About Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery

40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
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Located in beautiful Temecula Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine either indoors in their glass enclosed dining room or outside on their open-air balcony overlooking the vineyard. Experience the great American-Mediterranean Style cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and the high quality, award winning Falkner wines. Special dishes prepared daily. Open daily for lunch 11:30am to 3:30 p.m.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: In the Pinnacle Dining Room: Daily 11:30am - 3:30pm

Springtime Lawn games and Tacos: Sundays 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Beginning Sunday April 17th Falkner Winery will begin offering competitive yard games along with a specialty taco bar on all Sundays from noon to 3pm. There is no charge to play any of the games and one series of games will be designed as “Tournament Play” with a prize awarded to the winner. Initial games will include Winepong (like Beer Pong), Cornhole (a beanbag toss game), Washers (a toss game), and Jenga (a building block game). Tournament Play will require signup and a 1pm start time and the selection of game will differ from week to week.



Cross Street:
Rancho California Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(951) 676-8231

Website:
http://www.falknerwinery.com/

Entertainment:
Springtime Lawn games and Taco Bar every Sunday from 12pm-3pm

Executive Chef:
Gianni Ciciliot

Private Party Facilities:
Barrel Room available for larger parties and groups, as well as private Cave Room located in Barrel Room for up to 20 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Nora Addam: 9516768231x111

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:
The Pinnacle is the perfect place for a wedding or private dinner party.
Contact Loretta Falkner for private event information.
951-676-8231 ext. 102

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Promotions

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Enjoy half off our famous Sangria made with our Luscious Lips Vino!!
Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Enjoy our Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch Menu 2016. We have a Carving station Prime Rib & Bone-in Pork Loin. Seafood, Fresh Shucked oysters, Omelet Station and more..

Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Five stars

Dined 3 days ago

Impeccable service, gorgeous view, outstanding service. What more could you want?

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food, great service and great view ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

Great food, great service and great view.

food2
ambience4
service3
value2

Disappointed

Dined on April 24, 2016

I saw the reviews on the place before I chose it and automatically thought it was going to be good. Unfortunately, it was not. Anytime I have to add salt to my food, is never good sign. I ordered one of their featured dishes the duck with risotto and a molasses sauce and the only redeeming quality about the meal was the molasses sauce and the glass of wine I ordered with it. The duck was not well seasoned and the risotto was bland. My husband had the grilled octopus over a bead of mixed greens/salad and I could tell from his non-reaction that it wasn't that great either. I tasted the octopus and again, underwhelmed. I'll admit, I have eaten at some great places, and I'm not just referring to expensive, just great tasting food and unfortunately this place did not rank amongst them. I think the only thing I will be back for is the wine. Outside of the food, the wait staff was very nice, attentive and upbeat.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and great service.

Dined on April 5, 2016

Great food and great service.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery in Temecula

Dined on April 3, 2016

Excellent views and good food and wine selection. Pleasant place for Sunday brunch. Not crowded but comfortable relaxing ambiance.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
food1
ambience1
service2
value1

This restaurant has a very nice panorami ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

This restaurant has a very nice panoramic view of several vineyards. The service is very good as is everything on the menu. We always eat lunch at The Pinnacle on our ways from Fullerton to Borrego Springs.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Delightful Lunch Experience!

Dined on March 29, 2016

We had a delightful lunch served by friendly wait staff. Very surprised to find gluten free within the regular menu. And, a diverse menu, not just the usual lettuce wraps as in most restaurants . The view was spectacular at lunch time, the whole experience was ripe to be repeated.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

lovely Easter brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

We took out of town guests here for Easter brunch. There was plenty of food to choose from. The large shrimp were especially good and the lime and lemon dessert tarts were amazing. The service was great and the view across the area vineyards was beautiful.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

nice restaurants in the wine country of Temecula

Dined on March 19, 2016

great views, decent but not great food, so so service - adequate, but the server so obviously would rather be somewhere else that we tried not to bother her too much. VERY noisy, we couldnt keep a conversation despite restaurant being only 1/2 full.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Such a treat

Dined on March 12, 2016

I love their food. The flavors and the attention to detail is impeccable. Like nothing I can get anywhere else. It feels like I'm at the most ritzy of places but that is in my budget. It is such a treat coming here. Th only reason for a 4/5 service is because the man who served us waters, rushed over to our table, plopped them down hard and turned to leave without any acknowledgement to us. This was before any server can to greet us. It was strange. And the table was wobbly - but eyh...

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Ambience challenged

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

Weekday lunch at Pinnacle Restaurant in early March. Food was very good and view excellent. Room however was large, with a high ceiling and basically cold and uninteresting, especially for a winery dining room. All would have been fine if we could have eaten on deck outside. Unfortunately it was windy and not yet warm enough. Food and view almost made up for room.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great place to take a break from wine tasting!

Dined on March 5, 2016

Although we didn't love the Falkner wines, we really enjoyed this restaurant for lunch. There was a great view of Palomar Mt. and the food was good.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

Pinnacle is no longer at the top.

