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The Pony Room, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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The Pony Room

4.8
4.8
1130 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The Pony Room is a favorite among locals and resort guests alike. In addition to an extensive selection of all things agave, it is also home to one of Southern California's most impressive wine and hand-crafted, seasonally inspired signature cocktail lists. The Pony Room serves exceptional, American inspired comfort classics with daily specials.

Live Music 7 nights a week

*All reservations are limited to a 2-hour dining period to ensure we can accommodate all guests.

Join us for Happy Hour Monday - Thursday from 2.30pm - 4pm and enjoy a discount on selected Food and Beverage.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for Brunch on our beautiful hacienda inspired terraces from 11am to 2pm.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 759-6246
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Rancho Santa Fe
  • Parking details
    Valet is complimentary.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • North San Diego

    American

1,130 Reviews
  1. Harold

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent and the food was very good. Very relaxing atmosphere and liked live music from the bar while having dinner.

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  2. tommyd

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Being The Pony Room expectations were high and unfortunately not met.

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  3. StephanieK

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Very good food and atmosphere. Poor service. Waited a long time to order and server never checked on us after food came. One order didn’t come out as ordered.

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  4. MarinaB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, charming ambience, friendly and happy staff.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The absolute best place we eat there a minimum of 2 times a week.

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  6. Chacha

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The service was terrible, no one came to take orders for drinks for 30 + mins also extremely poor service, they need to have more waiters, thank you. Sofia Jenkins.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delightful, once again!! My sister and I loved it!!

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  8. agrb

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delightful way to spend the evening. The drinks and food were excellent and our waiter was terrific! We ate outdoors on the back patio and enjoyed the setting.

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  9. Mike

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Great experience! Loved it.

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  10. TravisS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well trained hospitality driven staff. Extensive and well valued wine list. Great live music and well prepared food. Would definitely return

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my husband and I’s first time at the Pony Room. The ambiance was beautiful. They have live music every night and a new special each day. There is a lot to choose from and everything we had was delicious. Our waiter, Jackson was fantastic! Very attentive and great conversation. We will definitely be going back.

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  12. BarbaraS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    As RV club members and long-time Rancho Santa Fe residents, we have been visiting the resort since its opening years ago. The food is consistently good and the ambience is exceptional, but the kitchen is slow. In addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy a meal without screaming, crying, poorly-behaved children, making it unpleasant and sometimes impossible to have a conversation, as was the case yesterday when we hosted friends from out of town for tennis and lunch. If a child is noisy and/or crying, parents should be asked to remove their child from the restaurant so that the other people dining can enjoy their meals.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, as always. Our server Jack was knowledgeable and fun. This continues to be a favorite spot for us any time for any occasion.

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  14. Ringo

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The staff was welcoming, extremely courteous, and thoughtful since we were celebrating life events. The Lobster Nachos were incredible! Portions were generous and delicious. All food was presented beautifully and done to perfection. There was a welcome sparkling wine for a toast that was provided. Warm mixed nuts arrived before our food. The only concerns we had was that after dinner our table was not wiped clean and stayed that way during desserts. The other concern was the over baked cookie. An over baked lava cake happened at a previous dinner. But these minor issues don’t keep us going back for more of the excellent service and wonderful main entrees!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend driving there so you can get home! We took Uber and had a hard time getting an Uber home at night. It’s out there but worth it! Beautiful grounds, charming restaurant with friendly staff and great service! Food was delicious! Recommend for a romantic evening or group dinner

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  16. Gerbil2

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Disappointing experience. The rattan chairs on the back patio are very uncomfortable. We noticed many diners requesting cushions. Good- The pear salad was excellent, but the short ribs were very salty- inedible actually. We sent them back and were told that the chef agreed that the gravy was way too salty. We were offered a replacement, but respectfully declined. The waiter offered free deserts which was appreciated. The short ribs were included on the bill which we thought was strange. Service was unhurried, if not slow. It took our party of two two hours to eat. We’ve eaten there many times and always enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately we did not enjoy this evening.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, everyone is so friendly & professional

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  18. MichelleS

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and Service were outstanding. Looking forward to the dining room. Don't love the bar and limited seating in doors but worth it for the food.

