Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery
Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.falknerwinery.com/
  • Phone: 9516768231x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: In the Pinnacle Dining Room: Daily 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Summer time BBQ and Jazz on the tasting room lawn: Sundays 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gianni Ciciliot
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Barrel Room available for larger parties and groups, as well as private Cave Room located in Barrel Room for up to 20 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Cathy Lyle 9516768231x1
  • Special Events: The Pinnacle is the perfect place for a wedding or private dinner party.
    Contact Loretta Falkner for private event information.
    951-676-8231 ext. 102

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rancho California Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery
Located in beautiful Temecula Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine either indoors in their glass enclosed dining room or outside on their open-air balcony overlooking the vineyard. Experience the great American-Mediterranean Style cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and the high quality, award winning Falkner wines. Special dishes prepared daily. Open daily for lunch 11:30am to 3:30 p.m.
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Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (41)great for lunch (36)special occasion (29)notable wine list (22)good for groups (19)great for brunch (14)fit for foodies (13)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A very special place!
    auntyneesy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a place that I keep coming back to. The view is sensational, the food is always creative and delicious. Outstanding service every time makes this a very special place that I always look forward to coming to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good large party venue not intimate
    Emley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good, but I was disappointed with the venue. The representation on the internet looked lovely, but although the windows are primed for a view, we looked on scrub brush. We were celebrating a birthday so it was a fun occasion, but quite loud. The winery is enjoyed by many wine tasting groups, so the parking lot was packed with limos and buses with women spilling out of them in cork tiaras. I'm sure it would be a great party venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasing to all the senses
    AllrosewoodVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were seated immediately thanks to Open Table reservation and given the most scenic spot. The food was exceptional and the presentation was like eye candy. All 6 of us are every bite and made room for that lemon moose dessert. Wow, perfect for the after dinner pallet. This Top Chef deserves his title.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    D9nnE
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was very tasty. The Lucious Lips wines are excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud
    Cocoa91
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food is good. The location and idea of a restaurant at a winery is good. But they missed the boat with décor and ambiance. Its like a cafeteria with subpar staff serving you. The hostess was no where to be found, we had to wait 10 minutes to be noticed, even though the bar with a host was right next to the entrance. The waitress could have cared less, not even looking at us when she spoke. We could hardly have a decent conversation over the loud noise of this place. They need carpet or something to muffle the noise. I honestly couldn't wait to leave and get outside where it was quiet in the vineyards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely on a cool day
    something0new
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Opens at 11:30 - thought they could open earlier given how hot it gets in the summer. It was cloudy so sat outside anyway in mid-July; would have been perfect if there were more shade on patio. Food was satisfactory although canneloni was salty and disappointing. Inside very noisy but our seat overlooking vineyards and hills of Temecula was quite lovely and quiet. Service was reasonably attentive especially given that most folks were inside.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Georgie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    For lunch on our anniversary we were seated in a large, empty dining hall - then with at least 15 other empty tables in the room, a group of 16 women were seated right next to us for a bachelorette luncheon - the acoustics made the room suddenly very noisy. The windows were too high so our only view was sky and hilltops. I had Seafood Portofino; red sauce was spicy but needed a richer flavor. The scallops were smaller than my little fingernail. My husband had Halibut over orzo; slightly overcooked for a rather dry piece of lovely looking fish. The staff was friendly; our server was very pleasant and took good care of us, esp. when we asked about the tasty bread and where we might purchase it. I had Luscious Lips red wine - excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delicious
    CarolM
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our favorite place for Birthdays or Anniversary. The menu changes, give us a surprise when coming in. Food is what bring us here. Views are a bonus.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    GlennVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our first time here. The food was great and the portions were large. Would recommend the lobster shrimp cannelloni. And the Falkner wines are great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with East Coast friend
    DISHfan
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Salmon was tasty but not much taste to the potatoes. Hamburger request was medium rare and it came very done. Pretty place and service was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable lunch, service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We decided to have one last lunch before leaving Temecula wine country. We found that Pinnacle was nearby and accepted reservations via Open Table. We were there on time and were seated quickly. We then waited about 10 minutes before someone realized that we had yet to be helped. The bus service was great, though, and were attending to our drink needs and food service throughout the entire visit. Good was good, but not amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day to remember
    Fathersday2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service, food, music and atmosphere was excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Place for Friends
    PistosMonterey
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Some of my friends and I met for lunch at this amazing restaurant at Falkner Winery. Needless to say, the ambiance and meal exceeded what we hoped for. Kudos to Loretta and her amazing team! The Chef and staff consistently prepare food that is so delicious - nothing needs to be added & taken away. I have to say from the winery to the restaurant, everyone is cheerful, helpful and a joy to be around. Definitely returning (and so are my girlfriends with their family & friends).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and view
    DeaB
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were a party of five, and enjoyed our special visit. Food was wonderful, nearly perfect. One vegetarian ordered the veggie burger, and it was fantastic, but you may want to ask what bun options are available. The brown bread variety was not the tops.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need a new designer and chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The location of the restaurant is very nice. The decor is uninviting and the food is very mediocre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    As it turned out the Pinnacle was closed for the day when we arrived. Had a water heater burst or something!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful view!
