Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

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836 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Located in beautiful Temecula Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine indoors in their glass enclosed dining room overlooking the vineyard. Experience the great American-Mediterranean Style cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Jason Barradas and the high quality, award winning Falkner wines. Special dishes prepared daily. Open daily for lunch 11:30am to 3:30 p.m. Come in this month for our Osso Buco special. 11/30-12/2: Slow Braised Veal shank over Smoked Cheddar Polenta & a Vegetable medley braising reduction. 12/7-9: Braised Veal shank w/Falkner Amante served w/wild Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus & a braising reduction. 12/14-16: Braised Veal shank over Garlic mashed potatoes, grilled zucchini & a Green Peppercorn demi-glace. 12/21-23: Braised Veal shank served w/Pumpkin risotto, Roasted Broccolini & a red wine demi-glace. 12/28-30: Braised Veal Shank over Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: In the Pinnacle Dining Room: Daily 11:30am - 3:30pm
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Phone number
(951) 676-8231
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Barradas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rancho California Road
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Special events & promotions
The Pinnacle is the perfect place for a wedding or private dinner party.
Contact Loretta Falkner for private event information.
951-676-8231 ext. 102
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Pinnacle Restaurant before and have very much enjoyed the lunch there. Because it was busy, the service was a little slow, however the waitress we had was very personable and attentive. The food was great. The venue is outstanding.

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T
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy dining at the Pinnacle when I'm out in wine country. The food is delicious, the view is brilliant and the wine rounds out a perfect outing. I've always had terrific service.

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LB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2009
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had the burger, and frankly was disappointed. If your going to name a dish after the owner, make sure its fresh…the burger was from a frozen patty …I asked for it to be medium …and it was way overcooked. My suggestions, if you’re going to offer a burger, make it from fresh ground beef. The wine was very good I particularly enjoyed the Chardonnay.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent in every aspect... food, wine and service ...beautiful building overlooking the vineyard!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great experience. The view is marvelous while having a great meal paired with the perfect wine.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, fantastic view, waitress a bit overworked.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2009
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service & Scenic View. I was very impressed.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was spectacular. Tina, Marco, and a new employee took excellent care of my party of 8 which grew from a reservation for 6. The food was excellent and everyone had nothing but rave reviews following lunch. One couple in the party return to the Pinnacle routinely during the month and are very familiar with the menu. They have the same lunch items each time they visit.

Thank you for the opportunity to praise your Pinnacle Staff.

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PD
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The winery is in a very pretty location...lunch was wonderful, and we enjoyed going over to the tasting room as well. We would go again...very nice!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first trip to the Pinnacle restaurant. I was there for lunch with five friends on June 14th, three from Orange County and two from Banning. They were all impressed with my choice for lunch and would like to meet there again. The food was delicious and the service excellent. I definately am a regular customer.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2009
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view and great food, but service was a little slow.

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WR
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite stops when traveling to Temecula for lunch!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the nicer Winery restaurants in Temecula, and not overpriced

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, the music was a bit too loud for conversation, but enjoyed it!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2009
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The brunch did not have a lot of offerings considering they charged $55.00 per person. Plus the set up was not very good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2009
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Mother's Day brunch. Overpriced.. Selection was very limited considering the cost at $50 per person. Scenery is a plus as its perched on top of a hill in Temecula wine country. Perhaps, dinner experience may differ.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2009
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For Mothers Day they were expensive for what they offered. Service was slow for only 3/4 of the restauant being full. Only the first drink was included. I would not recomend this restaurant for Mothers Day next year.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Great food, good wine and excellent service.

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CK
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lunch the week before Mother's Day for our early Mother's Day out.
Food was fabulous and the service was fantastic.
Thoroughly enjoyed our day and even went to the winery for some wine tasting.
Great day!

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food & service; excellent view of vineyards.

