AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

4.8
879 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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 879 People Are Saying
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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great birthday experience food has been better

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VJ
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went here for lunch and was encouraged to try the Drugstore Burger, since it’s known as a popular favorite there. I’m sorry to complain, but I wasn’t impressed. The burger meat seemed a bit tough to chew, not moist (ordered medium-well, but it was past well done). The bacon on the burger also seemed very thick, overcooked, and tough to bite through and chew. You needed a knife and fork to eat it because it falls apart and slips out of the bun when you pick up and bite. I didn’t taste any seasoning or salt on the meat, and there was no flavorful sauce. It was bland and messy. The waiter was nice, but I did have to wait a very long time for my check and actually had to ask for my check after dozens of staff zipped past my table, where I had set my checkbook on the edge as a polite signage of “I’m ready to go!” It was uncomfortably cold in there. I just didn’t feel comfortable or cozy and wasn’t able to enjoy my meal or dessert. The dessert (apple empanada), much like the burger, was nothing to rave about. The view of the Torrey Pines Golf Course at the Lodge was what drew me here. Still glad to have yet another foodie adventure. Maybe I was just having a fussy day. It was a loud and busy lunch hour. Business was booming for them, so that is always a good sign, and perhaps I just made the wrong menu choice.

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j
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific unhurried service with food that is well prepared and very satisfying. Good choice of entrees. Our table greatly enjoyed duck confit and scallop risotto.

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W
Denver
120 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Tasty citrus salad. Free range chicken was flavorful and moist. My wife's shrimp appetizer was smokey and basically burnt tasting....unfortunate. Her scallops were cooked perfectly. Nice half bottle of pinot noir to compliment the meal.

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FL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Restaurant hostess put us @ small table right by kitchen door, which was in constant use. Room we were in had very few diners so her choice was perplexing. No one asked to take coats. Wait staff were attentative and friendly to other diners, just not to us. Did not refill teapot or beverages. Food quality and presentation not up to restaurant ratings. Had to ask for jam for toast.

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TC
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food and ambiance were delightful. Our waiter was detached. Swarming Service was very well executed but the lead waiter was not sharp.

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LM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening start to finish. Service and sommelier made the night with amazing food and presentation! Top rating!

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JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with spectacular service. Great for special occasions or no reason at all.

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SJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our holiday lunch was a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting. The attention to detail in the creation of this Arts and Crafts building was very rewarding.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant inside a beautiful craftsman hotel. The ambiance is so quaint and different from the usual San Diego area restaurant. While it isn’t quiet, it is less noisy than many other places. We came in to a darling Christmas tree with live carolers. What a treat!
The food was well prepared and seasonally appropriate. We tend to choose vegetarian or comfort food choices and the menu was quite limited for those items. I would’ve enjoyed some craft cocktails. The prices were quite high. It was about $100/ person, 1 cocktail each, shared first course, two mid range entrees, no dessert.

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JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and polite service in a beautiful quiet setting!

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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DW
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the scarcest finds is a creative gourmet breakfast. Mostly great chefs concentrate on dinner. This exceptional find is a Special Occasion Breakfast which will be as memorable as a fine dinner engagement. The lemon ricotta pancakes are ethereal served with fresh homemade raspberry puree. The chicken apple sausage is sophisticated. The apple-bran-spinach muffin merges healthy ingredients into the most delicious muffin top you ever tasted. The setting is full linen, fancy dinner class, with a choice of elegant indoors or a gorgeous Torrey-shaded patio. Don't miss touring the hotel which is an architectural gem. While this is more expensive than your typical breakfast, it is less expensive than your typical gourmet lunch or dinner, and every bit as memorable. Actually it's only slightly more expensive than Great Maple, to put it in perspective; yet this qualifies as Fine Dining. All foodies should check this out!

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J
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town. Always good impressive service excellent good

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PL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A.R. Valentien is always special and always delights. The food is wonderful. They are VERY accommodating for people with food allergies. The ambience is unique and beautiful. Highly recommend.

