The Cellar Restaurant
Owned by an Italian and a Honduran. Excellent food
Expensive, but well worth it. They have an outstanding selection of wines, and the food is superb!
My husband and I came to this restaurant while on our honeymoon. We were thoroughly surprised by the food and atmosphere. Our meals were delicious, the wine was excellent, and the dessert was a great way to end the meal. The service was great as well! We never needed to ask for anything.
amazing food and service. ignore the BS from the west coast below....
Best place for formal dining in a very interesting atmosphere - the restaurant used to be the house of a former president - perfectly situated off the main strip(s) that make parking/ leaving a headache/ danger. Mostly formal dress. Better to make a reservation especially if you are going out on a special night! The best food coupled with the best service you will ever have. Everything is sublime. Wonderful selection of wines and desserts. The best servers only work certain days so make sure to request Jasmine , who has always been attentive and professional in equal proportion to her kindness.
When the going gets tough some pray, some play, some stay put and hold their breaths Me? I wear my highest and most uncomfortable shoes (residue of my catholic school education: self-flagellation as a form of atonement). Suffering can be beautiful somehow. I leave the room feeling as tall as Heidi Klum and I enjoy a great meal at a fancy restaurant. The Hilton Daytona had fried my nerves like freshly caught calamari. The place felt as appealing to me as Amity Ville amidst Jaws frenzy. Have I ever mentioned how much I relish beautiful things? Oh, the good life! So different from that life is good one mutters under ones breath. I am a self-declared hedonist. Searched the internet and found The Cellar. Even the name (I have discussed the importance of names and their meaning in another review) spoke poetry to me. I was picked. Intrigued. Excited. As I brushed the red lipstick against my lips, I imagined the bit of burgundy from the wine already staining them deliciously. The gray wooden historic home stood out in the corner. A stream of white lights outlining the basement windows. The glitter of forgotten Christmases. The little red door coyly opened as we walked inside and were lucky enough to be seated downstairs. A tad unreal. Heels unfelt cushioned by the thickness of the carpeted stairs that smelled of history. Sepia pictures stared at us as we descended. President Warren Harding, a snow bird, flew from Ohio to spend time in this house during the winter. The Cellar is so many things: it is intimate. It is inviting. It is romantic. It is elegant. It is sophisticated, but above it all the experience is sublime. Even when all of the tables were full of patrons, the whispers joined in the sense of sacredness. Isnt that one of the aspects of the sublime? That sense of surprise, of fear, of awe when confronted with the power of unexpected beauty Thomas, our lovely server, patiently explained and described each dish we wanted to taste. The Green-eyed Foodie is always the most confused and overwhelmed. She orders last and under pressure. She covers with her hands the fluster on her cheeks. She asked lots of questions and became entangled in the wed of possibilities. We opened a bottle of Triga from Alicante, Spain. A combination of 85% monastrell and 15% cab. Bold and solid. Dry and spicy in the end. Many flavors unveiled throughout the many glasses. Superb. As appetizers we enjoyed the Carpaccio di Manzo and the Polenta con Salsiccia e Porcini along a bread basket that smelled freshly baked and tasted of a mothers love. Nourishing and comforting. The polenta was creamy and the flavors of the corn, the sausage and the mushrooms could be found distinctively. After torturing Thomas with more questions and details, we managed to order: Fettuccine con Ragu di Cogniglio (Bolognese made with rabbit and its broth, no tomato sauce)and Perciatelli Carbonara (like a long bucatinni or thick spaghetti with pancetta (italian bacon), onion, parmegiano, prosciutto, salami, cream and one egg. A bit too salty for my taste because Chef was so generous with the amount of the prosciutto and the salami. It came craftily decorated with one delicate rose made out of prosciutto. A tangible proof that food can definitely be fleshy, sexy and romantic. We also ordered the Osso Buco DAngelo con Risotto alle Verdure. A three-hour braised lamb shank that fell off the bone as easily as clothes peel off with sensual intention or recklessly on that very first time. It was bedded on vegetable risotto. The nights special was possibly the most enigmatic and sophisticated. Too many glasses of wine later, I can barely recall that it was fish, a lovely potato and cheese small cake, a bed of risotto nero (squid inked), and an incredible saucy compote of fruit with a hint of lemon. I had never seen those green eyes as wide with excitement as she ate and we agreed she had chosen well after all.
Well prepared, interesting dishes. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere. I wasn't impressed by the bread, but that's a mater of taste. Homemade desert was perfect.
The food was outstanding as well as the service it was completely top notch. The one strange thing is that you need to order your appetizers at the same time as your entrees. Apart from that 5 stars.
We came to Florida from PA looking for a home and decided to try The Cellar. This was the most amazing place and fitted our means perfectly We love excellent food and wine paring and this did both. The apps were amazing and our meals were as well. Everything thing was perfect. The chef and his wife stopped by our table and their passion for food and excellent service was shown while we talked. I would recommend this restaurant to any wine and foodie looking for a great experience .
Everything was excellent. Everything.
Fabulous nugget of perfection! Perfect food, perfect staff, perfect ambiance.... thank you leana, joseph and sam!!!! We had a wonderful Holiday staff dinner !
We came here as a walk-in after leaving another restaurant with bad service. They were able to quickly accommodate us. I can't say enough about the quality service you receive here. They truly take pride in everything from service, decor, drinks and food. The atmosphere is very intimate and romantic. Polenta appetizer was delicious. Merchant of Venice is my new favorite drink. Probably the best service and overall experience I've ever had at an establishment.
Very high class restaurant, servers are very professional. Ambient is high class. You will need a reservation for this restaurant. Food is excellent.
Had a great evening with family. Tried the chef's course at $30/pp & we had more food than we could eat...appetizer to dessert including prime rib & steelhead...delicious.
Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Creative menu.
Really amazing food. Even the "standard" restaurant items are done exceptionally well. Service and atmosphere were great as well.