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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.

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.6

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (44)
Scenic View (42)
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Quiet Conversation (40)
Good for a Date (38)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Business Meals (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Cozy (20)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Waterfront (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Menu was very bad. Nothing worth ordering. This restaurant is going downhill.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

beautiful setting, excellent service
menu doesn’t change much, but it’s perfected

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Need practice making a Cosmo. I requested Grand Mariner instead of Contreau, could not taste it. Asked for Roses lime juice,not in it. Asked for it to be redone. Still not done properly. How odd. Only disappointment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Organic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Wait service was nearly non existent. We had to call four times for the return of our server. This tainted our enjoyment of dining here .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the La Jolla/San Diego area.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service and food quality exceeded our expectations! We will return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A very enjoyable evening. Beautiful Holiday venue. Excellent service. Great food. Pricey, but good for a special occassion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

A.R. Valentien is exquisite in every way. The service is impeccable; the views breathtaking; food magnificent. Need I say it is my favorite restaurant in San Diego! IT is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sit outside and it is like a mini vacation.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Good food and well prepared. Waiter slow to ask us if we wanted a cocktail etc. had to “get his attention”

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Craftsman-postcard view, the chef’s special chicken-liver pâté, and the exceptional, personal service will keep me coming back for many years to come. My only objection is the ridiculous per-glass cost for wine. Everything else is reasonable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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.

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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