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“Beautiful location, food is ok.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ranch House

Ranch House
102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2360
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Ranked #28 of 87 Restaurants in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Besant Rd
Transit: Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
Description: The ultimate in romance--hidden away in the beautiful Ojai Valley located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Intimate garden dining, meandering streams, award winning cuisine, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list with over 700 selections available, bakery and herb garden on premises--for over 56 years this romantic garden restaurant has been perfection in Ojai.....
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, food is ok.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My fiance and I had dinner at the Ranch House on NYE. We were staying at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and decided to venture off the property for a fun NYE dinner - the Ranch House was recommended by some friends so we were looking forward to it.

Honestly, the food and service were just ok. I think it may have had something to do with the fact that we had just eaten at Suzanne's the night before and our meals there were amazing. Tough place to follow.

If you do go, I recommend the poulet (chicken + brie) - it was certainly tasty.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Ventura, CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Cozy, romantic and timeless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious meal with excellent service. The setting is so different than most places with much of the seating outside on a covered patio with many heat lamps to keep us warm even in the cool December evening. We hadn't been to the Ranch House in 20 years, so it was a treat to return and have a great meal in a romantic setting.

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Orange
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This was our 24th year having Thanksgiving dinner at the Ranch House at our favorite table. It is the best!

Visited November 2012
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Fountain Valley, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not up to its reputation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We had dinner at The Ranch House on Thanksgiving day and had heard it was very good. Our initial impression was good as the staff was very friendly and the grounds were beautiful. However, it went downhill from there. We were seated at 6:20 and didn't get salad and soup until 7pm. We would have understood if the service was slow for everyone, but it seemed the servers had their favorites or something as the tables around us all get served much faster than us. In fact one table came 10 minutes after us and left having had dinner and desert before we got our main course. It was our first time there and I got the impression the others had been there before. Anyway, the bread we had to live on for 40 minutes, was pretty bland and the rest of the food was just so so. Had some great wine, but overall not worth the high prices.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Venture, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Ambience was nice but food mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We have wanted to try this restaruant for many years; had heard a lot of good things. We went on a recent Saturday night. Cute, quaint place with twinkle lights outside, etc. Nice romatic setting. The food was a disappointment. My husband and other friend ordered the pork rack. It was so dry they had to send it back. I tried the 'famous' scallops, and they were just ordinary; have had better elsewhere. Also ordered at our table was the rack of lamb and, again, there was nothing special or 'wow' about it. Infact, we were so disappointed with the meal that we passed on dessert and went someplace else. Will probably not try it this place again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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