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Ranch House

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American, Contemporary
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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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11:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Families with children
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 11
    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
Restaurant has changed

Visited the ranch house after about 5 years. Found the ownership changed. Felt the food quality had declined a little. Service was good as ever. Prices higher as every where else.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Anil6780
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Santa Ana, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Ana, California
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Visited the ranch house after about 5 years. Found the ownership changed. Felt the food quality had declined a little. Service was good as ever. Prices higher as every where else.

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Deer Park, Illinois, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We were very excited to eat here but it seemed as though the staff just weren't paying attention,and seemed very disconnected from a tightly run, well executed dining experience.Although there were empty tables and a reservation we were seated on a busy pathway , facing other diners rather than the beautiful gardens. If you asked for something ...the staff said... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Loved Ranch House! Friendly staff, owner, great atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Had the coffee short ribs with amazing grits. Also the steak, perfectly cooked, both were excellent. Yummy cheesecake. It is a fun quirky place off the beaten path. Been to Ojai a few times and this place was a find.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Wife and I ate here for the first time last night. The whole package is nice. Food was good. Service had a couple of delays but we were not in a hurry. Very good for a couples evening out. We will be back.

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Calabasas, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This was our first time to dine at the Ranch House. We gave it a try not knowing that it had recently changed ownership. We drove 50 miles to Ojai on the recommendation of our daughter. We were not disappointed. We sat outside on the deck surrounded by water, lights, lush foliage...it was simply romantic and serene. Our server was... More 

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California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Don't be scared off by some of the negative reviews... We have been coming to this wonderful restaurant for many years and were sad when it sold last year fearing it will never be the same. Well, its not and that doesn't mean its going to be bad. On the contrary, every point of our dinner was spectacular. The service,... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

While visiting Ojai for my birthday weekend my husband searched for a special restaurant. With all we read about the Ranch House we were so excited to try it. When we entered and saw the beautiful garden through the windows of the lounge we were in awe. The host sat us and gave us a wonderful history of the place... More 

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Ojai, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Come here for the food and the location, stay here for the people! The Ranch House restaurant has been a fixture in Ojai for decades, but anyone who had visited there repeatedly as I would agree it was getting really hard to come here and choose from the same old menu. That's all changed I am happy to say since... More 

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Ojai, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Still searching for the new way to go since ownership change. Wine list drastically reduced. Food is holding OK. Garden tables are always great and lush. Bit offputting with paper table covers. They will eventually figure it out but they aren't there yet.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was a preset menu for Valentines Day which presented a slight problem for my gluten free self. However, the food that I did eat was fantastic! The atmosphere plus service equalled a superb evening. So grateful that the Ranch House is always above average in every way!

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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 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?