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The Hitching Post II

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406 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427-9603 (Thumbelina)
(805) 688-0676
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4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine

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  • 196
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly Good Food, Fun Place

We went here because of the "Sideways" movie, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Very good, good service, good value and of course excellent wine. Plan to go again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Jackie B
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New York City
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Ventura, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

About a minute or two off the 101 in Buellton (before Solvang), the Hitching Post II serves up the best filet mignon I have ever eaten. Don’t be mistaken. HP II has been expertly barbecuing steaks on an oak grill and sprinkling them with a dry rub they fittingly call “magic dust”, long before “Sideways” was ever written. Its dining... More 

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I can't say enough about the filet mignon here. It's quite possibly the best steak I've ever had, all while dining in an atmosphere that feels relaxed and authentic. Plus, if you're a fan of the movie Sideways, it's a must.

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Ventura, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at this restaurant made famous from the movie Sideways. We made a reservation in advance which I strongly recommend everyone to do - through Open Table. From the moment we arrived, (the hostess greeted us by name) from the moment we left, I felt it was a special place. Our server Robin... More 

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Odense
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The steaks are good. Really good even, and they are worth the visit in combination with the lovely wine. BUT ... We had booked a table relatively early in the evening, yet we ended up having to wait almost two hours before we were served steaks. Before that we had received some anonymous shrimp salads and loads of bread. When... More 

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Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We make it a point to have a meal at the Hitching Post every time we come to this area, at least annually. They grill the most consistently perfect steaks. This time our experience was especially fun because of our waitress, Jackie. She had a people quality that few in the service industry possess anymore. Someone who truly enjoys what... More 

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Los Altos, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were looking for a restaurant in Solvang/Buellton area during our visit. Read about Hitching Post and it sounded like the best choice in the area. We were absolutely correct!! While other restaurants were empty we were glad we had called for a reservation as the place was full and there were many waiting. The food was exceptional and a... More 

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vandenberg village, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Recently dined at this location for the first time. The Hawaiian Ono was mouth-watering - grilled to perfection and delicious blend of spices. Prime Flat Iron was excellent - tender and juicy. Be sure to ask for the homemade salsa. Goes well with anything! Had a minor concern regarding the tab. Manager Angel took care of our concern with exceptional... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I visited this restaurant on a recommendation from an American. We were staying in Solvang and it was my birthday so 3 of us booked a table here. If you are planning to visit this restaurant, take your appetite. In fact, fast for a couple of days before you visit!! You will feel like you are in an episode of... More 

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went here because of the "Sideways" movie, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Very good, good service, good value and of course excellent wine. Plan to go again.

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New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is not a fancy place, rather a homey roadside inn that makes you feel comfortable the minute you walk in. Food was top notch. Service was perfect. Wine list is overly focussed on their own production, but heck, if you make a drinkable Pinot, why not serve it at your place?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 406 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427-9603
    (Thumbelina)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Buellton
  • Phone Number: (805) 688-0676

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?