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Solterra Winery and Kitchen
Solterra Winery and Kitchen

Solterra Winery and Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solterrawinery.com/index.php
  • Phone: (760) 230-2970
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm


    Served Daily from 5:00pm-10pm
    Friday & Saturday late night drinks from 10:00pm-midnight
    Live Entertainment Thursday-Saturday @ 6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Suzie Williams, Winner of Chef's Wanted
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leucadia Blvd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking across the street.
A word from Solterra Winery and Kitchen
Solterra Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea (on premise daily after 4 pm for impromptu tastings) grew up in Sonoma County and has been making wine for the last 14 years from grapes sourced from Sonoma county, Lake County, Paso Robles, San Diego County, and Baja Mexico. The wines have garnered Golds and Best of Class at top competitions in California. Chris, his wife Audrey and the Solterra staff look forward to your visit. Cheers!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Really impressed by how friendly and knowledgable the servers were. The food and wine were top notch! I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great place for good food and good wine. Attractive wine bar, with indoor and outdoor seating and a nice outdoor fire table. Service is great but was just a bit slow due to being very busy that night. Staff are very pleasant and accommodating."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Working winery as the dining room, and open to 101 and the location is outstanding. Don't pass it up."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Interesting concept. Interesting and creative menu. Good food n service good. Only complaint is that we shared our own bottle of wine with staff n kitchen and they still charged corkage. Live n learn."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding. A great place for dinner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is such a neighborhood gem in the Leucadia area of Encinitas. My husband and I went here for a date night on a Wednesday which was also Ladies Night so it was a little busy. After we were seated outside in the patio area, our server Ben immediately came to our table and discussed the concept of the winery/restaurant and wines. My husband's favorite was their Solterra white wine and mine was the Cameron syrah which was delicious. I especially like that you can order half glasses of wine so I was able to try more. The food was delicious and we ordered the cheese plate (yum), crispy ribs, artichoke flat bread, steak skewers, and chocolate cake. All was well prepared and plated and enough for two people."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate a birthday dinner. The actually food was great, but the service was soooooooo slow! Would not go back for a sit down dinner. More of a happy hour place."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I read the reviews complaining about the lack of wine choices, but the ambience, outdoor fire scene, fun food choices and great service more than made up for it. It is a great place to hang with friends, talk, sample food and wine and have fun. The ribs were fabulous and the paella was very good as well. Highly recommend for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The location, service and food was excellent ! Will come back again!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Always great food, wine and service at Solterra! We are frequent visitors and always enjoy ourselves. This visit we were a party of 6 with 4 newbies.....and everyone loved the food and wine. Good times!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I'm so thrilled to have Solterra in the neighborhood! Not only is the food amazing- but the vibe is just so fun,and casual. The service is First Class! Brett- our Server for the meal- was extraordinary! I wished he could have eaten with us!! Thanks for showing up, and making Leucadia Funkier- and way more Fun!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I always stop at Solterra when I visit Encinitas. A must. This time involved a family gathering--8 of us altogether. WOW! Service was fantastic this time (service is sometimes spotty here), and the food as usual was top notch. We ordered a variety: papas brava, shrimp skewers, tri-tip skewers, bocadillas, green bean salad. Don't miss the olives--spicy and flavorful. They were out of the strawberry dessert, so we had the chocolate cake, along with French Press coffee. What a great, memorable afternoon. We will back again in August!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Yes I would recommend this restaurant! Great selection of wines, great tapas for sharing and everything was delicious and perfectly seasoned and cooked! This is coming from a group of 4 foodies and cooks"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We've been several times, and as much as I have loved each visit, I'm glad to see the menu changing regularly. Even though our favorite Brussels Sprouts dish was gone, it was replaced by a fantastic crispy cauliflower. The asparagus with poached egg and truffles was also wonderful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Unbelievable food, small dishes so can sample many. And truly amazing wines made right on scene. Most excellent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great indoor/outdoor space, waiter was not trained on the menu and couldn't answer questions confidently about foo or wine. The wine is definitely subpar--the owner only serves his label. Many different types of grapes are served--they would be better off perfecting a select few instead serving a mediocre 25. We ordered the beef skewers (bland and grisly), corn nuts (not revolutionary), potatoes (lacking seasoning), calamari (soggy), corn soup (delicious, not hot enough), Serrano ham flatbread (nothing revolutionary), scallops (perfectly cooked), ribs (excellent), strawberry shortcake (bland and boring), and flour less chocolate cake (great). A train passes every so often (noisy). I won't return because there are too many other good spots."