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About 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.
San Diego, CA 92037
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
North Torrey Pines Road and Callan Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Wednesday thru Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We offer complimentary valet or self parking for our guests.
Bus stops a short walk from the hotel.
Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room is complimented with artwork, wooden walls, and two large windows overlooking the terrace. There is a $500 minimum for lunch and a $1000 minimum for dinner.
Private Party Contact:
A R Valentien Reception Desk: (858) 777-6635
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
* Artisan Dinners on Thursday Nights *
Enjoy a unique farm-to-table San Diego dining experience at The Lodge's signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien. This intimate, communal meal is set on the heated outdoor terrace overlooking Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean.
* 15th Annual Celebrate the Craft *
October 29, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for $135* per person
Join us as The Lodge at Torrey Pines presents one of Southern California’s premiere food festival created to showcase regionally grown ingredients, the finest chefs, food artisans, wine, and craft beer.
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Ratings and Reviews
Great location. Old world clubby atmosphere. Good was good , but three orders of halibut were overlooked and dry...not moist. The restaurant offered to recook. The bread and muffins were great. Best of all was the service. Our waiter, Bradford, did a great job.
Somewhat disappointed in the food, excellent service! Food portions have gotten smaller and accompaniments are minimal! Ordered gnocchi for an appetizer and extremely disappointed with portion size for the price-was planning to share but not enough to share! Ordered duck and was expecting confit but was advised that they ran out of confit with the Breeder;s Cup and changed the details of the menu but not the price. Confit is my highlight and very disappointed! Received menu that acknowledged our Anniversary, but did not acknowledge and offer any form of desert or other amenity for the occasion! Too bad, thought it was a place for special occasions, BUT no more!
Right up front, the food is incredible. I had 28 day aged ribeye, perfectly cooked. Melt in your mouth seasoning and texture. Wife had seared scallops, glistening in the middle, beautiful sear on top. Excellent wine pairings, tasting menu and cheese course available. Staff was friendly, service was prompt but not pushy. Cut the hassle, valet parking. Will go back again.
We do this restaurant for special occasions and they never disappoint. I really enjoy the service of all the people that work at the restaurant. Never to much but just the right amount of attention. We really enjoyed being outside to watch the sunset and when it got a little cool they had a blanket for my wife and heater for our table. The wine sommelier has got to be the best we have EVER experienced and I am done bring a bottom to dinner as he has some of the best wines. This was during the Breeder's Cup and they were very busy, but you had no idea as we didn't feel rushed. The wait staff was excellent and the duck was to die for.. Thanks for making it a very special occasion.
We had the Local Lunch which was exquisite. The bread was very high quality. I think it’s the best swordfish I’ve ever had. The cheesecake was so light, almost like chiffon, not too sweet & delicious. An unexpected treat arrived before we left, a raspberry truffle.
My friend was very, very please with her vegetarian plate, made to order. My pork shop was dry but I requested a sauce, and the chef was very accommodating. Also, I asked for sorbet that was not on the dessert menu but they had it. So ask if you have a special request.
We stayed at the Lodge for a mom/daughter staycation, so we decided to try their restaurant. They completely exceeded all of our expectations. The wait staff was super friendly and attentive and every singe dish was phenomenal. They had a great wine selection as well, which is always a plus :) Highly recommend coming here!!!
Great on all levels. The service is spot on. The kitchen usually sends out several free extras, including an amuse bouche, a vegetable side dish and a dessert plate that often includes warm mini-donuts. The Ceaser salad with little gem lettuces is a standout. The halibut never disappoints. The duck is flavorful and tender. The breads, baked on the premises, include wonderful biscuits and good sourdough. The roast chicken preparation is fantastic. I've never had a bad meal here. And the wine steward is the best -- knows his stuff and often introduces us to a great wine we hadn't tried before.
Ambiente ok. Das Essen zu hoch bewertet und wird dem Preis nicht wirklich gerecht.Unser Kellner war desinteressiert und lahm-den Wein haben wir uns selbst nachgeschenkt- untypisch der amerikanischen Gastfreundschaft. Wochen Voraus reserviert, ein milder Abend, gerne hätten wir diesen auf der Terasse verbracht und fragten nach einem Tisch draussen, es hiess alles reserviert- die vielen Tische waren aber immer noch frei als wir das Restaurant nach dem Essen verliessen. Schade....
