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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.

11480 North Torrey Pines Road
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 11:30 am

LUNCH
Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

DINNER
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
North Torrey Pines Road and Callan Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 777-6635

Website:
http://www.arvalentien.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment
Wednesday thru Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Catering:

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet or self parking for our guests.

Public Transit:
Bus stops a short walk from the hotel.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Jackson

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

Additional:
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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas Eve promises to be scrumptious at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge. Enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.
starting at $110 per person ($55 under 12)

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas Eve promises to be scrumptious at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge. Enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.
starting at $110 per person ($55 under 12)

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Say farewell to 2017 with a Gala prix fixe five-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. Beckon in the New Year in style while dining on the patio or elegant dining room of A.R. Valentien.
starting at $125 per person ($65 under 12)

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.7

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4.2

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (47)
Romantic (45)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
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Scenic View (41)
Good for a Date (39)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (34)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Business Meals (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Local Ingredients (19)
Cozy (18)
Tasting Menu (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Waterfront (7)
Organic (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Live Music (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Healthy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Wonderful. We've eaten here several times. There are only 2 places in La Jolla that are reliably outstanding. This is one of them. Fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared. Great service. You're not rushed; lots of time between courses. If I could give more than 5 stars, I'd do it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

We went for what we thought would be a Sunday brunch/lunch at 11:15 prior to attending symphony in San Diego. Unfortunately, we were a few minutes early for lunch and were only able to order off the breakfast menu. I ordered salmon and avocado on toast and it was very good. My husband ordered eggs benedict with veal cheek, not knowing what to expect. It was not to his liking. Service was good but not as attentive as one might expect. We would probably try again but would try for dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Every single app, entree and dessert dish that 4 of us ordered was really good, like amazing good.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants in the San Diego area. Tucked in a beautiful Craftsman Style
Lodge on the edge of a famous golf course is one of the most romantic San Diego places to dine.
I always feel special when dining here. The food is beautifuly presented and delicious. We even
got to see former President Obama play golf as an added surprise !

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was beyond good, it was stunning. I grew up in the SD restaurant biz and we owned a couple steak houses. The Lodge brings back that classic SD upscale vibe of the 70's-80's but with a modern menu. My two kids 10 & 15 and I had the 28 day aged rib eye and wife had the duck. One thing to note is how they pair all of the different flavors, acids, textures, sweets and savory. I think most people will miss these subtleties, but if you have a palate that understands these complexities, you will be really well pleased and impressed. We started with the cheese plate which was enough for 3 of us who like cheese to be satisfied but not ruin the main. We ended with 3 desserts shared between 4 of us, all which were very good but not quite to the standard of their main menu. I'm just being picky here. We were surprised with two or three "compliments of the chef" surprises (Brocolini, Donut's and truffles and amazing corn bread muffins) Make sure you try the muffins. Service was great, slow to get the first course, but overall really good. They accidentally gave my wife gluten after we had discussed it with waiter so that was a bit of a bummer as we all ate and she waited 10-12 minutes to get her food. They were super cool about it and made up for it with the extras. We had a super loud family next to us, but not sure this is the norm. We spent $300.06 after tip for the for of us with no alcohol, but it was worth every penny if dining out and food is your thing. We will go back for sure. Thanks for a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

beautiful christmas ambiance. food was excellent.

Enjoyed our evening.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Incredible views. Delicious food. Perfect setting for a business lunch.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. We usually come three or four times a year for special occasions, like birthdays or anniversaries. The food is always great, and the service is outstanding. Ambiance is also great; low key, comfortable and relaxing. We both love the craftsman style of the lodge. If you come at the right time you can enjoy the sunset from the deck...I always suggest AR Valentian to friends looking for a great restaurant.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We received a personal call the day before confirming the reservation and was asked about seating preferences (inside please). The table was ready at 5:30 as reserved. Got a better
table by asking. Table service was superlative and unobtrusive. View was grand. The meal
was unrushed and beautifully prepared. Some new items on the menu..so we explored a
bit. No disappointments. The butternut squash soup had great body and flavor.
The osso bucco was succulent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

You will not be disappointed. The staff from when you first enter is pro and well trained. Wine selection and SOM is to be appreciated.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food, service, incredible wine list. Beautiful golf course and ocean views. Wonderful atmosphere, classy and high end with old world feel. Loved it! Will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A wonderful atmosphere with an excellent menu. There are several seating areas so although you don't feel alone (no one wants to go out and think no one else is in the restaurant), there is plenty of space between tables. We loved our evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Never disappoints!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderful food, neither intimidating nor boring and always very flavorful. Excellent service in a beautiful room. Quiet and dignified. Perfect for special occasions, out of town guests, romantic events, etc. We have been coming for many years, sometimes also staying at the wonderful Torrey Pines Lodge in which it is located.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very nicely done in all regards. Proper attentiveness, superb food and presentation.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

it was great, was going to the La jolla playhouse and our server was excellent and the food came out face

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This may be the best restaurant in San Diego with a menu that changes daily. However they are known for certain great dishes, my favorite being the duck.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Perfect for our private business dinner. Great foo.d Beautiful setting. Inattentive waiter.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Perfect location at the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Excellent service, food, and ambience. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This restaurant is always consistent. The food is well prepared, the servers are experienced and the sommelier Paul is the best.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We really enjoyed our time here. Service was perfect. The view was beautiful. The food was very good. I had the duck with poached pear and my husband had the ribeye.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Quite the amazing view. Service was impeccable. My colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed dining and chatting at the AR. We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of the best restaurants in SD. Outstanding architecture, ambience, views.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was so-so. We had to ask 4 times for bread. The wine recommendation was good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

AR Valentine has always maintained a great ambience and has always had exceptional food. This time was no exception. We enjoyed the server and the food greatly. We would come back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Indeed, it was a disappointing experience for a special occasion . ..

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The view and atmosphere were very nice. The appetizers and desserts were great. But the vegetarian entree was a huge disappointment, basically some veggies with an overcooked puff pastry for $30+, they could and should do so much more.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great experience, food was delicious.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very classical .
Good but outdated cuisine.
Classic without research.
We were disappointed

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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....

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server, Steve G., was fantastic. He kept an eye on us, but never interrupted. Excellent for the romantic dinner we wanted. The menu is varied and we enjoyed all our dishes - the duck was outstanding. Definitely will go again.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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