The Cellar Restaurant

4.1
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest

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About

Camped near the American shoreline since 2003, The Cellar Restaurant has been serving authentic and lavish Italian dishes to its diners. Historically located in a place that was once called the home of the President Warren G Harding. The Cellar Restaurant offers cuisine as well as catering services and parking facilities for its diners. Its standout features include its extensive wine collection.

The Cellar Restaurant has been regularly featured in the top 100 restaurants in the US, because it has a certain sense of intimacy in its decor to go with its delicious menu. Standout dishes on the menu include Scaloppine ai Porcini, Filetto al Barolo e Porcini, etc.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Modern European, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open Daily at 4pm-Close
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Phone number
(208) 664-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Detar, Adam Hegsted
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Catering
Our Catering features the best Inland Northwest producers and products cooked by award winning chefs. We strive to create a great experience for our guests and to serve them beyond their expectations. Officially named, Le Catering Co. we are locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted as part of the Eat Good Group and the Cellar Restaurant.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
There is free 2 hour street parking as well as free parking behind the restaurant when available.
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Public transit
Citylink Bus Route drops guests off 1 block south at the Coeur d Alene Resort.
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Entertainment
Live Jazz and Blues Nightly
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Special events & promotions
We are open to doing any special events for any size party. Call for a quote today. Go to www.lecatering.co
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok, wine selection was ok, they had live music which was nice.

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JC
Boise
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were excellent with live music downstairs where you can have dinner if you like.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was our waiter and he was fantastic! He gave us great suggestions and was very funny and helpful.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We were having a girls weekend at my home in Cda. I went online and booked our table and asked to be seated upstairs and by a window. I asked for upstairs because some of the ladies have trouble with stairs and I wanted it quieter when the music started. When we arrived I was told we were downstairs due do a group party on the main floor. I would have appreciated notification of this prior to our arrival. But, with that said, the food was wonderful and our waitress was very attentive and did an excellent job. That was first time to have dinner there, so I have mixed emotions about The Cellar.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Steak was still half frozen . Re-cook morphed into overly well done. Getting food took an hour. Waitress was unattentive, spending loads of time talking to guys and people she apparently knew. My guests caught her eye rolling at least three times. We felt forgotten and treated as though we were bothering her to do her job. Music guests sang the same notes loudly practically the entire time. Those seemingly in command oblivious. We will NOT be back.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

As an owner in the customer service industry I was very disappointed in the Cellars . The host was rude and un accommodating. The bar tender was rude and not helpful w the response of pushing me off onto another location next door. My recommendation to this location would be instead of a snobby attitude about what isn't available be more helpful in demonstrating what the location does have to offer.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Went for dinner to celebrate our sons first job. Service was very slow from the beginning. But the gentleman stated he is just returning to work after three months. It sure seem like it was his first day on his own. Service from a waitress was very slow. Our total dinner time was 2 1/2 hours. There was a lot of waiting in between drink offers, food and the Bill. Apparently they are well-known for the flank steak. I had it cooked medium rare and it was over done and chewy. My son got the hamburger and he would not eat it because it Tasted like Raw hamburger. Knowing it would take too long to send back we just ate it. Saw several people leave the facility due to waiting time. Building was very cold we sat and ate with jackets.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went to The Cellar for a birthday party. There were 9 in our group and we all had great food! Happy Hour is fantastic, love the wine 'machine'....great live music in the basement.

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d
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal. Starting with the flatbread, sharing a salad and then having the steel head trout done in the banana leaf as well as the porterhouse pork chop in mustard. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. The people were very friendly. Don't know if they were short staffed, but the service was terrible. We saw two tables go hunt down the waitress for various needs. We would come back, but a second service experience like the first, would make it the last visit. Don't know if the fact that it is off season and a Sunday had anything to do with the bad service...just throwing that out as a possibility.

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JO
Boise
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went because Chef Adam Hegsted, Spokane's James Beard Award finalist, is the owner. Like many in Spokane we saw the news story AND we had a birthday to celebrate.
I booked a table for four for Friday evening, 02/26/2016, using the OpenTable app on my phone which made booking easy.
Our whole table agreed to the Chef's Tour where the restaurant's chef decides what to cook and serve you, from appetizers through dessert. We did not have a dish we would not order on our next trip! From the deep-fried artichokes and glazed prosciutto through the steelhead, we all enjoyed every bite.
This is a great find that we've already told our friends about! The atmosphere was trendy wine bar. The service was the only negative - but understand the servers were well-trained and very professional, there just weren't enough of them to be 5-star and at some points we waited longer for the next course than we should have...

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Boise
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for dinner, waited at the bar, had a great experience! Nick at the bar is probably one of the best I've seen when it comes to service and making sure you have a great experience!

