The Cellar Door in Katy, TX: Cozy Restaurant and Winery

Updated on April 4, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The Cellar Door in Katy, Texas
The Cellar Door in Katy, Texas | Source

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. Once you've passed through the front doors, however, you have entered a different world.

Immediately upon entering, it is evident that the owners have put much thought into the design and ambience 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.

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The Cellar Door exterior
The Cellar Door exterior | Source
Entrance view inside the doors
Entrance view inside the doors | Source
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Built-in wine racks
Built-in wine racks | Source

Winery Vibe

The built-in wine racks and etched wine glasses make it apparent that wine is as important as their food. The artwork 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 restaurant's website for more details, including information about their wine club.

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A portion of wood menu cover | Source
Art on walls
Art on walls | Source
Art on walls
Art on walls | Source

The Food Menu

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.

On our first visit, 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 below are sizable chunks of lobster!

For my entree, I chose the pan-seared red snapper. It was topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh basil, tender pieces of sliced onion and finished off with citrus, white wine sauce. It was then 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.

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Pan-seared red snapper
Pan-seared red snapper | Source
Caesar salad
Caesar salad | Source
Southern pork chop
Southern pork chop | Source
Lobster bisque
Lobster bisque | Source

More Good Food

The second time we visited, 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 to take my photos! He is a good sport. If this chicken dish is an example, I would say oui-oui to Paree!

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Tomato basil soupChicken Paris
Tomato basil soup
Tomato basil soup | Source
Chicken Paris
Chicken Paris | Source

Lounge and Dining Spaces

There are a few lounging areas within this restaurant. We saw several people sipping 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 in the daytime or the evening.

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Separate dining room for large parties or gatherings
Separate dining room for large parties or gatherings | Source
Another side of the same room
Another side of the same room | Source
Lounging area
Lounging area | Source
Lounging area
Lounging area | Source

Thanks to Groupon!

We discovered this jewel of a restaurant and winery 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 restaurants in the same town we discovered this way 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?

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View of entrance area from the main dining room | Source
Bar area in the main dining room
Bar area in the main dining room | Source

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 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 ambience are worth savoring. It is worth the drive from Houston and surrounding areas to go there.

Location: 829 S Mason Road, Katy, Texas 77450

Website: The Cellar Door

Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures.

— Michael Broadbent

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      That is so true and somewhat similar to judging a book by its cover. (Smile)

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      3 months ago from USA

      The food and indoor atmosphere look really enticing! Some of the best restaurants are in shopping plaza type settings so it’s important not to judge from the outside of the building.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      The Cellar Door was a real find! It has such a lovely interior plus has good food and service.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      The first time we went, it was because of having a Groupon coupon. When I saw the deal with the coupon, I also read online reviews. That is why we were tempted to try it out.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      Groupon has done you a favour finding this restaurant. From the outside I would not have expected this. Your review gives readers a real insight.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What an amazing discovery! The outside appearance is not very inviting. I'm surprised you even went inside, but what a great reward for doing so.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      I agree. Wine is good when accompanying food. It is good and can be relaxing at the same time.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      The decor is pretty and the food delicious. What more could a person want? Ha!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I would certainly eat there. I enjoy wine in the evening. It is better than a sleeping pill and tastes good. Your photos of your food made me hungry. Yummy!

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      4 months ago from london

      I would visit, because the food looks fresh and delicious. The place appears to be clean and neat with a very special decor.


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