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Ranch House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305 (Besant Rd)
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lancaster, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was very friendly, attentive, and really went above and beyond. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. The scallop appetizer was cooked perfectly, the salad was refreshing, the filet mignon melted in my mouth, and the trio of desserts was delightful. It was practically a perfect dinner. The only thing that could have been improved was the gazpacho. It was... More 

1 Thank Fullgrownwoman
Armacao de Pera, Portugal
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here are my tips for the management of this once great restaurant: 1. Your scallops are excellent, so as an appetizer serve three, not one, even if you have to flatten some fat ones to make the margin come out right for you. 2. Forget the 70s half shell and use a plain white plate. 3. Forget the rice and... More 

Thank Roy P
San Jose, California, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I have been coming here about every 6 months for the past 4 years. The food and service are amazing. The bamboo garden you are surrounded by feels like you are on a special vacation. They recently changed the menu to a prix fix if either 3 selections for $45, or 5 for $55. Choices are beautiful.

1 Thank Karyn N
Santa Barbara, CA
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112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 

Thank RHSSantaBarbara_CA
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 July 5, 2016

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 June 28, 2016 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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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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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5 reviews
4 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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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 Options
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, 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 Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
    (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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?