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
108 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)scenic view (71)romantic (67)great for outdoor dining (64)fit for foodies (61)notable wine list (41)great for lunch (32)great for brunch (20)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (12)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    meggas03
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    AR Valentien is a great gem, wouldn't expect to see a restaurant located in a hotel this good. Food was very good and season which I love. Service was great and it has great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was attentive
    CVSMD
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The service was attentive without being intrusive. All of our entrees were very good, as were the results. Dining outside with a view of the Torrey Pines golf course and Pacific Ocean was spectacular. Overall, we had an outstanding experience and I look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golf is a "sideline" when dining...
    Luvcucinas
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We took our 84 year young friend for her Birthday celebration. She loved it and truly enjoyed the most amazing lemon cake that was easily shared by the three of us. We would come back again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expectations abundantly exceeded
    particular2a
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. It provides top quality everything in a magnificent setting. We have been to this favorite of ours perhaps a dozen times, and the experience is unfailingly top flight. Highest recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We LOVE ARV. Wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We LOVE ARV. Wonderful and consistent food, great wine menu, and great atmosphere. We love coming for late lunch and sitting on the deck. We make reservations at other fine dining places but always end up coming back to the Lodge. Cozy and intimate, good service. Good EVERYTHING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous view
    beryan
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Noise firm Miramar jets and helicopters a bit distracting--but not too bad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    RedLoriVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Our dinner at AR Valentien was fabulous! It was a beautiful setting and service was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food…needs A redesign
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The food here is exceptional, BUT this place needs to redesigned…it's 7/8 scale…cramped, very camped indeed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice, but Just Shy of Perfect
    PunkinsMamaVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We stayed at The Lodge for our wedding annivesary so this was a natural fit for dinner. We had a nice cozy booth and our waiter was friendly and attentive. Ther service throughout was very good. Our starters ( Cauliflower soup w/Chorizo & Caeser Salad) were terrific. We also enjoyed the tasty little amuse bouche of hamachi. But our entrees were just "OK." My husband's fish was fishy. I ordered the pork loin which was served with delicious greens and also a tasty wedge of pork belly. But the loin itself was not very remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, a wonderful place
    Superb
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    As always, a wonderful place for a special occasion. The wait staff is exceptional and the food, to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome in all categories!
    Pablo
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    ARV continues to outperform itself each time we visit. Pool, golf course and ocean views are breathtaking, food is extraordinary, service is impeccable. Pricing is high but worthwhile for special occasions. Go soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was gracious and
    beejay
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The service was gracious and not intrusive. The little extra food items that were offered made the meal more of an experience. But, the birthday dessert (I had alerted the restaurant to the fact that this was a special event) was a little disappointing given the quality of the rest of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Disappointing
    Yum1VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went to AR Valentien for breakfast and the food was wonderful as was the ambiance. The breakfast was terrific that we went back again the same day for dinner. Dinner was disappointing - the service and food. We told our waitress we were on a gluten free diet but we weren't offered any gluten free options. We overheard at the table in front of us from another waiter that the chef could make them gluten free muffins and other offerings. When we asked the waitress about this she told us it was available but that it would take 15-20 minutes to order the muffins and that our food was going to be served now. Although we were given the muffins on the way out, the dinner wasn't that good and the service was lacking. I woudn't go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Little Slippage
    RelgaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I had this rated number 1 in San Diego---- despite the hefty price tag--- after two fabulous meals in December. This vista was just ok. Same great service and ambiance but food was just ok, you better be getting excellent at minimum for these prices.Meals of both me and my date were just ok. Perhaps a Chef change has occurred ?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Fine Dining
    luv28
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Birthday celebration........what I experienced was not food.........It was an art gallery for the eyes and a circus for the pallet. From the salads, entrees, and desserts this place ROCKED any fine dining establishment I have frequented. Our servers were top notch professionals..........I mean, they were ON, ,,, there for you to enhance your total dining experience. The Chef served extra items for your enjoyment, (not ordered, just because) and after we ordered wonderful desserts, the Pastry Chef sent a plate of warm, fresh, items for us to try. Lodge, meal, service .....Over the Top dining experience....Highly recommended !!! Kudos AR Valentien Staff...Awesome Job !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Place
    SalestravelerVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I dined once again at A. R. Valentien; which has become my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Perfect for both client meals and special family dinners, it is always an event to eat there. The seasonal menu options are superb. Without exception, the many meals I have enjoyed there have been stellar; and the service truly exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Delighted2dine
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had gone here for lunch (which was delicious), but this trip was for dinner. The restaurant decor is beautiful. We had a nice table with great service! The food was outstanding. Among the 5 of us, we chose the duck, 2 chose the chicken and 2 chose the sablefish. Everyone was 100% satisfied with their food. We also had a couple of delicious desserts - the s'mores (very decadent), the mille fuille (pardon my speling) and they brought a complimentart dessert for our birthday celebrant. Overall we had a wonderful time and are looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 41st Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The evening was perfect, from the greeting at the hostess desk to the roses, from my husband, waiting on the table for our arrival. The server was very caring and attentive and offered many alternative suggestions for the meal to avoid certain allergies for my husband. The meal was excellent from start to finish and no allergic reactions! We had a delightful time with a wonderful view and extremely pleasant staff. We will definitely return and let our friends know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserted by waiter
    Kenn
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    It started well but the waiter seemed to lose interest and thus there was much too much time between courses. On the positive side the waiter was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    There are very few restaurants where I can say that every single thing was outstanding. There is always something- whether the sides weren't great, or the wine list was poor (or great but too expensive). The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Someone was always standing off to the side with his head on a swivel looking to make sure the guests had everything they needed. The wine list appeared to be all California wines, which in my book is a plus. They also had GREAT wines by the glass as well as half bottles. You might balk at a $32 glass of wine, but I thought it was perfect. (I wanted a nice cabernet, but was not going to buy a $130 just to drink a glass or two.) Food was outstanding but I am out of room to type.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level was uncomfortable.
