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Ranch House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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102 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023 (Besant Rd)
+1 805-646-2360
17:30 - 20:30
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Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

It's little trendy, there was live music on the weekend when we went. We got a great groupon deal. All the seating is covered outside. It was raining when we went but the heaters kept us quite warm. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was very good, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of five.... More 

1 Thank Andrew B
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2015

New Year's Eve dinner. It was freezing cold! Did not know it was all out door seating. Staff very kind with giving us blankets. Food very good

Thank Kathy K
Limassol, Cyprus
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014 via mobile

It was a cold and windy night. They knew we had a very young child with us as we had booked a high chair and yet they put us at a table where the heater was out of order. In fact two overhead heaters were out of order in the area where we were seated. We finally settled down at... More 

2 Thank objective12
Santa Barbara, CA
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157 reviews
74 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

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
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 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: +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?