Solterra Winery and Kitchen

4.4
419 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED this place! I think our waiters name was Marc maybe.. he was amazing and so knowledgeable. The nicest employee in the cellar took the time to walk my friends and me through the entire wine making process. Will definitely go back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for our reservation and waited for 30 minutes and nobody came to serve our table. This was even after I asked for our waiter. This was on Mother’s Day when it was clear we were there to celebrate our mom. A huge disappointment. I’ll never be back.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience there. It was our first time eating there on Mother’s Day. Max was an incredible server and made the entire experience that much better. We ordered wine made by them which was nice and the food was great. We will definitely be coming back!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone that works here is amazing. The owner/wine maker came to our table to explain the wines. It’s amazing to listen to someone be so passionate about what they do. The servers were great and so funny. Great atmosphere.

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RC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I was never a fan of the wine and went there specifically for the food, which was universally delicious. Sadly, the chef was replaced last fall, and since then, the menu has changed for the worse. The Lamb Burger, Potatoes Bravos, and cauliflower were all amazing. Now, they are merely edible.

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JL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Solterra. This is our neighborhood go to spot for date night. We have been wine club members for many years and the staff always recognizes us. We always get a warm welcome and great service. Chris and management must treat the staff well because there has been a very stable crew ever since we joined. (Low turnover). We go for the wine and atmosphere, but the food is always great as well. Would recommend sitting outside if you want deep conversation as the bar area can get very busy in the evenings.

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RD
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Granted, it was a Tuesday night but they weren't offing a full menu and didn’t tell anyone. It should have been listed on Open Table as an advisory. In addition, seating was limited to just around the bar and I had hoped for a good business meeting gathering to close a deal. OBviously, what goes on at SOlterra on the weekend is a very different impression.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The kitchen must have been really backed up because it took forever to get our food. The portions are super small yet pretty expensive. I ordered the octopus and a flatbread and I left there hungry. The flatbread was pretty boring, no flavor and the dough was over worked and deflated. The octopus was fantastic though but skimpy with only 1 tentacle for the price there should have been more food. I mean seriously octopus is cheap. We’re not talking lobster here. Our waitress was accommodating and friendly. However when we asked for mustard with the lamb burger because my friend doesn’t eat cheese or mayo we were told there was no mustard in the entire restaurant. Yeah pretty hard to believe. Especially since everyone was still hungry and ordered the charcuterie plate which guess what it had on it....MUSTARD 🤦🏻‍♀️. The atmosphere was great and the staff was kind but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our server think his name was Patrick was super nice but half a brain.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a nice restaurant with a great outdoor patio in the heart of Leucadia. The food is descent but not the best. If you are consuming a lot of wine, you'll probably be happy, but if you are coming strictly to eat, you will notice that the menu items are very diverse, but none seem very authentic. We had several small plates, all were decent but not spectacular. Patatas gravas was more like fried potatoes with some sauces, nothing like what you find in a tapas restaurant. The grilled octopus was steamed, not the charred, crispy kind you will find in good mediterranean restaurants. The scallops with risotto were good, but the risotto was runny and more like rice with a parmesan butter sauce. The creme brûlée was too sweet and more like a pudding. Overall, not too bad, but the service was very good. Our waitress was wonderful.

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KD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and great food!!

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PO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Relaxing venue, great food, top chef, talented musicians on weekends, warm staff.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had date nights, special occasions, friend’s get togethers and every day dining at Solterra and it’s always a treat. It’s intimate with wonderful service, delicious wine and food. We joined their wine club and it’s a favorite place that we love to go and always a great value if you love great wine and great food!

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S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Solterra- great vibe, amazing wine and delicious food with great presentation.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. My friends and I decided on Solterra for a girls get together weekend. We made a reservation and when we arrived for our reserved timeslot we were told that the kitchen was backed up. They did offer to give our party of 11 each a glass of wine along with bread and olives but by the time we were seated about 45 minutes after our reservation was booked for, and we were told that we would not be able to put our dinner orders in for over an hour because the kitchen was backed up. Ultimately we decided to leave because we were a group of 11 very hungry women But still, I have never been forced to leave a restaurant due to their lack of addition sees and kitchen support for Saturday night. Read the reviews for this restaurant, they are 100% accurate. This restaurant is not ready to be in business beyond making or serving wine.

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JS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Underwhelmed. We had been looking forward to this place but found everything to be slightly less than what we would have hoped. They have all the elements of a great place, but it’s clear they still have some work to do.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
69 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
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was definitely off tonight.

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S
San Diego
6 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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