Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.4
1501 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Authentic Italian - OPEN for Dine-In on our two patios - and Take-out, Curbside, and Delivery. Solare is selected a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant - Voted Best Italian Restaurant & Best Wine List by San Diego Magazine. Full Bar - Craft Cocktails. 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.

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
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 1501 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. We enjoyed getting out

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vipJmtiii
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Solare always has great food. Our server was a beginner. She tried really hard. We helped her with some tips on wine service and timing. She was really trying, and I think she will do well.

This seems to be a situation with most restaurants. Skilled servers are scarce.

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vipscottr
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Grad night

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vipFrenchyOrlando
Miami
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, good service. But both of our meals were below average. Fish was over cooked but great sides and sauce, and the pasta texture wasn’t good but the sauce was also great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Owner, Randy and sommelier stopped by table several times.

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RickG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A creative menu but on the pricey side for Italian food. Noise level is high when jets take off from SAN.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not get service for 20mins. No waters, nothing.

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vipSOCALGourmet
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent evening and dinner and we enjoyed interacting with Solaré’s owner

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GabrielleH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious dinner with great service and ambiance. LOVED IT!!!

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Willrich
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very accommodating staff. Nice outdoor patio.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great portion size.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. I typically don’t go to Italian restaurants but the food here is outstanding. The calamari is so good, not oily but light and crispy. It’s not traditional in the sense that it also comes with jumbo shrimps, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. The dipping sauce for the calamari is unique and flavorful. Focaccia bread is soft and moist, so fresh. More importantly I came for the fresh pasta dishes. From the lasagna; and eggplant parmigiana to the ravioli’s the freshness is evident with each bite. I will definitely be back.

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Natulee
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was timely and tasted wonderful. There could have been a touch more lighting but all in all a great experience

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Awesomepossum
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We've been to this restaurant about 6 or more times in the last year. Thoroughly enjoy the food and their wine pairing dinners. The scallops with truffle risotto and eggplant parmigiana entrees are my faves. Randy, the manager, is very visible and personable. The noise level outside can be a bit loud due to the planes flying over and our table on this last visit was right behind the check in podium, which was distracting at times. We will continue to dine here though.

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vipCarolyn
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambiance and Fantastic Food in Liberty Station!

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RonE
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant
Great food
Great wine list
Great service

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DixieR
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was raised in a town with mostly Italian people back East and have been to many places in Italy. Dining at Solare on Saturday was the most delightful experience I've had in a very long time. I will remember this meal as being among my top 10 favorites (and that is high praise).
My friend and I both enjoyed everything about your restaurant: food, staff, ambience and all things in between.
The (Eggplant) La Parmigiana was as light as a cloud enfolding flavor as heavy as the Earth; truly out of this world. The Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci was so delicate and was loaded with a burst of heaven in each bite.
And the Calamari appetizer was more than special, it was prepared EXACTLY as it should be, but so very often is not. Bites of the octopus were so tender it practically melted in my mouth and the side vegetables were a wonderful surprise.
Thank you for making my friend's birthday celebration a special occasion by just being who and what you are: a very special Italian Ristorante.

Would I recommend Solare; heck yes and already have to about 20 people in 2 days!

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PatL
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always -- the food, wine and service. And LOVED being in that little wine room!

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keos
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Solare Ristorantes' ambiance and menu options were fine, however, the service definitely needs improvement. Our server was neither friendly or attentive simply nonchalant. Maybe it was just an off night or is this Solare SOP?

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RobertJ
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AWESOME!!! It was our first time there and we are most definitely returning this coming Saturday. The service was great and the ambiance was very nice. I highly recommend this great restaurant!!!

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ivorym
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a date night and everything was delicious! 10/10 with the food. The pistachio creme brulee was amazing :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food! Definitely recommend for a fancy night out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was the first time in a long we had a really excellent meal. The service was perfect, attentive but not hovering. Lovely arugula and pear salad. The special,was beef cheeks and they were absolutely delicious. It was overall a lovely evening.

PL
vipPointLomaPam
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner last night... wonderful wine pairings, wonderful food (I had salmon, my husband a terrific pasta), great service. We were in outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant. Very comfortable and enjoyable in every way. I will mention that my pistachio creme brulee was delicious, especially with the wonderful dessert wine selected by the sommelier. Perfect! Highly recommend.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the food is consistently good. Service was great even though they were slammed and shortstaffed. I rarely go out for Italian food but this is a standup restaurant in my opinion

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was great. Our table was not the best (right by the bar and quite a lot of foot traffic so not ideal for some relaxed conversation) but it was good. They are really short staffed and I heard about it from some of the staff (really didn’t need to but I understand and I’m glad to support a local business hiring local. Our bartender was also our server so he had his hands full. Still his effort was noted. ). The wine selection and our pairing was excellent and the food was amazing. Really great place. Def will be back.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was fresh freshly house made and superb!! All of us (5) were pleased with our meals.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server and her assistants were terrific. The set-up was done well for spacing and masking.

JM
JimM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Restauarnt with superb food.

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vipSOCALGourmet
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed being back at Solare and seated inside. From appetizer to wines to dinner and dessert, everything was excellent.

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vipAlecH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place / the food and the people who run it!

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ChristopherB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the food was excellent! We'll be going back, for sure!

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FaithB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Rather disappointed in the restaurant. The lasagna was not very tasty and looked funny; my caesar salad had frozen lettuce and I think it had been previously frozen. The bread is still good. I think it has gone down hill somewhat.

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vipFrankW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a long time since I came to Solare, but it was a nice surprise coming back and seeing an updated menu. This time I found a couple of items that were really good. The salmon and their lamb chops. I also found that their pricing this time around seemed to be of a much better value for the price for both drinks and food alike and fairly priced. If you don't mind hearing the occasional planes flying overhead, this is a really great spot for a date night.

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MayraS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

the food was fantastic but the service was slower than i would have preferred, i know everything is fresh and should take its time to cook and we did order a variety of food but that is why you have appetizers and bread and even then we were starving. i will definantely go back there but not with such a large group as our lunch was at over two hours and that is with us ordering before our next plate arrived so that the order would be in faster, and i kept having to call for more tea and water for the table, waiter was not in my opinion as prompt and attentive as he could have been.

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JamesD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Mother's Day lunch at Solare. Everything was awesome. This is a great restaurant for that special occasion. The "beef cheeks" were outstanding (special menu item), as were all of our entries.

JC
vipJayC
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Experience
Great Food
Fantastic cocktails and bubble bar
Amazing Host and unbelievable staff

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MichaelM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solare is amazing. The food is awesome, they have something for everyone . I always get something different and it’s always spot on.

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gahiii
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was well executed and delicious. The services was wonderful. We sat outside on the patio. The location is very close to the airport and under the takeoff path, so every few minutes (as opposed to every few seconds pre-COVID) conversations have to stop until the plane passes by.

FAQs

Solare Ristorante Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 270-9670.

Solare Ristorante Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 1501 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.