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Deer Lodge

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American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Steakhouse
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2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
805-646-4256
Today
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The historic Deer Lodge serves the authentic Ojai experience in a warm...
The historic Deer Lodge serves the authentic Ojai experience in a warm, rustic environment that has been in continuous operation since 1932. We offer farm-to-table dining with fresh product sourced locally from local farms. Enjoy steaks from Watkins Cattle Co. of Ojai custom cut for us from organically raised, open pasture grass-fed stock, fresh local seafood, gourmet burgers and classic comfort food selections including Mac 'n Cheese, organic Dixie Fried chicken and BBQ ribs. We offer a nice selection of local craft brews and a wine list comprised of the best of the Ojai Valley. Evening transitions to a lively music scene featuring the best of Ojai talent an national talent.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Burgers

This is one of the best restaurants in Ojai for basic meat dishes, and the burgers are the best in town. It will get crowded here on most nights, especially the weekends, as these kinds of places in Ojai are scarce. It is on the edge of town near some of the most beautiful mountains in southern... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Gerald0430
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants in Ojai for basic meat dishes, and the burgers are the best in town. It will get crowded here on most nights, especially the weekends, as these kinds of places in Ojai are scarce. It is on the edge of town near some of the most beautiful mountains in southern Cal, the Topa... More 

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Ojai, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great roadhouse atmosphere. Old timey rustic interior. Outside seating also and a great Prohibition bar with TV's. Good service and average food. Short wine list. Very loud if there is live music which is often. Favorite stop for the LA Biker set on weekends.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We came here about ten years ago for the sole purpose of listening to one of my favourite local bands...The Cadillac Angels. We sat down at a table, hoping to just order some appetizers and a couple of beers. We were repeatedly ignored by waitstaff who kept passing us by without even looking at us or asking if we had... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

What a pleasant surprise when i read in The Vacation Guide The " Deer Lodge " had vegetarian options. My husband & I have been coming to Ojai for the last ten years. We decided to go and give it a try. The Fall ~ Winter is the time to go because it has more ambience, with two stone fireplaces... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Have had lunch here a couple of times before and loved the KOBE burger and fries. They no longer have the KOBE burgers and have raised the price on the beef burgers. Still very good, as were the fries, but they all came back medium, even tho we ordered medium rare. The chili was good; as was the kale salad.... More 

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Visiting Ojai, we were originally going to eat dinner at Susanne's cuisine. But after receiving a $15.00 food voucher from the Hummingbird Inn, where we stayed, we decided to eat there. First off, our waiter Rob was amazing, very informative, and friendly. The food was excellent, my spouse and I got the crab cakes, they were excellent, very moist, and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This review is partly based on our experience and also partly the experiences of tables around us. My wife made a reservation at Deer Lodge. I had my own "reservations" based on the reviews, but since we were not in a real hurry, I decided to go with it even if the service was slow. When we arrived, we were... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great ambience , super friendly service, but we waited over half hour for 2 salads ,(which were less good then trader joes) and another half hour for our entrees. Half the items we tried to order were not available, nor were several of the wines on the menu. This place really needs help . They should just have a burger... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Wow...talk about "atmosphere"...this place has it in Spades!!! Great outdoor and indoor seating as you travel up 33closer to the mountains. Live music nightly (since close to LA surprisingly good talent comes in...let alone Local musicians;) and on Saturday evenings has a partying DJ vibe so you can cut loose and dance as the night continues!!! I had some good... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Stopped here for our anniversary dinner, even though we were a little nervous after seeing some mixed reviews. We intended to just stop in for a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere but ended up staying for dinner. The atmosphere is wonderful. Very warm and cozy. We sat outside and it was lovely. The food was good, we had cocktail and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: 805-646-4256

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

The historic Deer Lodge serves the authentic Ojai experience in a warm, rustic environment that has been in continuous operation since 1932. We offer farm-to-table dining with fresh product sourced locally from local farms. Enjoy steaks from Watkins Cattle Co. of Ojai custom cut for us from organically raised, open pasture grass-fed stock, fresh local seafood, gourmet burgers and classic comfort food selections including Mac 'n Cheese, organic Dixie Fried chicken and BBQ ribs. We offer a nice selection of local craft brews and a wine list comprised of the best of the Ojai Valley. Evening transitions to a lively music scene featuring the best of Ojai talent an national talent.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?