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About Vintana Wine & Dine

Located on the 3rd floor of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, Vintana offers a modern take on California Cuisine and picturesque views of the town and countryside.



Vintana boasts 17 foot high windows with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys and overlooking a fabulously lit dancing water fountain. The property features over 20,000 square feet of outdoor patio space for private events and over 8500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, making Vintana the perfect choice for your next event.

1205 Auto Park Way
Escondido, CA 92029
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: 10:30am-2pm Saturday and Sunday;
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm Monday-Friday;
Dinner: 5:00pm nightly;
Lanai: (Starting 5/11/2017) 11:30am to 8pm daily
Social Hour: 4:00pm-6:00pm daily

Cross Street:
I-15 Freeway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 745-7777

Website:
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/vintana

Entertainment:
Live Music on the Lanai
Thurs - Sat from 6-9pm

Parking Details:
Valet available during dinner service.

Executive Chef:
Deborah Scott

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Krista Romberg, Director of Special Events at 760-745-7777 ext. 206.

Vintana Wine & Dine Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (115)
Good for a Date (100)
Good for Anniversaries (90)
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Good for Birthdays (88)
Romantic (72)
Creative Cuisine (66)
Scenic View (64)
Notable Wine List (62)
Worth the Drive (51)
Happy Hour (48)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
Good for Groups (43)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Great for Lunch (41)
Business Meals (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Bar Seating (33)
Fun (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
Cozy (27)
Casual (26)
Authentic (21)
Healthy (21)
Hot Spot (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Live Music (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
People Watching (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Seasonal (7)
Organic (5)
Tapas (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 6 hours ago

Did not get recognized for my mothers birthday. Waters stayed empty the entire time. No quality check on food... felt very transactional

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

We always have a great experience at Vintana. Highly recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We love this place, however, the bloody Mary wasn't that good. The celery in the drink was old.
The crab hash wasn't warm enough but I didn't send it back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Good good good

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall a disappointment. It's an interesting space, and the waitstaff friendly - though busy. The food was so-so. For instance, the "crispy artichoke" was nothing more than a soggy canned heart covered by crumbs and deep fried (they did not charge me for this - to their credit), not the Roman style deep fried variety. Lobster bisque was nor more than a kind of tomato-y cream of lobster soup; no soul like a bisque. Other things were good but not outstanding. If you like to look at Lexus's, that's a plus.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The pecan crusted sea bass was extremely well prepared. Our waiter was very familiar with the wine menu and made excellent suggestions . Our dinners arrived together and we look forward to sharing this location with friends in the near future .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Having dined at Vintana a number of times in the past, we were disappointed with the quality of food and presentation. It dropped a couple of notches. The food was uninspired, and not the creative, carefully prepared dishes we've had in the past. Ahi tuna stack had little tuna and heavy chopped bell peppers; artichoke hearts over battered, and the lobster mac and cheese (first dish was lukewarm, sent it back and then served hot) was skimpy on the lobster. Maybe Chef Deborah had the night off ... Won't be our first choice in the area any more.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

