The perfect food-and-wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's deal: for $45, you get $100 worth of elegant vintages and equally classy cuisine from The Cellar in Fullerton.
Winner of the Wine Spectator's Grand Award in the heavyweight division, The Cellar has a wine list long enough to wrap around the globe twice. More than 1,400 rare and well-known grapen goodnesses are on the list, and they hail from California, Oregon, Europe, South Africa, and everywhere else grapes grow. The Cellar's menu pairs each appetizer, potage, and entree with their sommelier's suggested wine. Chronic nibblers steer toward starters such as house-smoked quail ($12) paired with Northstar merlot ($17.50) or snails with button mushrooms cooked in Pernod ($10). Hearty fare includes the roasted rack of New Zealand lamb in mustard-cream sauce ($31) with a Willamette Valley pinot noir ($17.50) or the Australian rock lobster tail atop herbed fettuccine ($48) and accompanied by the Pol Roger's N.V. Champagne ($16.25).
True to its name, The Cellar is in a cellar, though thanks to the craftwork of the team behind Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, the usual underground décor of musty jars, mummies, and old lawnmower parts is replaced with delicate chandeliers hung from exposed brick arches above schools of oak barrels tucked into reef racks. Drinking wine in such a romantic atmosphere is like slipping a pair of rose-tinted glasses on your mind. The peaceful pour works quickly to enhance pleasantries (your dining companion, your meal, your hand-cobbled variegated corn-ear loafers) while sentencing all your worries to a time-out in the corner. Get this Groupon and share the fermented-grape-juice magic with someone you love or someone who just needs the right lighting to express their love to you.
Reservations recommended. This deal is not valid on 6/20, 7/4, 9/6, or 10/31.
The Cellar is a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant and a Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence winner. Zagat rates the restaurant "very good to excellent" in all categories. More than 150 OpenTable diners give it an average of 4.25 stars, 90 Yelpers give it four, Citysearchers give it 4.5, and 80% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Incredible service--napkins were re-folded every time we left the table during our two and a half hour experience. We had several waiters--all great. Bread constantly replaced, water constantly refilled, wine topped off, without being intrusive. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 05/09/10
- Our escargot was the finest I had ever had and made in a way that I had never experienced. The wine we had was a white from a Yugoslavian region, a wine which rarely shows up in the US ever. – lola z., Yelp
A small flight of stairs leads guests down into a rustically decorated room, which evokes the ambiance of a subterranean wine cellar with its earthen arches, barrel-lined walls, and soft chandelier lighting. Designed by the artisans who created Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, the dining room appeals to a similarly nostalgic whimsy. However, the cooks slightly modernize the menu's historic European roots by introducing unexpected ingredients.
The chefs elevate simple grilled-cheese sandwiches by slipping in braised short ribs, caramelized shallots, and horseradish cream alongside the gruyere and monterey jack cheeses, and a splash of cognac adds even more richness to the silken lobster bisque. Thai barbecue-glazed tofu and basmati rice also help to distinguish the menu by lending it a distinctly international flare.
Staying true to its name, The Cellar proudly features a 1,400-bottle wine list, which, according to the staff, helped to garner the restaurant Wine Spectator's exclusive Grand Award. The selection includes familiar staples, boutique producers, and rare vintages from virtually every major wine-producing region except the Marianas Trench.
305 N Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, California 92832Get Directions