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Farm to Table Dining Restaurant at Ponte in Temecula

We dined as a guest of Ponte

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After a romantic afternoon carriage ride through wine country, my husband and I, escaped to have dinner at the Restaurant at Ponte in Temecula. The restaurant has a relaxed al fresco outdoor dining environment nestled amongst the vineyards. We sat hand in hand at a small table while enjoying the warmth from the outdoor heaters. Immediately after sitting down, the chef brought out a plate of mascarpone cheese on a toasted baguettes.

We started our dining experience with a bottle of chilled Ponte Chardonnay paired with artichoke bruschetta. The artichoke bruschetta was beautifully presented inside of a small mason jar paired with a variety of breads. The Chardonnay brought out the rich flavors of the marinated artichokes that was very pleasing to the palate.

For the main course, I was tempted by the Scottish pan seared salmon. The beautifully presented seafood featured a maple and mustard cream sauce paired with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, sautéed kale, and red pepper hash. It was light, refreshing and seasoned to perfection.


While I went with the surf, my husband chose the turf. He ordered the grilled pepper crushed Niman Ranch beef flatiron steak. While not visually pleasing, the flavors exploded with his first bite. The steak was served on a bed of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Before ending our evening with a night cap at The Cellar Lounge, we savored the sweetness of the apple pie cheesecake. The spices from the dessert created a sweet aroma around our table, and we savored every last bite of the unforgettable dessert.


Restaurant at Ponte is located at the Ponte Winery at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Reservations are highly recommended when planning to dine at this popular dining destination by calling (951) 252-1770.

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