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The Cellar

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American, Wine Bar
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156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4016
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
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Albuquerque, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a bottle of wine w a cheese and meat platter our first evening in San Clemente. Wonderful wine and a very tasty cheese/meat platter. Was very fun casual place with a pianist performing that evening.

Thank Mary H
San Clemente
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good happy hour. The house Pinot is great. Beers on tap as well. Try the burger. Great every time. Live music starts at 7:00 pm. Can get loud later in the evening.

Thank amberh705
Dana Point
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for a couple of years now. I always have a nice time. Great wine section and the food is always great. I love the cheese trays here, about the best selection of any place I have gone to! I try to make it point to stop in everytime I'm in the area.

Thank James M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent "ecstatic hour" food and wine on a Friday night. Busy place, so get here around 5 to get a table. It's first come first serve. Particular specialties are the cheese plate and sweet potato fries. Great for small groups, but too loud for five or more.

Thank Peter G
San Clemente, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a very cool place any time of the day. I love to go there for my morning coffee. The sea salt cookie is an extra treat. Great place in the evening as well.

Thank IzzyBB
Ocean City, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

If I lived in San Clemente, the Cellar would be my local hang out. But I don't live there and we were waiting to check in to our room, so we strolled up to Ave Del Mar and discovered this cozy little eatery/wine/cheese shop for lunch! The wine flights are tasty gems and they carry some of my favorite west... More 

Thank KathyP21842
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I call this San Clemente's Hidden Treasure. Great Menu! Great food& so fresh!! I am in love with their cheese platters. Wine Flights are great. Breakfast• Lunch•& Dinner are all wonderful here!! Servers are really good& are attentive. You can not go wrong here. If your visiting SC, this is a fun wine bar!!

Thank Foody07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Small, but great, knowledgable servers, nice small plates and limited entree menu. Really nice wines and beers. Great local hangout. I highly recommend the grilled peach and burrata salad.

Thank Karen M
West Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We loved this last minute decision to go here. We decided to plop down at tge table just inside the front door and so happy we did! It was easily 15 degrees cooler there. Live piano music and could still hear the piano player where we were at. Great server. Accurate in her timing and serving sizes. Lovely smile, too.... More 

Thank Holly K
Hertfordshire UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Bustling, friendly bar/pub in the middle of town. Great choice of beers and wine, some great snacks and cheap eats and live music ( super three piece ahrmonica-led blues band on the night we went. Craft beer samplers, fabulous cheese platters. Well worth a visit

Thank Sweetfa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions
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: 949-492-3663
Cheese shop, wine bar, small plates, live music

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?