Superb eexperience with thoughtful touches for a birthday celebration.
We have dined at AR Valentien on several other visits to the Lodge. We were seated early and greeted by name on arrival. The wine list was impressive and our food choices delicious. The service was exceptional. We were checked on frequently, but not too frequently. The ambiance makes for a relaxing dining experience.
All in all, I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special or any occasion!
Super attentive without being interruptive. Unique menu items with great flavor. Thank u. -Sarah
Ingredients were excellent, preparation excellent. We both felt that both the lamb and the duck had too much salt on it. Everything else was perfect.
We love the place! The nice corner banquette was perfect for our family occasion, the service was excellent, and the wine suggestions perfect (we all like different wines). A couple entree’s were less than the stellar level we have had before, and the noise level at the start of dinner was louder than optimal, but it quieted down and we all left feeling especially well taken care of. Thank you for a lovely evening!
Everything was outstanding! And our server was very friendly and helpful as was the rest of the staff from the top to the bottom.
Despite outstanding service and excellent ambiance, we were disappointed with food quality. The lamb in my lamb breast roulade was very fatty and I had to return it, as was the salad that accompanied my wife's scallops entreé. Excessive salt is used in food preparation. My wife, who is salt sensitive, had her blood pressure skyrocket the next morning. Cooking should be more health oriented.
My husband and I love coming here. One of main reasons we often come here to dine is because of Paul, a fantastic Sommelier. From just a light dinner to full blown wine pairings, Paul has always made perfect selections for us.
The food is great. The staff and customer service are outstanding! I surprised my husband and took him there to celebrate his birthday. And he is very pleased! We will definitely be coming back again.
10 out of 10
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner and drinks at AR Valentien with a lovely outdoor table in great comfort, thanks to the gas heater. After a lovely amuse bouche, we split the smooth-as-silk chicken live pate. I enjoyed my sable fish (black cod) and my wife's baquetta (a new fish to us from the grouper family) was beautifully prepared. While we couldn't manage dessert, we enjoyed a complimentary assortment of sweets. Service from Eddie was friendly and professional.
Everything about Valentien's was outstanding. The atmosphere, service, ambiance, and of course, the food. Waiter Bradford was especially helpful in explaining the menu, with its many delightful specialties. This was a special occasion, but we will be back for another experience.
We’ve come on special occasions and when the farm to table dinners were given prior to its cancellation. To our surprise, the food and the service were not what we had experienced before.
The initial server was nice enough but suddenly disappeared in the middle of our birthday meal celebration with no explanation from alternate staff who only showed up after waiting very long for someone to appear in the area that we were dining in.
The the sword fish and the red snapper were not very good. The fish did not taste fresh almost gamey. My wife and I did not want to ruin the birthday celebration in front of our celebrant. We were just happy enough to be together for the event.
This was an unfortunate experience from a restaurant that we always thought to be a reliable place of gathering and good food. It will be a while before we decide to come back.
A.R. Valentien is one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Highly recommend for business and work meetings.
We really enjoyed our long lunch at A R Valentien. Everything was good - food, service and ambience. All was done with finesse and it is easy to see why it is rated as one of the best restaurants in San Diego. It was simply a pleasure to dine here. I look forward to returning.
Slow table service...vegetables were overcooked...steak was average...nothing really outstanding except for the ambiance...donuts at the end of the meal, promised twice, deliver zero.
Fabulous view, food and service. Always a great place for any special occasion.
Wait staff helpful and spot on with food recommendations. All service personnel Attentive but not bothersome, meal excellent! Look forward to returning.
Service had an attutude for what proved to be average food. We had a reservation, but were not allowed a table by the window. YET THE TABLES BY THE WINDOWS REMAINED EMPTY, for the entire time we were in the restaurant.
Arrived early and seated right away. Seated outside since it was a nice day. Was handed a menu with a happy anniversary wish printed at the top with our names...great touch. The service, meal and ambiance were all exceptional. One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Understated yet totally elegant.
This was our first visit to AR Valentien but it won't be the last. Our food, particularly my duck entrée, was great. Service was as good as I've had in San Diego, with special mention of the wine recommendations and attention from the sommelier.
