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Solare Ristorante Lounge
Solare Ristorante Lounge

Solare Ristorante Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, 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
Voted Best Italian Restaurant and Best Chef (Accursio Lotà) for 2014 by San Diego Magazine! 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
  • "Great place if you like real Italian cuisine. Petra is very nice and professional in explaining the menu and suggesting dishes. The food was outstanding. very tasteful and very well presented. Ok live band but it make difficult di make conversation at the table."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was our third visit since finding Solare quite by chance a few months ago. We came to celebrate my fiance's birthday, and once again, Solare did not disappoint. We enjoyed three tasty appetizers, a tangy and flavorful pizza, and a marvelous eggplant dish. We also had a couple of different Pinots - each very different from the other, but both worked well either by themselves or with our food. Our server Francois (imagine - a French waiter in an Italian place) made friends with us, was engaged yet appropriately discreet, made great recommendations, and kept our experience lively. We came early for dinner, so the place was pretty quiet - but know that once things get hopping, the noise is sometimes considerable. Thanks again, Solare!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We dined at Solare before a concert and couldn't have been more pleased. Three of us ordered the pasta with fennel sausage and it was tasty, balanced and perfectly prepared. Our fourth ordered the osso bucco and loved it. Yummy bread with oil for dipping to start plus a perfect Caesar salad. Not surprised that Solare boasts a San Diego top chef. Attentive service. Don't sit outside as the restaurant is right under a flight path!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This is my second time dining at Solare. My husband and I took our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate their anniversary on this visit. We ate in the lounge area as we wanted to order appetizers from the happy hour menu which is not available in the main dining room. The room is quite noisy, which is to be expected, but the food is superb. The fresh pasta is fantastic and the pork ossobucco, which my son-in-law had, was the best he said he has ever eaten. Save room for dessert--we had three different ones, all quite yummy. We will definitely be returning and would like to try sitting out on the patio next time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We came for lunch & the restaurant was very pretty inside but somewhat dark for eating lunch. It would be a nice atmosphere in the evening. Our group was too large to sit outside which would have been sunnier. The food was excellent & the wait staff warm, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Have been dining here since its inception. Always our go to place. Solare recently changed ownership and the food is just as mouth watering if not better. Really didn't think that was possible!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Organic produce, local ranchers and local fish. Wow. Food was amazing. I read an earlier reivew that the prices were high, clearly the person who wrote it goes to sports bars and places that give you food like a lumberjack. Solare doesn't spare quality for quantity. The portions are perfect, ambience amazing and the wait staff wonderful. When a server or busser was at our table, they were spot on, friendly and very informative. When dinner was finished and we lingered at our table, no rush, the wait staff asked if there was anything we needed and refilled our water glasses. On a down side, they were busy and forgot an additional glass of wine I ordered (it wasn't on the bill) and the live music never happened on Thursday?"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant several times and always enjoy it. My parpadella was overcooked this time, but generally the food is very good. We stayed for the music on Saturday night which was quite nice."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent in all categories - Food, Choices, Atmosphere, Service, Management. A dining evening that will be repeated."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner and their freshly made pasta was great. The dishes overall however we're good but not great. My husband commented that had the atmosphere and portions of an Olive Garden (the quality of pasta was better, but maybe not of the sauces). Still, it's reasonably priced for fresh pasta and was pleasant overall, just wouldn't highly recommend for foodies."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first time to visit. We were surprised to find such a true Italian fare right in the Point Loma area. It was like visiting our favorite spot in Florence."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food and service great but we found inside table too noisey. They relocated us outside and all was fine."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were seated quickly. The hostess was very friendly; the water came quickly as did the bread basket and olive oil for dipping. The waiter seemed very tense and almost terse. Seemed a little pretentious and even defensive when I asked about the herbs that were in the ravioli dish that my husband ordered. My husband loved the dish and we were trying to figure out what this one prevalent herb was. The waiter took it that we were complaining. His statement was, "Why, is there something wrong with it?", to which we responded, "No, we were just trying to identify the one herb we could taste and I thought it was sage and my hubby was not sure." The waiter said it was sage and was barely attentive after that. Surprising reaction for waiter."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took my visiting family to Solares for good food and to show them around Liberty Station. I had been there in the evening for Happy Hour and was very pleased to find a good place for lunch as well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "For a great private feel, get the wine room! Perfect for four."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food. Friendly service. Convenient/historic location. We will be back next time we are in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Home made spaghetti pasta with lobster was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A group of 14 of us celebrated by going to Solare and we had a great time. