The Restaurant at Ponte

4.7
2395 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 for lunch Wednesday - Sunday 11 am to 430 pm and dinner from 430 pm to 8 pm beginning Friday September 4th. We will be open on Labor Day Monday from 11 am - 5 pm, and closing on Tuesday 9.08 and Wednesday 9.09. The Restaurant at Ponte is open in inclement weather. Heaters are available in the winter, and misters and fans are on 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 tab at www.pontewinery.com.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 2395 people are saying
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CheleyD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Good service and I felt safe enjoying a meal here. They met the standards. Thanks again.

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vipMarilynB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress wasn’t wonderful. Wind was fabulous. Bought 9 bottles at the Resort

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LisaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at Ponte. It is one of our favorite places in Temecula.

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Asami
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really nice place !!sAnd best sever ever!!I would like to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here !! So beautiful 😍

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Joanna
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a beautiful location. Nice atmosphere and safe environment
Make sure you see the property- great hangout place.

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tntonthego
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I am anxious to give everyone a good review during Covid but just can't do it here. We came Thanksgiving week and booked a dinner at the winery. Service was good but food was not even average. We kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. Calamari was freezer burnt and leathery, the jalapeño peppers were literally the best part of the entire meal. The Caesar salad dressing was one step above mayonnaise. I had the butternut squash ravioli... the cream sauce was thickened milk and bland as could be. When my husband's steak arrived we both immediately thought we must be at a Dennys or a Sizzler... Tough and tasteless. Come enjoy the grounds but eat somewhere else.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Completely over priced tourist trap, avoid at all cost. The "steak" was super thin (well cooked though!) and the mashed potatoes were a greasy slob on the plate, the broccoli had no flavor whatsoever. The scallops were good, however sitting on some undefineable smush of potatoes, dessert tasted like somebody made it from a pack of instant cake.
Overall a complete lack of anything that would make it better than eating at a Dennys.
The wine was excellent and well priced though.

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ParagG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a go-to when we are visiting Temecula. Great wines, good choice of food, and ambiance outside is perfect.

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Riley
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was wonderful to sit outside and enjoy the afternoon with good food and wine.

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Bambam
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It’s a beautiful setting, dining outdoors is comfy with the heaters. Server was very nice but green. Nervous and awkward. There is an expectation of dining- greet, beverage, app, dinner with timing that makes sense. None of that happened- too long a wait to order, check back too soon and then another long absence...
Food is over the top too much- wonderful bread, horrible green dip, flavored butter would’ve been great. Fish special was too much Cajun, too much Sauce and veggies dripping in oil and covered with the sauce and polenta. There’s a reason for On the side requests- use it! They did accommodate our special needs meal and it was probably the best thing on the table- it was plain.
Too much can be bad, like a strippers make up on Broadway.

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Localcouple
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Poor ambience crew cleaning and shutting down what little ambiance they had down as soon as we sat no music they could at least had soft music playing .quiet and awkward . Fridge broken resulted in warm wine . Our server made it tolerable.

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EatRealFood
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I selected The Restaurant at Ponte for our dinner because I wanted a location that was beautiful in addition to having a well thought menu. The staff clearly worked as a team and I can say the service was flawless. Every Covid precaution was clearly taken without being tacky (as I’ve seen in some places). The food... we were all wowed by what we selected. The scallops, the butternut ravioli, the steaks... truly delicious. Desserts were shared so we got a variety including a chocolate soufflé that was out of this world. The wines were perfectly paired ( I asked for chef recommendations). A couple of us had never been to Temecula Wine Country. They were shocked by the quality and variety of wine and throughly enjoyed the foodie experience.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food & service. I've been once before while visiting & came back! So I'd definitely be back & recommend to others.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

We gave ourselves an hour and a half to eat at the restaurant before our wine tasting reservation. We were a little bit late, about 10 minutes. We were seated right away, the lateness wasn’t a problem. We ordered a charcuterie board, a cup of soup to split, and a salad for each of us. As well as a couple of glasses of wine. Nothing that takes long to make at all. It took them 20 minutes to bring out our wine. And then an hour before we even received our soup. We ended up having to cancel the rest of our order so that we wouldn’t miss our wine tasting reservation. Completely unacceptable. I’ve worked in kitchens before and know that the soup is always already made, so all they had to do was scoop it into a bowl. Completely ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great lunch spot on a nice day! They never disappoint

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vipShannonG
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service

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NanaRenee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salad and meal were excellent! I had to remind three different people I was a member to get our free item. As we’re taking food home the waiter was nice enough to give us ice packs and a bag to take them with us! Overall we had a great afternoon at Ponte!

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vipJohn
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good at Ponte. Today our service was what made the meal outstanding. Susie was great.

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CindyD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods are amazing and gorgeous views. The server was excellent.

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vipMyrnaF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food and the service was amazing.

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Ronaldo
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in a lovely garden patio setting outside, fresh air, lots of beautiful flowers and plants. The food is superb and service is excellent. We recommend this highly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A beautiful winery great food and the setting is stunning!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I understand that Covid makes it difficult to meet the demands of

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LeahK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the restaurant at Ponte Inn! I do wish they'd bring the risotto back! The chef came out and spoke to us about our food, specifically the steak my husband ordered. It was so kind of him. We highly recommend the restaurant. I have never had a bad meal there.

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Julie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I would never return because of the price and poor quality of the food. $40 for only 4 scallops served with a tiny amount of cauliflower and broccoli that was poorly prepared. The scallops were served cold and I sent it back and it wasn't much better on the second go-round. Was told the corking charge was $12 and they charged us $20.

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vipJenB
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine and food were absolutely fantastic!! I appreciated how sturdy and warm the outdoor cover was even during the rain. I definitely plan on returning, and perfect for any occasion.

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GlennW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Caesar salad below average. Brussels were very good. Ravioli tasted pre-pacakaged. Enjoyed mushrooms. Scallops are good but cold. Not too flavorful

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful and serene winery! Don’t miss the beverino, it’s the white wine drinkers, red wine.

JB
vipJohnB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, beautiful and quiet location!

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RobandHeidi
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary during a time of COVID and it was such a sweet escape to be able to sit in the beautiful outdoor setting and be served such delicious meals and also be able to walk around the stunning grounds of Ponte Winery. Everything about our date was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit. Brought my husband and dear friend this time. Great experience and great wine. The Pinot Gris was excellent.

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LynnH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Mediterranean Sandwich with sweet potato fries. So good and I highly recommend it. Also enjoyed the Rose' sparkling wine .

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a serene and nice place to eat to celebrate our anniversary. I recommend it to everyone.

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DonN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining was nice. Great views. Very accommodating.

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DB53
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful setting, and good service. Delicious salad but both of our pizzas were not so good, dough underdone and unappetizing. Attention to detail lacking.

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OHWHATFUN1
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best burgers and salads!! Fries and calamari LIMP!! Ask for well done!! Visit Kim at the reserve wine tasting area!! Adorable, professional and accommodating!!!

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
Wine was also very good !
Will be coming back

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JannaK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food is always great, service not so much. Had four courses and plates weren’t cleared in between the courses. Had to ask for ground pepper and the pepper grinder was just placed on the the table, without the server grinding the pepper onto my salad. Left overs weren’t packed for us, but we’re for the table next to us.

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vipbigredmd82
Nashville
131 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent outside dining. Food although well designed was markedly under seasoned..

FAQs

The Restaurant at Ponte offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 252-1770.

The Restaurant at Ponte is rated 4.7 stars by 2395 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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