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

Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com/
  • Phone: 8316262599x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Buffet & A la Carte: Monday-Friday: 7:00am-11:00am
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-5:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday-Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, 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: Alisha Huntspon (831)626-2599x

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.
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Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (16)special occasion (11)fit for foodies (10)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (9)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Lovely dinner
    SearchingKat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything about it was top drawer. Loved the ingredients from their garden. The local goat cheese was the best ever. I've been scouring the Carmel Village looking for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Momof4
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came for a 715 reservation on a Saturday night for our anniversary birthday sans our 4 kids so we were looking forward to a good dinner. The atmosphere is more family friendly than I was expecting as we sat near a table with crying toddlers, but I was ok with that. What bothered me the most was the fact that I only had 1 glass of water with our entire meal and was sucking on ice cubes though dinner, nor did our wine with dinner ever come. When I finally flagged down our waiter for water my husband mentioned the wine. About 10min later after we were completely done eating someone brought it by, at that point my husband was soo irritated he sent it back then asked for the dressert menu and was given then the check. Our meal was just fair
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.
    betty69VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our service went above and beyond. Our son is gluten-and dairy-free. Our waitress brought gluten-free pasta---not on the menu--and sheeps milk cheese. Restaurant is beautiful & relaxing. Food was delicious, healthy & beautiful. S'mores after dinner were an extra treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I was very disappointed in the fact that there were so many children eating at 7 PM, the food and atmosphere was fabulous but I felt like I was at Denny's-too much family dinning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Melissa
    Melissa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Lodge Restaurant never fails. They have quiet seating, bar seating, or a very social dining room near the bar. Chef Tim is the most amazing chef around and he has trained his kitchen staff to model his magic well. Go! You won't be disappointed. Food, service, fun. Every time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I sat at the bar. The food was delicious. Drinks were outstanding. Bartender very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor value for money
    Tage
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The Carmel Valley Ranch is a great resort with excellent service and superb surroundings. However unfortunately our family of five were all disappointed about the dinner we had. Beef quality was mediocre, vegetables overcooked and with excess oil and butter. However the restaurant has a really good selection of USA wines, but food is what we came for and became disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It could have been great!
    ojaijimVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    First, the good news-the hostess was great about reserving me a table by the window (it was our anniversary) and handling the flowers I ordered; the food was very tasty, and the view spectacular. The bad news was the service. We sat at the table over 30 minutes before someone even brought us a glass of water. I had to grab the sommelier as he walked by to order a bottle of wine and when the waiter finally decided to grace us with his presence, he seemed totally disinterested. It's too bad that bad service turned a potential 5 star meal into three stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    DollfaceLVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Swung by for a quick dinner. The salad with fruit was perfect and the salmon dish was one of the best I've had. Husband got the steak and enjoyed it. This place never disappoints. The only thing I would change is the noise level. Sometimes the echoes are too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Carmel Valley Lodge always uses veggies from their own garden. Great service! Great food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid and dependable
    DollfaceLVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great spot for lunch. Don't miss the soups and the salad nicoise
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh greens!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The produce is from their own gardens. Everything was excellent and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch reviews archive.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Was fairly disappointed with our entire dinner... everything just seemed to lack flavor and seasoning, and simply wasn't special in any way. The Ahi tartar was relatively flat and uninteresting... the Chili Chicken Wings were crispy, but lacked flavor...the Rib Eye was cooked well and probably the most flavorful entree we had. All in all, the warm chocolate chip cookies were probably the best part of the meal.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff needs some work
    MuledaddyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Solid place. Screaming kids are a problem. Steak was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Carmel Valley
    dparkinsonVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Farm to Table.....
    happy1219VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    ...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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    Weasie
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food could use some work
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    Myturtledove
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always the best
    Emc1
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner, great breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not what we hoped for
    Jonathan
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful meal however
    FamilyoffoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment!
    Jacki
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Christmas Eve dinner, but ....
    TJ71
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas Eve in Heaven
    Coco
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Office Luncheon
    Pamela
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Lodge in CVR
    Meeks
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful thanksgiving dinner
    PaulRVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    harpoVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friend's birthday
    Chuck
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmel Valley rustic elegance
    DBICHON
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too few servers
    Locals
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best!
    Mishmish
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Birthday dinner
    montereylocal
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Very comfortable, warm atmosphere. Knowledgeable bartenders/servers, pleased to help in suggesting drinks/food. Extensive wine list with 2 weekly choices offered. The chicken dish was amazing, although I believe it is the least expensive entree on the menu, do not let that deter you from considering. Tasty appetizers at the bar, I opted for the tuna poke again and it was delish as the first time and presented beautifully. The cocktails are a little on the pricey side--$14 for a specialty martini and they are served in small glasses. Beautiful drive through the country club that winds up through fields of lavender to the Lodge. Arrived at dusk and there were 3 lovely deer, roadside and nibbling on the lavender nearly close enough to touch!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Crabcakes
    Weasie
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    While a pet friendly hotel, there were dogs nearby in the lobby that barked and were distracting for me as a diner. The cocktails were excellent as well as the crabcakes. I had the risotto which was a bit greasy, but tasty. My husband had the cabernet short ribs which was excellent. Service was very good as it wasn't intrusive, but attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    SACVISTORVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    We celebrated a birthday here, and staff made the experience lovely! food is fresh and delicious, we ordered Scallops & Chicken. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, a little pricey.
    Panddining
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Great atmosphere, good service. Limited menu, great martinis. a little pricey. wonderful family place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect!
    DollfaceLVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We love CV Ranch. We went early and had a quiet dinner is heirloom tomato soup (perfection), the salmon special and a filet. The salmon was very good, but a bit overcooked. The filet was very good, but meat is not their specialty. Had the crime brûlée, good and the chefs small bites--absolutely perfect. Alejandro waited on us and was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate