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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

The dinner meal was exceptional for all 3 of us. Very fresh ingredients in the salads. The Rib Cap steaks met all of our specifications- outstanding quality meat. The irish salmon was very delicate- my wife indicated she has ever had.

We frequent this restaurant at least every 2 months- it seem better each time-if that is possible.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Great places for an excellent, elegant and quiet dinner. All dishes are very well presented and delicious. Great wine list by bottle and glass

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrible terrible meal the rigatoni mayaquez was off, sour and hit me badly internally the next morning. Some of the fault was mine for not sending it right back and having something else. We are locals and it will be a long long long time before we ever return.An anniversary spoiled!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent all the way around. Food and service are a 10. Don’t pay attention to the negative reviews - this place is truly magical. We live in NYC and this is among the best dining experiences we have ever had.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve brunch

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I'm a big fan of Veladora and the Pony Club. I've had FANTASTIC dinners at both restaurants.

Butt.... my last meal at Veladora was just OK - and that's sad for the caliber of this restaurant.

It was probably just being overwhelmed with holiday diners, but I was embarassed to have brought first time guests to what I exclaimed to be the "best restraunt in San Diego" Normally, you can always count on Veladora's excellent chef's to deliver great food and the service is generally good, and was amazing when Marcia was taking care of us. But my sole was mushy and was served with a couple little potatoes - really? for $60. The risotto my daughter had was poorly seasoned and undercooked - the salmon was reported to be good another guest enjoyed, the pasta was boring. The sommelier was no where to be found and the "normal" 2010 Leoville Barton was substituted wtih a 2014 on the wine list which I stupidly ordered without paying attention to the vintage - my mistake. But seriously, what in the world is a quality restraunt like Veladora doing serving a 2014 Bordeaux - this is infanticide. The 2010's are barely drinkable and they know that. Lets hope this wonderful jewel isn't going downhill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We've been to this restaurant on several occasions and the experience has always been consistent. Menu is rather limited and prices are high for what you get ($16 salads) but service, ambiance, and the quality of the ingredients makes up for the cost.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I love this place. Food and service are implacable, and the atmosphere is fantastic. Love the convenient complimentary valet parking.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Veladora is not the same experience it once was. The quality of the experience has been reduced while the cost is same or higher. The buffet table has roughly half the items it once had, bringing frowns to my entire family. Once a highlight of the experience, it’s now a disappointing memory of what used to be.

Today’s experience was further detracted by inexplicable unpreparedness by the kitchen. An item on the menu was simply “unavailable”. How does this occur? Why is something on the menu that’s not available! This is not the corner greasy spoon. Isn’t the menu made fresh? Very very disappointing.

After years of frequenting Veladora, we will sadly have to remove it from our routine. Exquisite attention to detail has been replaced by pure disappointment.

On a positive note, the wait staff was outstanding and attentive. Sad that the management could not match the performance of its employees.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I have eaten here several times in the past and found the food excellent. The old ownership and new. On the 16th, a celebration of an important birthday, I cannot say the same. The whole experience was disappointing. Food and service. Not to mention I was asked about our occasion when we booked and instead of getting a customary treat for the birthday we found ourselves walking around the restaurant to locate our server for the check. I'm not sure if it was the crowds during the holiday season but in the end, it doesn't matter. I will not be back. There are too many other choices.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This place never disappoints on any level. Food was amazing and the service was perfect and the place is beautifully decorated for the holidays!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great meal. Steven is a terrific waiter !!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We always go to Veladora for special occasions . The food and presentation is always the best.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This is our go to spot in Rancho Santa Fe. My husband and I love Veladora for the amazing food, superb service and beautiful ambiance. The grounds are amazing.
Also the last few years we have been spending Mother's day and Christmas at Rancho Valencia enjoying their buffet and festivities. Wonderful if you have children!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The dining experience was memorable. I look forward to returning in the future

