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156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
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Ranked #3 of 186 Restaurants in San Clemente
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
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
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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English first
Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Inspired light cuisine and rotating wine list that is equally inspired. Music at 7 staff is right on. Im a regular here when in san clemente.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Loved the atmosphere of this place, was really looking forward to coming here but mixed reviews. My husband and I stopped in early afternoon, sat outside, but inside would really be nice at night. We both had a glass of red, not remarkable for the $14-$15 price of each. We ordered the flatbread and added the proscuitto and arugula, so... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Coming get during the day is completely different than coming at night. At night, the cougars are full force and inebriated. During the day, you enjoy yourself outside on the patio sipping on some wine and enjoy a cheese platter. The food is okay... just okay.

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

By far the best coffee house in Orange County. Featuring both Ritual and Heart coffees. Service is great. Noah is informed and friendly.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This restaurant is hard to define. The service as well as the food, is all over the place from excellent to just so so. It's a little funky, they seem to strive for edgy, but don't pull it off. I think they do 'happy hour' the best, but the place is small and it gets crowded. The cheese case located... More 

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San Jose, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Stopped by for lunch on a Saturday. Definitely a wine bar/food kind of place. Small and intimate place. We sat back in the soft chairs and really enjoyed our time there. Menu is for food and then all kinds a wine, including many pairings. Got to say the food was really gourmet like. I had the turkey sandwich which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The beer tasting was really great. Seemed to be more flexible. Red wine taste was excellent but no choices. Cheese plate was truly outstanding.we tried the 6 cheese & the sauces were amazing. We split a burger @ were so full Great place to explore wine. Good music too

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Southern California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great place on the main drag in SC. Darkish interior but very friendly staff, great selections of wine & beef and tasty appetizers and full entrees. Seating isn't plentiful but a couple communal tables allow for a couple of seating options. It's nice cuz you can be a lil dressy or in shorts and flip flops.

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San Clemente
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The Cellar is the place to be in San Clemente! Fabulous cheese and interesting food. Amazing wine selections and a great atmosphere. If you can make it here when Rabbi Blue is playing you are in for a fantastic treat!

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Woodinville, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I slide in 10 minutes before Happy Hour was finished and received some great recommendations from the bartender. I even had a patron give a thumbs up on the Happy Hour Cabernet. Friendly and wine knowledgeable staff. I will return the next time I am in town.

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Additional Information about The Cellar

Address: 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
Phone Number: 949-492-3663
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
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
Cuisine: American

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