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“Fabulous setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ranch House

Ranch House
102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2360
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Ranked #18 of 80 restaurants in Ojai
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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.....
Westlake Village, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Fabulous setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely restaurant. We enjoyed the scallops, chicken with Brie and a bottle of Vino V wine. It was all good! The outdoor seating is beautiful and we were kept warm by the numerous heat lamps. The dessert was amazing. I had a wonderful meal and will be back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
39 helpful votes 39 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 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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