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The Restaurant at Ponte
The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pontewinery.com
  • Email: reservations@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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "we enjoyed the outdoor dining, with friendly atmosphere. The food was served in a timely manner, along with a pleasant server. The scene was awesome, and very romantic. I would return to this location for food, wine tasting, or just a nice meal anytime. The table seating was just right; Not too close, or to far apart to hear each others conversation. The lunch crowd was friendly, and interactive."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Wonderful outdoor atmosphere, great wine and good service!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Lunch was well done. Outside dining was a plus. Food was great. A must for a quality and relaxing elegant lunch while enjoying Temecula's wine country."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The menu options were outstanding. The scallops were done perfectly, bread was great, and great service. The location being open and being able to see the lobby check in area is interesting. We ended our meal with a drink outside which was perfect. The water fountains were lit up and the frogs were singing. We were able to have one of the gas fireplaces lit, quite the romantic setting. So, if you have the ability to sit outside, do it. It was too cold the night we were there."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food and wine, love the ambience. Enjoyed the live music very much. Only complaint was cold coffee served at the end of the meal. Not a deal breaker but unexpected with the prices and quality of food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a very nice lunch outside for four. There was plenty of shade and the grounds around us were very nice. The food and service were very good, except for the bacon wrapped chicken dish. We hope to be back, if we make it back to the beautiful town of Temecula."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had lunch here after tasting wines at a couple of other wineries. All the seating is outside but there are heaters so although it was a cool day, we were comfortable. We each got a wine flight with our lunch. The pours were generous, but the wines themselves were nothing special. The sandwiches were ample size, but I thought my salmon burger had too much onion in it. After lunch we walked around the grounds and took some pictures before leaving."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Outstanding lunch at The Restaurant at Ponte today. The Sand dabs were perfectly cooked, the chicken barley soup was full of flavor. Always make a reservation here or you can wait 30 minutes to an hour to get a table."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Everything was pretty perfect..................great setting for catching up with friends/family while enjoying really great food."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I took my sister to lunch here. As a vegetatian, the options are kind of limited to veggie burgers, pizzas, and salads. We both had a market salad and split the pizza verde which was prepared without cheese per our request. Both were served in a timely manner, looking both delicious and tasting."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We always enjoy our lunch at Ponte Winery Restaurant - food is always great, and it's a beautiful setting. Service is always very good as well."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Chefs are allowed to update the menu using their creativity 4 times a year. Ambience is always nice ( its outside in a vineyard) Very nice staff and did I mention the food is always top notch. Prices, for you get X the creativity = a great value believe it or not. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed and most probably will come back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Scallops, chicken, fish, steak - it's all fantastic! We (four people total) all cleaned our plates. Great, friendly service and beautiful patio dining. I always try to get reservations every time I go. Doesn't always work (they are always busy!)...but it's worth the effort."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ponte winery not only has a great wine list but they have excellent food and Customer Service. The food is all natural and all local. The chefs are top notch and do an excellent job at making mouth watering dishes that you will want to come back for. If your in Temecula, Dont pass up Ponte. They also have their own Inn for you to have a relaxing stay and comfortable night."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The setting is beautiful, and perfect for a leisurely lunch on a nice day. Service was very nice and attentive. Unfortunately, our food was mediocre. The mussels didn't seem very fresh. We have had mussels at Ponte before and they were good, so it could have been a seasonal issue. The salmon sliders were patties/cakes, which not what I expected, and they were cold and tasteless. Our banana bread pudding was quite good. I'd go back, but I would probably choose a safer bet like salad or pizza next time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Whether going for "date night" like my wife and I, or going as a group, like the party of 10 women nearby our table, the ambience and views of the winery and surrounding Temecula Valley are sure to let you know immediately that you made the right choice for your evening plans. The staff greeted us warmly, and sat us at our table. It was a beautiful warm evening and a small accoustical group playing softly in the background set the tone for what was to be a night my wife and I will remember fondly. The food was way beyond our expectations. The wine paired perfectly with our meal and the server allowed my wife an I to relax and enjoy 2.5 hours together. If my review were limited to just one word, that word would be "perfect"."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Ponte has their own great wine, and their food is the best too. I have met friends here many times for lunch or dinner. I am never disappointed. They serve delicious lunch and dinners. The menu changes every season with some amazing choices. The view is beautiful and you dine outside under a wonderful covered area. If works great in all types if weather plus this service is the best."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have eaten here 4 or 5 times in the last 6 months. The service was always excellent and the ambiance is excellent. The views of the gardens and mountains in the background from a perfect romantic setting. The wines at Ponte are very good. The chef does a great job with surf and turf and the vegetables are just right (coming from the South I like the veggies). This place will allow you to make a very memorable moment in your life! 5 STARS! Starcruiser"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Fine food and service in a beautiful outdoor vineyard setting. An excellent selection of Ponte Wines to accompany the wine country food selections."