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The Valley Kitchen

4.2
329 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am
Brunch: 11:30am-3:00pm
Lunch: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: 3:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 3:00- 5:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 626-2599
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Cross street: Carmel Valley Road
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What 329 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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John (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant is located in the Lodge at Carmel Valley Ranch, very open with high ceiling but the noise was only moderate. Omar took great care of us and we never felt rushed over the 3 hour meal. We enjoyed the selections on the cheese board and the Filet was one of the better steaks I have had in awhile. We ended up getting two additional sides for the table, that in the end we didn't really need with the entree's but the Brussels and whipped potato's were sooo good!

No room for dessert sadly, even though we were celebrating a Birthday, we will have to go back for that.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Nice!

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vipSidesFan (Central Coast)
1.0
Dined on January 3, 2018

This was a complete disappointment. Go to Bernardus instead. During a recent stay, we tried the restaurant and bar twice. The service was completely unacceptable on both occasions. After being seated, it took 45 minutes to get served a glass of wine and take our dinner order. The dinner was 2 hours. There were no less than 5 dogs in the restaurant. We love dogs but, where’s the health department? Service in the bar - the same. If you are a guest in the hotel, it doesn’t get any better. More problems there. The kitchen is the only department that has a clue. The food was very good. Every other department needs a complete refresh with the exception of one housekeeper that tried to make up for the shortcomings of this property. Five stars to her.

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vipRobotOverlord (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant's food is good, but substantially overpriced. In the area, I would prefer the restaurant at Bernardas Spa. About a third of the cost of this place. And the restaurant has three dining rooms. It would seem reasonable to put families with small children in one or two and leave one room for adults who enjoy a quiet dining experience. As it was, the manic little nose miners were running around the tables, knocking things to the floor to the floor to the point one could hardly hear oneself think. The staff is amiable and I am sure that under other circumstances it might have been less of a problem. If, like me you prefer to be seated away from large groups and small children, give the Valley Kitchen a pass.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Food just average. Expected much better given the location.

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MauiStory72 (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 18, 2017

We took advantage of the local room rates and enjoyed an early Christmas treat. Always a great experience at CVR and The Valley Kitchen. Close to home yet feels like a get away. Our new favorite retreat!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful experience. We were greeted by name at the desk (I guess because of the reservation) I loved that personal touch. Our dinner was outstanding! The best rib eye steak I've ever had. It wasn't overly seasoned so I could enjoy the taste and it was so tender, I know they must carefully choose their beef. My husband had the halibut. It was moist and cooked perfectly. The scalloped potatoes that came with my steak were outstanding. Our vegetarian at the table enjoyed the sides and a wonder burette salad. The service was superb. Our waiter didn't hover, but popped up out of no where when our glass was empty and delivered the check subtly, which is an art in handling customers graciously. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0
Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was great. Service was slow. Very noisy when full seated. Tables are close together. Wine ordered was $25 more than the menu price.

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vipLocal (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on November 16, 2017

The hamachi fish was amazing. They cooked the fish on the raw side and it was perfect. The also had fresh aldente vegetables.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined on November 12, 2017

Great ambiance, service & food with some noise, close neighbors & a bill that adds up quickly... (That wouldn't stop me from going again)! 😊

We found The Valley Kitchen on Trip Advisor, and I liked the look of the restaurant's atmosphere. They were one of the few restaurants that had a last minute reservation on a Friday night, so we booked. It was in a gated lodge area, and we were told by the attendant to drive all the way up. It's literally all the way up until you see Valet. The walk to the restaurant was beautiful, and then we were greeted by 2 sweet, smiling hostesses. We got there around 5:50pm and sat in the middle of the inside seating. Our server, Julie R was amazing. She was very kind, knowledgeable and helpful. My husband and I split their garden salad, which was one of the best I've ever had... so fresh, with the perfect amount of dressing. I wanted their sweetest white wine, and Julie offered to let me taste it first. The Riesling was the perfect blend, so she poured me a glass. As time passed, more people came and I noticed the tables next to me were pretty close; the restaurant became more noisy of course, but I was still able to hear my husband across the table. My husband ordered the duck, and I wish I had ordered it myself... mouth watering! Our bill total was $188 without tip... a little overpriced, but I would go back there again for a birthday dinner. ❤️

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am
Brunch: 11:30am-3:00pm
Lunch: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: 3:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 3:00- 5:00pm
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Cross street
Carmel Valley Road
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(831) 626-2599
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Parking details
Carmel Valley Ranch offers complimentary valet parking for dining patrons.
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Executive chef
Tim Wood
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine