AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

4.8
1579 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
A.R. Valentien is the signature restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the AAA Five Diamond resort. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement in San Diego and the ever-changing menu showcases fresh market-driven seafood, meats, produce, and dairy products.

The menu offerings at A.R. Valentien are determined and influenced by what ingredients are available at any given time during the various seasons. Popular dishes include Brandt beef rib cap roulade as well as the chicken liver pâté. Our elegant, timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course is open for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1579 people are saying
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vipapkurk
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Single handedly the most beautiful restaurant and hotel in San Diego. I just love being in this building. Like a Greene and Greene house. The turkey dish on menu was insanely amazing. The mussels were a surprise favorite as well. Pumpkin pie was amazing as well. Hand made and delicate.

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CarlsbadResident
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving food experience.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was expecting a little more high end. For a restaurant and hotel of this caliber and people able to walk in with T shirts, baseball caps and sandals , wasn’t expecting it .
Should enforce dress codes so that you have that feeling.
But would go back and try it a second time.

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Jeremy
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner. Top notch service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really good better then expected. Definitely going back

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vipTalaria55
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as service. Paul the Sommelier was outstanding.

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DrBob
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place to enjoy an excellent dinner. The service is world class

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the dinner very much. Trevor, the waiter, was great and the food and everything else was outstanding.

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GerryO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special dining room located in the midst of an archetectural masterpiece. The dining room is comfortable and the atmosphere is both elegant and relaxed. The menu is varied and service was both friendly and knowledgeable as well as prompt and attentive. Our meals were well presented and very tasty.
Overall dining at AR Valentien at Torry Pines is an experience to remember.

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MrJimmystewart
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I've ever had. Complex colors, tastes and textures, while none of them were overpowering.
Love the decor. We sat outside and on a cool evening, the heaters kept us comfortably warm, but did not roast us.

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KenS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at AR Valentien. We were greeted with a smile and whisked away to our outdoor table for 4. Mano, our waiter was prompt, efficient and friendly.
My wife and I dine here as much as we can as do our two friends who joined us.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly a pleasurable dining experience! The ambiance is amazing and the service was spectacular! We had a delicious first, second, and third course meal!

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vipRealtorCamille7
Palm Springs
277 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experience at AR Valentien. It’s a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful setting. The staff are friendly and well trained. The menu is filled with outstanding choices of fabulous food! We had the Neumann Ranch pork with gnocchi and apples and the Char with multiple vegetables. Both meals were excellent. My husband had the Schramsberg Sparking Wine which he loves. Our server, Mary, was excellent and Paul always has excellent wine suggestions and interesting stories to share with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!

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AlexW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nowhere as good as prior to covid. Menu completely changed and not as interesting. Bread not warm. Salad choices poor. Duck was good but accompanying food and sauces very salty to the point of being inedible.

This used to be my favorite restaurant in SD but I would not eat there unless it goes back to its old standard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipDennisH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant would like to see a few more choices on the menu including a dinner salad! The appetizers were very diversified but a little rich and limited for some palettes.

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Not the usual attention to detail they usually have. I got a menu cover with no menu in it. They brought our dumplings but forgot the broth that it is supposed to be served in. The food was good in general, but my lamb rack was more toothsome than it should be at the prices we paid.

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Courtenay
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I brought a friend from out of town who had never been to your restaurant before. She was very impressed with everything, the food, the ambiance, the extra touches. She said she would consider staying at the Inn next time she is in the area.

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Connie
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband…superb food and service.

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vipJenny
Singapore
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening out and enjoyed the outdoor patio and excellent dining.

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was welcoming, friendly. Ambience was just what I was hoping for. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Floor manager checked on our table often. Engaging conversation. Andy (server) was great! He recommended delicious dishes and offered to take a 1st course item off our bill because we didn’t love it. But, I didn’t want to do that. We often try new dishes - just to be open to new menu items. Go & ENJOY! You won’t be disappointed!

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AubreyT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Wonderful food! The service was phenomenal.

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vipArtFoodStyle
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Disappointing. The restaurant was already sold out of 2 of the 6 entrees when we arrived for our 8:15 Saturday night reservation. Not acceptable for an establishment with a rigid reservation system. We only had the choice of 2 seafood items, a vegetarian entree, and steak. In addition, the entrees we ordered (scallops) were mediocre and not nearly worth their $46 price tag. If AR Valentien is considered one the top Restaurants in La Jolla then that is a sad situation for locals. The setting is beautiful, but we would not return or recommend this restaurant. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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vipJackie
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at the atmospheric Lodge at Torrey Pines

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vipJustJim
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lodge and its restaurant never really change, which is comforting, if not exactly exciting. Service is very strong, the sommelier (Paul) is outstanding and the quality of the ingredients and subtlety of the flavors shine through the somewhat bland (looking) presentations. Get the cheese plate and duck. Desserts are hit or miss.

