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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

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The Cellar - Fullerton CA Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (31)
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Good for a Date (28)
Notable Wine List (21)
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Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
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Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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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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vip
 (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.

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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).

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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