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““Pick Your Bartender..."CLINT" to the RESCUE.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Cellar Lounge

The Cellar Lounge
Ranked #16 of 409 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Temecula, California
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384 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
““Pick Your Bartender..."CLINT" to the RESCUE.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Good drinks & a FULL bar can give the illusion of EVERYTHING being that much better, bolder, nicer & just easier...not a bad illusion!

Clint our bartender made our experience that much better! He introduced us to the Macao martini (blend of ginger liquor with floral something or other, who keeps notes after a few) all I can tell you is "BE CAREFUL" this martini is ADDICTIVE! HIGHLY recommend IF you are a fan of ginger, it's really unique and refreshing! It's the type of drink that sneaks up on you with NO prior signs...until your head takes a few spins...

Clint recommended the slider's (they were a bit dry) not my favorite.
Although he suggested the wings & they were SUPER tasty, definitely would order them again!
Lastly, the saffron rice balls with bread crumbs were the STAND OUT'S! Real moist, flavorful & just DAM good! BEST appetizer I have had in a LONG time! You will not be disappointed.

Verdict:
Nice atmosphere. Relaxing. Not the best selection of appetizers, but overall IF you happen to have a GREAT bartender as we did one tends to overlook the small details. All in all this place has a pretty cool vibe.

*Noteworthy
Per clint~ Arrive @ 6 p.m. during the weekends for decent seating (live band) draws in a packed house.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank billionsandnocure
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Amy L, Manager at The Cellar Lounge, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Hi billionsandnocure,
Thank you for your review of The Cellar Lounge. We will pass your compliments on to Clint. Thanks for trying one of our signature cocktails, we've added some new appetizers to the menu so hopefully you'll enjoy the selection more on your next visit.
We hope to see you again soon!
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  • English first
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English first
Orange, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun, cool vibe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Really enjoyed this place. Cool live music and a little swanky vibe! Unique fun cocktails too! This is a good place to wind down and relax after a day of wine tasting.

Visited April 2013
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Thank CADI7
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Amy L, Manager at The Cellar Lounge, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Hi CAD17,

Thanks for your review of The Cellar Lounge. We are glad you had a great time in our "swanky" new bar and that you had a chance to try some of our craft cocktails! Please stop by again on your next trip to wine country!
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Canada
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place for an after wedding party”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had our wedding at Ponte winery. We moved our after party to the lounge. They were able to order us snacks and we had a great time. My only issue is that they were not at capacity and the bouncers were getting a little smug about letting people in. When we did get in it was great. Good food and wine!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank tiredtravellerCanada
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Amy L, Manager at The Cellar Lounge, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Hi tiredtraveller,

Thank you for your review of the Cellar Lounge and for visiting us all the way from Canada. We apologize for the issues getting into the lounge. We do monitor the flow of traffic into the bar to ensure the safety and positive experience of all guests. However, you should never feel as through our staff is rude; we'll look into the issue. Otherwise, we are glad you had a pleasant time and enjoyed the appetizers and drinks. We hope to see you on your next trip to Southern California!
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Santa Clarita, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Decent Appetizers, Nice Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

So-so selection of appetisers, nice beverage selections from full bar. Two member band played during our visit, was very comfortable and relaxing, especially if you're staying in the Ponte hotel.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Fred E
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Amy L, Manager at The Cellar Lounge, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Hi Fred E,
Thank you again for staying with us and for your reviews. We are glad you enjoy staying with us and that you get to visit the lounge while you are here. Let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience with the apps or drinks. We hope to see you again soon!
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Newport Beach, CA
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118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Bar and Entertainment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Bar staff was friendly and provided great service. Really enjoyed the live Flamenco Guitar musician.

Visited March 2013
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Thank 50isthenew40
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Amy L, Manager at The Cellar Lounge, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Hi 50isthenew40,
Thank you for your review! We get a great response about our Flamenco Guitarist. We'll pass on the praise and we hope to see you again soon!
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