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Ranch House

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102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305 (Besant Rd)
+1 805-646-2360
11:00 - 19:30
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Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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Ojai, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2015

Come here for the food and the location, stay here for the people! The Ranch House restaurant has been a fixture in Ojai for decades, but anyone who had visited there repeatedly as I would agree it was getting really hard to come here and choose from the same old menu. That's all changed I am happy to say since... More 

2 Thank Joanne C
Ojai, California
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Still searching for the new way to go since ownership change. Wine list drastically reduced. Food is holding OK. Garden tables are always great and lush. Bit offputting with paper table covers. They will eventually figure it out but they aren't there yet.

Thank phred2505
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2015

It was a preset menu for Valentines Day which presented a slight problem for my gluten free self. However, the food that I did eat was fantastic! The atmosphere plus service equalled a superb evening. So grateful that the Ranch House is always above average in every way!

Thank t b
Ontario, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015

Just had dinner last night for Valentine's Day; I chose this place based on its claim that it was voted "one of the most romantic restaurants in America for 2014". Well my starter was a lobster bisque which was fine excep tasted like any store bought tomato bisque instead. Then followed a tomato bruschetta; again not bad but not great... More 

2 Thank Brooklynj3
Ojai, California
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015

We enjoyed a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. We were surprised to find that the regular menu was not available in favor of Prix Fixe for the special occasion. Not unreasonable but unexpected since there had been no indication that would be the case when we made our reservation. The service seemed a bit distracted and rushed even though less than... More 

Thank Ro E
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is magical. I have gone to the Ranch House in the past and received 3 mushroom strudel to an order, now they do three. The butternut squash soup was kind of gross after the first few bites. Not worth being considered an appetizer for the groupon. They were out of Lamb Shanks, which I wanted. And no dessert... More 

1 Thank AudiControl
Port Orford, Oregon
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2015

We did not have a reservation, which was a mistake. However, we were told that someone would let us know how long a wait there would be. We sat for nearly 30 minutes, and no one spoke to us or helped us.

2 Thank Betty O
Branford, Connecticut
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

My husband & I have been in Ojai for a month. We decided to take advantage of a Groupon that offered dinner including a bottle of wine and dessert. When we arrived, we were greeted at the door by the manager. He led us to our table dancing along the way. The music ( Jazz) the soft lighting with tea... More 

1 Thank Barbara1369
Los Angeles
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

We just went to the Ranch House for my husband's birthday dinner. The location and place itself is really pretty at night with lots of white lights, a beautiful garden, and a groovy main area. Really a pretty setting for any dinner. I almost gave this place 3 stars instead of 4 because of the food/service, but i took into... More 

2 Thank ESC3
Pasadena, California
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149 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2015

My partner and I wanted to go some place special for our anniversary. We had both been to the Ranch House many years before with our families. The atmosphere is unique. But it is time for an upgrade. The food was OK. The facilities need work.

Thank TerrywHamilton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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 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?