The Restaurant at Ponte
The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pontewinery.com/
  • Phone: 9512521770x
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
The Restaurant at Ponte reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (95)great for lunch (70)scenic view (70)special occasion (55)notable wine list (49)romantic (48)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (35)great for brunch (32)neighborhood gem (19)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Love this place!
    9ToeWarrior
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We are wine club members and visit often. We've never had anything that we didn't love. It's definitely one of our favorite lunch spots.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Great atmosphere, service& food
    Luvgoodplaces
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This place is really nice. Location wonderful, grounds amazing. Server went out of his way to us. The only problem, it was so hot. Not the restaurants fault, but i won't go back on a hot day
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife Birthday
    Cinshubbie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The day was perfect. Great service, great food and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The best winery restaurant in Temecula Wine Country
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for meeting half way
    WobegonVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We live in Palm Desert and my son in San Diego. We met for his birthday lunch at the Ponte and had a great time. Good food, great menu, beautiful surroundings. It was 90* but the shade provided and the misters made it cool enough. The extras for salads, steak, chicken or fish were very generous. I had the steak and it was at least 8-9 oz.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponte - lovely but average
    JessiebVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ponte is the most elegant and classy wineries in temecula. The Inn is by far the only place to stay in town if you have high end tastes. But where the inn and scenery win points, the restaurant loses. The restaurant is outside and is beautiful as you look at all the wine tasters, covered trellises and lines of vines. We ordered the frito misto and were underwhelmed by it's doughy tasteless flavor - veggies used were cauliflower and onions and artichokes. The accompanying sauce was very vinegary and didn't help at all. We did enjoy the Mediterranean wrap - light and healthy with most of its flavor coming from the feta cheese. It needed some salt for additional flavor. We finished with the key lime mousse. It was very nice and light.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beverly
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have been wine club members at Ponte for a long time. We frequently eat lunch at the restaurant and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always enjoy this spot!
    JennaB
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I enjoy eating here when we visit Temecula. It is especially nice during summer evenings when they have live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Wine
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took my dad for Father's Day with my mom and son. They seated up toward the front and it was very cold and windy. I asked to be moved to another table but the two hostesses I asked refused to move us. Our reservation was at 5:45 and there were about 10 empty tables at this time. Not busy at all! We asked our warier and he was hesitant. Finally after pleading he allowed us to move 2 tables down. There were many many other tables available and they did not allow us to move to any of them. It was a windy evening and they still had the fans going and no one ever asked if they could turn them off or turn on the heaters that were all around the patio roof. The food was good and came promptly. I was just very disappointed with the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dining
    Tweet
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love everything about Ponte for dining, however, this time they sat us in an area where there were no fans above your head - it was hot and 2 flies were annoying. Not as enjoyable as sitting in the area where there are fans above your head - blows the flys away and also cooler. In the future we will always ask for the other area. It was all still wonderful!!!
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Bucks - iittle bang
    frequentflyer15
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I have been here before but it's been about a year since my last visit. The ambiance and setting are lovely. However, prices have skyrocketed. L.A. prices in Temecula. I had an appetizer: a 'meh' crab stack: $21. A glass of decent Malbec: $14.50. Plus tip, it's hitting in the $40 range. It has become overpriced and over-rated. I don't think I'll bother going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flies take over
    Grapevines
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We love Ponte and keep coming back every time. However, this time we were attacked by flies. It made it very uncomfortable to eat. Some of us couldn't even finish our meal. We spent most of our time fanning. Everything else was beautiful and will definitely come back, just not in June.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many flys
    Beth
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    There were so many flys the whole meal experience was terrible. The day was hot and some of the ceiling fans were not working so it made it worse. For the price we are taking this resturante off our list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    isthispermanent
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was great, service was as well. However there were flies everywhere - outdoor dining and it couldn't be helped and isn't really their fault but it's there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Always a great time with the girls! Service could be much much better. Being it was so hot never refilled water glass to keep hydrated in the heat. Loved the food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1022 reviews are from the The Restaurant at Ponte reviews archive.