One early afternoon, we had lunch at Ponte Family Estate Winery’s well-known restaurant, The Restaurant at Ponte. The dining area is located outdoors, with a nice view of the gardens and vineyards. The restaurant’s menu features locally grown produce and changes seasonally.
We started off with a plate of fried Calamari, which came with zesty marinara and roasted garlic & lemon buttermilk sauces. The calamari was lightly breaded and fried to the right amount of crispness.
My fiancé ordered the Meatloaf, which was made of beef and lamb–the perfect combination of meats for him! The wild mushroom demi added an extra depth of flavor to the dish. The creamy Yukon potato and celery root mash and side of broccolini nicely balanced out the flavors of the rich sauce and hearty meatloaf.
I tend to find that restaurants overcook their salmon, but this Salmon was perfectly cooked–soft and flaky on the inside with a slightly crisp outer layer. The orange pomegranate sauce added a fresh, fruity flavor to the dish. The salmon rested on a bed of creamy butternut & pumpkin squash farro. The sweet and savory flavors blended well together.
It was the perfect lunch to accompany a day of wine tasting! Overall, the food was fantastic and the service was spot on. We originally thought the menu was a bit pricey, but the quality and portion of food justified the price. I hope to dine at the restaurant again during my next trip to Temecula wine country!
The Restaurant at Ponte
35053 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92951
Price: Appetizer, $8-24; Lunch Entrée, $15-$35; Dessert, $9