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Veladora Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ranchovalencia.com
  • Email: diningroom@ranchovalencia.com
  • Phone: (858) 759-6216
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Monday-Sunday: 7:00am-11:00am; Brunch Sunday: 11:00am-2:30pm; Lunch Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-2:30pm; Dinner Tuesday-Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm

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  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Eric Bauer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call our Sales Department who can handle all your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales & Catering (858) 759-6285

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rancho Diegueno
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary to guests dining at Rancho Valencia.
A word from Veladora

Veladora. Where coast meets ranch. Where sun dappled afternoons fade into lantern lit evenings. And where all things fresh, handcrafted and simply delicious reside.

Rancho Valencia's captivating new restaurant is now open and serving Executive Chef Eric Bauer's signature Coastal Ranch cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a stunning modern hacienda setting.

An extensive wine menu of over 600 hand selected wines is on hand for sipping and savoring, as well as a welcoming private wine room featuring our rarest bottles for the most special of occasions.

Executive Chef Eric Bauer's farm-to-table philosophy is infused throughout Veladora's culinary program, featuring local produce and herbs, flowers and honey cultivated right on property.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I when for dinner with my husband and a friend. We had a great time. The food was cook as we order. I personally appreciate the filet mignon cook perfectly."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Veladora is such a wonderful treat! Not only is the food and service amazing but the atmosphere is so cool. We love coming to Rancho Valencia and can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My friends loved the food and wine - our birthday celebrant was given complimentary champagne, and a wonderful dessert surprise! We asked our server, Tyler, if there was a walking area to see the gorgeous grounds, and he took us to the path which led us through the well kept landscape. The day was gorgeous for a walk, even though we left foggy skies in Oceanside. The parking attendant set my I-phone showing me the back route to get home (it was Friday, the freeway was jammed, and the phone is smarter than I am)."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had been going to the restaurant for years before the change. The music was so loud from the bar and in the restaurant we couldn't hear our guestsl. We told them we were taking them to a quiet restaurant. I was embarrassed. The people in the restaurant were mid-50 to 70. The music was not very fitting for the clientele. We will not come back unless we can sit outside in the summer. Also the hostess wouldn't change our table since one of our guests had a bad back. She said all the tables were taken (at 5:45) and we couldn't change. There was not one other person in the place at that time. Of course, she smiled and apologized. It's a little hard to take that from someone that's about 19 years old that can't walk in heels!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love Veladora. Have been there on other occasions, a wonderful setting, friendly wait staff. Our waiter Richard was especially gracious and helpful. It was our anniversary and we were treated nearly as royalty, had a great booth at the window overlooking the grounds, very comfortable and delightful. Our dinner selections were perfect and the entire evening was one to remember for our special occasion."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Rare that I would ever "send something back" but the Dover Sole I was served was inedible. It was rubbery and hard to cut, even with a knife. Our server defended it saying "sole tends to be a firmer cut of fish." Excuse me? On the other hand, all others in our party enjoyed their meals as I did with the Octopus appetizer. We expected the food prices to be higher and were pleasantly surprised as we found (other than the Sole) the prices to be very reasonable given the ambience, quality of the food and table settings. The wine list is also very well priced with many very drinkable bottles less that $50. The sommelier's description of the bottle we ordered was spot on and exactly what we were looking for."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The restaurant has a quiet, pleasant atmosphere, while the bar has live music and a more vibrant scene. Service is impecable, menu has a good variety of gourmet dishes. The Filet Mognon was excellent! Wine list a bit pricey but expected at such classy venue."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Verladora, and the Pony Room attached, are our favorite spots in coastal North County. The service is always professional and attentive, the food is delicious and creative, and my favorite, they have Duvel on tap."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Celebrating my parents 57th wedding Anniversary. Katrina was extremely attentive and helpful in finding a great table for us as my mother uses a walker and needed easy access. Perfect location was found for us at the window with a lovely view. It was the first time visiting Veladora for my parents and they were thrilled. Thank you for a lovely afternoon. Cathy"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "As my husband and I were married at this property we always return each year to celebrate---and each year we wonder why we only tend to come once during a 365 day span! Our service, starting from the hostess, through the attentive waiter (Hunter) and even the bus boy and a visit to the table by the manager, were all exceptional. Though certainly to the more expensive side, the plates were sizable and my husband's steak melted in his mouth---my swordfish was simple, yet delicious. Having cocktails in their bar beforehand is also special, with a bartender who knew his mixology. A definite for any special occasion, or when you just feel like being treated special/"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our first time there since the re-model, and we very impressed! The ambience was quite special, and the food was delicious and plentiful. We can't wait to return for lunch al fresco."