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Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery, Temecula, CA

Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

4.1
4.1
1411 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

Café Champagne at Thornton Winery is a "want to do" for every visitor to the Temecula Valley. Since 1988, from growing herbs to cutting home-grown flowers, every effort has been made to offer the perfect combination of French Country Elegance and Gold Medal-winning Contemporary Cuisine.

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (951) 699-0099

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private Function Space CapacitiesWhether you're planning a business lunch for 10 or a reception for 400, we've got the perfect space to fit your needs.Fountain Terrace CourtyardEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 400 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 300 person maximum(outdoor venue)Vineyard View RoomEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 70 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 50 person maxiumumWinery Production RoomEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 100 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 80 person maximum(availability based on wine production schedule)Champagne LoungeEvent Guest Count Minimum of 20*Seated Meal Function - 30 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 20 person maximum

  • Private party contact

    Sharon Gallagher: (951) 699-0099

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Cross street

    Butterfield Sage

  • Parking details

    Paved parking lot

  • Entertainment

    We have live bands every Friday night starting in March. We also have large concerts from artists like Melissa Etheridge and Kenny G. Please call for more details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Temecula / Wine County

    Great for Brunch

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Healthy

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Hot Spot

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Notable Wine List

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Outdoor Dining

  • Temecula / Wine County

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The Journey tribute band was awesome, and so was Trevor, our server, and the rest of the staff at Thornton. The food and wine were good but definitely over-priced.

  2. LO

    LindaO

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wine and food was perfect! Exceptional service by Trevor and crew.

  3. LL

    LindaL

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It really was good but our turkey club came on a plate all by itself without anything else and I kept thinking how strange that looked. After we left the restaurant we realized we didn’t get our side salad or any garnish or anything on that plate. The server was lovely and I know these things happen but at $27 for a club sandwich, it better have the sides with it. Obviously, that took the value down. Even without the side the prices are too high!

  4. JD

    JoanD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Food was excellent but definitely overpriced. Service was friendly and had great suggestions but was really slow. Was a good experience but probably wouldn’t go back

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Fathers Day

  6. TE

    TinaE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The service was fantastic. We were promptly sat and served waters and drinks. The food was good, not great. The burgers were good. The breakfast potatoes were undercooked. The bacon in the club sandwich was undercooked, but the rest of the club sandwich was good. The french toast was undercooked, so the server took it back and cooked it for longer. The servers were great.

  7. g

    girlsnightout

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    While the venue is beautiful, the food and beverages are very overpriced. I've stayed at some of the finest resorts (Four Seasons Hualalai, for example) and didn't pay $30 for three small, cold pancakes. The replacement pancakes that came out were also cold, but the server didn't come back to do a follow up, nor did she acknowledge that I hadn't eaten them when she brought the bill. Clearly, I was not happy with the cold pancakes but she chose to not address it. Also, if you read the fine print on the menu, on top of the overpriced food they are adding a 3% charge on the entire bill to cover "...costs". It would have been nice to have some quiet, live music while dining and paying those prices.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Not to my taste. Expensive for the value.

  9. TD

    TDMoore

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always have a great experience at Thornton. We have been members for years and it is our go-to spot for brunch, whether just for a quick bite or as a the beginning of a day of visiting the other wineries. Travis is always awesome (server) and the rest of the team likewise. We only wish we were closer and the So Cal traffic didn’t prevent us from going so infrequently. Food is amazing. Wine is amazing. Service is amazing.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    The food was horrible an when we told to the server they only give us a little discount.the pizza was under cooked.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4

    The food was terrible Dried out Flavorless

  12. JM

    JoseM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    We purchased concert tickets and made dinner reservations as recommended by the winery. The dinner options were more like lunch selections. The “entrée” selections were either turkey sandwich with fries, hamburger with fries, fish and chips, salmon or a Caesar salad or a mixed greens salad. I added grilled shrimp to my salad expecting that at $12 for 3 shrimps I’d get large shrimp but that wasn’t the case, the shrimps were very small. I was very disappointed with the “dinner” options, pricing and serving size. I also noticed that some guests ordered a cheese, cracker and fruit plate that was served at the dinner table in a to go container. This felt more like a picnic not a dinner.

  13. DP

    DebbieP

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5

    Went to see Santanaways band at Thornton Winery, they were awesome as usual. We always have a great time at Thornton during their Friday night concert series. Too bad the food sucks. The food is so bland no flavor at all which is a shame because it is not worth the money they charge for it. Please Thornton put mor care into the food you serve to make the whole experience a great time. We have been going to enjoy the Friday night bands for awhile and the food was decent but it has been really bland this year. Hope they improve it.

  14. CJ

    ChristinaJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1

    Food was not great, flies everywhere and didn’t enjoy our food

  15. DP

    DavidP

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food along with wine tasting. Fun afternoon and place to relax. They don’t rush you out the door.

  16. RR

    RoxannieR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent but waiting for it was very long, we were seated with minimal shade, my husband and I were burning, asked if we can move to a table with shades but they didn’t offer the circle table next to the entrance but instead they said that the table we wanted to be move to are still close for the day. We were a party of 7, 3 minor kids and 4 adults. I hope next time we visit we are accommodate with better sitting area. It was our first time there actually and we brought family members who were just visiting California from different country.

  17. SS

    StevenS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Food was awful, came out cold even though place was half empty, Served our vegan burger on a completely stale bun, and absolutely flavorless and my wife food was the same way. Menu prices were 75% higher than posted menu in Open table $31 for vegan burger. On the bright side decent setting and server was nice and made a minor adjustment to bill.

  18. JF

    JulieF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Their baked brie was good, but it was the chocolate wine that was the star of the show at our table! We had to buy many bottles! Our server was attentive and the patio was lovely. Great Temecula breeze, good food, and family. Lovely afternoon.

  19. PW

    PatriciaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Their Lobster Ravioli, which I added scallops to, is heavenly. Our waiter was outstanding. The ambiance of the outside scenery and soft music was relaxing. I would have given a better score if there were linen tablecloths and nicer seating. You pay a good amount for your meal but it is delicious.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the impeccable service that was given!

  21. N

    Neesh

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Food was awful and a hair in it at that. Was worse than fast food.

  22. CT

    ChristineT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy our visit . The wine, champagne and food was delicious. The service was great too

  23. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at this winery. Our food was served promptly and correct even when we had a party of 6. We will go back. Thank you!!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had Montana as our waitress and she was amazing! Great great service would definitely come back!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We were shown to our table which was visibly not clean. Another party showed up after and was seated. They were served and we had not been approached yet. We still waited a few minutes for someone to come take our order. At this time around 10 minutes had gone by. Since no one had come we asked the hostess if they can clean/wipe our table and bring us waters. She was not pleased to come and clean the table which had crumbs and a bit of drink spilled from the previous customer. Our waitress then showed up and gave us great service. The food was delicious.

  26. LO

    LindaO

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Trevor is the best!!

  27. CR

    CatherineR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Not worth the price

  28. h

    hanks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    very relaxing and the food and service was excellent

  29. CM

    CMarie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun fun fun. Venue, food and service was great for value. A fun Friday night!

  30. CC

    CaliforniaCarol

    Las Vegas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    A beautiful view of the vineyards at Thornton winery while having lunch on the patio. The food is outstanding and the many choices of wine by the glass or wine flights are very interesting. I enjoyed the bacon cheeseburger and the red & white wine flight.

  31. R

    weRfoodies

    San Diego

    111 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    We are wine club members and brought another couple for their first visit on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We were seated outside at a very tiny table which should have been a two person table, we probably should have asked to move like another group did. It wasn't very busy and there were plenty of tables available. We ordered our glasses of wine and the brie appetizer with the bread service and our food orders, but asked our server to please give us time to enjoy the wine and appetizer before the food was delivered. After about a half an hour, I reached out to our server to find out where the appetizer was and she said, oh, the kitchen is working on it. We got our wine in a timely fashion and were just about through with our first glasses when the brie arrived. As usual this was a fabulous starter, even my husband enjoys it and he hates brie! The fruit and honey were so very good, too! we were just enjoying our first tastes of the starter when the mains came out and crowded the table. There was no offer to move us to a larger table, the food was just dumped on the table. My husband had asked for his burger to be medium rare and it came out medium well which was a dissappointment since we love the burgers when they're properly cooked. Our first time guests enjoyed their burger and champagne salad with grilled chicken. We really enjoyed the bread pudding dessert which did come out in a timely fashion. The staff was great about the second glasses of wine and keeping our water glasses full. The wine was great as usual, but overall, it was a dissappointing experience.

