Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 4 times today

Gourmet Italia

4.5
643 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
At Gourmet Italia, experience Italy without ever leaving Temecula. Restauranteur, Alessandro (Alex) Prestifilippo moved to the states from Sicily in 1988. He takes much pride our attentive, friendly staff, knowing they’ll provide the exceptional “Sicilian” experience Alex prides himself in. The menu and wine selection is vast and reasonable and the special dishes vary from Seafood Pescatore, Halibut, Salmon, Filet, Osso bucco, Lamb Shank, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Lobster Ravioli and much more! Visit the website for more about the restaurant, Alex, the menu and specials. Dine with us and you could end up in a picture on the website or Facebook page!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(951) 676-9194
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Alessandro Prestifilippo
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Rancho California Rd and Ynez Rd
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Thursday nights: Ron Lovely- Piano/Singer Friday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor Saturday: Randy & Associates Sunday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our favorite place when visiting Temecula . Fabulous food, great service . Giuseppe was
personable and attentive .

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our food. We very much enjoyed the music in the wine bar after dinner.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

They food delicious here and the seafood is very fresh. Unfortunately, i had already marked and stated this dinner reservation is for a birthday but the front receiver person did not inform our waitress. Our waitress was absolutely great and attentive! Will most likely go again if the opportunity allows it, just won’t plan anything special incase they dont read the extra notes on open table.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always, another great experience at Gourmet Italia. Alex and his staff always make you feel special and the food is absolutely incredible. Our friends were dining there for the first time and being Italian, had doubts about our endorsement but left extremely impressed and sure to return.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was amazing, we already went back for lunch.
Claudia

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food. Although seems a bit clickish. The owner seemed to talk to everyone he knew but looked at us and just walked by. Very disrespectful. Not sure we will go again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Took my wife for her birthday. Great food and overall experience.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very pleasent ambience and Excellent food. The service met my expectations for a busy night.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We always dine at Gourmet Italia after wine tasting in Temecula but we were disappointed this time. We were 15 minutes early for 6:00 reservations and did not get seated until 6:40. We were with friends who needed to catch a flight so this was a real problem. Manager was unapologetic and did nothing to try to make it right. In fact, she seemed annoyed when we inquired how much longer it would be. When we finally got seated, our waiter was excellent but the food definitely was not as good as prior visits. Maybe it was an off night? We will give it another chance because we always enjoyed this restaurant it in the past.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Overall great experience! The staff was friendly and took care of our group. We were a group of 8 so it was a bit crowded for us but we made it work and we had a great time!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

one of the best -- consistently delicious food, attentive & friendly service, nice ambiance.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in Temecula. Great wine list and the food is amazing. Away from the wineries so parking is easy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This place has amazing food and service. The food is made with the highest quality. We went to Italy this last summer and this restaurant has better quality then what we found on vacation. Also, has a great wine list to choose from.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed out experience at Gourmet Italia. Our server was very friendly, and the food was outstanding! Loved the atmosphere as well. :-)

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Dinner was Delishes!!! I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for amazing food.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service is just okay as is food. I hadn’t been back in years and it just seems almost like we’re an inconvenience to the restaurant.

Personally I think the reviews are higher than they should as people likely come here after spending the day in wine country and therefore anything is awesome after a day of drinking

With other available options nearby at a better value I don’t think we’ll be back for another 8 Years.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This restaurant is a gem! Our family is Italian, we are picky, and spoiled, being a great cook . It’s nice to go out and get good food . Reminds me of the quaint places in New York City . I would recommend this place for any occasion! Bon Appetit

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Service was excellent as were the appetizers. We had the Gourmet Italia salad and the Bruschetta which was a big portion. The tomatoes tasted home grown and vine ripened. The olive tapenade was house made and delicious. The entrees were good (Veal Marsala and Manicotti) but by no means outstanding. Raymond and Francisco were excellent. It would have been nice to see the owner take a drink order or clear a plate rather than loudly hail for someone else to do it. In hindsight, we would have sat in the piano area, had drinks and shared the Charcuterie tray and some appies.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Loved the ambiance, service and food. The lemon dessert was phenomenal. Our only issue was the chicken in the fusilli. Tough cubes are not up to the standard of this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Fab food...must try if in town