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent! The waitress let us leave the table and do our wine tasting while we enjoy our food. Perfect experience."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Truly a great place to enjoy all the wine country has to offer. This outdoor only venue is a fun place to enjoy an afternoon or evening of good food and good wine."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Terrific lunch in a beautiful vineyard. Food was superb, atmosphere elegant, service was top notch and setting in their outdoor cafe was tranquil and scenic. A terrific place to have lunch in the Temecula Vineyard area. Highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "After picking up our wine we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. We had a bottle of red wine. Delicious! My husband had a BBQ sandwich with fries. He said the sandwich was just alright. I had a salad. It too was just alright. The best item we both had was the tomato bisque soup!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My friend and I came for lunch and it was outstanding! I was even worried because I had a reservation and I was stuck in traffic for a car accident and was 15 mins late. They were totally understanding! The service was amazing and everyone was so attentive. Can not wait to go back! Oh! Food was amazing too!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was excellent. I liked the portions ... they were reasonable so that you could eat everything without overeating. The prices are high. $100 for 2 not counting tip when we split an appetizer, each had one of the lower priced entrees, each had dessert, but no beverages or wine. Service was bad. Fine from hostess, busboy, etc., but our waiter was bad. I would not go back if I was paying full price, but we had a gift card so that was good. I'd recommend it to any friends who go to places in this price range."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We stumbled upon The Restaurant at Ponte while staying at the INN last summer. Needless to say we became wine club members and return frequently to dine at The Restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious. We have dined on pizza, pasta, salad, appetizers, chef's special, desserts--all perfectly prepared and presented. Susanna is by far the BEST server there. She pleasant, professional, knowledgeable and very accommodating. We have dined at The Restaurant for lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "This place is amazing! I keep coming back and recommending friends! The wine is great, the food is great, the ambiance is great, the staff is great! I love this place!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have eaten in all the places in wine country and this is the best food. Outdoors so best in nice weather."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Met a colleague for an afternoon meeting and lunch. The server was knowledgeable and gracious. We wanted a snack while we were meeting then lunch. He brought our snack kept our glasses full during our meeting and checked on us just enough but was not overbaring or absent. When we were ready to order he took our order and food came out in a reasonable time. The environment is great for outdoor dining on a beautiful day. I will bring my husband back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "When touring wine country around Temecula the Restaurant at Ponte is a fantastic choice for a meal. Outstanding food and service is paired with great service. I have never had a marginal meal at Ponte."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Exceptional service. Great food. A wonderful place to take friends for a good meal and great ambiance. We celebrate birthdays there frequently."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Ponte restaurant has everything you'd want in a restaurant: Great food, great service, and great ambiance. It's set outside of the tasting room with direct access to all of their wonderful wines. Also, it's one of the few wineries that also serves beer (just in case you'd want a change of pace). The only reason why I gave it four stars instead of 5 is because it is not very kid friendly (even though kids are welcome....just not ideal), may be difficult to cater to larger parties, and the menu is a bit more pricey. But I guess that's pretty much expected for any restaurant set in a winery."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This place is fantastic! Beautiful property and the food never disappoints. I will make the hour drive from my house to get the scallops here. They are amazing! I have Celiac disease and they offer many options. Every time we dine here it's a treat!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Everything about dinner was great. Food and wine were wonderful. Only bummer was that my wife's cellphone was taken at dinner."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "ponte have good food, good service, i really loved it!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This was our second trip to the area and we deliberately made a lunch reservation at Ponte because we found it late in the afternoon on our last visit and missed lunch. The menu offered a wide variety and was well prepared and delicious. Their 2010 Sangiovese was the perfect compliment to our meal, so much so that we shipped bottles home. Everything was pleasingly presented. The staff was friendly and very attentive. Do not expect a fast food venue as this is a nice restaurant in a gorgeous setting with pricing a bit higher than average but well worth it. Would also recommend a vineyard tour at this winery."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The salmon and chicken dishes were wonderful, but the chosen sides (by the Chef) were not. I was not pleased with the food, but the service was amazing. Lovely setting."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Salmon was melt in the mouth. Always happy to have lunch at Ponte!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Loved the experience. Very nice touch with the baskets for the ladies purses. Beautiful spot to have a nice relaxing lunch. Food was great and the service was outstanding. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "More people should know about this gem. In the heart of Temecula's wine country, this family owned, family style outdoor dining location has excellent food, and is a destination for any special event!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014