Veladora

4.9
843 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Prepare for more than a few magnificent surprises as you dine at the exquisite Veladora restaurant. Taking inspiration from Rancho Valencia's Mediterranean influences, Veladora serves fresh, handcrafted and simply delicious Coastal Ranch cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All in an inviting hacienda atmosphere, where sun-dappled afternoons and stunning valley views fade into captivating candlelit evenings. Our talented team of chefs let the true flavors of seasonal ingredients take center stage on a menu that blends a bounty of fruits and vegetables with unique pairings of seafood, poultry and varieties of meats. Sample slow poached Maine lobster with a lemon vinaigrette, burratta cheese, and pickled and roasted beets with avocado. Or savor a slow pan roasted filet mignon. The choices are abundant. And abundantly delicious.
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wannabfoodie
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, classy yet casual vibe, went with my friend and we had a good time; the food was on par and the service was exceptional. I will be back if not for the scrumptious brunch foods and service, then for the gorgeous views!!!

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vipTorontoLA
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing restaurant. Every time we come it is the same excellent: food, service. They treat you as a special guest. 10 of 10.

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vipLoriH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

Dinner was superb

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight was an outstanding meal. Marshall was a great waiter.

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We will certainly be sharing your compliments with Marshall as well as our culinary team. We hope to be of service again soon. Most sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipCarlosC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is amazing

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear CarlosC, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review! We are thrilled you had amazing service, and we look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipKimberlyD
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food great restaurant !!

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear KimberlyD, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again very soon! Sincerely, Veladora Management

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine pairings were great, especially the rabbit lasagna. We were impressed that the busboy help someone in our party to install Instagram on their iphone!

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear MarkE, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We love to hear about experiences like this; we hope your guest is up and running on Instagram like a pro. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and wine pairings as well. We appreciate you choosing Veladora, and hope to have you back again in the near future. Most sincerely, Veladora Management

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JasonM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from beginning to end. Every staff/service member was extremely professional, polite, and knowledgeable. The food and drink were amazing; down to every little detail.

Definitely on the more expensive side, but worth every dime when the service and food create a true dining “experience”.

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear JasonM, We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us a 5-star rating and share your experience with us. It's wonderful to hear that you found our staff professional, polite, and knowledgeable, and that you enjoyed every detail of your meal. Thank you again for choosing Veladora; we hope to be of service again very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipDara
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had not been to Rancho Valencia in quite a while, and so Veladora was a real surprise but a warm and elegant one. The service was absolutely personal, solicitous, and delightful and the food unique, creative, and delicious (octopus starter, lobster risotto, Iberian pork). We most certainly recommend and will return!

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear Dara, Thank you so much for leaving us such a wonderful review! We're happy that you felt your service was completely personalized and that your dinner was delicious. We appreciate you sharing such high praise with us, and we hope to be of service again in the near future. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipbryana
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish one of the best meals ever! Our waiter knew our food preferences from visits a couple years ago - even though we had never met him, nor had we ever formally made any requests - our prior waiter listened and noted it in our reservation. Paying attention to details like that only make the already amazing food and experience that much better. Well done Veladora!!!

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear Bryana, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience! We are overjoyed and honored that this was one of your best meals ever. Thank you again for sharing your compliments with us. We hope to be of service again in the near future. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the first and definitely will come back for special occasions. Every staff know what they are doing. I will highly recommend this place

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a 5-star review and rating! It's wonderful to hear that you felt our staff was very knowledgeable and that you'd like to come back. Thank you for recommending us; we look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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gourmet500
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent eggs benedict with lobster. Excellent service to provide for free some side items.
Overall a wonderful brunch experience! The ambiance is unbeatable.

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear gourmet500, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your lobster benedict and had excellent service! We hope to have back again to dine very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipHammond
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were terrific! Had a great time. Thank you.

Veladora
Responded on March 13, 2020

Dear Hammond, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review and rating. We are so happy to hear that you had terrific service and food! We hope to be of service again in the near future. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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Heyjude
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter did an amazing job making the menu come alive for us. The menu itself was fine...just fine. His descriptions were so much better than the written description, and what we ordered was exactly as he described, and absolutely delicious as well. He gave very good advice about what we should order and how much. He made no attempt to oversell. The waiter was an important part of a wonderful meal, but the food itself was also delicious. We will be back! This goes to the top of our list for San Diego County restaurants.

Veladora
Responded on February 3, 2020

Dear Heyjude, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review and rating. We are so happy to hear that your server gave you a wonderful experience through describing the dishes and that the food itself was also delicious. We are honored to be at the top of your list for San Diego County restaurants! Thank you again for dining with us at Veladora. We hope to be of service again in the near future. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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CarolS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

We were there in Sept. and everything was 5 star! Brought a friend for her birthday this week and ordered the same item for lunch, the shrimp and lobster louie salad. There was no resemblance to the salad in Sept. Lots of lettuce, 2 tiny pieces of lobster shrimp was fine. The salad compared to ordinary restaurants for $16.00 SO disappointing. Neither of my friends were impressed and left most of their lunches on their plates. I planned on bringing my husband for his birthday dinner but do not plan on ever coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing!!! Everyone was so kind, accommodating and on top of everything. Top notch and totally worth every penny.

Veladora
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your compliments with us! We hope to have you back again very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service and ambiance is truly exceptional; celebrating my fathers birthday, our experience was unique and enchanting. Mostly due to the ambiance and Marshall who really made our experience unforgettable! Personable, mindful, and extremely knowledgeable, Marshall left a memorable impact on our experience. Every meal and bite was delicately seasoned and flavorful. Portions are on the small side, therefore plan ahead.

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We are so happy to know that you found the service exceptional and the entire evening memorable. We will certainly share your praise with Marshall and our entire culinary team. We hope to have you back again soon for another memorable experience. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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TessR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and outstanding food and ambiance. Such a special way to spend our anniversary.

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vipWalo
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite fine restaurants in San Diego... always good!

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear EduardoBertran, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are honored to be one of your favorite fine-dining restaurants here in San Diego. We hope to have you in again very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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EricP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for our anniversary. Both food and drinks were outstanding.

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear EricP, We are overjoyed to hear that you have a wonderful anniversary with us at Veladora. Thank you for leaving us a review and sharing your compliments. We hope to have you back to dine again very soon! Sincerely, Veladora Management

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RodgerS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veladora was an outstanding experience! The food was excellent, service was impeccable, ambience was beautiful and serene - my wife and I are really appreciating restaurants these days that are conducive to having a conversation without needing to shout at your table mates in order to be heard! We will definitely be back to this amazing restaurant.

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear RodgerS, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are so happy you enjoyed your dinner, and we hope to see you again very soon! Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipSean
San Diego
107 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veladora is fantastic in every way. The food is complex, fresh and delicious, and the service is first-rate (thanks Chip)!

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear Sean, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dinner, as well as the service. We have shared your compliments with Chip and our culinary team. We hope to have you back to dine with us very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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RogerV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and impeccable service. Very disappointed with the decaf coffee. Tasted like stale instant coffee. Restaurant was a bit noisy.

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear RogerV, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your thoughts with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We have taken your feedback about the decaf coffee and will be following up internally to improve. Thank you again for choosing Veladora, we hope to be of service again in the near future. Sincerely, Veladora Management Sincerely, Veladora Management

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ANNS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and property, so wonderful to celebrate special events with special people. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants to share an exquisite experience!

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear ANNS, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear that you had an exquisite experience. We cannot wait to have you back again soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is perfect. Lots of gluten free options. Beautiful dinning room, very elegant. But can get by with jeans.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was great and the service was excellent!

Veladora
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for dining with us recently! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a 5-star rating and sharing your experience with us. We hope to be of service again very soon. Sincerely, Veladora Management

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vipKarenL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We sat at our table for 40 minutes without a waiter coming. I tried repeatedly to flag someone down and no one made eye contact. When I finally got someone to come over they were confused and did not really apologize. Service wasn’t great after that either. This was supposed to be a special Xmas lunch. So disappointed.

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vipPeterS
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely birthday celebration dinner. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was very spotty . Needed to get up and ask for things .

Reservation on open table didn’t specify only outdoor seating was available. Other restaurants provide that info via open table. It helps us make informed choices,

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vipMamaD
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veladora is a lovely restaurant! Beautiful service, delicious food and gorgeous ambiance! Perfect for a quiet, intimate meal - or fun for a group! All around special!!!

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vipSterlingJ
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very Fresh!

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Adele
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ususally the meal and service at Veladora is excellent. However, on this past visit, the service was extremely slow. By the time the server finally brought our food, my soup was cold and the quiche barely luke warm. The plate had clearly been sitting out for some time. I found the chairs quite uncomfortable. Like the seats along the wall, the chairs need back cushions (in my opinion). They've changed the plate on which the trio is served and the cramped presentation made it a challenge to enjoy each part of the meal. I finally had to just remove the soup bowl from the plate in order to eat the quiche. So, this was a disappointing visit and the first disappointment in many, many visits. Hopefully, this feedback will help Veladora revisit the seating, the new trio presentation, and provide some server coaching. If I experience this disappointment a second time, it will be the last for this restaurant.

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Peejers
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing hidden gem in San Diego! The setting, the staff, and the chef, the combination makes for an evening to remember.

EJ
vipEricJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. Incredible food.

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RickM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Stone fruit salad was lettuce and4 slices of pear, which is not a stone fruit. Half dozen oysters were very small. Main courses of lamb and scallops were good but served warm at best.

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sunshine
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The environment was very welcoming and subdued. We sat outside. There was music but we were able to carry on a conversation very easily. The service was fabulous and the waiter knew what he was talking about in terms of food and wine. We had the sea bass which, in our opinion, was too salty. The waiter did warn us but we were still expecting it to be less salty. The soup, bread and everything else was outstanding. Would definitely go back but would try something else and listen very carefully to the waiters comments.

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NICKNAME
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch! Beautiful, delicious and great services! Thank you, David!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch! I always love this place but the inside is kind of dark but this time we sat outside and it was wonderful. Steven our waiter was very kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Food was delicious!

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MichaelH
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service started out at 5 stars then went downhill . We had to send food back; we had trouble getting the servers attention.

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Ajenn
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our 21st anniversary . The whole crew made our experience a memorable one. The staff was very attentive and well informed regarding our special occasion. Our server, Rich, was fantastic. Last but not least, our meals were delicious.

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Veladora is rated 4.9 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

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