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All 81 Ojai Restaurants

Ranch House

102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2360
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Ranked #20 of 81 Restaurants in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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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MV
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Sure, with Ownership changes, Management changes AND Chef changes too close together - certainly the quality of this or any restaurant will go downhill quickly. When an Owner is in a place for so many years, they get old and tired, start passing decisions onto others who inherit things (not by choice), because it's their time to retire. We were... More

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Ojai, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I want to start by saying I'm NOT one of those people who gets off on providing snarky reviews. This place WAS an iconic Ojai spot for many, many years, and has fallen on hard times for quite a number of years. My reason for even taking the time to do this is twofold: that hopefully the new owner and... More

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Ojai, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Delicious, local food served in a beautiful setting. A "must do" for any visit to Ojai. Review by www.DavidLeeTravel.com

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Oak View, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Steaks were excellent, we were offered potatoes but when we were served, there was polenta Instead!. We were offered rice instead, but no potatoes!, at 7:00 pm mind you! Menu was not the same as the posted one on their web site!.Not to fond of cucumber's in my ice water. Not our " Old Ranch House" Sorry!

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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