Every year, we go to A.R. Valentien for a special occasion. Without exception, the meal is outstanding and the service comparably great. It is worth every penny which, by the way, amounts to a lot of pennies as this restaurant is not a value proposition. But we've never been disappointed and we've been going annually for the better part of 10 years. Yeah, it's a splurge, but it never has failed to please. Strongly recommended for special occasions.
Our visit was to celebrate our Anniversary as we have enjoyed all visit to Valentien's in the past. We were not disappointed as the booth gave us a beautiful ocean view over the golf course, the menu was varied and unique, the service was outstanding and the meal for each of us was exceptional. This restaurant will remain on our list of the best of San Diego's restaurants for special occasions.
Excellent service and food! We would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant!
After a great start the service went downhill rapidly. I think we saw at least four different servers come to the table . Getting the bill was easier than paying it. We were trying to make a tee time and in the end asked the maitre d to take our credit card. After quite a while the bill arrived and was wrong ( it included spa treatments !) the whole process overshadowed the always good food and experience which was a pity.
Celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary! We have been every year and love celebrating here! The food has never disappointed us and we love to see the changes to the menu! I ordered the ahi tuna and my husband the lamb. We loved both! Also enjoyed the beets! And had cheese cake for dessert was amazing!
Was great until. Very drunk Patron day next to us and was so loud he drove us out
This restaurant is exceptional. The creative menu is so tasty; presentation is artistic; and service truly remarkable from the moment we arrived. Although we were right next to the door to the kitchen, it was not a distraction as all servers were focused on their efforts to make every guest enjoy their meal.
The amuse bouche and little sweet treats at the end of the meal were much appreciated by us.
Such a pleasure to dine at AR Valentien!
told I would be sitting outside I felt like I was about to be slighted by a pretentious restaurant - not happy . I was further disappointed when I walked by empty booths inside this cute restaurant filled with charm. But once seated outside all that anger went away. For one thing, it was just as charming outside as it was inside. The Staff truly makes you feel important and cared for. The food came out timely and perfect. I had a waiter but felt served by the entire staff. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. With all the money I throw away on dining every year it was nice to find this true Unicorn.
- Service was great
- Ambiance was great
- The food was well made, but the presentation was lacking.
- Cocktails are too spirit forward and lack a balance of flavor and presentation.
Have not had a bad meal here. One of us had the "Chicken on a Brick" which was delicious, perfectly cooked. But the star of the show was their cheeseburger, which is off menu. You have to be in the know, it is one of the best in San Diego. Soup was a great starter as well.
This restaurant is one of the very best i have been to in San Diego since moving here. The food was creatively prepared and plated and tasted outstanding and real. The service was attentive but not invasive.
We have enjoyed this restaurant for a number of years for a nice Lunch. Love the ambiance. However, this time I was a little disappointed in the menu changes, a bit too trendy. Kale, beets and turnips may be healthy, but I prefer tastier foods. What I found was good, Seabass and mashed potatoes, and we will still go back for another lunch. The setting alone is worth it.
The beautiful setting (both the Craftman architecture and the La Jolla coastal view) makes for a great start but the excellent menu and service put this restaurant on the "special" list!
Menu was very bad. Nothing worth ordering. This restaurant is going downhill.
beautiful setting, excellent service
menu doesn’t change much, but it’s perfected
This is the third time we have tried AR Valentien. Each time, my wife and I have enjoyed the setting, the service and the establishment's attempts to please the diner. Unfortunately, the food, while well conceived and presented, is bland to the point of boring. For the money, one can do much better: I can think of 3 restaurants within a few miles of this restaurant that I'd rather eat at.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at this wonderful restaurant. The view from the dining room is absolutely breathless. The service was superb and the food was incredible. We will definitely return.
Very bad dining experience. First they failed to honor my requested seating preference. All four of us ordered the fixed price meny with lamb as the main dish. Two of the diners found that the lambe was about 70% pure fat. It was not edible. They asked for something else but they charged a very hefty surcharge for the substitution. Service was terrible. They brought things out before the dirty dishes were removed. The attitude of the hostess was rude and cold. We're never going back.