Solterra Winery and Kitchen

4.4
336 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
Solterra Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea grew up in Marin/Sonoma County and has been making wine for the last 18 years from grapes sourced from Sonoma county, Lake County, Paso Robles, San Diego County, and Baja Mexico. The wines have garnered Golds and 4 Best of Class awards at top competitions . We look forward to your visit. Cheers!
We can accommodate large private events in our Barrel Room, Bocce Ball court, and Main Room. For Inquires please email events@solterrawinery.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week

Happy Hour is everyday starting at 3:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour is ALL DAY MONDAY
Extended to 7:30pm for Lady's night on Wednesday
TASTING ROOM OPEN THURSDAY-SUNDAY:12-5:00pm

Lunch:Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5:00pm

Dinner served from 5:00-10:00pm DAILY

Live Entertainment Thursday/Friday/Sunday @ 7:00
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Phone number
(760) 230-2970
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bryan Rhodes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Leucadia Blvd. and Coast Hwy 101
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Parking details
Ample parking across the street along with 14 spaces behind the building along with parking behind the building just to the north of us.
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Entertainment
Thursdays/Sundays @ 6:30
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Special events & promotions
We have many types of events including Wine Club parties, movie nights, and Prix Fixe dinners.




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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 336 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.5
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great fun, i always enjoy Solterra and the sparkling rose is perfect in this heat

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This is our second time and we were excited to bring our daughter to try the wines. The atmosphere is great and the wines are really good although I wish we could get flights to try several wines side by side. In any case, the food and the wines are great but our waiter was not. He did not acknowledge us at all when he approached our table and seemed generally put out to be waiting on us. When we asked him to describe some of the wines, all he said was, they are good. How does that help us choose which we would like? This happened every time we wanted to order a new wine, not just once. I happen to know quite a lot about wine and was hoping he could give us some help on the taste profile of the wines like most wineries are happy to do. . He was cold and distant and did not smile once. In contrast, he was super nice to the couple next to us who were becoming Wine club members. Not sure what we could have done to deserve the cold shoulder but it definitely affected our whole experience. A lovely place like this should have nicer servers who are happy to help you select a wine you will love.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Nice place, train track can get noisy. Date liked her wine, but a bit much for four drinks.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My friends and I enjoyed our dinner date at the Solterra Winery. Food and service were great; my only disappointment was that the singer scheduled for the evening had been double booked by mistake and did not perform.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great great great experience

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

My son took me here for my fatherday/birthday and it was well worth it. Coming back to listen to music on July 26.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Sat outside on the 101, which is always nice. However service was incredibly slow and we didn't get our food until we had been there owe 1 1/2 hours (& the server didn't tell us it would be a while or update us at all). The cauliflower appetizer is incredible, but not a large portion. The paella was tasty but the portions were small, especially on the veggie paella which was definitely not worth the price paid. The lamb burger was delicious but the bun was burnt and I asked for the sauce to be on the side of the fries - but it wasn't. We were celebrating a birthday and they offered a complimentary dessert but then charged us for it so we had to wait even longer for them to correct the bill. The food was good but the service was not and the meal took entirely too long! Disappointing!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was delicious, the service was among the best service I've ever had, and we were enjoying our meal in a partially open patio on a lovely June night. What could be better? Everyone loved their food and said they'd go back in a heartbeat.

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1.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Rude waiter. When I asked him what beer they had on tap, he replied “you can read the list over your shoulder over there.” All downhill from there. Chocolate decadent cake was burned. The Calamari was cold and soggy- our waiter obviously didn’t pick it up when it was done. Ring ring you moron. Oh, and he forgot to put in one of our orders. Oh, and we saw our waiter stirring my beer trying to foam it up cause again he left it there and then The bartender brought it over.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Girlfriends from around the country in for a reunion. Great food and our waitress was fabulous!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The wine is good at this local winery that sources grapes from vineyards up and down the West coast. The food is exceptional. Far exceeded our expectations for a local winery. We highly recommend you give it a try.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was a touch slow, but was made up for by quality food, friendly service, and superb wine. We will be returning soon.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

So here's the thing... the ambiance was fabulous, right in the heart of a room full of wine barrels. The live music and patio style lighting was charming. The damp smell of a barrel room added to the overall vibe and smells. The food was really good, and the wine was terrific. However, they didn't seem to have any clue regarding how to pair that amazing food and amazing wine. What?!?! I would think a winery based restaurant would have a sommelier on retainer to at least post a pairing option on the menu...but no. The first two wines they tried to pair with the beautiful sweet scallops were a disaster! Only when I finally asked for a chenin blanc with bright citrus and light minerality did the whole thing come together. Enjoy the evening, but be prepared to pick your own vintage.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I’ve driven past this establishment many times and saw that it had many stars so wanted to try it. We sat out side, which was very nice. Arrived driving happy hour, we were never given a happy hour menu. The waiter came over and all he told us about wines that were $25 per glass. We were in a time restraint so I order d the artichoke flat bread and my husband was hungry and loves scallops. I love garlic and that’s what all the flatbread tasted like , the scallops were ok not great. Unfortunately I think we got a snob of a waiter, behind us a couple came in and got a wonderful explanation of their offerings! I was asked my the establishment how our meal was and basically got told I have bad tastes! There are so many better restaurants in the area, I did enjoy my glass of wine but should have left when all the waiter was pushing very expensive wines! So very disappointed ! We definitely struck out !

