The Cellar - Fullerton CA

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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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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing time at the Cellar. I was looking for the perfect date night place, and the Cellar restaurant and staff made the night magical.

RC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wanted a special evening with good friends and this was more than perfect. I have never been disappointed with my experiences at the Cellar. Atmosphere, Food and Service left nothing under achieved.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really yummy food and Excellent drinks!

SR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Highly recommend for an intimate evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends Birthday

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service, food, ambience.. everything is top quality

CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic, and the food is amazing. Love making our yearly trip here for the wife's birthday.

VP
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect evening of wonderful food and environment! We will be returning soon.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went to celebrate my friend’s 51st anniversary. One dish was not prepared as requested and another arrived cold. It took about 20 minutes to receive 4 drinks and very little attention was given to our table after appetizers were served and dinner was ordered. Overall, an “ok” experience when we were expecting a very “special” experience on this occasion.

D
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is under appreciated. Compares favorably with establishments in SF, NYC AND CHICAGO. I have been disappointed in duck preparations elsewhere but this was textbook. The escargot, frog legs and soufflé all would have made Julia Child’s proud.

W
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with my wife for our anniversary. First time going to The Cellar and they did not disappoint. Food was out of this world. Drinks were very good

E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome experience. our server was wonderful. We had the L'orange duck and the elk tenderloin. Great drink menu

VY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! The restaurant was a little too dark for my preference but it did provide a very romantic, private experience.

T
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Cellar exceeded expectations. Dinner was wonderful as was the service.

RV
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food was great, will definitely return. Lobster bisque is a must !

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (must try the Elk Tenderloin and Bone Marrow), drinks, service and ambiance! Love this place!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely night. Our server was very attentive, very accommodating, and super friendly. The meals were absolutely superb, and our drinks were amazing. Very happy with the experience with the exception of our arrival. We had to wait almost 10 minutes for the host to even greet us, because he was not at the podium, and all this with hardly 15 customers there. Besides that unpleasant start, the rest of the service and even was grand at the Cellar. We will most definitely be returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time, the service was outstanding, our server Alex was wonderful and always with a smile on his face making sure we were enjoying our evening. The food was delicious, perfectly cooked
and very tasty. Thank you !

NN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

This isn’t our first visit to The Cellar. We were surprised with the service. We waited approximately ten minutes for dessert. The server only realized we hadn’t received it because he was bringing us our check. Speaking of the check-be sure that you review yours. We were charged for two glasses of wine that hadn’t ordered.

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was Patrick, he was awesome, super cool and friendly.
Great romantic venue!

GP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique eating experience, from the restaurant itself, to the service and food. Unfortunately, I can't remember the waiters name, but he was excellent. Thank you very much for an unforgettable time.

Grant

L
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to go for special occasions. Service was perfect except for the excessive corkage fee of $35. Our waiter was fantastic. He was friendly and had great suggestions. Our mixed drinks were great as always and the food was fabulous. Had it not been for the excessive corkage fee, I would have given the restaurant a perfect score. We will definitely go to the Cellar again.

G
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tbe Chateaubriand was fabulous! One of the best steaks I have had in many years. The char on the steak was perfect. The potatoes and veges were also great. The only minor complaint was that our cocktail took about 20-15 minutes to be delivered even though the restaurant es slow. Our waiter was very good.

AS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by having a romantic dinner at The Cellar! We had a fabulous dinner, service & food were excellent! This was our first time coming to this restaurant. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT.
Amazing service, food, drinks, and atmosphere.

F
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

If you're not an alcohol drinker, you might as well not go.
Once I mentioned that I didn't drink, it was as though I personally ripped an extra $20 of the tip from the waiter.
It was our anniversary and when we sat, the host mentioned that we'd get a "special surprise" at the end of our meal that never came.
I also ordered all the appetizers on the menu instead of choosing an entre which I think also bugged the waiter as he asked for confirmation on two separate occasions.
There was no parking and the valet was full so we had to park two blocks away in a parking structure. We had no idea that the only entrance to the Cellar was through the valet area so we walked an extra 10 minutes around the bank, around the parking, and back around through the valet to get to the restaurant in 94 degree heat, sweat-drenched.
Anyway, the food was delicious but with the crummy experience getting there paired with the crummy experience of not being an alcohol drinker, and I'll also add on that the ambiance of the restaurant seems weakly kept up. Simple details around the restaurant scream "easy fixes" like stickers on the bathroom doors and continuously lowered lights to mask imperfections in the walls and flooring.
I cried the whole drive home because of how crummy the whole experience felt. It left a very bad taste in my mouth.

GA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second dinner at The Cellar and it was just as wonderful as the first. We're already planning our next dinner, hopefully soon. Not as pricey as some other local restaurants which are so loud you can't carry on a conversation and the service is no where near as attentive and friendly. With The Cellar you will enjoy a quiet and relaxed dinner with an excellent bar, food and service. * * * * *

BG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and cocktails were made perfect. Our server was Patrick and he did an excellent job and gave great recommendations. We will definitely be back and the food again was amazing. Thank you guys for a very pleasant dinner and service.

DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Only downside was that the service was slow. Good and attentive servers, but slow overall.

JM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Cocktails and food are both phenomenal! Would like to see the wait time, for cocktails, shortened - I may have enjoyed another one, if it had been. Also, while I understand this is an old restaurant (and the name is The Cellar), I feel like things could be cleaned up/brightened a bit while keeping with the original feel of the restaurant. Overall, it's a classic restaurant - that you have to try for a special occasion - just make sure you leave the kids home!!!

JD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar has excellent service, food and ambiance.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect old world evening. Start with Cellar old fashion, steak with bearnaise sauce paired with a cab, and chocolate souffle for dessert!

BJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful...food and sevice was great.

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

My husband and I went to The Cellar for our anniversary and had an amazing time! The food was delicious, the ambiance was really great and the servers were so nice and informative. 😊😊😊

RR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dinned here for my husband's birthday. The food awesome and service was impeccable. We will definitely come back again.

K
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, great way to spend time with great friends

w
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Having been there in the past has been great. But this time was a disappointment.when asked on open table if it was a special occasion l said it was a birthday,when we got there they asked the same,when we were seated the waiter asked but l still do not why ? They did nothing. In the future when we celebrate we will go else ware ( and save money also).

CG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take a date.
Great food and amazing service...

RD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The bar drinks were well presented and custom touches made them special without gimmicks. Only suggestions would be to add one more salad and dessert. The chateuabriand was excellent.

R
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick our waiter was spot on with all the details. Our 37 Anniversary dinner and over the top. Would do it over and over again

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