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Best Restaurants: As the signature restaurant in The Lodge at Torrey Pines, A.R. Valentien is a tribute to Southern California heritage. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson features dishes with basic ingredients, minimal handling and simple combinations in order to highlight texture and flavor. The innovative California cuisine changes regularly depending on what is in season and available at local markets and from small growers, ranchers and fishermen. Sample dishes include Nieman Ranch Eye of Ribeye Steak, Alaskan Halibut, Roasted Beets with Pistacio Butter, as well as Carrot and Coriander Soup with Lobster and Blood Orange Reduction. Pair these with an elegant California boutique wine from their extensive menu. Gazing at the spectacular view overlooking the 18th hole of the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific coastline adds to the dining experience.

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Best Restaurants: "Check the schedule for Artisan table events that are four courses of informal dining at a communal table (10-16 people maximum) with wines specially selected by the chefs."

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Elegant and cozy, A.R. Valentien's tribute to simply-prepared seasonal California cuisine is some of the best in town.

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