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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!
Fullerton, CA 92832
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.
$31 to $50
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We have complimentary Valet service on weekends, located adjacent to the Restaurant. There is also plenty of Free parking in the general area.
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
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The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews
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 !!!!
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!!!!!!
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!!!!
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.
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!
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... :(
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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