Veladora

4.7
686 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Veladora. Where coast meets ranch. Where sun dappled afternoons fade into lantern lit evenings. And where all things fresh, handcrafted and simply delicious reside.

Rancho Valencia's captivating signature restaurant serves Coastal Ranch cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a stunning modern hacienda setting.

An extensive wine menu of over 600 selected wines is on hand for sipping and savoring, as well as a welcoming private wine room featuring our rarest bottles for the most special of occasions.

The culinary team's farm-to-table philosophy is infused throughout Veladora's program, featuring local produce and herbs, flowers and honey cultivated and foraged right on property.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Monday-Sunday: 7:00am-11:00am; Brunch Sunday: 11:00am-2:30pm; Lunch Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-2:30pm; Dinner Tuesday-Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm





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(858) 759-6246
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Jarrod Moiles
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary to guests dining at Rancho Valencia.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as always. Beautiful surroundings. Our server, Steven, was particularly attentive. We live thirty miles away, and still consider this a new favorite spot.

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MG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant. Service was spot-on. Lunch was delicious. Will go here again! Perfect spot for date night, lunch with girls etc.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The value for the experience was not there. The entree portions were appetizer sized. They brought out 2 bread rolls for 6 people. Very disappointed.

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RS
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered a dozen oysters and as we shared 6 each we realized we were given only 11. The waiter immediately brought an other oyster on a separate ice plate with the sauces. Our dinner was delicious , I had salmon and my husband had the tortellini. I was a little disappointed in the choices for fish as there was only Salmon and Dover Sole @ $60 . Wine by the glass was excellent to pair with our entree. We used our Open Table reward which helped the cost but the next day they called me to say they couldn't process the card so they charged us he full amount. Fortunately Open table said they just didn't know how to process it and didn't follow the instructions as they were to call Open table. Open table will take care if it for us.

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RD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! Love the corn soup and tortellini!

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GL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been to Veladora many times, and we even had a beautiful wedding at this venue two years ago. This service was excellent as usual, but the foot left a lot to be desired for the price that was charged.

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t
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and flawless service!

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LM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Noisy. Two babies crying, one during our entire dinner. Distracted our conversation with an old friend. Portions were too small for price. Liked restaurant much better several years ago when we last dined there.

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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service. Yummy food. Beautiful presentation. Lovely setting. Will come back.

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h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Really wanted to love this place, but the food was just trying too hard, and not flavorful. Pasta tasted like they'd forgotten to salt the water, and the vegetable dish came covered in tasteless and therefore pointless foam. Waiter was nice, so that's good I guess. But was hoping for high quality food. This food just looked high quality, designed for Instagram not eating.

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Waiter was absolutely phenomenal. Haven’t had service that good since French laundry. Highly recommended

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d
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place we will be visiting this place again.

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OT
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the good. Expensive but worth it. Portions aren’t huge but the staff and presentation are must see

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GP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was out first visit and we found the service, menu and atmosphere excellent. They have a good selection of wines, beers, cocktails and the menu is interesting. The vibe is there as well with music and RB Inn offers a beautiful setting.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was spectacular. Quiet, nice ambience, great food, and a very professional staff. Very satisfying. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny.

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l
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is so close to Del Mar and Encinitas but we'd never been there. A friend recommended it and so, at the last minute, we decided to give it a try. The wait staff was incredible....available when needed but not hovering...recommending best options both for cocktails and wine as well as for the dinner selections. Everything was delicious! We had the corn chowder, iberico pork, and the halibut; all were recommended. We enjoyed every last bite. We were so full we couldn't even think about dessert but those looked amazing as well. We'll definitely be back.

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EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised with this place. I knew it would be pricey but I feel the value was there. It’s an elegant setting and the service was excellent. Food was great too.

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EK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceltional as always

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OT
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veladora was great. Good service, great wine list and food was excellent. Some of the dishes (halibut) were a bit salty for my tastes, but all well prepared and classy atmosphere.

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A
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed the beautiful setting at veladora for quite a few summers when on our annual visit to the area. The servers were excellent and the food was delicious, but we encountered some problems we hadn’t in the past. The young ladies staffing the check in were inexperienced and did not handle us very well. We booked our dinner way in advance and arrived an hour early to have a drink prior. The pony lounge had a 45 minute sit, so we were directed to an outdoor fire pit area. We had one guest in a wheelchair and went all the way around, but then there was no space for us. We asked if we could have a drink in the courtyard since there wasn’t anywhere else and they said we couldn’t be served there. After much discussion, they finally said we could sit in the seating next to the outdoor dining and a server from the restaurant helped us. This worked fine, but was stressful for me and I had to be very demanding to make it happen. The restaurant service is excellent....but the kitchen was unable to keep up. They apologized several times, but our entree was served an uncomfortable wait after our appetizers.
While we have enjoyed it in the past, it will not be at the top of our list next trip.

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C
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. Starting from drive to the restaurant , all was beautiful. A truly special experience. Great service, attentive staff, and the food was really good.

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DA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wines and most entrees way over priced. I never look at $.but these guys are pushing it .....to ?do I really need to spend $56 for a pork dish? Lot of high quality places with 25 to 45 dollar entrees and much lower wine mark up.

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BR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to tell if the food was best or the setting or the service? Most likely 3=10's

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JF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Veladora for the fist time to celebrate my wife's birthday. Everything was fabulous from the service to the food. We started by sharing the berry salad which was excellent, fresh greens, berry's, and the accompanying sunflower butter made for a great combination. My wife had the seared scallops which were cooked just right to her liking. I had the duck which was outstanding. We finished with deserts and they brought out the ice cream loaded with fresh berries, very berry nice. The service from Richard was outstanding, much appreciated to make our night all the more special.

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BD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't believe we haven't been here before! It's a local gem. Amazing ingredients, GREAT sommelier, friendly service. This out classes the local restaurants in many ways. Can't wait to return.

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BM
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very expensive, but the food was excellent. Nice evening!

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a special occasion, and we were not disappointed by the service, the menu, or the ambiance. The filet mignon melts in your mouth. So good! Will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary dinner.

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SS
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal. Every course was cooked and tasted to perfection. Service very attentive and overall a fantastic way to spend our last night in SD and at Rancho Valencia

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavor combinations.

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T
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner at Veladora. Very nice decor and service.

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DJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, food and atmosphere were great! We definitely enjoyed our experience.

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P
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was just at the restaurant in March and can’t believe I was at the same place. It was the worse experience I have ever had in all the years I have gone there. Our waiter Chad B was awful. We asked about the specials and he said it’s printed in the menu. The cutlery was not clean. The waiter spilled wine on the table. The waiter was rude. The duck was dry, the Carrot cake and chocolate cake was dry and stale. My husband’s napkin had charcoal all over it.. the busboy splashed water all over the table. After spending 800.00 for dinner. I was beyond embarrassed as this was a birthday dinner for a dear friend. I will never go there again.

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RS
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and the food and service are always exceptional.

The manager Bujar has put together an amazing team obsessed with service, friendliness and quality and he always makes it a point to greet the diners and get their feedback on how to make things even better. It isn’t often you see someone taking this kind of care at a resort restaurant.

The Sommelier, Dan, has an encyclopedic knowledge of wines, can saber Champagne and is very helpful selecting just the right wine in whatever price range fits your budget. The wine selection runs the gamut from inexpensive but delicious table wine to California cult Cabernets and top French Burgundies.

All of the servers, from waiters to bussers and food runners, who we have experienced are friendly, professional and most importantly share Bujar’s vision of service.

While all the staff are wonderful, exceptional standouts who have gone above and beyond again and again for us include Dan M., Chad, Richard, Scott, Kaylie, Sarah, Canon, Victor and Julio.

Food quality is consistently great and we have enjoyed almost all the dishes we have tried. They serve the best filet in town and the truffle chicken, chino berry salad, green garlic risotto, scallops, salmon and halibut are our favorite dishes.

Some dishes that don’t stand out quite as much are the pasta (too small but priced accordingly), carrot cake, and Iberico pork (a bit fatty and we liked the former preparation much better than the current one).

We also wish they featured specials to let the chefs show their talents off more, as the variety is good for the occasional visitor but sometimes does not change quickly enough for regulars like us.

Whether for a date, business dinner, special occasion or just a great dining experience I can’t rate this place highly enough. I believe it’s the best restaurant in San Diego.

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r
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE restaurant! We've dined here many times and it is always top notch but this particular night it was over the top! I had the beef tartare for an appetizer and it just melted in my mouth. I then had the scallops and was in heaven. I'm not a huge fan of scallops because so often they are poorly prepared in restaurants but these scallops were like nothing I've ever had before. PERFECTION!!!!!!! My husband had the lobster appetizer and the halibut entree and he loved it. In addition to the food our waiter Chip was amazing. We've had the privilege of being seated at his table before and I think I can say he is one of the top waiters around. He's attentive but not hovering, knowledgeable and very pleasant. Between the food, Chip and the decor/atmosphere Veladora Is OUTSTANDING!

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DK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Okay, it is pricey, however, it is what you would expect to pay at any high end restaurant. What separates this restaurant from other high end restaurants is the quality of the ingredients, the care and imagination with which these ingredients are used and the textures and tastes resulting from that care and imagination. Individual attention is clearly given to each item on each plate. The service should also be acknowledged. It is personal and informative without being overly friendly. Finally, it does not hurt that the restaurant is located in a fabulous setting.

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J
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a dreary drizzly day and they were setting up our table outside when we arrived.
I requested to be seated inside. Apparently the table they had planned to use for our
party of 8 was still occupied by the same group that had an 8:30 a.m. reservation, four
hours later. They were very apologetic and finally we were seated at a temporary
table while waiting for a table to accommodate our group. I know they were trying to
be accommodating to both groups, but when one takes advantage I feel something might
have been done.

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SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Veladora is one of our go to places when we have visitors in town - food is great, quiet enough to have a conversation and typically great service. This time in the middle of the meal the fire alarms went off and didn't turn off for 20 mins. I realize sometimes things happen but it ruined our whole evening - we had family in from Europe and it was my wife's birthday, apparently the restaurant thought 20% discount was enough to save an evening that cost of thousands of dollars. They should have comp the whole evening.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! The quality of the service and food was out of this world. Thank you for such a wonderful evening and dining experience. I highly recommend the restaurant. It is one of the best restaurant/resorts in San Diego.

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