Dining at Rancho Cielo

On a Friday evening, venture off the beaten path and be rewarded with an extraordinary dining experience at Rancho Cielo. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Estevan Jimenez, students of the Drummond Culinary Academy prepare and serve contemporary California cuisine that speaks to the bounty and culture of the Salinas Valley and the students themselves. 

Guests have the unique opportunity to participate in their learning process, which is as much hospitality and culinary training as it is an empowerment journey. Serving “real customers” is the best way to prepare our students for successful careers in Monterey County’s hospitality industry—and beyond. Learn more about the dining experience.


Enjoy majestic views on the glassed-in patio or inside the cozy, window-lined dining room, where casual elegance meets a warm, friendly ambiance. Choose from a seasonally inspired, three-course prix fixe menu featuring produce from Rancho Cielo’s organic garden and honey from its apiary.
If dinner reservations are full, please consider joining us on our outdoor patio from 5-7pm on Fridays from April 12 through May 24. We will be offering tapas, share plates and sunset views! No reservations are needed for patio service!

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Private Events

Our outdoor patio and dining room provide the perfect setting for luncheons, retreats, meetings and other special events. 

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Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo 710 Old Stage Rd, Salinas, CA 93908

  • Hwy 1 North
  • 156 East
  • 101 South
  • Exit Boronda
  • Go East or left
  • Left on Natividad
  • Right on Old Natividad Road
  • Stop at stop sign at corner of Old Stage and Old Natividad Road
  • Go straight on Old Natividad Road
  • Dead ends into the gate of Rancho Cielo
  • East on 68
  • Exit Spreckels
  • Follow that road through Spreckels (watch your speed), curve to the left, to signal at Abbott Street
  • Turn right. Get on 101 South
  • Turn left (across the fwy) on Spence Road
  • Turn left on Old Stage Road
  • Follow the Old Stage Road signs – you will make a right turn in short order
  • Follow Old Stage Road until you hit the stop sign at Old Natividad Road
  • Turn Right. Dead ends at RC