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All 83 Ojai Restaurants

Ranch House

102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
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Ranked #27 of 83 Restaurants in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
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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Santa Barbara, CA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

First of all the ambiance of this restaurant is fabulous - no matter if you are visiting during the daylight hours or later in the evening. The gardens and lighting are great. We were there on a winter evening and with the heaters, we were very comfortable. That being said there are issues that are of concern. First of all,... More 

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My wife and I have been coming to the Ranch House in Ojai for more than 20 years. Until now, this has been my wife's favorite restaurant in the entire world. We used to live in Southern California and now live in Portland, OR. Every time we drove down to So. Cal. to visit friends and relatives, we always made... More 

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Agoura Hills
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I was anxious to introduce my husband to the Ranch House gardens and menu, as I had not visited for many years. Well aware of the recent changes, I thought the bar area renovations added a trendy vibe for evening music enjoyment as well as a comfortable place to wait for our table. As it turned out, we didn't have... More 

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chicago Ill
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loved the prime New York steak and the Carmel cake Super nice staff and very romantic setting and they had jazz band to make the evening my complete

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Southern Maryland USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Revisited the Ranch House restaurant that we ate in four years ago. Food (Honey-Bacon Tenderloin and Prime NY Steak) was excellent. Maitre-D (Russ) was very gregarious and sat us at the table we wanted. Setting is out-doors as they have their own vegetable and herb gardens. Though Calif eves can be chilly it wasn't at all because of the gas... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This restaurant is simply beautiful. If you are dining as a couple for a romantic evening, try and request the table for 2 located over the koi pond. The entire restaurant is outdoors (there are some heaters if needed) and it is really something to see so be sure to arrive before it gets dark. We were there with a... More 

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Ojai, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

OK, first off the Ranch House underwent a ownership and chef change earlier in the year. The food improved, the service improved and we in Ojai were very excited about the incredible changes with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth. This unfortunately lasted for about four months. A new manager and perhaps owner appeared. Marcus left and the food, service and atmosphere has... More 

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Los Angeles
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

If you are in Ojai- The ONLY place to go for dinner is The Ranch House. The Food was amazing. The setting was spectacular, and the service was spot-on!!! Thank you Ranch House for making my vacation so special!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My LD and I had dinner on a Saturday evening. We were early and the new manager was eager to seat us overlooking the garden. My HH and I have dined at the Ranch House often for 25 years. It always had excellent food and service. I am all for change but the new owner is off base with some... More 

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Pasadena, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ranch House was a go-to place for family reunions for us several years ago, so we decided to splurge on a recent trip to the Central Coast. The grounds were even more beautiful that I remembered, and the service was excellent. We started with the mushroom strudel, which used to be a favorite, but it had been changed: instead of... 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 - 50
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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