Rancho Santa Fe,  California
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa's restaurant, Veladora, is sumptuous and expensive, which makes it the perfect place to splurge on a special occasion. The candlelit dining room shows off wrought-iron chandeliers and an original floor-to-ceiling Damien Hirst wall hanging made of butterfly wings. The food tends toward classic—slow-poached Maine lobster salad with a squeeze of their homegrown citrus, or lobster and black truffle risotto. Much of the produce comes from nearby Chino Farms, but they harvest their own honey on-site and have plans to make their own olive oil.
Last Reviewed May 2013


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