    2happytoeat
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We sat outside and the view was great. The service was perfect and Tina was very attentive and helpful. Only reason I'm giving four starts is because my husband ordered his steak medium rare and it came out cooked well done. Tina apologized and had the cook make a new one, but my husband said the new one wasn't really up to par either. (He's not a steak snob!) Anyway, all the other food the three of us ordered was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time for Mothers Day, Great
    adslas1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Really fun beautiful view and food to match. Wine was delicious. Riesling
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    ZAMBI
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    After accepting my reservation via OPENTABLE and accepting my credit card as payment, I received a calling telling me they were not able to give me my time and wanted to change it for a later time in the afternoon. I called back they next day, and spoke to Cathy,very nice manager and she agreed that this was not my error and keep my reservation as noted on the request. Mother's Day is a very busy time. I was surprised the drinks were not included in the brunch.. the setup on the serving stations were poorly designed, there was a very young man at the carving station who had no idea how to crave..they were so busy they plates were still wet coming out. Food was OK.. they could have done better for 300.00+ I spent for 4 !
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mother's day
    Esther
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is the only place I can justify spending so much for mother's day brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers enjoyed it
    Jennerma
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Visited my mother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law for Mother's Day. Nice table that accommodated our large party. View from every table. Gorgeous day, abundant, great tasting, well-presented buffet. Champagne flowed and wait service was great. The kids (and even Grandma) enjoyed the separate Candy treat room with crystal bowls overflowing with all kinds of candy to bag and have a take away treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very scenic
    IluvGreatDanes
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The quality of the food was awesome. The service was adequate. It was hard to get near the cheese and the shrimp area of the buffet. The buffet was very crowded and the room was cramped. I would suggest moving some of the tables out of the dining room and spreading out the buffet into a larger area
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not the best not the worst
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I ordered the mushroom chicken pasta it was very gresey, the wine was great. The desert we got creme bruele and flowerless chocolate cake both were awful. I would not go here again. We also thought the fake flowers on the table were cheesey. Table was too small.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 479 reviews are from the Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery reviews archive.
  • Easter Brunch was ok
    CamDaddy623
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I took my wife to Pinnacle Restaurant for Easter Brunch. For a Brunch, the food selections were minimal but the service was great and the view was amazing. My wife and I will be returning for the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and prices
    foodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We came here for Easter Brunch. We had a reservation and was seated right away. The tables were close to each other but there was still room to walk through. The brunch offered a good variety - salad, shrimp, smoked salmon, chicken, mahi-mahi, salmon, lamb, prime rib, waffles. There was also an omelet station and crepes station. The price was reasonable and it included champagne or mimosa. The brunch also had choices for kids. The Easter bunny came by our table and gave our daughter a bag of treats - this was a nice surprise. Our server was quick and was there when we needed. After, we walked around to enjoy the view. Overall, we were happy with the service. The food was good but would like to see more exciting entrees.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    SteveF
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Brunch was just average, but service was prompt and friendly. View was terrific. All hard surfaces indoors makes for a noisy experience when the room is full. Great outdoor event area, but not used for Easter Brunch (it does not have the great views that the restaurant does). Restaurant called in advance to confirm our reservations; that was nice. I asked for a table with a view via OpenTable - and got it! Thanks, Pinnacle Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Easter Brunch
    mandj
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had the nicest time at Falkner's Easter Brunch. The buffet was excellent. There was a good selection...all delicious.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My husband took me to pinnacle thinking it was going to be a nice easter spread. There were very little choices in food and the little choices we did have were not the best. The omelets were horrible, the waffles were pre made so they were cold and tasteless, the mahi, mahi fish had no flavor. The best part of the brunch was the scenic less the uncomfortable out door chairs. Will never be back they just need to stick to there wines .
