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“Change in the Wind” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bodee's

3304 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-9506
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Ranked #43 of 84 Restaurants in Ojai
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Huntington Beach, California
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155 restaurant reviews
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241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
“Change in the Wind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We had heard various stories about this storied family run institution. Although they had been in business since 1947, one thing we heard was that the food can be marginal. On the other hand we were told, you can't beat the location with its outdoor patio next to a water feature overlooking the orange groves. So perhaps we were put off right from the get go when we were informed that the outdoor patio was not available this evening although the indoor patio near the fireplace was. This being a warm spring day just before Easter, we were hoping for the outdoor patio.

Our server was perhaps the best part of the evening. She was very candid about the restaurant and its direction. She indicated they had just brought in a new chef and that they were going to be rolling out a new menu in about two weeks. Given that we were there on a Saturday night at sunset and the dining room was nearly empty, the implication was clear. Something had to be done about the food in order to counter the bad publicity.

This restaurant is billed as farm-to-fork with an emphasis on steak. They note that they have a ranch coastal Arroyo Grande where they harvest many of their vegetables and where they have a sister restaurant. But given that many of the reviews we had read panned the preparation of steak, we elected to go in a different direction.

Our server recommended the soup-of-the-day, wild mushroom, as a perfect started to be shared. Then, avoiding the red meat, my wife ordered the chef's special of the day, a Parmesan crusted sea bass, while I ordered the herb marinated salmon. I am hear to tell you that both preparations were excellent. My wife's sea bass was presented on a bed of roasted butternut squash risotto. Mine was on a bed of salt pork wild rice pilaf. The portions were large, the food was steaming hot, the tastes were delicious.

As it turned out the enclosed patio next to the fire was only slightly less romantic than the open air patio. The server was perfect in her recommendations for the night. We walked away pleasantly surprised with the experience and vowed to come back another time to see what is new on the menu.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Santa Ana, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“It was fine, but....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

They were friendly, but I ordered prime rib, and the waitress gave me rib eye. Don't get me wrong, I do like rib eye, but I ordered prime rib. When I asked her if this was prime rib, she replied, "you ordered rib eye". I said, "that's fine, I 'm enjoying it". I left unsatisfied because I didn't get what I asked for.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ojai Splendor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Hey you looking for a great steak while sitting next to a Waterfall in beautiful Ojai? Look no further grab your significant other and be prepared for a great afternoon or evening adventure. Off the beaten track this place could only exist in Ojai. Grab a outdoor seat by the waterfall and relax the food is good and a local wine list seals the deal.

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Boise, ID
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Over and above - great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We had a family reunion Saturday luncheon at the restaurant for 22. Nicole and Michelle were wonderful to deal with in making the preparations for this event. We sat outside on the patio, the weather cooperated and the food and service were fabulous. Everyone had a great time and if in the area we will definitely eat there again. I have already recommended the restaurant to several friends who live nearby.

Visited January 2012
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Woodland, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent FOOD, service and ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

I am not sure the last two reviewers ate at Bodees because the food was excellent and the quality of products was far superior then other restaurants we have eaten. We dine out regularly because my husband is a chef. My husband had the special, grass fed beef fillet with a lobster sauce that had large pieces of lobster. The fillet was Delicious and very tender an excellent cut of beef. I had the Cilantro-Garlic Marinated Seared Ahi, and it was wonderful. The sauces were awesome. We also had the lobster mac & cheese, far better then Maestro's, tons of lobster. Everything we ate was terrific quality and prepared with the love and enjoyment of food. Loved the restaurant so much that we intend to bring friends and family.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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