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Solare Ristorante Lounge, San Diego, CA
Award-winning

Solare Ristorante Lounge

4.5
4.5
2331 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Family-owned and operated, Randy Smerik and his team are dedicated to providing an amazing dining experience for you. Our authentic Italian cuisine features a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. including fresh pasta made each morning and organic produce, wild fish, and hormone free meat.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 270-9670
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    PRIVATE ROOMS are available. Please contact us at info@solarelounge.com or 619-270-9670 or visit our website for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a full lounge and bar offering a deep selection of wines, beers, and craft cocktails. Even our design and interior is rooted in organic elements, like teak for the customized furnishings, and natural wood floors & fabrics imported from Bali.
  • Private party contact
    Petra Belliti: (855) 504-4736
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Area
    Point Loma
  • Cross Street
    Roosevelt Road
  • Parking Details
    There is plenty of FREE parking.
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

What 2,331 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

2,331 Reviews
  1. Matt

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The staff were very helpful and the food was delightful. The music wasn't too loud and the restaurant had a wonderful atmosphere.

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  2. Acevolante

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered the “Mixed Fried Seafood” platter. There were lots of vegetables (lots), 1 (ONE) shrimp and few calamari. Definitely not impressed. The risotto primavera was good, the ravioli also good but only 6-7 of them. Pizza was ok and the pappardelle with wild boar was a bit too cheesy, but interesting combination of flavors. Desserts were just ok. Overall for the price, I would expect something more, like a bread basket (included with dinner) and bigger portions.

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  3. Bellissima

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have heard many good things about Solare, but somehow had never been. I'm so glad I finally discovered this amazing restaurant! It was a ladies/friends get together. We were seated in the wine room, which is a tiny room, completely contained in the center of the restaurant, with wine bottles all around. And while you still feel very much a part of the restaurant, you are very privately served in a very lovely atmosphere. Our server was extremely helpful in comments about the menu, and patient as we needed help deciding which red wine for one guest. He brought several tastes. And was adamant that "you should be happy with your choice". We shared an app - fritto misto - shrimp, vegetables, zucchini, and calamari with a calabrian chili dip. Excellent and nice portion. We had the eggplant parmigiana, my friend said it's her favorite and while she often chooses this at other places, commented that this is her very favorite. One ordered Pappardelle and it was excellent. And I ordered Linguine Alle Volle, Artisanal linguine with manilla clams, EVOO, garlic, parsley. Calabrian chili peppers (it is a little spicy but not too!), and cherry tomatoes This was so good and I can't wait to have it again. The owner Randi came to visit our table. He is genuine, warm and friendly and really made us feel welcome and valued. Dessert was delicious and different: Crema Brusciatta - Sicilian pistachios fill this crème brulee with delicately burned brown sugar. I loved how the desserts are featured in the menu early "dessert first" to tempt you, especially if you're a dessert lover like me! We are Italian and I can't wait to take my family here. It was amazing!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really special place, where the food speaks on its own. Solid place of excellence with amazing wines.

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  5. davidd

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was excellent - Solare has definitely raised it’s game.!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought the eggplant parm was bland, and the first dish was not warm. It was replaced with a second, warmer (not hot) version. The bread was not hardy like Italian bread. The service and atmosphere were excellent.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time there and loved the experience, food was delicious except for the 1 hour and 15 minute time limit due to Mother’s Day.

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  8. JackC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our Mother's Day Brunch at Solare, and the food, service, and ambiance were all beyond our expectations. We believe it's the best Italian food we've ever had in San Diego (lifelong residents)- up there with Caesrina and all the top-tier Italian restaurants. Incredible pasta with thin-cut truffles, delicious pizza, antipasto, mussels, and dessert. The works. Negronis. We loved it all.

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  9. jimin

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service on a busy day, wonderful food, and a good ambiance.

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  10. Foodie

    Denver

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and ambience were great. We had the scallops with risotto and truffle shavings and the sea bass. Both of these dishes were excellent. We also enjoyed the squash blossoms appetizer and the spinach salad. We highly recommend this award winning restaurant. The noise level inside was moderate on a weeknight.

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  11. VeggiedouT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    James was my server. He was extremely standoffish and did not acknowledge both adult at the table (there was only two people). The time slot I reserved was a time where we happened to be the only two sitting outside for the majority of the visit. James checked on us twice and was reluctant to assist both adults. It was very disappointing as he had an obvious racial bias. Several staff members walked by without any acknowledgment of us at the table. One staff member went to the check in person and asked him to ask if we needed boxes (not James the server). Later James came back left the check out device on the table and walked away after putting the check on the table. I waited until he returned to retrieve it and asked his name and his managers name (Terry is the name he gave) I thanked him for the information and his response was “are we in trouble”. Obviously he knew he racially profiled me. I would not recommend or return to this place no matter what they have been awarded. Sad, because it ruined a birthday dinner.

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  12. mcjuli

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My meal and experience at Solare was wonderful- I can highly recommend. So glad to find a restaurant that truly offers delicious food with plenty of gluten free, pescatarian options!

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  13. JeffB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time coming here and it was really good again. They were down a couple servers but the bartenders helped out and they got it done. Everything from the zucchini blossoms to the tiramisu was fantastic. Great wine list and whiskey list. Highly recommend.

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  14. MargoG

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we visit San Diego, we always have dinner one evening at Solare’. Amazing food, pleasant servers, and a nice atmosphere, in a great location. A great find!!

