The Restaurant at Ponte
The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pontewinery.com/
  • Phone: (951) 252-1770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - 11am to 4pm



    Tuesday - 11am to 4pm



    Wednesday - 11am to 4pm



    Thursday - 11am to 4pm



    Friday - 11am to 8pm



    Saturday - 11am to 8pm



    Sunday - 11am to 5pm





    On Saturdays & Sundays, guests arriving by limo or bus MUST have a separate Limo confirmation. To submit a limo request, please go to the "Plan A Visit" tab at www.pontewinery.com.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Giuliano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music is always on the menu Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6pm.

    Friday January 3
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Brian Stodart - Alternative Contemporary

    Saturday January 4
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Ron Freshman - Flamenco Guitar

    Friday January 10
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Michael LeClerc- Guitar + Vocals

    Saturday January 11
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    The Lookouts- Classic Acoustic Rock

    Friday January 17
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Brian Stodart - Alternative Contemporary

    Saturday January 18
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Ron Freshman - Flamenco Guitar

    Friday January 24
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Michael LeClerc- Guitar + Vocals

    Saturday January 25
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    The Lookouts- Classic Acoustic Rock

    Friday January 31
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Brian Stodart - Alternative Contemporary

    Saturday February 1
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Ron Freshman - Flamenco Guitar
  • Special Events: Special occasion, special location. For a wine country experience like none other, Ponte Family Estate Winery is the perfect setting for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or birthday party. We offer a full range of catering menus, beverage options and professional planning assistance to ensure that your event is a memorable success.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anza
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On the weekends (Saturday & Sundays) only Limos and Buses with a prior Limo Reservation will be allowed to enter the winery between 10am-12noon. To make a reservation, please visit the "Plan A Visit" page at www.pontewinery.com or call us at (951) 694-8855.



    Guests without a Limo Reservation, as well as those arriving after 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays, will not be admitted regardless of having a restaurant reservation.
A word from The Restaurant at Ponte
Recognized by OpenTable as one of the top 50 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining, the Restaurant at Ponte prepares wine country cuisine in a casual outdoor atmosphere. We are leading the way toward a community of wineries and restaurants dedicated to promoting local, sustainable farmers and ranchers. Our dishes feature top quality seasonal and regional ingredients prepared in our kitchen and enhanced when paired with our wines. The Restaurant is open daily, although hours do vary.



The Restaurant at Ponte is open in inclement weather. Heaters and blankets are available in the winter, and misters and fans are used in the summer.




