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The Cellar Door Katy, TX | Cozy Restaurant and Winery

The Cellar Door
Posted: February 18, 2018 at 11:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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The Cellar Door

Discovering The Cellar Door restaurant and winery in Katy, Texas, was a pleasant surprise.  The exterior setting is in an ordinary, nondescript strip shopping center.  It misrepresents what the experience is of passing through those front doors.

Immediately upon entering The Cellar Door, it is evident that the owners have put much thought into the design and ambiance enjoyed by patrons of this establishment.  It has a winery vibe.  The darkened cave-like entrance is reminiscent of underground wine storage areas my husband and I have visited if stretching the imagination just a bit.

The Cellar Door exterior

The Cellar Door exterior

Entrance View inside

Entrance View inside

The Cellar Door

The Cellar Door

Winery Vibe

The built-in wine racks and etched wine glasses make it apparent that wine is as important as their food.  Artwork along the walls leading to the restrooms also reinforces the idea of this establishment is a winery in addition to being a restaurant.

Juice from pressed grapes is shipped here from California and formulated into 16 different house-made wines.  Their wine list also offers a wide variety of other wines originating from places all across the globe.  Fair pricing of their wines encourages patrons to enjoy some “nectar of the gods” along with tasty food offerings.  Check The Cellar Door website for more details, including information about their wine club.

A portion of wood menu cover

A portion of wood menu cover

The Cellar Door Food

Their menu is wide-ranging with many choices sure to please almost anyone entering the door.  The first two times we had lunch my husband, and I made our selections from the “executive lunch menu” which includes either a soup or salad and then an entree for the price of $20.

The first time I chose the Caesar Salad, and my hubby enjoyed the lobster bisque.  The bisque was thick, creamy, and loaded with tender pieces of lobster.  Those lumps you see in the photo above are sizable chunks of lobster!

For my entree, I chose the pan seared red snapper. Topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh basil, tender pieces of sliced onion and finished off with citrus, white wine sauce and mounded over a bed of rice, it was delicious!

My hubby ordered the southern pork chop as his entree selection. It was a thick cut butterflied pork chop with a Dijon mustard sauce. It is draped over creamy garlic mashed potatoes and some bright green asparagus spears it made for a pretty plate. We sampled each other’s entrees and declared them both a rousing success.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Pan Seared Red Snapper

Pan Seared Red Snapper

Southern Pork Chop

Southern Pork Chop

More Good Food

The second time we both ordered the same thing starting with the delicious tomato basil soup.  We had freshly cracked pepper ground over it.

The Chicken Paris is a boneless chicken breast topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, and mushrooms. It has a white wine cream sauce and accompanying it is rice and seasonal vegetables.

We both liked the Chicken Paris. My hubby was happy that he could start eating before my photographing the food since we both had the same soup and entree. He often kids me that he enjoys eating his food while it is still hot. I don’t take that long a time to make my photos! He is a good sport. If this chicken dish is an example, I would say oui-oui to Paree!

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Chicken Paris

Chicken Paris

Lounge and Dining Spaces

There are a few lounging areas within this restaurant. We saw several people sipping on glasses of wine while working on their laptops on several different occasions.

For larger groups, there is a beautiful room to the left of the main dining room and bar area. As you can see, all the tables are nicely dressed with clean linens and cloth napkins whether one is dining there in the daytime or the evening.

A lounging area inside The Cellar Door

A lounging area inside The Cellar Door

Lounging area

Lounging area

Separate dining room for large parties or gatherings

Separate dining room for large parties or gatherings

Another side of the same room shown above at The Cellar Door

Another side of the same room shown above at The Cellar Door

Thanks to Groupon!

We discovered this jewel of a restaurant and winery in Katy, Texas, thanks to a Groupon coupon.  It is a fun way to check out new places for the first time or even returning visits.  Three other unique Katy restaurants we have discovered in the same manner are Hoodadak, El Cantone, and Sapore Ristorante Italiano.  In all cases, we paid far less than the posted prices because of having purchased a Groupon voucher ahead of time.  I would heartily recommend it for those of you who may be unfamiliar with those discounts.  Who doesn’t enjoy a bargain?

Bar area in the main dining room

Bar area in the main dining room

View of entrance area from the main dining room at The Cellar Door

View of entrance area from the main dining room at The Cellar Door

Great Escape From the Ordinary

This establishment is one of a kind.  It has been open now for almost eight years, according to Alejandro, who was taking good care of us on our very first visit.  With live entertainment at night, this place makes for a great escape from the ordinary.  We will certainly be returning there.

One caveat…this is not a fast food place.  Be sure and plan to spend some leisurely time there.  The food and ambiance are worth savoring. The location of the Cellar Door is at 829 S Mason Road, Katy, Texas 77450. It is worth the drive from Houston and surrounding areas to go there.

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