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2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
805-646-4256
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 29
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 17
    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
interesting for hippie types

terrible parking and indifferent service they kept forgetting us my flatiron steak was good and cooked as ordered which is one of the good points my husband liked his hamburger but they didn't bring it when they brought my meal and we had to wait a long time for them to correct the mistake good... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
brittGlendora_Ca
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glendora, ca
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We arrived with a reservation and were told "we weren't expecting you". So we had no table and had to move outside in the heat. Then we waited about 15 minutes for a waiter. Then we ordered and waited nearly an hour for food. When the food showed up ($40 steaks) they were all overcooked badly and almost every plate... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great menu with variety. Fun atmosphere on patio with live music. Moonshine flight. Love the freshness and quality of farm-table eating. Great spot. Thoroughly enjoyed the kale salad, fried chicken, bacon-wrapped scallops & Brussels sprouts, and bread pudding with delicious berries. Almost had to go back for seconds the next night.

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Kingman, Arizona
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85 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Outside dining today. The food was wonderful! Wait persons were great. Atmosphere terrific. Will definately go back!

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Santa Barbara CA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The lodge had a nice rustic feel when we walked in and the wait staff was friendly. There is outside seating and another area like a patio with seating. Be aware that summer days in Ojai can be 90 degrees and over. We had a party of six and were seated at one of the few large round tables inside... More 

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Ventura, CA
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It's too bad. Tried this place twice in the past year and had horrible service. Food has changed. Not the same as it used to be. Definitely more expensive and trying to be upscale. Would not recommend.

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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

For sure the old biker days are gone as well as the decent and affordable food choices. Eight of us met for dinner and except for one guest who ordered the burger the rest of us were disappointed. The steak I had was so chewy it really could not be eaten. The prime rib my husband ordered medium rare came... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Do watch out for their BBQ sauce on the tri-tip sandwiches; you breath fire afterwards, but the meat was tender & chewy at the same time. Sis loved the Portobello sandwich & the kale salad looked amazing (her daughter wouldn't share! LOL)

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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great home to table grub. Friendly, fun. Music nightly. I gave it four because somtimes the service sucks but go with a chill vibe and no expectations there.

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glendora, ca
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174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

terrible parking and indifferent service they kept forgetting us my flatiron steak was good and cooked as ordered which is one of the good points my husband liked his hamburger but they didn't bring it when they brought my meal and we had to wait a long time for them to correct the mistake good mgt should have compt it... More 

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Sunny Cali
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Just a little off the beaten path of downtown Ojai is a rustic gem that has been in existence since 1932. Dog friendly patio....surrounded by trees, rocks and a little bit of funk ....had the best lunch today. Very small lunch menu was lacking nothing at all. We had the tenderloin quesadilla with avocado relish and Angus beef sliders with... 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, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?