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 right on property.
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
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$31 to $50
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Valet parking is complimentary to guests dining at Rancho Valencia.
Private Party Facilities:
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Veladora Ratings and Reviews
Had hoped for a better dining experience
Went as a group of 4 with 2 couples. Spent many special occasions at the old Ranch Valencia and was excited to return and try the highly touted Veladora. Staff is wonderfully trained and very attentive. Kudos to the staff! Dining room ambiance is nice, yet very noisy. We were seated behind a loud table of 6 and next to a loud table of 8. It was difficult to even cross talk so conversations were kept to the person sitting next to you. Started with the grilled octopus appetizer and the portion was just tiny. Tasty, but tiny. The fried goat cheese salad was very nice. Two of us ordered the Halibut entree and it was so over salted, that it was not edible and unfortunately had to be sent back. It took quite a long time for the replacement dishes which changed the flow of the evening. I was told the short ribs were just "OK" and the squid ink pasta with lobster was too heavily spiced after we requested no spice as my husband has had throat cancer and cannot tolerate spice. Long story short, we would not rush back or plan any special occasion meals here. Stick with the Pony Room bar which was lively and how can you go wrong with bar food?
Fun with Friends
Always the food and service is perfect; never rushed at a calm pace which gives us all time to catch up.
Great restaurant in beautiful setting. I ...
Great restaurant in beautiful setting. I highly recommend it.
We brought some friends and ALL had the new filet prep. Wow, those were the best filets that we have ever had, just amazing. The staff too always receive a commendation as they genuinely care that you have the best possible experience at Veladora. Thank you.
The setting is great. Rancho Valencia ha ...
The setting is great. Rancho Valencia has fantastic landscaping. The food was good but the menu is somewhat limited. Also resort pricing.
Really enjoyed our dinner. The corn sou ...
Really enjoyed our dinner. The corn soup with lobster was exquisite. My wife's filet was cooked to perfection and delicious. The amuse bouche and my sea bass were a little too salty for our taste. We had higher expectations for the service.
Excellent service and food.
Excellent service and food.
The price was way over priced for a buffet and the service. The food was good but not worth $125 per person, $65 per child. The egg hunt was very sparse. For the cost and the number of children there were way too few eggs. I think for cost there should have been included wine or cocktails with the brunch ,instead of sparkling wine in the children's play section.
Love this place. Food is outstanding and ...
Love this place. Food is outstanding and the ambience always feels like I'm on vacation when I'm a local.
Classy place with great food. Expensive ...
Classy place with great food. Expensive though
Always a Special Place.
I have been coming here for years. The redo has only made it better. The good is very good, the wine list and service are great. And the setting for dinner is truly perfect. It is a bit of a hike to find, but once you get here, enjoy and relax.
Beautiful surroundings. Most of the food ...
Beautiful surroundings. Most of the food items were excellent. Two members of my party had the wrap, and both people said it was dry. Our service was very very slow.
Everything was perfect from the food to the service. A really special place for dinner, lunch, or brunch.
15 out of 16 isn't bad
17 years ago we were married at RV and have been back every year since, save the one year they were remodeling. Every anniversary was so special as we always enjoyed our time, food and service immensely, so it is with a bit of personal sadness that this particular experience did not live up to our previous memories. Though the hostess greeted us with anniversary wishes, which we greatly appreciated, after we were sat we were completely ignored for an inordinate amount of time. It was actually the manager that happened to come over to introduce himself (again, appreciated), but we had to inform him we had not been attended to. Though he did buy us our first round of drinks, it was still almost 20 minutes before we were ever approached. The rest of the evening our waitress was fine, but the food was a bit of a disappointment. My brussel sprouts were excellent, but the risotto was way too soupy and the filets were good---not great---and for that price greatness should be realized. Our dessert was quite tasty, but for the first time ever, it was not complimentary. Perhaps we should not have expected that, but as they have done it every year (and believe it's quite traditional of restaurants even if we were not actually married at their venue), it was just more fuel to our disappointment. I am certain we will return for our 18th, and hope this last experience was just an anomaly and never repeated.
We had a set wine pairing menu on Valent ...
We had a set wine pairing menu on Valentine's Day. It was superb and the wines were exquisite. Our server was the best but I also noticed that all servers were very attentive. We will definitely return!!
A terrific menu with farm-to-table ingre ...
A terrific menu with farm-to-table ingredient prepared California style. Every dish was excellent. The short ribs were stand outs. High quality wine menu. Highest recommendation.
Highly over-priced ordinary food; gorgeous site.
Highly over priced with bland prentious food. Poor wine list for a super expensive restaurant. The menu is limited and for such a health conscious restaurant it has few vegetable choices or specialties. Excellent service in a beautiful secluded site and gorgeous room.
