About Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

Located in beautiful Temecula Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine either indoors in their glass enclosed dining room or outside on their open-air balcony 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 T-Bone Steak Special. Each weekend Chef Jason will prepare amazing dishes featuring 14oz T-Bone Steaks every weekend. 3-5th: Pepper encrusted T-Bones Steak with garlic mashed potatoes, pan seared green beans and a red wine demi-glace. 10-12th: Asian marinated grilled T-Bone steak, grilled baby bok choy, and steamed rice with an Asian style glaze.

40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: In the Pinnacle Dining Room: Daily 11:30am - 3:30pm

Cross Street:
Rancho California Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(951) 676-8231

Website:
http://www.falknerwinery.com/

Executive Chef:
Jason Barradas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

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4.7

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4.5

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4.3

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (12)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Romantic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

On a Saturday afternoon we were celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and Pinnacle was recommended. We were showed to our table, given water and were more or les ignored for the next 10 minutes. The restaurant was fairly crowded and noisy almost beyond toleration. That was not unexpected however. The sea bass was ok and the seafood crepe was very doughy. We were ordering desert and mentioned it was our anniversary. That was complementary. We had noted a "special occasion " in our online reservation and when we checked in. They were in the process of setting up for a wedding and were anxious for the room to be cleared. We would not return anytime on a weekend, but might give another try at a less hectic time. Would never recommend this restaurant any time on a weekend.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Much louder than expected. Food was good, but our appetizers showed up about three minutes prior to our entrees. They took them back. Ten minutes later, they brought our original entrees back. They should have prepared then again. We won't be returning.
Server was not very friendly at all and bordered on rude.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Definitely would come back. Mushroom soup was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had lunch at The Pinnacle Restaurant, which gets high marks in reviews for its views. Well, it does sit on a little hill and looks down and across to the next little hill. The hills here are covered with desert chaparral and brush. In late fall now, these are all pretty dry and brown. So the view is nice and open, but at this time of year, not the prettiest. The food was good. The signature lobster mac and cheese was just ok IMO. It is in a brown (bacon?) cheese sauce instead of the expected light cheese sauce, and had a "different" taste- not what I was expecting. The shrimp caprese salad was very good, as was the Santa Barbara salad. The service was excellent. The wine list features the winery, of course, which we had sampled and enjoyed in the tasting room (The Temecula area doesn't produce great wines, but Faulkner's are very good among them).

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We came for a girls lunch to celebrate a birthday. Very nice restaurant and pleasant atmosphere. The decor is very plain and nothing to get excited about. Food and the wine and beer selection are good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The view from Pinnacle restaurant is one of the best in Temecula! Had a a business lunch there with out of town clients.....they loved it! Everyone was extremely happy with the food...wine...and, service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Pleasantly surprised.
I had one of the best hamburgers I’ve had in many years. French fries were also delicious.
Service was very good.
Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband loves the octopus dish and I always enjoy the various other options I have been working my way through. We frequently bring friends who never fail to be impressed with the view, the service and the great food. Recommend highly when you want to treat yourself to a special dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We have been to Pinnacle restaurant several times before. The food is always exceptional, the view is amazing (somewhat reminds us of Tuscany) and there are many wine selections to go with any item on the menu. It was a quiet, relaxing lunch spot this time; in the past we have visited on a weekend and it has sometimes been too busy and energetic for us. LOVE THIS PLACE!

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Tina T was very friendly and personable!
She treated us to a wonderful Bruchetta and Ice Cream with Homemade Raspberry Sauce!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We live to sit outside-so peaceful w/ beautiful view! Tina, our server, is the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a great place in Wine Country. The food is always great and of course the wine is flowing. A must stop when we are in Temecula. The service is fantastic as always.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful view!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Beautiful place with great views. Wait staff efficient and friendly. Food outstanding. Wonderful for any occasion or just spur of the moment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The service was outstanding. My iced tea glass was never less then half full. Very attentive staff. The food was excellent and there was something on the menu for everyone. The wines were excellent as well

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a get together with friends. The restaurant was nice, the view was great, as was the food and recommended wine(s) to compliment each menu item. Wonderful way to spend the day.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Lovely meal & great service. Perfect place after a wine tasting tour.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Love this place it's amazing never had a bad dish here. The staff is friendly and very professional !

