AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

4.8
1383 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.

Support AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Wine Dinner

    $239.21 per personPrepaid

    May 13 - Sep 16, 2021

    Each dinner will feature a representative from one winery. Their wine will be paired with multiple courses prepared by Executive Chef, Jeff Jackson, and Chef de Cuisine, Kelli Crosson. Dinner will be served on individual tables outdoors at 6:30pm. Please be prompt. The price is $185 per person and the full price, plus tax and gratuity, will be collected at the time of booking. Any additional beverages ordered may be paid at the time of the dinner. An a la carte menu will not be available. While our chefs always do their best to accommodate food allergies, this is a set menu. Please note on your reservation any food allergies. The food courses will be posted one week prior to the event on our web page.

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 1383 people are saying
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SBDM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I understand Covid has impacted restaurants. Still though, it was disappointing to be led to our table on Mother's Day and see a white tablecloth over what seemed like an inexpensive folding card table. The table had nothing on it. No flower arrangement, glasses etc. The chairs were from the conference room. A stiff wind was blowing and they had no heater for us. Instead they brought what looked like 3 old, thick motel blankets. Seriously. I can't say if they were re-using them from guest to guest. I hope not. My kids didn't notice, and I just put mine on my lap to focus on enjoying our brunch otherwise. The food was delicious but won't be returning until they go back to their pre-Covid attention to details.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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KevinH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food once again. Never disappoints. The food was on point and the service was excellent.

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vipKatina
San Diego
101 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been more perfect. Excellent food, excellent server!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and everything was really excellent

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vipKeclem
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience that we didn't realize we missed SO much until we we able to return for dinner. First of all the ambience is tradition Mission Style, which is rich and classic style. Paul who is absolutely delightful, and Andrew our server was very spot on with wine and food recommendations. Asparagus soup was incredibly good and didn't need the crap in but it has a bonus, The duck which is always my go to was garnished with blackberries and a wonderful sauce. We ordered a side of beets which had pistachio butter and they were incredible. Desert was the Toasted Financier which was an amazing end to an incredible dinner. Thanks You for making our anniversary a special night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our 10 year wedding anniversary dinner here while staying at the hotel. It was exceptional, with a couple stumbles on service but nothing to be deterred by.

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vipcpsd
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor deck at the Lodge is beautiful no matter where you are sitting. Service and food here are always outstanding. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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vipPaulaG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very good
ate outside which is always nice
could not get their burger though
that was a disappointment

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vipFoodiefolks
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We’ve been here a lot during pandemic. They have taken our favorite appetizer off the menu; tuna carpaccio... one of the main reasons we go there. Very disappointed about that. I ordered a prosciutto and little gem lettuce salad, a cool idea but very awkward to deal with as it required a lot of chopping and cutting. Our request for seating in a certain area has been repeatedly ignored, harrumph!! So, the shine I’ve felt in the past for this beautiful outdoor patio has gotten a bit tarnished in our last several visits. I’m sure we’ll go back, but not in any hurry.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your continued visits to The Lodge's signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We appericate your feedback and have shared it with our culinary team. Thank you again, and we hope to see you sooner rather than later!

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Ariel
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and everyone there made us feel incredibly special and truly made it a memorable celebration! The food was delicious and the ambiance was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the live guitar music! Everything was excellent

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us! We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE best food, service and ambiance of our week in La Jolla ! “ LWe will insist that our friends and family enjoy AR Valentines also! The best wait staf and

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vipDavid
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at AR Valentien the other night. Our halibut was the best we had ever eaten. The portion was generous, and the fish was cooked to perfection. The restaurant is clearly one of the best in San Diego. Our server was efficient and pleasant. Paul Krikorian couldn't have been more welcoming and kind.

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LorraineW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh Sea air, great views and wonderful food, it is all there.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us at The Lodge's signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We are delighted to hear that you had a memorable dining experience and hope to welcome you back again soon.

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vipRobertD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was enchanting from beginning to end. Great food, excellent service and we felt safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Amazing food. Just love this restaurant!

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

It was our pleasure to have you here with us at The Lodge's signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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RogerK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Super slow service
Came here for birthday dinner but they forgot, so went somewhere else for birthday dessert...

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us and we appericate you sharing your feedback. We aim to offer all of our guests an unforgettable experience, and it’s disappointing to hear that we missed the mark during this special occasion. We can assure you that this is not reflection of our high service levels and hope that you will afford us another chance in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience in post COVID-19 shutdown. Our friends from Palm Springs were thoroughly impressed by the food and ambiance of AR Valentien patio dining.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us. We genuinely appreciate the time you’ve spent to offer us such valuable feedback during these challenging times. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipAllergies
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service; lovely atmosphere. One of our favorite places!

