My wife and I recently did an overnight getaway with Spa services at the South Coast Winery. We had been wine tasting most of the day as our drive was only from nearby San Diego. While the Spa and the winery were top notch, the restaurant was a bit of a dissappointment. The prices where consistent (high) with other similar winery restaurants but the service and food were nowhere near approaching those prices. The food was not bad, just unremarkable and unforgettable. My prime rib was as good as anything that a medium price steak house would put out. The vegetables were soggy, but the garlic mashed potatoes were tasty. My wife ordered a pasta dish with shrimp. This dish was quite tasteless, although the shrimp were quite good once she found them. The decor was pleasant and relaxing. Upscale rustic.
The waiter was seen only twice, to take the order and drop off the check. He did not check back, nor was fresh ground pepper or fresh Romano cheese offered either. This is almost mandatory in my book for this level of eatery.
The woman that gave me an excellent massage at the Spa the following day recommended the Ponte vinyard next door with hesitating when I asked where we should taste and eat next.
We ended up not eating in Temecula, but during our next wine tasting trip, I am looking forward to trying the Ponte restaurant.
Go for the wine tasting and Spa, but skip the restaurant.
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