Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

4.3
805 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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 Swordfish Special prepared by Chef Jason. Starting June 1st – 3rd Grilled Swordfish marinated in Garlic & herbs w/ Saffron Rice, roasted asparagus topped w/ lemon caper butter; June 8th – 10th; Seared Blackened Swordfish w/ a cilantro and lime cream & corn salsa, roasted fingerling potatoes; June 15th – 17th Pan Seared Swordfish w/ a Creamy Romesco Sauce, grilled zucchini, & herbed mashed potatoes; June 22nd – 24th Grilled Swordfish w/ a rice pilaf, roasted garlic broccolini, & a Mediterranean Tapenade.


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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4.4
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4.3
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3.8
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1.0Dined on February 14, 2009

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2009

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2009

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2009

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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4.0Dined on February 8, 2009

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

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2009

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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5.0Dined on January 25, 2009

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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4.0Dined on January 25, 2009

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

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2009

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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4.0Dined on December 29, 2008

We visited the Falkner Winery and then had lunch at the Pinnalce. The inside resembles a Tuscan style feel and lots of windows overlooking vineyards. We ate there for lunch and had the BLT w/Turkey and the Lobster Mac & Cheese. The sandwich was real good split between two people. The Mac & Cheese was really a Penne style noodle with Alfredo Sauce and Langostino's. It was okay but expected creamy Mac & Cheese. The winery is just a walk across the parking lot. We bought the infamous Luscious Lips red table wine. I am not a red wine drinker but this one is good.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2008

IT was wonderful having our Luncheon there...thank you so much for the amazing food and service

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2.0Dined on December 6, 2008

Food was disappointing. Nothing extraordinary especially for the price. I had talapia--very bland and boring. Asparagus tasted like it was cooked with margarine. Wine was great though.

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3.0Dined on November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving meal was very good. Chef carved turkey @ tableside. Awsome view! Waitstaff was pleasent & accommodating of special requests, but was very slow between visits. The person that seated me seemed shocked that I was actually eating alone.(OMG you poor thing)Very offensive. The room was extremely sparce & WAY too bright. Not romantic in anyway. The noise of people walking on the hardwood floors was distracting AND they cancelled my reservation prematurely. Probably will not eat here again.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2008

The food was very good...however, we were under constant attack from flies (we sat indoors) which made the meal very annoying and not at all relaxing.
The service was not very good at all. The waitress, though friendly, never came by to ask how our meal was, nor did they come by to refill our drinks, replensih bread, etc.
It was nice enough to want to give them another try...but the overall experience was a little disappointing given the great potential offered.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2008

It was wonderful and we plan to go again soon so we can try the other entrees. So many looked good it was hard to decide. It was very affordable.

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1.0Dined on November 8, 2008

This is our second visit to the Pinnacle at Faulkner Winery in Temecula, California. We will not return:

*My husband enjoyed his baked brie and scampi while my chicken crepe was cold.

*The waitress ignored my request for a glass of iced tea, maybe because it was not a glass of alcohol.

*A table of approximately 15 were enjoying their gathering and meal, however due to the wood flooring in the restaurant, no other patrons could carry on a conversation. I sat directly next to my husband and we could not hear each other speak. Seating outside was not an option as it was extremely windy that day. The waitress apologized for the noise at the end of our meal and I wondered why a member of management didn't address the problem.

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2008

Good food, nice scenery but very loud and service could be better.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2008

Excellent Ahi Burger. Staff brought out wonderful chocolate cake for a birthday celebration. Thank You.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2008

Great restaurant at the Falkner winery! Beautiful views! We had a very nice lunch and service was great!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2008

Scenic location, overlooks the Temecula wine country. Great food, great service, great wine!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2008

The lobster mac and cheese is about the only good cooked dish I've ever liked. Everything else is good at first bit, but then becomes much too rich. The sandwiches, however, are great!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2008

I only wish this restaurant was open for dinners!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2008

Our waitress Summer was great, and the rest of the staff very attentive and nice.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2008

This was the second time my girlfriends and I dined here for lunch. Great view. The service has been very friendly and prompt both times. The food is good, but not outstanding. I had the crepe this time...the flavor was good, but the chicken in the crepe was VERY dry. I would not order it again. Also, this visit we were plagued by a couple of pesky flies INSIDE the dining room, which made things a little unpleasant. However, we will be back for another visit as Temecula is a half-way point where we meet to get together and Pinnacle is one of the nicer restaurants in Temecula.

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2008

Food was very bland, had no taste. Presented nicely, however it left alot to the imagination. Would not return to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2008

It was a very enjoyable experience!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2008

Ray and Loretta have a gem in this place

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2008

Great service with knowledgable and helpful staff. Everyone smiled and made you feel welcome. The food was not typical restaurant fare, yet it was not pretentious. And plenty of food!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2008

Great view of the wine country over a good lunch. This would be a great place for almost any occasion during lunch time. I haven't been here for dinner, but lunch is highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2008

There were only 2 negatives: (1) the waitress forgot to ask me if I wanted a re-fill on my soft drink even though the empty glass was on the edge of the table for her to see and (2) she forgot to record my reservation when I told her that I had one. But other than that, the restaurant serves good but not great food. The cost of the food is moderate. It is only open for lunch, but I wish it was open for dinner. It would be a great location for a wedding and this apparently is big part of their business. The most important feature of this restaurant is the view. You get a stunning view of the Temecula valley beccause they sit on a hill overlooking the area.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2008

Very nice and peaceful. We really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2008

The food and service was excellent. The only thing that was a downfall was the there was two large parties the were extremely load while I was trying to have A quite romantic Birthday lunch for my wife, the hostess counteracted by trying to move us to a quieter location and also served us comp. champagne with out us saying a word. The food was awesome, the hostess and server were very attentive and the view was great. Overall it was still a great evening.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2008

The food, service and the view of the vineyard were all great!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2008

This was for my Mom's birthday, but no one wished her a happy birthday!
We did enjoy being there, and will go again, this time with my husband for dinner. The view was lovely, and Mom loved it. Service was great, as was everything there.
I will come again.

Victoria M. Chafee

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2008

The food was WONDERFUL! We didn't get any service when we first arrived for the first 15mins. but after we had gotten a waitress's attention we had grest service from then on. I would DEFINITELY go back for the food, it was to DIE FOR!!!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2008

Our party of 4 enjoyed the experience, service and the great food.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2008

This was our first time, met friends there for lunch, enjoyed it very much, staff were very nice.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2008

ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE AND OVERPRICED FROM BEGINNING TO END. WORST EASTER BRUNCH WE HAVE EVER HAD. FOOD APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN COOKED IN SOMEONE'S HOUSE & BROUGHT TO THE VENUE IN TUPPERWARE. BLAND AND BORING. ENTIRE STAFF WAS CLUELESS, FROM THE HOSTESS TO THE WAITRESS. ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, THEY TRIED TO CHARGE US FOR GLASS OF SPARKLING WINE WHICH HAD BEEN ADVERTISED AS COMPLIMENTARY!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2008

The Easter Brunch food was delicious. However, the price was very, very, very expensive. This brunch should have been priced somewhere between $30 to $35, especially in light of the fact that only one glass of champagne was provided.
We would not consider revisiting this place at those kind of prices for what was provided.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2008

After brunching at landmark places in San Diego, La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe, at the same price point, our group had high expectations. It was very new and I hope that they are able to have a brunch that is in-line with these other places.

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