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Rancho Cielo

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710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, Ca 93912, Salinas, CA 93908-9757
+1 831-444-3521
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Monterey, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I appreciate the fixed menu and fresh, local ingredients. It was all delicious - although the chicken was a little dry, it was still a great meal. Plus it was a nice change of pace from the standard restaurant treatment. Everything tastes better when it is for a meaningful cause. We were inside because it was a rainy evening but... More 

Thank apesd
Carmel, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

An unusual once a week dining opportunity that combines the first rate product of a culinary school for at risk youth with a wait service performance opportunity for those learning the dining room side of restaurant work. The teachers are all skilled professionals and it's fun to see their students nail it! First rate food. Attentive service and local wines.... More 

Thank Roller Blades
Salinas, California
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The food @ Rancho Cielo is outstanding to say the least. The culinary academy teaches @ risk students who show potential to work in the hospitality industry. The students prepare the dishes and then serve them to your table. They only serve dinners on Friday nite so be certain to make your reservations early do you will not be disappointed.

Thank smwnyl
Salinas, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We took my 85 year old dad here as a Christmas gift...he is at the age of not needing any more things. It was perfect! He absolutely loved the idea that we were supporting the students but in addition we enjoyed an amazing and delicious dinner! Every course was beautifully designed and presented. The students were willing to interact with... More 

1 Thank kboutry
Salinas, California, USA
Level Contributor
43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Our entire experience with the Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy was superb... from making reservations (though this requires patience due to its popularity), to being greeted, seated and served. All three courses of the meal (plus the bonus appetizer) were perfectly prepared, congenially served, and thoroughly enjoyed. To experience all this for a modest tariff and help the students of... More 

Thank Jerry B
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5 reviews
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

A wonderful evening. Late seating helps beat local traffic. Young staff have a terrific story. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this special place!

Thank Travelerx2_11
salinas, United States
1 review
Reviewed 8 November 2016

There is nothing negative to say, this place will make your belly happy but more importantly, make your heart happy. Cody was our servicer, he was a delight. We appreciate such a great community based organization that is working to helping our youth.

Thank SalinasEater831
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64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

With Chef Patrick now in charge of the kitchen, and Wanda now in charge of the front of house, Rancho Cielo still rates 5 stars. Chef Patrick has an all-new menu, which includes starters like Caesar Salad, and a wonderful shrimp bisque soup, with shrimp cake. Entrees include Steak au Poivre, blackened game hen, and white shrimp with linguini. Fabulous... More 

2 Thank mikegrattan
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Rancho Cielo is a gem. I recently ate there with my husband and two friends. All four of us ordered different salads, entrees and desserts. We were all extremely happy with our choices ... absolutely delicious! We enjoyed our Joyce Pinot Noir and our server Moses was top notch. Good Job Rancho Cielo!! I'll definitely be returning.

1 Thank Julie L
San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 22 October 2016

From our warm welcome, super attentive service, delicious food and shockingly low prices, we could not have crafted a better dining experience. Kudos to everyone at Rancho Cielo- what a great program for students, staff and the public- we can't wait to return!

Thank Happy2eatmore

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats, View, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, Ca 93912, Salinas, CA 93908-9757
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-444-3521

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?