Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.5
1426 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
What 1426 people are saying
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vipSDwahine
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solare never disappoints. Their service and food are phenomenal. Fresh pasta is superb and they prepare their protein dishes with delicious flavors. Salads and desserts are also very yummy! Prices are a bit steep but it's worth it for the quality.

They also did a very good job adapting and pivoting during the pandemic and should be commended for their resilience and hard work!

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RonS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was not what i expected, it was overpriced and lacked great service.

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vipLilith
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, accommodating service, and very nice atmosphere, except for the planes flying over. Still worth a visit, great way to spend a few hours on a nice day.

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CaroleH
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the outside patio and felt very comfortable because the staff were wearing masks and tables were well spaced. Our meals selected from the daily specials menu were delicious. Parking is ample at Liberty Station too.

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vipLolo
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful visit with best friend And niece And such a pleasing atmosphere and the service was exceptional!

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CamilleJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First real "Friday Night Out" in a year - and totally worth it!! Excellent food, drinks, environment and service!!! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, felt safe and precautions taken. Food was delicious and portions were generous. Service was fantastic, and even with the noise from the planes - the patio was lovely. One of our all time favorite spots!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The outdoor area was pleasant and the server very nice and tried to be helpful. We first ordered drinks and later salads, but the drinks didn’t show up until we were halfway through our salads. (It was not a busy night.) One of the drinks was a custom request with specific items that the server confirmed they had. However, when it finally arrived, it used different ingredients and did not taste right. The lamb lasagna was marginal. It came looking quite uninteresting- just a square chunk in the middle of the plate with five dots of tomato sauce. The meat was granular and tough. The other main was good, but small, with a smear of something yellow with the meat and asparagus. Overall, it was a disappointing meal that we both agreed we didn’t care to repeat.

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vipjillg
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creme Brulee was really a yucky color....but food was great!!!

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viprjvr1954
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT DINNER AS ALWAYS. SO GREAT TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT AGAIN.

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pillowparade
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely place to go for upscale Italian. I felt a little bit rushed to order, and then a little bit delayed getting the bill.

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vipNavy
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite varied menu and eclectic wine list. Our server, Paola, was excellent. Excellent Cocktail suggestions and craftmanship. Entrees were created to perfection.
Menu is good for special occasions and also everyday dining.

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vipScotty40
San Antonio
39 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bread and dipping oil were great. Butternut soup was good too. I had lobster fettuccine which was the Easter special. It was not very flavorful for something I imagined to be a special treat. Would not order again. Should have got something else.

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vipChrisH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice seating on patio. Great service. Food was delicious. Great pizza and lasagna!

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vipluv2dine
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to this restaurant, but it won't be our last. We loved the atmosphere and ability to dine indoors, at last! And the food and service were spectacular. Wish we had chosen a different wine, though, as it wasn't what we were expecting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food wasn’t as good as we’ve had in the past and the service was just ok.

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vipJayC
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solare never disappoints. Feels like a second home. Always inviting, great atmosphere, exceptional service and the food is amazing.

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JillR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Never a disappointment.

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Trey
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing as always.

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vipKENT
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have dined at Solare many times, but their Weekend Dinner Special is worth writing about. Had it at lunch this weekend: excellent beet salad and unusually, veal cheeks as secondo. Go there!

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Frank
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and no questions when we asked for a split plate.
Fantasic deserts!

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WC1066
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food very good - but too expensive for the portion.

Very noisy dining outside due to plane noise.

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LarryS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Randy and his amazing team did a wonderful job with fantastic meals for our group of four. Solare never disappoints. The food was excellent and so was everything else. We can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, she was able to find gelato and made us affogato which made my night

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was just ok, the outdoor seating was nice but I wouldn’t recommend.

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NancyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious as always. Wine service was great.

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vipRoc2
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We did Valentines Day and they still did amazing even by the end . Great food and a lot of good food for the money . Being a prefix pretty large portions . We had salmon and lasagna was amazing ! The panda cotta was over the top delish. The only down side chili outside and not heaters for all. Some tables had some others had to share but wasn’t really very close . So cold . Otherwise great !

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was very slow. waited 1 hr 45 min for the main course.

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WilliamT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines lunch. Great food. Service was ok, but understaffed. Understandable given the day and COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for Valentine’s Day.. under new county guidelines, restaurants can only operate outdoors. Although it was a bit cold, they did their best to accommodate their patrons! That was much appreciated. And the food was delicious. Planning on returning again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic - had the bruschetta, butternut squash soup, pizza and risotto - all was delicious and flavorful with perfect balance of seasonings. It’s in the flight path so there were loud planes periodically (we were outside) but otherwise it was a great Valentine’s dinner!

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KellyH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Overall, our experience was fair, not exceptional. Our table was secluded and the lights on the patio were lovely. Our heater never worked properly, even after a few requests to turn it on. Our waiter provided adequate, yet indifferent service. He made more of an effort to tell us what he was out of, rather than to describe the food with passion or enthusiasm. As for the food, we give it an above average rating. The minestrone soup was intensely flavorful; the Caesar was delicious. I truly enjoyed the pollo Marsala, for the sauce was perfectly prepared. My husband did not care for the scallop risotto, as it was dry and under seasoned. The other guests had tasteless flat iron steak and decent ravioli. We finished our meal with cappuccinos and tiramisu. All in all, it was an average experience, but certainly not what we expected. We had high hopes for an outstanding evening, based on great reviews.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This place is probably one of the worst restaurants I’ve been to in years.
As any other restaurant they ask you if you and your guests would like some water while you look over the menu’s, but what they fail to tell you is that they are actually selling you a bottle of water for the cheap price of $3. Who does that??
As for the meals, I myself went with the $42 steak which you would think that it was a hefty portion for the price but boy was I wrong, the waiter came out with this kids birthday party cupcake sized piece of meat on a bed of spinach (which I don’t really eat spinach) and some beet sauce that was decent in flavor but not great. It took us about 45 minutes to get our food and to my surprise the steak comes out medium well even after the waiter asked me if I’d like it my steak to be medium rare upon ordering.
Let’s just say that I left there hungrier than when I arrived and a little over a hundred dollars lighter which didn’t sit well with me as I had to stop at a fast food place on the way home just so I felt like I ate something.
This place was a huge disappointment to me and my fiancée, specially since it was our Valentine’s Day dinner and we drove all the way from San Marcos just to give this place a shot only to leave there hungry and unsatisfied with the way our meals tasted.

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vipfrustrated
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Wife’s steak was reheated , not fresh. Out us at a table around the corner. Reservations are made a week in advance.

Really miss the old SoLare

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location for meet up with friends. Food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Service was professional and helpful.

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VM29
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised by the food, service, and atmosphere dining here after it's recent reopening. The arugula and fig salad was delightful, and the lamb chops were excellent (even if the spinach was a little salty.) We topped it off perfectly with an amazing lavender panna cotta for dessert. The service was great, and we felt comfortable with the social distancing provided. A wonderful experience.

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vipmwmw
San Joaquin
36 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant when in the area. Amazing selection of Italian wines. Great pasta!

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vipElayne
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They said table was ready but after sitting down awhile- a tablecloth and silverware added - we had 2 different servers and seemed some confusion in taking order - first one did drinks and appetizers and a
Some time passed before a second server took entree... but overall food was excellent

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Hoag
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm and Welcoming experience, we were from out of town and hadn't been to a restaurant in months, so this was a very pleasant night out.

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Gilhotspot
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Tuscan lamb chops, amazing! Best tiramisu ever, yes that's the tiramisu not a plant.

FAQs

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

Solare Ristorante Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 1426 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.