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  19. DaCoda

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    overall4food1service5ambience4
    We’ve been coming to Rancho Valencia for over 20 years and always enjoy it’s architecture and beautiful setting. The service is also excellent, and thank goodness that hasn’t changed. However, the food is truly horrible now. Not sure what happened but some items, like the “bowls”, are almost inedible; bland and almost flavorless. The serving sizes are super small too (an approx. $30 Buratta salad consists of a very small piece of cheese, the size of an ice cream scoop, and one large tomato. Seriously?! At the same time, the prices have skyrocketed (at a much higher percentage than inflation). I wouldn’t even mind the higher costs, but the food has gotten so bad that it’s really is a huge disappointment and we’ll be thinking twice before returning. Also, be aware that there is no inside dining (except for about 4 tables in the bar). All other tables are outside. The Veladora indoor restaurant has been closed for about 3 years now (which makes no sense, as you can look in and see a functioning restaurant- can’t imagine why it’s not used). So if it’s very hot or on the cool side, which it was for most of last winter/spring, it’s not at all comfortable being outside. The renovated Inn at RSF is opening soon- in the future maybe we’ll be going over there instead?

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  20. bizman

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Service, food and atmosphere perfect

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  21. FandBFanatic

    San Diego

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Slow service, cold food, no longer offering bread course (other than $19 option), and expensive, why go back?

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  22. MichelleS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere and the service were amazing! The attention to detail was evident in all the dishes. Excellent, well done.

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  23. Pilatesaddict

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miso sea bass was great as were the roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

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  24. GregM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely music very good food great service! Would for sure go back

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris was an excellent waiter. Brussel sprouts perfect. RV Chardonnay very good.

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  26. Scott

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    We had a very disappointing dinner. First, the live music was way too loud. We asked if they could turn it down and they did. But we hardly noticed a difference. And the food was mediocre except for the lobster tacos which were very good. The swordfish bites were tender but tasteless as was the fried calamari which were not that tender. We did have a a terrific server! We do love this restaurant and have had many great dinners here. Maybe it was just an off night.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jarret is the best server. Friendly and knowledgeable.

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  28. richmar

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Lovely place. Food came too quickly and fish tacos a bit dry but a great evening otherwise. Service was really wonderful other than the main dishes coming much too quickly

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  29. DavidL

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a GEM!!! The food was delicious, and the people were THE BEST! We will be back!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening but we had to send the fries back and the sliders were dry and did no come with condiments

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great

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  32. dmfoodie1

    San Diego

    177 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    177 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Presented for luncheon meeting outside, food was good, and service was excellent. Menu prices were high compared to other places in the area.

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  33. Viking

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christian was an excellent waiter. Very attentive. We love the tranquility.

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  34. JimB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is always fabulous and the outdoor tables are great in the summer.

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  35. DanaP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful but our servers made the evening exceptional. Thank you

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  36. MmmC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Pony Room at RV never disappoints. We enjoyed the crudo, stone fruit salad, mussels, lobster tacos, bolognese, and apple crisp….and would order any one of those again. The service was incredible— relaxed and friendly, we loved that we weren’t rushed at all. (Thanks, Chris!) The sunlight at the end of the day made everything extra gorgeous and the staff readjusted the umbrellas according to the light before we could even think to ask. This place and the people are truly magical.

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  37. MSTONE

    San Diego

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the ambience were all perfect! Our entire breakfast was cooked perfectly and our waiter was great. Never disappointed when we eat at the Pony Room.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We ordered open face fish sandwiches but got fishbergers smothered in tartar sauce instead. I am a RSF resident and went to Pony Room dozens of times always great this time very disappointed

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  39. Earl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, superb ambience, excellent meals. Had a great time. Our favorite restaurant.

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  40. EmilyH

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a beautiful experience at the pony room- would love to stay at the resort next time we come! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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FAQs

The Pony Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 759-6246.

The Pony Room is rated 4.8 stars by 1130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Pony Room

5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Rancho Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet is complimentary.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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