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“Nice location, great service, EH food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte
35053 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
951-694-8855
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Ranked #8 of 337 Restaurants in Temecula
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Anza
Description: Recognized by OpenTable as one of the top 50 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining, the Restaurant at Ponte prepares wine country cuisine in a casual outdoor atmosphere. We are leading the way toward a community of wineries and restaurants dedicated to promoting local, sustainable farmers and ranchers. Our dishes feature top quality seasonal and regional ingredients prepared in our kitchen and enhanced when paired with our wines. The Restaurant is open daily, although hours do vary. The Restaurant at Ponte is open in inclement weather. Heaters and blankets are available in the winter, and misters and fans are used in the summer. Guests Arriving By Limo or Private Bus: A separate limo reservation is required for the weekends. To submit a limo request, please go to the "Plan A Visit" tab at www.pontewinery.com.
San Diego, California
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“Nice location, great service, EH food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Ponte is one of the few vineyards with restaurant service during the week. I've been a couple of times now and really don't feel the urge to ever go back. Took my mom on her first visit to Temecula. Waited 40 minutes for a table (i guess with the new hotel, they are taking hotel guests first). The salad we had was lovely, nice dressing - it was i think the Ponte salad. I had the shrimp and penne dish and mom had a chicken dish. Her chicken was very dry (she ended up dunking it in the salad dressing to moisten it up) and my penne dish was lacking real flavor. The servers where prompt and kind and the meal did come out quickly, but for the prices, I expected a better tasting meal.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 21, 2012
Hello, Thank you for posting a review of your recent visit to The Restaurant at Ponte. We apologize you had to wait for a table, however, we do not give preferential seating to Ponte Vineyard Inn guests. We recommend that all visitors make a reservation whether on the weekends of during the week for lunch. We hope you will give us another chance to wow you with our fresh wine country cuisine. Cheers, Amanda M.
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San Diego, CA
2 reviews
“Excellent Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

We went there for my friend's birthday and had a blast! Superb wine, food and company. The waitstaff are very gracious there.

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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
Hello Carol, Thank you for posting a review of your recent visit to The Restaurant at Ponte! We are so happy you enjoyed celebrating your friend's birthday with us. We pride ourselves on our great food and amazing service, so thank you for the compliment! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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“Best place for lunch in the Temecula Valley wine region.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Outside, under the tent, the best food around. The views from the garden are spectacular!

Visited May 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, May 26, 2012
Hello, Thank you for sharing a review about your recent visit to The Restaurant at Ponte! We are happy you enjoy our garden and dining with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda
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“Outstandning Mother's Day Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012 via mobile

Made reservations online through open table the day before. Called to confirn while we were on our way and to advise that we were running 15 minutes late. A little confusion when we arrived. Initially they couldn't find our reservation.

The hostess stand was very busy. The staff was polite, poised and within 10 minutes had a great table for us in The Barrell Room. Great atmsphere, great service and the Ciopino was terrific. Highly recommend.

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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Hello, Thank you for sharing your recent experience at The Restaurant at Ponte. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and that we were able to be part of your celebration! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda
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“Vino!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Make sure you get a reservation. I've been once without and had to wait more than an hour. With a reservation we were seated immediately. Our server was great and the food was excellent. I could sit and drink wine outside in the beautiful garden all day.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Hello, Thank you for posting a review about your experience at The Restaurant at Ponte! We are glad you enjoyed you visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda
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