to celebrate her birthday and try it again. That was an unfortunate choice. Wine list was poor and menu preparations were mediocre. Noise level, even though we were in a booth in the back of the restaurant was unacceptable. I could hear everything said from booths near us. The ambiance would have been acceptable if they had gone to the trouble of highlighting their wines along the wall. I know, it is a "Cellar". Sorry, that does not cut it for a "high end" restaurant, and we paid for it. Although we were sitting directly across from the wine racks, we could barely tell their was wine in them. The waiter was nice enough but I will stop there. The mystique is gone.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at the cellar. Great place for a date or celebrating a special occasion. Very romantic and the food was really good. We had steak, mushrooms, and mac and cheese. Will definitely come back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

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HD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine with family & friends! Always a good time!

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food was cooked perfectly and delicious. Server Mark was wonderful!

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I thought it was a French restaurant. the sauce for the scallops was definitely un-French. And the scallops were overcooked. the snail indifferent; the onion soup way too much cheese.

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SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My one disappointment, I was swayed by the waiter to order the duck instead of the filet mignon. Wish I ordered the steak.

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WH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, excellent food, very nice dinning room.

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CR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar is fantastic. Whether you bring friends, family or clients there, it is always a high-end crowd pleaser.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful server whose name was Alex. He not only gave us excellent customer service but also made us feel at home. The lighting as well as the decorations of the place was absolutely fantastic. It was a place filled with amazing food, beautiful decorations, world class customer service, and above all nice soft music. This was my first time dining here and I will definitely come back more often.

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AS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unreal and our service was impeccable.

Thanks and a strong recommend.

Alex

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality and taste of the food was amazing. Delicious and well prepared. My dish was a bit cold. Service was great overall. First round of drinks took awhile but other than that it was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable on the food and drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! I have not tried the Cellar in the past because I assumed it would be typical high-end steakhouse fare. But the food here was tasty, with depth of flavor and not as butter-laden and rich.
Everything we tried was uniformly delicious (steak tartare, escargot, lobster bisque, chateaubriand, rib eye, creme brulee, pink champagne sorbet, vanilla bean ice cream) but the standouts were the steak tartare, rib eye and the sorbet.
Highly recommend for special occasion!

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JJ
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to The Cellar many, many times over the past 10 years and it never disappoints. It is our "go-to" place for special occasions. We were there on February 16th for a post Valentine's Day dinner. The food was fantastic as usual. Mark was our server (he's put up with us before) and he was helpful and attentive, exactly the kind of service you want and expect in a fine dining restaurant. We will definitely be back again.

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Normally this place is good. But the Valentine's prefix was just decent. (We had NO choice but to order from the prefix menu even though it was after Valentine's day) The food wasn't bad, but it was the same quality you'd get from a much cheaper restaurant, and we paid $300. I ordered rare filet mignon, but it was overcooked mostly. The bread was solid as a rock on the outside. The drinks were fine, but not as good as other high quality cocktails for less than $15. (Try Mi Piaci in Pasadena)
I just feel like I got hustled for my money this time. The low rating is merited because of the high price.
If you want to charge high, that's totally fine as long as your food and experience can back it up.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for drink and/or dinner. Especially great place for a date. I am not sure how the regular manu is priced, but went for Valentine’s Day and it was more expensive than I anticipated. It was still very nice and great food, but the most I’ve ever spent on a dinner for 2 with only one drink each...$300 total. I’ve been to a quaint spot in LA area on Valentine’s Day last year and it was ½ the price. Still not sure how I feel about it. Everything else was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Valentine’s Day fixed menu was great.

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first discovered this adored gem about 4 years ago when it was recommended to me by a single female friend as her favorite place to go for a drink without every barfly hitting on her. While this is true, I adore the Cellar for far more than that. When I first walked into the Cellar, I felt like I was transported into another world. A world that could only be crafted by Fantasy or Disney imagineers (and now knowing the history of the place, it's amazing how spot on that impression was from the beginning). My hobby is hunting down unique and cool bars. I've quite literally have been to hundreds across the nation, yet EVERY time I walk into the Cellar, I find myself once again engulfed in the same childlike adoration for the place as I felt the first time. Given their decadent chocolate soufflé, is there any reason not to feel like a kid? Luckily they also have some of the best mixology in Orange County, which makes me very happy to be an adult!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a really disappointing experience. Was really looking forward to it, as I’ve lived in Fullerton for a couple of decades and had never eaten dinner there.

I’m forgiving of the waiter, as he clearly cared, but I’m hoping that it’s simply true that he was inexperienced.

It was a fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, which really added to the disappointment. Before I say anything else, the waiter asked us how everything was and we shared the following and to their credit, the cut the bill in half.

- The Cream of Asparagus soup was bland beyond belief. I was a bit embarrassed to ask for salt, and the guy that I asked was irritated that I asked him for anything.
- It took 5 minutes to bring us spoons for the soup, in which tie the half inch of soup in the bowls got cold.
- My wife’s fillet was just ok. Certainly not exceptional, but I would not be commenting here if that was the end of it.
- The Lamb was a really, really poor piece of meat. Over-cooked, very dry, very gristly.
- We were the only ones in the restaurant to not be offered bread, which we didn’t even recognize as being the case until after dinner.
- We were dying of thirst and were checked on very infrequently. Trying to not be intrusive in the quiet restaurant, I had to try to ask three people to get us water before somebody took notice.

The bottom line is that had this been a meal at what is theoretically a lesser restaurant, like Taps, or something along those lines, I would have been very disappointed as well. I thought this place was supposed to be special. Hopefully we just had a far poorer than typical experience, but I don’t see myself going back without a very good reason to do so.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for our very first Valentine’s Day date as a married couple.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Andrew was awesome and very personable. My wife and I had a Valentine’s Day dinner that was very delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you Mark, our waiter very efficient, spontaneous and worried about us. This was a very romantic dinner. The food delicious. 100% recommended.

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DA
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of us dined on Valentine's Day 2019 for a fixed price of $99 per person. While the menu choices and food were excellent overall, only question was the filet mignon. It was excellent, but not USD prime. Therefore it was not as tender as prime. Excellent atmosphere and service.

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