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JosieD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious meal, with such great service and attention! We loved the evening and were not rushed!
I recommend this restaurant all the time!!!Kudos to the extraordinary chef!

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MASpear
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best luxury restaurant in San Diego, food and atmosphere.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

We thank you for taking a moment to share your score, and we look forward to your return!

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paz13
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Mary and the host Umberto went out of their way to make our anniversary celebration so special. The food and value was excellent!

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

Happy anniversary! Thank you for your thoughtful review of A.R Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. It is our pleasure to have you here with us and allowing Executive Chef Jackson to prepare memorable meals. We are delighted to hear that Mary and Umberto provided exceptional service for your special day. Thank you again, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

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ChristopherM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

It’s changed a lot since I was there a few years ago. The food honestly was not worth the price point. Risotto was not cooked and super salty. Steak was flavorless. Scallops were done really well however. I wanted to come to this restaurant because ten years ago I told myself I would bring my wife when I was married. That day came and we went for her birthday. They put us in a dark location right under a tree that dropped a bunch of nuts on us.

The waitress was really friendly as was the Rest of the staff. It’s really unfortunate to see how far degraded this place has become. Super disappointed.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your most recent dining experience. While we are glad that you received exceptional service, we are incredibly sorry for your less than satisfactory meal. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to welcome you back for a much-improved experience.

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DrBob
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you back!

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vipLorena
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surpassed my expectations!

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

We thank you for taking a moment to share your score, and we look forward to your return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Anniversary dinner and experience at AR Valentien was as expected exceptional. From the romantic outdoor seating on the deck, to the relaxed yet classy service and the delicious food, we enjoyed our evening very much. Definitely worth a visit wether or not you are staying at the Lodge.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for your kind words regarding your visit to the A.R Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. It is our pleasure to have you here with us to celebrate your anniversary! Thank you again, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

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LoriS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely

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Cheryl
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating in the evening was comfortable and cozy. Service was superb and the food outstanding! Highly recommend ✨⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on October 25, 2021

It was our pleasure to have you here with us at A.R. Valentien. We appreciate your kind words and love hearing how impressed you were with our staff, food, and ambiance! We hope you will be back for another visit soon!

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WesleeT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We had the halibut and the scallops for entree. The actually proteins were delicious. However, the celery root purée was gloopy and th consistency was off. Also, the broccoli at the bottom were severely overdone and mush. My scallop’s tortellini were super raw and inedible. My risotto was good, the salad was overdressed and had a pool of dressing at the bottom. The coconut sorbet was delicious. Idk who was on the garnish station this time around but the quality of the garnish was bad. It kind of took away from the proteins and the otherwise excellent server(I think Andy?) and great ambience. Sort of disappointed to be quite honest. It was my first time trying this place since the veladora is closer. Might give it another chance but my girlfriend and I felt like the garnish was off.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your most recent visit. We are sorry that your experience fell short of your expectations. We have shared your feedback with our team in our efforts to always provide our guests with products and services which meet and exceed their expectations. Thank you again, and we hope to welcome you back again for a much-improved dining experience.

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vipLaneyS
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting at The Lodge Torrey Pines. Excellent service, delicious, locally sourced - farm to table dining experience. Well rounded wine list. We highly recommend this fine dining restaurant in a gorgeous casual, Southern California setting.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your most recent visit to The Lodge’s signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the regional cuisine, exceptional service, and memorable ambiance! Thank you again, and we are looking forward to you joining us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 50th anniversary. We sat outside and weather was perfect. We had the halibut and Silver Oak Merlot . Everything was perfect.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on October 25, 2021

Happy 50th Anniversary! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at A.R. Valentien and we sincerely appreciate your thoughtful review of your dining experience. We hope to see you again soon for another memorable meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner - I had the scallops and my wife had the halibut, and both were amazing! One of the best dinners we’ve had in a long time. Would definitely go back!

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your most recent visit to The Lodge’s signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the regional cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Jeff Jackson! Thank you again, and we are looking forward to you joining us again soon.

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AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is rated 4.8 stars by 1579 OpenTable diners.

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