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I met three friends here for lunch on a Friday at 1:00 and it was quiet. We started with a charcuterie board - delicious cheeses, meats, olives, marcona almonds, dried figs, currants served on a slab of slate with whole grain bread. I shared a bocadillo (sandwich) with a friend (don't share, it's tiny) and we each had three glasses of wine! The service was slow (one friend had to go on safari for her wine) and our waiter forgot about us. We had a great table by the window in the bar area for people viewing and fresh air. Water in colorful growler bottles was in plentiful supply and left on the table, which was nice. Dinner menu is better than lunch menu. Go at night for a more enjoyable experience!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was superb and the service stellar. Amazing atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were greeted by a friendly hostess. This was our first time at this location so we did not know where to sit to wait. Re made reservations and they were a bit behind. After checking in, we stood on sidewalk and waited. We saw several people come n off the street and they walked to bar where they ordered wine and waited for their table. At this time we learned that instead of waiting on sidewalk, we could have enjoyed wine in the bar area. The hostess basically checked us in and told us to wait outside. Other than this, the food was great and our waiter was good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a sweet time on the patio out front. The food was delicious and the wine divine! A nice addition to dining on the 101"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "we went for mothers day and our experience was excellent on all levels!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was friendly and attentive. Food was rather bland (except the marinated olives). Wine selections were pretty good, but not across the spectrum I would expect. The salad that comes with the Empandada was very lame with only a few greens. Not worth the extra $5. The Empanada crust was nice but chicken was boring. Octopus potato mixture was very good and flavorful. The menu on opentable is old so make sure you check their website."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Wine was warm, food okay. Very loud and service super slow "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Whenever I go to Encinitas, I MUST have Saturday lunch at Solterra. The brussels sprouts are amazing. The Butternut squash cake (I think it was butternut squash) was SO wonderful. Shrimp skewers, flatbreads, spicy olives. The list goes on..lucky for all the diners! I am a diehard fan. Will be back in May. :)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We came to see a friend play some music. The restaurant was great. The wine was great. The food (I'm vegan) was good, not great. Brussel sprouts were good but lathered in butter. The vegetarian paella was great. The first time I've enjoyed turnips."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "They should be prepared for large crowds on a Saturday night. They were off from the minute I arrived, they could not find my reservation through Open Table, even though I had he confirmation in my iphone; and the rest of the evening was down from there. We waited an extraordinary amount of time for our wine and when the appetizers came, looked as though the portions were half the presentation that they were meant to be. The kitchen was so far behind and when our food finally arrived, it was raw and otherwise uneatable. Sad to spend that much money and have to go through a drive-in for dinner at McDonalds."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Solterra Winery and Kitchen is the perfect place to take good friends that love good food and wine. The atmosphere is casual and neighborhood friendly and the menu is always changing. We have been there about four times and there have always been new offerings ... all of them delicious. Luckily we are close enough to walk, but we have learned to make reservations because it is always packed and there have been times we could not get in."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The server told us they'd only been open for 10 months and this is apparent with the limited menu and running out of wine glasses. But all the tables were filled and the energy level was high. It's got a warm, urban feel to the interior with a nice front patio with fire pit. We had the artichoke flat bread pizza - it was good, not great, and was smaller than I expected. We nibbled on spicy olives and rosemary and salted almonds - both were yum. They only serve their own wines which are decent and reasonably priced, but don't expect outstanding vintages. I'd go back and try this place again, hopefully with a better experience the next time around."