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Il Giardino Ristorante

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401 East Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
805-640-1301
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpected Delight in the Heart of Ojai

We stopped by for lunch and I ordered the salmon lunch special. It was a delightful meal in a nice atmosphere. The food was freshly prepared properly spiced and well presented. The price was quite modest considering it was a dinner like portion. We had a delightful lunch and a surprising experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2014
4oystercatcher
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washington state
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ventura
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193 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Dont bother going here. Rude yucky and unpleasant. Ojai has many other places to go other than this one.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We enjoyed our meal, they were very accommodating of a large party and children. I don't recommend the gluten-free pasta, it was gritty and falling apart. If you are gluten-free stick to the salads or other offerings. The sauces are delicious!

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Thank Buffalogirl41
Battle, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

We stopped off in Ojai and had lunch at Il Giardino Ristorante. The food was pleasant and tasty but not exceptional. Seafood salad with avocado was tasty and my partner had a wrap which was pronounced ok but a bit plain. Pleasant atmosphere and staff friendly.

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Thank Andrew A
washington state
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181 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stopped by for lunch and I ordered the salmon lunch special. It was a delightful meal in a nice atmosphere. The food was freshly prepared properly spiced and well presented. The price was quite modest considering it was a dinner like portion. We had a delightful lunch and a surprising experience in a little spot that is fun to... More 

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Thank 4oystercatcher
Los Angeles, California, United States
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I was craving Italian food and the restaurant recommended to me was closed for the holiday so I stopped in here. It's a small place and I actually had to ask someone inside if it was even open. It was and I was seated and given a menu. I ordered calamari and penne bolognaise. The calamari tasted like it had... More 

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Thank Sue J
Valley Village, Ca
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a very cute and quiet little family owned restaurant in the heart of Ojai. Great tasting food! You will not be disappointed. Great for first time meetings or dates.

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Thank Macky G
Los Angeles, California, United States
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Cute local place. Food better than other Italian nearby. Value superb. Excellent service. Get coupon in Ojai coupon booklet for 20% off food or a free dessert. Makes it a spectacular deal.

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Thank Val D
Ojai, California
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Il Giardino has a varied Italian menu and most of what I have had there has been consistently delicious (with the exception of the pizza). Service always is excellent, whether for couples or for large groups of 20 or more. Outdoor seating is lovely year-round with the patio heaters for the cooler weather.

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Thank ojainel
Ventura
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

On the weekends you can enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio while listening to a variety of music. They provide heaters in case the weather gets cool but rarely do you need that in Ojai after April. The bread is amazing and the food is a good value. Not too fancy but clean and enjoyable

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Thank Cynthia S
Lakewood, Ca.
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The outside does not overwhelm, but the food is outstanding! The staff was great, and super friendly, with good suggestions off the menu with many selections. The seafood surprise was loaded with assorted seafood, lots of shrimp, scallops, mussels and chunks of fish over pasta in a sauce. Had lasagna last time that was a large portion, loaded with meat,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 East Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: 805-640-1301

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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