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SS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I noticed that the service has improved and it doesn’t take as long to dine there

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Improved tasty food. Improved service. Great sunny day. Nice deck to beach view. Staff was very friendly.
This was a mid Sunday morning breakfast. We have great expectations for dinner after the Holiday rush is over.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the balcony, great view. Steven G was an awesome server. He made the whole dining experience wonderful.

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MQ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and all ingredients were fresh. Downgraded because swordfish was very dry and salty with the wrong vegetables. For the price the fish should be good if not great and the food brought out as ordered. Lovely venue but won’t be back.

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K
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas lunch with good friend. Such a beautiful venue. Service and food all the way around was excellent!!

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RB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Civilized. Very civilized. Attentive and pleasant staff that were knowledgeable and rightfully enthusiastic about quality food. San Diego has a lot of dining options and sometimes it is expensive and doesn't quite have the cost match the quality of the experience. Here does.

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RB
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very Happy Birthday!

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SS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been here in awhile, but won't let that happen again. We decided to stay for dinner after our daughter's choral concert at the Lodge. The concert, the festive atmosphere of the Lodge, and dinner at A.R. Valentien all made for a great evening. The service provided by Steven was outstanding and he pointed us to some delicious dishes, including the beets (who would have thought?), and the swordfish. Winter sunsets are the best in San Diego, so it's worth trying to go a littler earlier to A.R. Valentien and enjoy the view from an outside table.

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TB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have lunch at A.R. Valentien once a year for our Wedding Aniversary. It is pricey, but atmosphere, outstanding service, and the gourmet quality and presentation are worth every penny.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the heated patio where the noise level was very calm. It was much noisier in the dining room.
The food was excellent

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate there for breakfast and it was a pleasant experience. Just a little too quiet!

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special menu to celebrate our anniversary. Staff very accommodating and friendly. Food was excellent with a nice dessert dish to help us celebrate. Will definitely be back

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. It is always excellent. The food is always outstanding. The view is beautiful and we like to be outside on warm evenings. The wine list is also interesting. This restaurant is a bit expensive but worth it.

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BF
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for lunch - very quiet, so we could chat away without bothering anyone else. The service was truly outstanding, the food very good, and of course, the decor is just unbelievably gorgeous. It was especially beautiful because of the seasonal decorations!

I was especially interested in the name of the restaurant. The pepper tree piece by him got me wondering, so I looked him up. Amazing information - here at the time of Ellen Scripps, a midwest potter and then an creator of botanical prints. Quite a special person he must have been, and a nice tribute to his memory.
Thank you!!

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MK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once seated, the food and service at our table were once again fabulous as was the case for a number of previous visits. My only quibble is with the seating at our table. I am guessing that the hostess may be new, but two things were less than ideal. The first was that when we arrived six minutes early for our reservation she told us that they can't seat us until closer to the time for our reservation and that we could wait in the adjacent waiting area. While I appreciate the table may not have been ready, or the staff may not have arrived, it would have been a simple thing to explain that was the case. After waiting in the adjacent area for 20 minutes, I went back to check on our table. It was clear she had somehow forgotten us. She was otherwise pleasant and we were seated quickly.

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CH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Really took care of us for our anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for providing a delicious breakfast with superb service. We recommend the Valentien for any occasion.

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U
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorites! Duck was fabulous, and hearty portions.
Best restaurant Caesar!

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing and the service is wonderful. It is not cheap, but worth it!

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RR
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch on the patio

Always attentive service and food was excellent

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family night out for a nice treat. Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful.

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HF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Though we were able to eventually secure reservations at the restaurant, it wasn't through Open Table. The restaurant told us they never received the reservation request from Open Table. Very disappointing on the part of your service.

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MF
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Thanksgiving dinner. Excellent food with professional friendly service

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MS
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy to see the Spaghetti Squash and eggs are back on the menu....my favorite dish!
Service is spectacular , the views can't be beat and the food is excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary and birthday.....they were fantastic!

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