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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (67)special occasion (65)romantic (61)fit for foodies (61)great for outdoor dining (60)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (15)great for brunch (11)good for groups (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • old school fine dining
    nycyumVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view & food, excellent staff
    eskargo
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    this place makes you feel special. velvet parking.... warm hostess... reserved table sign... excellent staff. we were seated outdoors with a great view of the pool and the ocean as a backdrop. menu was explained with recommendations. food arrived in a timely manner and was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    AR Valentien's menu has the perfect number and range of options, both land and sea, and I love dining here. Excellent wine list, great views from outdoor deck and service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food and service. Wish they would remodel and enlarge dining room. It can be really tight in there…somewhat claustrophobic...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still our favorite in San Diego!!
    SuzQSD
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We eat at many nice restaurants in SD but always come back to AR for special occassions as you always know what you are getting, unique menu items, real fresh farm food with amazing flavors. AR over delivers in the food quality and service!! My husband is vegetarian and the dish the chef creates for him is always a masterpiece. We also love being able to order excellent wines by the glass!! i.e. Kisler, Silver Oak etc. We have different tastes so it just works for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    southjerseyguy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Everything was exceptional. Plus the chef threw in complimentary tidbits throughout each course. Service was impeccable. The only thing you could complain about is the outdoor pool to the lodge is below the outdoor dining deck and their was a little noise coming from there but it did not bother us at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 120 reviews are from the AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines reviews archive.
  • My favorite San Diego restaurant
    DelMartian
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had dinner with my girl-friend at AR Valentien, who I proposed to an hour earlier, last Saturday. There are very few restaurants in San Diego that compare in views and ambience and certainly none without ocean views. And, I've eaten at the best restaurants in San Diego, I know. The meals are a bit eclectic, but that adds to the experience. Service is always perfect too. I informed them, when I made the reservation through open table, that I just proposed. Dan, the manager, gave us two glass of Schramsberg Champagne! Top notch at all levels.
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  • Magnificent Memory
    TorreyPinesAce
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I spent the weekend at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in honor of our 45th wedding anniversary. We chose AR Valentien to have lunch and dinner and are so glad we did. Everything about the restaurant, the staff, the food, the ambiance etc etc is first class and completely enjoyable. I am now a self-proclaimed "walking billboard" for the restaurant, the hotel and all connected to it. Congratulations to the hotel management and owners for creating a truly exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and had an amazing time. Great location, staff, and incredible food.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous facility with so-so food--
    MickyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The restaurant is absolutely stunning with exquisite decor, excellent service and an excellent wine list. Our waiter was attentive & helpful, and took very good care of us. The only disappointment was the food itself, which was marked by highs and lows throughout. The scallop main course was beautifully prepared and cooked perfectly, while the broccolini side dish suffered from a taste-clashing application of pesto sauce. The roast peach salad was superb, while the salmon main course (a beautiful piece of fish) was drowned in a bland broth that detracted from the fish itself. The roast chicken was perfectly prepared, while the scallop/leek mousse appetizer dissolved into a miso liquid that brought nothing to the dish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Reminds me of an old boys hunting club. I can almost envision the diners talking about which hunting club they are a part of. Convenient since it's right by the golf course for a quick bite before or after. Came for dinner, service was good. A relaxed yet old school elegant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a special occassion
    foodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my friend to AR for a birthday dinner. The service was spot on and the food was over the top. They added little extras to make the birthday dinner special. The reservation had a personal touch with a written Birthday message and complimentary desert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Jmda
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Pompous and slow service - for Father's Day breakfast, nonetheless. The food was good, but nothing exceptional - we expected more - too bad!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Espanalover
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food and superb service, thank you for a wonderful dining experience! The complimentary items really surprised us, thank you for these unexpected treats. Everything we ate tasted fantastic, but I must say, the New York Strip Steak was by far our favorite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary Extravaganza
    sbpchapman
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Two words: Tasting Menu. Just do it. As my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on the deck, overlooking the Torrey Pines golf course, with the sun slowly setting on the Pacific Ocean, we were treated to an amazing night of delicious food and top notch service. Words cannot do this place justice. It is the pinnacle of a foodies dream, a true experience that we will remember for a very long time....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Lunch and Great Menu Choices!
