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“Deer Lodge Legendary Since 1932?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge
2261 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023-1616
805-646-4256
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Ranked #45 of 81 Restaurants in Ojai
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The historic Deer Lodge serves the authentic Ojai experience in a warm, rustic environment that has been in continuous operation since 1932. We offer farm-to-table dining with fresh product sourced locally from local farms. Enjoy steaks from Watkins Cattle Co. of Ojai custom cut for us from organically raised, open pasture grass-fed stock, fresh local seafood, gourmet burgers and classic comfort food selections including Mac 'n Cheese, organic Dixie Fried chicken and BBQ ribs. We offer a nice selection of local craft brews and a wine list comprised of the best of the Ojai Valley. Evening transitions to a lively music scene featuring the best of Ojai talent an national talent.
Westlake Village, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Deer Lodge Legendary Since 1932?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is described as Ojai's favorite spot for Farm-To-Table Dining. It was an interesting place...small local bar? Tables that were close to music. The music that night was Jonathan McEuen...quirky, but so talented! The music we enjoyed. The food we didn't. The burgers were bland and tasteless. There was a duo that sang while Jonathan took a break...omg...if I walked in then I would have walked out. Like I said, this place is quirky!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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ojai
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Much improved, but a long way to go...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Thought we would give the new ownership a try. We were met by a maitre d, and a major cleaning! It is still dark, but appears the 1/2" of fuzzy dust, and the worst of the animal mounts, are gone. Friendly and courteous staff, if slow. Food: $16 burger with cheese and mushrooms - had to hunt for the cheese and 'shrooms, and overcooked...at $6 it would have been average. Fried chicken rated by our southern guest - mediocre. Duck salad - at a B-, the best of our meals. Altogether, the vastly improved first impression was not supported by the food. Our collective review: mediocre.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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california
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food, excellent "new" ownership and staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I have lived in Ojai for 11 years and have never tried the Deer Lodge until last night. My cousin and her husband were coming into Ojai to meet us for dinner and recommended that we try the D/L because their friends just took ownership. We were so excited to try a new restaurant! Also, our youngest daughter and friends had been going just recently for what she said had "great live music with a cool vibe!" Well, our daughter was right! We got seated right away outside on the patio, very comfortable with umbrellas for day and heat lamps for night time. The staff was attentive from the beginning to the end making our first experience a great one! We all had a delicious kale salad to start (my cousin and I split one and I'm glad we did!) we had a margarita which was a generous size. Our husbands ordered the Pork Chop which was amazing and so wonderfully prepared and presented (large portion size!) My cousin and I had the filet mignon with garlic mash potatoes and fresh grilled veggies...the best prepared filet! Great portion with a hint of peppercorns and a little yummy sauce, it was amazing! Really fresh! All local grown produce and meat from Watkins Ranch! We enjoyed our meal with a bottle of Cabernet...delicious! For dessert we had bread pudding that was to die for!! Our service was excellent!! The band started playing inside and you could enjoy and hear them while sitting outside and they were great too! I just cannot say enough wonderful things about the "new" Deer Lodge!!! We were told that there is live music of a variety of talented artists each and every night, such as Jazz on Tuesday night but each night something different. The menu has such a great variety of selections from choices and a price range. Also, they offer gluten free selections as well... there is something for everybody! It's super casual too! Hope you enjoy it as well as we did!

Visited April 2013
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Tehachapi, California
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Great, just great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Friendly, great atmosphere. If you like Harleys, go there on the weekend, you'll see plenty. Interesting place with full bar, really good food, especially at Sunday cook out BBQ's. You'll stay for hours. Laid back place, and if you are stressing, it will bring you back to earth. Don't drink too much or have a designated driver as CHP and local cops are around the corner. Enjoy this place, there's not many left. You could go back to 1972 here, nostalgia.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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152 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Great Patio Great Music Great Salsa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

As a casual stop for a beer or two sitting on the patio this place is great. I've never had a full meal here just chips and salsa but that was great. The waitress was very friendly and the place had great atmosphere. I'll definitely be back when I'm in Ojai again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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