The Restaurant at Ponte

4.7
1836 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Recognized by OpenTable as one of the top 50 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining, The Restaurant at Ponte prepares wine country cuisine in a casual outdoor atmosphere. We are leading the way toward a community of wineries and restaurants dedicated to promoting local, sustainable farmers and ranchers. Our dishes feature top quality seasonal and regional ingredients prepared in our kitchen and enhanced when paired with our wines. The Restaurant is open daily, although hours do vary.

The Restaurant at Ponte is open in inclement weather. Heaters and blankets are available in the winter, and misters and fans are used in the summer.

Guests Arriving By Limo or Private Bus: A separate limo reservation is required for the weekends. To submit a limo request, please go to the "VISIT" tab at www.pontewinery.com.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - 11am to 4pm
Tuesday - 11am to 4pm
Wednesday - 11am to 4pm
Thursday - 11am to 4pm
Friday - 11am to 8pm
Saturday - 11am to 8pm
Sunday - 11am to 6pm

On Saturdays & Sundays, reservations are limited to Wine Club Members and registered Ponte Vineyard Inn guests only. Additionally, guests arriving by limo or bus MUST have a separate Limo confirmation. To submit a limo request, please go to the "VISIT" tab at www.pontewinery.com.
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Phone number
(951) 252-1770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christy Moore
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Private party facilities
Special occasion, special location. For a wine country experience like none other, Ponte Family Estate Winery is the perfect setting for a business meeting, your birthday, anniversary or engagement party, wedding or rehearsal dinner.
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Private party contact
Karon Cartwright: (866) 945-7314
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Anza
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Parking details
On the weekends (Saturday & Sundays) only Limos and Buses with a prior Limo Reservation will be allowed to enter the winery between 10am-12noon. To make a reservation, please visit the "VISIT" page at www.pontewinery.com or call us at (951) 694-8855.



Guests without a Limo Reservation, as well as those arriving after 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays, will not be admitted regardless of having a restaurant reservation.
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Entertainment
Live music is always on the menu Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6pm.

Please visit our website at pontewinery.com/restaurant to view our live music calendar.
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Special events & promotions
Special occasion, special location. For a wine country experience like none other, Ponte Family Estate Winery is the perfect setting for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or birthday party. We offer a full range of catering menus, beverage options and professional planning assistance to ensure that your event is a memorable success. Please visit pontewinery.com or call us directly at 951-694-8855 to plan your special event.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent from the hostess through the busser. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful.

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G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Went here with my boyfriend and his mom while she was visiting. We are wine club members and this was the first time we were dining in for dinner. We had no issues making a reservation or getting sat on time, our waitress was very pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was delightful. It was bit of chilly evening, but the heaters were on so we barely even noticed, and the outdoor scenery was just wonderful. We ordered a bottle of wine to split and of course, the Sangiovese did not disappoint. My boyfriend and his mom ordered the Cioppino Calabrese, I ordered the muscles as my meal and we all shared the bread on the table. The herbed bread tasted spectacular but it was cold unfortunately, and would have definitely be even more tasty with if it was heated. The muscles were cooked perfectly and there were plenty bathing in the curry-type sauce. The sauce was perfect for dipping the bread in as well, my only complaint was that there was likely too much fish-sauce used in the recipe as it was reminiscent of some seafood other than muscles. My boyfriend and his mom were very happy with the amount of seafood in their pasta dishes, as there was ample amounts of salmon, muscles, crab, shrimp and sausage! Their only critique was that the flavor got tiring very quickly and seemed to overwhelm the dish. We did not have dessert because nothing caught our eye, but the options did look diverse and creative. We will most certainly be back again for some more delicious wine, fun atmosphere and friendly staff!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our third lunch outing to this restaurant. Really like the location and the food. The free bread that they give while you're waiting for lunch was bad! Neither warm nor tasty. Service was not great since they were really busy. Our server was very nice but too busy! Also, the Chardonnay that my husband ordered seemed diluted; he had to switch to beer.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice location but pretty pricy

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friend's birthday, the food was fantastic, the view is beautiful.. I looove Ponte. Adriana Cuevas

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great, food was delicious. Will definitely come again.

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OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Some dishes excellent, both my wifes and my proteins were not cooked properly. Chicken very dry, steak ordered med. Rare was a solid medium. Been here many times, but visits have been less frequent because food quality has declined.

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PH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were looking forward to this dinner. Our table was behind the wall and food tasted as if it had been cooked for hours, dry and lacked flavor.

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our Server was Heidi and she was awesome, so kind and informative of our questions. Lunch was delious, and my husband order the special and it tasted wonderfu. I know because I sneak a taste lol. We love Ponte, and hope that Heidi will be working that day. Coming back for my Husbands Birthday In October. Can’t wait.

Mrs Martinez.

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RC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Susanna was our waitress today. She was excellent. Food was great, as usual. We had the calamari and wine country salad. Amazing farm to table food.

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S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch to celebrate our Mother’s 88 birthday!! She loved it.

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SC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my birthday lunch here at The Restaurant at Ponte and it was wonderful. Amazing food, beautiful setting, and a very nice relaxing time! Of course the wine is fabulous too!!

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DB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was great. Atmosphere is charming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have loved this place since we first dined here several years ago. We always look forward to our visit and are never disappointed. The patio dining and live guitarist are the ideal setting for us. I seem to always order the special, be it a Rib Eye or Filet, and they are always cooked perfectly to order. The salmon has been the go to order for my wife and it never disappoints.