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SJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was spot on. The food was a nice touch from regular menu items usually offered at similar restaurants. The noise level is higher than expected. Made it difficult to have a quiet conversation.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance is excellent, and a great place to go enjoy some wine or cocktails. Downstairs there is a jazz club-like environment. We were there Valentine's Day weekend and the service was slow, but the waitress was attentive and the food was delicious. The Steelhead was the best I have ever had.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar provides a great atmosphere for a couple to have that romantic shared meal with great wines and good music. The food is delicious, and the service is spot on. One of our favorites!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our valentines day dinner was outstanding at The Cellar! We greatly enjoyed the ambiance, and the live music was just the right volume and genre to allow us to have good conversation without too much noise. The main course was outstanding! The food was really the highlight of the experience for me. If I had one complaint, it would be on service. It was a busy night, to be sure....but it seemed to take quite a while between courses. Dessert took so long, that our server ended up having to go back to the kitchen to make it herself.

The one complaint aside, the overall experience was excellent, and I would definitely recommend The Cellar to any of my friends.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

My wife and I, who are new to the area, had our first meal at The Cellar Restaurant last week. We anticipated an outstanding dinner, but our experience was quite a bit less than anticipated. It was not at all busy, but service was on the slow side, and the food was not at all of the quality we anticipated. We each ordered a salad and an entrée. My wife's salad, a small wedge, was very good; my Caesar was extremely heavy on the garlic and salt, the Romaine was wilted and apparently not washed, as I encountered "grit" in multiple bites. My wife's ribeye, which she ordered medium-well, was cooked beyond well done, was like chewing leather, and flavorless. I ordered the Lamb shank, which was disappointing as well - way overcooked (could it have been left over from the day before and then just rewarmed? Anyway, it was worse than just not good. The restaurant is apparently as much of an event space; downstairs in the actual cellar, there was an investment meeting during our dinner. The leader of that group used a microphone, and the sound from the event drifted upstairs into the dining area throughout our meal. Competing with the meeting was overly loud metal/punk music, which was not at all conducive to an enjoyable dining experience. Finally, this is also a restaurant that asks you if you want dessert while you are in the middle of eating your entrée - an awful practice, especially for a restaurant of this supposed calibre. Needless to say, we will not revisit The Cellar Restaurant in the future.

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N
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We've been to the cellar before and service was always great. This time there only seemed to be one guy working the entire floor. He took the reservation. Was the host, waiter, bartender and busboy. Felt bad for him but as a result it was a slow and poor service experience as he was just spread too thin

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Boise
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and very reasonably priced. Wine list prices made up for the reasonably priced food though. Still, my wife and I enjoyed the experience. We would definitely come more often if we didnt have to drop $50 for a bottle of wine that fit our menu selections.

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I hosted my 21st birthday here. The staff was very friendly and the band was great. The price of food matches the quality. Wine selection and reccomendation was wonderful!

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DD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here on New Year's eve. The preselected menu had something for any person's preference (chicken, beef, vegetarian) in all 4 courses. The live music was great! It was not too loud, so we were able to still have a conversation while having a romantic dining experience. Our waiter was excellent and attentive without being intrusive. Our dinner was just what we wanted, an intimate and romantic get-a-way to celebrate the new year. I have eaten here before, the food is always excellent and the atmosphere is always perfect. This restaurant is consistently top notch. I would recommend it to anyone!

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Live music was too loud for talking to the table!

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OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was slow but excellent they were quite busy. Tall tables are fun but not for kids. Food was amazing!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Fabulous menu. Wait staff impressive.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The salmon and soup were delicious. Our waiter was great and suggested a very reasonably priced great wine. Everyone was happy with their meal in our group of 6. The wine selection was great too.

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L
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I 100% recommend the self-serve wine bar, you get to try new wines.

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CD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We reserved a table for 6 but ended up with 7 guests. The wait staff was great and the service was friendly, attentive and efficient throughout the evening. The food was quiet good. The chef even sent an additional steel-head entree because he thought one of the entrees was a bit small.

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r
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service inattentive and slow.

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L
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner

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MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was recommended by a friend who lives locally so I happily made a reservation for me and 2 business colleagues. What wasn't made clear at the time or when I arrived is that there was live music on the lower floor and that's where my table was. It would have been nice to have had the option of sitting upstairs or downstairs. The music was great, just not what we were looking for during a business dinner. The food was fantastic. Service was ok, and I think would have been better if it hadn't been so busy/loud due to the music. I would definitely give it a shot again but would ask for a different location.

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m
Dallas
60 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good variety on the menu; steelhead is the go to entree. My wife had the pork chop and it was outstanding as well. Saturday night fun with a live band for dancing after a terrific meal.

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NG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Cellar was a great find! Started with wild mushroom and rice soup and a new eggplant appetizer. These were both absolutely delicious!! We shared the Northwest Paella for two. The reason we ranked 4 out of 5 stars for food was because the rice had no crispness or crunch on the bottom of the pan. Also, the mussels and clams needed a bit more flavor. Make sure you sit downstairs -- great ambience!! Also, the live music was a nice addition.

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LW
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Returned for first time since change in ownership. Downstairs was closed. Menu was limited. Some signature dishes gone. Server said menu would be changing the next day. Seems to us that, while the food was okay, the new owners have cut back to survive. If they do they would have to find a way to cater to locals and not just tourists. Great Sherman avenue location should help, but it does not look good for the future. We hope they survive.

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CR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate at the Cellar many years ago when it was just a downstairs restaurant and wine cellar. The food then was not memorable but the ambiance was great. This was not enough for me to return. I had friends in town and we wanted to go to a good restaurant that was in walking distance form their hotel. The Cellar was recommended so we decide to give it a try. I am so glad to now have a restaurant that I can rely on that has great service, a nice menu and a fun atmosphere! We shared several dishes and ordered cocktails from the bar. The food was well prepared and presented nicely. I look forward to retuning to try more menu items and try something from the extensive wine list.

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JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. We started with a $100 Brunello and planned to make an evening of it. I ordered the potato soup with salmon roe, this was neither a soup nor did it contain said roe. This was mashed potatoes and they were only ok.

My wife had the mussels with bacon dashi. The dashi had so much mirin in it that it could have been any sauce or stock, where is that konbu and fish flavor? Maybe they were hoping the 2 unopened dead shellfish in the "dashi" would lend the authentic flavor we were looking for. Although we did read in their philosophy that they believed in a non-traditional authenticity. Our server claimed that we'd be "living dangerously" to have tried to eat them. I think it would have been easy enough to withdraw the dead bivalves before they made it to our table.

Next we ordered the wedge Caesar salad with cured egg yolk, this salad tasted like almost nothing and was again missing the element that I hoped to try, the cured yolk. We gazed lovingly into each other's eyes while hearing "Free Bird" playing loudly and agreed non-verbally to accept this meal as a failure. We didn't bother to order Entrees.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow service, appetizer cold, left to find a place for dinner where we could talk. Probably fine for those who like loud music and vibrant bar scene.

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C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

this was a wine focused restaurant. They have since sold and lost that focus. now loud generic rock &troll plays, lots of young families with small kids. Waitstaff unfamiliar with wine list.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

From the minute we tried to check in for our reservation....the hostess was confused & flustered & thus starting us out on a pretty unwelcoming note. Unfortunately our waiter knew nothing about wine (the restaurant is called "The Wine Cellar!") & his HOVERING constant presence (in his words "sorry if I'm micro-managing you, but you're my only table")- which translated into a rushed & frankly, a stressful overall feel. Lucky for us that a new table was seated in his section (VERY close by, I had to keep shifting my chair to get out of everyone's bumping distance), and yet it was a mixed blessing as we completely dropped off his radar...so we were left sitting at a table that needed a wipe-down from (his) spilled salad dressing. The salad was missing several of the listed ingredients(?) Oddly, twice we had to wave off different staff from insistently bringing us someone else's appetizers. Once we commenced eating; my husband's meal was notable for it's 'blah-ness' & my chicken was so over cooked that each of the few bites I took, turned to saw-dust in my mouth. I did enjoy the one sample of wine that we managed to try & ultimately the one glass of wine I had with dinner was enjoyable; you'd hope so, wouldn't you in a wine bar/restaurant?!

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere at the Cellar ... interior brick walls, great lighting ... right on Sherman Avenue so you can enjoy all the happenings in Downtown Coeur d'Alene. We had great service from our waiter Eric. The wine tasting is something unique and fun to do in addition to outstanding food.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for the Ironman event. Food, service and atmosphere was so good we ate here 3 consecutive nights (rare for us foodies to do)! Great location downtown. Large portions from pizza to wonderful Steelhead. The salads are creative and flavorful (even the 1/2 size salad is large). Kid-friendly too.

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A
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our group enjoyed dinner at the Cellar ( indoors ) the other night. Those who had the steelhead thought it was wonderful; one person reported very good steak; my chicken ( poached and roasted with rhubarb celery) was very tasty. All meals were nicely presented!

Our server was energetic, efficient, and personable.

The indoor dining spaces are very attractive and pleasing to the eye - - very classy-looking spot. Somehow, the pervasive loud music does not match the soothing decor, and I've often felt as if the Cellar can't decide if it wants to be an upscale Iron Horse, or a place which attracts a more gourmet crowd of patrons who enjoy long conversations over their wine and dinners.

My one suggestion is to cut the loud music, add a splash of soft jazz as an appropriate background to what is truly a lovely spot.

We live in the neighborhood and will return !

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