The Valley Kitchen

4.6
564 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 564 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, wonderful food and great service!!

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vipSandiG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRichardO
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipMariaLouisa
San Francisco
4 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
52 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
53 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
3 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
53 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
13 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
10 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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mobiuseek
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing views. The walk down through the vineyard and watching the sunset by the firepits are fantastic. Make sure to get the s'more kit early before they run out!

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vipDeborah
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We have eaten at the VK many times and never had a bad experience until this weekend. The food was VERY slow in coming out and cold when delivered- they were not any more busy than normal

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LindaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, delicious food. Enjoyable with kids, especially sitting outside. Recommend!

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vipJackc
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was way too slow. Food and ambiance was really good.

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Anya
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Expensive mediocre breakfast and slow service. Would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service we received from Alexis was superb.
We highly enjoyed our meal while visiting The Valley Kitchen at Carmel Valley Ranch. Food and ambience were something to remember. We can’t wait for another visit to this restaurant and the beautiful property surrounding it. Cheers!

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really1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ahi poke was so fresh and delicious. I had the salmon and my wife had the scallops. Both dishes were outstanding and the service was exceptional. Billy is an awesome waiter,

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nich
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

the food is terrible, halibut ceviche is the worst dish I've ever had.

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vipAzraA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Too many dogs
But food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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LauraF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just a lovely time, watching the actual sunset (through fog and distant smoke), and completely comfortable under the heaters. It's so nice to dine next to water, and that pool is just so beautiful and inviting. I love the oaks surrounding everything, too.

The service was good, and the food was really pretty wonderful. We'll be back!

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RonB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even as residents, we'll be back! Just a great place to spend time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
69 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First and most importantly, our table had not been cleaned or sanitized when we sat down. We thought perhaps it was just bit of “nature” from being outdoors, then we noticed crumbs.
Food was very good and they split our entree and salad for us. The wine list they provide is limited and they were out of our first 3 choices. Apparently they have a larger wine list that you need to ask for. Our waiter, Eric was very good.
The ambience is very nice except for the children running around and the lighting facing the pool is blinding.
This all doesn’t sound very positive but we enjoyed our dinner, until the lights came on.

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LilyS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valley Kitchen is located within the Carmel Valley Ranch complex, which includes accommodations, a golf course, organic garden, chicken coop, and bee farm. The outdoor dining area is very picturesque as it overlooks a golf course and is located right by the pool. There are heaters and a fire pit for those cooler nights. The food here is SO fresh and locally sourced. In fact, many of the ingredients come straight from their organic garden and ranch. We had the brunch items, hen house sandwich and huevos rancheros, and both tasted as good as they looked. Beside the brunch items, there were several salads that look really good, burgers, pastas, and fish tacos.

After lunch we took a short walk through their gardens. They have a mix of veggies and flowers, and a small pumpkin patch too. Overall it was a really nice way to spend the morning.

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vipDeborah
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening!
Dog friendly!
Food was wonderful.
Server was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food great. Service was subpar. Based on service level I would not bother unless you are staying at the Ranch, which I would also not recommend. Much better meal at Lucia up the road.

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MikeD
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often and had another great meal! The scallops are delicious and the wedge salad a nice addition.

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The Valley Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 564 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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