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Ranch House

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102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305 (Besant Rd)
+1 805-646-2360
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17:30 - 20:30
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Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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Westlake Village, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Ambience with local history, we sat outside for the starry night; very friendly staff and lively ......but food served cold

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Thank Bruce C
Trabuco Canyon, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Service and food was great, it was a very nice atmosphere for my wife and I to enjoy dinner and conversation. Staff was very attentive but not intrusive.

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1 Thank JohnH19621
Huntington Beach
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This restaurant and everything about it is simply magical and beautiful. From the outside it doesn't look like much: but you go inside and it's like walking into the Land of Oz. The food is out of this world, but the incredible outdoorsy interior (dine al fresco!!) is like dying and going to Heaven. Do yourself a favor and experience... More 

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1 Thank Leslie M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I go out to dinner frequently and we were looking for a special dining experience for our anniversary. The Ranch House in Ojai was the perfect choice. It has been a landmark for many years and was once THE place to go for a truly wonderful dining experience. However over the years it has changed owners a... More 

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Solvang, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

As others have written, this place is unsurpassed in regard to atmosphere. The gardens are lovely with small private, (and dark) tables hidden in the bamboo forest. At night the lighting is beautiful, yet the stone pathways with uneven paving that you can't always see, can be hazardous. Our table had a chandelier so was easy to see the menu,... More 

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1 Thank raleigh2016
Camarillo, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We bought a Groupon for The Ranch House, but the value was highly overrated. The restaurant is located in a quiet neighborhood of Ojai, All of the seating is outside among the beautiful reeds and wisteria with heaters available if needed. The menu is a 5 coarse meal with appetizer, soup, salad, entree and desert. You have choices for the... More 

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Port Hueneme, California
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239 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Oldie bur goody stuff going on here. It's like walking back into a posh 1960s country club/premier dining establishment. Seating outside is in a veritable jungle, private little pads surrounded by bamboo, water, and cool flora. The food, awesome, presentation pretty good, and the prices-just where they should be for the experience and the eats. This is a definite do... More 

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1 Thank Robert B
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

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 

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Armacao de Pera, Portugal
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

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 

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 20:30
Thursday
17:30 - 20:30
Friday
17:30 - 20:30
Saturday
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
Description
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?