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Ranch House

102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2360
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Ranked #18 of 80 restaurants in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Besant Rd
Transit: Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
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.....
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I have visited the Ranch House from time to time since the late 1970s. In the last few years, the menu had become rather tired, as they kept offering a small group of Alan Hooker's recipes, largely unchanged since the 60s. But the place still had much going for it: a wonderful staff, many of whom had been there for... More

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Ojai, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My last review in March was very negative, it was the old owners, old menu, sommelier and servers. This place is now under new owners and the chef Marcus Hollingsmworth is a genius. He is creating something new every day, organic produce, homemade cheeses, amazing and inovative entrees. This place is now a fun and delicious place to dine. All... More

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World
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

way way over priced - food quality is below average - bread is lovely - atmosphere is nice. In a dish they said everything is organic but it was hard to believe them. I won't go back.

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Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Had the fortune of being invited to Sunday brunch at the Ranch House. From the outside it looks like a place you'd park your horse, but as you walk into and onto the property, it's a lovely oasis. Although there is plenty of indoor dining, on a spectacular day here the 1st of June, we ate at one of the... More

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Ojai
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is no longer the same restaurant. Nothing remains of the fine dining which was once there. There are no more fine wines, the staff has been replaced, and the town has lost one of its finest restaurants.

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Ojai, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The setting at the Ranch House is truly lovely. I just wish their food and service measured up as well. The customer service is well below par for the restaurant's pretensions. A well-trained, friendly, and well-functioning staff would be a welcome improvement and would help compensate for the small food portions so popular now. The food quality is generally -... More

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Ojai, Ca
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Ojai, Ca is 13 miles from Rte. 101 and a galaxy away from the rest of Southern California. There are a few special places in Ojai to enjoy a good meal, but none so embodies the spirit, the ambiance, even the fragrances of this wonderful little town as the Ranch House Restaurant. Seated on the porch, next to the organic... More

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Ojai, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Love the ambience here, I have been coming here for at least 20 years, but please change the menu!! Need a reason to come back.

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Newbury Park, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The service was awful - no details necessary, we were not given good service at all. The lentil soup had to have been from a can, it was lackluster and just blah. The scallops that Cat Cora raved about were also awful. Burned and sitting on a bed of odd tasting corn mush. Every plate at our party of six... More

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Ventura, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Thank goodness for mapquest or we wouldn't have found it. From the outside it does indeed look like a Ranch House nestled in the trees. Inside the courtyard the ambiance is wonderful. I look forward to returning on a warm spring evening. Inside there are a number of rooms. Although it was lightly drizzling outside we sat on the balcony... More

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