The signature restaurant is decorated in calming earth tones and lined with cushy upholstered booths; on the walls are works by California impressionist painter A.R. Valentien, for whom the place is named.
When Jared Van Camp signed on to be executive chef at Quality Social in the Gaslamp, he knew the menu concept would require a little explanation. “We wanted to take the typical luxury-restaurant approach and apply it to dive-bar staples” like burgers and stiff cocktails, Van Camp says. “Because everyone loves a great dive bar.”