Solterra Winery and Kitchen

4.2
390 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Solterra offers delicious mediterranean style tapas and entrees that pair well with the wines that we produce. We crush about 70 tons of grapes every harvest on premise and have and diners on the weekends can dine amongst the barrels.

We source grapes from Sonoma county, Lake County, Paso Robles, San Diego County, and Baja Mexico. The wines have garnered Golds and 6 Best of Class awards at top competitions . We can accommodate large private events in our Barrel Room, Bocce Ball court, and Main Room. For Inquires please email events@solterrawinery.com. We look forward to your visit. Cheers!
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I and our two teenage daughters came here for dinner on a Sunday evening in winter during a holiday weekend to celebrate my birthday. Where we were seated, a cold draft was hitting me from where the garage-door closure didn't meet the wall. We found the menu limited and pricy. My daughter ordered the duck wings tapa as her main course, and about 20 minutes after we ordered, our waiter came over and said they were out of duck wings, did she want to order something else? After decided on the octopus tapa, we waited another 10-15 minutes for our food. Three of our dinners arrived, but not my daughter's octopus, which the server assured us would be right out. We waited another 10 minutes, during which time our waiter noticed we were still missing the octopus and said he was just going to bring it out. It took another five minutes for that to happen, as the rest of our dinners got cold. He apologized for the wait. The food was OK, nothing special. We looked over the dessert menu and decided to skip it. Our waiter didn't offer to bring us dessert on the house. I doubt we'll be back.

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DR
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh tasty wine, nice customer service, hostess was fantastic and so was the server. Delicious artfully prepared charcuterrie.

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SP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Have been going to Solterra since it opened...used to go 3-4 times per month...but the quality of the food is not what it used to be and the prices are steep for what you get. Case in point...ordered Lobster Paella the other night. The dish was not Paella but simply cooked rice with chorizo and topped with seafood. The piece of lobster was ridiculously small, the two scallops while nice in size were not hot and had no flavor...they would have been better if seared. We have ordered the Paella many many times in the past and it has often been served at their pick-up parties, but this was very very disappointing because it was NOT Paella, but rice topped with seafood! The waiter told us it would have a crunchy bottom...which it did not...but was sitting on some type of a tangy sauce instead!

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TP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. It just keeps getting better and better. A hidden gem of north county San Diego!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was our first time at solterra winery and kitchen. we took out of town guests there and will bring other out of town guests there in the future. our waitress, gabby, was exceptional and made sure we were well taken care of. she helped pick out the wine, which was excellent. the presentaion of the food was wonderful and tasted very good. the cook is very talented. we live down the road from solterra and will make this one of our stopping places for wine.

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K
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nick was fabulous as was the Merlot. I would’ve preferred more choices on the menu but we managed to find something that worked for us. I wish I would have had time to get information on the wine club.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was grest except the lamb burgers one was raw in the middle two had bones, gristle and was tough. Server said changed vendor I highly recommend finding a better vendor.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had another nice nite at Solterra Winery. This time we had the Brussels sprouts (Very good) and cheese plate (so good I had to resist more). For dinner we had the Lamb Burger (VG) (That’s very good not Vegan)) and the Oyster dish with a white sauce (also VG).

This review may be biased as we are wine club members.

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W
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid spot as always.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister was visiting from Chicago and we decide to go for dinner. It was great, the service was beyond wonderful and food and wine were delicious! Definitely will go back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here to enjoy our Friday evening. We ordered 2 glasses of wine each, the meat and cheese plate and the lamb stew (which was out of this world delish!) And the total bill was under 100.00!
The bartender was amazing. Really nice and knowledgeable. He also proposed tastes of wine that he thought we might enjoy more than our first selection.
I enjoyed the ambiance and the interactions with the other people at the bar. Definitely coming back!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great food, and great service make this the perfect date spot! Will be back soon.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Prefix for New Year’s Eve. The worst food we have had in a long while. Paella was just sticky rice and a few clams and mussels. Everything else looked and tasted like it had been setting around for hours.Only the flatbread was edible. We all went home hungry. Live music stopped right as we arrived for our reservation at 9 and there was no other decorations or New Years festivities. Dessert was not included in this menu so adding a single glass of wine and tip this meal topped out at almost $80 per person. Definitely a misrepresented and poorly executed New Years event and a complete waste of money.

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M
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for the NY Eve prix fixe meal. All items were delicious EXCEPT the paella, which was very "gummy". i.e. the rice was glommed together and not "grain separate" as usually prepared. We arrived a few minutes early so our table was not ready and we sat at the bar, where we decided to stay (our hostess was fine with this). All and all a fun evening....festive, celebratory, staff attentive, interesting conversations with our fellow bar guests.

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C
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Their wine on tap was excellent. Really enjoyed the Pinot and Syrah! Our server Corbin was really great as well. The menu is limited, but the food is excellent. Had the cheese plate with our wine and the lamb burger was excellent with the patatas bravas!

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KW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but the service is always hit or miss.

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D
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solterra is one of my favorite restaurants in North County based on their consistent focus on excellence - food, wine, service and ambiance. I love that their menu continues to be inventive and evolving, and I truly appreciate that the entire dining experience is 5 stars.

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is not to like about Solterra? Good food, great wine, friendly staff and a chance to enjoy in a working winery! No place like it in Southern California.
We have visited before and were happy to see the lamb burger and patatas bravas are back on the menu. Always our favorite.
The staff is very friendly, great help with wine selection to match our food. They make it fun and know the wines well since they are made on site.
We enjoyed the merlot and petite sirah. Both award winners for us.
Can't wait for our next visit, which will be soon!

