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The Cellar

156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
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Ranked #12 of 176 restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cheese shop, wine bar, small plates, live music
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41 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California, United States
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Went here last night for the first time because our friends were playing. What a great litte place. Especially for a date night. Amazing cheese platters. Huge wine selection. I had the wine and chocolate flight. OMG! I felt naughty after I consumed it...it was so good. I also had the popcorn. Yes, popcorn! This isn't ur usual popcorn...it was... More

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san diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stopped in for a little late afternoon snack while on our way back home to San Diego. It was rated pretty high on Yelp so we thought we would give it a go and saw that it was a big cheese place and since a little charcuterie board is right up our alley we thought it would make for... More

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Sit outside with your wine, lunch or coffee and people watch or in the evening sit in the wine bar at the rear enjoy a great selection of wines and snacks. Check out which evenings have live music, super atmosphere.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Great little wine bar with an excellent beer selection as well. Food here is great and this place really gets jumping later in the evening. Lots of fun, we went on a weekend night when there was live music which was also excellent. Highly recommended.

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Boone, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

wine selection is amazing, you can get pretty decent sized sample flights starting from 12-15 and you get three different wines. My favorite is a sparkling pink Australian wine, I can't remember the name of it, it sounds pansy and girly but it's delicious, my husband even likes it. They have a nice selection of cheeses and we got a... More

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Palm Beach, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Where do I begin? Let's start with a great selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Then we move on to wonderful cheese plates paired with unique relishes and breads or crackers to compliment the cheese. Tasty flat breads and more delicious foods. This is not a dinner place, but if you love wine and want good complimentary foods... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Terrific little shop selling reasonably priced wine, divine prosciutto di Parma & jamon Serrano ham... wonderful selection of great cheeses (try the Italian 'blu di buffalo"... like a gorgonzola dolce... & the Italian Lagrein was delicioso!). Their Spanish fig jam & Marcona almonds went in my bag too... along with flavorful wildflower honey in a little glass jar. Kim was... More

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Carefree. AZ
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We went to the Cellar to have a light dinner during their "Happy Hour". We found just that with some wonderful wine and several of their small plates! It was very busy and a great place for adults to unwind!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

In the middle of Avinida Del Mar is the perfect spot for Adults relax and enjoy ! Part wine tasting, part cheese tasting, part bar, part live music - it's all here in a clean, relaxing environment. The staff is very "wine and cheese smart" as well !

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Glendale, California
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157 reviews 157 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Cellar is known for its cheese plates, but it has much more to offer. We went there for a late night supper and were happy to walk in to a bustling, noisy room with a live three-piece band playing. Their repertoire included jazz, pop, and rock classics. After perusing their menu, we decided on sharing a bowl of fresh... More

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