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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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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Steak Dinner

Yes, because of Sideways, we had dinner at The Hitching Post. The steaks were really good as was the generous portion of rack of lamb. The service and the atmosphere were OK. Didn't feel the love..........

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Los Angeles, California
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a 44.95 Rib Eye steak, one might expect something special. Well, it was average at best, and I have had better cuts from Costco. I think this place lives off of it's past reputation, and for Sideways fame. My steak was served with a baked potato that was very small and seemed to be microwave hot. I say this... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to dinner at the Hitching Post II, and to a person each of us thought the steak and shrimp weren't very tasty or flavorful, for the amount that they cost. As a whole we were unimpressed. They also jammed us into a corner next to another large party, making it difficult for both parties to get in and... More 

Thank markoN8464WN
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292 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, because of Sideways, we had dinner at The Hitching Post. The steaks were really good as was the generous portion of rack of lamb. The service and the atmosphere were OK. Didn't feel the love..........

Thank MissMem
Agoura Hills, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I are celebrating her 50th birthday in wonderful Los Olivos. For dinner last night, we visited the Hitching Post. Yes, we love Sideways. I last ate at the HP probably 15 years ago and can't remember much about it but I think I liked it or I don't remember not liking it Anyway, the decor: stained pink... More 

Thank HMB1966
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, we came here by way of the sideways movie. We were able to taste a number of the wines before choosing the Highliner. Delicious! The pickled veggies they give you to snack on are very unique and tasty. My fiancé got to try her first "surf n turf", petite filet and shrimp, and she wasn't disappointed. The food is... More 

Thank Devon G
La Crescenta, California
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good steaks and the food in general is a cut above anything nearby. Did you enjoy "Sideways" ?

Thank 1jjarecki
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started at the bar with a gin and tonic - packed with Blue Sapphire - enough so that my friend asked for more tonic water. This surprised the bartender. We had looked at the menu online and decided to order the angus rib chop to share. Our well-seasoned waitress was fantastic, offering suggestions and comments about how we should eat... More 

Thank Anne N
Acton, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first ate at the original Hitching Post in 1980 when I was in my first year on the job as an aerospace engineer. It was the best steak I had ever eaten. I’ve been back to the original Hitching post many times whenever my travels take me near Casmalia, California. I have eaten in some very good steak houses... More 

Thank Actondad
Manhattan, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My only complaint was that they didn't have the tri-tip from our last visit a few years ago. That one was among the best steaks I've had. This one was merely really really good. Artichokes very good. Key lime pie very good. Love the old school feel of the place. Reminds me of the family dinners out from when I... More 

Thank bnels1443
Oakland, California
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You probably saw this place in the movie "Sideways". Now come and taste the real thing. You won't be disappointed. Three of us had a great dinner here last week. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the smokiness from the oak-fired grill added to the flavor. We ordered one of the house pinots that paired perfectly with the meat. Casual... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine


Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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