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The Hitching Post II

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406 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427-9603 (Thumbelina)
+1 805-688-0676
16:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:30
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No. California
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183 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We wanted to see this place from the movie "sideways" and decided to try it out. It you are absolutely starving it might fit the bill. However, steaks were dry--not juicy no matter how cooked, lots of heavy side dishes. Would recommend going for a glass of wine and eating elsewhere.

Thank 100db
Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally went to eat here last weekend with some friends. The place is always crowded and lively. With an entree, you get appetizer, salad and bread which was pretty filling. I had the fish special of the day which I would recommend. The restaurants was loud and the bathrooms were not clean nor private. A curtain separates you and... More 

Thank Ticket2Venture
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met my mom for her birthday. The quality and amount of food is beyond belief. We all enjoyed the food and the atmosphere watching them cook on the open fire. We all dined on shrimp and the rib chop. 26 oz. Chop perfectly cooked. Be prepared to pay but the quality and amount of food will afford you a doggy... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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305 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a nice dinner here. The grill is behind glass facing the dining room. The grilled entrees are really done to perfection. Had the Texas quail and the baby back ribs. Service was friendly and efficient. Excellent martinis!

1 Thank twaone
Glendale, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to come here and dine if you are visiting the vineyards or staying in Solvang. They have the greatest steaks, grilled artichoke, wine list and service. Our waiter, Chris, was the nicest guy ever. He was very attentive and recommended certain things on the menu, he was so nice since it was our first time there to explain... More 

Thank laura5rain
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412 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Sideways movie forced me to visit and I was not disappointed. We were a group of 24 and Shawndra accommodated us with professionalism. Small bar area and limited seating in two rooms plus a few tables in bar area. Extensive wine list. My wife and I shared a Filet and Swordfish. Both were cooked to our requests and tasty. Included... More 

1 Thank GiseppeGord
Shanghai, China
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112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise. This place has a secret burger that's not even on the menu. It's not available every day so you have to know from a local. This is absolutely one of the best burgers of my life. The bacon is amazing as well. The reputation here is that it has the best barbecue steaks anywhere. I can't... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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109 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Food was excellent, I have a problem eating burgers as I like it well done, however I do not digest meat well if not soft, the server understood my needs and discussed with chef, AMAZING and perfect. This will be my restaurant of choice when in the area. I must watch Sideways again. And their wine selection is amazing

Thank Dorania M
Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I'll make this short and sweet. If you are in the area, just go here for dinner. You will not be disappointed, period. Yes it's a bit spendy, but the dinner was delicious. Treat yourself!

Thank TreborsTravels
Encino, California, United States
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Have been here many times but honestly enjoyed it better before the movie "Sideways" changed the landscape of the Santa Ynez Valley as well as this restaurant. Frank Orsini the owner/chef does an amazing job with steak/burger and some of the best fries in the area. HE also makes a wonderful selection of Hitching Post Pinot Noir worth the trip... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427-9603
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Buellton
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-0676

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?