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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)
+1 805-646-2360
17:30 - 20:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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Santa Barbara, CA
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154 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

First of all the ambiance of this restaurant is fabulous - no matter if you are visiting during the daylight hours or later in the evening. The gardens and lighting are great. We were there on a winter evening and with the heaters, we were very comfortable. That being said there are issues that are of concern. First of all,... More 

3 Thank CAKath2
Happy Valley, Oregon
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

My wife and I have been coming to the Ranch House in Ojai for more than 20 years. Until now, this has been my wife's favorite restaurant in the entire world. We used to live in Southern California and now live in Portland, OR. Every time we drove down to So. Cal. to visit friends and relatives, we always made... More 

7 Thank KenAndBarbie
Agoura Hills
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

I was anxious to introduce my husband to the Ranch House gardens and menu, as I had not visited for many years. Well aware of the recent changes, I thought the bar area renovations added a trendy vibe for evening music enjoyment as well as a comfortable place to wait for our table. As it turned out, we didn't have... More 

2 Thank seeityourself
Southern Maryland USA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014

Revisited the Ranch House restaurant that we ate in four years ago. Food (Honey-Bacon Tenderloin and Prime NY Steak) was excellent. Maitre-D (Russ) was very gregarious and sat us at the table we wanted. Setting is out-doors as they have their own vegetable and herb gardens. Though Calif eves can be chilly it wasn't at all because of the gas... More 

2 Thank John_Merz
Rancho Mirage, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2014

This restaurant is simply beautiful. If you are dining as a couple for a romantic evening, try and request the table for 2 located over the koi pond. The entire restaurant is outdoors (there are some heaters if needed) and it is really something to see so be sure to arrive before it gets dark. We were there with a... More 

3 Thank Valerie T
Ojai, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2014

OK, first off the Ranch House underwent a ownership and chef change earlier in the year. The food improved, the service improved and we in Ojai were very excited about the incredible changes with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth. This unfortunately lasted for about four months. A new manager and perhaps owner appeared. Marcus left and the food, service and atmosphere has... More 

10 Thank OjaiDiane
Los Angeles
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

If you are in Ojai- The ONLY place to go for dinner is The Ranch House. The Food was amazing. The setting was spectacular, and the service was spot-on!!! Thank you Ranch House for making my vacation so special!

1 Thank VennRamper
Thousand Oaks, California
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73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

My LD and I had dinner on a Saturday evening. We were early and the new manager was eager to seat us overlooking the garden. My HH and I have dined at the Ranch House often for 25 years. It always had excellent food and service. I am all for change but the new owner is off base with some... More 

7 Thank GFFoodWineLover
Pasadena, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

Ranch House was a go-to place for family reunions for us several years ago, so we decided to splurge on a recent trip to the Central Coast. The grounds were even more beautiful that I remembered, and the service was excellent. We started with the mushroom strudel, which used to be a favorite, but it had been changed: instead of... More 

5 Thank Patricia S
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

Sure, with Ownership changes, Management changes AND Chef changes too close together - certainly the quality of this or any restaurant will go downhill quickly. When an Owner is in a place for so many years, they get old and tired, start passing decisions onto others who inherit things (not by choice), because it's their time to retire. We were... More 

2 Thank Artiste-Michael

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
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: +1 805-646-2360
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?