Cougar Vineyard And Winery

4.7
366 Reviews
$30 and under
Winery
Welcome to Cougar Vineyard and Winery located on the "De Portola Wine Trail" in beautiful Southern California Temecula Valley Wine Country.
We specialize in 100% Estate Italian varietals. All our wines are produced at the winery. We currently farm approximately 17 family acres. Join us next time you go to Temecula wine tasting for some of the best selection of Italian varietals around.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 366 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJennie
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got my Cougar fix in! The MDC is phenomenal! My chipotle sandwich was great too.

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CCMarie
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love our time at Cougar! Always great food!

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vipJennie
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, food and wine! I understand that it's tough in these times so keep up the good work!

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Mamablev
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The girl at the inside counter was not personable at all. Didn’t explain anything about the wine during tasting. Then to be told the reason for the shot glass wine pours was “they finally didn’t have to wash the thousands of wine glasses “!! Wow, tact much?!?! It wasn’t crowded but felt like we were being run through an assembly line. Used to be members and came back thinking to rejoin...nope.

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Deep
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Screwed up my food order. They also didn’t say they didn’t have certain food items! Ordered them only to wait for nothing!

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TomT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Terrible value for Mothers Day. $45/plate and a dinky slice of frittata that u could swallow in 4 bites, 3 pcs of turkey bacon, and barely warm bread and underripe fruit.

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Ilse
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cougar is a great place to have a quiet sit-down with a glass of wine and a pizza or sandwich snack while enjoying the gorgeous view it offers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was good as was the pricing. The reds are the way to go. Not really a white wine favorite. The chairs overlooking the vineyard are perfect for 2 but the larger party tables are on a patio with a limited view. Good for casual but not really a special occasion atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, very casual and delicious wine with a view!

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Anissa
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food options and the staff were all very friendly. The food was very good and so was the wine flight. They have a nice selection of wine flights and you get a glass to take home with the purchase of a flight. I will definitely be going back.

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bobr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine! Excellent view from the outside patio. The owners are fun to hang out with.

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Bruiser
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pretty place, great food and wine
Very friendly staff.

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Kitty1959
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Beautiful views... and okay food. Service is not great. And parking is limited unless you park down the hill and have to walk up the long driveway.. We've been twice and both times no smiles from the hostess checking us in, and service staff always seems confused. Its absolutely not an upscale winery... very laid back and lowkey. Its fine if you know what to expect and are going for a sandwich or pizza and wine and just want to enjoy the view. We would go back for that...

But if you want the best wine country experiences, try something like Leonesse Winery, or Wilson Creek, Ponte... almost any of the other wineries... so many to choose from.

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JeffP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! Love the owners and the wine, delicious!

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Garyf
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and the food was excellent as usual. will continue to go to the Cougar winery. Nice place to hang out.

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JackieC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!

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OCfoodie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cougar's wines and the deli is awesome. This is always our first atop when we go to Temecula for wine tasting

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DanH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Very good wine and better than average deli sandwich. Great ambiance and views. Friendly staff.

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BillG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious pizza and salad with wonderful service. We always enjoy the wine.

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KaseyF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very nice staff. Next time I’ll have to bring my dog and enjoy my wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wines a nice change from the other wineries. They had lots of different wines that the others don’t will definitely return.

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Esme
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the Dolce Bubbly wine. Best view on the outdoor seating area

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I had a 3:30 reservation. We waited in line for over 29 minutes to order food and drinks. We were assigned a table which was already filled so we moved and let the staff know as our food was associated with the table.

It took about an hour from sitting down for the first part of our order to arrive. Three different staff people came to our table to verify our party name and that we had moved. The last part of our order came out about 20 minutes later after we asked again. We only had a pizza and some bruschetta.

I brought a guest from out of state with me and I was embarrassed from the ordering process to the table mess to the food delivery. I won’t be back. The only reason we went to Cougar was because they had reservations open while my favorites did not. Now I know why!

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KathyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Love the views - perfect place for something to eat and have a glass of wine. Kathy G

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We arrived at the restaurant assuming that we will be seated inside the restaurant since I chose on the reservation to be seated inside. The lady who’s at the front bar area told us that we are to be seated outside. We were all surprised but complied to what she told us. We went outside but it’s very windy and cold with no heater. So I went back and asked her that we didn’t want to seat outside because of the unpleasant weather outside. We waited for at least 30 mins. waiting until I just told the lady in a very polite way that we’re just cancelling our reservation. We went instead to Baily’s in Old town and we had a very wonderful time celebrating my birthday with my family with a very delicious food and superb customer service! I guess this restaurant/winery is out of our list to go to.

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DimelsaG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love every min I sped here 🥰🥰

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vipAndreaA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff was helpful and very mindful of cleaning the tables.

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vipLaura
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We LOVE Cougar. However, this was not our best experience. The deli has a problem making lots of pizzas and communication is poor when the kitchen is backed up. If we knew we'd change our order. This has happened before as well. I strongly suggest having a way to keep track of pizza orders so customers can order accordingly. The kitchen also does not get orders out together. If you order a salad and a pizza and sandwich, they come out really staggered and it's hard to actually eat as a party. Even when ordered on the same ticket. This time there were lots of barking dogs as well. This is NOT common, however. Additionally this time the pizza came out burned but we'd waited so long we did not comment. Again we LOVE Cougar, we are wine club members, and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was ok. Scenery was nice.

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Garyf
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a glass of wine of glass of Champagne. Food at the Bistro is always excellent, with great service. All the servers & hosta are most friendy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Cougar on April 17 with two friends to celebrate a birthday. Ordered the charcuterie platter and did three tastings. Excellent service as usual.

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JoseZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place to get together with friends for drinks and a snack.

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Annie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cougar’s outdoor ambience is on our top three views-at-wineries list in Temecula.
Their deli food, wines, servers are excellent. Being able to make reservations for their Adirondack chairs overlooking the vineyards is the best.

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Mary
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wine, views and super friendly staff!
Love coming here. It’s my home away from home! 🥰

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KathyM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cougar is our favorite winey. The staff is friendly, food made to order and so good, winey sitting is pleasant and relaxing and location is easy access.

MB
vipMrBee
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Service was very cold.

Food / deli girl was the nice one !

Wine tasting very stingy pours and also poured into little tiny plastic one and ahalf ounce cups..... low class for a high price.

Two wines were super nasty, One tasted of pesticide and one smelled very much like sulfur. Not sure how it’s even legal.

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ReneeC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For fine Italian varietal wines, an excellent Italian del, friendly staff and an awesome view you can’t eat Cougar Vineyards! We always bring out of town guests here to enjoy a lovely Temecula afternoon. Many of our more local guests have joined the Wine Club as they were so impressed with the place. Kudos to Jennifer and Rick for creating this oasis.

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vipWSGRunner
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very tasty and enjoyable. We sat outside on the Adirondack chairs facing the vineyard. It would have been nice to have a small side table so you don't have to eat with your food on your lap.

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vipJennie
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crazy busy at all of the wineries we visited today. The view and wine made it worth the wait.

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LindaT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the new Adirondack chairs on the lower level.

FAQs

Cougar Vineyard And Winery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 767-8454.

Cougar Vineyard And Winery is rated 4.7 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.