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Responded on May 4, 2021

It was our pleasure to have you here with us The Lodge's signature restaurant A.R. Valentien. We are so happy to hear that it is one of your favorite restaurants and hope to welcome you back again soon!

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vipJanet
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner is always a special occasion at AR Valentien I always look forward to it for the service, the food, the view are all fantastic. We celebrated my friend's birthday and they gave her a menu with her name printed on it and a special birthday dessert plate at the end. She felt very special.

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JackieE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very delicious! Service was incredible! They made the evening very special for my husband’s and daughter’s birthday. Many thanks!

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vipCWCW
St. Louis
31 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect evening. Wonderful service, delicious food,innovative menu, great wine list.

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chucks
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Lodge is classic. The service here was simply stellar. The food was great. The manager stopped by, made sure all was good, and brought our table a generous taste of a great white wine that paired really well with our appetizers. You just cannot go wrong here.

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Laura
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Our vegetarian needs. were nicely taken care of:))

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Victoria
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor seating. Excellent food and wine choices. Attentive service. Even had a happy birthday menu for our celebrant!

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Lowine
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio is beautiful and comfortable with the heaters. The view was excellent!

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drinkeatplayswim
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love AR Valentien. It had been a long time since we had dined there. We were celebrating our anniversary and my husband's birthday. We sat outside and it was a beautiful evening. Our waiter was wonderful and the food and wine were spectacular. With Covid, we have not been out much, but everything about that night was very special. Thank you to our host, our waiter, the chef, the valet. Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

With expanded outdoor seating we found ourselves in an expansion area of the porch that was poorly lit and didn’t give us a restaurant feel. We were willing to go with it bc Covid presents challenges like this but for our first dinner out after a year, we might as well had room service as there was zero ambiance. The other central tables looked fine so insist on a central table unless you want a dark private corner. No candle on the table and couldn’t see our food. We told the waiter to please hold off submitting our main course as we were enjoying our appetizer and drinks. The food came out right away as we were still nibbling appetizers so that was a miss. The chicken was juicy and perfect but the veggies were over sauced and soupy from too much butter, cheese and sauce. Only worth a couple bites. Wife had scallops which she enjoyed. Cocktails were great. I’ve had much better meals here before so look forward to giving this another shot ...maybe only appetizers, drinks and a dessert next time though. Bus boys were on it and the waiter was kind/professional except for the miss on timing.

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vipfoodie4ever
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner experience last Saturday. Chef Kelli Crosson is one of San Diego’s best, staff was friendly, food was outstanding!

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CandyB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming patio setting with quiet guitar music. The Halibut dish was outstanding . The chef sent out tasting cups of a mushroom soup before our dinner was served and small donuts with our coffee.?The wine list had a good selection . The desserts were fabulous . Would highly recommend when u r in the San Diego area!

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vipSunshine
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. Would always come here at any opportunity.

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vipLisa
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Easter lunch at AR Valentien. There was a set menu with a fixed price, but plenty of options. Everything was delicious! The service was wonderful. The setting is delightful! The staff at The Lodge at Torrey Pines made Easter away from home special!

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vipMike
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice and relaxing brunch on Easter Sunday. Great service and atmosphere. The food was excellent.

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vipKristenB
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal!

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viplovetobake
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was perfect, the service was great, the dinner was impeccable. Such a wonderful experience and Ifeel so blessed to repeat it again tonight.

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Cocobilli
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AR Valentien continues to be our Go-To restaurant for our special celebrations and to wow out-of town guests. We make sure that we arrive in time to watch the sunset over the ocean, lighting up the Torrey Pines golf course. One of the beautiful views in La Jolla. The service is always first class and Paul, the sommelier, is outstanding pairing wines with your dishes and your desires as well as making sure each party is well taken care of. The food never disappoints.

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GeorgeI
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was outstanding, not just the mains. Even the vegetables were memorable. I would rate this one of the few San Diego area restaurants worth the roughly $100pp we spent here. Exceptional service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end it was amazing! From the printed Happy 17th Birthday printed on our menus (for our daughter) to the chef coming out to say hello to the fancy birthday dessert! The food as always was just wonderful. The perfect evening to celebrate our beautiful daughter’s 17th birthday!

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Michele
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now that Covid restrictions are lifting and we've been vaccinated, we decided to return to celebrate all of the missed 'celebrations' (birthdays and anniversaries) of the last year (along with friends who often join us for these celebrations). We weren't disappointed. The service was terrific (thank you Alex and team), and the food was delicious (thank you to the chef who prepared my request for a vegetable platter for my entree... I'm sorry that I didn't ask for her name). And thank you to Paul Krikorian for stopping by to say hello. It felt as if we'd come home... We look forward to returning again.

FAQs

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is rated 4.8 stars by 1383 OpenTable diners.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.lodgetorreypines.com/collections/gift-cards/products/gift-card-resort.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.