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The Cellar

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156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
949-492-3663
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Cheese shop, wine bar, small plates, live music

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Rock star with music

Refined cuisine small menu and tons of interesting wines & beer by the glass. Not going to see your normal pinot grigio sav blanc chardonnay thing here. The cellar lets you explore your palate with great live music. I cant seem to go anywhere else when I'm in san clemente i usually am disappointed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Eric L
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Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Refined cuisine small menu and tons of interesting wines & beer by the glass. Not going to see your normal pinot grigio sav blanc chardonnay thing here. The cellar lets you explore your palate with great live music. I cant seem to go anywhere else when I'm in san clemente i usually am disappointed elsewhere and then end up here

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Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Been here three times and this place is fantastic. Came for happy hour twice and they have the best house cab we've ever had. The cheese and hummus plates are gourmet but stay away from the sweet potato fries that are doused in some sweet sauce. Visited another time for drinks and music and they had a great blues combo.... More 

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Indio, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Enjoyed a family dinner which included three grandkids (ages 9-13). Not a venue for the chicken nuggets, hot dog youngster crowd. We are lucky these kids enjoy cheeses, cold meats, olives and other wine bar offerings. These was a hamburger fall back. For the older folk (us) who travel to Italy, Spain, France, etc, the charcuterie, fancy cheese, etc was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Dawn is the owner and goes the extra mile for the locals of her town! Thank you Dawn from the Salon Zinnia team!

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Poway, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Handled our group of 12 really well, multiple servers. Interesting appetizers, great wine list, variety of food from healthy to meat lovers. Music too loud to be able to chat on a Saturday evening.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

After shopping in San Clemente, we stop at the Cellar. It was a wonderful breakfast and excellent service. It has three tables facing the street...kind of nice for a delicious coffee or Mimosas.Room inside as well. If you have time, breakfast is served until 12:00.

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Orange County, CA
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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I have been here for all three meals and it is really a wonderful cafe. Some nights they have live music and it is nice to sit on the patio and enjoy a latte or glass of wine. Very good food too!

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San Clemente, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have been with date and with small group. Perfect for both. Live music every night they are open. Beer on tap is good and changes. Wine selection is fantastic and the food has always been great. The servers and bartenders are very knowledgeable and attentive. If you are in San Clemente you should definitely check it out!

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San Clemente, California
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

What's ironic is that I don't even drink wine, but this is my favorite place to eat in San Clemente. There are some small tables and bigger high-volume table for community seating. My favorite are a couple big chairs in the back facing a love seat couch with a coffee table in between. As far as the food goes I... More 

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Dana Point, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Nice setting with a cool vibe. Live music in the evening while sipping wines and enjoying some good food makes this one relaxing place to visit and we have been visiting it for the past 3+ years. Menu keeps changing but the Tapas style menu has something for everyone. Wine selection is top-notch and by-the-glass variety is plenty. Service is... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 949-492-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Cheese shop, wine bar, small plates, live music
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?