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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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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, 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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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 32
    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
Most recent review
Atmosphere is an A but they need to up their game on the rest

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
colleenlovetravel
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Irvine, 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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159 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Irvine, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Ontario, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Just had dinner last night for Valentine's Day; I chose this place based on its claim that it was voted "one of the most romantic restaurants in America for 2014". Well my starter was a lobster bisque which was fine excep tasted like any store bought tomato bisque instead. Then followed a tomato bruschetta; again not bad but not great... More 

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Ojai, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We enjoyed a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. We were surprised to find that the regular menu was not available in favor of Prix Fixe for the special occasion. Not unreasonable but unexpected since there had been no indication that would be the case when we made our reservation. The service seemed a bit distracted and rushed even though less than... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is magical. I have gone to the Ranch House in the past and received 3 mushroom strudel to an order, now they do three. The butternut squash soup was kind of gross after the first few bites. Not worth being considered an appetizer for the groupon. They were out of Lamb Shanks, which I wanted. And no dessert... More 

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Port Orford, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We did not have a reservation, which was a mistake. However, we were told that someone would let us know how long a wait there would be. We sat for nearly 30 minutes, and no one spoke to us or helped us.

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Branford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My husband & I have been in Ojai for a month. We decided to take advantage of a Groupon that offered dinner including a bottle of wine and dessert. When we arrived, we were greeted at the door by the manager. He led us to our table dancing along the way. The music ( Jazz) the soft lighting with tea... More 

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Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We just went to the Ranch House for my husband's birthday dinner. The location and place itself is really pretty at night with lots of white lights, a beautiful garden, and a groovy main area. Really a pretty setting for any dinner. I almost gave this place 3 stars instead of 4 because of the food/service, but i took into... 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: 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?