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Highly recommend the lovely restaurant all other days except Valentine's Day. So disappointing. Service was inattentive, flow from kitchen left us wondering if they forgot us. Wine pairings were perfect selections but they arrived long before the food they were supposed to be paired with so if you wanted to enjoy them together you had to discipline yourself to wait....and wait..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Usually a great place to dine, our recent visit for lunch was marred by abysmal service and mediocre food. The wine we ordered was unavailable; we were offerred a more expensive option at the increased price. Food service was sloppy; one order was briught out wrong and no bread was offered (it was to other tables). It seems as if the current management team has taken its eye off the ball."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Veladora recently redid their interior. The chairs are very uncomfortable - we had to move to a couch type seat to dine - the music is loud and hip hoppy - and their is really no good dining choice for parties over 4 - we were six and felt squeezed in - not what we want from a high end dining experience - it would have been ok for hamburgers and beer - the food was ok but not worth the price - a better dining choice at RV is the Pony Bar if you want good food at a good price in a casual environment - if you want a high end dining experience skip Veladora"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Who knew that a restaurant could actually be stellar during restaurant week? What a pleasant surprise!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I took a good friend to Veladora to treat her to something special for her 82nd birthday. She was SO happy and impressed. The food was to die for and of course, the service and ambiance was perfect. My friend asked if she could take home one of the lemons that was in a decorative vase on the table and the girl actually went and got her 2 fresh ones with a beautiful smile. What a gem of a place right here in our own back yard! Absolutely delightful."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The ambiance and service was spot on. The food choices during rest week were very good. My risotto was done almost perfectly. It was just a hair underdone. Good choices on entrees. They had a veg option. The dessert was amazing. But my chicken dish was slightly underwhelming. It was cooked perfectly but just boring. Will go back to try another dish"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great ambience and very nice location of the restaurant. The service is fantastic and the staff is very courteous and friendly. We went for our anniversary dinner and really enjoyed ourselves. Their wine selection is great."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We ordered the Sole, wild boar, ink spaghettini, and risotto (best of the group) Small portions and overall very mild to bland flavors Beautiful restaurant and excellent service"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Was expecting more from a place that has the Relais moniker. The gougeres were a little overcooked. The market salad did not have enough contrast (i.e., all the vegetables were the same coldish temperature). There was not a crunchy element and it looked as if most of the vegetables had been steamed or lightly roasted. The puree in the wood roasted carrot salad had no flavor. The carrots were tasty however. The vegetarian pasta entrees were not memorable and the apple pie dessert was dry. The service was good; however, when plates were brought to us, the different elements of the dish were not described to us. After dessert, we found it odd that we were not asked if we wanted coffee or tea. We will definitely give this place another shot"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I loved the rustic feel of the restaurant and the views would be breathtaking especially during daytime lighting. The service was very good but lacked in the drink department. The octopus and beef tartare are incredible appetizers! The octopus had a surprisingly sweet flavor and definitely left us wanting more. I can't defer the bread either! The vinaigrette they give you go it has no words that could properly describe the impeccable flavor. The wild boar ragout and filet mignonette were also absolutely wonderful. Overall a wonderful dining experience and will definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Veladora is in the beautiful Rancho Valencia Resort and the restaurant, which was aways good, finally got tbe remodel it needed. It is beautiful now, quiet and the food and service are top notch. Very attentive to detail ( amuse bouche, candies with your coffee) and if its too quiet you can go next door to the very lively bar scene. Very nice experience!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This restaurant was a wonderful dining experience. Not hurried, impeccable service and fresh, clean, delicious food. The Chef was amazing. Because it was evening, we couldn't see any kind of a view but we will return during the day to see what we missed. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. However, I would prefer a more affordable wine list."