The Restaurant at Mount Palomar Winery

3.9
48 Reviews
$30 and under
Winery
The Restaurant is located on site at Mount Palomar Winery, just across the patio from our wine cave, the Cava di Vino. Our restaurant serves an American fusion dining menu and is one of the few full service bars in Temecula wine country. We offer a wide selection of craft cocktails made with house-made syrups and freshly-squeezed juice. The Restaurant at Mount Palomar also offers local beer varieties on tap and all of your favorite Mount Palomar Wines.

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
What 48 people are saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , wine and service by Jeremy

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vipTeresaU
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors in the food were just overwhelmingly LOVELY! The staff were very attentive and swift to fill our glasses and answer any questions we had. It was a lovely dining experience and we will definitely be back.

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BlankS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The food quality is not the best. The chicken for our salad was very dry, the bread for the burgers was also very dry, the side vegetables for the seabass were basically uncooked and unseasoned.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue

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ElaineW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, had a great time! Great music (Jason Weber), fun dancing, amazing staff, perfect day!!!!! Will be back next weekend!

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KarenD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

The amount and quality of arugula in my $20 salad was pitiful. The ambiance was perfect until the live music started. The type and noise level of the music took the ambiance from “lunch at a beautiful winery with my girls” to “apparently everyone is drunk and it’s a party at 2:00 in the afternoon.” We cut our time short because we couldn’t hear each other at the table anymore, despite what seemed like a reasonable distance from the speakers (we were in the large seating area across the patio from the musician). I would definitely return for appetizers/drinks if the noise level stayed at a level where I could still converse with my party.

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Alaina
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mount Palomar's restaurant was amazing. The winery and view are unbeatable and the food was equally delicious. We got the Brie En Croute appetizer, Goat Cheese appetizer, and for entrees we got the Lobster Ravioli, Lobster Grilled Cheese, and Burger. All were delicious!

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DesireeW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Sea Bass was listed as 7oz but this is the second time that I've ordered it and it wasn't the correct amount. My waiter Alex did advise the cook.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday is a great day, not too crowded. We are celebrating a pre Mother’s Day. We got a inside table. Food is great rich with vegetables. Surrounding views are spacious and beautiful. My friends enjoyed the experience and we highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time.

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Michelle
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst customer service that I have ever experienced in my life!!! I will never go here ever again.

The location was beautiful but the restaurant staff was rude, degrading and don't get me started on the restaurant Manager! She had RBF the moment we met her and did not want to be kind or helpful. She acted like it was her personal home and we are not welcome because we arrived 10 min late. Palomar is losing money having staff like that working for them and they probably have no idea.

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vipJoelleC
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this winery—we will definitely be back! Grounds were very pretty, our lunch was delicious & the service was attentive. We enjoyed our meal and our wine.

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vipRobertM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We arrived for lunch at 11:15 and where seated in an area with limited umbrellas. I asked the server to see if we can move an Umbrella and she said that the manger said No. I then asked if we could move to where the tables where covered and where they had misters. She said No they were all reserved. So after enduring are Hot stay and leaving around 12 we noticed that only 3 to 4 tables out of 25 under the misters had people eating lunch. After talking to the so called manager again he said that people had cancelled . Basically He didn't care. Reserve table under the misters.

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PatriciaG
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Creative menu but poor execution. The four of us each ordered the sea bass entree and all four pieces of fish were very overcooked. More sauce would have also been desirable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The outside seating area is nice, but it was too hot. The inside seating area has no ambiance. The food was absolutely HORRIBLE. The WORST margarita pizza I’ve ever had. The prime rib meal was fatty and tough - absolutely horrible. The Cesar salad was just okay. The charcuterie board was overpriced and average at best. Overall we were very disappointed- $240 for 4 people and only ordered one bottle of wine. I will never go back. And DO NOT RECOMMEND

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GaryF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

When we got there, there weren't very many people there and we were told that they were down 3 cooks and it would take about 1 hour to get our food. We ordered a couple of appetizers because they said it wouldn't take long and it didn't. But the cheese bread had some sort of plastic in it and it stabbed my cheek. When I showed them they comped the drinks and appetizers.

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Cuda
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We came here because their online menu showed a couple vegan options- more than most wineries in the area! We arrived for our reservation and were seated right away. The ambiance of the winery is nice and we appreciated that it was uncrowded and pretty quiet, with good music. The wine was good, but they didn't have the option to do tasting or a flight at the restaurant.

