Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

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$30 and under
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Café Champagne at Thornton Winery is a "want to do" for every visitor to the Temecula Valley. Since 1988, from growing herbs to cutting home-grown flowers, every effort has been made to offer the perfect combination of French Country Elegance and Gold Medal-winning Contemporary Cuisine.
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4.2
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. Cold food. Bland and over priced food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated Valentines Day and my husbands birthday this weekend. This was our first trip to the Wine Country. Champagne Cafe was our first stop on our trip.
Dinner was spectacular. Service was good.
As can be expected there was a full house and we sat in the outdoor dining area.. It was a little cold . Maybe some heaters and little music would have enticed the ambiance a bit more.. there was a violinist playing inside the restaurant... So a little music outside would have been nice.
Besides that everything was great. There was a preset menu which lead to easy ordering and a quick turn around. My husband discovered a refreshing beer which is now his favorite and I enjoyed a couple glasses of Rose Brut.. Delicious!!

MA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service for a very busy night

PA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and dinner the champagne was wonderful
A violinist serenaded us during our dessert it made our time more romantic and special
We enjoyed the restaurant and we had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and 30th Anniversary

DR
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ Experience! Food ,Wine, Service, Atmosphere, Live Music all excellent.

JC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never disappointed when we go here. It’s the best!

c
Montana
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant closes at 7pm, so dinner is really not much of an option. We did not know that, had 6:30 reservations. While the waitress tried not to rush us, it was still a fairly rushed meal as we had to order before the kitchen closed at 7. Not a relaxing meal. Food was just ok.

AA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wine pick up weekend

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food was really good. However, greatly overpriced! Family of 4 with 2 kids meals was over $200. The kids meals are $14 each. Very expensive! Normally a kids meal is $5-$8. And there was nothing overly spectacular or fancy about them. Basic burger and fries. Granted their target audience is probably not families with young kids, but that’s the majority population of Temecula.
Service was subpar. Although our waitress was cordial... she was very rushed. We witnessed her almost running to each of her tables. You could tell she was overworked and short handed. We had to ask for silverware and napkins. We had to ask for the table bread, as we were not given any and we saw all the tables around us with some. We had to request drink rills twice for our kids. And we had to ask for our plates to be cleared.
I had the steak and my husband had a flatbread… Both were good and well prepared. But not worth the price. Thankfully we had a gift card that covered most of our bill.

DR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was awful. Ambiance was awful. Food was ok but overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of ev5

RN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, quality of food, and flavor were excellent.

SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I went in with very high expectations for the pan seared bass and was very disappointed. The bass, if it was bass was over cooked, the gnocchi was a doughy mess. A total waste.

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a casual but special lunch with my wife for no good reason. Highly recommend.

CR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service and wines were nice. The food was mediocre and for the price not worth it. For this reason I would not return for the dining, but I would return for the tasting room.

WR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott was our main server and he was very attentive and helpful.

P
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely stop in the Temecula wine country. Champagnes were very nice as was the food- regrettable that they allowed small kids and dogs to run around and bother other diners.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love Thornton’s good food, great service , a great place to spend with friends, what more can you ask for!

DL
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had a nice New Year's Eve dinner at Cafe Champage. I was glad to see a little re-model had taken place since our last visit. That cabbage rose wallpaper was so out of date! I did think it a little odd that we were seated on the patio instead of the dining room?? However the patio was warm and the twinkle lights festive.
My lobster ravioli was luke-warm, but flavorful. The house salad was very good. My fellow diners had the short rib, and the sword fish dinners that they enjoyed. We selected lava cake and black and white mousse for dessert. These old favorites were quite good.
We would have enjoyed a little live music with our dinner. I think in the past a harpist performed. All in all, not a rave review, but if a nice, quiet dinner is required, this fills the bill.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a reasonable price. We were there for NYE, staff was very upbeat and attentive. A hidden gem if u haven’t been there.

M
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had reservations for NY Eve dinner. We ordered the short rib dinner and the spaghetti with lamb meatballs. The short ribs were tender and moist and the plated piled high with fried onions. The lamb meatballs were dry and tasted like they had just been rewarmed. The bread did not come out until after the salads were served even though we were just one of 6 tables that were seated at the time. I think we will come back for lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very nice place. Great experience and wonderful start to the New Years

I would go again and will and would recommend

The wine was awesome and great price for five star place

LR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanya was excellent at seating us early. Jason our server was attentive and very personable. The food was excellent. I thought the prices were a little high, but the quality and quantity of the food and the atmosphere made it worth the price. Definitely going back.

BB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious baked brie, but they don't serve it with any bread or crackers. When we asked for the bread, Rickie (Richie?) said he could charge us for some. We spent almost $200 on food/drinks and they're going to charge for something with which to actually eat the appetizer? I was shocked. They didn't charge us. Seems like something that should come standard with the brie as it melts all over. Good ambiance, a bit noisy and slow to take our order. Will be back for the brie but I may as well just bring my own bread so I don't get hassled for it.

DO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for food & wine pairing

LR
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Hamburger raw, when requested medium; flatbread extremely greasy; and woman brought a large dog in the restaurant who ate off her table. Disgusting and unsanitary. Extremely disappointed and will never return.

TF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner and service was exemplary, food perfectly prepared and presented. Great experience all around

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and very tasty. I loved the service which is a great plus. My daughter got sick from food, but it was not her food it is her medical condition. They actually remade the plate and gave her other items that she could eat! They did this and did not charge extra which is great. This made our experience there a great experience. Will go again for sure.

DA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Steak was under cooked. Meal was average. It seems like this place has lost its edge. It used to be 5 stars. Maybe all the competition at other wineries has had a impact..

LH
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and wonderful food!

D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First off our waiter Scott made our 3 hour date memorable! The Seabass with gnocchis was to die for!

JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time, excellent service, delicious food.

L
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott, our server, was amazing! First time trying wine and dinning and I loved it. Definitely have been recommending this place to EVERYONE. Will be back soon!!! THANK U SCOTT & REST OF STAFF.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visitor. Very pleasant experience. Food ,service and atmosphere were all worthy of 4 stars!

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott was very attentive and helpful. We had a great dinner and the soft background music allowed for a nice dinner conversation without having to yell over loud music

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

60th birthday

G
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The food was horrible. Over price. I had the lobster sandwich which was very bad. The only good about this restaurant was the service.

g
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Stopped on our way home for some goat cheese and the big yummy cheese plate. Such a yummy treat. We felt a little ignored on this visit. Refills of drinks would have been nice, but I guess is youre not drinking alcohol you are not priority.

Y
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside. They were setting up for a concert and some of the noise coming out of the speakers was just awful. Four of us with only one flight of wine was over $220 for lunch. We reduced it by joining the wine club. Their reds are nice (considering Temecula wines are not yet on par with other CA regions). Ever though we were told they are known for their champagne, I didn’t like any of the four that came with the second flight of wines that they gave us after we joined the wine club.
The heirloom tomato avocado appetizer was to die for and we had to bread pudding for dessert and that was yummy. The French dip sandwich was just OK

TH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Food was delicious. The wine was outstanding.