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Solare Ristorante Lounge
Solare Ristorante Lounge

Solare Ristorante Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solarelounge.com
  • Email: info@SolareLounge.com
  • Phone: (619) 270-9670
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday/ 11:30am -4pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday/ 4:00pm - 10pm

    Dinner only: Sunday/ 4:30pm - 10pm.

    COOKING CLASS schedule on

    CLOSED: Memorial Day, July 3rd, Monday, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Accursio Lota
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: PRIVATE ROOMS are available for up to 100 guests. Please contact us at info@solarelounge.com or 619-270-9670 or vist our website for more information.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Thursday Night at 8:30pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact us to learn more about our Cooking Classes and Team Building events. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!!!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roosevelt Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of FREE parking.
A word from Solare Ristorante Lounge
The setting, service, decor and ambiance in this historic Liberty Station location is like no other. Family-owned and operated, Randy Smerik and his team work hard to offer an amazing dining experience for you. We believe in the use of local fresh organic produce, natural meat and wild seafood and we are a "Sustainable Green Restaurant". Each dish is prepared from scratch with love and passion to satisfy our customer's heart and soul.

Housed in the filming location for Top Gun, Solare helps to sustain the historical landmarks of San Diego's NTC Promenade.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Their food makes me drool. End of story. Gorgeous place. Great drinks. Everything you could ever want in a restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Yummy! Have it your way, how can you go wrong? fabulous service & accommodating for a mid-day lunch meeting. Thanks! Frequent diner :o)"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always great food!! super service! if you have not dined here, you are missing out :o) I suggest you make your reservation today... highly recommended! Thank You!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Happy hour menu on the table in dinning room, but not allowed to have happy hour prices in that area. Then why have it on the table if not allowed to obtain the prices?"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I live in the neighborhood and had been meaning to try Solare for a while. We feel we've found a new favorite restaurant! The food was excellent and the servers were all professional and helpful. The decor is beautiful and it wasn't too loud or too bright - perfect for our anniversary dinner. We will definitely be back and are planning on checking out the happy hour next week. I have since recommended Solare to many people."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Loved this place. Great place ! Very accommodation for dietary restrictions . We will be back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My friend and I met for lunch once a month to catch up. We love Solare! The food is always amazing, the service impeccable and the atmosphere relaxed. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Ate there two consecutive nights one weekend before theater in NTC . . . . among the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. Food, whether full meal, or just a pizza, was excellent. Nice bar and ambience. Friendly and very capable service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Friendly service, great food, no parking problems. Very authentic Italian and selections were all delicious. Plan to return soon."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great Italian food. Good service and nice for birthday parties. Wine list was good. I especially like the lasagna and the Caesar salad is delicious. Desserts are fab."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Wine Room, which requires specific reservations makes the evening special. It is a glass enclosed room with see through racks of wine to the rest of the restaurant. The glass doors can be left open or closed from the noise of the main rooms. The whole experience feels special and individualized. The wait person was wonderful. The food was good, not great. Two of us had the veal chop, which was an unremarkable and not very flavorful breaded & fried chop. One had cioppino that she thought was quite good. I enjoy taking out-of-town guests to Solare because of the unique environment the Wine Room provides. It tends to make a dinner out a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Loved Solare !! The food was wonderful staff was great loved the decor ! Even bought a tee shirt !"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We have been going to this restaurant since it's opening. The quality and cost of the food has never been better. The new owner and his family are present and excellent in their respective roles. This is a real gem that is now among the best."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great Italian selections and always great quality. Our only wish is that they had a few more California wines a little more reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had been to Solare about 2 years ago and had an awful experience. After reading the reviews about the new ownership, decided to try it again and what a transformation. We really enjoyed the dinner, the meal, the ambience, the attention and the service. Really glad to have experience the transformation and we will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was very good. The menu is a little limited. They do NOT offer the traditional Italian fare. It is more Italian with a California twist. The portions are small but very well presented and delicious. The bread was great."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very pleasant restaurant. Food was excellent and service was attentive."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was excellent but what really stands out was the attentive ad friendly wait staff. The wine list was nice and there are many choices on the menu that all look delicious. Very nice ambiance as well. Not too crowded."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Creative menu. Knowledgeable and very pleasant wait staff."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Was in town in San Diego and needed a place to meet fellow colleagues and found this via a Google search. Location is great in Liberty Station - near the airport, easy to get to and there's parking all around. Tuesday is half price on their bottles of wine - that was awesome! Food was delicious - great presentation and very enjoyable. The owner, randy, came by to make sure we had everything we needed and gave us his card. He genuinely seemed to care. Not like when you are in a chain restaurant an they stop by and really only give lip service to caring abut your needs. