The Cellar was an awesome experience! The only low point was that the online menu was NOTHING like the one the night we dined there. The staff was so attentive and did apologize for the inconsistency between online and actual food options. Otherwise the meal was wonderful.
All the staff were very nice but the service couldn’t have been slower. We waited forever to get a menu, drinks, entrees, and the check.
No one came by in between.
Fantastic restaurant!! I'd been putting off going to this restaurant only because it's on my doorstep. Crazy really when I have a restaurant of this caliber so close to home.
I must speak highly of our waiter (Adrian). A young and very polite, knowledgeable attendant who enhanced our overall experience for our wedding anniversary dinner.
The food was delightful, and the location/décor is very authentic being in the cellar of an historic building in Fullerton downtown.
This is a must place to try for anyone who appreciates fine dining.
We had a very nice time and were well taken care of. One thing tho, there was a misunderstanding about the wine and Andrew didn't pick it up. Don wanted a glass not a whole bottle. We didn't realize it till it was too late.
There was no need to make a fuss about it but we will make sure the waiter understands the next time we come. Don and Barbara Clawson
The cocktails were excellent. The food was average. The service was average as well. I would go back for some appetizers and cocktails. The restaurant is small and cozy.
The food was AMAZING. Service was great. The only other comment I have is our food did take a very long time. It was nice not to be rushed, however we noticed that the table next to us did get their food sooner than us and they got there afterwards. So not sure if it was because we ordered a soup and there is a bit of a deliberate delay between the soup and main entree. Overall experience was just incredible. We were able to stay late and talk and catch up and didn't have to rush out.
Wonderful service, not too obtrusive and very knowledgable. Well tended to with friendly hostess. Food was excellent down to the rolls and decaf coffee. We had a wonderful cheese platter with lots of accompaniments that complimented the cheeses. Great dinner with inventive veggies. Drinks were all fab and so many to choose from!
Overall the food and service was amazing. Our server Mark was kind and well informed about the menu. Will definitely be going back.
Great food and surroundings
Simply fantastic. From the moment you step through the door, the service is impeccable. Food and drink choices are always above par. I’ll be back.
Old school fine dining establishment that did not disappoint. My parents have been coming here for decades and recommended it for an extra special date night. We had a wonderful evening. Incredible service, divine food, and a one of a kind environment. Truly a gem of Orange County. Will definitely be back.
Excellent food, awesome location. would highly recommend for dates and special occasions.
Great food, and top notch cocktails. But it was extremely overbooked and took two hours to get the main course, far too slow with a huge empty gap between second course and the main. Server was wonderful. Ambiance is creative yet contrived. Feels too expensive for what are fairly typical dishes, but they are high quality.
Pro tip: Don’t schedule more reservations than your kitchen can handle!
Awesome food and service!
Outstanding venue!!! Staff was on point with the professionalism and was very friendly which added so much to our first experience here at this establishment. The food was superb. Not for a cheap date. If you bring your lady/gentlemen here they better be special because the ambiance is perfect to set the mood and have great conversation. Very cozy and intimate. If you live in Fullerton and haven’t been here, you need to make your reservation and NOW!!!!!
Special Valentine’s Day menu was disappointing to say the least.
They should stay with their usual menu which is so much better.
We’ll return to the Cellar again but never during the week of Valentine’s Day.
Thanks to Adrian and the team at "The Cellar." Many years had passed since I had come here with our Meetup Group, friends and future amazing treasured friends/family in my life. Appreciate the time, care and attention to detail on a special occasion at "The Cellar." Adrian was superb in anticipating needs, listening and satisfying the diverse needs of our group (s). Red Roses on the table brought elegance to the dining room. Thanks.
Food was only OK. Don't know what they did to the potatoes. Waiter was forced-friendly. My wife had a Jack and soda; $12 for the Jack and $1 for the soda??
They charge too much for what you get.
The food was exquisite!! Definitely a must for anyone wanting a special, fine-dining experience!
Extraordinary dinner.! Luis was our server and was extremely attentive without being hovering. Loved the starters; lobster bisque and escargot. Bisque was piping hot and creamy while escargot was served in a small copper pot with tender mushrooms and various breads.
Wine list was extensive and something for every price point. The dinner was generously portioned, we had the lamb shank and lobster thermidor. Finished with a shared soufflé with grand marnier sauce.
The food and service were amazing. Generous portions and the most delicious desserts. Loved the staff and their thoughtful recommendations. Thank you for making our birthday celebration extra special and memorable.
A good, calm, classy type atmosphere.
You can tell that the food and drinks were made with passion.
Our server knew the right amount of time to be friendly and talk but would mostly leave you be to enjoy your cocktails and food. The server always had a close eye on things so she wouldn't be a bother to your table.
Had a wonderful time
The food and atmosphere were very good. Seemed like the wait staff was a little slow. The price of the meal was considerably higher than what was listed on their web site. However I would go there again for a special occasion.
The ambience will bring you back. Food/price most likely will not. Service was fine especially in the bar area with the cocktails a standout. Happy hour every day from 5-7 in this area only.
As always, The Cellar was perfect for an evening out. While items came out a bit more quickly than usual, (entree came out before appetizers were cleared) we did not feel rushed. The food is always solid, and the lobster bisque is to die for. They have an extensive Whisky list that has a global focus, and cocktails are always well made. We will be back whenever the opportunity allows!
