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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
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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