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Date
Sat, 5/26
Time
7:00 PM
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Veladora

4.7
652 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation

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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Payment options
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 652 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.1
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined a day ago

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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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing food and excellent drinks! Great service and value. Complimentary valet was a big bonus.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great food, extremely good service, great ambiance. Very upmarket though so relatively pricey (we spent $200 on a meal + a couple of drinks for two, including tax and tip), but worth it if you’re looking for a “fancy” date night or special occasion location.

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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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