  32. BB

    BrandeeB

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Our food was as expensive as other winery restaurants but not as good (everything was served cold).

  33. ID

    IDmom

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved the food! I had the avocado toast with salmon for lunch, it was amazing. The view is unbeatable and the ambience on point. Our waitress was awesome, so energetic and happy. My friend was visiting from Georgia and fell in love with the place. This is by far one of my favorite restaurant/winery.

  34. DP

    DonnaP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    The venue was beautiful . We were there at 11 for brunch. Service was pleasant. We ordered the omelette and it was bland and extremely overpriced. The potatoes were mushy and nothing else was served. We also ordered dessert and it good

  35. G

    George

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Nice views. Food and champagne flight I ordered were ok, at best. Expensive for what it is.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The food was good but not great and qu

  37. l

    lola777

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Another amazing lunch at Cafe Champagne. Lisa our server was fantastic as usual. Great food and drinks!!!

  38. SB

    SeanB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lisa is great we are so happy that she suggested for us to get a membership.

  39. RS

    RanjithS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    The ambience was good all around! Plenty of open space for people to dance on Friday night music events! However, the food was way overpriced !! Cheeseburger with fries was over $28.00!! Not worth it at all! A bottle of their own brand red wine is more than $50.00!! Being a winery, it doesn't have to charge an arm and a leg to buy a bottle of wine for that much! Wine menu prices are way too high! Music was fantastic with Bill Magee's blues band! He rocked the place! It was similar to a fast food restaurant, where they serve the food within 10 minutes of ordering, but the quality was mediocre at best!! No heating lamps to keep people warm outdoors! Plenty of room to for people to park the vehicles, which was very helpful! Winery can certainly improve the food quality and make wine prices lower, which will help the winery to sell more bottles!

  40. EM

    EricaM

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    We had a 6:30pm dinner reservation. Earlier I’m the day someone called to confirm and suggest we could come earlier if we wanted to. What she should have said was come earlier or don’t come at all. The entire meal and experience was rushed, in and out in less than an hour. We had a champagne flight to start but there was zero explanation which is uncommon at wineries. We had to order food right away because the kitchen was closing (they did not tell us this earlier) and if we did not order sorry you can have no food. Serve didn’t come back until mid meal to ask if we wanted more wine or dessert so we declined. The other bussers were frantically cleaning tables, covering the bars, turning chairs over while those of us there were still eating. We visit Temecula several times a year but will NEVER go back there. Also, the food was mediocre and bland at best.

FAQs

Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 699-0099.

Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery is rated 4.1 stars by 1411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

32575 Rancho California Rd P.O. Box 9008 Temecula, CA 92589

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Butterfield Sage

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Paved parking lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have live bands every Friday night starting in March. We also have large concerts from artists like Melissa Etheridge and Kenny G. Please call for more details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (951) 699-0099

  • Private party facilities

    Private Function Space CapacitiesWhether you're planning a business lunch for 10 or a reception for 400, we've got the perfect space to fit your needs.Fountain Terrace CourtyardEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 400 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 300 person maximum(outdoor venue)Vineyard View RoomEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 70 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 50 person maxiumumWinery Production RoomEvent Guest Count Minimum of 30*Seated Meal Function - 100 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 80 person maximum(availability based on wine production schedule)Champagne LoungeEvent Guest Count Minimum of 20*Seated Meal Function - 30 person maximumBuffet Meal Function - 20 person maximum

  • Private party contact

    Sharon Gallagher: (951) 699-0099

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