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Ranch House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free
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102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023 (Besant Rd)
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Santa Barbara, CA
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108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mystique is fading quickly. Still a romantic hideaway with efforts at preparing fresh local foods, the process has been compromised and the menu is jaded. Worth a once in a year trip just to sit on the patio and enjoy the al fresco dining experience when the weather is warm. At our last experience the appetizer scallop was nice... More 

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Long Beach, California
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a Travelzoo voucher. Pleasantly surprised they had a full bar. The food was delicious except for my seabass. I was very disappointed, it was dry and smothered in what I describe as tomato paste. But my husbands filet mignon was amazing. The server did offer to replace my fish, but I declined. Very busy for Thursday evening, staff... More 

1 Thank elcyd56
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were greeted right away, and chose to sit outside. The tables are all shaded and in a large and spectacular garden! The wait staff was friendly and attentive and knowledgable about the menu and the wine list. I loved my steak!

1 Thank 4travelors
Los Angeles
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a Krishnamurti portrait by the door...attesting to its foundation in fresh vegetarian meals way before its time. It was a destination restaurant...where folks came up from LA to experience a serene, delicious, unique meal. Now there is a piano bar...and they serve steaks. Need I say more.

Thank JimboB
Los Angeles
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We've loved this restaurant in the past, but its been a while. Went again recently and were utterly charmed by the setting: as a party of 5 we were seated in a semi-private outdoor bamboo 'room' that was a big hit with our group. Very special. But we found the food program uneven. Some things really hit, others not so... More 

Thank Akimbeau
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The Ranch House was once a great foodie destination -- I came and loved it about 5 years ago. However, on a recent trip I dropped by and was very disappointed. I'm guessing there are new owners or a new chef, but it's nowhere near what it once was. The location is superb, and it has beautiful gardens and scenery.... More 

Thank Russell F
Halifax, Canada
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We had a nice romantic dinner on a pleasant Saturday night. We ate outdoors overlooking the garden and it was delightful. We both had 5 course meals and they were both excellent. The service was top-notch and every table in the restaurant was being treated like they were the only guests. It is a little off the beaten track but... More 

1 Thank philmccracken2015
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We came here with a deal/coupon for a 5 course dinner and bottle of wine. We liked it! We were seated at a table sort of secluded from the rest of the diners (we were told it was the "best" table...not sure about that, unless you wanted total privacy!). But the 5 courses were delicious, and we loved our bottle... More 

1 Thank Blair M
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

My husband and I had dinner here recently. Wow - the best food, service and atmosphere. We had a delicious dinner and the customer service was by far the best we have had in many years! Lovely setting too. Highly recommend.

1 Thank Beverly M
Ojai, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Garden setting, amazing service and wine list, everchanging food choices in an Ojai hideaway that locals love! Often there is music to enhance the mood. A walk through the garden after dinner is a must to see where many of the herbs are grown for teas and menu enhancement.

1 Thank RozDe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
    (Besant Rd)
  • Public Transportation: Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: 805-646-2360
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.....

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?