AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arvalentien.com/
  • Phone: 8587776635x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Jackson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Ana Allen 858-777-6607x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Torrey Pines Road and Callan Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet or self parking for our guests.
A word from AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
In our signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, Chef Jeff Jackson showcases, fresh market driven seafood, meats, produce and dairy products.
The menu is determined and influenced by what is available at any given time during the various seasons. Certain farms have been commissioned to produce items specific to the Lodge. Local small fish and seafood companies who deal in regional Southern California and Baja "catches" are utilized, as well as other west coast purveyors.
Out of respect for the quality of the foodstuffs available, the cooking is somewhat restrained in order to take advantage of the natural flavors and textures of the ingredients.
Because of this more "hands off" approach and the use of simple seasonings, various olive oils, and intense broths and juices as flavoring mediums, the dishes retain their nutritional integrity as well.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (73)special occasion (73)romantic (69)great for outdoor dining (65)fit for foodies (61)notable wine list (41)great for lunch (33)great for brunch (20)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (12)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Everything was perfect!
    Meggle
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first time at AR Valentien, which was recommended to us by a friend. We went for lunch and sat outside on the balcony. I ordered a small steak on arugula and tomatoes in a vinagrette; my husband ordered the crab salad. Both were delicious and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not great
    VeggiespleaseVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our second time here in recent months. AR Valentien is a very special place and the service is excellent. The food on this visit was good - but not exceptional. The fruit in the stone fruit salad wasn't very ripe, the pork was rather bland, the vegetable in the vegetarian plate were not very exciting (carrots and a corn succotash-like preparation excellent; quinoa bland and unseasoned). The wine list (all US wines) is quite creative and reasonably priced. Of note, the restaurant will prepare a vegetarian platter if requested - this was excellent on our last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Robert
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a view overlooking the golf course - wonderful! The service was excellent. Added dessert treats were a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the tasting menu
    gardener
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was excellent - we both had the tasting menu with accompanying wines - four courses but small portions so that we didn't feel overwhelmed. Next time we'd probably skip the wines and just have a glass of wine - but it was interesting to taste new and delicious wines. Expensive but absolutely worth it. Especially loved the lamb meatball appetizer, crab tortellini in some kind of butter/saffron sauce and veal tenderloin entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappoints!
    kaycelldines
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This dining room is the essence of the perfect combination of excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Fish was so salty as to be inedible
    localladyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I ordered the local organic 3 course lunch menu with snapper from Baja California. The first course and dessert course were fine. The fish was the saltiest fish I have ever eaten. Service, ambiance and everything else was great.
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  • Trancendant
    DougVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The Lodge was a great all around dining experience. The cuisine was exceptional and the Torrey Pines setting is cerebral.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Stellar, as always
    JBGWVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great breakfast, service was amiable and efficient, and surroundings were beautiful. The AR Valentien is a wonderful place for dinning ... Will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING
    WONDERFUL
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A little pricey but worth it for a special night....lovely view overlooking the 18th fairway of Torrey Pines Golf Resort. Ambience is there whether you eat inside or out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining
    Sherm
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As in the past this was a fine dining experience. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the menu
    ldaschaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Selections are excellently prepared and presented, enjoyable. Service was professional. Nice view, but ask for a cool, shady spot if outside at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Visiting
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Superb food quality, and customized my order - no problem!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is one of the best fine food venues in san diego. Can be noisy in tight quarters. Service is always first rate. The chef here is excellent. Kuodos.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    NinjaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We loved the three pate appetizer! It was large enough to be my entrée! The duck two-ways was great, so juicy and tasty. The scallop entrée was enough to feed two people, however my 15-year-old son ate the entrée dish himself. The scallops were perfectly cooked, not rubbery at all. My daughter felt adventurous and tried the Grouper which she loved. Since we were stuffed, we only ordered one dessert and the trifle was the winner! The chocolate and salted caramel combo was fantastic. We were pleasantly surprised with the complimentary dessert platter. My husband loved the mini-cupcakes! We brought our own wine, which our server decanted. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really a 4.5
    StatsTeacherVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a very good meal here. I recommend the squash blossom starter: very tasty, with just the right amount of lemon-ricotta stuffing. Our entrees were the pork loin and the halibut. The pork was delicious, though unexpectedly medium-rare, which can be an issue for some people (including me). My husband enjoyed the halibut very much, but I found it to be both slightly overcooked and far too heavy on the fennel/licorice dimension. Service was spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The setting here is absolutely divine. If you sit outside, you're overlooking a pool immediately below, the golf course in the near distance and the Pacific in the far distance. Since this is San Diego, it's probably a perfectly sunny day. The peach and Humboldt fog cheese salad was incredible. The hamburger was solid. Service was good, but it could have been more prompt at times.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chick
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food and fine service, the likes of which you don't come across often anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If You Visit Me From Out Of Town...
