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Willows (Chumash Casino)

3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Ranked #9 of 17 restaurants in Santa Ynez
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- May 28, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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36 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Santa Ynez, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The pros: This restaurant has a nice menu selection, delicious food, amazing desserts and good service. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for. Cons: You have to walk through a crowded, slot machine filled, smokey casino to get to it. If you like to gamble, though, this is a good place to go. I live in the... More

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Santa Maria, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We ate dinner for the first time at the Willows last week and it was absolutely the BEST restaurant in our area. We ordered the Surf & Turf with a 6 oz Angus Beef and Shrimp wrapped in bacon. I had the beef and Scallops. The steak was so tender you could have cut it with a fork.. the shrimp... More

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Out West
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122 reviews 122 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We enjoyed every moment at this restaurant - we arrived early for a show in the casino. The wait staff was attentive, responsive, deliberate. Steak was cooked to perfection - the baked potato was the size of a small planet. Highly Highly recommended for anyone in the area.

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Los Angeles, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

All the food I have had here has been great! Try the hamburger or the chicken and waffles are my favs!

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Palmdale, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is the second year in a row we have dined here to celebrate our anniversay. Have been lucky enough to have Dominic as our waiter both times. Food and Service is impeccable!! Thanks again Dominic - we sure enjoyed the ice cream medley. See you next year (if not sooner).

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Being it's in the back of the casino, the place is a hidden gem. The food was great. Good quality, fresh, great presentation, and tasty. The staff were very attentive, knowledgable, nice, and best service I've had in a while

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Ventura, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Our family has been to Willows 4 times in the past 2 years and each visit was more amazing than the one before. Two years ago we actually got our own room for my dad's 75th birthday party and couldn't rave about the food enough. Last Thursday's meal for my husband's birthday was such a disappointment. I'm not sure if... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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99 reviews 99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We had dinner at the Willows during the Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week event. We were impressed. The food was great, the wine list impressive and the wait staff was top notch...... VERY well trained and very polished. If you can hold your breath long enough to get thru the smoke filled casino to get the restaurant I highly recommend... More

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Chumash Casino C, Marketing Manager at Willows (Chumash Casino), responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to The Willows Restaurant. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and genuinely appreciate your willingness to share your experience. Our priority is to always give excellent guest service every visit. Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We value your... More

Santa Ynez, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Service here was very good with attentive wait staff. The ambiance in the dining room was good, including nice music. Our food was pretty good except for the parmesan toast on the salad, which was clearly STALE bread before being toasted. The best part of the meal was the creme brulee which was superb. The reason that I won't return... More

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Buellton, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We had not been to The Willows for some time due to a previous bad experience. The last time we were there, we were going to a concert and waited an hour and a half for our food. It never came and we had to leave for the show without anything but bread and drinks. Each couple was given a... More

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