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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Private Party Contact:
Sales & Catering: 8587596285x
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
Little disappointed with the appetizers ...
Little disappointed with the appetizers and desserts. The entrees were great. The lobster in the lobster salad was over done and chewy. When I mentioned that, the waitress brought another plate with just lobster. At a place like this (where you pay avg $100 person), you would expect them get a totally new salad rather than bits and pieces like I got.
Went for a last-minute lunch/brunch on a ...
Went for a last-minute lunch/brunch on a Sunday. Sat outside with our dogs. They have a special pet menu...awesome! Many great choices. Beautiful grounds. Pet friendly. Great wines and cocktails. It's pretty much perfect here
Special location set in the middle of th ...
Special location set in the middle of the Rancho Valencia resort. Atmosphere reminiscent of what the grand Spanish rancheros may have been like during the early days in California. Food expertly prepared with great variety and wine list to allow pairing with some wonderful selections. Recommended dishes, the lobster salad, octopus, halibut, and short ribs.
Great farm to table vegetable salad for Chino farms and local raised beef selection
We ate a Veladora three times while stay ...
We ate a Veladora three times while staying at Rancho Valencia. The service was always superior, and they took great care with our food allergies. The food was delicious and worked for the adults and the kids at our table. A lovely setting with a very friendly vibe. Expensive as most hotel restaurants are but we didn't leave feeling that we overpaid because the experience was so pleasant all three times.
Beautiful setting and luxurious decor wi ...
Beautiful setting and luxurious decor with extremely comfortable seating made for a wonderful first impression. Unfortunately, large parties and crying children made seem it noisy and hectic during brunch service. Staff was very pleasant and polite but server was extremely busy and distracted with large parties which caused forgetfulness and some disorganization at our table of four. An extra server to assist with large parties might have helped reduce the chaotic vibe. Reasonably priced when compared to other restaurants. Food offerings were exciting but execution, that day, missed the mark for me.
Setting and ambiance alone will definitely make me try it again but probably at a time other than Sunday brunch.
Surprised the food was not great!
I explained I was vegan and was told they could make pasta with vegetables. The problem was, it was dripping in butter! Also, the salad was just so so. The best part of the evening was our amazing server. Sorry, cannot remember his name, but have never had a better server in any restaurant!
Problems in the Veladora Kitchen
The management was very gracious by reducing our bill when we informed them that none of the four meals met expectations. Fish was luke cold in one meal, mashed potatoes cold in three meals and the chicken wasn't too warm either. Clearly some kitchen management issues. It's a shame that it reflects on the great servers and managers, but for these prices we expect a much better food experience. And the booze is way overpriced.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $$.
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.
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.
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!
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