Veladora
Veladora

Veladora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ranchovalencia.com/
  • Phone: 8587596216x
  • 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 8587596285x

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 signature restaurant serves Coastal Ranch cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a stunning modern hacienda setting.

An extensive wine menu of over 600 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.

The culinary team's farm-to-table philosophy is infused throughout Veladora's 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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Veladora reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)romantic (36)great for outdoor dining (27)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (21)scenic view (19)neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (15)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    TimS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Truely a 5 star restaurant. Prefect from beginning to the end. Great job by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the park
    Mimi
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    As in they hit it out of the park with the remodel at Rancho Valencia. Beautiful setting, great food and service was perfect. Didn't cheap out restaurant week either. Love that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    SanDiegoFoodies
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was our first time back since the remodel. Had heard mixed reviews but were very happy with our experience. I liked the new décor. The food was excellent. Our service was attentive but the suggested wine pairings were way off. Fortunately, we were given tastings of the wines before ordering that helped us make the needed corrections. The corn soup was delicious as was the octopus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service & Atmosphere Great. Food OK
    DaCoda
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants for atmosphere & service. I always feel like I'm on vacation when I'm there. Usually the food is pretty good -expensive but good. But we went for restaurant week and I wasn't impressed. Shared sliders and the brick oven pizza to start & both were just ok. The scallops for the entree consisted of 3 large, tasteless scallops, some grapefruit (yes you read that correctly) a few teeny tiny potatoes and some green beens. Looked pretty but very bland and if you were hungry and ordered this you would have starved. One thing that was really disappointing- on the way out picked up my car from valet. I gave the valet $5 and asked for $2 back (not a bad tip for lunch!). Was very rude about making change.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alan
    dining
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    food is excellent with good ingredients......... gorgeous natural surroundings........ "roomy" layout in all dining areas staff is poorly trained and lacked personality....... menu is confusing...... much staff walking around and around and around best sliders we have had this year!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • always enjoyable
    diner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The quality and selection of food as well as the service have always been great. The only issue is the uncomfortable seating. Pillows are provided to support the back, and sometimes i use two. If the settees were moved a little closer to the table, this would be more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Delightful
    wannabfoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Stopped by for restaurant week (lunch - got mahi mahi, sliders, pizza and a burger). Don't let these generic foods fool you, they are so worth it at this place. The restaurant is in a beautiful location and the interior decor is completely astounding. I was expecting small portions for the price, but they were very generous with their portions, foods were cooked and spiced to perfection and so so delicious it was simply divine; I’m definitely coming back. The service is on a whole other level as well. Servers came by multiple times to check on us, and kept replacing our unfinished drinks with new ones! Everything about this place is just amazing. Come by for a casual brunch or treat yourself on a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wines by the glass are SEVERELY overpriced in Pony bar
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I LOVE VELADORA! As good as it gets
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything was perfect. The food, the service, the ambiance, the welcoming staff, the wonderful feeling of being in a wonderful, wonderful place. An absolutely sublime experience. My mahi was fantastic. My wife was nuts for her lobster tacos. This place is worth re-visiting many, many time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wrong night
    Stan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We made dinner reservations for the wrong night. It was a mad house when we arrived. No space for even a drink at the bar - or anywhere else. If it wasn't for the valet finding us seats, we probably would have left. Once we had a table, we enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous hidden gem
    JamesMackayJMMVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fabulous restaurant with amazing view, excellent food and impeccable service. A great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Ambience
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really nice decor. I like the updated menu…. Seafood dishes are good. Some portions can be a bit small...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's the amazing wait staff
    pj3rsf
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    and the menus - and the room - and the hostesses - all make this our go-to spot from home. We end up heading over a couple of times a week. Children like ordering from the Pony Room menu - calamari, pizzas, upmarket tacos. Scallops, cap on rib eye, Dover sole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it
    BrucefromCarlsbadVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wonderful restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Food was great (lobster salad, filet mignon, cedar plank salmon), wine list was extensive and interesting, and it was quiet enough for private conversation. If we didn't live nearby, we would be tempted to vacation here at the Rancho Valencia ... they have a casual, upscale vibe that is just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch service uneven
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They need someone to tend to ensure drinks are filled. Some items can be quite good. The halibut is good. The soups can be quite enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Veladora is a special place. We do not live in the area and were meeting friends who were staying in Del Mar from the East Coast. The restaurant is beautiful both with inside and outside dining. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Portions are not huge but adequate. They also have an extensive cocktail and wine list. Looking forward to another opportunity to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnificent!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a very special spot. The surroundings are magnificent, the food among the best and the service was perfect. I have never had a Beef Rib Cap before, but I will be seeking it out again! The octopus was excellent (although a bit too many potatoes and too little octopus). The goat cheese salad was just like we had in St. Barth's. The vegetable salad looked delicious and fresh. The Dover Sole was exquisite! The chocolate soufflé was perfection. All in all, a delightful evening. Although a bit pricey, it lived up to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    MichkVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great restaurant. Food was amazing and service was great. Love the ambience. Very romantic. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Dinner