Dined on February 20, 2016

Pinnacle used to be one of our favorite places for lunch when visiting Temecula. On this visit, it has become apparent the quality is not what it used to be. My wife orders the lobster mac every time we go and I have always been impressed with the lobster chunks in the dish....this time there were NO visible chunks of lobster. My seafood Portofino was far from amazing and flirted with boring, bearing very small pieces of seafood and no real seasoning to speak of. I hate to say it, but we will probably start to venture out and try new restaurants after this last visit. On a separate note; our server was brand new and she did a fantastic job! She was on top of keeping our glasses full and making sure we had everything we needed.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

They were very accommodating since we ca ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

They were very accommodating since we came in for a late lunch and the kitchen was closing. Service was outstanding and the food very tasty! They provided warm gluten free bread upon request also! Amazing view!

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Beautiful afternoon!

Dined on February 12, 2016

We have been to the Pinnacle, the past three Valentine's Day. We enjoy the food, the wine, and the beautiful view. It's a wonderful place for lunch!!!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love This Place

Dined on February 4, 2016

The manager and our server, Tina, were very personable. I took my husband there for his birthday. Generally, we would go to Wall's Desert Turtle, in La Marriage, but it's quite a way when driving at night becomes difficult. Then I remembered The Pinnacle, and there food is every bit as good. So yes, It's charming, the view is beautiful, the atmosphere is what you make it. Give it a try. If you want good food in a wonderful, semi elegant place, give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Pinnacle restaurant

Dined on January 31, 2016

Everything was perfect. This was our first visit there but will for sure go back again. Loved my pasta and the service was great.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My wife and I wanted to try a new restau ...

Dined on January 27, 2016

My wife and I wanted to try a new restaurant in the Temecula area. We enjoy wine tasting, after looking online, we stumbled acrossed a Yelp review for the Pinnacle on the Faulkner winery grounds. The reviews were favorable and we noticed a server named Tina was mentioned many times. Once we arrived we ordered our appetizers, and lunch. Our server was very friendly, she made us comfortable and she was attentive appropriately. We ordered an appetizer, Brie with apples and the calamari, which was really good. For lunch I had the steak with Demi glacé. It was cooked perfectly and the overall flavor was fantastic. My wife had the chicken with risotto, she enjoyed it. After our meal, our server asked if we we were celebrating something, we told her yes our 26th anniversary , only to find out she had mentioned it to the manager. The staff proceeded to serve us a complimentary desert and wine. It was delicious. As we were getting ready to leave, wouldn't you know it all along we were being served by Tina, we told her she was famous. We all laughed, seriously we truly appreciated how she interacted with us and the other guests. We will be back.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place for lunch

Dined on January 22, 2016

My party of four had lunch on a Friday afternoon in January. Scott, our waiter, was outstanding. He recommended several items that were delicious and he took very good care of us throughout our meal. The view from the restaurant is unparalleled in the valley. I highly recommend Pinnacle!

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service1
value3

Poor Service

Dined on January 17, 2016

Server seemed hurried and disinterested in the outside tables. She stated she is in charge of weddings and groups and seemed annoyed she had to serve the outside tables. Played are small for the price and uninspired

Tags: good for groups, scenic view
food3
ambience2
service3
value3

Pinnacle Restaurant

Dined on January 16, 2016

The restaurant was nice with friendly service but not quite as warm compared to our experience with other similar restaurants in the wineries. Food was okey, but not spectacular. But it's the noise level in the restaurant that would discourage me from going back to entertain my friends there for lunch or dinner. I think the acoustics need to be improved. The overall conversation from various diners bounced off the walls and we could hardly hear our own conversation. They may need to put some area rugs or add more wall decor or whatever it takes to filter the sound.

Tags: scenic view
food3
ambience2
service1
value1

I would not recommend this restaurant.

Dined on January 15, 2016

Our server, Tina was extremely rude. Our reservations were at 2:30 and online reservations indicate the restaurant closes at 3:30. She was very snippy and thanked us for making it since they "close" at 2:45. She left sometime during our meal and never even told us. The "manager " came out and said he gave us 10% off since she had to go , which was news to us. We asked about dessert and he offered us ice cream. Although this is a beautiful location there are many other beautiful wineries and restaurants in the area where the service and staff are super friendly and provide outstanding customer service. I would not go back here.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Meeting Place

Dined on January 12, 2016

For years we have met friends from Carlsbad at this wonderful restaurant. We drive down from Los Angeles so it makes a good meeting spot. The food and wines have always been great. This time we tried the Riesling with lunch and it was perfect. There is also a tasting room adjacent to the same parking lot. To clarify the noise level rating, with a fairly full dining room it is moderate. On a less busy weekday for lunch it was quiet.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Romantci Dining

Dined on January 10, 2016

This was nice overall restaurant. The view is nice the food is good. The service is great.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Pinnacle Restaurant - Temecula Wine Country

