The Cellar Restaurant Review - Fullerton's Hidden Gem

Entering The Cellar in Fullerton, you are quickly taken into a different place and time. Few restaurants offer the classic old European feel as well as a very romantic setting that can only be matched by the amazing French cuisine that is served.

The best way to get to know The Cellar and the diversity and quality of its wine along with the high quality and imagination that goes into the food, you should give one of their Wine Dinner events.

The classic setting of The Cellar

The quality and quantity of the food at these events is a bargain. Add in the fact that you have the chance to enjoy a number of different wines and this very well could be one of the best deals around. A great deal of time and thought goes into these events, as the items on the menu are original to the restaurant, but do give you great insight into the ability of Executive Chef David Kesler. In addition, each item is matched perfectly with a featured wine.

The first course was a butter-braised lobster tail with a creamy truffle and mushroom sauce, followed by a tender beef medallion that was topped with truffled Foie Gras and red wine glace. Each portion of the meal was cooked to a tender and moist level and Kesler brought out the flavor in each with his sauces.

New Zealand Venison

The centerpiece of the evening was the New Zealand Venison twin-rack with fresh blueberry sauce and sweet potato puree. Not something you are going to come across everyday, the venison was cooked to perfection and the blueberry sauce was a great compliment to the tender, flavorful venison.

To finish off this flawless evening, the desert was a very light fresh raspberry bavarois on almond biscuit with litchi nut coulis.

Fresh raspberry bavarois

On the evening in September that I attended the event, the featured wine was from Montes Premium Wines from Chile. Not only do you get to taste wines such as Montes that you may have never heard of or had a chance to previously experience, but you also get the opportunity to hear about the history of the winery as well as a background on each different wine that you taste.

These events are great, but any night of the week will give you a chance to experience an incredible menu. Make sure to include the lobster bisque and world famous Chocolate Soufflé as part of your meal.

Beef Medallion

If you are a wine connoisseur, The Cellar is the place for you. The Cellar carries over 1,400 wines from California and all over the world. Each wine is carefully cellared and served with professional attention. If you can’t find your wine of choice here, well I’d have to say you aren’t likely to find it anywhere.

They key to the success of The Cellar is the combination of owner Ryan Dudley and chef Kesler. Dudley has owned The Cellar for three years. There is no question that at 31, he might seem on the young side for such an elegant and classic restaurant. The first thing Dudley did was bring back Chef Kesler. Under Dudley's new ownership, Kesler now had the freedom to use his creativity to always keep the menu and daily specials fresh, leaving the patrons excited to find out what will be next when they come in on their next visit. While keeping The Cellar in the same classic style it has been in for nearly forty years, Dudley is also working on upgrading the restaurant to give the customer the best experience possible.

The romantic setting of The Cellar

A great place for a special event

Finally, I will say that in Dudley and his staff, you will not find better service, or as a friendly and caring group who will make you feel as if you are the most important person in the restaurant.

In Kesler, The Cellar has a chef that is always learning and applying new techniques and styles. The Cellar has a few standard items on its menu, but Dudley and Keser change up the menus on a nearly quarterly basis. In addition, Kesler adds new original items for the daily special, so you just never know what new and scrumptious item you could be in store for.

For more information on The Cellar, you can visit their website at:

For reservations, call (714) 525-5682

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