About Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

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.

32575 Rancho California Rd
P.O. Box 9008
Temecula, CA 92589
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch

Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

Lunch

Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Butterfield Sage

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(951) 699-0099

Website:
http://www.thorntonwine.com/

Entertainment:
We have live bands every Friday night starting in March. We also have large concerts from artists like Melissa Etheridge and Kenny G. Please call for more details.

Parking Details:
Paved parking lot

Executive Chef:
Ceasar Solarzano

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thornton Winery continues to build on its national and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor venues. The intimate and acoustically superb Mediterranean fountain terrace, overlooking the beautiful Temecula Wine Country, offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California

Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Special Occasion (11)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Scenic View (8)
Live Music (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Casual (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Romantic (4)
Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were here Friday night and enjoyed it so much we came back Saturday night for dinner. We enjoyed the meat & cheese board which was huge and delicious.

Conor - our waiter - made some great suggestions on the wine and everything was to our enjoyment. He suggested the crispy artichoke hearts and I'm glad he did. Fantastic!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed the food and fantastic service from a knowledgeable waiter. Staff knows their wine and made good food suggestions.

Definitely will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Normally, the venue is excellent all around. Unfortunately, we had the worst server in the place. Unfriendly, food was served cold and it partially ruined the experience for us. Live music was great. I will request another server next time.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant in the Valley.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic winery with great food, ambiance, wine and champagne. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Restaurant called as I was driving to meet friend there and informed me that their kitchen would stop taking orders at 1:10 p.m. Not sure why they allowed someone to make a 1:00 reservation if that was the case (they could have called one or two days before to let me know and see if I wanted to move the time of my reservation. Incredibly disappointed - won't go back!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This is the best place in Temecula Wine Country for lunch. The food and service are really great. The atmosphere could be taken up a notch though.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Although the blackened seasoning made the swordfish inedible, everything else was great. Get the Lobster ravioli with scallops. The Calamari was excellent. It's a little pricey but your paying for eating at a winery in Temecula. It's expected. We are outdoors as the dining room indoors was empty and had a cold echo feeling. Not very warm or inviting. At least outside you had the view and a warm breeze!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Stopped by for an early dinner last Sunday. We enjoyed the champagne flight and the brie cheese. I also ordered the Cesar salad. It was just OK. It came with store bought tortilla strips, not what I expected on a $14 salad. I also ordered the Chicken saltimbocca. The chicken was on the dry side, it had ham but not cheese. It was topped with a tomato sauce and served with zucchini. This dish was a healthy version on your typical Italian Saltimbocca. Our table shared the butterscotch pudding, that was delicious. I also enjoyed our champagne flight. The bill came out to almost $300 for 4, which I felt was a bit high for the quality of food.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Have enjoy coming for years and the wine and food has been excellent but this last time the food was not great and the server was poor. The eggs were hard and the potatoes were cold.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

So this was an open air concert night with all the usual noise and bustle. We like this place because the concert food (not the regular menu) is typically good. With so many guests once the concert starts at 6 pm the wait staff and the kitchen is running flat outtill near 9 pm. So the trick is to arrive early and order quickly otherwise you may wait an hour for food. Of course there is plenty of decent wine to help 🎉

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I had calamari from the appetizer list. Very good.
I think the prices are very high. Check the menu online before going.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our Server was awesome!! Always eat here when we go wine tasting... service and food is excellent!! Great atmosphere!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Service was mediocre at best, as was the food. Prices were outrageous. Artificial flowers on the tables at the overpriced restaurant. Took 40 min for the meal though only 5 tables, out of many, needed service. The chef blamed new staff on problems and miscommunication, instead of taking responsibility himself. Manager credited us for a meal, which was a good gesture. Would not recommend place to anybody.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I am a member of the winery in part due to the wonderful restaurant and great wine flight offerings.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent . I'll be back . Food and service were great

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Would not recommend this place to anyone Poor service, poorly cooked food and over priced for such a horrible experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great view! Good food!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was amazing. The 4 of us shared several small plates and desert. The tiramisu was the best any of us ever had. Server was very informative live music was fun

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I have been a member of Thornton Winery for a number of years. I love Cafe Champagne. The food is great, the servers are wonderful, the wine is a favorite and the view is beautiful. I recommend it to everyone!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Very enjoyable setting with good friends. Salmon was excellent, as was the champagne!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our group of six was very happy with our gathering and would come again. Our server was extremely helpful and cooperative when I requested that, if possible, she split the costs of our birthday girl between the others in our party. Although she didn't think it would be possible, she was able to make it happen, which we appreciated. My only complaint would be that when the split checks were distributed, no mention was made of the already-included gratuity on each check. I noticed it and mentioned it to some in our party. Thank you for a great afternoon with wonderful food and service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Fabulous for a romantic dinner. Great service. Superb food quality and champ game tasting flight was exquisite.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Love the champagnes & champagne flight--served at just the right temperature. Excellent service!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went for wine tasting and had a blast. It's a sit-down tasting which everyone really liked.

For the most part, the wines were really good! We only ordered some fries though, so I can't really speak to the food...

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Attentive service, great food & wine pairings, delicious dessert!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

It was an amazing time. Most enjoyable atmosphere with excellent entertainment. We were seated in a perfect spot. Wine was delicious and the food was great.
We will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Concerts are great. Food has a bit to be desired. There is usually too much or too little of something including the service. But can't beat the entertainment and a nice evening out.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our visit coincided with a Friday night live music concert. At such events the a la carte menu is replaced by a more generic offering so that the kitchen can handle the demand from the concertgoers. Nevertheless, the food was good and the service excellent considering the energetic environment. Also as a concert, the noise level was by definition going to be higher than usual.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We went for a summer "Eric Clapton tribute concert". It was the best. The band was fantastic.
The service was excellent, table location beyond belief. Wonderful evening!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Food was very good, wine was good but pretty pricey for the wine. Pretty expensive dinner for 4 people having appetizers and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Fathers Day
Good quality and portions were good
Table and environment was like a diner

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was our first time there, we had a wonderful time, joined the wine club and had a great dinner. The concert with B I G was outstanding!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The food was delicious and it was presented beautifully. The portions were ample and the wine was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We come here about once a week and are members of the club. We spend a lot of money in food and hardly use our free tastings. On Friday night we showed up at 6:05p to do some tastings with an out of town guest. We were told that we can't use our tastings on Friday nights and that an email was sent about it. When we signed up we were told we could come every day and taste for free as members. We went across up the road to miramonte where you can use your free tastings whenever is convenient.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Beautiful scenery. Very attentive wait staff. Presentation of food, very nice!

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Both the ahi appetizer and the salmon entree were wonderful. We had a very delicious dinner. A dining companion had the lobster ravioli and scallops entree and also thoroughly enjoyed her meal. This was a great dining experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The place had great food my boyfriend and I split the Ricotta Cheese and Lemon Oil Pancakes and the Lox Benedict. They were both delicious and both came with a free glass of champagne. We sat outside on the patio and it was a beautiful day out, we were a big group (8 of us) and they were very accommodating even when one of our party couldn't come. Everyone loved their food. We also got the champagne flight which was delicious and tried several of their wines. It's not inexpensive but I found it to be considerably more reasonable then most of the wineries in the area. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Wonderful! Food and service was great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We loved this restaurant. The staff was very warm and friendly. I ordered the lobster ravioli and blackened scallops and it was beyond delicious. Scallops were cooked perfectly. We had a nice bottle of Thornton Cab. Perfect evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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