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“All the elements for a great experience” 5 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.
Kobe, Japan
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“All the elements for a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

It seems that all the vineyards in Temecula have expanded their tasting rooms, gardens, gift shops, wedding facilities and restaurants. Ponte has too but to my mind has the best combination of superior white and red wines, ambience, and quality cuisine. The garden settings, friendliness of staff and variety in their menu makes for an unforgettable experience.

  • Visited December 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, January 3, 2013
Hi Chuck, We are so happy you enjoy visiting Ponte! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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English first
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Delicious food on the patio overlooking Ponte vineyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

2 excellent salads, a crab cake appetizer, an artichoke flatbread, and a shared duck pizza cost $70 for 4 adults at lunch.

The salad had orange slices, walnuts and feta on greens and cherry tomatoes. Fresh tasting and served with a good vinaigrette.
The 2 crab cakes were very small and spicy, but good too.
The duck pizza was both salty and sweet, attributed to the bacon, mango and dried cranberries.

Expect a leisure paced lunch, as it took 30 minutes to receive our food on a Sunday afternoon.
The server Lindsay was friendly and knew the menu.
On the other hand, The hostess was not very thoughtful and asked us to leave our table ( after we seated ourselves), walked us to the hostess stand, and then reseated us at the same table! More than half of the tables were empty too.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 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, December 27, 2012
Thank you for sharing a review of your recent visit to The Restaurant at Ponte. We are happy you enjoyed your meal, and we apologize for the confusion with the hostess! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Cheers to a happy and healthy new year, Amanda M.
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USA
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513 reviews 513 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 140 cities Reviews in 140 cities
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
“Solid place for a good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I had a really enjoyable meal with friends this past weekend at the Restaurant at Ponte. It was quite a good meal with really friendly service.

We had a variety of dishes and they were all presented really well and tasted great. The salad with the tenderloin slices was really good but a tad too salty. The tenderloin was great.

There were not a whole lot of guests here which was a shame because the experience is solid!

Visited December 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thank you for joining us at The Restaurant at Ponte! We are so happy you had an enjoyable visit! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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Miami, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“A real destination package”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Ponte features Wine tasting, Winery tours, Gift store, Restaurant and a New wonderful Hotel. Besides making great wines this is our favorite restaurant in the Temecula area. It is always our first stop when we are in the United States.

Visited November 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
We are so thankful to have you as a fan of Ponte! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Temecula! Cheers, Amanda M.
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Yucca Valley, California
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Keep Going Back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We have been to this winery quite a few times and every time we go, they treat you really special. We even joined their wine club and truly enjoy the wines we received. We make a point of eating there and can say that the food, service and also the presentation is remarkable. You won't be disappointed!!

Visited December 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Hi Merkie, We are so happy you enjoy your visits to the Restaurant at Ponte and welcome to the wine club! We hope to see you at a members event soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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