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Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch
Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch

Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com
  • Email: mshapiro@carmelvalleyranch.com
  • Phone: (831) 625-9500 x545
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 7:00am-11:30am Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3:00pm Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 7:00am-3:00pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Tim Wood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant offers a private dining room that accommodates groups from 8 to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (831) 626-2546

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carmel Valley Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Carmel Valley Ranch offers complimentary valet parking for dining patrons.
A word from Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch
The Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch showcases the natural bounty of California's Central Coast; a region renowned for its seafood, vegetables, and meat & game. The menu highlights cuisine that is ingredient driven and seasonal, focusing on rustic presentations that emphasize bright flavors in harmony with the warm, beautiful setting of the valley. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a high end restaurant, so I expected more from them. The wine list is fair on the one hand to great (owing to former owners there is a 100 pt 1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 6L bottle in the wine cellar). The restaurant is open and there is a nice fireplace seating area for drinks while you wait on the table, or a nice bar area for either waiting or eating without reservations. They really do stick to the reservations and I'd highly recommend reserving especially between 5:30 and 8:00pm. So here is the conflictedness…the service was slow-really slow. The staff didn't communicate with each other well. The hostess, waiters, sommelier none of them knew what the others were doing-there did not seem to be any management."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Solid place. Screaming kids are a problem. Steak was very good."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The lodge restaurant is great especially if you are staying at the lodge. We had both breakfasts and dinner. All were creative with fresh ingredients and tasty. I like the green eggs and ham for breakfast--toasted jalapeno hollandaise sauce over artisanal ham and poached eggs. The seared tuna nicoise salad was also delicious for dinner. Lots of lively conversation at the bar on Friday night too."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "...but resort property to table. The resort boasts a large organic garden from which much of the produce on the menu is sourced. Everything is very fresh and well prepared. The winter vegetable raviolis were the best version of this pasta I have ever had. Really good. Definitely two notches above a typical resort restaurant."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the service and the overall atmosphere. The appetizer special, pan seared scallops were delicious, but a bit salty. Our entrees were presented very well, but my sea bass was a bit dry & salty and my husband's pork chops were very dry (over done). We had been here before, so we were a bit surprised by the lack of quality of the entrees. Coffee and the berry crisp dessert were very good."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The first thing we noticed were all the kids running around and that we were somewhat overdressed. People were playing at the pool and very casual. The dining room was not bad and the view of the oak trees and large fireplace were nice. The waitress was a little too energetic. The food presentation was not bad either but I became concerned when I saw the portion size of the charcuterie plate. It was quite large and I immediately wondered if they were compensating for something. In fact they were. We ordered a beet salad and the beets were woody and not very flavorful. The entrée was so-so but for the price they missed the mark on everything. I'd prefer they scale back the portions and improve the quality."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Me and my family had a wonderful dinner date, the service was outstanding and the food was awesome! We had a great waitress, the only thing I noticed in the restrooms there were no baby changing station. Our overall all experience was great, my daughter enjoyed the smores bar also the swing on the tree outside the restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My favorite "go to" restaurant in the area. Have never had a bad meal at the Lodge Restaraunt. Attentive staff, delicious food, warm, cosy ambience."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We ate dinner and breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant while on a weekend getaway. Service was friendly and efficient, and the food was superb. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We were surprised that a resort of this level has only one restaurant in the main lodge. As a result our dinner felt like it was served in a breakfast and lunch locale. The ambiance wasn't bad, it just wasn't noteworthy. Because this was a New Year's Eve meal, we expected something a little more out of the ordinary. Our table wasn't ready when we got there but the table side service was friendly and attentive. The pacing for the meal courses was erratic with a long wait for the main course. The food was very good, especially the preliminary courses. The main course was good but not particularly memorable, in part because the presentation was so-so. The wines paired with each course were outstanding and were the highlight of the evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a wonderful meal however we there on a very cold night Nd were seated next to a door to the outside. Peoe and staff kept walki g in and out and we were freezing! Makes dining much less pleasant and when we Asked if we could move or hAve doors kept shut the hostess offered us blankets! Ridiculous"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We took our family to CV Ranch for Christmas Eve dinner, and it was really a fun evening! My son is a friend of Tim (the chef) and he sent out a complimentary appetizer to start us off to the beginning of a fabulous meal! We are all 'foodies' and I love that they grow some of their own veggies, along with lavender and their honey... and are so tuned in to 'sustainable food sources'. As we were leaving the restaurant they had carolers in the lobby, and we sat and listened for a perfect finale! Peter Tuff is an amazing vocalist, and was enjoyed by all!