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun. The service was a little slow but high quality. Understandable for a large group. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Solare has a new owner and seems to be going strong. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful... making a very good wine recommendation. The owner stopped by and we talked for a bit, which is always nice. Food was tasty and the presentation was great. For me, the cushions on the seats were a distracting and uncomfortable issue.... The outside patio looks perfect for summer."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Restaurant was not crowded, yet service was VERY slow. Pappardelle in the sausage dish described on the menu turned into fettucine on my plate. And, to boot, the sausage in the dish was not very flavorful(The restaurant did give us a free desert when the pasta issue was brought to their attention.) The multiple (at lease 3) different wine lists were confusing, and the few wines by the glass we tried were either over the hill (one wine we were given a taste of), or just not very good. On the plus side, my wife's scallops with truffle risotto was - to quote her - the best she's ever had. Coming from LA where there are lots of really great Italian restaurants, I was hoping Solare would become my new go-to restaurant. That won't happen yet."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Loved everything at solare. It was quaint and felt really comfortable. The good was really good and I'll definitely be going back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Felt ignored almost the entire time we were there. Had to ask what the daily specials were. The waitress was patronizing. Viewing the other staff, it appears it is isolated to the waitress we had."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day brunch. This is the second time we went there. Service was horrible. The wait staff changed hands mid meal. This was understandable. Our server said she had to start her Mother's Day. However she proceeded to go over to the bar right next to our table and order drinks and eat a pizza. The next server just ignored is and talked to the table next to us. Not the level of service I would expect for a $165 ticket brunch for 3 people. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went here with a friend prior, for a good event celebrating an region in Italy and the food, service, owners were amazing! HOWEVER for Mother's Day brunch, I was completely dissapointed. Their breakfast/brunch menu at 11am was mediocre and so so. Coffee served was cold, no special brunch for such a big occasion, nothing got the mothers. Not even a free or discounted mimosa. There were 4 of us and we ordered mimosas Snd spent $36 at $9/glass! Nothing special too. I went to their site and online and thought they were going to have something better... I probably will not return until they get their brunch menu way up to speed, especially on such a big day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "food was delicious as always. came for the jazz concert, staff seemed a little unorganized but all in all not a bad gig. I would much rather enjoy a quiet lunch here than the nightlife here for an event."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We chose Solare because of our previous experience there to host our early Mother's Day dinner with my fiancé's 90 year old mother, visiting from Monterey. It was as perfect as we expected. Service was attentive but not smothering, food was amazing. Rave reviews from my "mother" and my adult children and in-laws. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went to dinner with my girlfriend expecting a very quiet and fancy environment and I found exactly that and more, They helped me achieve what I was expecting from a restaurant like that, great service, polite, quiet yet vibrant, good food, and very romantic; I left very happy and my girlfriend did too. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant for my birthday dinner. Happy hour menu included great items. We loved the special mayo for the Fried Calamari. However, all three dishes we ordered after that were too salty. It was a real bummer, as we could taste some great flavor of ingredients behind the saltiness. We are not sure if we go back. Maybe good for those who like strong-tasting dishes."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I would recommend Solare for the food but don't expect impeccable service. In fact, if you can deal with service below average but not awful, you should be fine here. If you are like me and find good or great service a big part of the luxury of going out to dinner, I'd not recommend it. All this said, my food was very good - a basic red-sauced homemade penne; and those in our part seemed to also enjoy their meal."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Just in San Diego from Sedona for 3 nights ... tried 3 restaurants ... this is best .... gluten-free & scrumptious ... wait staff superb .... The Boss is around, wanders thru, but never intrusive. 5 *****"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I have been there many times, some might drive up to Solare for the first time a think “This place is to fancy and I’m under dressed” once inside you will see they have the best of all worlds it is a very nice place to meet with friends for a drink casual or have an amazing dining experience dressed to the 9’s. They even have live jazz..great place all the way around!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was Ok and service was good. Don't think I would go again though."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "After reading Zagat's high rating we thought we were going to have an outstanding dinner for my daughter's 16th birthday. The food presentation was good, but everything from the eggplant parmesan to the flatiron steak was nothing I would choose to eat again. Great waitress and pleasant atmosphere. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Excellent, as usual. Great food, wonderfully prepared and beautifully presented. Accommodating and fun servers. Never feel rushed to leave. Always enjoy returning. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved this place. Great place ! Very accommodation for dietary restrictions . We will be back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014