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Veladora

4.7
644 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays

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





FOR A MAP TO RANCHO VALENCIA, PLEASE GO TO: DIRECTIONS (http://www.ranchovalencia.com/directions_california_resorts.asp)
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Phone number
(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
What 644 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent service... Steve will take great care of you!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very nice. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Truly amazing food. The pea soup, Oh My! Great service.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was OK...Pony Room, lots of staff, none being attentive. It appears they might think they are better then they are.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A fine experience

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great good with a great vibe! Food was delicious and perfect for my husband's birthday. Food is very fresh, and the desert is so good! Would definitely recommend for a nice dinner out, or special occasion dinner. Had amazing seafood, and I had yummy vegetarian pasta, they even brought out a happy birthday chocolate for my husband.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We met dear friends and we all had a wonderful meal and the waiter provided great persnable service

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I think this is simply the best restaurant in San Diego - if Michelin reviewed Southern California it would have One Star for sure! For great food for serious foodies its a simply a beautiful setting to eat at .

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Just the loveliest setting. Always a treat.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We always celebrate our birthdays with lunch at Veladora. Ambience is great, cozy with nice view. Indoor or outdoor dining with a comfortable bar. The service is always pleasant and professional and menu has variety of choices. They provide a pretty little dessert for the B-Day girls.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great food, service and ambience. Would definitely recommend

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The noise level was way too high. They also messed up our order. It was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We enjoyed the entire experience and will be back. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great place to celebrate a birthday ❤️

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Charming interior, cozy fireplace. Great service. Delicious food. Quiet atmosphere so easy to have conversation!
One of our favorites in the area!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had a reservation for 8 pm but did not get seated until 8:30 pm. That is a major BAD to me. Once seated though the staff took very good care of our birthday group.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Very good service til the end when our server got distracted by another table and we had to wait for our check for too long but otherwise very attentive. Amazing food. Very original. Nice wine list.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent! Food was delicious, service was outstanding, ambiance was sublime!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fabulously delicious

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We always enjoy our dinners and Happy Hours here. Looking forward to our next visit

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolutely Mind-Blowing and amazing. No more words needed. Fantastic! Our new favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful location. The ambience and decore is excellent. Super staff!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was excellent!
Thanks.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Lovely setting, food and menu top tier, service a bit slow but polite and knowledgeable. A remote and slightly challenging location to get to, but worth the wandering back roads.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

What a beautiful special spot! The food was so fresh and amazing I have never had bread that tasted this good!! It was such a treat all the way around, the best part of all was our incredible waiter who was so professional and friendly as well as attentive! I could tell the people at the next table were buying bottle after bottle of wine while we brought our favorite bottle to celebrate my birthday. Our waiter treatest us as if we had bought the best wine they had to offer! We will be back! Great place!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent ambiance, great service, abundant wine list, it doesn't get much better that this for all around food and experience.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently always an excellent meal in beautiful space!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on December 30, 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!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 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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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve brunch

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3.0Dined on December 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 15, 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!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Great meal. Steven is a terrific waiter !!!

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