The Restaurant at Ponte

4.5
1956 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.
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DM
London
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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VC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
38 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and great food. Wonderful experience!!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

Menu was new and some dishes were not good. Service was outstanding.

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DS
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS a staple to come to when I’m in Temecula. From the sweet hostess to the wonderful serving staff to the deliciousness of the food. It’s an A+ in my book :)

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MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great, we were late but they still accommodated our reservation.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy Friday evening with lots of folks and a nearby wedding event, but still enjoyed the scenery and ambiance. Most of the 5 people at our table loved their meals, the appetizers, mussels and calamari, were excellent and the main courses, margarita pizza, farmers salad and scallops were very good. The seafood paea however, was too salty and the lobster pasta was not as good. Our dessert, cheesecake and raspberry brûlée, were delicious. Best part of the restaurant was the service. Our waiter Kyle was outstanding, personable, charming, funny and professional. Would definitely recommend others to enjoy this lovely restaurant.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great Service! Beautiful landscape and scenery. We had a wonderful time.

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is always soo good. Service was just okay. Our server wasn’t very attentive she had 5 tables but it was if we were present. I dine at ponte often the worst service I’ve ever received.

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s
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. We ordered antipasto (which was excellent and the portion was really big) and calamari (which was very good, but if I really want to nitpick it was a tiny bit chewy). They also serve bread with olive oil and balsamic which is fantastic. I will definitely go back

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to try this restaurant for months. It was superb. My hubby had the Filet and I the Duck. Since I'm Gluten/Soy Intolerant, this place was wonderful. My meal was delicious, the services was nice and quick.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, service is outstanding and the ambiance is chill!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get together with out of town friends

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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RW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten in a number of five star restaurants in NYC. Frankly our lunch at Ponte yesterday was as good as any we have in NYC and at a much better price. Recommend making reservations and on the weekend try to get there when they open at 11am.

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and Service.
In my book it was pricey, but maybe
$200 for lunch for 3 is not to some.

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meals... can be a little pricey but you certainly get the quality for what you’re paying for.

Staff is friendly and attentive.

I recommend making reservations during spring and summer. It can be pretty busy.

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N
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ponte’ and I love the Restaurant at Ponte’. Everyone is so friendly and being a Member, I feel right at home. I had the chicken and it was delicious. My husband had the bacon burger and he couldn’t eat it all. My cousin had the salmon and she at every bite. I was so happy the weather was perfect as we celebrated my cousin’s birthday and our 36th wedding anniversary. It was a great day!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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RM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The outdoor seating was nice. I would dine there again.

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LB
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with friends and family. Food was outstanding and our service was spectacular! We will return for certain. We all had a good meal and a great time. Thanks to everyone at The Restaurant at Ponte.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It would be appreciated that you are welcomed with a smile when checking in. It was a put down when the other hostess suggested to the other that "That's for reservations only" when indeed we have a reservation. That hostess didn't even bother to ask. No smile. No apologies offered. She almost made me lose my appetite and patience. Needs retraining please.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was excellent. A lovely evening with live music. We’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Food was a little on the expensive side BUT is was SO good. The musician was very good and set the mood. Service was perfect. I can’t wait to go back!

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