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The Pony Room

4.8
297 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Pony Room is a favorite among locals and resort guests alike. In addition to an extensive selection of all things tequila, it is also home to one of the area’s most impressive wine lists and hand-crafted, seasonally inspired signature cocktails. The Pony Room serves exceptional, American inspired cuisine with daily specials.

Join us EVERY night of the Week at PONY CAMP. Our luxury tented Pony Room experience on the croquet lawn replete with live music 5 nights a week. Our extraordinarily sumptuous set up will keep you safe warm and entertained over the winter months.

Even though the Pony Camp is under canvas, dress appropriately to ensure your comfort.

*All reservations are limited to a 2-hour dining period to ensure we can accommodate all guests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 297 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.9
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRonytS
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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vipKevin
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner T twilight under the tent. Can’t wait to go back.

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viprsflocal
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pony room has done an exceptional job with making the outdoor setting very special and romantic. By far the best COVID dining experience so far in San Diego. Thank you for all of your efforts. We greatly appreciated.

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vipLoriC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Great menu and impeccable service.

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vipAmos
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding. They have seized the advantages of gorgeous outdoor dining. I hope post covid they keep this setup. An expanded delicious menu. Fantastic evening. Good for the soul.

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vipPax411
Tulsa
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance, beautiful outdoor space! Food top notch! A little pricey, but expected.

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localmaven
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Pony Room has done an excellent job of adapting to the pandemic. Safely distancing and sanitizing while providing the same high level of service and great food in a wonderful atmosphere..

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vipFandBFanatic
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We have been to the Pony Room more than 50 times over the years and recently it has sunk to new lows. The outdoor tent is beautiful but the best servers have departed and seemed to have taken some of the chef staff as well as the quality of the food was unbelievable bad, particularly this past Sunday. The bacon on the bacon-wrapped dates was rubbery and undercooked, the lamb chops were simply pitiful and overcooked, the chopped salad was not chopped, and those were the best parts of the meal. I paid $35 for corkage (though we had 5 cocktails) and while I understand the need to pay corkage I had to pour wine to my family as the server was never around nor did she ever ask to pour or refill at any time. This is the 3rd time in a row we have had a terrible experience and we are not going back for a long, long, time, if ever. We now understand why the cream of the crop have left for other jobs...

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SilF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My favorite place
Especially if your waitress is Alan
Lovely and cozy atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The waiter we had so unfortunately super rude. First bad experience we have had Here

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vipMmmC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live locally and regularly visit the Pony Room as a safe, luxurious escape from Covid reality. The ambiance (outside seating/tent) is magical and the service couldn’t be better (shout out to Brian, Taylor, and Cat)! We always enjoy the menu and the live music. We are so fortunate to have access to such a wonderful place. The ultimate staycation for us.

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vipStoneCrabFan
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always enjoy lunch at the Pony Room! Great service. Food is so so but stunning view

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new Pony on the Lawn experience! Gorgeous, unique and Covid friendly. Always top notch food, service & ambiance at Rancho Valencia!

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Csan
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun drinks, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a lovely evening, great venue, live music was great.

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vipfrustrated
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Steak was over cooked. took 10 minutes for new steak.

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vipJuliana
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything wonderful at the Pony Room! Great food, great service and beautiful ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service at Pony Room is always outstanding. All of our servers were so friendly and attentive. Food was great as always too. I loved the way they set up the outside tent and left plenty of room in between tables. Will definitely be back again soon!

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SilF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That’s my favorite place to eat and my business meetings

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Complimentary valet. Outdoor seating with social distancing. Especially appreciated waiters wearing gloves and masks. I don’t normally like fish but their fish taco was good!

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vipDanaY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome the food was great and the atmosphere is beautiful. Bravo and thank you!

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vipAquaman
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adriana is always delightful and so very helpful and Manny a charm, too. Delicious and gorgeous as always.

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vipStephanieK
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Valentine’s meal ever!! Usually I am disappointed with the quality of food at most restaurants on Valentine’s day as they don’t seem to cope with the volume of clientele. Rancho Valencia was absolutely phenomenal, Brian was an efficient and friendly server, the live music was great, the food was delicious and the decor was magnificent. Well done to the Pony Room team for an outstanding Valentine’s Day event!

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PremA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ant attention to detail! Highly recommended.

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vipKristinH
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Spent Vday at the Pony room this year. loved the new outdoor space but was a little cold during dinner. They do have heat lamps but still felt cool.
Otherwise great service drinks and food.

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Suzy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice ambience, attentive servers, with menu offerings to please even the most highly selective tastes. Drink prices are on the high side. A great place for outdoor dining.

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vipSanDiegoReviewer
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding outside venue making the most of the covid restrictions. Live music, cozy settings with a regal vacation vibe. Menu was varied and we enjoyed fish tacos, short ribs and ceviche. Service was prompt and courteous. Could have stayed all night! Numerous outside tables offer fire pits and comfy couches. Be sure to visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing as always! Just a great place with amazing service and food, never disappoints! We had the shrimp cocktail which we always have, the lobster nachos (you haven’t lived until you try) and the Dover sole was a great new addition to the menu. The drinks are so good. The dessert is ok maybe I ordered the wrong thing. Love that the waiter/waitress always knows our last name it’s a nice little touch. Only thing that was odd was that they had to check to see if we could sit at the tables with the fire pit that felt a bit pretentious since they were empty but nevertheless this is the best place in SD hands down.

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AlexA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a spectacular job with COVID in mind

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Zizzi
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit this resort for dinner when we are in Rancho Santa Fe a few times a year and love it! Great vive, service, drinks and food!

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vipjanet
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the Pony room. Ambiance was beautiful within the tent they have created . Heaters making
it warm and cozy inside . Food , as always , was spot on .

Great drinks , apps and main meal. Loved it all !

Our server was always checking on us

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vipShell
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to share time with friends, while enjoying great food and service.

We had the quiche, kale salad with salmon, and turkey club sandwich. All were well prepared and good portion sizes.

Of course, we saved room for dessert! We thoroughly enjoyed the carrot cake, key lime pie and brownie a la mode. All were scrumptious and a feast for eyes and palate.

Service was courteous and attentive.

We always enjoy dining at The Pony Room and look forward to our next visit.

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vipJill
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've done a great job keeping the tables far apart and spaced apart safely, And the new outdoor decor is really beautiful! Food and service is ALWAYS great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch. Great food, great service. The staff let us enjoy a leisurely lunch without rushing us at all.

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vipJeff
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor set up, great service and beautiful ambiance. Cauliflower and Mexican corn not there best efforts and the ginger margarita, next time pass on it.

Churros, amazing! Fish tacos, wow! Hard to get a reservation but worth the effort!

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vipLindaB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for my best friend’s birthday. So glad Pony Room is back and never fails us with ambience, food and great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pony Room NEVER disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pony room has fully taken advantage of their outdoor space and transformed it into a dreamy date night spot! I honestly love it more than before Covid! Go to for a cozy romantic evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just can’t go wrong.. one of San Diego’s little gems.. always striving for more! Adding new food items regularly, great service and ambiance.. and live music to boot! Bravo RV!

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vipKcsreview
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant outdoor dining, excellent food and service from friendly staff.

FAQs

The Pony Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 759-6246.

The Pony Room is rated 4.8 stars by 297 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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