This is our second time here it actually surpassed our expectations. The service and food was just so good. We highly recommend this place.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Vintana is a fine dining venue with reasonable price. Great selection of food. I always have a great time.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal we were celebrating a birthday service was great. Try the key lime tart it was delicious for dessert.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had really high hopes for Vintana and was excited to go, as I had been talking to my husband about going for about six months. We had a reservation, but when we arrived, we still had to wait a considerable time to get seated. My husband ordered soup to start, but it arrived without a spoon/any utensil to eat it with. After waiting and waiting for our server, we ended up flagging someone else down to ask for a spoon. My husband then ordered the crab cake hash, and after waiting about 10-15 mins, they came out and told us they didn’t have enough hash to make it. So he hesitantly ordered the brunch burger - which arrived without a knife to cut it with. Had to flag down someone else again to get one. After we were finished, we waited and waited for the check to arrive, so we had to flag down ANOTHER person to ask for it. Who brought out the wrong check, so we had to find our waitress again and ask for the correct one. Completely bummed about the entire experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants and usually has great food and service. However, on 12/2/17 we had an absolutely terrible experience. There were 8 of us with 2 being out of town friends. First of all our waiter (Rick) took at least 10 minutes until he finally showed up at our table. He took drink orders including some requests for wine tastes. He returned with the drink order and tastes; then disappeared again. When he came back he took the drink orders for those who were initially given tastes. Eventually he returned with those drink orders too. He then said he was going to take drink orders at table that had just sat down just a few minutes ago. We protested and told him that we have now been seated over a 1/2 hour without any food other than the popovers. He stayed and took our appetizer orders along with main course selections. Appetizers were delivered correctly and fairly timely. When the salads arrived; two of them were incorrect and he had to re-order and bring them again. When the main courses arrived; one with an order of rare steak; was instead well done. Two out of the eight meals were not brought to the table until nearly 10 minutes after the first six; and one of those was inedible and sent back as was the well done steak. Fortunately the manager, Greg knew there were problems; apologized profusely; and offered not only a check adjustment; but also deserts and after dinner drinks on the house. I don't know if both Rick and the kitchen were having a bad day; or if all the problems with the kitchen were that Rick didn't order correctly. Thanks to Greg knowing what good service should be; the dinner ended on a good note and we will likely return. But just to be sure; any reservation we make in the future will state any server other than Rick.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Disappointed. Vintana’s menu is largely duplicative of C Level with different views. We went there for my birthday. We were seated quickly and the hostess and wait staff were attentive. I started with the shrimp cocktail and it was excellent. My wife had the wedge salad. Although it was a good sized dish, the vinegar in the blue cheese / oil & vinegar dressing was overwhelming. There was an unexplained lengthy delay between the starters and the entrees. My wife had the lobster twice baked potato and it was huge, more than anyone person could eat. Unfortunately however, the dish was not hot throughout. I had the skirts on fire which was one of my favorite dishes dating back to Kemosabe and C Level. Unfortunately the dish has been dramatically changed. Furthermore the meat was fatty, stringy and undercooked. I was only able to eat 1/4 before returning the dish. The restaurant did recognize my birthday and provided a chocolate pecan type dish which was extremely rich but good. Additionally I ordered a glass of wine and the pour was generous. We have enjoyed the Cohen restaurants in the past and will continue to do so. However, it will be a while before we give Vintana a second chance. This may have just been an off night, which can certainly happen.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Worst experience I’ve had at Vintana’s. I am a frequent guest and service was horrible. We had a 2:00 reservation so it was quiet after the lunch hour. Waitress was slow to acknowledge us, took forever to bring our wine and completely forgot to bring our water. We ordered at 2:10 and finally got our salads at 2:45. My chicken salad was dry and had lots of skin on it. I sent it back. We had to hunt down a bartender to pay our bill. Sorry, Cohn family. I expect better.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We've been going there since its opened an we're quite disappointed. Seems the quality has gone down. Our steaks were lacking flavor an the sauces. My husbands steak which was med rare was blackened on outside my steak a little bland my daughters was a med well done was way to under cooked. Food just wasn't what it use to be. Not sure we will be returning anytime soon or at all.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated by 20 mins delay. The noise level was so annoying, we had to scream to hear each other. I think our waitress had a rough day. We asked to have the cheese removed form our salad, and her reaction was like why the hell do you want it removed. The waitress who delivered our food was very pleasant and friendly.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Consistent and above average. Wish choices were healthier (less fat/oil/butter) especially for vegetarian options. Best V options are mac and cheese, gnocchi in butter, or salads. Always nice, always wish for a few more healthy choices. Have been there many times. Was loud for conversation (Friday night)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was just ok for the food and drinks. my husband got really sick (skirt steak salad) but i think it was him, not really maybe the food was bad. my food (ahi tuna) was mediocre. you're paying for the ambiance and the ritzy Cohn brand name. i'd give it another try but find the other Cohn restaurants have been much better overall.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Parking was a joke.We wanted to self park but the upper lot was full.After about 4 laps around some guy came out and placed a 'lot full' sign out but too little too late.He saw us circling but said nothing.We eventually found a lower lot and figured out where to park but with zero help from Vintana.The entire lower parking garage is not set up as user friendly(hard to get into and harder to to get out of)I believe this all is intentional to make you want to just forget about self parking and use the valet service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful. Met a friend for lunch and had great service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Outstanding as always! Beautiful restaurant. Great steak and seafood dishes.
Excellent service.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I would recommend maybe for happy hour or drinks and snacks. We went for Sunday Brunch in a big group to celebrate a birthday. the food is hit and miss. The quiche was cold, and the crab hash was a bit bland. The cocktails are great. The staff is nice, but the service is not what I'd call stellar.
Really lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food is very good, and presented well. But, since we've been there the portions are smaller than what I remember. Also, it would be nice if they varied the menu every so often. Plus on this Saturday evening they didn't have a special entree.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Vintana is always a lovely dinner experience and I even enjoy admiring the cars.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I had been there once before and thought it would be nice to go for a fancy Thanksgiving dinner....not to be. Never again on a holiday.
The entire place was terribly crowded and loud, even small side rooms. We were seated directly underneath an AC vent, and I was freezing from the blast. When I ordered my dinner, I was offered another veggie since the buttermilk mashed potatoes had too much dairy. When dinner came, not only was it less than lukewarm, but a big glob of onions on top was my subbed veggie. The waiter took it back....10 minutes later, after my husband had finished his meal, mine finally came. The taste was blah, nothing special. Coffee or tea was never offered and the nut tart dessert was sickening sweet. The atmosphere was to wait, remove the plates and get out...ready for the next diners. If we are alone again next year for the holiday, we’ll stay home and relax in peace and quiet.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving 3-course meal.
Service was outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Organic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving menu was nice but the quality of he food could have been better prepared.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Have been multiple times. Food was just ok this time. Oysters small, sandy, had chips of shell. Ahi stack not as good, ahi mushy not cubed.
Steaks ok not as good as in past. Lobster baked potato- the lobster claw meat on top was fishy and chewy. Overall, was disappointed .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I was very pleasantly surprised at the lovely ambience, an excellent deal they are offering. ‘Date night ‘ I husband and I both agree our overall experience was wonderful

