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SY Kitchen

1110 Farraday, Santa Ynez, CA
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Ranked #2 of 17 restaurants in Santa Ynez
Cuisines: Italian
Most recent review
- Jul 8, 2014
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26 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner here during a trip to Los Olivos and loved the restaurant, ambiance, food and overall experience. The drive from Los Olivos was pleasant and we easily found the restaurant. We were recommended here by a pourer at a wine tasting and were so happy he did. The hostess at first started to seat us on the enclosed... More

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Los Angeles
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The hand-crafted cocktails were the best thing about SYK, so if you appreciate a unique and delicious cocktail, this is the place. There really isn't any atmosphere; it's just very loud. They tried to put us in the back room, which was hot and claustrophobic, so we opted to wait 1/2 hour until something else opened up. We had asked... More

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Long Beach, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Don't like giving ratings like this because it means we had a disappointing evening. Nice place, our server was helpful but the food was just average. My wife had the shrimp with pasta and the shrimp was whole shrimp and difficult to get out of shell and then mealy. Hope that they can improve.

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Cypress, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This gem of a restaurant is off the beaten path in Santa Ynez, but like anything worth the effort, we were rewarded with one of the best meals in recent memory. The service is best described as professionally friendly. That's truly the epitome of what any restaurant could hope for, and they nailed it. The handmade cocktails are what you... More

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San Diego, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Casual, local and friendly eclectic Italian food. We had their specials and they were all exceptional. Tomato burrata was fresh and juicy. The pappardelle with lamb neck was superb. Servers were friendly and seemed to enjoy their work

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Issaquah, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Great place to grab dinner! We loved the salmon puttanesca. Wine selection was great. Service was great, never an empty glass.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Santa Ynez itself is not easy to find but plenty of fine shops and excellent restaurants. SY Kitchen quietly sits on the corner and easy to pass by -not amongst the other fine eateries but this is the best! Two Italian cooks serve nothing but the freshest. It seems that if it is it fees fit does not make the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you are not careful you may drive by without noticing this gem of a restaurant. The menu choices including the specials offered something for everyone and it was difficult to choose. The salads were fresh and beautifully prepared featuring local produce. We both had the seafood pasta which was flavourful and rich with shrimp and calamari. We had been... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

My son came up last weekend to Los Olivos and Santa Ynez he told us you have to go to SY Kitchen for dinner, and make sure you have the beet salad!! Oh my gosh, Fabulous and a mouth watering blend of flavors. My husband had the Salmon special and I had the lamb shank special, wow, both were excellent.... More

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Southern California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

An outstanding meal!! The buratta and the prosciutto appetizers were fresh and delicious. The sliders were perfect. Thin toast like bread, delicious ribeye meat and two kinds of cheese. Wonderful. And the unusual tiramisu a great finish! Highly recommend. As we ate at the bar we were also treated to a great show by the head bartender who made some... More

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