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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The wine is extremely good and the view of the winery from the restaurant is amazing!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2009
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Easter Brunch was not what I had expected. It was not worth the price although I appreciate our waitress taking off 2 meals and the wine. The chefs were not professional. The didn't know how to make an omelet and there could have been a larger set up and variety of food. I will not be back to the restaurant but still love the luscious lips wine.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2009
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The view is spectacular and service tremendous! The food was good and very reasonable for the wine country. My only recommend is to spice up the menu a bit (it's a little blah) and pay more attention to the food details. For example, I had the Ahi Tuna Burger, and while the fish and flavors were tasty, the bun was extremely dry. But overall was a nice experience and I'll go again.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2009
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the service was very friendly. We went to the area during down season but even then it was a very enjoyable experience.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2009
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great but service was slow and not what I expect when I am having a $80 lunch. Would not go again, too many options and want a high level of service

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for a great afternoon.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had only been to Temecula one before, but never visited the Falkner Winery or Pinnacle Restaurant before. I am so glad that I researched all the different winery’s and restaurants before my visit. The food and wine was amazing and the staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. To top it off we had a seat next to the large half dome window. What a lovely view whilst eating our delicious lunch and slipping on wine. I would recommend this winery and restaurant to all my friends and family. I can’t wait to come back again.

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BH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2009
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but the kitchen was incredibly slow! The restaurant wasn't that full, but our lunch took an hour and a half--way longer than it should have.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Falkner Winery was superb as was the service. You won't be disappointed.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Valentine's Brunch (on Sunday) was an amazing deal! Two wines, two salads, two entrees, and desert for two - all for $50. To top it off, the food, staff, and scenic view were all excellent.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

For the past three years I've been taking my fiance there for Valentines. I live in the area and I really enjoy the Facility. This Valentines Dinner I just wanted to comment that dinner and drinks and snacks were fantastic. The one thing I will complain about, is the service at dinner. It was super slow and truly felt neglected. Pherhaps this comment might improve the service during dinner time.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

Dinner was great, but overall experience was not as expected. Got there half hour early from l.a drive doors open at exact 6:30pm no bar or hang out area to have a drink or sit. Arrival greeting set up very awkward, a line to the hostess to choose/review dinner menu. Given a cut out heart number table to dinner table, once seated we were asked for dinner payment. Appetizers/wine were good . Overall Would not return or recommend this valentine event. Was not romantic and not worth $90 per person for the event ..

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If in the Temecula wine country, this is an excellent spot for lunch. Good menu and generally good value. Has wines in addition to its own varietals.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pinnacle was an unexpected surprise. The setting was great, the food fantastic and more than enough, and staff attentive and pleasant. Additionally, it was a pleasure to have the owner, Ray Falkner, walk around and introduce himself to all the diners.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Valentine's Day at Faulkner's winery and Pinnacle Restaurant for lunch.
We had a group of 12 and was delighted with the service, food, view and the visit with Mr Faulkner. It was a special day for all of us and would come back again just for dinner or lunch. We all had a very nice time.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2009
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food with a beautiful view. A bit expensive though.

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EJ
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Although I didn't check "kid-friendly" as one of the options (because there is no specific kid menu) they were VERY accommodating with my 8-year-old. The service was perfect, the food delicious and well-presented and the atmosphere relaxing and beautiful. We will be visiting more often!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2009
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

I THOUGHT THE PINNACLE RESTAURANT WAS VERY UNIQUE AND WILL DEFINATELY GO BACK

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2009
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a scenic view that was amazing. We were celebrating my daughters birthday and would love to return as soon as possible to enjoy dinner again and to do some wine tasting. This Winery - restaurant if off the beaten path and is so incredible.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2009
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The potential is there, especially because the restaurant boasts a lovely view. The food was good, the service was fine. The ambience is lacking. The space is large and a bit cold. There is a styless salute to Tuscany with cheesy pieces of art on the wall and ridiculous faux columns next to the large windows that detract from the otherwise stunning view. The space has clearly been designed as a "hall" for weddings etc. The restaurant/winery folks should make up their minds as to whether or not the Pinnacle is truly a restaurant or a venue for celebrations. I hope they vote for the former--we need good retaurants in Temecula and they could easily fit the bill.

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