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a treat dining here. Love the food, ambiance and decor, and always-perfect service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great ambience and quiet friendly service.
We would definitely return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Amazing service, atmosphere, food, wine. Best restaurant I’ve been to in San Diego, hands down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Absolutely lovely evening with my Family celebrating our relocation to San Diego. I told my friends at the office how wonderful Veladona is.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Steven, our Waitperson was great. (From Stockard C.)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

My wife and I always enjoy this restaurant. The entire experience is always first class. There are many small details that the staff gets just right, which make a special occasion that much more special. I have been to other high-end restaurants that do not offer the complete experience that Veladora does.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very Enjoyable Dinner. Great service and fantastic food.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pros: Lovely setting. Great wine list. Excellent and attentive service.
Cons: Food is mostly well-prepared (one dish had to be sent back due to over-salting and the Meyer lemon sponge cake desert was dull in every way except for its unusual presentation), but it's just not very interesting, especially for the price.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We definitely will return to Veladora. The atmosphere was amazing, the service was attentive without being pretentious, and the food was creative and delicious. The wine list was quite extensive, but the sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful in offering suggestions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing service. Delicious food. We cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very pleased coming to Veladora. Superb food, service and atmosphere. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Near perfect restaurant. The quality of the food is outstanding along with presentation. The hotel is a member of relais & chateaux and most restaurants in this group our outstanding. Highly recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Steve, Giulia & RV Service were terrific as always.
Loved the special treat presented after our Lunch ...
Celebrating my sweet friend's upcoming Wedding!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We ordered Dover Sole Meuniere, which came poached, bland, and covered in a milky sauce. With the fish being filleted in the kitchen, not at the table, I wonder what was served to us at $60 per plate. Did not look or taste like Dover sole, that is for sure. Shame on you, Veladora! Skip this one and go to the Pony Room next door.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

FANTASTIC RESTAURANT.....GREAT FOOD....GREAT SERVICE....JUST PERFECT

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Absolutely wonder! Food was wonderful and the service could not have been better. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I’ve been here twice over the last few weeks and I love the beautiful grounds so it pains me to write this review but the output from the kitchen is very inconsistent. About four weeks ago I ate dinner in the Pony Room. I had an appetizer with prosciutto and melon. When I received the plate I thought there was a white sauce surrounding the melon and went to try it only to discover it was the prosciutto which was 90% fat. I was disappointed and sent it back to the kitchen. The second plate came out with a much better selection of prosciutto although much, much smaller. Last night I went here was to celebrate my birthday with my family. Four of the 6 of us ordered the Pork Iberico plate, which I had ordered the previous time when I found it delicious. Sadly, I was the only one of the four of us to not receive the gnocchi on my plate that is listed on the menu. Again, it’s extremely disappointing. This should be a five star restaurant, but I just can’t give it that with the inconsistencies in the kitchen.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A beautiful restaurant with excellent food without being pretentious. No coat and tie required. We discovered this hidden gem during restaurant week, and found the pricing to be quite fair any time of year.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Took my husband for his birthday dinner. We were very impressed with both the food and the service. I highly recommend for a date night or special occasion!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This place was a hidden gem, beautiful place only wished I came earlier to see the views in the daylight. The service was top notched and had the best octopus in San Diego. I came for restaurant week and will definitely be back, maybe weekend getaway even. So close and tucked away. Love....

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The meals for restaurant week are very interesting as to selection and very tastee. It was very fresh including selection of vegetables and greens -some what fusion. We dine and bring our own wine to this restaurant every 45 to 60 days. We always find it excellent in every way.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great food and laid back beautiful RSF atmosphere! Can't wait to go back!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Chip was an amazing server! Extremely experienced.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything from the appetizer to the entree to desert was fantastic! Decor is cute and matches the whole "Rancho SantaFe" vibe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were married at the Rancho Valencia a few years ago (fantastic place to have a wedding), so we always celebrate our anniversary every year at Veladora, plus always go just for dinner sometimes. We must admit, this dinner and the way we were treated was out of this world, we felt so special. The service was over the top, and the food was just wonderful. It was hard to pick something from the menu, all looked so good. It was one of the finest meals we have had in a long time. Everything was excellent, and we are so happy that we can celebrate our special occasions there. You must try it. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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