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I have been to the pinnacle several times in the past for lunch with friends, we come here because they have tables, a nice view, great hamburgers and other dishes, good service and great wine. We also buy several bottles or wine before leaving. I only gone during the week when it's not too busy so we can talk. All and all myself and my friends agree it's a great place for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I have eaten there several times and have never been disappointed. I have come with friends, and have brought friends. I have never had a problem with reservations and have always managed a window seat for my guests. The views of the vineyards and the valley from this vantage point are excellent.

The food, service, and ambiance are excellent. Staff are attentive, knowledgable and well-trained. They cater to your every need. I highly recommend this place for a romantic lunch or dinner.

BTW-I recommend that you become a Wine Club Member. The benefits are fabulous!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We thought it was great. Enjoyed walking over to the winery to have another glass of wine, walk through the shop, and sit on the patio to enjoy the view. Thought the wine was a little pricey as it was thier wine on the winery grounds.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Overpriced lousy food. Drank the estate cab and I'll pass. Grumpy waitress, lousy service. Nice building and view. Inside appointments are cheap and the room is loud. Should give them 1 star but instead I will absolutely not go back.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Delicious food and excellent friendly service, highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 17, 2017

By far the best restaurant in wine country. We are from orange county and decided to do wine tasting in Temecula. We have been a few times, but we came across this gem. They have a new chef who prepares Mediterranean style food. We recommend the scallop small plate and the Baja Striped Seabass. My boyfriend had their special double bone in Duroc Pork chop..he absolutely loved it. Our server paired their Falkner wines with each course for us and we ended with their zinfandel port and house made chocolate divinity. The energy here is upbeat and the views are spectacular. It is so hot this time of year and we were very happy they offered air conditioning as most of the wineries dining is outside. We cant wait to come back next month for their Branzino Seabass specials!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Nice view but food was lukewarm at best.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Amazing food and wine. The vegan option for the pasta dish was the best pasta I've had in years--so flavorful and bright.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

3rd time there; always great food and service with a view!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Sarah was our wonderful waitress... offered an avocado option so I could enjoy the salmon without corn. Recommended pairing with three white wine choices, and I am happy I went with her top recommendation. Everyone was catering to us...from the man that kept our water glasses full to the greeter that found a winery map for me. Blackened salmon perfect and the lava cake melts in your mouth. My third time there and I will be back again soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2017

First of all the service was wonderful and very inviting. The food was very flavorful and cooked very well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for an impeccable dining experience.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Tina, out server, was great! She took time to talk to us about Temecula and it was helpful. She also had great menu recommendations.

There were 5 people in our party and everyone was happy with what they ordered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Very warm and welcoming. The view of the vineyards are Panoramic and beautiful. The food is outstanding we recommend the Scallop small plate and the Baja Striped Sea bass. We did wine pairing and ended with a homemade dessert with a Zinfandel port. We look forward to the next visit.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Great food, great view and great staff. Never had a bad meal or bad experience. Our go to place in wine country. Tina is awesome!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

One server so it took awhile to get our check. She wasn't too pleasant either. Nice view.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The dining experience was great, the food, service, and wine were excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

View outstanding.
Decor tired.
Waitress scary and abrupt.
Food mediocre.
I wanted to love this place because the tasting room and staff were so nice and very friendly and recommended it. But the restaurant was lacking. It seems like a place where the owners have lost interest and left the staff to their own devices. It has such potential and should be fully booked constantly given the location and view.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

It was loud but the Brussels sprouts were amazing

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This experience for Mother's Day was an extreme disappointment. The music was so loud we couldn't even have a conversation. The music was also monotonous and somber. It was as if the pianist was playing the same depressing song over and over. Also, the food was a total disappointment. The food choices were few and it was not good. We walked away feeling taken advantage of. The buffet for four of us cost $300 not including tip. Not a good experience and certainly not worth the money. This was supposed to be a special Mother's Day for my 80-year-old mom who was in the hosptial for three weeks earlier this year. Quite a disappointment for all four of us. I do not recommend this place at all for any occasion.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We arrived over an hour early but they were able to accommodate us immediately. We had wonderful food, wine and service. We followed up with wine in the tasting room and ended up spending over four hours enjoying Falkner!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Family enjoying a day in wine country 🍷😊

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The menue is broad, chicken, seafood, beef and vegetarian. I choose the Seafood Portifino, Sea Scallop Mac & Cheese, and Crunchy Brussel Sprouts paired with a white wine. The meal was fantastically delicious...!!! The service was excellent. I will visit the Pennical Restaurant in the future for the superb faire. Enjoy..!!

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