28699 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA | Directions 9259033.492401 -117.147701
Sometimes Rude – What brings us back is the food and entertainment. What makes us hesitate is the rudeness of the staff. I'm not talking about the servers, I'm talking about the person that answers the phone and the hostess. There have been a few times where we have come to the front door and leave because the people there make us wait, don't look our way and just leave us standing there. Once, we were in a booth (we spent about $400 that night) and they told us to sit in a different booth because it was time to change to a nightclub and they wanted to charge table service. This aint Vegas baby...
Food good, Service & Wine bad – We drove into Temecula on a Saturday, late afternoon, having never been there but hearing about the wine country & looking forward to trying some of the food, wine, and ambiance. 6pm seating was not a problem, but we waited for about 10 minutes for the server to acknowledge us. Strange, since not many tables seated. The wines were well presented. Maybe my palate was off that evening, but the three flights of red wines (Baily's Sangiovese, Cabernet Sav., and a Pinot Noir by Acacia) all tasted of too much vinegar (like strings around my uvula!) and noticeably high alcohol content. Tough wines, or my taste buds must be mellowing on fruity choices. My 8 yr old ordered the mac & cheese which I thought looked good but she told me it wasn't. But, her standards are in favor of "box-mac" and not strong swiss cheeses. My hubby & I ordered the phyllo-wrapped salmon & it was delicious. I repeat, delicious. Overall, the service was scattered & disorganized the whole time (though the server was nice). Service was slow - we had to cancel one wine order since it wouldn't come w/ the meal & our "appetizers" came after my daughter's main course & minutes before our main course. It was like the servers were really new to all of this. While the main course was delicious, I would avoid the place next time because the wine selections were minimal & service strangely inept.
The more casual of two restaurants under one roof in old town Temecula with live music and local wines. – Like the whole old town Temecula area, the Grill defines casual sophistication in San Diego's wine country community. Wood floors, local stonework and exposed wood ceiling beams give the downstairs dining room a cabin-like feel. The outdoor patio looks out onto old town's main drag and provides plenty of shade and misters on warm evenings when local live music acts entertain the crowd. The traditional bar and grill favorites are all here, from burgers to steaks to pasta, but it's the inclusion of local produce and wine pairings that set this menu apart from others in the Old Town area. The flank steak salad is garnished with Winchester Farms herbed gouda and, in an interesting twist, the BLT comes with grilled salmon and herbed mayonnaise. Servers are mostly local residents and can always reccommend a good local wine pairing.
Great Food, Sloooooow Service – I went for lunch on a Saturday with my parents and sister. I recommend sitting in the patio area, as it's nicer. We ordered our drinks and food and then waited... and waited. Our drinks arrived, but our food took about 45 minutes from the time we ordered it. And the restaurant was not even busy! I have to say the food was excellent (except for the Chicken Piccata Salad), but it took us way too long to get out of there.
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