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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, Outdoor Seating, 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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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 12
    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
Ojai must really have some great restaurants if this place is only #26

Some family members picked up a deal on groupon and were unable to use it before it expired. As luck would have it, we had the time and it was the week of my birthday (how perfect) so they offered us the groupon as a gift and we gladly accepted. To be honest I have lived in and out of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Jedimasterkush
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Ventura
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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Santa Maria, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The chef prepared cuisine was top notch; but the atmosphere - dining outdoors among the bamboo - was amazing and memorable beyond compare.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This restaurant was wonderful. We made reservations for 7:30 pm on Saturday and were seated early, when we arrived at 7:15 pm. The owner gave us a brief history of famous diners (Paul Newman, John Lennon) and we were seated at a gorgeous table outside. There was a pianist playing inside and lots of twinkle lights. It was CERTAINLY romantic.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Traveled all the way from Montana for our 20th anniversary, after hearing about the Ranch House and Ojai in Sunset magazine. It was worth it the trip! The food is amazing, and The owner, Russ, was a wonderful, colorful, and very engaging host. I highly, highly, highly recommend it!

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Ventura
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203 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Some family members picked up a deal on groupon and were unable to use it before it expired. As luck would have it, we had the time and it was the week of my birthday (how perfect) so they offered us the groupon as a gift and we gladly accepted. To be honest I have lived in and out of... More 

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Lawndale, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!! But...there were some real issues with beverages. No orange juice for cocktail, no ice tea for Arnold Palmer, and I have no words to describe what was served as coffee. It might have just been a bad night so I would definitely go back.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is a special place. I have been going here since I was little and although it recently changed proprietors the food and service is still amazing. It does not disappoint. There are options for secluded dining areas within the bamboo "forest" with koi ponds in view. I had a watermelon salad that was fantastic and a fettucini that... More 

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Lompoc, California
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I used a Groupon to take friend to this wonderful hideaway, gourmet restaurant. The gardens, koi ponds and bridge are charming - the pianist in the bar/lounge area was absolutely stellar. The food was tasty and well served. I overheard some staff challenges...the trickle down of an overstretched manager - sniping on our wait staff, and she in turn, sniped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This hidden gem is a must for couples. I dont want to spoil why, just see for yourself. Food is good, service great and the ambiance is second to none.

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Ventura, California
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294 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Actually located on Lomita Rd, this place is a hidden jewel with lovely gardens, flowers, and hidden tables. My husband and I ate here a few years ago, and enjoyed the setting but the food was just okay. When we heard there were new owners we gave it another try. The gardens are fabulous, and the setting is still magical.... More 

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The ranch house tables are set among various gardens on the property. Greta to stroll and see the herb garden, the bamboo and water falls Food is outstanding Salads feauturing beet radish with great presentation and great dressing. Main course from duck to fish to lamb chops excellent and creme brule superb

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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: Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, 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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