The Cellar

156 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, California United States 92672
restaurant  1 review
Closed Mon; Tue - Thu & Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Taps: 6 | Bottles: 30
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 16, 2013| Updated December 27, 2013
Visited December 5, 2013.

I didn’t even know about this place until recently, yet I’ve not only driven by it a few times I’ve even walked right by it a few times. It’s an interesting set up for sure. Located in downtown San Clemente, you’ll find plenty of rich kids and people that own multi-million dollar houses a little higher up the hill, but they’re all dressed like surfer bums. The people seemed nice enough but not being an owner of a $60,000 Mercedes made me feel out of place. This restaurant doubles as a bar and a deli. They serve food but most people were there either drink beer/wine or stopping in to take some cheese to go. You can try seven cheeses for $24, a charcuterie board for $17, or get your own meal from $10 to $25. I didn’t do any of that since we had just eaten up the street at Pizza Port.

The beer list is good. Actually, the bottle list is good. The tap list is small. I appreciate the presence of Chimay on tap as well as a real hefe (Paulaner) but there are only six taps to choose from and on this night they didn’t have a good IPA. Luckily I had just had a pint of Claudies at Pizza Port as well as a few samples of some hoppy beers so I was more in the mood for a hefe anyway, but this is southern California, get a good IPA on tap.

All in all this is a nice place and some day when my salary has an extra digit I might stop here more often. Until then I’ll eat at Pizza Port.

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