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Willows

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3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
800-728-9997
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3:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent food and lovely atmosphere

I had a porterhouse steak and it was cooked perfectly and delicious, however, there was too much tough tissue running through itl for a fine piece of meat. My wife had the pork chop and that was very good as well. The place is georgeous...nice appointments and lovely setting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
David M
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Arroyo Grande
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Arroyo Grande
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I had a porterhouse steak and it was cooked perfectly and delicious, however, there was too much tough tissue running through itl for a fine piece of meat. My wife had the pork chop and that was very good as well. The place is georgeous...nice appointments and lovely setting.

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Thank David M
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Went here after the remodeling hoping to go back to an old gem... It is not the same. Sad to think my main reason for going to Chumash is gone. The ambience is horrible and feels like the old coffee shop. Very strange for a fancy steakhouse. At least they allow the old school guests to order the old meals... More 

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Thank Pokerdan123
Torrance, California
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46 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We had the BEST lobster I've ever had in my life!!! The entire experience was excellent. Highly recommend to everyone who is NOT on a budget. That being said, I will definitely visit next time I'm in town!!

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Thank Renae T
Santa Barbara
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We've eaten here several times & the food is always totes amaze! If it wasn't comped it would be extremely expensive. Lucky for us we have some high flying friends :)

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Thank eurostylist
Solvang, California
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at The Willows last night for our anniversary. From start to finish, the experience was amazing! Our waiter, Jessie, was exceptional- providing suggestions for wine pairing and our meal choices. He was very attentive, we didn't want for anything. We started with the bread tray with delicious dipping options- fresh garlic bulb, pesto and... More 

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Thank Kelly B
Anaheim, California
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a high end restaurant, yes it is expensive $$$$ , the service and the quality of food next to none , It is money well spent, My wife had the scallop with mash potatoes was perfectly done and a great presentation, I had the halibut if I didn't know any better I think they just got it of... More 

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Thank Roger A
San Luis Obispo, California
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

I had dinner here on my 30th birthday and it was very good. The drinks were stiff and the menu is extensive. The steak was well above average and they have a beat salad on the menu that is a little different but excellent! Staff was friendly and attentive. They also have a few private rooms with clear doors for... More 

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Thank Daniel M
Valencia, California, United States
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I love this restaurant and have enjoyed several outstanding meals here throughout the years. The most amazing thing about the Willows is that it looks strangely out of place (in a good way) when compared to the seemingly unattractiveness of the actual casino. You step inside its doors into one of the most elegant restaurants I've ever seen, a 5-star... More 

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Thank Nancy E
Los Alamos, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We had Christmas dinner at the Willows and had heard raves from other area residents. We agreed the food was great...not necessarily the best in the Santa Ynez Valley, but very good. The service, however, was very disappointing. Our waiter was harried, distracted and didn't know the menu well at all. We began to think we were the forgotten table...water... More 

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Thank islgirl66
Mississauga, Canada
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My BFF took me here as a surprise. During our stay, we went to The Chumash Casino to see Neil Sedaka. Before the show we went to the Willows restaurant. The food and the service were really good. We totally enjoyed the experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Ynez
  • Phone Number: 800-728-9997

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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