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FB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Chicken pizza with pesto is excellent. Caprese salad uses soft, squishy type of mozzarella. Sort of like a chunky yogurt consistency. Borderline slime-like as my wife commented. Maybe consider the more firm traditional type? Service was professionally civil. Plunking down desert ware and walking away is not necessarily friendly. Would return.

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BE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outdoor restaurant with food intended to pair with their delicious wines. Live music creates a nice ambience for a quiet dinner with friends or a loved one.

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JR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitstaff, Ashley, was just wonderful and made us feel special!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a festive place! We loved the bread before dinner. Our server was outstanding, making great recommendations. Since we visit wine country often, we’ll be back!

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VC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great from the moment we walked in. Excellent staff and food!

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dinner was amazing. The food, the atmosphere, the wine, the music. I loved that they had live music, but you could still have conversation without struggling to hear someone talking. I had the special New York steak, it was perfect. The augratin potatoes were the best I have ever had. We ordered an appetizer cheese plate. We had ordered 2 because we had 6 people and wanted to make sure we had enough, because appetizer plates are typically so small. Not this one. We took half of them home. I was very impressed. Will definitely eat here again.

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d
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

we have been to this restaurant in the past and we were always very pleased. We haven't been there for 6 or more months and were surprised how bad the food was (appetizer, main dish and desert). The bread was the best!

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MW
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ponte is located in the vineyards of Temecula. The restaurant is outdoors and even though it was a warm evening, the misters made the temperature very tolerable and pleasant. Dinner began with wine and very ample appetizers. The Burrata salad with reduced balsalmic was excellent. Entrees and deserts were all spectacular as well. We had the duck, meatloaf, shrimp and fish / rice dish with black rice. All great choices. Desert was very generous with the pavolova stealing the show. All great. Will return.

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DL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Temecula Wine Country! Awesome atmosphere, amazing service (even swapped out one of our entrees for another one because it wasn't cooked well, with no charge and no fuss!) and of course, some great wines from Ponte Winery! Just a great place to gather friends, family or a nice date and enjoy the wonderful ambiance of wine country.

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d
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful visit. Excellent food, wine, service, and ambiance - even on a scorching hot day. You will love it...

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KV
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Apps and dessert was amazing as well as the wine. Both my husband and my main course was just okay.

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VM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great live music, good foods, pleasant outdoor dining and great service from Cassandra K. Definitely will go back.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Fabulous

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor dinning in Temecula wine country. Good service. Would definitely go back!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Was so excited to take hubby to celebrate our anniversary. I had been to restaurant with my friends and we had a great time, so I thought going again would be great the same. It wasn’t. Food was good, but service was not. We were greeted and taken to our table promptly. It was very hot and sunny, so we asked 3 different people to lower the shade. Our server finally did, but we had to clip it to the pole so it wouldn’t constantly hit our table with the light breeze. Server told us she would get us water and bread. We got our one serving of water, but no bread. Hubby and I shared a few appetizers and a pizza. We had to ask for an extra plate several times. We ate and enjoyed our food, but hubby was not impressed and he didn’t tip our server, neither did I because There were only a few tables being used and two different servers. We should have had better service.

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TG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor seating with misters to help on warmer days.

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AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We could have used more misters since the restaurant is outside and it was 95 degrees. The service was very nice as well as the food. Especially loved the flights!

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PH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff and ambiance could not have been nicer!
The food fell way short - gave it two chances and both nights the food was very mediocre

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It took more than 2 hours for our dinner experience and it was not a good experience at all. We didn't see our waitress for 15 minutes after we sat. Then after ordering our food, it took another 1 hour and 15 minutes to get our food. My lamb tasted like a steak and a poor one at that. Then it took another 15 minutes after asking for the check to receive it. Overall one of the worst dinner experiences of my life.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, birthday dinner. Food was good.

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TP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makes me happy every time I walk in! I love the ambiance and the food and of course the wine!!! The burger is always a must. Tried the turkey / veggie burger and loved it! The staff are so friendsly and accommodating

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been here many times and the food has always been excellent. However, this time, although my salmon/couscous fish was tasty, it was overly peppery. The size of the piece of salmon was fine for a lunch , but there could have been slightly more of the couscous etc.
My lunch companion was disappointed in her Wine Country salad with Mahi Mahi. The salad dressing was bland, very few pieces if nut and cranberries and Two small pieces if mandarin orange (tinned ?) and the fish did not have a speck of seasoning on it. She had to send it back and also ask for more salad dressing.
Having said all that, we still enjoy lunch at Ponte and maybe it was just a glitch this time as they were very busy.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not comfortable. The bread had too much tomato sauce, but pretty. This food was okay but not like the website presented. I’m so sorry I was very disappointed. The food was just okay... not special. The menu is on a napkin... not a good first impression for your prices. I thought there was a view according to your website. Most of the tables don’t seam to have a view. Love the idea of the basket for my purse. The entry to the restaurant and signs are charming .it seem that our server had too many table to attend. We ask him to do something for us and he said he and the cook were too busy... not very diplomatic .

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BS
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was great, food was awesome and the food was excellent all within a beautiful setting and view of the winery.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! The 4 cheese plate was amazing!

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DO
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good. The temperature on the patio was very high , but
the outdoor sprinklers were helpful.

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