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "It was my sweetie's birthday and I took him to Veladora for what I hoped would be a special meal.The evening started out okay when we sat at the fire pit and had calamari which were good. When we were seated we split a salad which was fine. The Dover Sole ( a hefty $49.00) was singularly unimpressive in its preparation and taste. My sweetie sent back the artichoke canneloni as they were dry and instead ordered the vegetable plate which was dull. THe chocolate soufflé was very good.The dining experience was very disappointing considering I was willing to pay the price. The waiter was very accommodating although he was not responsible for the chef's inabilities."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My husband and I live in the ranch and frequent your restaurant. First and foremost, we are fans. We were dissapointed to see service slip on Friday when we took guests for dinner. My husband's order was delivered wrong three times. Don't know if it was a once-off or the waiters are not being properly trained. Thought to mention it so you can ensure that your high standards don't slip. It would be a pity."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Wonderful local restaurant with great food. Beautifully decorated in classy style. Great place if you want a quiet meal with friends. You can actually have a conversation (and hear) at the table. Although the server was pleasant, he disappeared for long periods on a slow night at the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I have been here for both dinner and breakfast, and the experience has remained the same. Excellent. From the quality and thoughtfulness of the staff to the top tier quality of the food, Veladora should be in the top 5 SD restaurants for years to come. Don't miss the lemon soufflé pancakes."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Tucked away in a little paradise - love this place!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Consistently a really a lovely experience in every way. We always say that if we traveled some where for a vacation and this place was our destination we would be so happy we spent our vacation there."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Dining room, menu and service were all top notch. Plan to return during daylight to take in the view."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Veladora is a hidden gem that is by far the best food, service and ambience in town! I would highly recommend this amazing place for a special and unique dining experience!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Veladora has a limited menu, but a great effort has been made to make interesting, I had an appetizer of grilled octopus and an entree of wild boar ragout. Both my plates were clean when they were taken away. The wine list is very extensive and covers a wide price range. The room is beautiful and updated. The bar has been enlarged and is now separate and therefore livelier. There were only a few guests which is surprising for the holiday season. The place needs improved marketing or other attractions such as 1/2 price wine nights to enlarge the customer base. I plan to return."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food was overpriced and the service was poor. It's a beautiful restaurant in a very Pretty hotel."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Definitely one of the best in San Diego. The prices were also reasonable for the quality of food and service."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Our family of six was so blessed to have been there. Really great meal, and nice round table for meaningful conversation. Thank you Veladora."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "After their recent renovations, the restaurant and hotel are really one of the best little secrets in North County now. Very reminiscent of the high-point era at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in the early 2000's. Expect an average cost with wine for $150 - $200 per person."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We enjoyed our 12 Anniversary immensely at your restaurant. Service (Chip) was impeccable and spot-on and the food was truly a treat. We both enjoyed the 4 choice meal. My faves were the squash soup and the boar ragout! We will return! Love the focus on local, sustainable produce and green choices esp. Regarding the water bottles (carafes) reused at site."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We have been a couple of times since the renovation and it is always a lovely experience. Staff is attentive, the room is beautiful and comfortable and the food is good and appropriate portion size. The only "complaint" is that the menu is limited. A couple more options for entrees or 1-2 daily specials would broaden the appeal."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Excellent service and ambience. Attentive without being intrusive. Appetizer course was good. After that we each had a different pasta, thinking that would be sufficient as none of us are big eaters. Well, each pasta course was all of about three bites. I ordered scallops with rissoto. It was one scallop cut into four pieces (seriously) on a small bed of rissoto that was undercooked and a bit salty. My friend ordered Carbonara and she was finished after four bites. My wife ordred a couple of appitizers for her dinner. Next time I go I will probably order an entre now that I know the portion sizes are small for the starters and pastas. We ordered 3 different desserts. They weren 't memorable. Much of it was left on the plate."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "The restaurant redo has brought it from light and airy to dark, subdued, wood heavy with an eclectic them that is hard to pin point. Most of the dishes have a twist that makes them rich and creamy. Even the vegetarian choices. One of our group ordered the boar combined with creamy polenta. The polenta was plentiful, the boar - just a few small pieces, whereas the filet portion of another diner was plentiful. The overall feeling was that all of the food was too salty. Put it on the table (it really isn't so guache) and let the diners choose! The wait staff was alert, professional, unintrusive and accommodating to some of our alternate request. The experience over all was good, the food - a bit disappointing."
    Dined on 11/2/2013