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Good for Dinner in Temecula?

My sister and I like to have dinner out on the weekends, and we would like to explore the Temecula area (we are based in San Bernardino, CA).
We are usually adventurous, but would like to start out with "classic" (perhaps "wine country?) fare.
Anyone have some nice suggestions out there?

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  1. Anthony's Lounge is in nearby Murrieta with pretty classic Italian. One of the few places around there that doesn't feel like a chain.

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    1. re: TsulI

      Second on Anthony's. Great lounge with live music and Wonderful food selection of wines. Owner, Anthony, is the best. Wonderful homey and neighborhood joint to spend the evening

    2. Gourmet Italia is a superior eatery. My wife and I have been there several times and never been disappointed with their lunch or dinner. Excellent wine service also.

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      1. If you want something simple try Earth Bistro

        1. It's been a while since my last visit, but we really liked Sorrel Bistro on Margarita . www.sorrelbistro.com

          For homey diner fare, try Richie's Diner on Murrieta Hot Springs Rd

          More upscale and pricy is the restaurant at the Temecula Creek Inn, Their executive chef recently appeared on :Chopped"

          1. If you accidentally spend all your money on wine, you can still go to Tacos El Gordo and have something adventurous for the change in your ashtray and whatever's fallen under your car seats.

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            1. re: The Office Goat

              Thanks for all the replies so far, guys!
              We'll be trying one of these soon.

            2. If good down home country food is of any interest I happened upon a wonderful diner there last week called Rainbow Oaks. I had the daily special which was Jambalaya and it was outstanding. Maybe not exactly what you get in New Orleans but still excellent. It had four little fried chicken wings on top taht were so good it made me wish I got fried chicken. My daughter had a tri-tip sandwich and it was loaded with freshly made medium rare beef.

              This place is really one to write home about. Here's a link and check out the well deserved 4.5 stars on yelp.


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              1. re: freedy

                Yes, it does look good, but it's kind of a "biker" place?
                I don't want to stereotype anyplace, but my sister and I are of a "certain" age, no husbands, and we might feel uncomfortable in a place like that, just saying.
                But it DOES look delicious!!

                1. re: aurora50


                  don't let the pictures fool you. It's a very popular family oriented place. It's situated in a small community off the freeway that many of the locals like to frequent. You may see motorcycles on the weekends, but you will also see hot rods, and minivans and pickups in the parking lot also. The staff is very friendly and the service is good even when they are slammed on the weekends. The food is always of the highest quality and as freedy indicated, very diverse menu.

                  1. re: aurora50

                    I was there on a Friday for lunch and didn't get that impression at all. Could be different on the weekends, but my impression is that if bikers are there it's the weekend warriors that wear suits during the week as opposed to chopper types. If it otherwise looks good you could go and see and just have a plan B if too many bikers. It was so good I'm trying to manufacture reasons to get down there but it's 130 miles from me. :(

                    1. re: freedy

                      Thanks guys. When we get a chance, we'll try to get down there. : )