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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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 187
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I do not recommend,

Except if you want to say to your friends that you went sideways. Or you want to go back to the 60's But if you do make a reservation in the bar area and order the hamburger.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
John F
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Except if you want to say to your friends that you went sideways. Or you want to go back to the 60's But if you do make a reservation in the bar area and order the hamburger.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Fans of the movie "Sideways" will know this restaurant's façade and bar from the movie. That was our primary reason for going to the Hitching Post on a recent trip to the central coast of California. I also knew that we would get a lot of food brought to the table and we did- a garnish tray of veggies, salads,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a Valentine's dinner at the Hitching post II on Saturday and overall I was pretty impressed by the food and service. They give you an appetizer plate and soup, And salad or a Shrimp cocktail included in the price of a dinner. You also you get garlic toast. I had the 5 oz. Filet and it was very... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My husband and I drive up to the Solvang area a few times a year and always make reservations at The Hitching Post in Buellton. It's a small but quaint steak house. A friend once told me you could cut their steaks with a butter knife and I never believed it until we tried them. Their quality of meat is... More 

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La Palma, CA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very nice steak restaurant. A little bit pricey. Good steaks and chicken. Big portions. If you don't like your fish rare, tell them when you order it. Parking lot is hard to get in and out. Reservations are a good idea as it is very popular.

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Pleasanton, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Mosey on over for a great steak and great lobster! Make sure you try your steak "butterfly style"! Yes this restaurant was on the movie Sideways but the workers will take your pic on that particular table if you are not seated there. The decor is nothing to write about but the service there was great!

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Chino Hills, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Had a wonderful meal here at the Hitching Post and really not a surprise. Every time we come up the wine country, we have dinner here. We started off with Grilled Artichoke for an appetizer (which was OK) followed up with 5 oz Filet Mignon (which was excellent) and a cabernet to accent the meal. The steaks were cooked perfectly.... More 

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Leesburg, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

BEST steaks ever . Truly. Bar was great place to wait. Had bottle of Ah Clermont wine my favorite now from The Lakeridge Winery Cal. Sat down about 5 minutes after reservation. Immediate service with water menus and explanations of specials. Nice decor and recommend for a date . Pricey but well worth it. Ate there second night too.

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Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The Hitching Post is one of our mandatory stops in Santa Barbara wine country. Even though we were there in January, it was still crowded. Reservations are definitely recommended. Their steaks live up to their reputation and the wine is even better. Sideways definitely put this place on the map.

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Fullerton, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Typical steak and fish house, with an emphasis on steak. Don't go if you want vegetables, you get the house blend only. Lots of mediocre food though. Soup and salad, some substitutes allowed. Some fish, lots of steaks. Fish was over cooked, both ahi and albacore. Does not live up to the hype.

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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, Barbecue, Steakhouse

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