The Cellar - Fullerton CA

4.7
2546 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!

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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AdamB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cellar was amazing. I will go back there anytime.

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SharonD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing! I came to visit my best friend for his birthday and we had his birthday dinner here and everything was perfect! It was both our first time and our waitress made amazing recommendations and our food was so good we could barley move after dinner! They also gave us a complimentary birthday dessert. We had the lobster bisque and truffle macaroni and cheese to start, for entrees we ordered the beet steaks and the filet mignon, the zin-gria for cocktails and the creme brûlée. Deliciously prepared! They were out of some of the items however they offered great replacements and we were very happy! Considering the shortage of supplies I think prepare yourself for potential substitutions but know they service and food will be amazing!

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vipMayRye
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and cocktails but food a little bland. Still, I think this must be the best restaurant in North Orange County. Very neat concept.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Amazing

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CindyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Love every moment and the ambiance was beautiful.b

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from beginning to end

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My wife’s Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and ambiance was great. As was the food. I had the rack of lamb and my friend had the pork chop. Both were amazing. The smoky old fashioned was one of my favorite old fashioned drinks yet. The smoky flavor mixed with a touch of honey hit the spot and the scotch went down smooth. The food and drinks were just what we needed after a not so pleasant night. Our server, Alex, was polite and patient listening to us rehash our disastrous pre dinner activities. And his food and drink recommendations were spot on. Thank you Alex! We’ll definitely come back again.

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RajaC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My overall experience with The Celler was great. The venison was fantastic and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The filet mignon was tender and cooked to perfection with a glade that was delicious. I however thought that there were too many people seated to close together. That made me feel uncomfortable near the end of dinner. And I had to leave without having my crème brûlée.

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LyndaC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I had been there before, this time was underwhelming I assume it may be due to covid many places are experiencing difficulties. They were out of many basic items, food was not bad but not anything special. Service was lacking the one bartender that checked on us a couple times was great! They could not accomadate any requests for instance my entree came with rice I wanted the mashed potatoes instead they said no, I said alright can I pay for a side of them they said no, and they had them but only with steak not seafood, I asked if there was any side potato item I could order again answer was no. If that was the only thing but it was just several things. We had to ask for bread, our plates were not removed in a timely manner. I had informed them online on the phone and in person about it being the person with me birthday and his name only 2 of us when they brought the dessert they asked who's b day it was and put it in front of me terrible presentation. It just wasn't up to par with the past it just isn't that special anymore, Unfortunately Oh also our Lobster Bisque was like warm, And when I asked about the sauce on the Salmon the waiter told me to read the menu and it was whatever it said. He was nice but did not seem to know the menu he may have been new
They did have a very good seasonal cocktail a Pumpkin Old Fashion we enjoyed that. The place seems to cater more to the bar aspect not the fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was great. My steak was a little under cooked from my request but the flavor was amazing. Beautiful place

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went very well. Our dinner was delicious and the service was first class.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We were there to celebrate my wife’s 84th birthday. We have been customers of the Cellar since the 1970’s and it used to be a cherished favorite. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

First, I’ll mention things on the plus side. The service was professional and friendly and we were pleased to see that there was a fairly good crowd for a Monday night.

Now, for the negative things. My wife, daughter, and I ordered Grey Goose martinis, no vermouth, two with bleu cheese olives, the other with regular olives. After a fairly long wait, our server came back to say they didn’t have bleu cheese olives so we said regular would be okay. Then she returned after several more minutes to inform us they didn’t have Grey Goose and the only vodka available was Tito’s or something called Broken Shed. She said the Broken Shed was the closest one to Grey Goose so we gave our approval. Big mistake! It had an oily sweet taste and we couldn’t drink It. We switched to Tito’s and got on with the evening.

One of my sons ordered a bottle of Heineken and another ordered Coors Light. They were told neither was available.

My wife and daughter ordered the Caesar Salad to share and the portion they received was laughable, barely two or three bites each. Even a full serving would have been lacking.

