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Deer Lodge

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American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Hamburgers
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2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
805-646-4256
Today
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 14
    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
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  • Bar scene
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glendora, ca
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218 reviews 218 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We were sent here by our hotel. Were ignored at our table for about 10 min until I flagged someone down. About 3 servers had passed by. Drinks took another 10-15 min, almost left but had a voucher so wanted to use it. Were told they were in a 20 min wait for food then about 5 min later a... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If I wanted to hear a DJ play some Michael Jackson remixes I would go to the Holiday Inn in LA. This place has had a fairly slick makeover but I think that the new owners are a bit arrogant in what they have to offer and they should consider being unique and having real live musicians play if they... More 

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Malibu, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

What a surprise! We were cycling through Ojai and decided to join the bands of bikers at the Deer Lodge. It was a great decision. Sweet service, healthy food options, and reasonably priced. I loved my kale and shrimp salad & my companion devoured his turkey burger. There was even a curry dish on the menu....good variety. As if the... More 

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Like something out of "Roadhouse". Rustic atmosphere with a surprisingly upscale menu. Service was great. Outdoor, heated, patio was perfect.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Loved the ambiance, but the food was not outstanding as hyped and hoped. But it was still a lovely evening.

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Ojai CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This was our first dinner at the Deer Lodge in several years and since it had a change of ownership. The service was fine and the food was quite good. I had a Louisiana gumbo made with shrimp & crab that was as good as many gumbo dishes I've had in Louisiana. My wife had the flat iron steak which... More 

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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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7 restaurant reviews
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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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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, Hamburgers

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?