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The Cellar

$$ - $$$American, ,
156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
+1 949-492-3663
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheese plate” (23 reviews)
“charcuterie” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Wine Bar
$$ - $$$
156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We love the relaxed vibe at this bar/restaurant/night spot/cheese shop. Live music! Wonderful Sunday wine bottle specials. Yummy, foodie but actually appealing, small plates during happy hour. Sirloin tips were the best.

Thank NLV-E
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Friends recommended this place and now we know why. Amazingly, it feels like a new restaurant "concept." Cheese trays come from the front and are artfully arranged, beautifully presented and thoughtfully explained. Wine list is interesting and varied. Food is freshly prepared and excellent. Mid-way...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Ordered several dishes and drinks from the happy hour menu as well as a regular entree. Enjoyed them all, but can't say we were blown away by any except the Sidewinder Fries. Yum! Service was friendly and, even though it was busy, we easily found...More

Thank EmBentley
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We'd been wanting to try The Cellar for some time and finally went last weekend. We were really disappointed. The Caesar Salad was the worst I've ever had. The dressing was bland and tasteless and the salad was covered with finely shaved egg??? It was...More

Thank RandyLargent
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Staff is cheerful, friendly, helpful, polite, prompt, and professional. The atmosphere inside is warm and cozy albeit a little dark furthest in back and much brighter outside. The menu is varied and creative. Grilled Cheese & Jam. The wine list is also varied and comes...More

Thank Matt H
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

When you walk by The Cellar, you will see people from all walks of life enjoying conversations in the outdoor patio. Inside, you will find a baby grand piano alongside the bar. My recommendations: Breakfast- start with a lavender latte and 'the works'. It is...More

Thank pylee65
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The Cellar's wine and beer selections are excellent! The food is bar food and more. The service is friendly and timely. It is a great place to meet friends after work or a date night.

Thank sanclementegirl
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We've for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Always good service, food choices, & wine. Our only negative comment would be the rather noisy atmosphere as this place does attract a good crowd. It is worth the visit.....

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

One of our favorite local spots for Happy Hour. Great vibe, awesome service, wine and champagne flights are super fun to try and the best cheese platter this side of Italy! I hesitate to give this place a glowing review because once the secret spot...More

3  Thank juliennes567
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

This is one of those places I make an excuse to visit any time I'm in the area! The food is delicious!

Thank Kevin S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-492-3663
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Cheese shop, wine bar, small plates, live music
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