Solare Ristorante Lounge

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$30 and under
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Voted 2018 Best Italian Restaurant ... and 2018 Best Service and 2018 Best Wine List ... by San Diego Magazine! The setting, service, decor and ambiance in this historic Liberty Station location is like no other. Family-owned and operated, Randy Smerik and his team work hard to offer an amazing dining experience for you. We believe in the use of local fresh organic produce, natural meat and wild seafood and we are a "Sustainable Green Restaurant". Each dish is prepared from scratch with love and passion to satisfy our customer's heart and soul. Housed in the filming location for Top Gun, Solare helps to sustain the historical landmarks of San Diego's NTC Promenade.
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CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant!! We sat at the patio area. Lovely inside and outside. Good menu choices and appreciate the explanations when we had questions. Great service (Joseph) and the Owner was also visiting and ck'g in on customers. Our meal was timely, perfect and delicious! Wine could have been a bit more on the pour, but was a nice selection recommended. We'll definitely consider returning whenever we are in town!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I came here with a group of 9 friends to celebrate my birthday. Dinner started well with our waiter going over the menu with us. The food was good but not great. I had Risotto with Prawns. It was ok. The pizza was delicious. The service was poor because of how slow it was. After dinner, we had to wait longer that we’d like for the waiter to take our dessert orders. Several in our group ordered espresso and that took about 15 minutes. Then we waited another 15 minutes for our check. Then we waited another 15 minutes to give the waiter our cards to pay. Often we were just sitting and waiting for the waiter.

TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Needs a little redo to interior. It is dark dreary and outdated. But food was great!

S
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great service. Perfect place for our lunch meeting. I highly recommend Solare!

BA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There is such a thing as a water or waitress being “too attentive”. Ideally, they should discern the vi e at the table and act accordi gly. Sometimes the best idea is to “let ‘em talk”

T
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch here today was excellent - server Maria was great. The eggplant soup was really good; my friend's pasta was as well. I love this gem of a restaurant, so good and you can actually carry on a conversation. Highly recommend

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Perfect service, perfect food. Absolutely coming here again.

EK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times and always consistent food and service. One of my favorite restaurants in Liberty Station - in fact in all of Point Loma San Diego. The wine list is excellent and the specials are always outstanding.

L
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff is the most friendly and accommodating that we have ever experienced..

I
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time here with my husband. This is our new favorite date night spot. Amazing services, delicious food and very affordable and beautiful. It real is a jewel in Point Loma.

AG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Fantastic vibe and excellent food.

W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It was pretty mediocre. The waiters need to learn about timing when approaching a table to ask if everything is ok. The osso buco was tough and everything was too salty. Sorry to be so negative but that’s honestly what I thought

J
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful staff..backroom is great for hosting events very attentive staff

LV
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

If you are led to try this restaurant based on their website touting many gluten free options like we were, then take note! Yes they have gf pizza crust, and naturally gf entrees like fish, chicken typical at most every restaurant. But when it comes to the gf pasta, they can’t serve it with any sauce...we were told this is because it isn’t made in-house so they can’t verify the ingredients! What Italian restaurant doesn't make their own marinara or bolognese...apparently this one. So the gf pasta was made with olive oil and garlic, very bland with no real fresh vegetables available...not good. Oh, and if you see on their website they serve “homemade gf bread”.... well this is basically hard, overly toasted pizza crust...$5 for two tiny pieces. To make matters worse, they are located directly under the flight path, and kept the doors wide open so any chance of ambiance or peaceful conversation was killed by jet noise. The only positive was our server...but we all wished we had just gone to Bencotto or North Italia.

L
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food, great twists on everyday dishes, great wine list and a pistachio brûlée that is to die for!!

BO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Server was very attentive, additional servers almost too attentive. Food was good not spectacular, somewhat overpriced. Loved the Homemade Orange Cello - that was outstanding

OT
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cosy restaurant with good ambience and good food. Great wine list

SL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we hade a nice dinner in Solare!!
the little one liked her gluten-free Pizza very much!! Very good restaurant especially for celiac people!!

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was good, not great. Had high expectations since tried their tasting at the ‘Best of’ parties the last couple years and really good. But the overall experience didn’t meet those expectations unfortunately.

MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Went for Restaurant week, their menu was different and I couldn't wait to try. My husband went for the safe, comfortable items while I went for the more adventurous ones. While his choices were really good and as expected (lobster bisque and fettuccine pasta and white sauce) mine were too over the top and not great as I wished, the steak tar tar was too strong of pepper taste and the fish was completely over cooked and flavorless . The desert was a lavender panna cotta, which was very strong in taste, my husband did not like and while I did enjoy the taste, I did have a bit of an allergic reaction but I am unaware of what exactly it was which is kind of alarming. Next time I'll just stick to what I know I'll like. The service and ambiance were great. I would definitely try again, maybe their

B
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Solare for Restaurant Week. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a beautiful evening. The food was spectacular. The Octopus appetizer, and Lobster bisque were both wonderful. I had the fettuccine wrapped in cucumber. with Shrimp. So good. My wife had the ravioli. Excellent. Many restaurants skimp on the Restaurant week offerings, but not Solare. Portions were the regular size. And Solare's wines are first rate. They have the most knowledgeable staff, offering personal recommendations, and often knowing the vintners personally.

BW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and cocktails, 3 course SD Restaurant Week Menu offered great options. Fantastic wine selection.

EL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue at Liberty Station. Adequate parking nearby. Wonderful fresh food.

SD
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was really hoping to like Solare after hearing great things. I wanted to like it, but alas the food I ordered, while beautiful just did not taste great to my palate. For the price I paid, it is hard for me to want to go back. My husband enjoyed his food, but felt the value was just not there. Also, our wine glasses sat empty a little too long when the main course arrived.

c
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Very disappointing. We were there for restaurant week, but we will not do that again. The food was unremarkable and expensive for what we received, the beverages were expensive, the noise level was outrageous (one member of our party had to go outside and wait for us because of the noise) and, despite there being plenty of open tables when we arrived for our reservation at 5:30 pm, they sat us at a table that was next to their supply station, which added both to the noise and the distraction. We won't be back.

L
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant wasn't busy, but dinner took forever to be served. We each had the seafood pesto risotto. It was light on seafood. I love pesto, but this was the dullest tasting pesto I have ever had. The price was very high for such a poor quality dish. This was one of the few times at a restaurant that we did not want to take a box of leftovers to go. I will recommend the calamari appetizer, it was tasty and a handsome serving. The final turnoff was seeing the manager eating with her fingers at the bar and then going directly to tables to help serve people.

N
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love that little wine room and the chef's table also. We are actually thinking of going on one of their trips to restaurants in Italy or Mexico. Fun Place.

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food

R
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dinner and nice atmosphere. The owner came out and greeted our table. Nice touch.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

To be honest, a little disappointed. Heard really good things. It took nearly 20 minutes to get my first beer. Food was ok, not great. Risotto was severely under seasoned. Pasta was a little too done. Calamari plate was very nice. Maybe an off night.

SO
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent venue and dinners for my colleagues and me, although I wish they would not serve the main course while we were still enjoying our appetizers.

2
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the special salad. The lamb was cooked perfectly. We ate at bar and service was excellent and friendly. Great old fashioneds and craft cocktails. Nice ambiance. A great evening. We will be back.

TD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambience. Definitely a wonderful place to visit for a sit down dinner!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Overall not a bad experience. The service was great , the ambiance and atmosphere were also great. The food however was not . We had the fish of the day and the gnocchi. The fish was over cooked and dry . The vegetables with the fish were sautéed beyond recognition. The gnocchi was good but nothing memorable. The portions were small and the prices were high . I would not recommend but maybe we had an off night or not the right items.

DS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Italian food you will experience in San Diego. The Calamari is a must if you are from the east coast, and the Risotto with scallops and black truffles are heavenly!

MT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Loved the ambiance as well. We will definitely be coming back to dine.

SL
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy fresh pasta. Great menu and weekly special. Staff fantastic!

JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great find for a above average Italian restaurant. Bread was amazing! Owner is affiliated with a tequila company, so there are several cocktails with it on the menu. Pasta is made fresh daily and is recommended.

E
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solare never fails, the Chef is amazing and we always make an effort to try his specials because we know they are truly special! Service is superb and a special nod to Petra, the Manager who has an excellent knowledge of Italian wines. Wonderful evening!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening in a cozy warm feeling dining room.

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