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The Valley Kitchen, Carmel, CA

The Valley Kitchen

4.4
4.4
744 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 AND FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, THE VALLEY KITCHEN IS OFFERING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SEATING. AS WE ALL KNOW, MONTEREY COUNTY IS A BEAUTIFUL BUT CHILLY PLACE, WE DO RECOMMEND BRINGING A SWEATER AND DRESSING IN LAYERS FOR OUTDOOR DINING. Also due to Covid-19 Valley Kitchen is not accepting cash payments at the moment. -- The Valley Kitchen showcases the natural bounty of California's Central Coast; a region renowned for its seafood, vegetables, and meat and game. The menu highlights cuisine that is ingredient driven and seasonal, focusing on rustic presentations that emphasize bright flavors in harmony with the warm, beautiful setting of the valley.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 626-2599
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ritchard Cariaga
  • Private party contact
    JJ Egloff: (831) 626-2599
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel Valley
  • Cross street
    Carmel Valley Road
  • Parking details
    Carmel Valley Ranch offers complimentary valet parking for dining patrons.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

744 Reviews
  1. hairnet

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have had great meals for years, but this time it really missed the mark. The menu isn’t varied enough. The short rib didn’t fall off the bone. And the vegetables on the side were super salty. There are fewer and fewer fine dining restaurants in the valley now, but I’d probably rather cook at home than go back to Valley Kitchen anytime soon.

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  2. LeilaniM

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and ambiance. I enjoyed the food too.

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  3. BRUCEG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food & service was good. However, after requesting the dinner tab, we waited 20 min, then left the table to pay at the reservation desk.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration

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  5. NinaJohn

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting, good service. Extremely expensive and limited menu. Food was marginal at best. It was definitely “a miss.”

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  6. KC88

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here can be just great - Carly, Angela, and Chef Nelson made our dinners and breakfasts so enjoyable. Yes, the costs are high, since this is a resort, but I would argue that the ambience (outside with the pups, beautiful view of the valley, space heaters when necessary) and service and food quality justify it. Also, eating products from on site (goat cheese, lavender infusions, honey, Pinot Reserve) is amazing - terroir indeed! We loved the granola and think they should sell it in the Market. My only quibble is the classic rock playlist that seemed to be on loop through the week - if you are an Eagles/Fleetwood Mac/Tom Petty fan then you are in luck! (we are fortunately). Take It Easy!

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  7. SuzMo

    St. Louis

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love everything about The Valley Kitchen! The food, staff & atmosphere are all incredible!

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  8. KennethF

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner! Wait staff are great. Food is very special.

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  9. PhyllisJB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Having eaton at Valley Kitchen several months ago and having loved everything, especially the food, you might imagine how deeply disappointed we were with our recent dining experience on 7/22/22. The menu had changed drastically, none of the delicious food remained. The food we ordered was not nearly as tasty as previously. 2 of us had the halibut and it certainly did not live up to the4 exorbitant pricing. Our waiter overcharged us for the wine, and had to redo our bill. All in all, not an experience that fits in with the resort's reputation nor with the pricing.

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  10. Nina

    Dallas

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    They offer a limited selection of food and my meal (chicken) had different ingredients than described. And the green salsa not only looked like poison - it also tasted awful and should not be on the plate. But what really disappointed us was when we saw people at the table next to us had a delicious looking burger - but this was not on the menu. We asked the server about it - and he said these are guests of the hotel and it is from the in room dining menu. If this is the case they should serve it also in room and not at the restaurant where you only can select between expensive and not very creative dishes. The place is lovely . And like these days everywhere: service needs improvement and food is very expensive for what you get.

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1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel, CA 93923

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Carmel Valley Road
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel Valley
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Carmel Valley Ranch offers complimentary valet parking for dining patrons.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ritchard Cariaga
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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