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We are members of this winery and love what a fun local hangout it is!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

A really pleasant surprise. We enjoyed some delicious wine and a meal in a room filled with barrels of wine. We were treated to some live music which created a lovely atmosphere. The food is good with some creative options, however, there is room to push the envelope a bit.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have been wine club members at Solterra for a year and a half. Their wine maker is outstanding. We have never had a disappointing wine there with many being excellent. The food is top notch. Service, particularly with Ian is outstanding. Solterra is a little jewel on the PCH.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I went with a friend for lunch and wine tasting. I wasn't super impressed by my chicken sandwich, but a fun place to hang out and sip wine. Inside seating, standing tables or outside seating watching the 101 and trains go by.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very disappointed. They didn’t have record of our reservation. I texted a screenshot of the reservation to my friend, who arrived before me. Solterra did not take accountability for this oversight and accommodate us, but instead they gave us the option of sitting outside against the building under the heat lamp. In most circumstances this would’ve been fine, however, it was raining!!!
I’ve been to Solterra several times. Food...great. Atmosphere...great. Wine...great. Staff...a bit prickly. So if I were to ever recommend Solterra to anyone, it would be with this warning!!

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The food was good although both and wine overpriced! The waiter was terrible. Didn’t even say hi or introduce himself. When we asked him questions he acted like we were annoying him.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We made a reservation for a table in the dining room. We found out that they had some type of event and the choice was either the patio or the bar area. We choose the bar area. The noise was not too bad since we sat the corner. Food was good and the wine was surprising good. Will return again.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had read reviews saying the food was good, but they may have been written by bots. We ordered the meat and cheese plate. It was primarily salty prosciutto with a few slices of salami. The cheese "assortment" included 2 cheeses and a dab of one other. Greasy, salty almonds and some olives rounded out this "feast". The fried cauliflower and calamari were almost inedible as the oil was obviously past it's expiry date. My non-alcohol drinking companions were offered --- water. That was the only option. Skip this pretentious, miserly place.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and cool atmosphere. The appetizers were delicious and the wine was good. Went twice in one week. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love! It was a wonderful night!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Solterra is my go-to stop for Saturday lunch whenever I am in Encinitas. The fish sandwich is fantastic and the flatbreads change all the time--asparagus, goat cheese--all kinds of good ingredients. And for wine lovers, there is always something new. Love Solterra!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Unbeknownst to us it was Taste of Leucadia the night we came to Solterra. This was my second time in a month to Solterra, returning bc I loved the trout the first time. Very disappointed this time - it was ALL CAPERS - and of course much louder bc of the event. I plan to call and find out which trout was the "real" recipe bc the first time was absolutely fabulous! And one of the other guests found his beef burger overcooked.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great spot in Leucadia and very nice to have wines from the winery on site. The wine list is good and all of the food items I ever ordered there have been fantastic. Our server was superb as well.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was very good, and our servers were friendly; however, the noise level was so out of control that we couldn't even hear each other talk. And then when the live music started on top of that, it was extremely unpleasant. Also, there were a limited number of entrees, the prices were high, and the food was mediocre at best. I would not return to this restaurant, even if I had a gift certificate.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Solterra offers a really varied menu, so it is great for a family reunion, or for any group who like to share plates/tastes. We like to start with mixed salume and cheese, olive platter to share. The entree items are easy to share also, and very flavorful! The wine list is amazing, with many unusual varieties made right there, from grapes grown in various regions. I tried their Petit Syrah and really enjoyed it with a filet of beef.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was great and the service was good. The restaurant was very busy the entire time we were there. We have been there before but didn't remember how noisy it is. Based on our last experience its not great for a 1-1 date when you want to have a conversation at a normal level. Not necessarily a drawback but be aware the restaurant portion of the establishment is small and combined with the bar area.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good food, good wine and friendly service. Appreciate that they acknowledged the birthday we were celebrating upon arrival and with delicious complementary dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had an absolutely terrific evening and dinner at Solterra the other night.
Everything was perfect.
We enjoyed the duck breast and the trout and a glass of a wonderful Pinot Noir.
Our server Gabby was fantastic - upbeat - friendly -attentive — excellent
We really enjoyed the atmosphere too!
Can’t wait to return !!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Trout excellent! Wine also great.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We've been several times to Solterra and had very good food and wine. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times. The paella was changed to basically shredded crab and about 8 shrimp on a risotto base that tasted more like corn. The flavor was bland. Although, my wife did enjoy hers.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Everything was Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fabulous service. Good food and wine. Will return again.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The cauliflower tapa and the Brussels sprouts tapa were very tasty, crunchy and came in no time.
The biggest steak on the menu was a wonderful surprise served with excellent sides. We highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a good evening.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Really enjoyed the farm salad and vegetable paella! My date had fantastic meatballs paired with an excellent red wine. The staff were super friendly. Looking forward to coming back!

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Very underwhelmed given the reputation and it usually being busy. Had seafood paella that tasted like mush since it seemed that all the ingredients were put in at the same time and over cooked making things like the prawns tough and bland. Good paella needs to have the more delicate ingredients added later to bring out their flavor.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Much to loud for and cold but service and wine ere great.

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