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Did a Living Social wine tasting for 4 that included a charcuterie platter and made dinner reservations for afterwards. They did the tasting & dinner at our table in the barrel room & it was all wonderful! Wish I remembered our servers name (handle bar mustache guy), but loved him! The food (crispy Brussels, patatas bravas, paella, scallops, desserts) all very good. Love the open, airy vibe. Very urban, modern, touches like the stone fire pit on the outdoor dining counter, or the vertical succulent garden, the rolled up garage doors that open up the bar to outside and the barrel room. Had a fabulous time & can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in the door and the hostess insisted in seating us at the smallest table (a 2 top against the wall by the bar area), it was downhill from there. We did finally (after asking) got seated at a larger table in the patio area. This was on a weekday night and it was not busy. The service was slow for an uncrowded night. We felt that the selections of wine by the glass we limited. We ordered the flank steak and the sauce was a bit on the oily side. We were looking for a "neighborhood gem" but didn't find it here."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We love coming here with a group of friends to enjoy the wine and food. We always enjoy great service and the environment is very relaxing. Usually they have a very good guitar player that adds to the feeling."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Food quality was great. Service was lacking. Waitress tried hard, but was overwhelmed. Said two employees did not show up. That happens, but I would have expected greater depth of staff. We will try it again and see who came to work that day. This could become a regular spot in that neighborhood if they can get the staffing worked out. We did get free coffee and dessert because it took so long to arrive. They tried to fix it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My husband and I love authentic Spanish food and sharing dishes. We are usually disappointed by 'Spanish' restaurants, but Solterra is the real deal. We've been twice and everything has been cooked perfectly and beautifully presented. Patatas bravas, boquerones, tortilla and other starters were authentic and tasty. The paella is made with bomba rice, which is harder to find and most restaurants don't bother. Too bad, because it really soaks up the flavor. The scallops are amazing! We also like being able to order 2oz glasses of wine so we can try new varieties as new dishes come. The noise level is pretty high but in a festive way, not ear-splitting. We're fans - it's a great place to spend a few hours sharing a meal with friends."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Our family has lived in Leucadia for 40 years, and have always enjoyed trying new restaurants. The food, service, and ambience were all excellent, right down to the wonderful hostess who was so engaging. The root salad had unique and great flavor pairings, as did the paella. Wine selection was limited but we did find two we liked very much."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed the wine very much, shared and enjoyed the Tapas. Food was experimental and delicious. Great server, who didn't rush and was detailed in explanation of foods and wines. Because the restaurant is also a winery the wines are excellent but bring a coat when cold, the restaurant is not warm. Makes sense to keep the wines at their best. One of my favorite restaurants and our guests who were first timers seemed to enjoy it as well."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "My friend and I went to Solterra and loved it. From the giant, swinging front door, to the lively restaurant, winery inside, we had a great time. We ate a couple of recommended tapas and drank a lovely blended wine. The wine that is served is made by Solterra. Our flourless chocolate cake was delicious. I would recommend Solterra to my friends!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "This place was pleasing to my eyes - a very modern style architecture. Wine list is superb - it's a wine place... The surprising part to me was the great food. The tapas style food is prepared with high skills and attention. I will come back as soon as come back to the west coast."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "We were pleased that we sat in the bar area, it was a great atmosphere. The Charcuterie plate was very well presented, and everything very tasty. The tri-tip skewers were a little overdone for my taste, but the seasonings were perfect. We ended with the flourless chocolate cake, which I thought was outstanding. Our server was polite and very good with checking in on us. Overall, we are pleased and will be back to taste up some more!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Very much enjoyed the location, ambiance, paella, wine and service. Solterra offers half glasses so you can try lots of things from their cellar...and we did :-) The occasional train passing gives it that special Leucadia stamp of funky authenticity and the place filled up quickly even on a Monday night. Very much worth a visit and I'll be back again!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "They have a really small kitchen with a limited menu of tapas. The tapas are good but one should be aware they are all based on the same basic ingredients. Great cheese board. The entrees consist of paella vegetarian and regular. My advice - go for a drink and an appetizer and then have dinner somewhere else."
    Dined on 9/22/2013