A R Valentine is our choice time after time for an outstanding true dining experience. I have always chosen the "tasting menu" of four courses with wine and been delighted with what I received. Along with the outstanding ambience, golf course/sea view with sunset (if you are able to time it right), quiet that allows full conversation and outstanding service. It is truly a one of a kind.
The place is beautiful, the food is impeccable, the wait staff is fun and attentive. The bill comes with a 2% surcharge that is attributed to the minimum wage requirement imposed on the restaurant. A subsequent review of the menu reveals a very tiny notice to this affect (in 7pt font, I’d guess.)
There are many regulatory costs to all businesses and I definitely don’t expect to have to read the fine print to discover each one in the dim light of the restaurant.
Personally, I believe in a living wage and I understand not all may not agree with me or if they do agree they may not agree how to get there. That’s fine, but I don’t particularly think it serves anybody to stimulate these discussion at bill time while enjoying a celebratory meal with friends. Especially when the person(s) setting the policy are not there to discuss it.
So this unneeded political statement has cost you my and my family’s business. And we have spent tens of thousands of dollars in the hotel and restaurant. Of course should you reconsider we will be back to enjoy this otherwise amazing place.
Our server Austin was 5 Star, all servers everywhere should emulate him. He made the special occasion lunch we had a memorable time. He knows the food and wine selections and can answer detailed questions about any of the selections, sometimes servers have no clue about this and it is annoying. We noticed the entire staff at The Lodge @ Torrey Pines is top notch, way above other restaurants in San Diego. They are clearly well trained. The food is beautifully presented and the menu is interesting however the food lacked just a bit in taste. Hate to mention that as the location is gorgeous and everything else just perfect. The kitchen should perhaps step it up a bit. Kale salad, dungeness flan, pizetta, and shrimp wrapped in proscuitto were our selections. Nothing bad just not really super delicious, but all were very fresh and healthy tasting. Wines by the glass are quality selections, you will pay for this, our 2 glasses were $40, a bit steep but delicious.
Horrific service. First time in my life I have ever called the manager over to my table. If the prices were 1/4 as much, the service still would have been bad. Food was good; not mind-blowing but good. But for the price point, the service needs to be about 100x better. You only get one shot at a first impression and they blew it.
You cannot beat the uniqueness of a British hunting Lodge that is the Torrey Pines Lodge. Magnificent woodwork, stained glass and above all the Torrey Pines Park extending to the Ocean. The bar and restaurant make the experience unique. The wine is excellent!
I had eaten here before on a business trip. My wife and I visited for our anniversary. We sat outside which is a very large deck with trees around it overlooking the pool and ocean. Unfortunately it was too dark and cloudy to see the ocean. When given the menu we saw at the top it said happy anniversary with our names. That was a very nice touch. After dinner they gave the page to us to keep. There is an extensive wine list and full bar. I had a Moscow mule that was very good. My wife ordered an heirloom tomato salad for an app and I ordered a grilled corn chowder. Both were very good. A small whipped sweet potato and pecan dish was brought out on compliments of the chef that was really flavorful. For dinner I had duck in an ajous and my wife had scallops over a corn risotto. They were both delicious. We were given wax beans with an orange flavor again as compliments and they were also tasty. We ordered a chocolate tort filled with sea salt caramel for dessert that was incredible. They even etched happy anniversary in chocolate sauce on the plate. Our server was very friendly but a bit on the slow side and a little inattentive considering there were not many people there that night. Overall it was a great dinner and worth the prices.
We were visiting from Pennsylvania, I thought was making a reservation at a Lodge at theTorrey Pines Nature Preserve. This, however is the famous golf course Torrey Pines. It is a country club, so some of the reception we received when we arrived was less than hospitable. The bartender would barely make eye contact with us, preferring to chat up the people he probably sees all the time. When I asked if there were any flavored vodkas, he pointed to a section of the bar and said that is what we have, I couldn't discern any labels and stood puzzling for a minute or so, then he said, "I have some Stolli Vanilla " it was in a closed cabinet, this seemed very inhospitable to me. However we were seated by a gracious gentleman and our waiter, Steve saved the night. Wonderfully kind and attentive service. The food of course is top notch, inventive, delicious. We sat on the terrace and watched the sun go down.
The food was fantastic! I had the heirloom salad which was surprisingly excellent for being so simple (goat cheese was amazing and the tomatoes themselves were so fresh and great), and the corn muffins they served for bread were outsanding, as were the scallops! I,finally, had the salted caramel chocolate tart which was excellent too! If it's not too cold, definitely sit outside if you can. I look forward to coming back here--it was one of my favorite meals.
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