Lot's of fun.The Brie in Cruet
Lot's of fun.The Brie in Cruet was absolutely fabulous! We enjoyed the "wine sampler" (called something different). The service was terrific and the wait staff was mos personable and attentive. I loved the goat cheese and Cherry salad would order it again. The Entree was the scallops. Next time I am going to try the Duck,but will always get the Brie appetizer as it was to die for.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We totally enjoyed our time
We totally enjoyed our time at the restaurant with our friends. It was certainly worth
driving the 90 miles to get there...
We had bumper to bumper traffic on the I 10 and were late for our 1pm reservation.
Unfortunately were unable to make contact with our friends we were meeting there because
we didn't have their cell phone number..
I did have a copy of my confirmed reservation that I received via email.However, it does
not have your phone number so I couldn't make contact with you so you could be aware of
the situation and pass it on to our friends who were waiting and wondering what happened
Perhaps you could add your number to the information on your confirmation email.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our meal was very tasty
We went on a Friday so they had a band. It was a little loud, but we were good with that. Everything we had was delicious. This would be a special occasion place for us as we had a little of everything and by the time the dust settled, it was fairly expensive. We shared a warm spinach salad, ahi appetizer and a main dish of salmon. The re fried rice that came with the salmon was different and really delicious. My wife tried their champagne flight, and I had their red wine flight. She did not like hers as much as I liked mine, but we are not the best judges when it comes to champagne and wine. We both thought the desert was just fair, but we wanted to try something different, so it would not be fair to say what it was.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot to meet and eat
We had a group of 4: 2 driving from San Diego and 2 from the Inland Empire area. So Temecula, and the Thornton Winery, was right in the middle and provided easy access from the freeway. Our luncheon was quiet, and the service was good. The chef was able to accommodate some special dining requests. We wish we could have sample some of the winery's wines, but we had to drive home! :-)
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best seat for lunch in Temecula
I am a wine snob with memberships in a number of wineries in Santa Barbara county, Paso Robles, Sonoma and Napa. I have never been impressed with the wineries in Temecula and hadn't been there for 20 years. We decided to take a quick overnight trip to Temecula and after looking at reviews from a few sites booked a lunch at Cafe Champagne at Thornton. We got there early and paid for a tasting. By the time we sat for lunch I signed up for their wine club. Great relaxing lunch with a window seat and views of the vineyard. Lunch and service was fantastic. We plan to come back for concerts too.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Please change your lunch menu
We live in Temecula, and it has been a long time since they have done a new special of the day or changed the menu. We're waiting, love you though.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will be Back
Was here for Mother's Day Buffet Brunch. Came back to order off the menu for their Sunday Brunch. Great dining areas inside and out. Beautiful view.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than ever !
We haven't been to Cafe Champagne in quite some time & were pleasantly surprised with the changes they've made. Atmosphere was lovely, food & service were great. We were especially impressed with the Ahi Appetizer. It was delicious ! Very generous portion of Ahi with an awesome presentation. We ordered the salmon & swordfish for dinner, both cooked to perfection. Loved the wine pairing with each course as well. Our server Dena was friendly & accomodating . I enjoyed the complimentary tastings of their champagne she served. We'll be back to try their steak next time !!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambience is lessened by dated
Ambience is lessened by dated decor and tables cluttered with advertisements for concerts, wine clubs and discount events. Proprietor wine is average but they offer other good options on their wine list. The amazing feature is the food. Every single thing that was placed before us was beautiful on the plate and tasted better than it looked.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Early Summer Evening Dinner
We booked the dinner for the golden hour of sunset on a Thursday evening in early summer. Very pleasant outdoor dinning area set on the winery grounds with views of the surrounding vineyards. Menu is paired with their wines or you can order a tasting sample and do your tasting through dinner. We had the wild salmon with a unique black rice and fresh asparagus. Excellent. Service was prompt and not oppressive. We will be back with friends.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at Cafe Champaign and in Temecula wine country. For lunch, my husband had the club sandwich and said it was good. I had the Shrimp and Crab Louis Salad and thought it was the best I've ever had. The dressing was made to perfection for flavor and lightness. The salad was packed with bay shrimp and some crab. The flavor was delicious. The house bread was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside just like we like it. Our wine pairing was another success, as were our attentive servers. We enjoyed our meal and truly needed to escape the heat and get refreshed. We didn't linger though because the restaurant was quite noisy and we had trouble hearing each other. We will gladly come back when we are in the area again.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great winery restaurant
I enjoyed a dinner by myself (on work travel) and enjoyed a lovely and quiet dinner outside while looking over the vineyard. The wine list is sourced from the winery and quite diverse.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have never been disappointed with the food here. It was outstanding, as always; however a bit pricey.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Wine Country
I eat at this winery whenever I pick up my 2 bottle of sparkling wine at Thornton Winery. Food is excellent and always changes. Sparkling wine is my favorite but their wines are just as good. Service is friendly, efficient and helpful.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time had by all.
