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Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn

3.6
3.6
90 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Join us at Rancho Bernardo Inn for our special event series! Whether you choose to join us for a Holiday Brunch, a special Private Barrel Release Party, or an exclusive Chef's Garden Dinner, reserve here to ensure your table or ticket with us!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 675-8543
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Christina Porterfield via phone or email cporterfield@jcresorts.com with any questions or special requests.
  • Private party contact
    Christina Porterfield: (858) 385-8758

Experiences

  • Perfect Pairings - Bubbles & Oysters Reception

    $49.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 23, 2024 only
    Join our Regional Sommelier Joe Baumgardner for a Perfect Pairings experience of Bubbles & Oysters at our Sommelier's Reception for only $49+ (not inclusive of tax).
    Perfect Pairings - Bubbles & Oysters Reception Photo
  • Easter Brunch Buffet

    $135.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Savor a delightful array of gourmet dishes and delectable treats while marking the Easter festivities with cherished family and friends. Dive into an unlimited brunch spread paired with cocktails, beer, wine, and refreshments, enhanced by captivating live music, all for $135 per adult and $55 per child (tax and 20% gratuity not included).
    Easter Brunch Buffet Photo
  • Garden to Glass Series

    $165.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 12, 2024 only
    Experience an unforgettable culinary collaboration at Rancho Bernardo Inn! Join us for an exquisite five-course tasting event as part of our Garden to Glass series. Renowned Chef de Cuisine Sergio Jimenez from AVANT and Chef Chris Hutchison from Huntress Steak will craft a decadent culinary journey. Accompanying each course, our Master Mixologist, Jason Sorge, will delight your palate with expertly crafted cocktails. Don't miss this exceptional evening – secure your spot for $165+ per person (exclusive of tax).
    Garden to Glass Series Photo

What 90 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Great for brunch

90 Reviews
  1. RossC

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and music was good but resort fails on sevrice. Not enought staff to transport guests from the ballroom located at the bottom of the resort back to the lobby. There was no golf cart service and guests were expected to walk a long distance after dancing and drinking New Years Eve. There were many steps to walk down and then walk back up.

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  2. Dine

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A better experience for mature audience Music though was not recognizable Food was excellent

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Thought we were booking for the restaurant, this event was a Buffett in a hotel ballroom that was not at all worth the money. If all you care about is unlimited food and well drinks…then maybe, but we had hoped for a more elegant experience and were very disappointed.

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  4. DebB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    As other reviewers have noted, we feel that the Rancho Bernardo Inn website should make it clear that the cost of their Christmas Buffet is $135 per person, PLUS 20% gratuity PLUS tax. For two, $270 + $54 gratuity + 25 tax. For the imposed 20% gratuity, we feel that a waiter or waitress should have been assigned to our table (#60). We were unable to located same and had to flag down at least five others for drinks, salt & pepper and to remove used plates, etc. As for ambience, this would have been better had our table for two not being adjacent to large sets of doors opening to the corridor. Since our reservation was at 3:45 pm, the numbers were dwindling and this could have been accommodated, although not requested at the time. The buffet was excellent, even though it was out of the roast beef carving by 4:00 pm leaving only roast lamb. The music was appropriate and of appropriate volume.

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  5. CynthiaL

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not that great for $135. They didn’t even have ham as was listed on the brunch menu. The bartender was flirting with my 21 year old daughter.

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  6. terraw

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The grounds are absolutely beautiful and they are worth a stroll around and some photo opportunities. The food was decent but definitely not anywhere worth the price tag $$$$

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  7. CliffordB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This beautiful location took place in a huge decorated ball room with live music and excellent food. The wide variety of entrees was followed by even better plentiful deserts. I do not care for the Country Western Music they had. Be aware of the mandatory 20% service fee and tax added to the price. They had no hand sanitizer and the soap was out in the men’s bathroom. Otherwise, a wonderful experience.

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  8. JohnS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually go to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for Christmas. But this year, since we live in RB anyway, we believe booked at The RB Inn and we’re very happy with our decision.

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  9. laurad

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Bad experience! Prime rib and lamb slices were cold, was told on the phone there would be salmon main course in it was just smoked salmon, glass was filled once, no one came around to refill, yet mandatory tip/service charge of $54! Music was loud, no holiday music by the band ( heard some people express relief when they took a break! My 91 year old mother wasn’t feeling well I had to flag down 2 people to get the bill and from the time I asked to the time we got to the valet parked car it took 45 minutes!!! Clearly not enough staff to work the valet counter and shuttle! Awful experience that cost $350! Will never go back!

