Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

It feels like a special occasion from the moment you pull up to the front gate.  There is an enthusiastic greeting and directions.  The drive meanders through a verdant canyon with mature eucalyptus and palms.   Veladora is in an inviting hacienda.  There is a beautiful view of the grounds.  I started with a cocktail that was wonderful.  Everything on the menu looked outstanding.  We were served a warm brioche and then an amuse-bouche topped with caviar.  We shared a wonderful artichoke bisque, which is one of the best things I have ever eaten.  My friend had the catch of the day, which was a local striped bass served with calamari.  I had a duo of iberico ham with cherries.  The dessert was a fabulous hazelnut eclair with figs. 

Our waiter was excellent.  He was knowledgeable and told us about the history of the Resort. 

This is an expensive place, but it is a great spot for a special experience.

This artichoke bisque was a stand-out


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