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ZA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation but they overbooked and we were seated at a communal table with other folks for about 10-15 minutes and we were able to order while we waited. Food was great, wine was excellent

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SD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We dined here 6-9 months ago and food was delicious. We returned for some paella. There's a new cheap looking menu and no paella. Most of the month watering dishes were gone too. Patatas were bland and not even similar to the ones you get in Spain. My friend ordered the $36 cod fish that came with a ridiculously small piece of fish. The $38 NY strip was chewy and fatty. Don't waste your time and money here. We won't be going back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food in a one of a kind setting here in San Diego. I was really surprised about the quality of the wines as well being that they produce them onsite. TIP- park in back as they had a lot of spaces (we drove around quite a bit before we figured this out...)

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made dinner reservations a couple of days ago for my wife’s birthday today. We have three kids and getting out for a date/dinner is not easy. We got to Solterra for our 7:30pm reservation and the restaurant was closed for renovations and only the bar for drinks was open.

How about not making reservations available if you are renovating. Or how about contacting people that made reservations to let them know you are not open. Completely unacceptable for a business to do this. Not even an apology when we got there either.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a new chef. We were thoroughly pleased with the food and our service. Wine, cheese, everything was spot on. I requested a romantic table. They accommodated our request and were able to move our reso 15 minutes later since we were running late.

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RG
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had delicious food, great wine, and helpful suggestions from our server Ian. Thank you!

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m
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This will be our last time at Solterra and I had to remove them as a favorite. They’ve ruined it for us. New chef took away the good favorites and added weird choices instead. NY strip served lukewarm and a bit chewy. Paella had a couple shrimp, a few mussels, no crab or vegetables as stated. There were some 12 shrimp heads with no meat - just decoration .

Our favorite wine was on the menu but the menu “hadn’t been changed for over 3 months” and they were done with that year. Waiter tried to tell us they NEVER served it by the glass.

The hostess was consistent- didn’t seem aware of where to seat us even though we had a reservation. I feel like they are just a mess and will implode soon.

This used to be our “go to” local place.

We will miss you old Solterra!

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s
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This was our third time dining at this restaurant. The first two were excellent both for food and service. I won't go there again. The paela, which was the highlight before came out cold; lacked all the expected ingredients, and had little taste. They brought us a second one that was heated slightly more, but was still lukewarm. The octopus had little flavor. The only thing good was the Solterra wine which was moderately priced and delicious. The service was slow. We were celebrating our 20th year together as a couple. This dinner detracted from this romantic event. We live in San Francisco, but come to Southern California yearly for a timeshare we own. We won't be going back to Solterra. A once excellent restaurant is no more.

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J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and wine and excellent service! Ahi was amazing as was the Mexican Mestizo Tempranillo. Expensive but very good.

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SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

New menu very limited, poor and poor value for money

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SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. They know their wine. Highly recommend for a date night, girls night, or if you just really enjoy wine.

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M
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food exceed expectations and service was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Cheese board and wine were great however the main food options are limited and the pork tenderloin was awful

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place and good environment. Would go again for something casual.

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N
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a bottle of wine and cheese board - the wine was fantastic and the live music really added to our evening!

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SM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Made a reservation a week ahead and was very disappointed at being stuck in the back where there is no ambiance. I wish they had said something about the seating so we would have driven so far. They also changed the menu from what I had viewed so the entrée choices were limited. The small plates were good but they seemed to run of the things I wanted also like the 2015 chardonnay and one of the cheeses on the cheese plate. The waitress was good but overall I was disappointed with what should have been a fun event like the last time when we just stopped in for a drink and enjoyed service at the bar area. It's just not fun in the back as that is better for private events.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We had made a reservation, for a bday celebration. we arrived 10 mns early and we were sat a table, in the back, outside alley area of the restaurant. with 4-5 other tables, away from the buzz, and live music and overall "vibe" of the restaurant.

The hostess was "okay"...our waitress was really good! We ordered 5 dishes and 2 of the 5 were amazing, the other 3 were average for the price.

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PC
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a table by the windows in the front of the bar area. Our expectation was to be able to enjoy a tapas experience. We did. We ordered the mixed board of salumi, nuts and cheeses and shared two orders of the paella. Everything was good. I did expect a bit more saffron in the rice of the paella but it was a good shareable portion and tasty. The cheese and salumi board was perfect to share with others while enjoying a glass of wine. The bill at the end of the meal was a bit more than expected but not outrageous. Overall we enjoyed it and we would come back.

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SD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food...not well executed. The wine was just ok- nothing spectacular. Will not return.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun time with good live music and great service. The food was beautifully presented. The salads, my wife’s scallops and the creme brûlée were delicious. The chicken paella was a little too salty and just okay in my opinion. The server recommended a good wine too. I loved the atmosphere and the live music.

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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

My husband and I ordered beer, white wine and bubbles. My husband did not care for his beer and I disliked my 2 selections. Both were very sweet—Torantas (off dry) and Rose bubbles were the house wine label. The Bravas potatoes were excellent but the hummus, octopus salad, and bread salad were not too good. The service was great. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things but it was not a good wine/dining experience.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our first time here! As an avid wine lover, I was very impressed with the quality and wide variety of wines here. So conveniently located in encinitas that becoming members makes so much sense! The food was great, looking forward to trying tapas for happy hour next time. Service was great, Nick really knew his wines!

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