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About The Cellar - Fullerton CA

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!

305 North Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French American, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Dining reservations from 5:30 to 9:30pm daily.
Bar and Lounge open from 5pm daily and open until at least midnight.
Happy hour in the Bar and Lounge from 5pm to 6pm daily.

Cross Street:
Wilshire Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 525-5682

Website:
http://www.cellardining.com/

Parking Details:
We have complimentary Valet service on weekends, located adjacent to the Restaurant. There is also plenty of Free parking in the general area.

Executive Chef:
Scott Rosales

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect with family and friends while creating new memories to be treasured. We invite you to create these lifelong memories by joining us at our annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. Relax, laugh, and enjoy the evening over a three-course Thanksgiving feast.

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The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Good for Groups (2)
Casual (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time dining at The Cellar and it was delightful! Top notch from service to food! Great wine selection! The restaurant itself was load as it's small but the booth off to the side was perfect!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The lobster bisque soup was wonderful and the chocolate shuffle was out of this world.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

This has been one of my husband and my favorite places to go for special occasions - especially his birthday. This year we had our friends met us and we did not have as good of an experience and were embarrassed we had recommended to our friends to join us. We got there early and bar area and drinks were FABULOUS! When our friends arrived and we were seated, the menu changed and there are not as many meats anymore. The guys had fish which was very average. My friends dinner was delayed 10 minutes so three of us sat with covered food and we all waited and waited and waited. Crème Brule was very eggy. Ambiance is great but definitely going downhill since the last time we were there.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the top 10 meals I have ever had. The service was the best I have ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our 21st wedding anniversary and my wife had not been to the Cellar. I had years ago and often went there with clients. Our reservation was early at 6 PM and we were ushered to our table promptly. The light was very dim, our waitress had difficulty reading the menu items we had questions about. I loaned her a small flashlight. Twice they brought us someone else's drinks and ours were long delayed. The menu items listed on the Web were not offered at the restaurant. My wife is vegetarian and I picked the Cellar only after reviewing the on-line menu which offered nice pasta and vegetable dish and Caesar salad. Neither were available. The vegetarian offering, ratatouille, was prepared with egg plant to which my wife is very allergic. So she ordered onion soup (excellent), potatoes (excellent), and we had to negotiate a side of risotto (also excellent) as it is not normally offered as a side. Fortunately, the evening ended on a high with the Grand Marnier soufflé. But it is not an experience I will subject my wife to again! The Cellar is definitely not vegetarian friendly!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great get together location to enjoy quite, unrushed dinner with dear friends

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing food and drinks! The service was also phenomenal

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was fantastic including the staff. Went back the next day for another fabulous meal. Highly recommend their soups.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Lobster Bisque was the best I ever had. The food melted in my mouth and the cocktails we divine. I loved the atmosphere. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food , great ambiance. Service was great except that we have to ask for water refills all night. Our server was great with regards to food knowledge.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had the best time both with our guests and because the food was absolutely delicious. The lobster bisque remains an outstanding must order food. The chateaubriand was done perfectly for my medium rare request. My happy find, being on a ketogenic diet, was the chocolate crepe with cream cheese filling and sliced strawberries on top. (It's too bad there wasn't a Sweetleaf stevia sweetner option though for my decaf.) The waiter was timely and attentive. My only negative is that it seemed to take a longer than expected amount of time to actually be served drinks from the bar as well as our entrees. No matter ... when the food did arrive, it was so very worth the wait. This visit actually moved The Cellar up in rank to #1 for my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It took over 90 minutes to get our food. Our waiter was fairly good and tried to make up for it by giving us a lobster bisque, but that really wasn’t enough. We got the chateaubriand and lobster thermidor. Neither were great. Water glasses sat empty for far too long. Ambiance was cheesy. We had high expectations from what we had read, but this fell far flat. We actually expected our meal to be significantly discounted considering how slow it was to received our food, but we were given a full bill (minus a lobster bisque that we had to share). Terrible. We will not be back and will never recommend. Don’t waste your money!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Drove 50 minutes to dine here for my fiancé's birthday and was very disappointed in the service. I confirmed the special occasion twice when making a reservation online and over the phone the day prior, yet upon arrival, never once did the host or waiter ask us if we were celebrating a special occasion. Once seated, we browsed the menu on Yelp for a good 5-10min before having to ask for a menu. The food was good but took longer than I would expect to prepare. The waiter seemed to frequently ask how our meal was but failed to notice my empty glass of water. Even the person he was training failed to notice. I would expect better service for this overpriced fine dinning experience. I would never drive that far to dine here again and regret choosing this place to celebrate her birthday.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything was great, the service, the food quality, the preparation, yup everything.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This place is always phenomenal. We were next to an obnoxiously loud group, though, which took a little away from our one year anniversary. It was really annoying but that wasn’t the staff’s fault.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great classic style service which you don't find anymore. The entire staff is kind and professional. The food is wonderful, with a great variety and quality options. A really nice wine list with an amazing craft cocktail list. Best part yet, they have wine specials with huge discounts off the list price for different bottles each time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is a place we save for special occasions. Service and food were great. Manhattan and martini were excellent to start with. We had the chefs cut pork chop & the catch of the day fish (John Dory).