Just before dinner was served, I ordered a bottle of Pinot noir to go with our meal. We waited and then waited some more. When our meal was nearly finished I asked our server about the wine and was told the bartender was backed up. Finally, a man who said he was in management brought a bottle of wine but said it wasn’t the one I had ordered because it was no longer in stock. At this point, I’m getting very frustrated and told him to just pour it. When I tried to explain my overall disappointment, he simply smiled and mumbled he understood.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was great! My lady is a ghost buff and even caught some crazy pictures!

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NickoKing
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here to celebrate our 6 year anniversary and it was amazing, the food was so good and the staff is one of a kind. There's not a lot of words to describe how great of an experience it was for both of us. Thank you.

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GastroCraig
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was nothing special and extremely limited menu options. Prices were very, very high in price for the offerings. My wife really enjoyed the pork chop and my duck was ok, but not much in flavor. Food way too old school with no excitement. Went there for our 35th anniversary and even though I mentioned it in making the reservation, none of the staff acknowledged the special occasion. The hostess originally seated us where all the servers passed by and I asked for another table which they accommodated. Our server was young and seemed inexperienced. For the prices, you would think the staff would be more polished and more attentive. I've heard the bar is great, but the food service area is poor.

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vipRetired
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. Rack of lamb is back on the menu and we enjoyed that. Our server Alex was attentive and his service was the only thing better than the food.

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BrittanyE
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful, the Mac n cheese was the best we've ever had, dress nice and expect exquisite service. Definitely a place for romantic dates, anniversaries, etc. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and the filet mignon was spectacular.

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Niceguy231
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good enough to eat dinner

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DonnaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, great service and great experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🎁

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FormerChef
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Parking was a little tricky with a wedding reception upstairs, but once we made our way down the steps to the restaurant, it was a pleasant surprise to feel like we walked into a secluded time capsule. The server was amazing but the maple duck was over cooked. The bone marrow and the chocolate soufflé were my favorite. Overall, my wife and I enjoyed it and plan to return.

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Qtime
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service.
Perfect for our date night.
Ambiance was very nice.

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SteveS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the experience, knowing it would be around 2 hours. Both the filet and the lamb arrived undercooked unfortunately, and had to be sent back. Other that that it was a great experience, and the restauranut provided a free dessert for the inconvienence. Would go back again for a special occassion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Interesting environment in the cave/cellar. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was okay, not exceptional. All things considered, the price was too high.

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BrendaM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was our server and he was amazing. Super personable and fun! Thanks for making my cousin's birthday dinner a success.

JC
JCL125
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great, will definitely come back.

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great ambiance with the outdoor seating! Great service! Short and simple!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was romantic and exotic.

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Chris
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was very nice. Food was great as well as customer service.

JC
JustinC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experienc, we went for our anniversary it was amazing service was amazing!

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LizV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must restaurant for any occasion. But especially if you’re celebrating it’s even better. Food is always great, and those drinks are to die for!

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Jamestheacguy1
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome, the service was great and our experience overall was fantastic

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MarielO
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely restaurant! So elegant and romantic. Food, delicious!

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BrendaF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ! Food was excellent and our server was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable first experience! Great service! Would recommend to anyone for any occasion, we plan on returning again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Wairess was horrible. Never checked on us after we got our food.. my daughters meal was to oily. Waitress never came back to table and finally brought the check without even moving our plates .

After voicing my issues the restaurant credited back for my meal. That was impressive and will give them another chance for sure.

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Anonymous68
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and it I have to say it was perfect! The whole dining experience is about 2 hours and all timed perfectly. We were never rush though a part of our meal nor were we waiting unnecessarily. The food and service is well worth the prices. We will definitely be back.

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Ilovelongbeach63
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent.

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OsvaldoG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would have given this place a 3 but our server was very attentive and kept checking on us. The food was delicious but it took 1 hour and 40 minutes to get it. Seemed a little ridiculous. The server did keep us informed and luckily my wife and I had a good conversation going.

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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 4.7 stars by 2546 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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