This was an anniversary dinner and we got there early to have a celebratory drink. The drink menu was outstanding, and we both ordered something a bit out of our comfort zone. We were not disappointed!! We ordered Chateaubriand and Salmon, both were excellent. The decor is unique and feels like you're actually in an underground wine cellar. The negative to the decor is that everything echoes and it was quite loud. We could very easily hear other conversations. Otherwise, it was a perfect place to celebrate!
We made a reservation for 9pm, got there on time and waited for someone to take care of us. We didn't get a table 15-20mins after. A lady staff apologized that's it's a Friday night and some people are lingering around. Understandable. We got seated and Andrew, our server was very welcoming& made us forget about how much we waited . He was very knowledgeable of the restaurant and what they're serving for the night from drinks to desserts. Since it's our first time, he recommended some of his personal favorites and we ordered the same exact thing. The escargot was served untraditionally (unshelled) but it wow'd both my bf and I with the sauce they made it with. We can't stop dipping our bread in it. I'm a lamb person myself and they cooked the lamb perfectly the way I wanted it to be. He suggested to try the hot chocolate soufflé with eggnog anglaise. I'm not a fan of chocolate or eggnog at all but with those 2 combined, it's glorious! I'm glad I tried it and my boyfriend was so grateful I took him to The Cellar for his birthday. It was definitely a lovely night! Thank you!
Really cute place for girls to get together n have a nice dinner n drinks and just catch up to talk about life! Hidden gem indeed!
Definitely a place that I would to go back again!!
I love this place, the food and service are always great. Dining at The Cellar always feels like you're being transported back in time and that why I'm always sad to leave. I can't say enough good things about this place and I always recommend it to everyone I know.
Our Waiter was the absolute unsensitive guy, they have this thing about wanting to speak like french people, with the accent, the gestures.....all worng, my first language is french and we dont act like wanna bees.... French is about the special food, the special sauce, and thats it !!!!
If i go there and i spend on 3 couples 600 dol, the food better be FRENCH !!!!! and not wanna be french !!!!!! our waiter was oh man a disaster !!!!!! Next visit would never be again to the cellar, just to a real french restaurant !!!!
We will be back for sure! First visit and we absolutely loved it.
Very unique atmosphere. Cozy and romantic. The food was excellent and the server was very attentive. Not inexpensive, but not overpriced either. A fair price for a high quality dining experience.
One word: EXQUISITE. my boyfriend and I made reservations for 5:30 in the dining room. We were so excited to dress up and finally have a nice romantic dinner. The cellar is the definition of Victorian, romantic, upscale, and intimate. service was amazing and our server almost reminded me of a butler!
FOOD: we started with the lobster bisque which was phenomenal, however a little salty but it didn't bother me much. For our main course we both tried the Coq Au Vin which was the chicken and it was delicious, it fell right off the bone. For dessert we got the chocolate soufflé which had to be requested in advance because it takes thirty minutes to make. I do recommend the creme Brûlée instead though. It's much more tastier.
Drinks: AMZING cocktails which are hand crafted and just delicious.
The best part: not only is the food served on silver platters and covers, but our server gave us a tour of the wonderful cellar and showed us the table where Elizabeth Taylor got proposed to for the second time! He offered us the table and let us sit there! It was a dream.
GO TO THE CELLAR!!!!!!
Excellent service and our dinner was a little bit of heaven on Earth. Simply delicious.
We celebrated New Year’s evening at The Celar. The food was exceptional - everyone at our table was blown away by the Lobster bisque!!
However, the BEST part of the evening was our interaction with Andrew, our waiter. He was absolutely amazing. When you go, ask for Andrew. He delighted us with the history of this very charming, cozy restaurant that once was the hub of all celebrity activity!! He also was the one who almost begged for us to try the Lobster bisque. Thankfully, we listened to his suggestions!!
We even were seated right next to the booth where Elizabeth Taylor was engaged with Richard Burton — the second time!!
While several couples occupied a four top, when we requested three of us locate at a four top, we were pressured to sit at a table with 4 other people. They acquiesced reluctantly to give us our own table. No one occupied the seats we did not take by the end of the night. The server was over occupied, stopped by every 30 minutes or so, duplicated our drink order without asking. The first course choices were all cold, the beef tartare was bland. The lobster bisque was good. My Chilean Seabass was loaded with bones in the first bite, sent it back and the server returned with another order without asking what I wanted. Asked to speak to a manager as this level of service was disappointing for New Year's Eve. We had been there this past October and it was great. I think they were not staffed appropriately for their New Year's event. The manager was extremely defensive and non-sympathetic about our experience, provided a very modest discount. The bill was still over $500 for 3 people even with the lousy experience.
Ambience & quality of food is awesome. Every little bit of French dining is presented. Never rushed the table to make room for next reservation. No wonder it’s so hard to make reservation at this establishment. Five Stars through & through. My only recommendation to the chef... lighten up on the salt. No doubt the chef is probably using high quality salt, but too much or haven’t been mixed well does put chill or overwhelming diner taste buds. Highly recommended, if don’t mind the .... but with quality ingredients. Do enjoy the evening while waiting for the food being prepared. It does take a while , but no issue with me. Do be prepared for 2+ hours of dining pleasure. If you’re in a rush, then this is not your place.
Must have is the chocolate soufflé with salted caramel for dessert. For some reason the salted in the caramel is perfectly matched with the chocolate. Go figure.
I love the ambiance of this restaurant, such an intimate feel. It's the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. I adore the handcrafted cocktails, especially the daily off the cuff cocktails, as well as the extensive wine list. The food never fails to impress either, the lobster bisque is a must try!!!!