Fantastic hidden gem
This resort is beautiful throughout, and the restaurants, Veladora and The Pony Room are both fantastic locations for a wonderful dining experience! I took my staff there for a special appreciate lunch, and everything about it is was just perfect. The service is attentive and friendly, the meals were well made and good portion sizes, and the ambience is just so beautiful. It is Rancho Santa Fe, and it is a fabulous resort, so the food is VERY pricey, but for a very special occasion, it may be worth the extra $$.
Everyone at this restaurant is friendly ...
Everyone at this restaurant is friendly , wants to please , and the food is great .
We checked the restaurant week menu for restaurant week and choice Veladora over other restaurants because of the oyster dish on the menu. When we were given our menus the dish was not on the menu. We told the waiter and he checked to see if they could make the dish for us.The answer was yes for an extra $40. I think this was false advertising.
Love the ambience!
This was my second visit to Veladora and stay at Rancho Valencia and I really love the setting, food and ambience. I will be back as it is now my favorite tennis resort!
A True Destination Restaurant
On the estate of the Rancho Valencia Resort it is well know to its elite guests and its neighbors of Rancho Santa Fe as a special occasion and place to impress out of town guests. The setting, facilities and the professional and friendly staff make for a great evening. We could not been more pleased with our last visit.
Astoundingly fresh... Truly amazing serv ...
Astoundingly fresh... Truly amazing service!
Beautiful restaurant with tasty food and good service. Thanks
Our favorite restaurant
The food, service and ambiance are impeccable. We always go here for our special occasions and we have never been disappointed. Our server Chip is wonderful. He always remembers us, he's very knowledgeable and his suggestions are right on. We also have had lunch here and it is also great. Fabulous restaurant!
Always a treat!
One of the best kept secrets in North San Diego and always a treat for a special celebration. The staff is always friendly and very professional. Love the setting and always looking for an excuse to return. Highly recommended!!
Veladora is always a great experience. Excellent service, great food, exceptional wine list. You can't go wrong. And if you're up for a more casual experience, the Pony Room is fun.
This is the 2nd time dining here for lunch. Excellent food, I had the skirt steak & arugula salad. Warm inviting dining area and great service.
Lunch at Veladora
The ambiance was top drawer, the service was excellent and the food extraordinary.
One of the most beautiful settings
Sure it's expensive but you will not be disappointed with the ambience or service at Rancho V. Both the bar and dinning room are unbeatable. I have been several times and unfortunately my last visit wasn't up to their normal standards. Rather than bash the food I will simply give them a pass this time and hope they redeem themselves on the next visit. With such attention to detail on the structure and service it will be a shame if the kitchen can't keep up. We are cheering for you and want this to be our go to place, so fingers crossed.
Waiter was cool, food was awesome, overa ...
Waiter was cool, food was awesome, overall very nice ambiance... We definitely would come back again. Thx
Beautiful place, spoilt by incompetent s ...
Beautiful place, spoilt by incompetent service.
Enjoyed a delicious dinner here and will return!
Great food, presentation and service in a very tastefully decorated and comfortable restaurant. I will highly recommend to friends and family and already plan to return soon. Thank you for a very enjoyable experience!
we had to send our food back because the ...
we had to send our food back because the fish was overdone
Four of us enjoyed a very nice lunch inside, as the day was quite hot. The menu had a lot of variety. The restaurant has great ambiance - casually elegant. The staff made us feel very welcome. It's worth a visit even if you are not staying at the resort.
Always outstanding meals. Tremendous ima ...
Always outstanding meals. Tremendous imagination in the recipes
Dinner a bonus to wine event
We had heard that the Rancho Valencia was a top notch resort and so very pleased to hear they were hosting a wine tasting of Napa Valley Vintners. The tasting started at 6:30, and so booked an early dinner in the restaurant. The staff were congenial, attentive, and all called us by name. Our food was excellent. I had the foie gras, followed by the halibut. The dining room was quiet (5:30 reservation), but the bar (where food was also being served) was packed. I had asked to be served in time to be out before 6:30 and we were, without ever feeling rushed. Very nice experience and I would definitely return. Mitch Price, the resident Advanced Somm, did a great job with organizing the Napa Valley Vintner tasting, which we thoroughly enjoyed as well.
Another memorable experience
We dined at Veladora for a second time to celebrate my partner's birthday. It was an even better experience than our first time a few years before. The entire perience was perfect. A couple of drinks before outside at the firepit to enjoy the view, then dinner in the restaurant. I cannot applaud our server, Chip, enough! A true gentleman and pro, although his eloquence at describing the dishes made choosing a little more difficult, but with his guidance we made sublime choices. Thank you, Chip! All staff were marvelous and made the evening perfect for us. One of the best meals we've had anywhere!
It was girls night out for my birthday w ...
It was girls night out for my birthday with my best friend. I've never felt more special or catered to before. They went above and beyond to make it very memorable.
Amazing all around. One of my very favor ...
Amazing all around. One of my very favorites.
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