New fall menu rolls out at Pinnacle Restaurant

Spicy Catalan Shrimp Pasta. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Pinnacle Restaurant has always been known for great Mediterranean and American food, spectacular Wine Country views and great service. The restaurant began rolling out additional menu items to better suit the cooler months that are approaching, Oct. 27. The items largely fit into a “Mediterranean diet” along with being part of their dining philosophy of encouraging diners to have their “big meal of the day” at lunchtime. Having been voted “Best Restaurant” from 2007-2017 by Inland Empire Magazine, the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery continues to impress and improve. Executive Chef Jason Barradas and his staff are introducing numerous delicious and healthy new items to the menu.

The new menu includes many new small plates, large plates, sandwiches and desserts. Staying with their Mediterranean and American food theme, Barradas has introduced new small plates for fall: beet noodle salad, consisting of spiraled roasted beets with arugula, toasted sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and a lemon vinaigrette and balsamic reduction and seared ahi and cucumber with blackened ahi, topped with cucumber salad, soy onion vinaigrette, wasabi aioli, sesame seeds and pickled ginger.

A sure hit large plate is the spicy Catalan shrimp pasta with jumbo shrimp, fresh garlic, shallots, cherry tomatoes, chopped asparagus and basil on linguini tossed in a spicy Catalan sauce with Parmesan cheese. Barradas also added a vegetarian pasta primavera with sauteed zucchini, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, shallots, garlic, sundried tomatoes, yellow squash and a bit of capers in a creamy blush sauce on capellini pasta. He also added a new turkey BLT sandwich that has bacon, tomato, avocado, lettuce and tomato with a pesto aioli on toasted herbed focaccia bread and a new Wine Country burger of Black Angus beef with brie, wild arugula and tomato with sherry wine and cayenne pepper aioli.

Finish the meal with the chef’s newest housemade dessert: strawberry Belgium waffle using a crisp, sweet, warm Belgium waffle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel and raspberry sauce all topped with fresh strawberries. To accompany all the dishes, the Pinnacle has a specific Falkner Winery wine recommendation for each item. Diners at the Pinnacle can relax indoors in air-conditioned comfort or outside on the balcony while enjoying the spectacular views of Temecula Wine Country from the hilltop restaurant.

Falkner Winery is a premier winery in the Temecula Valley Wine Country, offering great food, high quality wines, spectacular views and spectacular service. Since opening in July 2000, the winery has gained distinction in Wine Country for its high-quality wines with over 80 percent of the wines earning gold or silver medals in international competitions, great food at their “Best Restaurant in Inland Empire” award-winning Pinnacle Restaurant, wine tasting classes, private tours and wine tastings and private venues such as parties and weddings. The tasting room is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours and private tastings available on weekends and by appointment. Call (951) 676-8231, ext.106 for appointments. The restaurant serves lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pinnacle reservations and other information are available by calling (951) 676-8231, ext. 4, or online under “Restaurant Reservations” at

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