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16787 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061-9561
760-742-3669
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Description: Built in the 1920's, this ranch style restaurant and motel is located...
Built in the 1920's, this ranch style restaurant and motel is located along Highway 76 in the back county of San Diego. Formerly a sleepy stretch of road, Highway 76 now connects 4 major casino resorts: Valley View, Harrah's Rincon, Casino Pauma, and Pala. Most visitors drive right by the Lazy H, those who do stop in are treated to a step back in time. The dining room is right out of the 50s, the menu is varied and wholesome. Weekends are busiest, when locals come out to dine.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Worth the drive

Lazy H Ranch is a place that time forgot. The story is that this was once a gentlemans club in the old days and frequented by the likes of Hollywood legends like Lon Cheney and John Wayne. The rooms are darling, each with their own theme. My friends stayed in the Vintage Room and found it very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2013
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Valley Center, California
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Valley Center, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lazy H Ranch is a place that time forgot. The story is that this was once a gentlemans club in the old days and frequented by the likes of Hollywood legends like Lon Cheney and John Wayne. The rooms are darling, each with their own theme. My friends stayed in the Vintage Room and found it very comfortable and pleasant.... More 

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

On a recent trip to CA we took our sister in law here for her birthday. A quaint little place out in the country, but good service and excellent food.

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Torrance, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I recently had occasion to revisit the Lazy H and I hate to say the following because it used to be one of my favorite destinations. They are building some new motel units which are handicap suitable. The room was okay and well suited for my handicaps. The big disappointment came at dinner. We made a special attempt to be... More 

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Torrance, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Lazy H Ranch is a little bit of heaven located in Pauma Valley, CA. The food is outstanding, especially on Friday or Saturday night when they feature a wonderful Prime Rib. Don't miss the Margaritas made with their own lemons which you can see growing just outside the bar. You won't believe the size, they look like grapefruits. The... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We bring John's mom here. She lives in Escondido. Great ride up and back, lots to see and amazing place when there.

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El Segundo, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

You like Mad Men. You drink retro cocktails. You miss the idea of a proper dining room. The Lazy H Ranch Motel has a door into 1961. You'll find Henry at the bar, where he's been for 33 years. You'll find outstanding Margaritas. You'll find a "traditional" menu, in that there is no "extract of This in a coulis of... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We go to Lazy H all the time. The best 'broasted chicken' anywhere. Old world ambience at a place that was once a destination for Hollywood types. Small, clean, old-world motel and restaurant with dozens of hummingbirds feeding just outside the windows of the bar. We miss our favorite waitress - Marilyn - but the food is as good as... More 

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Oceanside, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Lazy H Ranch takes amazing care of their grounds. Everywhere you look you see beautiful lush landscaping and amazing views of Pauma Valley. The food at the restaurant is amazing, I have had nearly everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. If you stop by during the weekend I recommend the prime rib, it's awesome. The staff... More 

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Eureka, California
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214 reviews 214 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

My hubby and I took a local 2 day road trip. First stop, the Lazy H Ranch out by the big casinos. I found this little motel-restaurant years ago with friends. The restaurant cocktail lounge is a step back in time. The little bar has what used to be a live tree growing up through the ceiling. There are large... More 

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

This was my husband and my favorite place. I have been eating here for the past 20 years and have always had great food and lovely service. It's a little way off the beaten track but well worth the trip.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16787 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061-9561
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pauma Valley
  • Phone Number: 760-742-3669

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

Built in the 1920's, this ranch style restaurant and motel is located along Highway 76 in the back county of San Diego. Formerly a sleepy stretch of road, Highway 76 now connects 4 major casino resorts: Valley View, Harrah's Rincon, Casino Pauma, and Pala. Most visitors drive right by the Lazy H, those who do stop in are treated to a step back in time. The dining room is right out of the 50s, the menu is varied and wholesome. Weekends are busiest, when locals come out to dine.

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