The Restaurant at Ponte

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1978 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Unbeatable setting and location, great music, and very good food. Overpriced, and understaffed for dinner for the third straight time. Would highly recommend lunch.

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SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

maybe it was our waitress. She was not always paying attention to our table. We received our desert and asked for coffee. We waited 20 mins and still no coffee when she presented us with our bill. Said "oh I forgot your coffee. Do you still want some?"

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MS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

Longtime member, but I do have to say that this time I was not pleased, and nor was my dining copanion. We had the mussels and calamari. Both were off, Calaimari was chewy with the breading falling off and the dip not to mention. The mussels also were off, slightly unfreash and rubbery. The broth was just ok. We had 3 servers throughout the dining which almost made it a joke as to whenb the next server was going to approach us. Ive been very happy up too now but I feel it may be time to seek otherwise for my next dining in the Temecula wine area.

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SD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in a delightful setting. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, and the complimentary bread was a yummy surprise. We were pleased with the variety and quality of the food selections, and everyone in our group was very satisfied. Highly recommend!

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KS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love PONTE. They have a great gluten free selection and their wine is my favorite. Their servers are consistently friendly, helpful, and quick.

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PS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ladies lunch spot with friends.
Mine had never been and thought it was so beautiful

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DM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, the restaurant at Ponte is a very nice venue. The service, wine and food was as good as several of the other wineries I have tried in the Temecula wine district. I felt that the dinner pricing was very high for the appetizers and entrees that were offered in comparison to other wineries. The wine prices per glass were also higher than I expected in comparison. I would return for wine, appetizers or lunch, but I would probably chose another winery first based on the prices. I give Ponte a 4 out of 5 due to their higher prices.

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LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & atmosphere, my new favorite winery!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome place, great music, good food and good wine!!! Can’t wait to return!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food at Ponte was absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!! My friends and I will never dine at Ponte again!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent. The main courses change every few months to incorporate the seasonal fruits and vegetables at this farm to table resturant. Staff is always friendly and have a complete knowledge of their wine and good pairings.

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TY
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

One of the staff dropped off wine glass just in front of me, and crushed it, hit me,
and not much apologized.

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We love The restaurant at Ponte. Have lunch there every month when we do wine club pickups.
This visit was different. We were seated promptly, brought our drinks and amuse bouche, and then the wait began. 45 minutes after being seated we still didn't have our food. This was unusual. We were told by the wait staff the kitchen was slammed. Looking around the restaurant it seemed n busier than we have ever seen.
Our order was a couple of salads, a couple of pizzas and a burger. Nothing out of the ordinary or special request.
Pizzas were fine, salads were large and generous. The burger, it arrived cold. The french fries were stale like they had been out for a while.
We sent the cold food back. And a supposedly fresh batch of fries were brought to the table while a new burger was fired. These fries were crisp on the outside but raw on the inside. Brought it to another wait staff's attention and were met with attitude like it was our fault they were not cooked. A new burger arrived rather quickly but was over cooked well past the medium request. It was a hockey puck. Our assigned server was mortified. We declined any further attempt at them bring replacement food and asked for the manager. She was unaware of any issues in the kitchen and sent a bottle of sparkling wine to the table and comped the burger meal as well as took a good chunk off the bill. We heard as we were leaving that they were no longer serving pizza today as the pizza oven broke. Funny our pizzas were just fine.

Hope this issue will not be repeated if we decide to return to the restaurant.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food! Get the Chicken!!! Service was ok, we had the last reservation at 5pm, you could tell by six they just wanted to go home.. Cannot say enough about the food though! Simply Amazinggg

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to this place annually to enjoy great foods and wines with friends. Their menus changes time to time, and we can try something different every year. Servers are very knowledgeable of foods and wines so that we can get what we like. It is a child friendly winery restaurant. They have a child menu as well as a drawing kit.

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MG
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

32nd Anniversary. The service was excellent as was the food. Portions were generous, especially the cheese and vegetable platter, beautifully presented. There were a number of private parties so unfortunately certain sections of the property were not available.

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J
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting with impeccable service. Food is very tasty. Limited selection yet very good.

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DS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location, excellent service. Food not there yet.

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N
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Ponte’ Winery. The food is good and the service is excellent!

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a
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent food, and friendly staff......this place has been a "go-to" for me and my wife for many years. HINT: Order the Bread/Jam/Cheese/Nut plate as an appetizer and thank me later!

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DM
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was fine. Hostess was slow and seemed disorganized. Not happy that reservation was made through Open Table to learn that they don’t accept points.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service, and the live music.

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VC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure stopping by Ponte for a delicious bite to eat and amazing wine!

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KK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really good. The environment is very relaxing. Service is superb. Ruby, our server, was very friendly and attentive. We order the mussel tomato broth, lobster pasta, farmer salad and the Bacon and Clam Pizza. All very tasty. But the pizza trumped all. My wife was so impressed that she wanted to come again as soon as possible. Thank you Ponte.

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BO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother's Day with my teenage sons...perfect way to celebrate. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. We only just ordered our beverages when the staff changed due to break time. Both servers were lovely. The support staff were a bit busy and we had some delay with refills, etc. The food was fabulous and the view and ambiance were thoroughly enjoyable. The one downside was that after enjoying our after lunch coffee we got up to take pictures in the gardens just in time to see them all cordoned off for a private function. We had to stand on the sidewalk and try to block the signs with our backs in order to get family photos with the flowers in the background. Maybe someone could have politely gone around the tables to give advance notice. We could have done our photos during meal prep. This was the only 'glitch' to an otherwise perfect day.

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a very BAD experience at this visit. We waited over an hour for our food to come, which was only burgers and one salad. We asked our server many times when would our food be coming out. She said she would check on it, but never got back to us. After a full hour we asked to speak to a manager. The manager came over and we still had to wait another 10 min. So it was an hour and ten minutes before we received our food. When the food arrived our orders were not even correct. The food was cold and it was hardly edible. The manager offered to make new food but we were out of time and needed to return to work. The worst part was one of our guest found a hair on her plate. We were so disappointed with the food and service that we didn't eat and just left. The most unfortunate thing was that we were there to celebrate a special occasion.

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GL
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect setting

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ML
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit to Ponte. Loved it again. Beautiful setting. Outstanding service. Delicious food. Thank you so much. I’ll be back next time I’m in town.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The wine at Ponte is great. We enjoyed a nice meal. There was live music and we were sat right next to it. The music was good but too loud for a conversation.

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NG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was really great. The ambiance was very relaxed. It felt like your eating at some place out in the hills of Italy.

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TT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience at Ponte! The live music was a great addition to the ambiance! The service was excellent! My only complaint is we felt the food prices were over the top for what we got, considering everything is a la carte.

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P
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, wine refreshing, a beautiful outdoor setting great service from Reece twice. Same menu lunch and dinner but varied choices. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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m
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch in the lovely outdoor patio of the Ponte Winery. The waitstaff was very attentive yet not overpowering. We are looking forward to returning.

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TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ponte always delivers. From the absolute best wine around to there insanely amazing food. I had the chicken and it was incredible.

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L
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The outside setting has a beautiful view of the vineyard.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have a meal at Ponte. Great food and service and the views of the vines are fabulous.

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EG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy check in with reservation from Open Table. Nice seating. Cheese tray was amazing and so were their wines.

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f
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The filet was the worst filet I’ve ever had. It should not even be labeled as filet. Such a waste of money.

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H
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and great food. Wonderful experience!!

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