The Cellar - Fullerton CA

4.7
2479 reviews
$31 to $50
French American
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. 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!

PLEASE NOTE: We are aware of the CDC Guidance, however as required by the current State Mandate, we still require guests to wear masks when not seated. As soon as we get the green light by the Cal. Dept. of Health and Gov. Newsom we will be upholding these requirements. Due to limited seating of 25%, we can not guarantee in-door requests, however we always try to accommodate. Please request when making reservations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2479 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my daughter’s college graduation and her acceptance to PhD Program.
We had a great experience! The food was phenomenal and the drinks were awesome!
Everything was perfect. We can’t wait to dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Went for graduation dinner. Got there at 8pm (our reservation time), didn’t get our food until 10pm. Food was salty too.

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Gary
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the ribeye and French Onion soup are both pretty good.

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vipJoyce
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Have eaten there numerous times before pandemic Andreas superb. Tonight bisque was very salty. Halibut not done. Not much flavor to coconut sauce.
Halibut crust salty.
Carmel sauce for souffle tasteless. It took forever to get food. BlackBerry cabernet sorbet was the best thing ever.

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StephenW
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly staff, delicious French-inspired cuisine, and amazing craft cocktails. One of our very favorite restaurants, with one-of-a-kind ambiance besides!

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foodie0046
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is the best about The Cellar. We always feel so welcomed and taken care of. Love coming here!

JA
JacquelineA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating an anniversary!

AV
AlexV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cellar did not disappoint. We had a wonderful time celebrating my daughter’s birthday! Thank you :)

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Eric
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and private vibe. Excellent food and it is clear there is very careful attention paid to the ingredients and mixing of the cocktails which were some of the best we’ve had. Our waiter Andrew was very attentive and personable.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very dark and moody - exactly what you would expect from an underground restaurant. Will definitely be going back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend The Cellar in Fullerton!!❤️

It’s like stepping back in time!! Dimly lit with lovely background music. All male servers that are very attentive and provide service that is excellent! Joe, our server made our dinner experience very special! We were treated like royalty!! The food was yummy and presented elegantly!

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TammyS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary at The Cellar. It was very good but over $3000.00 is a bit steep for a meal. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came twice on one weekend after having such a great experience the first time. It was NOT a mistake. We ordered the Chateaubriand and it was a top five all time meal and probably the best steak we’ve ever had in our lives.

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CassandraO
Denver
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While expensive, everything we ate was made well and tasted delicious. The atmosphere inside the building was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are great and food is amazing!

BB
BrandonB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food for value was pretty good. There was just enough to choose from. There are some major items in French cuisine that would have been nice to see... Some of the flavors were too overpowering. Example the truffle aroma was a bit strong in the Mac and cheese to the point that it tasted fake.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended 😊😊😊

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

It’s way too expensive for the quality. The duck was overly salted (was told “yeah sometimes it comes out that way”), the pork chop was undercooked (was told “the information about undercooked pork chops making you sick was proven a myth according to our chefs”), and service was so slow we ended up staying there over 3 hours (mostly waiting on our server). Needless to say we won’t be returning.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the ribeye, duck and a side of Mac. The meat was fantastic with delicious sauces to go along with. Mac and cheese was exactly what was expected... shells and cheese... awesome haha Service from Gina was spectacular, she’s friendly and enjoyable to chat with. Would definitely recommend!

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JayJay
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, and I would definitely come back here again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out on a couples date the place was excellent from the Alex the server to the food. Would defiantly recommend and we will be going back…

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Benzo
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything you'd expect from a great restaurant; amazing food, good drinks, stellar service and an amazing ambiance. Been here a few times and The Cellar never disappoints. This is definitely a hidden little gem in downtown Fullerton and a must try if you haven't been. Don't forget to try the Truffle Mac & Cheese!

Fun Fact: Both John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor have dined here and had their favorite booths. Rumor is Richard Burton proposed to Liz Taylor for the second time at her favorite booth which I've actually sat at and recommend.

