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“Restaurant experience doesn't meet Lodge standards” 3 of 5 stars
Review of A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
8584534420
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Ranked #8 of 1,072 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $150
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Callan Road
Description: The Grill offers a casual and convenient San Diego dining experience located adjacent to the practice putting greens and starters club house of the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Whether dining inside or on the patio, you will find a complete menu of your favorite items and beverages.
Carlsbad, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Restaurant experience doesn't meet Lodge standards”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We dined at the Grill, which is the more casual restaurant overlooking the golf course for Easter. When I made the reservation the hostess informed me that they would be serving a regular menu with a few specialty items chosen by the Chef for Easter. This gave me the impression that the restaurant would be a casual, but nice atmosphere.
The ambiance when you walk in the lobby of the resort is just as you would expect, like a Lodge in the Scottish Highlands. Wood burning fireplaces and a gorgeous ocean view. The valets wear kilts and the entire place seems to keep with the golf, lodge theme. Which is why I was so surprised that the restaurant on the golf course had all the charm of a Denny's. We waited for a table even with the reservation and it was too breezy to dine on the patio so we sat indoors. The menu was brunch and lunch fare with typical resort prices, but not over the top. The drinks will set you back $12-20, so be prepared for the tab to double if you order wine or cocktails.
There were 6 of us and everyone agreed the food was very good, despite the lack luster ambiance. We headed up to the lobby bar after lunch and sat by the fireplace. The bar menu is limited, but the ambiance is far better than the Grill.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Best of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Food,service,ambiance...........the best...........most people were well dressed, guys Jackets (Diner)..........

Visited April 2013
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Glendale, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The food and service was just what you would expect from a 5 star restaurant. We very much enjoyed our meal.

Visited April 2013
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Redmond, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Hamburger”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Reccomended by the locals for a great hamburger and they were right! Homemade potato chips with onion dip were complements of the chef and I could have made a meal out of these.

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Delicious meat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Great service, great people, great food!!! You can't go wrong here nor can you beat the prices. Great place to eat out back also.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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