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2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
805-646-4256
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10:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • 31
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice location, but average food and service.

Each time I am hoping this place has improved. Since it changed ownership, the food prep has been less than desirable.The quality of the food is good, but the prep is not so good for example, the dressing on baby greens is way over loaded and drowned out the flavor of fresh greens and pears... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Olive2eatout
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Ojai, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is a very popular tourist stop. My husband and I have gone several times and the service has always been awful and the food mediocre. We won't go back. It is a popular place for others to gather; they must have different taste.

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Thank Kitty J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Ojai has some good restaurants and we haven't tried that many of them, but we keep going back to the Deer Lodge. We have only been on Sunday or weekday evenings, and it has always been quiet and uncrowded, I guess it is not always like this. We have always had good food and good service and we love the... More 

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Thank Bill B
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Have been going to this place for a while n will never get tired of this gem. Love their food, drinks, salads n Sunday bbq! Ojai is so lucky to have this place

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Thank Violet P
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is my kind of place - super casual (biker bar), but excellent food! We had the kale salad (with corn, marcona almonds, avocado), the legendary mac and cheese (with bacon), the bison burger, and truffle fries. All were PERFECT. The burger was cooked to medium as requested, was full of flavor, and not the least bit greasy. The fries... More 

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Thank Erin K
Newport Beach, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Perfect ending to a perfect day in Ojai.. Great food, service, music and atmosphere.. A must when in Ojai.

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Thank Lisa M
Ojai, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Sitting outside on a warm summer evening was great. The burger was huge as described and the toppings were just right. The garlic fries were rich with seasoning. Staff is genuinely friendly and eager to please. I'll be back to sample more things from the menu. Great place for locals and visitors.

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Thank Lydia G
Ojai, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Each time I am hoping this place has improved. Since it changed ownership, the food prep has been less than desirable.The quality of the food is good, but the prep is not so good for example, the dressing on baby greens is way over loaded and drowned out the flavor of fresh greens and pears. Orders of medium are served... More 

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Thank Olive2eatout
Ojai, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

For my 50th birthday I was hoping for a special birthday with family, close friends and a good steak. Being a firefighter, this summer has kept us very busy! It was impossible for my wife to plan anything and didn't know if I'd be home until the night before. Unfortunately it was too short of notice for people to get... More 

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Thank hareandrocket
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

A fun little spot in Ojai. Good food, fairly simple items, but everything we ordered (food & drinks) tasted good. Any place with live music gets extra points from me! Worth checking out if you're in the area.

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Thank Amber R
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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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, Families with children

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?