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AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

4.7
680 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(858) 777-6635
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeff Jackson
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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.
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Private party contact
A R Valentien Reception Desk: (858) 777-6635
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Catering

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Torrey Pines Road and Callan Road
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet or self parking for our guests.
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Public transit
Bus stops a short walk from the hotel.
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment
Wednesday thru Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Special events & promotions
* Artisan Dinners on select 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.

* Celebrate the Craft *
October 28, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.
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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
What 680 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 9, 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 !

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5.0Dined on December 8, 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.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

beautiful christmas ambiance. food was excellent.

Enjoyed our evening.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 17, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 5, 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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4.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 30, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 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!!!

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 27, 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.

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on October 26, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Great experience, food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 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.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 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.

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1.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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