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Ranch House

102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
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Ranked #28 of 81 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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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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Southern Maryland USA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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