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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: Dinner, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
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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  • 37
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quaint Outdoorsy Dinning

I like to try new things here in Venura County where I live. It was my anniversary so we decided to give the the Ranch House under new management a try for dinner. First it's difficult to find at night so we were glad we had GPS, if you don't have one, I suggest you take a good map. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
CART101
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Ventura County, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting/unique atmosphere, however the food was very underwhelming at best. I believe this place has been around awhile, but it's really in need of an update. The place seemed very dated and we thought about leaving before ordering but stayed despite our instinct. Very limited menu, and seemed like it hadn't been updated in forever. They have a bakery next... More 

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Ventura County, California
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like to try new things here in Venura County where I live. It was my anniversary so we decided to give the the Ranch House under new management a try for dinner. First it's difficult to find at night so we were glad we had GPS, if you don't have one, I suggest you take a good map. It... More 

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Thank CART101
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104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I bought a Travel Zoo voucher to come here. It was expensive (we included a bottle of wine), but was "deal" for what full price should have been. The bottom line is that this wasn't a deal even at the voucher price. To be fair, please read on, and I'll start with the good, and then get to the "other."... More 

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2 Thank DiSavitz
Los Osos, CA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Woman playing the guitar was very accomplished and very entertaining. We bought her cd. Room to dance and yummy food! Highly recommend!

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1 Thank Laurie S
Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Perfect wedding setting! Outdoor rooms, tranquil stream and bamboo copse, tea house and arch make photos classic.

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1 Thank SheilaFox
Ventura, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The food is always great! the Service is terrific, and the atmosphere is wonderful!! The setting among the forest Trees and waterfalls, little lights to light the way, all is what makes this place so romantic and lovely.

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1 Thank ellyn998
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The Ranch House was the place to eat when I lived in Santa Barbara in 1970. It still is. We flew to LA to visit for Thanksgiving and were shut out of LA, so we drove up to Ojai. They had a superb buffet and found us a table long before our scheduled reservation. Their outdoor seating is greatly enlarged... More 

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Santa Barbara
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I had been to the Ranchhouse many times previously, but not in the last 15 years and always in the evening for dinner. I loved the garden ambiance and good food. So I was delighted when our group decided to go there for their Thanksgiving buffet.We arrived mid-day. What a disaster! The tables were set up in the garden..no center... More 

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1 Thank llionlady
Thousand Oaks, CA
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The Salmon was delicious as were my wife's short ribs, they fell off the bone. This was our first trip to the restaurant, we will be back. They have great TravelZoo coupons, dinner for 2. It includes hors d'oeuvres, soup & salad, main course, dessert and a bottle of wine.. The many patios for dining were great as well.

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1 Thank greatwine
Burbank
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This restaurant partners with Groupon to offer dinner specials so dinner is reasonable in price .The short ribs were spectacular and the plank wild salmon was perfectly cooked. Ingredients were fresh and local. The outdoor atmosphere and spaced out tables , surrounded by bamboo and greenery provided a unique and very romantic dining experience. Heaters were available at almost every... More 

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?