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We ate inside on a beautiful day and had the entire restaurant outside while others choose the fresh air for their burgers(a good choice if you do!) and fries. We started with the appetizer portion of the poached lobster and asparagus salad and the spinach, poached egg, apple and lamb bacon salad. Of curse some excellent champagne to accompany. Then moved to the swordfish and ahi tuna , both with caponata, as the main course with a local rose. Dessert ended on a chocolate feast. AR is expensive but there is a local 3 course lunch for apx $27. We choose off the menu. Our server was Jeff and he was attentive and not in our faces. Inside was slow paced and relaxing. perfect way to spend our anniversary lunch.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best meals of my life
    Happy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We are locals who just never got around to trying this place. We went for our anniversary. The feel is rustic and clubby. The service was perfect- attentive without being intrusive. Everything we ordered was absolutely outstanding and memorable. I had an appetizer of lobster with squash blossom tempura that I will never forget. I could have eaten just that all night. My duck was perfect. My strawberry dessert was perfect. My husband had the tasting menu and everything was delicious and interesting. The evening was perfect. We will be back.
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Torrey Pines Gem
    FoodiePS
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had not dined at AR Valentien since they'd originally opened so was pleasantly surprised to find it even nicer than I recalled upon taking my niece there recently for her birthday dinner. That day's menu included many different options (we chose the duck two ways and Alaskan fish) with plenty of farm to table ingredients... plus some unexpected treats like the chef's scrumptious amuse bouche, refreshing lime raspberry sorbet palate cleanser and decadent mini-dessert quartet plate. I truly cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but...
    SEB1VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This place is always nice, and the service is good. However, the food used to be excellent, and now it is just good. Also, the wine list is a bit embarrassing for a restaurant of this level. As an example, the half bottle list has some really low end wines being sold at unusually high mark-ups, when the half bottle list at higher end establishments typically showcases very good wines.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Tasting Menu
    Willywoo27
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My husband and I dined here whilst staying at Torrey Pines Lodge we had the Tasting menu with wine The courses were imaginative, original and delicious. The wine accompaniment were well matched To the dishes. This was a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Breathtaking setting delicious food
    sdmmbayVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This was the first visit to this outstanding restaurant for me. My Brother suggested the spot, but he had not been back in a few years. We were both thrilled with every aspect of this dining experience. The decor, placement of booths, menu choices, presentation, service and value were incomparable. We are looking forward to returning and working our way through all the tempting choices. Bravo to A R Valentien. I am also a collector of fine plein air artwork so I appreciated the nod to history and honoring this local artist.
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • expected more
    AntonEgoVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    A more miss than hit restaurant. Its rather bland and uninspired food is trying to be special but can barely be called above average. For a hotel of this caliber, we are expecting more... However, the mostly older and well-to-do patrons don't seem to mind. This review is based on their lunch offerings (which sounded interesting on paper). Maybe dinner time is a different story, but we felt hardly inspired to give it another try later.
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  • Exquisite!
    EnJoyVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    From the amuse bouche (hamachi crudo) to our first course (smoked red trout; "garden" salad w/ fresh peas, herbs, leeks) to our main plates (pan roasted duck breast) followed by cheese plate (CA artisanal) & finished with a complimentary dessert array from the pastry chef....an exquisite meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SDDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    as always, lovely with polished serviced and inventive dishes. The chef was generous in his/her treats, too much food but all of it well prepared and lovingly served. thank you.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AR Valentien at Torrey Pines
    Occasional
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife very much enjoyed the swordfish, the service was outstanding and the ambience was very good - so altogether I can recommend the restaurant. However, I must say that the New York Strip steak was a poor cut of meat - tough, with gristle. Avoid the steak and you will enjoy dining at AR Valentien restaurant at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Everything. The food, service, ambience, the place itself, management oversight, attention to detail and more were all pitch-perfect. Did I mention the food? Wow! Everything was the finest; a true five-star experience. This was our first time, and there will be many, many more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Evening on the Patio
    PlrSoCalVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday, with friends, out on the patio, overlooking the pool and golf course. The view was lovely, the dinner was wonderful and the service was excellent. The kale salad and the asparagus soup were delicious and the main course fish was perfectly prepared. We had the cheesecake for dessert, which was the first time they had it on the menu and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It was a lovely spot for my Mom's 90th Out on the lovely porch. Excellent food and service.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff with many courses
    BigOnFoodSD
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The menus change daily based on fresh ingredients; hence the lack of official dinner menu on the website. Prices were very reasonable (25-45 mains, 12 appetizers). We each ordered one main, however my side was large enough to split and they had all these smallish courses that we had no idea were coming. The breads were amazing and our server was excellent at helping us select. We would definitely return and if you're a larger person like myself that worries you'll get a tiny little serving, be prepared to leave some on the plate because their portions are larger than the other fantsy-pants places we've been.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.