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This restaurant is highly overrated. The service was the worst ever... One waiter for the entire room. The food was very poor and we could not even get wine bottle brought to our table. This place looks good but isn't. Would not eat there again."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "There were way too many kids running around and screaming all night. Kids kept opening door next to our table...cold air continuously coming in.Ii asked to be seated 15 minutes early if possible, was told my table was occupied. At 7pm they sat us at a different table?? Restaurant could have had a few more servers working. I'm a local and have dinned at the Lodge a few times before. Food was good, my steak was about 1/2 the size of the one served to the table next to me. Plus a silver dollar sized single crab cake was $18.... Beet salad was amazing. Hotel had Christmas carolers that night - nice touch!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch went out of their way to create a private setting for our office Celebration. Tim Wood, the chef, went beyond the call of duty to make sure appetizers were placed as soon as we arrived. He came out and greeted us to make sure all was well. We had terrific service and can hardly wait to return next year. As a family, we are going on Christmas Eve as is our tradition."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We found the food to be excellent overall. The bar/wine manager spoke with us at length about the property, the chef, the wine list, and some of the best values available in local wines. The experience was very pleasant, and we would recommend it highly."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Been there several times now. Wonderful food, garden grown and fresh. Nice cross-section of food options. Lovely upscale, rustic hotel setting, a neighborhood gem. Many young families staying there this recent holiday weekend. Looking forward to going back soon. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We enjoyed an excellent thanksgiving dinner here. IT is a difficult to produce a meal in mass of this type well. The food was tasty and beautifully cooked. Servive was excellent and we were not overfed although we could have asked for more."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Good enough, and very convenient if you're staying at Carmel Valley Ranch. But for an outstanding meal, for not very much more money, go down the road to Magnus at Bernardus -- a whole higher category of fine dining."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "My wife and I took a friend there for her 75th birthday and the experience could not have been better. Greg the chef, or sous chef, came to the table, introduced himself and welcomed us to the Ranch. The food preparation and service could not have been better. Our friend was delighted and said it was the nicest birthday dinner she ever had."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Carmel Valley Ranch is understated golf heaven, with gorgeous grounds, hills and a vineyard.It has perfect fall weather and the restaurant whispers " elegance." Our waiter was charming and very tolerant of our many questions.Service was prompt, kind, good humor end and unobtrusive. Brunch Buffet was over at 10:30 so we missed that, but enjoyed our omelets and sausages.We started with a round of truffle fries, thin, hot crisp and salty with herbs.Could have used a heavier hand with the truffle.Omelets were perfectly cooked, with artisan bread and excellent chicken sausage.We ate outside watching the young and beautiful in their bikini attire.It was great fun."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We are regulars at the Lodge. We love the food, ambiance, friendliness and until recently, the service. It seems to us they have cut back on the number of servers. Even though the restaurant was not terribly busy the service the last couple of times has been inattentive and slow. It also seems that the servers are not as well trained. They don't bring the wine glasses or without us asking more than once. We had to pour our own wine. We had to ask someone to find our waiter so we could order. The food did arrive in a timely manner after ordering. Our empty plates were not removed as quickly as they could have been. No one asked us if we wanted dessert or coffee or asked us if everything was fine during the meal. We still love the Lodge."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "I made a trip out to Carmel for my husbands bday. I wanted to make it very special. I have to say this was the best choice I coupled have made. He had a great time that we both will always remember. The was amazing. We will be back for sure and will definitely recommend this place. Thank You for making it such a great trip for us."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "We were in Carmel for the week and I made a point to pick different restaurants for us to try. This restaurant was our favorite. Loved the ambiance. It's truly a stunning location. No attitude or extra charge when we asked them to split our salad and entree. The berry crisp was so delicious I could've ordered another for breakfast! The staff was friendly and attentive. We cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013