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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.
San Diego, CA 92037
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
North Torrey Pines Road and Callan Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Wednesday thru Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We offer complimentary valet or self parking for our guests.
Bus stops a short walk from the hotel.
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
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.
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
I travel all over the world and eat at some of the best restaurants in Rome, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Jerusalem etc. This is my favorite restaurant anywhere in the world. The food, service, and ambiance are all exceptional.
The people who work at the restaurant are like family. They are amazing.
This restaurant is the reason we keep coming back to this hotel. The food is superb especially for breakfast and Lunch. What it's lacking in price to value it makes up for with impeccable service and staff who are always friendly and attentive. Skip the cocktails and go straight to their wine list with the comfort of braised short ribs and home made tagliatelle or a a creamy mushroom risotto.
Enjoyed another fabulous meal at AR Valentien last night with friends. The preparation and presentation of the food is stellar, but the wine service eclipses even the excellence of the meal. Paul K., AR Valentien's sommelier, is the consummate host and shares his knowledge and a true love of fine wines from "name" producers to small boutique discoveries. Paul and the wizards in the kitchen all keep us coming back!
This was our 2nd year to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary there. The food is amazing, the service and care is over the top. Everyone makes you feel like your the only ones there. The Sommelier was especially knowledgeable and accommodating. Everyone there made our night very special...right down to seeing our names on a personalized menu. It is now our tradition for every anniversary!
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is my husband and my favorite restaurant in San Diego! We went there to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. (We went there 6 years ago to celebrate after we got married. However, we've been there a number of times since then for special occasions.) The food is excellent. The ambiance and decor is just stunning! The service is highly professional. We love this restaurant!!! BUT... how surprised were we this time when we opened up our menus and there at the top of the page was a a printed "Best Wishes" to us (with our names) on our 6-year wedding anniversary. It just was a special touch! We would have loved the restaurant even if that hadn't happened, but it was very nice and personal. Again, I can't say enough positive things about this restaurant and the setting. It's my absolute favorite spot in San Diego.
My husband and I returned to AR Valentien to celebrate our Anniversary. This is where he proposed 15 years ago. We were blown away at how well they continue to do with their service, their atmosphere and most importantly - their food. We did the Holiday Menu with Wine Pairing option. I can now check smoked salmon off my bucket list as there is no way I could ever eat better quality.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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