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About Solare Ristorante Lounge

Voted Best Italian Restaurant and Best Chef (Accursio Lotà) for 2016 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.

2820 Roosevelt Road
San Diego, CA 92106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday/ 11:30am -4pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday/ 4:00pm - 10pm

Dinner only: Sunday/ 4:30pm - 10pm.

COOKING CLASS schedule on
www.solarelounge.com





CLOSED: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Cross Street:
Roosevelt Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 270-9670

Website:
http://www.solarelounge.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz every Thursday Night at 8:30pm

Catering:
PRIVATE ROOMS are available for up to 100 guests. Please contact us at info@solarelounge.com or 619-270-9670 or vist our website for more information.

Parking Details:
There is plenty of FREE parking.

Executive Chef:
Accursio Lota

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact us to learn more about our Cooking Classes and Team Building events. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!!!!

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Private Dining

We offer a full lounge and bar offering a deep selection of wines, beers, and craft cocktails. Even our design and interior is rooted in organic elements, like teak for the customized furnishings, and natural wood floors & fabrics imported from Bali.

Solare Ristorante Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
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Local Ingredients (20)
Authentic (19)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was very poor and the food was just OK. Not worth the drive from North County to eat at this restaurant.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Lots of potential that unfortunately didn’t deliver on this occasion. The service was ok but food delivery was slow. Waiting staff were ok if not a little erratic at times forgetting cutlery, drinks and bread orders My wife had the fish stew which was very good and I had the Special Raviolini that turned up cold and for $27 was not a good value main course. I would have normally complained but the restaurant seemed short staffed to cope with the number of covers and so saw little point as I tend to just vote with my feet. We were looking forward to our dinner date as there is a lot of hype around Solare but it didn’t meet the price tag that we paid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food - fresh ingredients and very good service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Dinner was totally delightful. Tasty food, beautiful ambiance, good service. But we learned something VERY impressive...the chef competed with 14 others recently in Europe and won the title of best pasta chef (in the world!). I tried the traditional lasagna, and it was very good, but we both want to go back to try some more of his pasta. He was also just voted the best chef in San Diego in San Diego Magazine...A hidden gem here.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food, great location, good value... try theburrata, the pappardelle with ragu and anything with squash flower !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Another lovely meal. Great menu choices and the dishes we picked were delicious. This is a restaurant that we have visited many times in the past few years and they remain a favorite. Tonight we shared the Fritti Misti, the Eggplant Timbale and a weekly special house made macaroni with a four meat sauce. Excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Solare. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the service was attentive. I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in SD.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always an enjoyable meal! We had quail, which was a special and it was wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

My borrowed and I came to Solare to celebrate our anniversary. After telling the hostess this, we were congratulated by the waiter, and he brought us a very delicious fruity drink to celebrate. The entire night was very enjoyable, good food, and very friendly service. The only think i would recommend would be some nice music to play while we ate. There could have been music playing while we were there but I don't remember hearing any. Either way, very good service and tasty food. Special thanks to Mark.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The pasta dishes, root ravioli and the lasagna, were excellent. The Caesar salad was a big disappointment even with added chicken had to go home and have a bowl of cereal because was still hungry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fun environment, excellent service and awesome food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent menu full of creativity! Enjoyed our evening in Liberty Station at Solare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Been to Solare several times and am never disappointed. We both had the fish special - sea bass in a tomato sauce, encrusted with pistachios and olives on a bed of smashed potatos and spinach. Everything was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The waiter was professional and helpful. Definitely a great date-night venue.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Long story short, our party of 6 arrived on time but no food showed up at our table, not even bread, for nearly an hour, and only then because I kicked up a big fuss. We were told they were unexpectedly busy but there were many empty tables. They apologized and comped some appetizers, but overall it was a poor experience with Solare Ristorante Lounge. Why bother going out to a restaurant if you have to fight to be served.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Solare was a great Open Table find. It was also further confirmation that a restaurant where the owner is hands-on is usually a great experience...clearly there's care for the patrons, food and experience. The wine list is extensive, the food was excellent as was the service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great location for activities around Point Loma. Food is very very good and there are a few eclectic dishes as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Went for my wife's birthday celebration and were treated like royalty. Were seated in the wine cellar and it was a remarkable experience. Surrounded with 2,500 bottles of fine wine, enclosed in a private setting, attended by several knowledgeable staff people. Waiter Joseph was OUTSTANDING in everything from food selection to wine recommendations and was professional in every way. Shanna the manager of the evening was equally as attentive and gracious. Utilized "on line" reservation option and were blown away by their treatment and the food. I would highly recommend Solare of anyone who enjoys good Italian/contemporary cusine, unique wine parings, and outstanding---peraonal and professional service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We will be back !

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

An unexpected gem found near my airport hotel. Really delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We ordered quite a bit of food for 3 of us. We came hungry.

Starters: pear & gorgonzola pizza, arancini (special), and burrata Fragole e balsamico salad

Entree: lasagna with a side of meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs (not on menu -but they serve it), parpadelle al sugo di salsiccia, gnocchi Arrabiata.

Dessert: Gelato/Sorbet Trio: pistachio, strawberry sorbet and lemon sorbet.

Some of the food came out luke-warm (lasagna, side of meatballs, arancini). This was a bit disappointing because the meatballs with the spaghetti came steaming hot. And I like my food to come out hot.

Pizza was really good. A little too blackened for my taste. That burned flavor takes away from the flavor of the dough. Not all the pieces were burned so just ate around it. The arancini not only was it a bit luke warm, but also not too much flavor. We were disappointed since it was a special, but we finished it because we were pleased with the salad and pizza.

The lasagna came with a fondue sauce and wine reduction. Those were both a bit sweet, which I personally didn't like at all. Luckily it was on the side on the plate so I just scraped it away. The fact that the meatballs were cold made them a bit firm and hard to eat. Didn't complain about it because service was otherwise great and food was pretty good. I also tasted the hot meatball and that was excellent so it was just a mistake. Gnocchi, spaghetti and parpadelle were very good. All the pastas were perfect.

Wine: Rose on specials menu. This was also very good.

Customer service was great. People were kind and attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Restaurant was great and the food excellent. The only real complaint was the noise level. It was like being in a club without the music. Had to practically yell to have a conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Drinks ordered at the bar may increase in price when moved to your table. Tonic for the Times is $9 at the bar; $10 at the table. Some pasta portions are pretensiously small. I overheard their Sommelier, and he seemed knowledgeable but never came by. Bathrooms are for public use, and can be best described as high school in look and seemed to be tended to in a similar fashion.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The restaurant and bar are comfortable and welcoming. Service was very good; attentive without a lot of chitter chatter. The food was served in a timely manner and well plated.
Good experience and I will go back for more.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Delish Italian food and warm ambiance. Gluten-free bread, as well as gluten-free pizza dough perfected. Highly recommended!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Organic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was s disappointment.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Recommended by Italian foodies! Our friends are from Rome and Sicily. They LOVE food and recommended that we try Solare for authentic and delicious food. They were correct. From the house-made focaccia with robust olive oil to the grilled squid with mint pesto to the lamb sausage with fresh house-made pasta to dessert and wine - all were great. Even the cocktails were unique and tasty. We will be back to try many other things.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and great service. We had reservations at 6:00 so we were able to get in on happy hour prices for wine!!! That made us happy!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We were very excited to go to Solare for my girlfriend's birthday based on the Chef winning the Barilla competition and San Diego's Best Chef. We also learned that wine was 1/2 price on Tuesdays after making our reservation.

Wine
Seemed like a great list, our wine was okay but underwhelming for the original $60 price tag. I wonder if it just needed longer to open up (even by the end of the 3 courses).

Appetizer
Calamari was very good, and we liked that it had vegetables in it but carrots were an off choice and the sauce was vaguely buffalo-esque. Would have been better with marinara or a lemon cream sauce.

Dinner
Dinner was two pasta dishes, risotto with black truffles, lobster roe, and scallops and the lasagna.
Lasagna was good but not great, had a sweet fruit compote around the outside which gave it an interesting twist.
The shaved black truffles on the risotto were impressively flavorless (even when eaten by themselves, we were quite disappointed and pointed it out to the server who promptly walked away). The rest of the risotto was great and the scallops were incredible.

Dessert
Received a free birthday dessert, house-made tiramisu in a small pot (for plants). Very cute presentation and quite tasty. Service was good but ambiance was lacking sitting out front.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had the Restaurant Week menu which was surprisingly nice. Great overall experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

very well done food and service we will return in the future

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have dined here many times over the last few years and found they consistently serve delicious food, good wine and have good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Another wonderful dining experience. Solare is superb! From the moment you step up to the hostess station you are treated like you are a most welcome guest. Decided to wait for the rest of our party of 6 at the bar and the cocktail offerings are creative and delicious. Bartender very engaging and friendly...sort of the signature of this fine place. Our table was ready well ahead of our arrival. Our waiter was knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu and all six of us were very happy with our dining choices. I chose to go with the Restaurant Week menu which included 3 apps, entrees and 2 desserts to choose from. The scallops with risotto I chose for my entree was outstanding. The rest of our party too had nothing but good things to say about our Solare experience. Recommend highly!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The service was excellent .We felt welcomed by each of the staff.
The food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved The ambiance. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Service was timely and we needed to make a concert at Humphreys so it's in a great location.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Still thinking about the risotto with scallops, lobster roe and truffle! Creamy deliciousness! Amazing!

We had a late dinner and did not feel rushed at all! Staff was very attentive and accommodating as usual :) Our server was Alfredo.

Thank you for a wonderful dinner experience!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Best lasagna I have ever had. The chef definitely serves having been named 2017's best chef in San Diego.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2017

fabulous, as always--great service, everybody happy with their food, and this time (6:30 on sunday night) very quiet. this place is the top of the heap.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went to eat at 430pm for my wife's birthday dinner. We wanted to go somewhere new and it wad awesome! Great food, quality drinks, and we had plenty of space. Very nice!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We loved the wine room and food was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My friend suggested this restaurant and thought I'd like it. While I generally like Italian food, I generally avoid most Italian restaurants unless they come recommended. I've had too many "great Italian" places that turned out to be mediocre.

Not so Solare Restaurant! His recommendation was accurate! It was outstanding. Very creative, with all locally produced dishes that vary with the availability the ingredients. Solare has a very nice ambience and feels warm and inviting. I'm not going to go into the actual dishes (they change) but the quality of the ingredients and the execution of the dishes are second to none. Overall a wonderful find in San Diego.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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