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding experience
    SkyeBlue
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Gorgeous views; outstanding gourmet level quality food; every bite was high quality and delicious; attentive service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a view
    iluv2shopVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Quite lunch at the Falkner Winery Pinnacle restaurant up on a hilltop overlooking of the vineyards. Relaxing and serene. great food & wine - Especially the Lobster mac and cheese and the Blackened salmon sandwich. All very good! Don't forget the wonderful creme brulee. great service too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Wife and I both had a seafood salad with shrimp, octopus and swordfish. The lettuce was old, the shrimp under cooked and the octopus was rubber. The swordfish was average. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot to go after wine tasting
    EatinOutwFriends
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Perfect spot for lunch! I enjoyed their spicy burger (I can't remember the name) and it was great. I'd eat it again. My wife had the burger with lobster on it and she enjoyed that, as well. Service was great. The food was great. We'd go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MOM'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
    OCALEX
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    FAMILY REUNION CELEBRATING MOM'S 80TH BIRTHDAY. OUR TABLE WAS RESERVED AND WAITING FOR US. SERVICE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE, NO COMPLAINTS. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT, PERFECT PORTIONS, EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS. FIRST TIME (FOR US) THAT THE RESTAURANT WAS TOTALLY FULL, AND THAT MADE IT A BIT NOISY, BUT WAS UNDERSTANDABLE. VERY LIVELY, OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE WERE ENJOYING THEIR MEALS AND THE AMBIANCE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, ANY TIME. MOM WAS VERY IMPRESSED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Temecula winery restaurant
    lovefoodandwine
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Really enjoyed our lunch at The Pinnacle Restaurant, Falkner Winery in Temecula. Beautiful view from the dining room -- big windows out onto the vineyards. Got seated right at our rsvp time. Service was terrific and so was the food. Enjoyed the experience; would recommend the restaurant to others and I hope to eat there again on another visit to Temecula wine country.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoy the view, the
    Lynn
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Really enjoy the view, the food and service. I requested a table by the window and was delighted that it was ready for us when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine country dining
    foodie92084
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We were celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary and wanted something special. The menu was not overly complicated and had plenty of choices. The appetizer, blackened ahi tuna on romaine leaves, was so fresh and tasty. My seafood cannelloni was delicious and quite rich. I took half of it home. My husband's angus steak was also very tasty - a little on the salty side probably because of the sauce but very good. We had creme brulee for desert which was light and refreshing. My only criticism is that the waitress called us "honey" which I felt was a bit too "Denny's" and she was sort of just a little too busy(?) as she came to our table. She did not ask if we wanted refills on our wine - which we did - but my husband finally got her attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Our third time here and it still has same charm and atmosphere as the first time. The food is always good and the service is outstanding . I would highly recommend this jewel on the hill for either a group get together or a romantic lunch. You won't be disappointed .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Lunch
    PicEdiner
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch with the girls. Try the Octopus. Tender, nice char with the lentils -fabulous! One thing they could improve on is the outdoor terrace. A lovely sweeping addition with views of the valley but no umbrellas! Maybe due to winds? I have yet to see anyone sit outside for this reason. Other than that a gem:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was amazing!!
    JeanieB
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We had lunch recently at the Pinnacle and simply put, it was outstanding! Food was excellent and the presentation was lovely. We are wine club members so having the extra appetizer was great and 50% off on the wine was superb. Great location and a wonderfuln place to have lunch when we pick up our wine,
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinnacle resturant
    Krasavka
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We have had lunch there several times and the food and service is always good. The resturaurant has a wonderful view if the vineyards. Our only complaint is the acoustics. The dining room has wood floors and it is very loud, especially when it is busy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic