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About Veladora


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.

5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

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





FOR A MAP TO RANCHO VALENCIA, PLEASE GO TO: DIRECTIONS (http://www.ranchovalencia.com/directions_california_resorts.asp)

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 759-6246

Website:
http://www.ranchovalencia.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is complimentary to guests dining at Rancho Valencia.

Executive Chef:
Jarrod Moiles

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

Veladora Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Romantic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Casual (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 7, 2014

The service was above and beyond and everyone who came to our table was amazing! Best dinner we've had in a long time! We appreciated the stellar ambience and sumptuous food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2014

My wife and I went her for our 5 year anniversary as a recommendation from a friend, we were looking for something romantic that we have never been to before. The price is as advertised, it is not a cheap restaurant but the food and service was excellent. I let the hostess know via open table and phone call that it was our anniversary, they welcomed us we complimentary glass of champagne and an after dinner liquor. Definitely recommended for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 1, 2014

Veladora at Rancho Valencia is just one of the most beautiful settings I have seen in a long time. From the cocktails in the Pony Room to the dinner in the outdoor courtyard of Veladora, the entire experience was just outstanding. Read through the wine list thoroughly: there are some interesting wines throughout, at reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2014

Brunch took over 40 minutes to receive. The order was wrong. Food was luke warm. Lots of wait staff, but horrible service

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on May 31, 2014

Can't believe I've never been to this restaurant before! What a treat, great value, delicious meals, wanted to get a second helping of the squash soup to go! Every detail of the restaurant was considered, from the lighting, to the view to the emblem on the wine glasses. Even the waiters wore blue jeans, which at first I thought was unusual, but all wore the same ones with a casual fit, and very professional looking with a stark white shirt. Food was perfectly displayed, the piece of salmon I got was more than I could eat. And we got a piece of homemade toffee to go - great touch! The only slightly critical item I'd mention is that their, by the glass, selection of wines could use a few more choices. I will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2014

Brought the family here for a birthday luncheon but they did not acknowledge it until after we were seated. The ambiance is nice, but the food is not up to par. Nothing we ordered was particularly good and the service was offhanded. To top it off, they cancelled my Opentable reservation *while* I was waiting 25 minutes for a flatbread. Wanted to like it but didn't.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Very accommodating to our dietary requirements. Service has improved from the early days. A few new lunch entrees would be nice.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 19, 2014

We dined here for lunch and loved how peaceful the area was so close to town. The grounds are beautiful and the meal fantastic including the service. Many more dining trips to this establishment in the future. The grilled tuna salad and louis salad were big hits for us.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 13, 2014

I when for dinner with my husband and a friend. We had a great time. The food was cook as we order. I personally appreciate the
filet mignon cook perfectly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 12, 2014

Veladora is such a wonderful treat! Not only is the food and service amazing but the atmosphere is so cool.
We love coming to Rancho Valencia and can't wait to come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2014

My friends loved the food and wine - our birthday celebrant was given complimentary champagne, and a wonderful dessert surprise! We asked our server, Tyler, if there was a walking area to see the gorgeous grounds, and he took us to the path which led us through the well kept landscape. The day was gorgeous for a walk, even though we left foggy skies in Oceanside. The parking attendant set my I-phone showing me the back route to get home (it was Friday, the freeway was jammed, and the phone is smarter than I am).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 23, 2014

We love Veladora. Have been there on other occasions, a wonderful setting, friendly wait staff. Our waiter Richard was especially gracious and helpful. It was our anniversary and we were treated nearly as royalty, had a great booth at the window overlooking the grounds, very comfortable and delightful. Our dinner selections were perfect and the entire evening was one to remember for our special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 22, 2014

Rare that I would ever "send something back" but the Dover Sole I was served was inedible. It was rubbery and hard to cut, even with a knife. Our server defended it saying "sole tends to be a firmer cut of fish." Excuse me? On the other hand, all others in our party enjoyed their meals as I did with the Octopus appetizer.

We expected the food prices to be higher and were pleasantly surprised as we found (other than the Sole) the prices to be very reasonable given the ambience, quality of the food and table settings.

The wine list is also very well priced with many very drinkable bottles less that $50. The sommelier's description of the bottle we ordered was spot on and exactly what we were looking for.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 21, 2014

The restaurant has a quiet, pleasant atmosphere, while the bar has live music and a more vibrant scene.
Service is impecable, menu has a good variety of gourmet dishes. The Filet Mognon was excellent! Wine list a bit pricey but expected at such classy venue.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 21, 2014

We had been going to the restaurant for years before the change. The music was so loud from the bar and in the restaurant we couldn't hear our guestsl. We told them we were taking them to a quiet restaurant. I was embarrassed. The people in the restaurant were mid-50 to 70. The music was not very fitting for the clientele. We will not come back unless we can sit outside in the summer.

Also the hostess wouldn't change our table since one of our guests had a bad back. She said all the tables were taken (at 5:45) and we couldn't change. There was not one other person in the place at that time. Of course, she smiled and apologized. It's a little hard to take that from someone that's about 19 years old that can't walk in heels!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 4, 2014

Verladora, and the Pony Room attached, are our favorite spots in coastal North County. The service is always professional and attentive, the food is delicious and creative, and my favorite, they have Duvel on tap.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Celebrating my parents 57th wedding Anniversary. Katrina was extremely attentive and helpful in finding a great table for us as my mother uses a walker and needed easy access. Perfect location was found for us at the window with a lovely view.

It was the first time visiting Veladora for my parents and they were thrilled.

Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

Cathy

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 23, 2014

Very good food. Excellent service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2014

As my husband and I were married at this property we always return each year to celebrate---and each year we wonder why we only tend to come once during a 365 day span! Our service, starting from the hostess, through the attentive waiter (Hunter) and even the bus boy and a visit to the table by the manager, were all exceptional. Though certainly to the more expensive side, the plates were sizable and my husband's steak melted in his mouth---my swordfish was simple, yet delicious. Having cocktails in their bar beforehand is also special, with a bartender who knew his mixology. A definite for any special occasion, or when you just feel like being treated special/

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Beautiful surroundings for a relaxed lunch

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2014

This was our first time there since the re-model, and we very impressed! The ambience was quite special, and the food was delicious and plentiful. We can't wait to return for lunch al fresco.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Highly recommend the lovely restaurant all other days except Valentine's Day. So disappointing. Service was inattentive, flow from kitchen left us wondering if they forgot us. Wine pairings were perfect selections but they arrived long before the food they were supposed to be paired with so if you wanted to enjoy them together you had to discipline yourself to wait....and wait...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2014

Usually a great place to dine, our recent visit for lunch was marred by abysmal service and mediocre food. The wine we ordered was unavailable; we were offerred a more expensive option at the increased price. Food service was sloppy; one order was briught out wrong and no bread was offered (it was to other tables). It seems as if the current management team has taken its eye off the ball.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2014

Superb experience. All was just perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2014

Veladora recently redid their interior. The chairs are very uncomfortable - we had to move to a couch type seat to dine - the music is loud and hip hoppy - and their is really no good dining choice for parties over 4 - we were six and felt squeezed in - not what we want from a high end dining experience - it would have been ok for hamburgers and beer - the food was ok but not worth the price - a better dining choice at RV is the Pony Bar if you want good food at a good price in a casual environment - if you want a high end dining experience skip Veladora

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2014

Who knew that a restaurant could actually be stellar during restaurant week? What a pleasant surprise!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2014

The ambiance and service was spot on. The food choices during rest week were very good. My risotto was done almost perfectly. It was just a hair underdone. Good choices on entrees. They had a veg option. The dessert was amazing. But my chicken dish was slightly underwhelming. It was cooked perfectly but just boring. Will go back to try another dish

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2014

I took a good friend to Veladora to treat her to something special for her 82nd birthday. She was SO happy and impressed. The food was to die for and of course, the service and ambiance was perfect. My friend asked if she could take home one of the lemons that was in a decorative vase on the table and the girl actually went and got her 2 fresh ones with a beautiful smile. What a gem of a place right here in our own back yard! Absolutely delightful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2014

Great ambience and very nice location of the restaurant. The service is fantastic and the staff is very courteous and friendly. We went for our anniversary dinner and really enjoyed ourselves. Their wine selection is great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We ordered the Sole, wild boar, ink spaghettini, and risotto (best of the group)

Small portions and overall very mild to bland flavors

Beautiful restaurant and excellent service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2014

I loved the rustic feel of the restaurant and the views would be breathtaking especially during daytime lighting. The service was very good but lacked in the drink department. The octopus and beef tartare are incredible appetizers! The octopus had a surprisingly sweet flavor and definitely left us wanting more. I can't defer the bread either! The vinaigrette they give you go it has no words that could properly describe the impeccable flavor. The wild boar ragout and filet mignonette were also absolutely wonderful. Overall a wonderful dining experience and will definitely be returning soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Veladora is in the beautiful Rancho Valencia Resort and the restaurant, which was aways good, finally got tbe remodel it needed. It is beautiful now, quiet and the food and service are top notch. Very attentive to detail ( amuse bouche, candies with your coffee) and if its too quiet you can go next door to the very lively bar scene. Very nice experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2014

This restaurant was a wonderful dining experience. Not hurried, impeccable service and fresh, clean, delicious food. The Chef was amazing. Because it was evening, we couldn't see any kind of a view but we will return during the day to see what we missed. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. However, I would prefer a more affordable wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Was expecting more from a place that has the Relais moniker. The gougeres were a little overcooked. The market salad did not have enough contrast (i.e., all the vegetables were the same coldish temperature). There was not a crunchy element and it looked as if most of the vegetables had been steamed or lightly roasted. The puree in the wood roasted carrot salad had no flavor. The carrots were tasty however. The vegetarian pasta entrees were not memorable and the apple pie dessert was dry.
The service was good; however, when plates were brought to us, the different elements of the dish were not described to us. After dessert, we found it odd that we were not asked if we wanted coffee or tea. We will definitely give this place another shot

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2014

It was my sweetie's birthday and I took him to Veladora for what I hoped would be a special meal.The evening started out okay when we sat at the fire pit and had calamari which were good. When we were seated we split a salad which was fine. The Dover Sole ( a hefty $49.00) was singularly unimpressive in its preparation and taste. My sweetie sent back the artichoke canneloni as they were dry and instead ordered the vegetable plate which was dull. THe chocolate soufflé was very good.The dining experience was very disappointing considering I was willing to pay the price. The waiter was very accommodating although he was not responsible for the chef's inabilities.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2014

My husband and I live in the ranch and frequent your restaurant. First and foremost, we are fans. We were dissapointed to see service slip on Friday when we took guests for dinner. My husband's order was delivered wrong three times. Don't know if it was a once-off or the waiters are not being properly trained. Thought to mention it so you can ensure that your high standards don't slip. It would be a pity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2014

Wonderful local restaurant with great food. Beautifully decorated in classy style. Great place if you want a quiet meal with friends. You can actually have a conversation (and hear) at the table. Although the server was pleasant, he disappeared for long periods on a slow night at the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2014

I have been here for both dinner and breakfast, and the experience has remained the same. Excellent. From the quality and thoughtfulness of the staff to the top tier quality of the food, Veladora should be in the top 5 SD restaurants for years to come. Don't miss the lemon soufflé pancakes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Tucked away in a little paradise - love this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2013

Consistently a really a lovely experience in every way. We always say that if we traveled some where for a vacation and this place was our destination we would be so happy we spent our vacation there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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