The Valley Kitchen

4.6
576 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 AND FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, THE VALLEY KITCHEN IS ONLY OFFERING OUTDOOR SEATING. AS WE ALL KNOW MONTERREY COUNTY IS A BEAUTIFUL BUT CHILLY PLACE, WE DO RECOMMEND BRINGING A SWEATER AND DRESSING IN LAYERS. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 576 people are saying
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vipElaineB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Reception was not particularly friendly. When I asked to be seated at an empty table that was next to the one we were assigned I was told it was not possible to change assigned tables. That table remained empty for 30 minutes and then it was filled.
My Gnocchi was not good. It was a small portion with little gnocchi and few mushrooms. The feta on the roasted chicken was an odd choice, however the chicken was roasted perfectly.

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sueber
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and well presented. Service by Alejandro was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter breakfast

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu variety was a bit narrow with a family .... but overall a great experience....!

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vipKellybelly
San Joaquin
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipTiffanyY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner here to celebrate my bf's birthday. Anthony was more than hospitable and made our night super special. Thank you! We can't wait to be back.

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vipgoer
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valley Kitchen is my "go to" restaurant. Both the food and the setting/ambience gives great satisfaction.

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vipMelissaH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, delicious breakfast options.

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viperinh1
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. First day open for restaurant seating in a year. Corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day was scrumptious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food and they are making the best of the outdoor-only dining situation. Service can be a bit slow.

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Naikamara
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Yummy food, great service, warm blanket and heat lamps. Get the clams!!

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MariaR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic!

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vipRick3G
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Highly recommend the crab cakes

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vipnielr1
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in town. We always love it. Great food and lovely location.

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vipKylar
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First off, I felt obligated to leave a review because of how well we were taken care of by José. He was top-notch: humorous and engaging - he made our meal very enjoyable. We were seated on the back patio and had a heater next to the table that kept the cold out on a late February dinner (@ 8:30pm). My wife and I shared the spring rolls, asparagus soup and scallops. José made sure to split the soup and entree for us which was wonderful. The spring roll rice paper wrappers were cold and firm (but the sauce was fantastic!). The asparagus soup needed some salt but was very good otherwise. The scallops entree were a bit undercooked and overpriced (over $10/scallop). All in all we left my birthday dinner fully satisfied - just make sure to ask to be seated in his section... and tip José well!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Jose is the man

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vipCaedmon
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Without fail the friendliest servers out there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, wonderful food and great service!!

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vipSandiG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was great! And our dogs were treated well!!

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vipRichardO
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is average but will give it another chance since they reopened not that long ago

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration out by the pool. Great food, fantastic drinks and the best service!

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vipAdventuresinDining
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

They need to create a more pleasant outdoor dining experience. We froze. Heaters didn’t work due to wind - they blew out. They should invest in some of the plastic enclosures folks are using to help break the wind.

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MariaLouisa
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It always feels like going on mini-vacation to brunch here, even though we live just 15 minutes away. Beautiful scenery, spacious, exceptional service and really good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, even with the pandemic procedures the food was amazing and staff very attentive. 5/5 , we always enjoy this restaurant so much!!

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vipgoer
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Excellent food. Outdoor seating only right now because of the pandemic and excellent distancing between table and heaters to keep you nice and warm!

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Dudster
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They have just opened back up. The ambiance is great there. We like eating outside and the staff is wonderful. The menu needs to be updated, but we assume until things get back to full speed that may not be realistic. I'd also suggest getting those copper cups for "mules"! Finally, some pasta and pizza options would help.

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vipgoer
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch at Valley Kitchen. Sat outside and it was a beautiful day. Everyone was most attentive - moving umbrellas, chairs, heaters. Our server was personable and efficient. Of course, the food was delicious as it always is.
Unfortunately, as of this Sunday our restaurants are being closed down again so I will not be able to enjoy the food until next year!

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vipEC12
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed on property for a long weekend and never had to leave the grounds to eat out! It was a cold and drizzly weekend, and we either just walked over to the restaurant or ordered take-out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The food was excellent for every meal, including kids' meals.

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vipSauna
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Chicken wings had a gamey taste. Could have been frozen too long or have gone bad. We returned for a replacement meal. Ambiance was great but food felt like bar food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Even though I’m a local it was my first time at The Valley Kitchen. The staff was friendly and hospitable, food was good, loved sitting outside in the valley, but it took them 45 minutes to deliver our food after we enjoyed our salads. That’s too long. I will go back though. I definitely recommend.

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vipgoer
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Most pleasant to return after many months avoiding restaurants due to pandemic. The necessary out door seating was done very well and I felt very comfortable. Do feel that it is necessary to look at both the regular dinner menu and also the room service menu (you can order off of this in the dining room) to get the best variety of offerings. Our food was delicious and Jose, our waiter was excellent.
Highly recommended.

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HeatherA
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and vibe! Will go back during the day to see the workings of the ranch!

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MikeD
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner as usual! Had our favorites ... scallops and filet. Service great as usual!

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vipSanDiegoCoastalChambersOf
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was awesome. We had a great dinner.

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Dudster
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visit the Valley Kitchen a couple of time a month. We live near there and walk over with our dog named Moose. The people there remember us (especially Moose) and always give him a great dog bone to keep him occupied while we enjoy our experience with Moose. We had a Caesar Salad with Chicken and a Rib Eye steak. They were both delicious. The staff is very friendly and attentive. It's nice to sit by the pool, take in the ambiance of the restaurant and enjoy our meal. The Rib Eye was very tender and cooked just right. The Caesar Salad could use a little more on it, but my wife enjoyed it. The Moscow Mules are good as well as the Swing Reserve Pinot Noir. Jose - a server for another table stopped by to say hello and our server Nichole was great.

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vipBean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining and COVID protocols. Autumn fish was delicious

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JohnC
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any concerns regarding food quality and service levels need not be. Since Chef Tim Wood’s departure in my opinion , the food quality has only improved. Chef Tim is a great chef who must have trained great soups chefs. The rib-eye was cooked to perfection, we asked our server to add scallops to the risotto- delicious, and the cheeseburger juicy as ever. Jose, our server was prompt, anticipatory, and overall super.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was during Covid so everything is with a grain of salt. Food was soooooo delicious and would go back again!

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vipTrulyScrumptious
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor dining arrangement works well for COVID cautious people. We felt very comfortable and far enough away from other tables. Patio heaters kept us cozy and the food (short ribs for all) were delicious.

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The Valley Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 576 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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