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  10. DoraS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We, husband and I were Initially seated in a corner next to a curtain where servers were high traffic, the tall floor speaker budded up to the table. We asked for a different table. Hostess signaled from afar to meet her in the foyer, made no attempt to assist with cocktails in hand. Second table was in the foyer, right next to dessert tables. Away and out of the ballroom where the main buffet, music, and Christmas decor was located. Again, a total fail. Third table was decent, at least we were back in the ballroom. Within 20 mins of being seated, our waitress brought our bill. We had just served ourselves, felt rushed. Bringing patrons a bill before they eat is unprofessional and rude. The food was mediocre. Paella had burnt rice. The seabass lacked flavor, the small crab claws were a challenge to eat due to no small seafood utensils provided. Overall, food was unmemorable. RBI has a long way to go to achieve elite status. For two people, the bill with service fee, and tax totaled $300. The service and food didn’t match the premium price. A total waste of money.

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  11. BethN

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reservation for Thanksgiving dinner was at 4. We weren't seated until about 4:20 and we had to wait on the bar line to get something to drink. Thankfully we were seated at a table in a corner, this was a huge ballroom with tons of tables and noise. The food and dessert were at three different locations both inside and outside and felt disjointed and confusing. Some food wasn't available they were cooking more of it. The table wait staff was excellent, very attentive and efficient. For the money, I would never do this again.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Undisclosed 20% gratuity added on a party of 2…that’s almost $75 and we only saw the server 3 times. That’s including once to bring the check and once to take it. She opened it in front of us and scowled when she saw we did not leave an addition top. Total ripoff for the price spend $20 more per person and go to the Del or spend half as much and go to Coasterra for a beautiful view, superior food, and great service.

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  13. AScot

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As was typical of a buffet, most of the food that should have been served hot was not. Not surprising when you feed such a large number of people. Several of the vegetable dishes were excellent as well as the "cold" foods. The roast beef was tough; mashed potatoes "wimpy". Deserts that I tried were very good although the "cubes" were hard to use-needed a demitasse spoon. Staff were very attentive and friendly--obviously well trained.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Way overpriced. Food was just ok. Felt like a cafeteria.

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  15. RobertV

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The door was well-presented and prepared, and there was all the traditional and not-so-traditional different types of holiday fare. Customer service was excellent, and the serving staff were very efficient and friendly. Directions to the event would have been helpful, and the team from the event to the parking lot was a bit confused. Overall it was well done.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The event is priced at $135 on marketing posts. However it's closer to $155 per person with a "service fee" and gratuity added on. It would be much better to publish the actual cost so that guests aren't surprised when the final bill comes. For the cost of this event, the temperature of the food should be at least warm. All of the dishes, including the turkey, gravy, and stuffing were at best lukewarm. Some of the dishes were actually cold. They also ran out of mashed potatoes and several people were asked to try again "later". The dishes were all fine but other than the Corn and Mushroom Risotto, nothing was exceptional. The dessert table was beautifully dressed. However, everything was just okay. Nothing was incredible or worth the "cheat". The music, decor and florals were beautiful. The ballroom looked stunning. The champagne was free flowing and the servixe was wonderful. But for $350+ for two people, this event is not worth the cost. It really needs a revamp to be at the level of that price tag. The Sunday Brunch at Avant for $85 far exceeds the Buffet event we attended. We'll stick with that going forward. You should too!

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  17. casiea

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing all around thanksgiving day experience. The food was so good- best Turkey I’ve ever had and we loved the raw seafood bar. The full service bar was great and the servers always kept the champagne flowing. Our kids loved the children’s stations as well as everything else. So many options and the quality of food was really great. Definitely an amazing value when considering everything that you get included in the meal! We loved our time and will be back again for sure!

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  18. JenikM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Presentation was excellent. I need to see better room or to be decorated for next time.

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  19. LynnH

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced for the food served. No table service for beverages other than mimosas. 20% gratuity automatically added for no table service other than clearing used plates is over priced.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best brunch/buffet over ever been to. Fantastic variety and quality.

