In addition to offering a diverse and award-winning range of wines, many wineries in Temecula Wine Country pride themselves on delivering a culinary experience that deftly complements their selected wines. Here’s a look at several popular winery restaurants in the Temecula wine country:
An Eclectic Menu in an Al Fresco Setting
The Restaurant at Ponte
35053 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula CA 92591
: 4 stars, 248 reviews
Located just outside the Ponte Vineyard
tasting room, The Restaurant at Ponte offers casual American dining in an al fresco setting that features locally grown produce, cheeses, and wild caught or sustainably-farmed seafood and all natural hormone-free meat and game. Among their specialties: Pan-seared lamb with pistachio mint pesto sauce, and grilled bacon-wrapped meatloaf with roasted Roma tomatoes and cheddar horseradish mashed potatoes.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dining Amid Lush Vineyards
Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek
35960 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
: 3.5 stars, 95 reviews
The Creekside Grill’s al fresco dining room is surrounded by the vineyard’s lush grapevines, and is always open whether in the Barrel Room or their covered patio. The wine menu includes all the Wilson Creek wines, including their renowned Almond Sparkling Wine. Check out the braised lamb cheeks in red wine-thyme pan sauce or the cast iron steak with chimichurri and charred spring onions.
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fine Dining with a Panoramic View
The Pinnacle at Falkner Winery
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
: 3.5 stars, 164 reviews
Set atop a 1,500-foot hilltop, The Pinnacle at Falkner Winery features Mediterranean/American luncheon cuisine with panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country. The wide-ranging menu includes Spanish octopus, braised in a court bouillon and finished on the grill with sautéed julienne carrots and Beluga lentils, drizzled with smoked paprika oil and fresh organic lemon.
Hours: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
California Contemporary Cuisine in a Tuscan-Inspired Dining Room
The Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery
34843 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
: 3.5 stars, 195 reviews
Flavorful and award-winning “California Contemporary Wine cuisine” is the order of the day at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. In an elegant, Tuscan-inspired dining room, the winery’s expert winemaker pairs each entree with just the right choice of wine. Their specialties include Prime Rib served with loaded salt-baked potato, seasonal estate vegetables and creamed horseradish, as well as pan-seared scallops, with fennel and apple slaw and winter vegetable Caponata.
Hours: Breakfast: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Weekend Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Weekly Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday – Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Seasonal Chef Selections Paired with Your Favorite Wine
The Restaurant at Leoness
38311 De Portola Rd.
Temecula, CA 92592
: 4 stars, 496 reviews
The Restaurant at Leoness offers a premium al fresco dining experience, with a wide range of appetizers, salads, flatbreads, and seasonal Chef Selections paired with favorite Leoness Cellar wines. Among their dining favorites is hand-shaved prime Angus beef, topped with Grana Padano, finely minced shallot, capers, and olive oil, finished with citrus aioli-dressed baby arugula.
Hours: Friday 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come to Temecula Wine Country for the wine, but be sure to experience the diverse array of cuisine, from the simplest fare to expertly prepared dining specialities. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite winery restaurant below!