We were disappointed in the salad (bland tomatoes & mozzarella was tasteless). We also were disappointed in the bread and butter offered (only white).

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good atmosphere, authentic food and friendly crew members.
I will visit again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Had not been there in many many years!
Food was delicious, service was excellent!!
Definitely will return....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was over priced, under seasoned, cold and the choices were limited. We were a party of four, with reservations for 7:30. By the time we ordered, (2) appetizers & (1) entrée were no longer available. I would never recommend anyone spending their hard earned money on the experience & food offered at the Cellar.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Drinks were amazing! Truffle butter in the lobster bisque and truffle mac n cheese was awesome! One of the steaks was ordered well done and was presented as medium after being cut into. The sea bass with sake beet purée was delicious. The chocolate soufflé had minimal flavoring but had a good texture.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The food that we ordered was ok but the prices do not match the quality of the food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This was our first time at the incredible Cellar. The ambiance is dark, romantic and vintage. The cocktails were incredible and our wine was excellent (and well-priced for a special occasion). Very good food and just a perfect place to spend our anniversary. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The whole thing about the cellar was great. But our server Laura was the best. Her ability to explain all the dishes. To how they are prepared and what ingredients were in each dish. But most of all her personality and service was over the top. Not once did our wine glasses go empty. She was on top of everything. The food was out of this world. Very romantic place. If I would have a complaint about one thing. The lighting over the booths, a little too bright for my liking. But that won't keep us from coming back. 5 stars all the way around.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a very nice time. Our waiter was great and attentive. The food was very good. The only suggestion would be to extend the main course menu a little as the selections are somewhat limited. Again, the food that we did order was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

What a great and intimate place to celebrate any occasion. Loved it! Would go again if we lived closer.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We celebrated our daughters 21st Birthday and the meal was incredible! From the French Onion soup to the final course of Chocolate Soufflé, everything was so wonderful.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

My friend had been coming here for 15 years and brought me. Had their specialty Chateaubriand - amazing, best ever. The restaurant was a bit hard to find from the address. It is through the courtyard, to the right, down the stairs. Some signage would be helpful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was delicious, service was slow. Spent a total of 2 hours there, when I only like to be somewhere no more than an hour

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Celebrated a birthday. Service was amazing. Food was absolutely the best. The drinks delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great place, very attentive costumer service.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great place. Service was awesome, food was great. There were some loud people but still not tok loud.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Love this place, complete surprise when we walked in and the look of the place, great decor complimented by the staff. Started our night at the entry bar, bartender was a perfectionist on making drinks. Table was ready, moved there and service was great, food was awesome.

Thank you

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Overall - the server did an impeccable job. He carried this venue. The OpenTable description does not accurately reflect the quality and caliber of this place. It's very tired, musty, and rough; however, whatever shortcomings this venue has, the server over came them with a natural ease. I recommend that you GO here knowing that it's a casual venue, NOT an elegant experience. It's not French by any means. It's not cheap by any means. It cost the same as Mastro's Steakhouse without the fineness. What you do get here is GREAT service and good food in a dark subterranean 1960's style decor, which if you are an old schooler like me, it reminded me of old times. This place 30 years ago was The Bomb for this area, nothing better nearby.

According to the staff, there's a flying black pest that there's no way to get rid of, which seems implausible. My first impression was the rougher than expected crowd at the bar and the black flying pests, which gave me great pause. Again, let me repeat that the server who has been there for decades was so flawless in his presentation that he well surpassed the great anxiety that we developed initially. Well Surpassed! So long as he is working there, I will return with a well-adjusted mindset.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The good was amazing. Our server was amazing too. It just took so long for the food and desert to get prepared. We went in at 7:40pm and came out at 11pm!! The wait ruined the experience. There were other people who complained and wanted to leave as well

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful as always. Great food and drinks just an all around fantastic experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Server was nice but took a long time to deliver meals the bar service was very slow We had thought they forgot to put our order in and our server mentioned our anniversary but there was no other acknowledgement.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The bartender made great cocktails. Our servers were excellent and fun. Food was good but overpriced. The wait for the entire meal was 3 hours which was way too long.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

So great!! Will be back! Nice and dark not to loud. Awesome waiter!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Menu choice limited especially the side dishes and desserts. My dish was excellent but other dishes were subpar. Decor a little outdated but since it is dark you do not notice it.

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