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Ranch House

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102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023 (Besant Rd)
Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
805-646-2360
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5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The ultimate in romance--hidden away in the beautiful Ojai Valley located...
The ultimate in romance--hidden away in the beautiful Ojai Valley located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Intimate garden dining, meandering streams, award winning cuisine, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list with over 700 selections available, bakery and herb garden on premises--for over 56 years this romantic garden restaurant has been perfection in Ojai.....
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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious lamb

We went here on a Groupon for a multi purse dinner with wine. My husband ordered the lamb chops and they were delicious. They had a crumb topping made with honey and mint that was amazing. The only problem we had with dinner was that they had trouble with my filet mignon. It came over cooked. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
SharynRH
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Reseda, CA
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Scenic view
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English first
Palm Desert,CA
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Some friends took me to the Ranch House in Ojai which is located in the Miner's Oaks section. I suggest you use your navigational system to find it. We went for dinner with their twinkling lights and lovely atmosphere. The food was excellent and service perfect. It's rather expensive but a very special place. There is plenty of outside seating... More 

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Reseda, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

We went here on a Groupon for a multi purse dinner with wine. My husband ordered the lamb chops and they were delicious. They had a crumb topping made with honey and mint that was amazing. The only problem we had with dinner was that they had trouble with my filet mignon. It came over cooked. I wanted medium rare.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

An Ojai staple. The back terrace (a popular choice for weddings) is inimitable; our next visits will request different tables until we've covered this landscape. ;) Excellent short ribs -- so tender that they part with the poke of a fork. Definitely order a cappuccino to bring out the flavor of the creme brûlée (not overly sugared or flamed). But... More 

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Ventura, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Beautiful romantic dining. I don't think there's a bad seat in the house. The lamb shank was outstanding! Such a large portion, was able to take home and enjoy the next day. The service was pretty good. I had a server in training and she did well on her first night. They only thing I didn't like was their reservation... More 

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Ventura, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I have mixed feelings about my dining experience here. Let me start with a positive. The Ranch House is a really beautiful restaurant, and it can't be beat for atmosphere..We were a table of 3 and we were used the Groupon for 2 of us. We waited at least 45 minutes for our salads, and the tomato soup tasted more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

My son and I had the pleasure of dining at the Ojai Ranch house last week we were greeted by Russ the general manager. Russ was very charismatic and make sure that we were extremely comfortable with a wonderful table on a beautiful evening. Russ suggested A couple of different appetizers and entrées which were all amazing. The ambience of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

The service: We came with a very large group with our numbers changing until the last moment; we ended up with 19. The service was very good under the circumstances with 2 servers. The only problem with having such a big group was that their credit card machine only accommodates 8 cards for a split bill. Our waitress was helpful... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We went there early, just after they opened, using a Groupon certificate. Maybe when it's hot and crowded and dark the ambiance will make it better, but even at 50% off, or whatever we paid, we didn't think we got value. They valued the wine at $50 but I don't think they paid more than $4, and if they didn't... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Nothing special about the menu, but the somewhat funky outdoor space has a certain charm. So to be kept standing for ten minutes at bar/entrance, with many empty tables visible, didn't establish the right mood. The wine was overpriced and the conventional food, while perfectly adequate, didn't seem like such a good value either. The waitress asked whether we had... More 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I took my wife here for dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant does not look like very much when you drive up, but once in the back, you are in the midst of a bamboo and local flora forest, dotted with various types of water sculptures. Arrive before sunset, so you can enjoy the natural and man-made beauty, including the... More 

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Additional Information about Ranch House

Address: 102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
Phone Number: 805-646-2360
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $31 to $50
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
    (Besant Rd)
  • Public Transportation: Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: 805-646-2360

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $31 to $50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Scenic view

Description

The ultimate in romance--hidden away in the beautiful Ojai Valley located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Intimate garden dining, meandering streams, award winning cuisine, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list with over 700 selections available, bakery and herb garden on premises--for over 56 years this romantic garden restaurant has been perfection in Ojai.....
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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