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  21. NapaBob

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Astonishing array of food, every bit of it chef-worthy and fantastic. Here are a few tips for Rancho Bernardo Inn next year: A) We were newbies to the property, and we found that wayfinding signage was almost nonexistent. Would have been nice to see "Mothers Day Brunch Follow the Signs" everywhere. We wound up standing in line at the wrong place, and a confused staff member had to look up our name, see where we were supposed to go, and point us off in the right direction. (As in, "See that tree? Go past it to the next row of bushes," etc.) B) For all the serve-yourself abundance, there were no coffee stations. We had to flag down a server when we wanted coffee or refills, then watch them trek across the ballroom and return with two cups of coffee on saucers. Any reason why there can't just be coffee urns near the various service tables? C) We were among the earliest to arrive, but I was a little nervous about food safety with the seafood. I didn't see a lot of packed ice surrounding the shrimp, crab, salmon, and scallops. If you got ill later in the day, shoot for a 10am seating next year! Those are just some tips I offer in case they might help--overall the variety and quality of food was mind-blowing. I've never seen anything quite like it! Well done.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow I must say this has been one of the best brunches I have been to in a long time. They even grilled the rib for you. So good!! I’ll be back next year!

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  23. bleset

    San Diego

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter buffet: Gorgeous and the weather was a great participant. Food, as every year, is magnificent and the service exceptional.

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  24. CollinC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the Chocolate Decadence class on 2/11 with Chef Margaret. It was a fun class with a delicious dessert. We are still waiting to be sent the recipe (today is 2/20).

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  25. JeanD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Margaret was very personable. Unfortunately, she didn’t provide the recipe necessary to make the cake she demonstrated how to make. Disappointed! Even after contacting RB Inn several times for the recipe, I never received it. No more classes for me!

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  26. DanB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Cost was overpriced for food available. Was seated next to musician could not talk to family

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  27. SteveO

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have gone to this brunch for YEARS! It was half the food choices and less quality and more expensive! We expected the Petting Zoo, it was suppose to be in the Aragon Ball room! We were charged $165 for an infant age 2!!!! NEVER will we go again! This family tradition has come to an end!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every good food and excellent service!

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  29. JuliaL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Rancho Bernardo Inn is beautiful but the big room where they had the thanksgiving buffet needs some ambience. Food was good, service ok. Had to ask a few times for coffee and drink refills. Nice, but DEFINITELY not worth $200 per person with 25% tip included. We will not go again

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  30. JuliaB

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and presentation were wonderful, as always. Enjoyed the music. Not as many guests there as I expected. Therefore, not as festive as I thought it would be. Our reservation, confirmed several times, was for 7 people. However, table was set for nine. Had to be adjusted after we were there.

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  31. Grateful2BAlive

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing evening, full of wonderful surprises, from the fresh seafood appetizers and drinks to the country style buffet dinner, with band and bar, to the tasting afterwards. Well thought out and well done.

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  32. BernieS

    San Diego

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Rancho Bernardo dinners are exceptional this one was the tequila tasting it was very very good. We started with a mix cocktail with tequila. There was plenty of food sliders street tacos and more. A fish soup Caesar salad. Live music They moved us around to different locations which was nice and ended up upstairs. It was a 10+ evening

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  33. FrankH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an excellent Mothers Day brunch as expected with the price per head of $150 including drinks, outstanding selection of buffet food, & live music, but not state taxes, in an uncrowded, well organized venue.

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  34. Pitty

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lot of fun at RB last night! Good food and service

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  35. Rico

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very fun, food was good. The ambience was perfect.

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  36. Socaljerseygirl

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Love the rancho Bernardo inn…was deeply disappointed with the Christmas lunch…sent my fish back because it was cold…it just wasn’t worth the cost…the breakfast I had from room service was significantly better…we will be back because the inn is great, but probably won’t ever buy a prefix again.

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  37. Maggie

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was luke-warm to say the least. Main entrees were over cooked and obviously prep-prepared as they arrived within seconds. The lobster soup had something in it that was inedible. The only reason we stayed is because we had nowhere else to go on Christmas Day. And ridiculously expensive!

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  38. RobertS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had two wonderful culinary experiences at this property. Top shelf!

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  39. JacquelineW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Suggest warming rolls and keeping food hot at time of service.

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  40. ZachL

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Not worth the money for the level of service and food.

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FAQs

Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn is rated 3.6 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2112

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live musical entertainment. A petting zoo and pony rides for the children.
  • Phone number
    (858) 675-8543
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Christina Porterfield via phone or email cporterfield@jcresorts.com with any questions or special requests.
  • Private party contact
    Christina Porterfield: (858) 385-8758
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