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Had to send the soup back; it was lukewarm. It came back in a hot bowl, but soup was still lukewarm. I ate it anyway.
Sandwiches were so-so.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very nice meal and evening. Food and service great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

A beautiful restaurant with a great staff. However we came here to eat and drink.
1. They did not have my favorite bourbon. A first for me.
2. They did not have the champagne we ordered from the menu.
3. WAY too much flour in the soup.
4. And the meat??? If I didn't know better I would say they boiled the filet and flat iron. No taste at all to the meat, not seasoned and overcooked. Debbie Scott is one of the best chefs in San Diego, how could she place her imprimatur on this food? Because it is so beautiful we'll try once again. Hopefully by then the chef will know how to prepare steak.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fab food, warm and relaxed atmosphere. The view is exciting both
Day and Night!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our dining experience was excellent. Great service, food and ambiance.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I brought my parents here a few years ago for their anniversary. This time I treated them and my sister to a comfortable dining experience. The food is always excellent and you can dress casual or dress up. It's up to you. I love coming to this place because the food and service always lives up to my expectations. I highly recommend them.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was my husband's 60th birthday. We live in Escondido but he had never been there. I had been there several times for lunch but never dinner. It was a great experience and a fun way to celebrate his birthday. Our waiter was very professional, the view was amazing and the wine and food was great. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service, friendly staff unique setting and delicious food. What more can you ask for..The table water with a slice of cucumber was most refreshing! I would highly recommend checking this place out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was both of ours first visit and will be definitely coming back! The food was explosive with flavors, every bite was extraordinary! Oysters were the best we've ever had the red wine vinegar with apples to pair with the oysters was brilliant! The sea bass exceptionally cooked and a burst of flavors! Birthday dessert was delicious and our waiter Dante was a pleasure! We loved the live music we we're lucky enough to enjoy prior to seating! Perfect evening

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times and have always been very happy with my meal ....there’s really not much more to say than that that’s a pretty high standard for me. Absolutely love that they serve popovers for bread with honey butter it’s wonderful!

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a birthday dinner there for my daughter, we had the prefix menu, the food was great just dont get the brownie sundae, the brownie is dry

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