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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, Discover, 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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Enjoy a 4 course prix fixe menu in Orange County's most romantic restaurant! Each dining experience will be up to 2 hours. Drink specials will be available. No a la carte dining will be offered this evening.

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The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews

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84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (30)
Romantic (29)
Special Occasion (28)
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Good for a Date (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Organic (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Definitely a place that I would to go back again!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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 !!!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

We will be back for sure! First visit and we absolutely loved it.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

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!!!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service and our dinner was a little bit of heaven on Earth. Simply delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Lobster bisque and salad was very good. The lobster thermidor was dry and rubbery; should not have been served.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas Eve dinner. Perfect environment for conversation with family while enjoying a perfect wine and wonderful food.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Ambience was lovely as usual and our server, Adrian, was outstanding. The food Turbot lacked any flavor as did the sauce (tomato) and accompanying cucumber...the entire dish had a slimey consistency. Steaks, quail and mushroom risotto were all very good. Buche de Noel spong was dry.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have been there before and really liked it but this time seems like they only wanted to offer the most expensive items and it took forever to get served. Our total dining time was about 4 hours. Will not go back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We chose to dine here because of it's location and because we have dined here before. When we walked in, there was a damp, somewhat musty smell by the door. We did not smell it at our table and assume it's because the building is so old and the location is in the cellar! The wait for our drinks was rather long. We assumed because "the Best Bartender in Town" was on duty and the place was busy with holiday groups. As always, the food was excellent! The lobster bisque was tasty, however on this night, it could've been a bit warmer. We tried the Chateaubriand for the first time and were not disappointed. It was cooked perfectly, paired with both a Bearnaise Sauce and/or Demi-Glas sauce. Both were excellent! We chose the roasted Brussels sprouts for our side dish but probably could've skipped them. They were delicious but the veggies on the plate were more than enough. For dessert we had a chocolate souffle with caramel sauce and a creme brule. Both were decadent! Our only small gripe was that the corkage was quite high. At least our wine was decanted and it made it a bit more tolerable. Other than that it was the fine-dining we always expect from this Orange County landmark!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Drinks were fantastic, and service was stellar. I had heard from friends that this place is greet doe drinks and that the food was only ok, and overpriced for the quality.. that was spot on. We had a very mediocre cheese plate with nothing special in it at all, and ordered the chateaubriand and lobster thermador for our entrees.

The steak was cooked well, but nothing special and the lobster and all its sides were colder than even room temperature, and half of the lobster was raw in the center.. still grey and very chewy. It seemed like they cooked the lobster 30 min before the steak and it just sat out waiting for the other entree to be done and got cold in the meantime. For what we paid, it should have been perfect. I'd rather go to Morton's for a $300 meal.

Wee went with friends and enjoyed the ambience, and I would go back for drinks in a heartbeat.. but i would never waste money on food there again... :(

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful setting and delicious cocktails/wine. Steak was amazing. Great place for a celebration/special occasion!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my very favorite OC restaurants, but don’t come if you’re expecting or needing a fast meal , especially on a weekend evening. We had an 830 reservation and didn’t get out of the restaurant until close to midnight. Thankfully, we were in great company and NOT in any hurry, but it truly was ridiculously slow. Amazing cuisine though, so bring your patience and a chatty companion or two.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing place for a romantic dinner, and wine never knew they been around for 40-yrs plus. Definitely worth coming here. I was very pleased with our server and the food quality. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something unique and special. Great customer service and attention to detail.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant is very unique and the service provided was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very romantics

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is a great, old school, restaurant. Great bar, terrific staff and wonderful, traditional dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We dined on Thanksgiving. The food was the typical Thanksgiving faire. Out server was especially attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place was outstanding best restaurant I’ve ever been too, definitely recommend to all my friends n family, the service was top notch and very knowledgeable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Organic, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Casual, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I believe Adrian was our server, he was wonderful. Everything was delicious and we can’t wait to come back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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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.

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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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