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We make it a point to eat here at least every 2 months. Make a reservation to guarantee a table. You won't be disappointed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I took my friend there for the first time because the restaurant is super nice and the food is good... I was slightly disappointed because I arrived on time to my reservation about 5minutes ahead but had to wait to be seated for 10 minutes. The server was nice but he was too slow in getting the beverages and appetizers out to us and the food took forever to come out. It was disappointing because all I ordered was a minestrone soup and salad and all she had was a manicotti. I would say we arrived at 0725 and we had our main course at about 830pm. Unacceptable! They need more servers or cooks.. That or do not turn over tables so fast that cannot be served immediately.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and service. They arranged a birthday cannoli on short notice as well. Great job GI!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Went to Gourmet Italia the day after Valentine’s Day. Food was great, as always, but waiting 30 minutes when we booked a reservation was not great. And a couple who walked in without a reservation got seated before us, and in the main dining room (as opposed to the hallway where they stuck us), so not sure the utility of planning ahead and reserving. The food is great, and there aren’t a lot of other options in Temecula, but this experience makes me want to explore a bit more.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine's day with my fiancé and we both loved the ambiance and romantic feel of the restaurant and wine lounge. That night was a special Valentine's day four course meal that was simply delicious. Local food and wine included. Live piano music. Very good place.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day, so unfair to judge. Shoved in an aisle way between two big groups, unpleasant. But the food was fantastic!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding , authentic Italian. Both lobster ravioli and lasagna were delicious and the Cesar salad was too. Raymond was our waiter and he was amazing!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I wish I could give this restaurant a better review but the service and management is so poor and I think they get away with it since they are the only game in town. Our drinks arrived 30 minutes after ordering, they first said they had the Branzino fish and then came back and said they didn't, their lasagne seemed like it had seen the inside of a microwave but our special pasta of the day was delicious. The server was scattered and the manager oblivious to our repeated requests for service and food. Hence we left without ordering any dessert or coffee because we wanted to be out of there :-(

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Cheecake is joke 🤬 I ordered dessert to go and was very very disappointing when I opened the cheesecake! it was about 2 bites each sclice,no kidding about 2 ounces each sclice which I paid $22 plus left $8 tip for for 2 slices of cheesecake! Crazy not worth it!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We were told this was a place locals love and we can see why. The food was absolutely delicious and our waitress was engaging and attentive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Our go to restaurant when in the area.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Unfortunately a poor experience. Very poor management of flow. Arrived one hour earlier for reservations for 4 and still not seated about one hour after reservation when we left. Manager said told us we needed to arrive 2 hours earlier for reservations!! Not sure why we make reservations. Overbooked and accommodated all the walking in about 30 minutes. Any way definitely did not live up to any hype and he the ole runaround on seating. Appears kitchen cannot keep up with all expanded seating added to restaurant. Have tables set up in waiting area at front entrance and reception area where I become very crowded and unbelievably noisy.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were seated an hour and a half after our reservation. Service was good, but food was not great. Overpriced for what was essentially fancy Olive Garden. Would not recommend or return. Only two people out of our party of six finished their meal. We ordered three ossobuco and three pasta dishes, one with chicken and two vegetarian. Only the vegetarians like their meals. The bread came out cold. Over all, a fail.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

My sister and brother-in-law invited my husband and I out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. I searched yelp for local restaurants. Gourmet Italia had lots of great reviews, so I made reservations on OpenTable. It was pretty busy for a Sunday evening but the owner quickly checked us in. They have two different dining areas. We were seated in the old classic Italian style dining area. They recently added a modern dining/lounge area. Our waiter was quick with our drink order and as well as our food order. My husband and I both order the specials. We enjoyed our conversations while waiting well over 40 minutes for our food. I don’t mind waiting when I know I’m going to get a delicious meal. However, we were all pretty disappointed with our dinner that evening. The pasta was sticky and did not taste fresh. We all thought that the food was pretty bland. My sister’s primavera looked like it was tossed with frozen vegetables. The seafood dish I ordered had two jumbo over cooked shrimp and a few clams and mussels. After the waiter dropped off our dinner, he disappeared for quite some time. I’m not sure if we’ll ever go back to Gourmet Italia for dinner. However, it’s got good ambiance. We may go back to try their cocktails in their new lounge area.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

When I come to Temecula I try to make this a must. The quality of the food, the variety, and the overall experience is always great. We try to share the experience by bringing friends.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Gourmet Italia always delivers a delicious hot enjoyable meal. The mushroom risotto is delish.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I don’t know why I haven’t left a review before but to a certain degree I’m not sure they even need one more positive review. They’re busy and they deserve it! We love the service, the food and ambiance. They have one of my favorite Caesar salads and their carbonara is incredible! It’s become a tradition when family comes to visit to come here and we make sure to go early since they are very busy for dinner.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

My only regret is not getting the calamari. However, we had the Fruiti de Mari (between 4.5 and 5 stars) and the Chicken Marsala (4.0 star). For me, those are excellent scores and I will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Very good as always, food and service very good. Our favorite place in Temecula

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

As always a fantastic Italian meal served by attentive staff.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
17