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great place to dine in San Diego."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a few times before and love the food and ambience. I recently had guests visiting from out of town and chose your restaurant for a nice dinner out. Although we were seated immediately upon arrival. We had to wait 20 + minutes for a server to acknowledge us and take our drink order. I understand that this was a very busy weekend, but the wait was unacceptable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I came here for lunch with a coworker to celebrate her birthday. We sat out on the patio, which was spacious but was loud due to the planes landing every few minutes. The service was good, but we never learned the names of any of them. The food was good and the bread was especially delicious. The manager came out and chatted with us for a few moments and also comped our dessert since we were celebrating a birthday - nice touch. I would come here again, but probably sit inside and it looks like there is a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We were greeted by the owner and his staff. Despite the large crowd there on Valentine's Day we were treated like long lost friends. Being very impressed by all aspects of the restaurant, we came back two nights later and enjoyed the same service and feelings. The second night we sat at the window by the kitchen and watched the food preparation. We can honestly say the food was prepared from top quality and extremely fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We found this place purely by chance. What a great experience. The food has a Sicilian flair and is awesome. The wine list is superb, with a lot of great selections at a very good price point. The service was flawless. We were very, very pleased with the entire experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here for Valentines day and they had a special menu for $69 a person. The menu was a five course meal and they got better as each one came out with the first course being the only one that was not good. Staff was great and for it being the first time going I would go back and try the regular menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is mediocre, service was good at first then almost non-existent, and the place is loud, including the hostess clomping around the wooden floor in her high-heel shoes. A neat looking room made disappointing by the below average meal preparation. Example, the osso buco was apparently "warmed up" in a microwave, the inside cold and the outside warm and it was tough/chewy. The cocktails tasted as if they were watered down. Hendricks's Gin up, does not taste like water..."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Love finding this little gem of a restaurant! The ambiance was very nice, great for couples. The food was different and delicious. The lasagna was outstanding, a very different type of lasagna - crispy and light. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "A friend and I go to a weekly cooking class and Solare's executive chef was a guest chef. I was so impressed with what he made at the demonstration, I told my group of friends that if his restaurant food was half as good as the presentation, we'd be in for an amazing meal...and he came through! We took advantage of the 3 course tasting meal in January and definitely will be back. One of my friends isn't a huge fan of Italian food b/c of having to pick out all the onions /garlic. She joined us for dinner and wants to go back as well so that's high praise!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a nice meal for restaurant week. The menu was slightly overpriced and a bit limited (one dessert choice), but the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Solare will surprise you when it comes to food quality. There's always a great lasagna, the calamari is fantastic (as you will seldom see), and plenty of specials that actually do constantly change. To be honest, I'm surprised it is not alway packed."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Solare for four plus years. It has never failed to deliver anythng short of exceptional food and service. The host greets you at the front and treats you like you are part of her family. We bring our small dog (who is really part of our family - Abbie) and she is treated like royalty. I would highly recommend Solare to all. With so many choices on Liberty Station, you can't go wrong with Solare."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "bruschetta - excellent marinated olives - very nice lobster bisque - excellent lasagne special - okay overall experience - very nice, charming, hope to go again"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed very much our NYE celebration at Solare. The prefix menu was very delicious and nicely presented Also, we had a lot of fun in the party, specially when they open thar big bottle of champagne. We're looking forward to spend next NYE at Solare."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I went on Christmas Eve and I was very unsatisfied. I booked through open table and there was no mention of a prefix special menu. Yelp put them at a $$ price rating. I was very surprised that a dinner for 2 was $225. Service was poor. Are food got cold while we waited for silverware. We waited about 20 minutes in between each course Over priced for the value."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food combinations interesting & waitstaff efficient. I have been here several times & recommend it."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The food was delicious in generous portions. Menu is varied and enticing as are the desserts. Chestnuts were a treat and pastas are well prepared. Noise level is tough at peak hours. We asked for birthday acknowledgement and did not get it."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had a very nice dinner - the food was good, portion size was perfect and the prices were reasonable. It was a bit too noisy for my taste (hardwood floors don't absorb sound) and it wasn't a busy night. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We chose Solare to dine during the Holidays because of their excellent service and food we have enjoyed throughout the year They added holiday specials in food and drink which were excellent. The bar had live music which was fantastic."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Maybe we only see each other once or twice a year, but being together is important and always fun. Solare was a great choice this year for the three of us. Food was very good, as always. And, we even treated to the wine room table, best table in the house!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Me and my wife have come to love this place we have been here on numerous occasions for dinner. We are not wine drinkers but they do seem to have a great selection. If your looking for a romantic atmosphere this is a great place to go. We are never disappointed when we come to Solare."
    Dined on 12/20/2013