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AprilS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had reservations for after dinner which was at the sister restaurant to Hidalgo’s and I purposely made reservations at the cellar because of the proximity distance from dinner and what I thought would be accommodating to a decent group size, we had a party of 11 but changed it to 7 where I expressed they could take the 4 table if they needed it. It took about 10 minutes or so for a waiter to come to our table and the vibe of this waiter which we all felt instantly was from zero-annoyed. My friend had asked for a knife and right away the waiter had to share how there is a cutting fee of $5 - not just $5 but $5 per slice 🤨😮 I want even share my opinion on that but before we could express our comments on that he just went on and on about how it’s policy and how the cellar is a fine dining experience and that’s how it’s ran ~ and that’s when enough was enough and I was ready to end my dining time at the cellar. A friend and I went and spoke to a manager for not being able to accommodate us inside and for having such a rude waiter who basically made all of us feel we weren’t worthy enough to dine there. So will I return to the cellar, you know I honestly don’t know if I would.

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JayDub
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Good food. Terrible service. My wife and I spent almost 3 hours at dinner for 2. Our waiter was so slow. Unable to multitask. I’ve never complained to a manager over slow service, but we couldn’t even get our bill! So I had to.

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GMCK
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing ambiance! The staff was very attentive and friendly, my hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary, they made us feel pretty amazing!

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DavidC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Ok experience but overpriced. We came at 5:30 for dinner during happy hour. Lobster bisque priced at $9+ for happy hour but on bill they charged us regular price of $16. Provided a desert for my birthday which was nice but we were not hungry for it then and asked to take it to eat later and the waitress brought a take out box saying we had to put it in the box which was not appetizing at all.

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CocosMom
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was okay except for the fact that it was served cold. Drinks and food are overpriced, but the atmosphere is pretty neat. Expect to spend at least two hours here (for a party of 2).

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vipmarin
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods, amazing services.
Nice and cozy seating. We loved atmosphere.

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Raorona
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended if you would like an evening of delicious food and drinks

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vipJasmeer
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love love this place. I have been dining here for more than 13 years now. Every single time, its exceptional experience. I never ever had any single instance where I have to complain. Their Bar is one of the best ones in entire OC. From well crafted cocktails to the service no one beats them. And not to mention the amazing food they server every single day. Above all, what makes it so exceptional is the service we get from 5 Stars Staff. You are in a completely different world as soon as you step coming down to The Cellar. I highly recommend this place. I was there just last night celebrating one of my best friend's birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner date was running late due to a situation out of our control, so I was worried we would lose our reservation. When I arrived I spoke to the gentleman up front, who may have been the manager (I didn’t catch his name), and he was so gracious and accommodating and made sure that even though we were behind schedule I was able to be seated with a drink and wait for my dinner companion. All of the servers were wonderful - super attentive but not hovering (Andrew and Gina), and the food was delicious. We had the charcuterie app, halibut and filet mignon entrees and a side of Brussels sprouts. Everything was super tasty and the meal was perfectly paced...I just wish I had more room in my stomach so I could’ve kept eating and enjoyed dessert which looked great (especially the soufflés). The bartender also made me a special mocktail which was fantastic and exactly what I like. I love this place and can’t wait to go back! It is such a gem with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. I didn’t even mention the ambiance which just puts it over the top! So great!

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jkalsi
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent time celebrating our anniversary here. Everything from the food to the service was impeccable. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The food is exceptional and all the staff are helpful courteous.

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vipUpscalehealthynatural
Los Angeles
338 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The lobster bisque is very good as was the filet mignon.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experience was phenomenal! They keep a high standard to ensure the safety of guests while at the restaurant and the service was exquisite. Lived up to the hype and then some with their filet mignon and cocktails. Highly rec the escargot and lobster bisque as appetizers. The Brussel sprouts side were a bit of a hit and miss, mostly hitting but could use a little acid to brighten up the savory. Highly recommend for special occasions or a pay day as the experience comes with a big price tag.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great recommendations by the wait staff. Good atmosphere.

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Ollieusher
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our Anniversary and it was everything we had hoped for

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, unique atmosphere. Food was fantastic as was the service.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was fantastic I wish I went there earlier.

FAQs

The Cellar - Fullerton CA offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 525-5682.

The Cellar - Fullerton CA is rated 4.7 stars by 2479 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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