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Deer Lodge

2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
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Ranked #43 of 80 restaurants in Ojai
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
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43% Recommend
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English first
Ojai, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Friends wanted to get together for a weekday lunch at the historic Deer Lodge Restaurant. We've lived in Ojai over 30 years and have been there from time to time in the past but wanted to try the place again to see if it had improved under the new ownership. They say that their meat is all "grass fed" and... More

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Ojai, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We have lived in Ojai for almost 25 years, and I must admit, we have only been to the Deer Lodge a few times. In it's earlier incarnation it seemed to be a kind of 'biker bar', attracting the local motorcycle population on the weekends, and local 'regulars' during the weekdays. A few years ago they started adding nightly music... More

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Chula Vista, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This place is like going back in time about 30 years. The setting is more like a lodge bar than a restaurant but the food was surprisingly good. Two of the wines we ordered they were out of which was kind of a drag but worked out OK. Live music was very good.

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Geneva, Switzerland
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Music, fireplace, outdoor tables fun at noon, casual, funky rustic place--always a good time. Friendly staff, great salads, burgers, chili! Always amusing, interesting...from dining to drinks! Variety of music adds to the charm & fun.

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Santa Monica, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My husband and I went to The Ojai Deer Lodge a few nights ago and had an exceptionally nice time, so I want to share my review. The staff was very kind, courteous and respectful. The food tasted and looked great and was generous, too. The Lodge was booming, very busy, so both times we ordered drinks I was surprised... More

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Bonita, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Unique drink offerings started us off right. They offer "moonshine" drinks (super strong according to the wait staff) and also some good, local favorites. This place has a great local atmosphere, relaxed setting, and friendly staff. The waitress was sincere and very helpful in assisting us in selecting entrees. My husband was hungry for a burger which was not on... More

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Oak View, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Like a lot of my local friends, I have always thought that the Deer Lodge was one cool place. Perhaps because it's an older rustic building with a lot of character, I don't know, but it is cool. It's the kind of place we like to take visitors to, show them some of "old California." The problem has historically been... More

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Had a lovely singer with good stuff on the night we went. Wait staff seemed disorganized & distracted a bit.

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Bakersfield, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We stopped here for a drink after a hike and was so impressed we came back for dinner! Our hotel made reservations and even though there was a slight mix-up when we arrived, the manager handled it with ease and seated us immediately, I ordered the filet mignon and my husband ordered the flat iron steak. Perfect!! Perfectly cooked, great... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Steaks r unreal, 2 inch thick cooked to perfection. My wife loves the chicken, with home made breads, and a great salad and of course a drink of your choice

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