Guests Arriving By Limo or Private Bus: A separate limo reservation is required for the weekends. To submit a limo request, please go to the "Plan A Visit" tab at www.pontewinery.com.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
The Restaurant at Ponte reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (88)scenic view (61)great for lunch (59)notable wine list (56)special occasion (53)romantic (45)fit for foodies (43)good for groups (37)great for brunch (27)neighborhood gem (20)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Lyssa
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The setting remains beautiful, and the service was awesome; sadly the food did not measure up. Very dry turkey burger that got lost in the oversize bun. And the sweet potato fries were so old, the chef brought new ones without even asking. One can't help but wonder why he would plate them to begin with.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ambiance!
    Allie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was our first experience at Ponte's outdoor restaurant and it was a good one. We came here for my birthday dinner, and enjoyed the ambiance of eating al fresco and listening to the great music. My husband had the John Dory fish and raved about it. I guess I should have read the menu more closely but when I saw cioppino, which is a favorite of mine, I just ordered. It was strange - had sliced carrots and potatoes in the broth along with the pasta! Authentic cioppino is a "fish stew" made with a tomato based broth without anything else but the fish and sometimes pasta. I previously enjoyed it at "Bouquet", Ponte's indoor fine dining, but this version was just not good. However, the wine was great, the setting perfect, and the little birthday sundae appreciated!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The restaurant never fails to deliver amazing food! The salmon burger is always my go to. The charcuterie is a great starter to share. My husband and I always come here for lunch when we want to splurge. We love it so much we became wine club members
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynn
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Gil is one of the best waiters I've ever had. Love the amuse Boucher that is available to wine club members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and dessert
    Avera
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food and dessert are always great here and never disappoints. We don't always have dessert at every restaurant but we always have one here because it's always good and the coffee is great too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    winealittle
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautiful outdoor eating! Best tasting salmon I've ever had. Sauce on it was delish! Vegetables not so appealing, but tasted great. Gorgeous views, intro bread and oil/vinaigrette combo, app plate was amazing! Presentation was great! Took a bit of time to get our main course, but it's so beautiful and the wine wasn't so bad either, so who cares! Server was pleasant. Ordered meatloaf "sandwich". Not your diner-style sandwich folks, it's a piece of homemade sourdough with bacon wrapped (!) meatloaf topped with a large portion of herbed mash potatoes and onion "straws", and THE most amazing sauce, I believe it was mushroom and oniony. Oh and broccolini on the side. To die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    winendinegirl
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had a very nice experience during this birthday dinner for four. It was my good friend's 40th birthday celebration dinner. The waitress was amazing and made our experience better! I will definitely be back and recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome...As usual
    RonL
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We spent our anniversary here again. The food and service was great as usual. Recommend this for any event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait
    Marilou
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have reservation but still have to wait 15 mins
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two BDAY'S
    Batmam
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I been there for lunch many times. I was very surprise that our table was not ready and we still need to wait for 20 minutes, service was very slow that evening. It seems Ponte was understaff, I did not complain to avoid any issue for my guess but my pizza was cold. Our dinner was to celebrate our friend and my birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience!
    diningoutdoors
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary surrounded by lush gardens, great wine & food and most of all excellent service with attention to detail!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch
    MorrisonVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch with great service. Our server made great suggestions and made sure our lunch went well. Very much appreciated. We had a reservation and that is recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK.
    TexasBriar
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overall good experience, but needs work. Friendly greeting on arrival. Prompt seating by hostess (we were 30 mins early for an 8 PM res but the restaurant was only 1/4 full.) Nice wines and good variety for wine flight selection. Nice outdoor dining area beneath a well lighted pergola. But, bread served up front was dry and stale. Pear salad was good and a generous amount, but served with blue cheese (requested without it) which ruined it for my wife. Her pasta entre was tasty and the correct temperature. My meatloaf entre's texture and taste was like a packaged frozen dinner. The mashed potatoes were tasteless and dry. The only saving grace was a friendly, helpful waitress, fresh strawberries for desert, and very good coffee.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We love Ponte! It is always a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exterminator please!
    9ToeWarrior
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We normally love dining here and we are wine club members, but the last few time we've come for lunch the fly situation was out of control! It was hard to enjoy ourselves with all the flies landing on us and trying to keep them off our food! It was really disgusting! I know it's an outdoor dining place but I've dined here for years and never experienced this bad of a fly problem. Hope they can figure it out before our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great California Afternoon
    Mumbles
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Exceptional service from Jackie, well paced meal, great wine parings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely outdoor dining
    BGuidiziVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We are wine club members and always use picking up our wine as an excuse to have lunch on the patio. Menu selection isn't broad, but what they have is done well. We always enjoy lunch or dinner at Ponte.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Meal
    6inAnaheim
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Visited during a heat wave, and this restaurant is all outside, but it was worth the discomfort for the excellent food and service. Large portions, excellent food choices on the menu, better deal for a wine flight here than a tasting in the tasting room. Beautiful grounds. Will definitely come back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful garden
