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The Cellar

Certificate of Excellence
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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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 isabela b
Ocean City, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
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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95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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
Dana Point,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

As the title says order up a serving of the sweet potato fries. They are excellent, crispy, see if you can stop eating them. Ordered the trout, fresh and good. Tried one of their signature burgers also excellent. Order up the cheese plate and indulge in new tastes and pair it with a crisp glass of wine. We have enjoyed... More 

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Cute wine bar in San Clemente. Great selection of wines and very friendly bartenders. Highly recommend this place to start out or end a night!

Thank BnRadventures2015
San Clemente, CA
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I frequent The Cellar at least once a week. Their wine and beer lists are excellent and their "Ecstatic Hour" selections are great. You can eat and drink in the early evening without breaking the bank. They have great music most nights...first Sunday with Elizabeth Lammers is fantastic! The truffle popcorn is addictive...they make one of the best burgers around.... More 

Thank ninnoliofitaly

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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, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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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