Our waiter was super nice. There was actually only one vegan item on the menu (online there's a Beyond Burger but that wasn't on the menu) so I ordered the vegan wrap and chose the salad as my side, but asked to make sure it was vegan. He thought it was but said he'd check with the kitchen. My partner order a brie and fruit plate and a turkey wrap. When our food came out, much later (the waiter kept checking in but kitchen was slow) there was cheese on my salad. I asked the server if she was sure it was vegan cheese and she said yes. I asked the waiter if he could double check. The wrap was also basically a rolled up salad- it wasn't clear to me from the menu description that it was wrapped in collard greens vs a traditional wrap. He said he'd check because she didn't look confident. When our waiter came back with my partner's ketchup (when he was almost done with his fries) we asked about the cheese again. He forgot to check. When eventually he does come back, after I've finished the wrap he tells us they're making me a new salad because it was real cheese. I would have been extremely sick if I had eaten that- it would have ruined the rest of my day! I didn't even need salad at this point. When I did finally get it they didn't even bring me another dressing so it was basically dry lettuce. My partner wasn't thrilled with his food either. They charged us for everything even though they almost ruined my day.

TLDR: don't trust them w/ allergens or dietary restrictions. The food's edible but not exciting. The wine is good but you can't do tastings and I don't know if it's vegan

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DesiraeM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The winery is gorgeous! The menu looked appealing. We ordered the ceviche and 2 chicken Cesar salads with a glass of the Bistro Red. Service was extremely, extremely slow. Took almost 20 minutes to even get acknowledged . Once the server came, we were ready to put in our full Oder, which we did. Took her at least 10 minutes to bring the wine. Then at about 50 minutes we got our food and unfortunately it all came together. The appetizer came at the same time as our entrees. Since we ordered the same salad I was taken aback at the presentation between to 2. Mine had all the toppings and dressing dumped on top of the grilled romaine, with the chicken on the side. My husbands came completely unassembled, everything on the side. Thought that was weird. Overall the salad was kind of lackluster. Chicken was way over cooked and I didn’t think it needed croutons and tortilla strips. The ceviche was good, but I was super disappointed that it came at the same time as our meal. Ceviche should be eaten cold and it was 85 degrees and we didn’t have any shade, the ceviche was getting super warm super fast. Also thought the prices were too much for what you got.
I did love the wine and the atmosphere though! Everybody can have a bad day, so I am willing to give it another try.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The music (saxophonist) was way too loud and we couldn’t hear each other at our table. We asked that it be turned down a couple times but to no avail. Food was also delivered late. Regrettably I will be cancelling my membership.

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ADRIANAA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I live in Temecula for 11 years so we decided to start visiting the wineries to know all of them. This time we came to Mount Palomar. We liked a lot. The atmosphere is really pleasant, the food is really good and our server was phenomenal. It got our attention to know that this winery has a big lot that is in constructions. We asked and they told us that they will built different entertainment places like a theater and a discotheque. Very interesting. I will give this restaurant a big "definitely we will comeback"

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Leslie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Upon our arrival for dinner we were seated outside and it was very cool and windy. There were no heaters just umbrellas for the sun. Other than that the food was good and reasonably priced. I recommend the Salmon

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Gina83
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Sadly, we did not have a great experience. I know I need to be a bit empathetic to the fact restaurants are re-opening with modified requirements, but that does not explain the bad service. This is first and foremost a winery... the server has ZERO knowledge of the wine list. Seriously? So, we decided on White Sangria, and was told they ran out over the weekend (IT WAS THURSDAY). Sooo, you haven't made more in 4 days?! We then settled on the red sangria...not the best. Second, I had ordered the Short Rob sliders for lunch, but received the dinner entree. Might be good to confirm which entree I ordered if there are two options!? Sigh.
Dining room looked pretty dated. Came here for lunch with some out-of-town relatives... don't think they were blown away with the whole experience.

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ElaineW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Great entertainment!!!! Service is usually really good. I think we had a new (or not properly trained) server. He was nice, but not very "on top of it". Will definitely be back though!

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ElaineW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great music (Jason Weber!!!). Great time dancing! Servers may need a little more training. I've noticed some are better than others, but all good. You're open & we're having a great time!

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JocelynM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good ambience and our waiter Tristan did a fantastic job.