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have forgotten what good dining in San Diego could be. Cocktails were great (Pony Express Margarita) Wine with dinner was delicious and dinner special of SeaBass with Onion Cream sauce was simple and delicious. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A secret paradise!
    Dvineluv
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Veladora is becoming a tradition in our family to celebrate special moments. Great food, beautiful venue and amazing service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love to eat at Rancho Valencia
    Weluv2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had Chip as our waiter and once again he was outstanding and we love him! He made our dining experience memorable and we brought some friends new to that area and they too loved the dining. We will back very soon!
    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.
  • Service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were very disappointed by the service. We did not get our bread until we asked for it. That was important for us before we taste tested our bottle of wine. The bread arrived at the same time as our entrée. Our waitress was nice but lacked class. She was not refined in her dialogue. The food was excellent and the oysters were wonderful as was the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veladora is
    hdk135
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Veladora is hidden away in the Fairbanks Ranch at the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. It is very expensive, but the ambience, service and wine list support the cost. Food is small portions, which the ladies liked, but I would have enjoyed a more substantial plateful of my spaghettini and lobster. I am not exactly sure the lobster chunks I got were from Maine lobsters as advertised; regardless, they were tasty, but small in stature. My wife had an excellent grilled fish, and our dinner partners seemed pleased with their choices as well. They did not carry Rombauer Chardonnay and they were out of DuMol , but the Lewis Chardonnay they offered was a good alternative. Great for a very special occasion. As noted, excellent service, but pricey!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow! Bravo!
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We shared an array of food for an anniversary dinner at Veladora and were wowed by the experience. I'm still dreaming about the corn soup with lobster. Service was outstanding, ambiance, beautiful! The best over-all dining experience we've had in some time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    JohnnyIrene
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We visited Veladora while staying at the Rancho Valencia resort. Service was excellent. There seems to be a higher staff to customer ratio than at most restaurants. We had the Risotto as an appetizer, which was very well prepared and seasoned. My wife had the scallops and I had the Filet Mignon. Our entrées were prepared beautifully. The steak was exactly as ordered. We had the chocolate soufflé for dessert. Wow! The whole meal, from start to finish, was a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kate
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great place to dine if you want not only excellent food but outstanding service and beautiful surroundings!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Brunch
    Zillionaire
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Worth the $ - food and service were both top notch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    DelMarDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A great place to get away from it all and simply enjoy life. Great food, interesting menu. Excellent service and not pretentious. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Judy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I have nothing to add to your questions. The restaurant is lovely.....I've been several times and will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    location is great. They remodeled the veladora restaurant and looks really nice. the server will take care of you really well. food is good but not great and to expensive for not that excellent taste and quality.
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  • Outstanding!
    Cb123
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was above and beyond and everyone who came to our table was amazing! Best dinner we've had in a long time! We appreciated the stellar ambience and sumptuous food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Year Anniversary Dinner
    tadow
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I went her for our 5 year anniversary as a recommendation from a friend, we were looking for something romantic that we have never been to before. The price is as advertised, it is not a cheap restaurant but the food and service was excellent. I let the hostess know via open table and phone call that it was our anniversary, they welcomed us we complimentary glass of champagne and an after dinner liquor. Definitely recommended for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 299 reviews are from the Veladora reviews archive.
  • Beautiful surroundings
    Luv2wine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Veladora at Rancho Valencia is just one of the most beautiful settings I have seen in a long time. From the cocktails in the Pony Room to the dinner in the outdoor courtyard of Veladora, the entire experience was just outstanding. Read through the wine list thoroughly: there are some interesting wines throughout, at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CommanderVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Brunch took over 40 minutes to receive. The order was wrong. Food was luke warm. Lots of wait staff, but horrible service
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  • Outstanding gem of a restaurant
    gooddining
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Can't believe I've never been to this restaurant before! What a treat, great value, delicious meals, wanted to get a second helping of the squash soup to go! Every detail of the restaurant was considered, from the lighting, to the view to the emblem on the wine glasses. Even the waiters wore blue jeans, which at first I thought was unusual, but all wore the same ones with a casual fit, and very professional looking with a stark white shirt. Food was perfectly displayed, the piece of salmon I got was more than I could eat. And we got a piece of homemade toffee to go - great touch! The only slightly critical item I'd mention is that their, by the glass, selection of wines could use a few more choices. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, underwhelmed
    awfulcatVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Brought the family here for a birthday luncheon but they did not acknowledge it until after we were seated. The ambiance is nice, but the food is not up to par. Nothing we ordered was particularly good and the service was offhanded. To top it off, they cancelled my Opentable reservation *while* I was waiting 25 minutes for a flatbread. Wanted to like it but didn't.
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  • Great Lunch
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very accommodating to our dietary requirements. Service has improved from the early days. A few new lunch entrees would be nice.
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  • Amazing
    mine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We dined here for lunch and loved how peaceful the area was so close to town. The grounds are beautiful and the meal fantastic including the service. Many more dining trips to this establishment in the future. The grilled tuna salad and louis salad were big hits for us.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I when for dinner with my
    Pipa
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a treat!
    Triptitan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.