Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.5
1705 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.

Experiences

  • Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    You will love this — Valentine’s Day dinner at Solare! Come enjoy an awesome romantic Italian experience. Make your reservations now as we will sell out for our special dinner this evening. Reserve now to get the best seating times and tables. An awesome 4-course dinner with a special Italian menu for $75/person. A rose for each couple!

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 1705 people are saying
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vipRiddler51
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We have been going to Solare for quite a long time and it has always been a hit when it comes to the food, service and ambiance. This evening we were meeting up with 2 other couples, foodies and long-time friends from out of the area. They also heard great things about the restaurant and were eager to give it a try. We checked in with the hostess, who assured us she would keep an eye out for our friends and direct them to the bar. She did. The bartender was exceptional and made us all some lovely, creative cocktails. Our waiter was the only disappointment to the whole evening. It was a perfunctory encounter at best. Felt rushed, or ignored. Thank goodness the food was a hit. Hard getting good help, so chalking it up to challenging times and will not deter us from coming back.

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Pim1325
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The pasta dishes were outstanding. The service was a bit slower than the usual. After the aperitivo drinks, the server took a long time to return to our table. In fact, had to call her. We were hungry!

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vipBobD
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have enjoyed dining at Solare several times these last 6 months. Service is very good, food is unique/tasty and enjoyable. You can dine indoors or outside. Nice ambiance.

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vipWestcoastfoodie
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They went beyond to help make my birthday a special one. They even went out to buy flowers for our table, as requested by my husband. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food lacked flavor and the bolognese almost had a sweetness to it that I didn’t care for. I don’t feel the food lived up to the 4.5 star ratings I saw on Yelp. Most likely won’t be back. The staff and service was great though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this restaurant will never disappoint! The food was amazing and the service great. I will kept coming back and highly recommend to my friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great spot with good wine, cocktail and food menu. Would recommend and go back again

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Barleyman
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous meal at Solare. We had the Ossobucco, the flat iron steak, and ravioli. All cooked to perfection. The owner, Randy, stopped by and made some stellar wine recommendations. Definitely one of our favorite places to eat.

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were absolutely delighted!! The food was incredibly delicious and the service outstanding. We will be back, as often as possible!

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BettyB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outdoors on the side patio with heaters. Quite comfortable. We all ordered pasta dishes and dessert. Food and wine all excellent, as usual. I took out-of-town guests and they thought it was fabulous. Excellent service as well.

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Itsmandy
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Seth was great. He was friendly and attentive.

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vipDandLK
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Solare for their innovative menu and variety of dishes - always something new and interesting (which is more than I can say for most San Diego restaurants). Lamb shank was marvelous, succulent and tasty. Fish was slightly overcooked - halibut is hard to time - but smokey sauce was amazing !
Service (Pedro and Elizabeth) were terrific - attentive with good suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate my husband birthday and everything was outstanding. Our waitress was very insightful and gave great recommendations. Service was very attentive. Food and drinks were super super good. Will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For main dish, we ordered Classic Pappardelle Bolognese and Mahi Mahi special. The Bolognese sauce tasted bland and the pasta was over cooked. The mahi-mahi was over cooked and dry. The service was very good though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Portions were extremely small for the price. Came for the New Years special of $85 but the menu was extremely limited and there was no other menu to choose from. It was okay but I won’t be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Years Celebration! The food and DJ were excellent!

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vipPointLomaPam
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu and delicious 4-course New Year's Eve dinner. Terrific cocktail and wine menu plus very helpful waiter. Great experience all around, as always!

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Tmsssss
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food way overpriced for what we got served. I was still hungry after meal

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TiffanieB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

1st off I want to be fair, our reservation was from New Years Eve. Once we were seated, the waiter took a long time to arrive to our table. once he arrived, he apologized for no menus due to the printer not working. We asked for a glass of wine and waited. our 4 course meal was not worth the amount we paid. subpar taste and bussers came to our table way to many times. The atmosphere of Solare was looking a bit disorganized.
Will not be returning.

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AndreaH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing New Year meal @ Solare! All courses were delicious and the service was great.