    jackie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A pleasant, outdoor dining experience. Great food. I had the harvest salad; small, with chicken, and it was wonderful. The small salad is a sufficient amount of food for a female.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RomanticCouple
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife have celebrated our anniversary at The Restaurant at Ponte for four years in a row! The atmosphere and food are impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manny
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fantastic outdoor lunch...good food, wonderful ambiance. Service was excellent and the server answered all of our questions regarding the menu...very pleasant and energetic. Great place to spend the day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Avera
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I have been here a few times and the food is always great, the wine is great, the coffee is great and the dessert is also great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food came out seperately, server was not that attentive. Asked for things we never received. Very bummed because this was a big celebration day for us that wasn't what we hoped for. The hostess congratulated us for our anniversary but the server never did. Had to ask for everything and only received half of the things I asked for. Food was amazing and we love Ponte for wines but not sure if we would return for dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good except for the flies
    Flyboy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It seems the summers are especially difficult to dine at Ponte outside. The flies are very annoying and you constantly have to wave your hand around to keep them from landing on your food. I had one dive bomb into my water glass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Club Members
    RonL
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We almost feel like family...what a pleasant experience...as usual. Whenever we have guests from out of town we always take them there for the vineyard tour and then lunch at the restaurant....they never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine & more
    Dick
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Not our first time here & never disappointing! Wonderful salads & specials - the squash soup was great! Enjoyed the sangria & scallops!! Attentive service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Excellent service.
    JandCnewfav
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We came for our Anniversary and were treated very special. It was our first visit and we wanted a romantic place with a view and of course great food. Ponte came through on every count. We will definitely be back again and look forward to many more special evenings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and Dine
    JMWS
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    If you're in the Temecula area, a visit to Ponte is a must. If you're visiting Ponte, be sure to reserve your table at The Restaurant at Ponte. The restaurant is set among the vines in Ponte's winery. The food is beyond delicious and the servers are so attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine Country Lunch
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Servers are friendly menu is diverse. We ordered calamari, which was dry and overcooked...and the flat bread appetizer, it was delicious. I recommend this restaurant as a nice outing with friends, I'm not a huge fan of the food. None of the restaurants in Temecula's wine country have consistent well prepared foods, it is very frustrating. Ponte has the largest and most diverse menu..no real view, outdoor dining can be warm in summer months they do have misters if you don't mind getting misted during your meal, frizzing hair anyone?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service & atmosphere
    NMKings
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, service & atmosphere. We started with the special cheese plate of the day and the wine flight (three, 3 oz pours). We then moved onto salads as an entrée. We liked the fish more than the chicken. The cheeses and the fish were amazing. Our server, Mario, was excellent and even brought us a few more wines to sample at the end--overall a great experience and we want to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor setting!
    Lawrence
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautiful outside patio surrounded by gardens. Very flavorful food and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too hot
    SylviaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    They tried...they covered with a tarp and had misters on, but for 97 degree days, they need a better option. It was too hot to enjoy this lovely restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HOT time in Temecula
    CaloriVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Superb mussel dish with a spicy red sauce. Salads are very good too. Server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. It was very hot outside both times we dined here. The walk-in wait can be long, so making a reservation is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    luvitalian
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our time at Ponte on Friday..everything was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1044 reviews are from the The Restaurant at Ponte reviews archive.
  • Nice stop in wine country
    Jmac
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have eaten here several times. The food is always fresh and nicely prepared. It's a bit over-priced for what it is, but we still enjoy the lovely outdoor patio (it is all outdoors) and surrounding gardens. It's a nice place to bring out of town guests after/before a wine tasting adventure. Service can be a little slow, but servers have been very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to go back
    clayt
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First time back in about five years. Last time we were rushed through that left us unhappy and a overflow parking lot has kept us away. On a whim we decided to try a Friday evening out. Very happy that we did. We had a very nice appetizer and shared a meal. A very satisfying night out without breaking the bank. We will be back again... sooner then the last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Ponte
    gsdlover
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service was great and the food is always good and consistent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch with friends
    Gamason
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Our server, Jackie was fabulous! We were also visited by Debrah your manager, she too looked after us! The service and the food were wonderful!!! We will be back........the nice part is we live just up the road in Wine Country.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great lunch
    TemeculaMike
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have eaten here several times and am never disappointed. This time I had the chicken (thigh/leg) over some orzo with flava beans and some type of delicious sauce. It’s always busy on the weekends but the service is always quick and professional. This is the place I bring friends and family when they come to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!!!
    BBlais
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    First time in Temecula wine country. Lunch was wonderful. The crab stack was delicious! Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate