The Cellar - Fullerton CA

4.6
2375 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

PLEASE NOTE: We are only seating guests outside in the courtyard above the restaurant. Touch-less temperatures will be take upon arrival and masks are required at all times when not seated at your table. Also, due to limited seating, tables are preassigned. Although, we will always try to accommodate any requests. Furthermore, while we do have heaters we strongly suggest you dress warm. Feel free to bring a blanket to ensure a cozy dinner!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2375 people are saying
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing time at the cellar!

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KarinaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mai Thai and old fashioned are great drinks - highly recommend. The place is very romantic wether outside or inside, great lighting. The pork chop is moist and savory also highly recommend the meat & cheese charcuterie board. The soufflé was perfectly baked , had the chocolate one yum! Service was outstanding can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a cold rainy Wednesday, couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were nestled underneath the eves with heaters provided to keep us warm. We did bring our own blankets in case, but we didn't end up needing them. Our server, Shannon, was remarkable. She was accommodating to my 3 year old son, he loved the truffle macaroni and cheese she suggested. The soufflé presentation 👌 chocolate with chocolate *mouth-watering * it was the perfect mid week dining destination 🥂

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YasmindH
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great I would definitely go again when I visit California again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

There were multiple issues with this place. We had been to Cellars before COVID and we liked the food and service. This was our first time back since before COVID. We had a reservation and when we arrived they tried to put us at a table far from the heaters and kind of deserted. When I asked for two other tables that were available the hostess said that she needs to ask the manager. We stood for a while until she returned and offer us a similar odd table on the opposite side. When I asked about the other tables she said that they were reserved? Upon further questioning she said that the servers in this section are busier. They finally let us seat at the table we asked for after 15 minutes. The service was very slow. We asked to sample a wine before we order the bottle and they brought it but later told us that it wasn’t the same wine we asked. The appetizers were average and the bread was doughy and not good. French restaurant without good bread is a joke. The food was the worst part of the experience. Salmon was not cooked well and had no taste except it was too salty. The chicken was very undercooked and had no spice except being too salty. We sent the chicken back and forced to eat the salmon. The manager did come and took off the wine and chicken from the bill but our dinner was ruined and we left hungry and disappointed.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of my favorite dining experience during the pandemic. I had booked this place as a celebratory dinner for both my finacee and me. I had proposed to her earlier in the day so I wanted to make sure it was romantic. I am happy that I chose this place because the Cellar did make it romantic for us. Although we sat in the courtyard, it was the best choice since we were surrounded by patio lights and the beautiful architecture.

Our server Andrew P. was also awesome. He took the time to explain to us their drink and food menus. Once he found out about our celebration, he took it upon himself to provide us a celebratory dessert creme brulee.

Overall it was a wonderful expereince.

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Toni
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cellar, can't say enough about their food, service and ambience, even outdoor dinning is a beautiful and romantic setting. And, as always, complements to the Chef and kitchen staff as well as the wait staff. Couldn't be a better place. THANK YOU CELLAR.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing! Cocktails were excellently crafted! But our server made the whole experience such a pleasure. We definitely cannot wait to go back when the seasonal menu changes. A new lifetime favorite!

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EliasF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My server was great and friendly.

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vipbigbillfan9
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the Cellar. Only complaint is my potatoes came out cold.
Filet was amazing as usual.
My wife had the scallops special and it was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The Cellar has been on my list of restaurants at which I've wanted to dine for a while, and I chose it for my birthday. I was sorely disappointed.

First, let me say that our server was lovely and was the one highlight of the evening. They were also attentive to COVID precautions and had a romantic patio setting.

When my husband and I were seated, we were promptly provided a cocktail menu. When our server returned, we asked for a wine list, which was a sparse 4 page listing.

We decided on the Escargot for an appetizer, the Nordic Blue Salmon en Croute for me, and the Duck à l'Orange for my husband. There were five entree options. I was surprised to see such a limited menu.

When the escargot arrived, we were confused. Where were the snail progs and tiny fork? And when we lifted the pastry puff cap, which was delicate and quickly became soggy, where were the snails? We fished them out of the sauce only to find that they were rubbery and overcooked. The flavors were very one note, having no depth and feeling just drab, bland, and way too earthy.

I was delighted to see the use of a beautiful cloche for the entree. I had a bite of my husband's duck. It was bland and chewy, missing the pan sear. The hash was missing the Brussels sprouts other than some leaves. When I looked at my Salmon, it looked so drab in comparison. A couple of simple herb sauce dots would have brightened up the presentation of the plate. If I was not starving, I am not sure I would have finished my plate. The puff pastry was so thick inside it was soggy. The salmon was on the verge of overcooked. The sauce was heavy on mouth feel and heavy on dill. Where was the lemon zest that could have brightened the heavy ingredients? We decided to skip dessert. If there had been more interesting options, we would have gotten dessert.

Though this might be a seasonal menu, it was less than stellar and way too heavy, even if it was winter. It needs modernization and more options.

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BrittanyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! A little pricey but worth the money for the 20s/30s ambience and great food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day, was lovely all around. Food, atmosphere, service all spot on!

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vipDavidS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. They're using the courtyard area which they've strung some lights that adds to the dining experience. The food was well prepared and their hand-crafted cocktails are terrific. Fullerton is fortunate to have such a restaurant in their downtown area.

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HelmL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at a perfect time while the sun was setting, so the outdoor dinning was perfect. Not too cold since they have heaters. We were celebrating my daughters 16th birthday & she loved it. Food was cooked to perfection, the husband & I will definitely be going back.

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JenniferS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for fantastic food, cocktails and service this is the place for you!

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KimberlyY
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It was a bit pricey but definitely worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Valentine’s Day Dinner! The craft cocktails were amazing. They had one with a Rose Petals that actually smelled like roses whenever you took a sip.

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinning experience and service.
Keep up the great work.

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JUNEL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I took our daughter for an early Valentines dinner. It was beautiful out in the courtyard. There were plenty of heaters to keep us warm. Food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A memorable and enjoyable experience. Excellent food, fantastic service, and sublime drinks. We loved it!

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PriscillaJc
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always the best place for a date night!
We love being outside, beautiful courtyard and always the best drinks and dinner!!

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Palidod
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Cellar has the best cocktails around, plus the service is amazing. CA lockdowns are hurting local eateries, but you can go support them!

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vipMark
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful open air heated courtyard patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience while most restaurants are closed. Service was excellent as well as the food. I had the filet and my wife had the Sea Bass. We both really enjoyed our meals. Dining in the courtyard was different from being downstairs but still a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew our server was absolutely a pressure to have attending to us and the staff was so gracious to everyone their. My brother, his fiancé and I will definitely be back to enjoy a night out! Fabulous place recommended to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing as it was closed due to the pandemic we did not actually get to eat here. Being able to say we have a reservation at the cellar was amazing on its own. 11/10 would recommend

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Elena
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary and it was so beautiful and romantic. Due to Covid restrictions many nice restaurants have the dining experience in parking lots and personally, I feel it ruins the romance and not worth the price. The cellar has outdoor dining in the open quad area and it did not disappoint. The service was amazing, and the food was delicious. It felt like we were vacationing elsewhere so I would definitely return!

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vipPUBLIC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Have the owner contact me (626) 347-8656. Things need to get better here.

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Sunny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went Saturday night for my wife’s birthday along with another couple. The service was extremely slow, they were out of the bottle of wine we chose....and worst of all was the French onion soup. It is as clearly watered down so as to get them through the last night. After tasting that, we were not going to risk what the entrees might come out as. Asked the server for the check and left for restaurant across the street.

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DeepakV
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cellar is always a pleasure to go to. They always have great service, food and drinks. One of the best restaurants to go to for a anniversary, birthday or even just to relax and enjoy your a afternoon or night.

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demac
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster bisque ever. Wonderful drinks and attentive service

JU
JUNEL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful. The service was a little slow but it was Thanksgiving and we were not in a rush. Food was excellent. Plan on going back at Christmas. Our server Andrew was awesome.

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RochelleA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing thanksgiving lunch. Ambiance was great. Service excellent.

KR
KelseyR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always outstanding. I got the escargot, side of brussel sprouts, and french onion soup. All were delicious! At first we were sat on the outskirt table where it was cold and dark, shortly after we were moved closer to a heater without asking and were very pleased. I love a place that anticipates needs prior to me asking!

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ColeenB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinnner with great food. Good attention to COVID safe practices

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Took my wife there for her birthday and was very disappointed with the service and over 6 minutes of wait time before someone came to our table which kind of killed the mood for the rest of the night. It didn't seem too busy at the time also. We were excited to eat here even though it was an outdoor setting. So after a great day we had, we ended up with a bad birthday night.

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service during Covid. Waiter was amazing and knowledgeable. Glad to see there are still professionals doing their best during these hard times

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FH562
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The waiter was not attentive to guest seated on outer tables. Waited about 10 mins to be served and had to ask a host to be served. Food is great!

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The Cellar - Fullerton CA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 525-5682.

The Cellar - Fullerton CA is rated 4.6 stars by 2375 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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