We met a couple at the restaurant that we had not seen in 1-1/2 years. Our server was friendly and understanding that we needed to talk for a while. She never rushed us, but it was a slowish day. Everyone enjoyed their lunch, especially the cheese platter ordered by the wife of our friends. She talked about it all weekend. We spent over two hours just sitting, drinking wine, eating, and talking. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect way to spend a Saturday
Perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thornton still delights
The atmosphere inside the restaurant or outside on the covered patio is outstanding. Quiet enough for conversation - as long as there is no one trying to sing & play the guitar. The ambiance & food were lovely. The music on Saturday afternoon (8/10/13) was not. Unfortunately, she wasn't talented & then the amplifier got turned up. Thornton only needs to pipe in some easy instrumental music so people can enjoy each other's company & conversation. Forget the live 'entertainment'.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server was excellent, told us about joingin the wine club, which we did, very attentive. Food was great, love the brie pastry.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our food was excellent and
Our food was excellent and the service also excellent.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oustanding food; excellent service.
Cafe Champagne is our choice for special occasions. The food is skillfully prepared, and the service is always friendly and top-notch. I had the pan seared scallops over risotto, paired with the suggested Thornton Reserve Chardonnay, and is was delicious. For dessert we shared one of the listed appetizers, which is so unctious, it should be listed on the dessert menu as well: the brie, wrapped in puff pastry, heavily drizzled with artisan honey and nicely toasted walnuts. Don't miss it!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch to start our
Great brunch to start our Sunday! Food was delicious and portion size was just right so we enjoyed every last bite. Service was exceptional and very attentive. Ate here years ago for dinner to celebrate a special anniversary and decided to try Sunday brunch and was once again very, very pleased!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would definitely have lunch here prior to enjoying an afternoon of wine tasting. Staff was attentive and for was really good.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a special place to celebrate. Perfect evening
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful afternoon lunch
Excellent food and wonderful service. There were guitar players performing and it was so pleasant outside dining at the WInery.
Cafe Champagne's food is excellent and the wine tastings are so much fun.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Special Evening
Enjoyed the evening at Cafe Champagne at Thornton Wineries. Service and food were excellent.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Food, Great service
From the baked brie appetizer, to the warm spinach salad, and finally to the scallops with clam chowder risotto, there was no better meal this trip to Temecula Wine Country. Service was exceptional.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated our 28th anniversary with an overnight stay at a local B & B and dinner at Cafe Champagne. Menu selection was adequate to suit every taste. Servers were knowledgeable having been there for several years. Enjoyed a flight of three (3) champagne selections before our soup and entree selections. Their chicken vegtable soup hit the spot on a cold evening. Food was hot and delicious. White and dark chocolate parfait rounded out our meal.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and good wine.
We sat outside and had lunch during the week. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The Thornton wine is excellent, but a bit expensive by the glass.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old friends meet halfway.
The three of us enjoyed a leisurly lunch Friday at 11am. Meeting here provides that no one has to travel a great dustance. The best of both worlds! By arriving early we had time to talk before the place started filling up and the noise level was tolerable.
The Staff were most attentative and the food was great. Thank you. Alice Spence
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM