Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.5
1665 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Authentic Italian - OPEN for Dine-In - and Take-out, Curbside, and Delivery. Solare is a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant - Voted Best Italian Restaurant, Best Service, & Best Wine List by San Diego Magazine. Full Bar - Craft Cocktails - Wine Room - and Private Dining. 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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ciao! This is Randy at Solare Ristorante. We have a fabulous 4-course New Year's Eve Dinner & and Party! Seatings before 6pm at $75 and $85 starting at 6pm. Great DJ, Champage Toast, and Party till 2am. Full bar available. $99 Marriott rooms. Join us at Solare!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Ciao! This is Randy. Please join us for a special 4-course Italian Christmas Eve dinner with lots of selections -- a Holiday Feast with traditional dishes from Italy! Seating starting at 4:30pm. $65 for adults and Kid Friendly Menus available too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, very creative menu.

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GreggA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Slow Service, Cold Entree , 5 Raviolis there Feature Item $28.00 for 5 ? Randy the Owner was there .... He was more concerned about selling a Bottle of Wine to a 6 Top Table > Think Twice Before Going Here ? Problems Problems Don't Waste your time or $$ Money

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AndreaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous spiny lobster special!

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DeniseL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dinner with friends recently was my first experience at Solare. Our online reservation was honored on time however we were informed at the end of our dinner that the table was needed. It was not handled well and I would recommend that patrons are informed of the time limit when the reservation is made. This would enable the customers to be more attentive of the time.
The "manager" who informed us that it was time to leave was dressed unprofessionally and instead of an appropriate facial covering wore a bandana around his face. This is a poor image for a restaurant of this caliber, and most importantly provides no real protection from airborne diseases.
Our server was attentive given how busy she was with other tables. The table we were seated at was near a pass through for all staff and thus chaotic and noisy; I would request another table if we return in the future.
Finally, the food did not live up to expectations. The mussels appetizer was flavorful but the muscles were puny! My eggplant entree lacked seasoning. The dessert, pistachio creme brulee, lacked eye appeal and flavor...would never recommend it or order it again.
Questionable as to when/if I will return.

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Loma
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waited more than half an hour at the outdoor wait stand for a table we had reserved. Tried to be patient with all of the understaffing issues restaurants are experiencing and I'm sure they are trying but it was just not an enjoyable evening with dishes coming out cold and drinks not coming. Hanger steak and spiny lobster mains were good, but bitter tasting eggplant parm and pasta side that, as my daughter said, "tasted like the bottom of the ocean" were decidedly not. Hopefully they will get it together, but currently... no.

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StanN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superb Italian restaurant with authentic regional Italian cuisine and an excellent wine selection. The owner, Randy, is welcoming and incredibly informative about the food and wine.

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CorkyBubbles
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good wines, pasta was great! Sat outdoors and it was warm with the heat lamps. Standard incoming jet traffic to San Diego International punctuating the restaurant sounds.

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Shauna
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt we got good service and great food at Solare. Street parking was easy to find.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We decided to try the restaurant based on the overall rating and location. We went for lunch on a Saturday and the place was empty. The hostess was also the waitress doing double duty. The salad was good, but unfortunately, the food was terrible. It tasted straight out of a can. It was so bad we did not it it or take it home. We ordered five different dishes and nobody liked the food. It was a great disappointment. Not sure if it was ever good, or if it went down hill with covid.

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Lawrence
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time good food and great service

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wildrice
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

disappointed Open Table online would not let us select inside table. The service appeared to be rushed, such as the salads arriving when we had barely sipped our cocktails, had to ask several times for various items like bread, olive oil, salt shaker. The entrée arrived too fast, too, but the wine was delayed for quite a while. This was all before the biggest part of the dinner rush. We have experience at Solare, expected better. It looked like there were plenty of personnel available, so????? It just did not add up to a great evening.

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ShaneG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Ethan, amazing food and good whiskey.

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vipBaroqueFlute
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two for a birthday dinner. All the food was very good to excellent. Service was prompt and friendly, but not solicitous. Portions were just right, rather than over-the-top. Minestrone was so rich that I thought it had a marrow base, but turned out to be vegetarian. Pear salad very good. Sea bass done just right, and scallops with risotto had real black summer truffle shavings. Nice dessert, and wine by the glass was excellent with a generous pour. Good dessert (chocolate salami) and grappa were great as well. Outside seating was quiet except for being under the takeoff path for the airport. $212 incl. T&T. Only negative: Folding slat chairs were poor, they brought us different folding chairs with upholstered seats, which were fair.

