Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.5
1638 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1638 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night with yummy homemade pasta.

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CynthiaG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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1JDorius
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The food was good but it was the worst service I've had in a long time. It was a Sunday night and not even that crowded. Our waiter was very rude and seemed put out to even be serving us to begin with. I asked for parmesan with my dinner and he said "if you'd like" then gave me some and stormed off without asking if my wife would like any which she did. When he came to our table he just seemed like he couldn't get away from us fast enough. We asked for more bread with our main course and he never brought it. I was honestly shocked with how rude he was. He didn't even smile once. I'm in a industry that involves service. He should not be in service. I will NEVER go back to this place!

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CarlosC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso! La comida estuvo muy bien, y el creme brûlée de pistacho estuvo increíble.

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lefty
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found the welcome hospitality to be friendly and greeted in a professional manor.
The service was very good: the food was excellent, well seasoned therefore delicious.
We will be back. Thank you

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tmeout2
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, very nice server, food is delicious (4 of us had 4 different entrees, 2 different salads). Definitely looking forward to returning!

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vipGerronimo
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is spectacular...service was poor.....had to ask for everything, server had no initiative...manager stopped at table right next to ours and asked how things were...didn’t care to ask us...outdoor dining is pleasant except for fact that a commercial jet flies overhead in takeoff mode every few minutes...the conversation stops and need to plug your ears...while the food is excellent, the pricing is out of whack...very expensive for what you get....will have to think if we will come here again...lots of pros and equal number of cons..

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ChrisA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really great restaurant that’s under the radar and not a lot of nights where it’s over sold. We had the lobster pasta and lamb chops and both were fabulous, service was great and the wine selection is very good

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JohanE
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Restaurant week, a bit over priced for the small quantity but everything was excellent tasting! Was unaware of high plane noise over the restaurant, it was intrusive, pricing should reflect this, would try again inside.

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blondie
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had fixed menu for restaurant week. Would definitely go back to try other dishes.

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KarenN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at Solare Ristorante. Outstanding ! The 2 hostesses were very accommodating. Arrived early, went to Lounge had an appetizer and cocktails. Delicious ! We were seated and continued to indulge in some of the BEST food I ever tasted. I had Scallops with risotto and black truffles.....OMG !!! All four of us had "Clean Plate Club". Not a speck of food left. They surprised us with a cake (complimentary) since it was our son's 40th birthday. I will definitely return and bring some friends.

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vipGlennS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal at Solare, And they create such a festive and welcoming environment!

We are especially picky for Restaurant Week, and were very gratified at the quality of the food, the price, and the excellent service.

Randy and his crew create a very special atmosphere, which we were happy to be part of

Excellent all around!

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CherylK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good and the service was excellent. Wine was priced right. The owner came by our table and others’ to say hello. Such a nice personal touch. Will definitely go back.

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DarleneM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just average. Didn’t live up to hype in any respect.

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vipShannonM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Solare regularly and always have a great experience. The food and service are fantastic and we love to eat on the outdoor patio. We are extra happy when we get to sit in Esma’s section as she is so friendly and remembers our favorite drinks and desserts. She also goes above and beyond to accommodate my gluten allergy every time. We will be back again soon.

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TonyC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I had high expectations due to their recent Michelin Bib Gourmand rating. Overall, the food was good, but not great. Prices and portions were OK. Plating was very nice so maybe that helps with the Michelin ratings. I liked the atmosphere both indoor and out. We had the spinach ravioli, charcuterie, osso bucco, pizza, chocolate mousse, and panna cotta. All were good, just not something special like I had hoped.

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vipKENT
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

First time here in years, so it is under newer ownership. Went for Restaurant Week menu and were pretty disappointed. Very specifically:
- tortellonia vecchio modena - leaden. probably frozen previously (like many such ravioli-like affairs at most ristos), but made of too thick pasta and little sauce.
- pistacchio creme brulee - no brulee at all and cold like from freezer or at least fridge. Inedible. Should be called "creme unbrulee".
- sausage & funghi lasagna - ok except for stunning amount of non-truffle oil ( or truffle-like liquid). A little of this stuff goes a really long way.

Service careless, but OK. Wine list, small but OK.
Better place to go have some drinks in the hood.

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CindiM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining at this restaurant is lovely. A windbreak keeps the patio warm, yet fresh. Our meal was delicious. We shared three appetizers— local peach salad, charcuterie, and mussels. And we were full by the time we were done. Super restaurant!

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vipLovetodine
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant! Our server was excellent, menu had so many terrific choices, food was well prepared and tasty!

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TMTC
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service! A bit noisy outside with airplane traffic but very nice to sit outdoors otherwise.

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible setting. Delicious food. Thorough yet subtle service. Went there for restaurant week and we will definitely be back.

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vipLesleyF
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great options for those that are gluten free. The owner takes so much pride in creating great food in a lovely setting. The scallop risotto is delicious.

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DenayW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been many times. Last night was fantastic as usual.

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CharlesR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I saw the restaurant reviewed on TV and the Ossobuco caught my eye. It did not disappoint. It was absolutely delicious. If I had one criticism I would wish for a little more gravy or juice with the meat. The appetizer's were incredible as well.

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Makenna
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was fantastic! We went during San Diego Restaurant week, so we got a deal, and it was so worth it. Food was fantastic and so was the service. Definitely recommend!!

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vip1professionalguest
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My first experience at Solare was no way a “Wow.”
Unfortunately, this was my second experience there and again, nothing to “Wow” about.
Thought I’d give it another chance during SD Restaurant Week. There were four of us. Three of us ordered from the special RW menu. The fourth person ordered chicken Marsala from the regular menu.
None of us really enjoyed our meals. I had salmon, and two others had the osso buco from the RW menu.
Major complaint: no flavor, osso buco was over cooked, salmon was supposed to have an orange glaze/sauce (no orange flavor); salmon had the dark skin still attached (upper end restaurant usually removes it); chicken Marsala had no flavor, as well.
We asked for salt and pepper twice, and lemon to try to add flavor, but not too successful.
Service was just ok. I had asked to substitute risotto for the veggies… $8.00 charge!!! Wasn’t that great, either. Server told me I could have had regular risotto after I received my meal. Who knows why I wasn’t given the choice at the beginning.
Just had too many negatives. Definitely not a WOW guest experience. I have friends and family who like Solare, but not for me. Maybe I should have ordered the pasta! I Will NOT go back. 👎

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AnnaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks and friendly and efficient service. Try the pear and Gorgonzola pizza, you won’t be disappointed!

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vipRich
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food, excellent service. Always the best!!

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LindaD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our Restaurant Week 3-course meals were very good - linguine/clams and salmon, plus the butternut squash soup! The 3 Italian wine pairing was nice, but small pours. Our meals arrived quickly, but no one cleared the empty wine glasses , and our server forgot my birthday candle. Hey, that's important at my age! But, our server made sure there was no lactose in my husband's dinner. The restaurant was very noisy, so conversing was not easy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing!! Say outside and the ambiance was amazing.

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SandraB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food! I could eat here every day!! The owner is also very nice & accommodating. Our waitress was a bit slow but I think that was due to a busy weekend crowd (and possibly, the ongoing staff shortage), but she was very nice. Inside was crowded and loud. We sat out, which was wonderful.

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 1638 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.