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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Romantic (28)
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Notable Wine List (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Authentic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Worth the Drive (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Healthy (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Knowledgeable and nice waiter
Wide selection of dishes and wines but not overwhelming
Delicious home-made bread and pasta
Elegant settings and candlelight
Quick service

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice restaurant. Food was great. Liked the fact that every thing is cooked fresh. Only issue was the service as a little slow like refilling drinks and checking up on us.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Date Night. Best restaurant in San Diego. Incredible staff, crazy good virtuoso chef, friendly comfortable atmosphere, wine, cocktails, ...the total package. Get thee to Solare!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Waiter was nowhere to be found when needed, the maître d' who was also waiting on us (bringing the glasses of wine over) stunk of cigarettes, we were not wowed by the food (pasta was over-cooked, as was the pork shank). We planned for a pleasant evening out but the whole experience was over in a flash and suddenly we were home again having spent in excess of $140 for a rather forgettable evening.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Had a wonderful meal, with excellent service and congenial staff.

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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I went with a group of friends for Happy Hour. Fair warning - only half the dining room does Happy Hour, so if you want it, request it! The small plates are VERY small (think 2 meatballs about the size of a ping pong ball for the Polpette). The food was good though and we had a fun time out on the patio.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We (2 couples) got together to catch up and have a wonderful meal & wine . We were all very happy with our food, the service, and the wine. The osso buco and pappardelle pasta were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

sixth time in four weeks we have dined here-great food and service - i now feel at home there but I have to return to Chicago. Try it, you will like it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Not only was the food great but we got to meet the owner-Randy- and had a wonderful conversation with him about cooking classes held at the restaurant every other Saturday and some trips to Mexico that he hosts a few times a year.
Fabulous evening!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for restaurant week, the selection was awful, and the food was tasteless, I've had better food in a cafeteria. The service was excellent but the restaurant was very noisy. I will not return for any restaurant week activity to any restaurant. I feel ripped off.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had dinner reservations but they seated us in the bar. Food was OK, noise level was excessive, and service was solicitous but not efficient.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent meal! Wonderful service. Pedro was exceptional and made sure everything was correct. The ambiance and decoration is beautiful and so elegant. A nice bonus Solare offers is a corkage fee to bring in a special bottle of wine. Really makes a dinner when the food is amazing. We will be going back again in April and May during our trips to San Diego.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Even though head chef wasn't there dishes were coming out that he could be VERY proud of!
Delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a large party and Soloare accommodated is at short notice. I had the salmon which was excellent and others were quite happy with the pizzas and pastas they ordered. We were on the patio, however, indoor dining looks nice as well. Worth another visit.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great restaurant!!!! Food is delicious, service is friendly and professional and ambiance is wonderful!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We have enjoyed Solare on past visits to San Diego. This trip we were in town for 4 days and dined at Solare twice! It was a real pleasure - food and service were excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food. I did not love the calamari though. The entree, drink, dessert and wine were great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic food and service. We had the Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed risotto and scallops. Also, the pasta with saffron and lamb was delicious. Creative Italian crusine. Recommend for ambieance and relaxing dinner. We were not rushed! Enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Ordered pasta and the portion was not generous. It was good, but very limited menu due to restaurant week. Had I remembered it was that special week, would never have gone out. Hate what restaurants do during that time.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Incredible food and service. Will make Solare a go-to place for us!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved it all, but a bit too loud.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants, the food and service are always outstanding! Delighted to see they've made their lasagna with bolognese sauce a permanent listing on their menu. We celebrate our wedding anniversary there every year, as they did such a fabulous job hosting our wedding reception in their private dining room.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Organic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is my second visit and I enjoyed the food and experience so much that I’m return next week! The smoked salmon fettuccine had a Smokey creamy balance that I just loved and my son enjoyed the classic sphagetti with meatballs. My husband had a different fish dish but ate it so fast I don’t recall what it was... but he loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Have been to Solare many times and I have never been disappointed. This time we had a group of 12 and the service was superb. This is my go to restaurant for any occasion. The chefs menu is the best in San Diego, everything is fresh and you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, good atmosphere and good ambiance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was amazing. The staff was atuned to everyone. Food was unique and extremely tasty. The lemon gnocchi was amazing. Nice wine selection.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was excellent here from the atmosphere to the delicious salad, calamari and pasta dishes. Noise level is a little distracting. Loved our waiter, but can't remember his name. He has the best laugh! Reminded us of Robin Williams. Will definitely return and recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

quite possibly one of the most civilized lunches to be found in SD. thanx to chef Accursio Lota for training his kitchen staff to fill his shoes when he's not in house. swordfish special over lentils and artichokes was superb and perfectly prepared. Tommy would be proud. Kudos to excellent service by Taylor and much appreciation for allowing us to have an intimate family reunion in the private wine room.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Solare and will return. It will become a favorite of ours.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious, the service by Shana exemplary, and the atmosphere inviting. The lamb chop special of the day makes my mouth water just remembering it. The portion was generous. They were prepared to expertly. My husband’s bouillabaisse was equally well prepared. The other couple were pleased with their spinach raviolis. I can’t wait for the next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love this place! Great food and service. Francois is talented and entertaining- best waiter ever. The chef won the international pasta-making contest - need I say more?! Make a reservation today.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food! Our server had many tables to serve and was truly pushed. He did a commendable job. Our table (8) was underneath an air vent and the cold air made it uncomfortable during the meal. Overall, we’ll be back. Happy New Year!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great time. Seth was great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We celebrated Christmas Eve at Solare . It was our first time and was a very enjoyable experience. We had a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our table. The team at the bar were great mixologists and made some tasty drinks neither of us had enjoyed before. Dinner was awesome from appetizer to desert. A wonderful experience. Looking forward to going back .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The creativeness of their Chef (who just won the Barilla Pasta World Championship in Italy!) Accursio Lota is so delicious! He utilizes a lot of his mother's recipes and takes them to a new level. I guarantee you'll never be disappointed in any dish here!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Absolutely perfect Italian cuisine that pampers your tastebuds! Every bite a delight!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We’ll be back in telling you!!!
Great service, everybody cares if you are having what you need and what you ordered.
Food is great in taste!
Very easy to get parking spot and a very cozy casual ambience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Not the best experience or food

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Let me start saying that at Solare I had the best "pasta" dish (it was gnocchi al pesto trapanese) since I moved to San Diego 7 years ago from Milano, Italy.
It was OUTSTANDING, the flavor the presentation, the size, really wow, congrats to chef Accursio.
The reason I don't give 5 stars is only because of the Pizza, which didn't make sense to me... if you do a great contemporary Italian restaurant (when it comes to food), why serving also pizza, especially if it's not done the right way? In Italy good restaurants used to serve pizza a decade ago, now they specialize in a type of cuisine and leave pizza to the good pizzerie.
Other than that, really amazing food, and perfect service!
Great wine list as well!
I'll be back for dinner and I recommend it to everyone

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Great service. Pleasant waiter. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion
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