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious, service was slow. I would recommend this restaurant.

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JasonB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was great, but the service lacked. Our hostess greeted us with a blank stare. We were led to our table, without any welcoming words. The special, with was the reason I went there, was unavailable, though the waiter told us all about it when seated. My wife’s dish was covered in cheese, despite us saying no dairy. Lastly, our glasses sat empty for the majority of our meal. I’m not saying don’t go, just giving a fair review for our experience.

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DaddyO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On way to Hawaii with an overnight in SD. Restaurant is locally owned and it shows with great pride to every detail. Quality of food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I got the Risotto with Sea Scallops. My husband got the Lasagna. When he didn't want the Bechamel sauce the manager came right out to fix it. We were all happy celebrating with our friend from Boston. Highly recommend you make a reservation in advance!

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vipancg
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The taste of the food was very good and decent prices, its right in front of a park so kids can play

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MelanieN
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside. Have really nice heat lamps. However we were not in the line of sight of the wait staff, therefore waited long times for service. Food was wonderful.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Solare is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. This time selection was a little less but probably because I was there on a Monday and due to the pandemic. Still, the food was amazing as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Concert and date night

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vipIrishgirl
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Solare. Both the minestrone and butternut squash soup were excellent. The pistachio crusted fish was very fresh, served with roasted potatoes and spinach. My husband had pizza - nice thin crust and tasty sauce. Very good wine list - emphasis is more on Italian wines. Hope to return soon.

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LisaR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food is always so good! Sadly, the service has gone down hill. Starting with the hostess who never made eye contact or talked when we checked in. She just started walking to our table. We were also ignored for the majority of our meal and when the waitress returned she commented, “You ate fast”. If she had checked in on us when the meal was delivered, we would have asked for another round of drinks as well as a spoon for the pasta. What happened Solare? Your service use to be impeccable and welcoming.

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RicoC
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s easy to see why Solare earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Exceptional food at fair prices, great service, and owner Randy Smerik checking in on each guest to ensure a perfect experience!

Highly Recommended!!!
Rico

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DebDeb
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here and was not disappointed, the entire experience and especially the food was EXCELLENT!!! We'll be back, soon!

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vipSOCALGourmet
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delightful evening with friends far and near, and everyone enjoyed dinner.

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eliotc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

charming ambience and good Italian food. I would particularly recommend the pastas, and the teramisu for desert

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! We had calamari to start, then I had oso busco and she had the lamb. Kid had spaghetti and meatballs that was delicious as well. Will for sure cone back.

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CarlosJ
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. A bit on the pricey side, but it was worth it. I had the pistachio encrusted halibut (a special) and my wife had the truffle-infused risotto with scallops. We had the tempura-style shrimp and calamari which was delectable.

Overall a very positive experience. The only downside is if you are sitting outside, the location is underneath a common airport flight path, so it was a bit loud, but we tuned it out due to the delicious food.

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Kkitchencook
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night with yummy homemade pasta.

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CynthiaG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner with my Uncle who is from San Diego. This is his favorite Italian restaurant. I recommend the lasagna, the clams or the mussels. The bolognese was OK, but not outstanding in our opinion. The cocktails and wine were very good.

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LisaW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely ambience. Friendly service, if a bit rushed. It was very busy, but service was still attentive. Outstanding meal.

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LarryS
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior in every way … food was outstandingly good for all three of us. We had the special salmon, the special gnocchi and the lasagna. Salads were all excellent as well.

We’ve eaten at Solare many times; this was one of our best meals there although it’s always great.

Highly recommend!

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Mary
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The menu was limited. The food wasnt fresh and didnt taste the same. This place was our main hangout for Best Italian in San Diego. This visit changed everything to the point of not returning. I am sorry to see this place go downhill.

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JillianR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was amazing! Thank you to Solare for helping us enjoy a thoroughly delightful evening of food and fun.

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vipCLM41
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Italian in Liberty Station. Lasagna is delicious. Decor outdated but overall good spot.

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LeaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Ravioli!!

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vipjillbert407
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was a bit cold. But otherwise really good

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karen
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have always enjoyed coming here. This last visit is no exception. Good menu, good food, great parking and nice ambience.

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 1665 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.