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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
  • Phone: (831) 626-2599
  • 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: 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, 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) 626-2599

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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great spot for lunch. Don't miss the soups and the salad nicoise"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The Carmel Valley Lodge always uses veggies from their own garden. Great service! Great food!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The produce is from their own gardens. Everything was excellent and fresh."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "We celebrated a birthday here, and staff made the experience lovely! food is fresh and delicious, we ordered Scallops & Chicken. Will be back!"
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "Great atmosphere, good service. Limited menu, great martinis. a little pricey. wonderful family place."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "A group of four of us went there for dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. The lodge ambience, decor, fireplace (with burning oak wood) was warm and inviting. The food was exquisite! Service was excellent. Only downside was noise level and hard to have a conversation among the four of us. Great dessert menu and we had the mixed fruit cobbler which was outstanding! I would go back again!"
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "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
  • "What a great restaurant. Outstanding food, service and the view was great. We would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "We were seated by the window in the back room which has a stunning view of the vineyard. The server was extremely likable but when it came to delivering, he fell short. The corn bisque & fresh garden salad were outstanding but we waited over an hour for our entrees and they arrived seriously undercooked. The restaurant had an unusual amount of small children due to the 4th of July weekend, so it was very noisy. It's truly INCREDIBLE how parents allow their children to run around and leave food/crayons/drinks all over the floor so the waitstaff is faced with cleaning up and trying not to distract others from their dining experience. All of the breakfasts were wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "My wife had an English pea ravioli. Excellent. All the food was outstanding and atmosphere is incredible."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "Excellent experience overall, will come back if I am in the area again!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2013