    John
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is my go to spot for business meetings with people from out of town. Amazing food and service, great lunch menu, and an envy inducing view. If you golf, you can take a view swings at Torrey Pines. One of San Diego's best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inventive Food & Craftsman Class
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The chef is know for his house made charcuterie items and inventive farm to table menu items. We were not disappointed. It was our anniversary, and they made a specially plated dessert for us. Looking out over the greens to the sea, seated in the beautifully appointed dining room, the feeling was quite romantic even at lunch. When we think of an elegant, flavorful meal, AR Valentien is always at the top of our special occasion list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where is our waiter ?
    islandgirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love the restaurant and often take Clients for lunch or dinner. The service was extremely slow and the restaurant was not busy. I hope this is an unusual occurrence. We don't often have 2+ hours for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Always a pleasure
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a special dinner at AR Valentien. Everybody wished us a happy anniversary, and even printed up individual menus recognizing our special day. The food was great, and we really appreciated our knowledgeable waiter, who described each dish for us and helped us pick out fun items we really liked. We always enjoy the times we dine here, and AR Valentien is our automatic choice for a special spot to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    JoycdVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    As a rule we never eat dinner at a Hotel - food, service, ambiance excellent - so never say never!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a perfect celebration dinner at AR Velentein while staying at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Fantastic food, wine, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice setting average food and $$$$$
    highexpectationsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sat on the patio during a glommy afternoon in La Jolla. Actually rained on us which was actually kind of cool. $36 for a glass of wine from a $40 bottle, way out of line. Ordered a few appitizers and they were just average. Pizza covered in parsely just doesn't make much sence to me. The prices they charge are way too high for the quality of food. Waiter was not real with it either. We asked for something to enhance the food and he tried to tell us why we didn't need it. "We already added cheese."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Kbltwn
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant in a great setting but the service is terrible. No one to take drink orders. No one to refill drinks. Silverware missing from place settings. A waiter we saw once--except when the bill was ready. Waiting, waiting, for everything. Wait staff rushing around but never seeming to help us.
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  • Excellent restaurant
    Jezzy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything is wonderful here! I had dinner and breakfast, both were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Excellent Breakfast
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We stopped in for breakfast after a trip to LaJolla. The restaurant and lodge are beautiful in the Craftsman style started in 1860 and the Plein Air collection owned by AR Valentien is also quite nice. The breakfast was wonderful especially the lemon ricotta pancakes and the Neiman Ranch bacon extra crisp. The view of the golf course is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    GoToMauiVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service is top notch. Duck was prepared to perfection. It was my husband's birthday and our anniversary and we were presented with beautiful celebration messages with our desserts. Wonderful way to end a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Beautiful Meal
    DelMarDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Not only is the setting gorgeous, the service is impeccable and the chef creates outstanding cuisine. It is fairly expensive; if you want the same view without as fancy the accoutrements, you could go to the Grille outside. But we totally recommend AR Valentien for any special-occasion dinner. We went for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • old school fine dining
    nycyum
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food at AR Valetien lived up to the hype. I've been reading and hearing about it for years, so I celebrated my birthday there last week. I enjoyed the tasting menu, which the kitchen gracious adjusted to accommodate a shellfish allergy. The portions were generous and every dish was perfectly prepared, with well balanced flavors and interesting combinations. The service was first rate- my waiter knew every last detail about my meal and how it was prepared, and the whole staff was friendly and accommodating without being over bearing. My only "complaint" was the atmosphere. It was a bit stodgy, and I felt like the youngest person by several decades (I'm in my late 30s). Still, the exceptional food and service make it worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Everything is beautiful
    mojoken
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place never disappoints. Get an outside table and watch the sun set over the Torrey Pines golf course leading to the Pacific. We started with four kinds of seasonal melons, then had their deservedly famous duck, and ended with a scrumptious peach flan. The service is perfection, and the chef throws in some special treats. Am always impressed at the convivial spirit that permeates the place. We have dined here once a year for four years on an annual trip to San Diego, and it is always a highlight of the trip. This was a belated anniversary celebration for us, but it was nice to see a family group with small children enjoying it just as much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valerie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    AR Valentien is a beautiful spot, but the food was very disappointing. We had the prix fixe menu and tried many things, none of which were a rave.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • wondeeful birthday splurge
    birthday
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went here for my husband's birthday. The wine list was great. The service was impeccable. And they even served intermezzo courses, and all the food was wonderful. To end the meal, they brought a plate of goodies with a Happy Birthday written on the dish. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular dining, beautiful place
    DelMarDiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The chef is outstanding here, and the setting and service could not be better. It is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion, but also for a casual meal. The Arts and Crafts-era (early 20th century) architecture of the entire place is amazing, even though it was only built in the mid-2000s. Worth visiting!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CHAS
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This restaurant continues to impress. The setting is a marvelous collection of California plein air art with Craftsman décor surrounded by the stunning vista that is Torrey Pines. The menu is a very pleasant collection of farm-to-market accompaniments to well-prepared and presented main course fish and meat dishes. A more than sufficient dinner always forces me to skip dessert, but event the complimentary sugar donut is a unique ending to a special occasion. The wine list is impressive, by the glass or bottle. While one should come prepared with ample room for credit remaining on the card, the price is well worth the while. I am looking forward to my next fine dining experience in this excellent place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service excellent
    Marlene
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We travel a lot and I'm an excellent cook and this place rates in the top of restaurants around the world, the waiter Eddie was wonderful very knowledge of all the food, he even is having the chef send us the receipe for the wonderful soup, they kept giving us complie,entry appetizers,desert etc, very romantic and easy to talk even though it was full every time,
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • keep coming here
    jr2231
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food is always good, service attentive but had an unhappy appearing waitress last time. It's nice sitting outside looking over the pool and golf course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    DateniteDinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Everything is just amazing here. The service is friendly, perfectly paced, and never pretentious. And the food is beautifully prepared. Don't pass up the bread: the biscuits and multigrain are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mccb
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    lunch was absolutely delicious and the staff extremely gracious - - probably my favorite San Diego restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent on all counts!
    EatingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We love Valentien's. A perfect anniversary celebration.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.