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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, 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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  • 86
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  • 35
    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
Birthday get-away

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!! But...there were some real issues with beverages. No orange juice for cocktail, no ice tea for Arnold Palmer, and I have no words to describe what was served as coffee. It might have just been a bad night so I would definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Linda M
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Lawndale, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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Lawndale, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!! But...there were some real issues with beverages. No orange juice for cocktail, no ice tea for Arnold Palmer, and I have no words to describe what was served as coffee. It might have just been a bad night so I would definitely go back.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is a special place. I have been going here since I was little and although it recently changed proprietors the food and service is still amazing. It does not disappoint. There are options for secluded dining areas within the bamboo "forest" with koi ponds in view. I had a watermelon salad that was fantastic and a fettucini that... More 

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Lompoc, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I used a Groupon to take friend to this wonderful hideaway, gourmet restaurant. The gardens, koi ponds and bridge are charming - the pianist in the bar/lounge area was absolutely stellar. The food was tasty and well served. I overheard some staff challenges...the trickle down of an overstretched manager - sniping on our wait staff, and she in turn, sniped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This hidden gem is a must for couples. I dont want to spoil why, just see for yourself. Food is good, service great and the ambiance is second to none.

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Ventura, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Actually located on Lomita Rd, this place is a hidden jewel with lovely gardens, flowers, and hidden tables. My husband and I ate here a few years ago, and enjoyed the setting but the food was just okay. When we heard there were new owners we gave it another try. The gardens are fabulous, and the setting is still magical.... More 

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The ranch house tables are set among various gardens on the property. Greta to stroll and see the herb garden, the bamboo and water falls Food is outstanding Salads feauturing beet radish with great presentation and great dressing. Main course from duck to fish to lamb chops excellent and creme brule superb

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Palm Desert,CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business, Scenic view, Families with children

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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