Dined on January 3, 2016

The Chef is always creative and the food is delicious. A must visit to the this restaurant when visiting Temecula Wine Country and the Faulkner Winery in particular.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Exceeded expectations

Dined on December 30, 2015

Had expected an excellent lunch but found the service and food exceptional. And at all at a moderate price. I could not ask for more. Wonderful view overlooking the vineyards.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Christmas luncheon

Dined on December 23, 2015

We went here for our office Christmas lunch. The view was amazing. The staff was very knowledgeable and very helpful. The food was excellent. There was a good variety and everyone on staff was able to find something they liked. I can't say enough about the service and staff - they were very just perfect. They even made suggestions where to wine taste after our lunch.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service5
value3

Ordered the lobster pasta. Virtually ta ...

Dined on December 16, 2015

Ordered the lobster pasta. Virtually tasteless. Would never order again. The steak salad looked good.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food1
ambience2
service3

Expected More

Dined on December 13, 2015

We live nearby and wanted to like this place. They are a long standing winery in Temecula, we assumed it would be another great spot in wine country we could enjoy. We joined them for lunch, it was $75 for 2. We had a small appetizer, a burger, a salad and 2 glasses of wine. Nothing was prepared as we requested. Our server was nice, but bored. He stopped to chat way too much, bordering on disruptive. Overall, they have a lovely view, the wine was nice but it was quite a disappointing culinary experience.

food4
ambience4
service4

Very quiet Wednesday. Staff very attenti ...

vip
Dined on December 9, 2015

Very quiet Wednesday. Staff very attentive and the food was very good. Beautiful view.

food5
ambience2
service5

Great Food if you can stand the noise!

Dined on November 21, 2015

We usually go on a Sunday, but went on a Saturday this time. The food was outstanding, but we could not carry on a conversation without yelling at each other. The waiter, Scott was fantastic, but also needed to yell so we could hear him. They need to seat big parties on one side and 2-4 guests on the other side. We were seated in between 2 large bridal shower parties!!! The salmon was wonderful and the crunchy ahi salad was perfect!

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5

Great food!

Dined on November 21, 2015

Great food, awesome service, fantastic wine list! Terrible noise level. The noise level was atrocious. Our group was unable to have a conversation over the birthday party and baby shower next to us.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service, ambiance and food!

vip
Dined on November 14, 2015

Beautiful view and amazing service. Great spot for special occasions. Food is amazing, talented chef!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3

View of the wine country

Dined on November 4, 2015

A spacious dining room with wonderful views of the Temecula Valley wine country--perfect for lunch, because the scenery is lovely. Food was very tasty; wine good. A pleasant experience.

Tags: great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service4

Good service. Wine selection adequate. ...

Dined on November 3, 2015

Good service. Wine selection adequate. Salmon was a little overdone.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous lunch with a hilltop vineyard view.

Dined on October 30, 2015

We loved our experience at Faulkner's Pinnacle Restaurant! The curved arcitectural dining room with spacious view- filled Windows, framed each table setting. The wait staff was welcoming and attentive, the food creatively prepared and absolutely delicious, and the atmosphere was serene, and surprisingly intimate given the spaciousness of the room.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Very friendly and engaging staff, partic ...

Dined on October 29, 2015

Very friendly and engaging staff, particularly our server, Sylvana. Excellent wine too!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Our server Tina is always great. We def ...

vip
Dined on October 17, 2015

Our server Tina is always great. We definitely recommend this restaurant. The cook Gianni is great.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

Excellent service

Dined on October 3, 2015

Our waiter, Scot, was excellent. He was the reason we enjoyed the experience. The balance of the staff did well but not exceptional. The food was very good and the wine was paired well. Anniversary lunch with a bottle of wine between the two of us -- $100. We understand why other reviews comment on the noise. It's all hard surface and it really is a wedding reception hall that does well as a restaurant. There were few there which is why the noise was minimal. But if it were crowded, the noise level may have been a negative factor.

Tags: great for lunch, scenic view
food1
ambience4
service2

don't eat here

Dined on October 2, 2015

Restaurant was very clean and also had spectacular views, just DON'T ORDER ANY FOOD. Food was horrible and as a foodie and home "chef" myself, I've not been to a restaurant with such horrible food and such nice ambiance. The person cooking (can't call him a chef) should be replaced IMMEDIATELY, and hire some young chef from a local culinary school who knows how to cook seafood. We had 8 people having lunch and the only food that was not horribly prepared was the SANDWICH. On top of that, the waitress/hostess never offered a reduction in the ticket. Yes, she replaced one bad dish for another and we didn't have time to go anywhere else. If we did not rent a party bus, WE WOULD HAVE WALKED OUT. Seafood was overcooked, salmon was dry and overcooked, the herbs on the salmon were not cooked at all, calamari salad was tasteless, risotto was mushy and tasteless BUT the lobster mac and cheese was probably the WORSE THERE IS ON THIS EARTH

Tags: scenic view

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