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  15. NancyH

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took our young adult age nieces and nephew to dinner here while we were visiting San Diego. It was a great experience, the food was excellent and reasonably priced for what we got. They coursed out the meal at a good pace that allowed us to have a nice unhurried visit while enjoying a lovely meal.

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  16. AshleyG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliably good food and setting especially the art and lighting.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The risotto balls with truffle are my new obsession. Our server was awesome and recommended a great wine. Entrees we’re fabulous. Honestly, this place is incredibly priced for the quality of food. Will be back!

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  18. Kathy

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food amazing service amazing cocktails it was a cold night, but we sat out on the patio and they had heaters and it was just perfect

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  19. Paul

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Italian meal. Original but still classic.

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  20. LisaCatlin

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food, location, and atmosphere are terrific. You will not be disappointed when dining there.

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  21. bigmcc

    Chicago

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, but the room (which was full) was incredibly loud — much too loud to have a normal conversation across the table. Some sound-absorbing wall hangings or partitions would be a major step forward.

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  22. JimM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant, the atmosphere, service and food are very good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were good. Portions of the food were good sized, and left us satisfied. If you’ve dined anywhere in Liberty Station before, you should know to expect to fight the sound of the airplanes during conversation in oudoor seating. I can't hold that against the restaurant. Overall a good time and am looking forward to our next visit.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was almost like I was back in Italy, risotto was excellent!!!

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  25. MargoG

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we come to San Diego we enjoy a fabulous dinner at this great restaurant! Tonight we split a lovely salad, followed by 2 wonderful meals. Great service. Nice, quiet place to enjoy a wonderful dinner. Thank you!

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  26. ChrisH

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Will definitely be coming back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Everything here is the best I’ve ever had

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We absolutely loved eating lunch at Solare! We had the mussels, salad, and filet. It was my sister’s birthday, and they brought out a complimentary frozen sorbet with a candle to celebrate. Wonderful people and service! Our only sticking point was the airplanes flying directly overhead (we were sitting outside) but obviously this had NOTHING to do with the restaurant. If you’re near the airport / HTH campus, this is a win.

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  29. Foodie

    San Diego

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is beautifully and tastefully prepared. Even though the magazine Edibles says that their focaccia bread is delivered to every table — this is NOT TRUE! There is a $6 tab if you want to order a 6-piece loaf of bread. Focaccia bread is $18. The $6 loaf feels like nickel and diming to me in addition to an untruth in advertising. My sons ordered the osso buco and the tomahawk pork chop. They delivered these items to the wrong son who, thinking the delivery was correct, began the meal before realizing he was eating his brother’s order. 😆 We were seated outdoors on their patio as they had an event inside, so no indoor tables were available. We all agreed we’d go back eventually, but would not sit outdoors again due to the constant and very loud air traffic overhead. This is a Michelin restaurant and the food IS yummy! 

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  30. ERH48

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ravioli and lasagna was amazing. Waiter was polite .

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  31. PeterN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ribs were amazing , the pork sausage was nicely spicy, and the fried chicken was crisp and paired wonderfully with the chutney. A great find for lunch or dinner

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  32. Mimi

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful evening at Solare's - they put us in the wine room which was intimate and cozy and really made conversation with our out-of-town guests easy! The food was superb, as it is always and having the owner come in and speak with us was another great touch. If you haven't experienced Solare... YOU MUST!

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  33. Foodie456

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Love the lamb and pork chop. Actually everything we tasted tastes great.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Solare ruined arancini for me, and I say that in the best way possible. We went there (for the first time) for restaurant week. The polenta appetizer was amazing, and the pork osso buco was phenomenal, but seriously those little fried rice balls were the best I’ve ever had. I really cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

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  35. KarenL

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Solare was wonderful for restaurant week! Loved the experience.

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  36. HeidiB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Great service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was restaurant week, which allowed for a nice tasting menu.

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  38. KevinB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding meal for restaurant week! Butternut Squash Soup is delicious! Everyone loved their food, and the Tiramisu is now my new favorite!

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  39. Tricia

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal. I’m a regular customer but I’m always impressed with the wonderful meals that we get. We wen for the special Restaurant Week menu. Wow! Polenta with mushrooms and Gorgonzola. The polenta was crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. The combination of flavors are incredible. For dinner my husband had the duck lasagna, I have the pork Osso Bucco. Both are meals you’ll want to come back and dive into again. The meal was topped off with Pistachio Panna Cotta. I hope this is a regular dessert because I was in love with it and I’m not a dessert person. Thank you Chef and Randy for another meal that was absolutely phenomenal.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice venue, good food, but not quite the superb experience we were hoping for. We came on a Monday night during restaurant week and some of the items were great others were just okay. Service was very slow.

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FAQs

Solare Ristorante Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 270-9670.

Solare Ristorante Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 2331 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Solare Ristorante Lounge

2820 Roosevelt Road, San Diego, CA 92106

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Roosevelt Road
  • Area
    Point Loma
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is plenty of FREE parking.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • Phone number
    (619) 270-9670
  • Catering
    PRIVATE ROOMS are available. Please contact us at info@solarelounge.com or 619-270-9670 or visit our website for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a full lounge and bar offering a deep selection of wines, beers, and craft cocktails. Even our design and interior is rooted in organic elements, like teak for the customized furnishings, and natural wood floors & fabrics imported from Bali.
  • Private party contact
    Petra Belliti: (855) 504-4736
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