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“Rehearsal Dinner” 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.
California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Rehearsal Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We held a wedding rehearsal dinner at Ponte on June 21st. We have a dinner for almost 70 people in the Reserve Room. Service was great. The terrace opens up to the vineyard. Cocktails and bar on the terrace. Dinner inside the Reserve Room. We had a fantastic time. Thanks to Christina and her staff for a great experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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PonteWinery, Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
RPFawcett, thank you for your kind words and comments about your time at Ponte! It was our pleasure hosting your rehearsal dinner and it sounds like you and your guests had a great time. We’ll pass along your compliment to Christina and the wedding team. Cheers!
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San Clemente, California
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“Great setting, terrible attitude at the hostess desk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We love the setting, food is pretty good, make sure you have a reservation. Being a wine club member does not help!

Our only complaint is the attitude at the hostess desk. We have come in a couple of times without a reservation but with Wine Club priority only to be told "everyone is a wine club member" and that our wait will be an hour; even though there are 4-5 empty 2 seaters. Twice we have waited the hour (because of the free tastings as club members) and when we were finally seated most of the empty two seaters were still empty! The other times we just left; as we have watched many other people do. They seem to be turning away a lot of potential business that a more friendly/accommodating attitude and better table management could save.

Visited June 2013
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PonteWinery, Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
24oliveoil, thank you for your comments and concerns with the wait system at The Restaurant at Ponte. During the weekend we do tend to get quite busy and as a result we receive a large amount of reservations and walk in guests which can cause the wait time to increase. I apologize if you were not seated in the time that was quoted and I will bring this to the attention of our restaurant manager. However, we’re pleased to hear that you’re enjoying the food and setting. There’s nothing better than dining outside among the vines. We hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon!
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Favorite Temecula Valley Wine Country Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Beautiful outdoor wine country setting with views of the vineyards and gardens. Food is served fresh with a wine country flair with many selections suitable for sharing. Be sure and check the daily specials before ordering. Ponte wine club members receive a discount and special appetizer. Reservations are a must, especially on weekends and holidays. During the summer months dinner is served which makes for a beautiful evening.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PonteWinery, Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Don, it pleases us to hear that you had such good experiences at The Restaurant at Ponte. We’re glad that you enjoyed our wine country dishes and even got a chance to try some of our chef created specials! We change our menus with the changing seasons, so be sure to come back soon and visit us! Cheers.
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“So much fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This place was just great. The Hostesses were very nice and the service was perfect. The one complaint people seem to have is that it was pricey, but we found that the portions were so large we could have split an appetizer and main course and been more that full. The pizzas certainly can serve two! The music was great too, the guy had a great voice. And when it did cool down a little at the end of the evening, not only did they turn on the heater, they brought out blankets if you wanted one.

Visited June 2013
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PonteWinery, Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
The5MRanch, thank you for sharing your positive thoughts with us! It sounds like you had the complete experience at The Restaurant at Ponte and even got to enjoy our live music. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!
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Los Angeles, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great birthday dinner...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

My husband took me to Ponte for my birthday, and I was pleasantly surprised. I highly encourage reservations, since people who did not have any had to wait over an hour to get seated. Because we had reservations, we were seated promptly and our server was very friendly.

The food was excellent. We had the calamari as appetizer and my husband had the lamb chops and I had the salmon. Oh my goodness...it was delicious! We tried the Moscato wine and it was so tasty with our chocolate dessert. Highly recommend for dinner. The setting was great, not too fancy but just the ambiance was perfect. There was entertainment that really changed the mood of the ambiance for the better. It is expensive, we spent almost $150 for two but it's well worth it, especially for special occasions. I recommend bringing a light sweater, it does get cold at night. The restaurant does have heaters outside :)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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PonteWinery, Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Sunocean18, thank you for choosing us to celebrate your birthday with! It sounds like both you and your husband had a great time and your birthday dinner was a memorable one. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we hope you’ll come visit us again soon! Cheers.
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