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AngelaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food was not good especially for the price. My husband got a chicken Caesar salad that cost $25 and was only about 1 cup of wilted lettuce. Music was way too loud to have a conversation. Waitress service was slow. Only view of a torn up hill side. Buttttt the wine is delicious and hubby liked to bloody Mary’s a lot

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vipOski65
Orange County
87 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lunch for a party of eight on a Saturday. Beautiful grounds, great view of what will be a new vineyard. Live music, good food. Lots of people just out having a good time.

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KathleenM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy our waiter was friendly courteous and on the ball! Great service. Wonderful young man.

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RonaldP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The restaurant had to close without warning and we did not find out until we arrived for our reservation.

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khill
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent considering covid guidlines.would dine there again

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vipAmandaM
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The wait for the food once ordered was about 45" and our beyond burgers were beyond cooked. The waitress was sweet and apologized and offered a bottle of wine on the house as well as to redo our meals. We declined. The manager came out and apologized as well saying that it was a new chef and new staff and that they were in the weeds. She offered to write off our dinner.
Because we have been here multiple times before and enjoyed it immensely (we even hosted a birthday party for my 90 yo dad 3 years ago) , we know that they are capable of great food, good times and timely service.
We hope that the new chef and his team are able to rise to the occasion. On the plus side, the Saturday afternoon band was terrific.
We will wait to return when the reviews improve and hope to be able to recommend dining there in the future.

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Katie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had visited Mount Palomar years ago and had a pleasant experience, unfortunately this time was much different. We did some wine tasting which was fine. Plenty of seating to grab your tastes and sit down. After tasting we had lunch. Service was EXTREMELY slow! Our waiter disappeared and we had to ask where he was and the hostess said they hadn’t seen him in awhile. The manager overheard this and ended up giving us $25 off of our bill which was nice, but unfortunately the 2 hour lunch made us miss a tasting reservation we had at 2:45. Mixed reviews on the food. The goat cheese appetizer was so good! They just brought it out with our lunch instead of before our meal (my biggest restaurant pet peeve is when the appetizers come out with the meal). I had the lobster ravioli grilled cheese, not completely what I expected but good. My husband had the burger. Good flavor but so messy! The other two guests at our table had the French dip which was dry and the turkey wrap which was okay. The sweet potato fries were really good. Overall experience: Was it terrible? No. Was the service awful? Yes. Would I go back? Probably not.

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Dseverso
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We couldn't decide on which bottle of wine to get so our water brought us out 3 different wines to taste.

I had the lobster ravioli+shrimp and my husband had the filet. His folder was cooked perfectly and the presentation was so pretty. We ordered the brie en croute as an appetizer but it came out after our main dish so we had it for dessert! It was both beautiful and delicious. It was served with a large assortment of fresh fruit.

Our reservation was at 4:00 pm and they closed at 5:00 and there was only one other table of guests.

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vipnat76
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Very attentive and sweet server. Wine was nice. Atmosphere is nice and will be even nicer when construction in complete. Sea bass was overcooked and dry, lobster bisque was WAY too salty (not edible), lobster ravioli sandwhich was just odd. The raviolis themselves were pretty good. Pork sliders were okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to hangout

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MoniqueS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We waited 45 minutes for our food and when it came out it was all cold. So then they said they would remake it, so we waited another 20 minutes and the food was still cold or looked like someone had put it in the microwave. We also got no drink service at all, we got one drink in the 2 hours we were there. No one came to ask about refills or anything. Will never go back.

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StefanyI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The place is beautiful and the wine really good, the only problem was the food.. it tasted good but it took a really long time

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MargaretW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I was very disappointed in our experience at Mt. Palomar. The service was very slow from getting our appetizers to our meals. Other tables who had sat down after us received their meals before our table. The meals we ordered were standard fare and shouldn't needed extensive preparation. I ordered appetizers immediately when we sat down and they came out maybe thirty or more minutes later. After our first round of drinks, the service was inconsistent. Our meals came out bought and hour after we ordered them. The appetizer dishes were not removed from the table, even after our meal was served. Two of the sandwiches came with 6 French fries each. Yes we counted. Another sandwich came with a moderate amount of fries. They also forgot to serve a salad altogether. Definitely will NOT be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very spacious area, food are great and good price. Love the ambience

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NancyF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines at the winery was wonderful. Enjoyed the Sax player and atmosphere. Wine and food were excellent. Most likely due to limited staff, the service was slow but we were not in a hurry and we enjoyed our afternoon.

FAQs

The Restaurant at Mount Palomar Winery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 676-5047 ext. 2.

The Restaurant at Mount Palomar Winery is rated 3.9 stars by 48 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.