The Valley Kitchen

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508 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Valley Kitchen showcases the natural bounty of California's Central Coast; a region renowned for its seafood, vegetables, and meat & 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Took our friend for his birthday and the waiter was unqualified for this type of restaurant.
Made mistakes on the order, didn’t came back after the first course to change our silverware. Had to chance to asked him when our food was now cold. Had to ask for the desert list and only brought 2 ( we were 4 peoples).
Bad experience all together and we are local😔

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food- super busy so service started a little slow, but the waiter had a good personality which made up for it.

JB
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service = EXCELLENT
Food = EXCELLENT
Ambience = EXCELLENT

I really thought I was dining at a Michelin Star restaurant!

C
Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, professional staff and very good food.
Thank you.

d
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice Valentines Dinner. Shared the Caesar salad, beef Wellington and panda cotta. All good and great service.

MD
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Hubbiehad Oysters Rockefeller and Beef Wellington...and he loved both! They were specials for Valentine’s Day and were extremely tasty. I had a filet and salad which both were yummy, as always!

AG
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food from beginning to end was incredible and the service was superb.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Lady and I had a date to visit the Valley Kitchen at Carmel Valley Ranch. We had the best time there with an amazing dinner and evening. Upon arrival we were greeted by the Valet and two of them opened up our door to our car and welcomed us in. The ambiance was immediate noticeable with waiter flowing in the fountains and as we entered the main door leading into the lobby there was a huge fireplace burning inside. We were once again greeted by two hosts who opened up the massive doors. Were amazed at the beauty of this place. It felt like a large lodge in Grand Tetons!
We were then greeted by the Hostess and taken to our private dining room away from the bar. We were given a very private table for two with a view of the outside oaks thru the huge plate glass windows.
We were immediately offered drink menus and fresh iced water. We ordered cocktails and they came back fast. The servers came out with warm fresh sourdough bread with herbed butter, and fresh in house pickled vegetables that were very tasty. The main server Ishmael came out and greeted us with good cheers for us being there to dine on our date night for my Wife’s Birthday. He told us all about the specials and there were many choices. We looked over the menus while we sipped our drinks. We discovered that they have a special steak called the Tomahawk Ribeye Steak that was a 28 ounce steak with a long bone trimmed. He told us about how it was to be served table side with a large cat iron pan filled with potatoes, veggies, mushrooms, baby onions, whole garlic and 5 sides of dipping sauces. We were sold on that option and ordered the meal for two. We also split a ceaser salad that was delicious. When our main course arrived we were blown away how big and beautiful the serving was. The manager of the kitchen came out and personally cut our tomahawk steak table side on a large wood cutting board on a rolling cart. He then served my Wife here then mine. It was an incredible experience:

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Ranch and had dinner here on two occasions. Both times the food was excellent! The service was great and we requested our server Jose again. Their goat cheese is sourced and made on site and so is the honey. We had a chance to visit the goats and bees which made for an even more memorable meal. I’d highly recommend the restaurant for dinner as every bite we had was excellent!

s
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Atmosphere is lovely, food wonderful. Service was awful. Complained to manager after half hour or more before meal came and things improved slightly. Second time here and same experience. Expect more given pricing.

RO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We have always enjoyed the Valley Kitchen, but this time the food was not good...
Crab cake sauce was clear and tasted and smelled old instead of creamy.

RO
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always order the Tomahawk steak for two. Always great!

MY
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have stayed at Carmel Valley Ranch twice before, but this was our first time dining at The Valley Kitchen. Everything from the service to the food was excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Last family date night of the year !

E
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went here for a Christmas dinner because my family was in town. I was expecting it to be pretty crazy because of the Holidays, but we had a really good experience. Our server Angel was very attentive despite the restaurant being busy. At one point, the toddler at the table next to ours accidentally knocked some glasses over and they broke. The staff was immediately there to clean up the mess and make sure everyone was okay. The manager, Carlos, came by and checked on the surrounding tables to make sure that nothing had spilled and offered to dry clean anything if need be. All in all I was extremely impressed with the service and would recommend the Valley Kitchen just for that.

C
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mushroom Polenta was great! The lamb shank is fall off the bone. Filet mignon was cooked to perfection

C
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet (beef) was great. We did medium rare.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Be aware of the $30 corkage fee. This is the highest I have ever seen. My bad for not asking first. The main course was good but small portions. The sides were large to compensate. There are better restaurant choices.

SP
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was good. The service was very good. The value for the price was poor. Everything was well-cooked but we were not impressed with the seasoning on anything. We ordered the Hungarian Goulash, Lamb Shank, Chicken Wings, and Halibut Ceviche. The ceviche was great. Everything else was just ok - especially considering the price. The wings were advertised as sweet and spicy but they had no chili to them whatsoever. The lamb shank was well-cooked and not game-y, which was great, but it just didn't have much flavor to it. The meat in the goulash felt like it was a bit tough and the sauce while nice, just didn't have a depth or richness to it.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was not good and food was dry and overcooked. Also, don't like when seating is so close to the next table. It's uncomfortable and awkward.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and the steak and scallop dishes were our favorites. Our dog loved his chicken and rice dish. We will return as we enjoyed the evening.

SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Manuel was outstanding!! Knowledgeable about the food and wine, attentive and helpful and patient without being intrusive, Manuel is just a lovely, charming young man. Thank you, Manuel for making our lunch so enjoyable.
We all were impressed with him, and liked that we could talk and hear each other, without the all too frequent experience these days of restaurant noise. Beautiful restaurant on a beautiful property.

JN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

This was a dual birthday celebration dinner for both me and my husband. We were initially seated in the "back" dining room along the windows. It was after dark so there was no view per se and therefore being next to a window didn't really matter to us. We asked to be moved because the lighting in this dining room was so horrible that we could not bear to sit through a meal in this room. The light level was way too high and the glarey recessed downlighting plus the color of the light (cold) made everyone in the room look dead! We asked the hostess if they could at least dim the light down but she said they could not - really?? lighting in a restaurant that is not dimmable! They were able to move us to a table near the fireplace in the dining area adjacent to the where the bar is located and though it was a much noisier space, it was much more pleasant to sit in.

Our meals were very good and the service was excellent - from the bartender, who served us our pre-dinner cocktails, to our waiter who was very friendly and professional. We will be back but will avoid those "back" dining rooms, except perhaps for lunch. Hint.....hire a professional lighting designer to fix the problems in those dining rooms.

JF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent
Delicious and fun.
Great service.
Beautiful Ambience.

OT
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valley Kitchen has always been our Go To place for Girls lunch. It's a happy atmosphere and the wait staff always attentive. Jose is the best! and when he's not there we had Bryan who did tip top service.
Everything is delicious because of Tim Wood and his team.
On a sunny day, you can sit outside.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very convenient for guests at the Carmel Valley Ranch, so they can charge a higher price for an average experience.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had one night at CVR, but the restaurant did not disappoint! Everything we ordered was delicious, and the ambience was excellent for our date night. Will definitely come call here! Also want to comment that the sommelier was so informative and fun to talk to!

S
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had brunch on the beautiful patio overlooking the pool. Quiet and relaxing. Good variety on brunch menu with something for everyone. Very enjoyable.

BB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall good experience!

l
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience. We were greeted immediately, including a warm "happy birthday" for my husband.
The venue is gorgeous- we received a corner table-for-two overlooking the vineyard. Our service was impeccable! We were attended to by Dastyn. This young man was friendly, gracious, and knowledgeable about the evening's offerings. We had the butternut squash soup (like silk) and the lamb (succulent and full of flavor).
A special surprise was a lovely dessert with a birthday candle. This was AMAZING! It was a slim slice of carrot cake topped with cheesecake. The cheesecake had a channel filled with honey on top with whipped cream on the side. I feared it would be too sweet but it was perfectly balanced.
We have found our new 'go to' restaurant whenever we have a celebration or when family and friends come to visit.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food and a wonderful view. They also had a very nice kid friendly menu, which my 8 yo enjoyed.

A
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I enjoy bringing my pet to the restaurant . Food is delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our Anniversary.
Great place, service and food with a wonderful view

OT
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves to go to Valley Kitchen and split the Tomahawk steak - it’s just outstanding and makes such an impressive presentation. The setting is lovely and the service always attentive. We feel very lucky to live just down the road from CV Ranch and able to enjoy the resort frequently.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very welcoming and helpful. She was very attentive to us and I would recommend this location for a calm but beautiful setting!

r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived on time for our reservation.
They sat us on time. Our waiter was good.
My wife needs gluten free and the menu was clearly marked.
Our meals were great!!
Sea Bass and risotto with garden organically grown!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time and meals.
Atmosphere was good. No view but energy of staff and people was uplifting 🐬

B
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Ordered the Tomahawk steak(very expensive), it took an hour to get on the table. It came with vegetables and sauces. The steak it’s self tasted good even though it was ordered medium but came out medium well. Everything on the platter was cold. So they brought the side dishes out warmed up one at a time. The meal was eaten in Increments. We spoke to the manager and he just said sorry. Poor service and poor management. I forgot to say the bitter hostess forgot to check us in on opentable. Classless

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Inconsistent and inattentive service. Disappointing since we are local and have enjoyed our experiences here before. Almost seemed like our server left half way through our meal. My mushroom polenta was delivered with burned and black toast pieces. I asked it be replaced with unburned toast. I ordered a second glass of wine and was basically done with my meal when it was delivered. We waited and waited for someone to pick up our check when we were ready to pay. Just all around awful. The staff seemed overwhelmed and all around out of their league.

JD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was disappointing and ambiance chaotic. We have been there before and had a better experience.

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with attentive staff and great food. The Lavender Bliss cocktail is amazing. Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal. But, skip the warm cookies, which are neither warm nor soft.

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