Solterra Winery and Kitchen

4.3
403 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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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere and fabulous wine! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon lunch on a bright sunny day.

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Solterra! Great ambiance, super tasty food, fabulous wine and friendly wait staff! We highly recommend! it is the epitome of Leucadia/Encinitas - fabulous and low-key, super cool people!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, wine, music, and ambiance were all outstanding. We loved our waiter.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Menu lacks variety and is quite overpriced for what is served. The food took an inordinately long time and the chicken arrived raw at the bone. The coffee, a french press, was lukewarm but the best value. A beautiful space though.

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DQ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brett Pierce provided excellent service! Food and wine were exceptional. Fun crowd of friendly people.

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HM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Great food and presentation. Wine made on site.

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c
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We had high hopes for Solterra. My wife was there the week before, and was very pleased. We arrived and the place was not busy. We were seated at a nice, quiet table. So far, so good. The wine was good, the salad was very good. The anticipated octopus was NOT good. Very chewy. not hot. not delectable. It was sent back. The cauliflower arrived almost raw. We thought it was supposed to be roasted? That was sent back and replaced with more tender, edible cauliflower. The fish arrived and was fine, although not hot!
Anyway, not a wonderful experience. the octopus was removed from the bill. thankfully.

Unfortunately, that was the draw for us. We love octopus. and were looking forward to the other items prepared, appropriately.

Won't be hurrying back

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a pleasure, the staff, the wine, the food and friends equals a great evening!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love love love the wine at this place! We are members so we go frequently. The wine is outstanding! Prices on the charcuterie trays could be a little better or there could be more on the plate for the cost. We really do enjoy going here!

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F
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I’m glad we returned to Solterra. We’ve had very hit and miss meals and we were reluctant to try it again. Menu is really limited, and we have struggled in the past. Further, inexplicably, the white wine options in the past have been really meager.
I’m happy to say that the wine selection was delicious. The service was fantastic. The meal was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed ourselves so much that I recommended that my husband and I go again this week. I hope we are not disappointed!

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j
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting wine list, good food menu and relaxing atmosphere.

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AS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, wine and food! Such a great, fun find. Great for tow people or a big group. Food was delectable. Best Brussels sprouts ever. The wine was delicious, so we tried a few different bottles. The barrels smell so good.

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AM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was definitely off tonight.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 14, 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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t
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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
7 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 2, 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 January 31, 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 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid spot as always.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 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 4, 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 4, 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 December 31, 2018
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 December 31, 2018
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 30, 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 26, 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 22, 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 13, 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 7, 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 1, 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 21, 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 20, 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
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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 3, 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 2, 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
51 reviews
Dined on October 31, 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 20, 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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