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Ranch House

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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 35
    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
Romantic Gem, But Expensive

I took my wife here for dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant does not look like very much when you drive up, but once in the back, you are in the midst of a bamboo and local flora forest, dotted with various types of water sculptures. Arrive before sunset, so you can enjoy the natural and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
ACK22
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My son and I had the pleasure of dining at the Ojai Ranch house last week we were greeted by Russ the general manager. Russ was very charismatic and make sure that we were extremely comfortable with a wonderful table on a beautiful evening. Russ suggested A couple of different appetizers and entrées which were all amazing. The ambience of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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76 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

The service: We came with a very large group with our numbers changing until the last moment; we ended up with 19. The service was very good under the circumstances with 2 servers. The only problem with having such a big group was that their credit card machine only accommodates 8 cards for a split bill. Our waitress was helpful... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We went there early, just after they opened, using a Groupon certificate. Maybe when it's hot and crowded and dark the ambiance will make it better, but even at 50% off, or whatever we paid, we didn't think we got value. They valued the wine at $50 but I don't think they paid more than $4, and if they didn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Nothing special about the menu, but the somewhat funky outdoor space has a certain charm. So to be kept standing for ten minutes at bar/entrance, with many empty tables visible, didn't establish the right mood. The wine was overpriced and the conventional food, while perfectly adequate, didn't seem like such a good value either. The waitress asked whether we had... More 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I took my wife here for dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant does not look like very much when you drive up, but once in the back, you are in the midst of a bamboo and local flora forest, dotted with various types of water sculptures. Arrive before sunset, so you can enjoy the natural and man-made beauty, including the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Such a beautiful place, you have to see to believe. It was illuminated by dim lights throughout the trees and felt like you were walking through an enchanted forest to your table. There was live piano and it was pretty crowded. We had a groupon which was a great deal, normally the three course meal and a bottle of wine... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visited the ranch house after about 5 years. Found the ownership changed. Felt the food quality had declined a little. Service was good as ever. Prices higher as every where else.

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Deer Park, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We were very excited to eat here but it seemed as though the staff just weren't paying attention,and seemed very disconnected from a tightly run, well executed dining experience.Although there were empty tables and a reservation we were seated on a busy pathway , facing other diners rather than the beautiful gardens. If you asked for something ...the staff said... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Loved Ranch House! Friendly staff, owner, great atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Had the coffee short ribs with amazing grits. Also the steak, perfectly cooked, both were excellent. Yummy cheesecake. It is a fun quirky place off the beaten path. Been to Ojai a few times and this place was a find.

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28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Wife and I ate here for the first time last night. The whole package is nice. Food was good. Service had a couple of delays but we were not in a hurry. Very good for a couples evening out. We will be back.

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children

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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