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“Really REALLY great food.”

The Restaurant at Ponte
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Ranked #3 of 418 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Anza
Description: 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 see our website.
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Really REALLY great food.”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Fresh, locally raised ingredients, seasonal menu items, gorgeous scenery, and very strong wine list. I had the Mediterranean seafood stew and it was excellent. All seating is outdoors, so bring a jacket for the fall/winter months. The holiday lights surrounding the courtyard were absolutely beautiful.

Visited November 2012
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Thank SCJimbo
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will join us again soon to discover what new seasonal menu items we will feature next season! Cheers, Amanda M.
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San Angelo, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect lunch!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The food is delicious and very unique..the service was slow, so expect a long lunch. I think the waitress was doing the best she could, just think they were understaffed for the day..

Visited October 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Hi Susan, We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to The Restaurant at Ponte! You can always let the staff know if you are in a time crunch and they will do what they can to accommodate you! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to California! Cheers, Amanda M.
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Temecula
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

My wife Kim and I do a regular date lunch, and we often try different Temecula restaurants. But our go-to favorite is the Restaurant at Ponte. The food has always been exceptional. The wines are great - I honestly think wine tastes better where it is grown and made - and they have sangria for the hotter days. The service is reliably solid. Really, though, the main reason we love Ponte is the atmosphere. Sitting outside, surrounded by Italian gardens nestled among the winery buildings and overlooking vineyards and distant mountains, it's easy to drift away into total wine-induced euphoria. The only thing I don't like about Ponte is when it's time to leave.

Visited November 2012
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Thank JohnKTemecula
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
John, we are so happy to hear that Ponte is a favorite of yours! We hope to welcome you and Kim back again soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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San Clemente, California
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Always a brilliant meal, with great service and a lovely bottle”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We always come for a light lunch here when in Temecula. The dining area is great - fans and misters when it's hot, and gas heaters when it's cool; and sometimes, you even get to see a wedding in this lovely Tuscan setting. I've always been delighted in the menu selection, but nearly always end-up with the meat, cheese, nut, olive and bacon-wrapped dates platter. It rocks and pairs well with two of the Ponte reds really well. Today "Sara" recommended a new wine for us, that was lovely and went with the wife's lunch nicely. Unfortunately, our bottle was heavily sediment-laden, and developed a chalky pallor as we neared the last couple of glasses. Of course this was remedied immediately at no cost, and we enjoyed another lovely afternoon on the Ponte patio. A must visit when you are in the valley....

  • Visited October 2012
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Amanda M, Guest Relations Manager at The Restaurant at Ponte, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you for making Ponte a favorite stop when visiting Temecula! You picked a winner with your lunch selection, it is one of our staff favorites too! We are happy to know that Sara was part of making your visit a memorable one and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, Amanda M.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Replay”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Unfortunately, I gave this review on the Ponte Family Estate Winery. You can review my efforts there, but this has some killer pizza and salads.

Visited October 2012
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