Cougar Vineyard And Winery

4.7
313 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 313 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReneA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered the charcuterie board. We loved the caper berries. The sharp cheddar was divine. We also shared a bottle of the Peach Sangria. It was tasty and made us feel groovy. We have been coming to Cougar for years. It is a great spot to sit and take in the mountain and vineyard views.

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vipKarinS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The deli here (Sangio's) has s delectable offering for eveyone! The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. The wine is delicious and worth visiting for whether or not you are enjoying food as well. Most noteworthy though is the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff, all of whom try their very best to leave a favorable impression!

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Richard
Denver
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a deli sandwich with wine tasting..very delicious sandwich and pasta salad ...great red and white Italian wines

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DimelsaG
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for been my first time at the winery I really love it the all staff was very helpful 🥰🥰

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jpinsc
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was different from what I expected. You had to order at the counter and then they bring to you at your table. That's fine but I was expecting it to be more of a sit down service. The food was decent - not wonderful but it was fine for a casual outdoor lunch. The service was good - the staff was very nice and accommodating. Probably not the place for an upscale wine country dining experience but it was good for a casual quick lunch.

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GaryW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch and wine. Prefect setting for a relaxing afternoon.

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MadonnaS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a member for almost three years and we love it here everytime we visit, even friends we bring with us raves about this winery. Thank you!

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TammyB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The sandwiches where very dry. Food was changed to something else.
Overall good locations. Maybe some staff needs to be a bit happier to be around.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at Cougar vineyards. The atmosphere is nice and calm unlike other wineries. Thanks so much for accommodating us with our request! Will be returning again soon!!! Strongly recommend their Dule Bubbly soo good!

JJ
vipJJ1980
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrid food, just a deli, I could make those sandwiches at home. Service just fair, not very attentive to customers. Don't care if you are there or not. A couple of the employees were nice to us, hence the fair. I will not return nor recommend. Waste of money and time. There are better options around.

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cindyo
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had reserved an outside table and when we arrived we were told there were no outside tables available. I took my friend to this winery because they have a lovely patio and the view is beautiful. They also have a deli, so I thought it would be a perfect place to have lunch, do some wine tasting and enjoy the beautiful weather. When we arrived we were told there were no available tables outside only the adirondack chairs or a table inside. I explained that my friend had had many back surgeries and couldn’t sit in those chairs. We were told that we could sit inside at a table but the outside tables were booked. I was upset when we sat there for a hour and a 1/2 and 5 outside tables stayed completely empty!!!. They were not social distancing the other tables so I knew that wasn’t the reason. We asked the gentleman that checked us in why we had to sit inside when clearly
there were tables available outside. He said oh maybe they are running a little late or maybe they are going to cancel.
I find it hard to believe that 5 reservations didn’t show or we’re running late. He also told me that my request for a table outside was ONLY a request and could only be accommodated if tables were available.
So how did the other people who didn’t show up have tables held for them? My other complaint was that I ordered the charcuterie plate and on the menu it comes with bruschetta, when they brought it to our table it had an olive mixture. I ask the waitress about it and she said sorry it no longer comes with that. I explained to her it’s still on the menu and it’s why I ordered the platter and she said ‘oh it doesn’t come that way anymore “
But they still sell the bruschetta by itself, so why could she just bring some out??? My last complaint was that our server never asked if we needed anything. They would even come to the table to pick up dishes and still not ask.
This used to be one of my favorite wineries and the place I bring all my out of town friends, but not now

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IANR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Waitress was rude and condescending just because we needed a wheel chair access. Food arrived 45 minutes late (only about 5 tables occupied so wasn't busy). Food was cold and under cooked. Only nice thing about this place is the view.

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DianeR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have eaten here many times and always enjoyed it. However yesterday my pizza was really burnt and I should have sent it back but didn’t. Always enjoy the wine and view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wine and service

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vipGeorgewithano
Sacramento
54 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We LOVED the food! Standout was the BLT which, according to our server, had 11 strips of bacon. The pizzas and salads are also delicious. Their wine and the view are also great.

I do recommend this place, but I would NOT recommend going on a Monday. They were out of four different ingredients and very understaffed. Despite that, the food was delicious and our server was very nice. This is definitely our new favorite lunch spot in Temecula.

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ShelleeG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Cougar is ALWAYS THE BEST - Great food best views and awesome wine — no better food for prices in the Temecula wine country 🦋

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Mickie
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty wine! Great service, yummy food and the view was fabulous!

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Manny
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cougars is like my home away from home. The always provide excellent service and service excellent food and great wines. Mary’s beyond excellent. She is fast, efficient, courteous, professional and so very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed their Peach Sangria the most. Make sure you order all at once to avoid the long line and wait times. Once food arrives, all is nice and hot and delicious. Highly recommend their pizzas.

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SusanH
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow. Our appetizer was forgotten. Yet, atmosphere was lovely and staff were friendly.

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Jeanski
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time at Cougar. Great employees, great wine and great food!

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KateW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful winery location and views. Nice choice of wine flights for tastings and Cougar deli has a big variety of food options. So much nicer than most places which have cheese in a refrigerator for your own slicing and dicing.

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LaurieB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wines were all very good and the view outside on the patio was beautiful. A nice change of pace for a weekday during the pandemic.

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CCcc
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and the view was beautiful. It was nice and quiet outside, tables spaced for covid protocol. Didn’t notice any outside heaters, the wind was chilly. The inside dining area was loud. The food was delicious.

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AliciaT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this winery, it’s chill and the wines are great. Less crowded and nice ambiance.

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MaddieW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service as always was excellent! No complaints what so ever.

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GaryW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Boars Head Deli, outstanding wine selection of Italian varitals

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Peskybarb
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. Nice folks, homey atmosphere, yummy wine and food.

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Manny
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cougar always has great wines and great food, served with awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall everything was just fine just this time foods took longer then 40 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

No do good wine but view kind of nice

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SallyR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous best views, friendly staff, good food, great wine, dog friendly, and love the chill vibe! My favorite winery.

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vipCindeM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends hanging out!

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PattyL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience3

I have been a member of Cougar for about 6 years. Since the pandemic I don't think they have figured out how to make things flow easy for the guests. I took four guest who have never been and they did not buy any wines since the line was so long. At other wineries they have servers at your table and will bring the wines you wish to purchase to your table before you leave. We were given our table number and our tastings and then left to find it for ourselves. We were told we should order food if we were going to eat since there was another reservation right behind us. I realize times are different but I felt very rushed and honestly the only person I felt was nice was the person we got our tastings from at the bar. This used to be my go to winery for lunch at least twice a month but not as enjoyable as before. I am very sorry to see this.

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JaneW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made the reservation for a wine tasting but had decided the menu looked good for lunch. Prices are very reasonable and the paninis we chose were excellent. We've tasted at the winery before and been impressed with the wines, one of the reasons we came back. Missed the personal touch of chatting with the servers due to Covid-19 restrictions, maybe it will all be over the next time we come back.

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vipJennie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for years, we are members. View is the best in Temecula and new patio adds even more seating. Tried the sandwich special, delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are members and just love the place.

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Winesome
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this winery! The wine is great, the service is awesome, and the view is a show stopper. I would recommend this winery for any occasion.

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BarbaraJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable wine and Welcoming staff and the pizzas are very good! The grounds outside and the view was beautiful. We enjoyed are visit and will visit again!

BP
BarbaraP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a known experience for us. Good food, good service and my dogs are welcome here.

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 313 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.