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Robynb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for the prefix dinner for New Years Eve. Early seating. The appetizer was one single crispy ball... each. one 1" round ball... tasted great - but one??

Salad was the best option - the carpaccio - they said it was sliced - but it was ground!!! again only one piece about 1 1/2" round 1/4" thick medalion of raw ground beef!

Main courses were great. Seriously Randy - loved everything but the measly starter and appetizers!! Wish I had have asked exactly WHAT the 4 courses were... how large? But why should I need to do that?

Wait staff - two initial people that came to help us did not know the menu items. Couldn't answer basic questions about the menu. The Last waiter we had was terrific.

Would recommend if the initial two dishes were not so chintzy! Didn't expect huge but each were not enough to "put in your eye" as my Dad would say.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my family here for a fancy dinner as a Christmas gift and it was a delight! Everything we ordered was amazing. We cleaned all the plates! Excellent service and ambiance. Will absolutely come back.

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
58 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place. Really impressed with the food. The garbanzo soup was outstanding as was the papardelle with meat sauce. Very authentic. Can’t wait to come back and try other items.

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HamburgeratEATS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely Xmas Eve Dinner !

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NeighborhoodGem
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu. The dishes were light, healthy and delicious from start to finish. Also the service was prompt and courteous. We will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding experience.

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vipHowardlh
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us had a great meal here last night. Great Frito Misto. I had the eggplant Parmesan, which was one of the best I’ve ever had. No heavy breading and a fresh tomato sauce My wife had the linguine with clams, which was great as well. Always great here.

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MarjorieG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. A wonderful place to have a long-overdue dinner with my daughter

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SanDiegoFoodie
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solare is such a gem! This is our new favorite restaurant. Most of their menu can also be made gluten free, and let me tell you it is delicious. I have celiac and have not been sick once eating here!! Plus, the wines are superb, as are their Italian Lemon Drops. The staff is also very kind, friendly and knowledgeable!

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VisitingfromBham
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance and seating process for our 6 pm reservation was very good. The bartenders were great. The waiter was informed and spoke clearly. I ordered a custom cocktail and it was delicious. The wines were very tasty. The charcuterie with chef’s cheese selection for $30 was very skimpy but tasted good. The entrees were starchy and bland. The oil in the eggplant Parmesan tasted almost rancid, and the dish had no flavor whatsoever. The lasagne also had no flavor and it tasted like the noodles weren’t rinsed. The portion of ravioli was very small. Overall, “the best Italian food in San Diego,” ….said no one in our party of 4.

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vipCatsMeow
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our server, Seth, was very inattentive. He never checked on us and we waited a long time between our entree and ordering dessert. Also he wore a bandanna as a face covering as opposed to a more effective mask.

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MarcW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I have eaten here many times. This is the first time for lunch. It was not crowded and quiet except for the occasional jet takeoff. The food was excellent as always. The chicken Marsala, linguine with clams and the steak were excellent.

Service was not that good. Although the restaurant was not crowded, the server was not there when you needed him. We were not in any hurry and we’re enjoying a leisurely lunch but there was no one around when needed.

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TBA3
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Very unfortunate experience starting with the ———— hostess who then teamed up with the waitress. We would be sitting there still except that the manager got involved. Food was very good. Nice place, awful experience. We were an unexpecting couple out for a nice meal and ran into a buzz saw situation. Thank goodness the manger stepped in.

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vipPBbrit
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday celebration

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dishfan
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere are first-rate. We sat outside on a cold night but kept warm with the heaters. The decor is so pretty and festive!

KC
vipKeefeC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Family visit

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Markus
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

With the plates being very delicious and to everyone's satisfaction, I think the service should improve and be more professional, starting with the fact that women at the table should be asked first for their order and order taking should be in line with age of each guest. It's the small details which would mark a huge difference in overall classiness.

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JaniceH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal attentive service nice to meet owner who gave my chef daughter a kitchen tour!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very friendly staff. Food was good but was hoping to be more impressed. I did appreciate that the portions were on the smaller side so you could experience more items.

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 1705 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.