    westseek
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    It was my 70th b-day, and I pushed my wheelchaired husband to the dining room & graciously greeted. Given seating options, we chose a smaller room. A bit of a struggle, but I got my husband into a booth. 3 men sat 7 ft away & we soon discovered that one was VERY loud. No offer was made to move us during our 2+ hours of dining & I declined to ask, because of my husband. Our hostess was gracious & efficient, providing VG service. Wine selection: Excellent. Food: Onion soup... pureed? & too sweet. Croûtons tasted deep fried/greasy. Steak--outstanding. Potatoes--very disappointing glob. Seabass/shrimp--excellent. Dessert choices were disappointing. Strange: no receipt for the tip -- just for the dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only minus is that food portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Only minus is that food portion (of main course) is TOO LARGE. Excessive. Portion could be reduced (with a light decrease of price without reducing the profit margin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in San Diego area
    Lodge
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My family and I had dinner here Saturday night to celebrate our daughter's birthday and what a great surprise!!. The steak was the best we've ever had, including San Diego's best steak houses, and the chef even included an extra side dish and non gluten biscuits for those of us requiring non gluten meals! Wine was superb and the wait staff was wonderful. We all would recommend this restaurant for anyone celebrating something special- or just a wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • super dinner in a surpurb atmospher
    Gglari
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The steak was one of the best we've ever eaten; and we're from beef country! Love the chef's additions, makes yiou try a bite of something you might not otherwise eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck
    RKIontny
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The duck entree was excellent and well-priced for lunch. at $18 as I recall. The crisp brussell sprouts were also excellent. The house salad was fairly simple and overpriced at $12. A short history of AR Valentien and the Lodge would be nice on the menu sheet... Rod Kontny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exceptional
    GuyT
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Very scrumptious!! Had tasting menu which included french onion soup and Veal Stroganoff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Lovers Take Notice
    WilliamH
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    AR Valentien has a world class sommelier in Paul Krikorian. It is well worth the visit to "talk wine" with Paul who will pair each dish with the perfect wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just became one of our favorite 5
    ArtC
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The service, menu, wine and ambience were exceptional The chef is amazing and very accomodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive wait staff
    Superb
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had a very enjoyable spur of the moment dinner with very attentive yet subtle waitstaff and superb food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    LindaV
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We took our son on his 20th birthday as it's kind of a tradition to go to the best restaurants in town since he's been growing up. This has to be the best food, service and ambiance in San Diego. The food is creative but not over the top, between the three of us I think we had an amazing variety of tastes! We sampled lobster, veal, beef, shrimp, and scallops between the appetizers, salads and main dishes. The chef prepared a beautiful complimentary dessert for my son. Can't say enough about how delicious everything was. This restaurant does not disappoint for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure!
    Kathleen
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    So often, "Fine dining" is not so fine. This restaurant is certainly an exception. Four of us who dine out often were very impressed not only with the beautifully prepared and delicious food, but also the friendly, superb service. Will most definitely go again....perhaps during the summer months and enjoy the outdoor dining area. The holiday decorations were beautiful, as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very disappointed with this restaurant. Food tasted like wedding buffet food. Duck was dry, pate was dry, and the shrimp was very plain with a too sour sauce. The decor was dated with the average age 65. If you are golfing this place would be ok to grab a burger. Beside that stay away!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistantly outstanding
    scrippsdiver
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    great food & service is outstanding . The Chefs delight pairings were excellent as ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab
    SDSaraVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We dine here for most notable occasions. 'Just love the intimate dining experience. The food is delicious and the service is impecable.The setting is beautiful and that Christmas tree--WOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cramped - Good Food
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Unfortunately the dining room design is seriously flawed...this place is cramped and uncomfortable...too small ! Food is very good...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Event to view
    Pablo
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    If one can be adventuresome, this is a good place to try it out. Some dishes are amazing while others are marginal at best. Service was exceptionally slow and waiter Jeff seemed professional but lost, making several missteps on our orders. The unbelievable golf course and ocean view are breathtaking and the stunning ambiance invites one to linger. these are the elements you go for...and pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    RelgaVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    One of the top meals I've had in 2013. Everything about the evening excellemt
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant around
    tea4two
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    My wife and I eat at A.R. Valentien about once a month. The food is always delicious and creative. The service is flawless, though the wait staff is trained to be very proper. I mean they don't smile a lot but they are very attentive. After a little prompting the staff will loosen up a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We truly enjoyed our 31st
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We truly enjoyed our 31st anniversary the staff made it very special. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb service
    ThatsmystoryVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The service at this restaurant is the best of the best. All the staff is well trained and eager to serve. We went there twice in two days (lunch & dinner) while traveling for a conference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.