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 Prime Rib Special. Each weekend Chef Jason will prepare amazing dishes, starting Jan 5-7th: Oven Roasted w/Kosher salt & Rosemary, served w/Parsnip puree, petite carrots & an Amante Au Jus, Jan 12-14th: House rubbed & Oven Roasted with Roasted Garlic mashed potatoes, Grilled Asparagus & a Green Peppercorn Demi-Glace.

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

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
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Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The Pinnacle is in a lovely location with great views. It's open floorplan makes it a bit noisy if there happens to be a large or noisy party near by. The food was great, our server was rushed but fairly attentive and we will definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

A great way to sit and savor something delicious while on a wine tasting day in Temecula. A little noisy on the Saturday we visited, with a large birthday party and a wedding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We were able to use our points from Falkner Winery for a delicious meal for 4. Each of us had delicious, fresh pasta and seafood options with a great view. They even take the time to offer a wine pairing with each entree on the menu. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always love lunch here. Wish they were open for dinner!! Food is always excellent and plenty. Their mushroom soup is to die for!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I was celebrating a friends birthday but what a gem I have found for any celebration or just to have lunch or dinner. All was fabulous!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The corn chowder we had was superb!! I had the ahi salad and it was quite wonderful.
I have never been disappointed when we have gone to the Pinnacle restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good food, good service and a very nice setting. This was our second visit during the holidays and we plan to return.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We loved Pinnacle!!! The view was outstanding. One of the people at another winery told us we should eat at Liones instead but I am so glad that we didn't ! First of all, the view is SPECTACULAR! I would have been happy if the food was mediocre but it wasn't! I ordered the grilled Octopus which was the best I have every had (including Olives at the Bellagio in Vegas). I was with 4 other people who ordered the Seabass (perfectly cooked) and the Vegetarian option Manicotti. Every dish was outstanding. There are many options for both vegetarians and vegans. This restaurant is a MUST for anyone visiting the Temecula wineries.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The reason why I rated the restaurant as quiet is that we arrived at 1130 and were the first guests in the door. It did get louder at the time we left which was around 230 PM and the room was only about a 1/4 full. The decor and ambiance were nice, but I could see how the room would be very loud if the room was full. The decor did enhance the echoing and the voices without anything on the walls to reduce the noise level.

The service was very good overall and our waitress was friendly.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very spacious restaurant. The food was delicious. There were 3 not so positive outcomes, however. First, I made a reservation at 3pm. On the day of our reservation, a woman calls and said that they actually are not taking reservations at 3pm and beyond (so why was I able to make the reservation on-line? SMH!). So, I said...okay...we can come earlier. So, she said 2:45pm would be the new time. REALLY? 15 min earlier? What is the difference? Next...our waitress was mediocre. The other person helping her bring our food to the table or fill our drinks was more hospitable. Hopefully she will share the tip with him. Last but not least...I made a reservation more then a week prior and there were a lot of time slots. So, I figured...I should be able to get a table next to the window. NOPE! We ended up getting a table closer to the bar. Wow! I am sure my family and I spent at least twice as much as most of the people during that time. So, would I go back? Maybe...since all the food items we ordered were delicious. Let's hope we get the table we want and a waitress who deserves the good tip we usually leave.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We decided to have a few small plates and wine. All three of our choices were amazing.... Paired with a Viognier. Delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was great, same for the service. But the decor needs a remodel. It looked pretty beaten up and pretty dirty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great ambiance. Love the wine tasting and view!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My husband and I wanted an elegant lunch. Our lunch was very elegantly presented. Silvanna was our waitress and she was fabulous. We enjoyed our dining experience. Everyone was
friendly kind and gracious. We really liked the lemon twist bread. Everything was fresh and
exquisite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 17, 2017

This restaurant 'Pinacle Restaurant' at Falkner Winery in Temecula Valley Wine Country is one of the best. The food and service is always of the highest level. Great wine, great food, great service and great views of the surrounding vineyards from the dining room! Highly recommended...

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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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Nice view but food was lukewarm at best.

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