About Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge, where rustic ambiance meets a sophisticated palate.
The former hunting lodge maintains a warm and rustic décor, featuring two fireplaces, outdoor dining, and views from the second- and third-floor rooms.
Chef Christopher Kufek prepares contemporary American comfort food with an emphasis on hearty wild game, fish, & seasonal ingredients, and welcomes you to try the 7 course Chef's Tasting menu, with optional hand-selected wine pairings.
To complement the food, the wine list includes American boutique wines difficult to find on many other lists. Our bartenders prepare classic and old-fashioned cocktails as well as modern versions of the classics. We invite you to come to our wine and scotch dinners and beer luncheons, which have received rave reviews.
Whether you are a meat eater, fish lover, beer drinker, wine aficionado or a Scotch enthusiast, Saddle Peak Lodge is just minutes away, but a world apart.
American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: Happy Hour 5-6 PM, Dinner 6-9 PM
Saturday: Dinner 5-10 PM
Sunday: Brunch 10:30 AM - 2 PM, Dinner 5-9 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Private lot available
Private Party Facilities:
Our beautiful and secluded location, paired with our award-winning cuisine, service, and rustic decor make Saddle Peak Lodge an ideal venue for any occasion. Pricing is based on a site fee and food and beverage minimum which vary depending on the day of the week and time of day.
Private Party Contact:
Allison Tade : 8182223888x14
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer four unique private rooms and three lush patios including our wedding ceremony site overlooking the canyon hills. Our distinctive menu choices and unique decor make our restaurant the perfect location for your next special event.
Saddle Peak Lodge Ratings and Reviews
Nice location. We both liked the “log c ...
Nice location. We both liked the “log cabin” ambience & the Christmas décor/music was a nice touch. She ordered the game sampler and I had the Chef’s tasting. We were warned that she would be without food for a while as I go through most of the courses – that was fine. However, a more perceptive chef or server would have offered to have my sampler served as three courses – not as one big course.
Food’s good. We started with the portabella fries, which were good. The oysters were good, and I'm not a great fan of them but these were pretty good. The gazpacho was... a scallop/veg salad sort of thing. Different take, ok. Was pretty vinegary, though. The octopus was good, my sea bass came out raw in the middle, which was promptly replaced. the agnolotti was really good, the elk tenderloin was excellent. Cooked properly, tased the way it was supposed to, wasn't gamy, and the cherries were a nice touch that wasn't over done.
The strength of the restaurant is in cooking game!!! Tender, not game-y and delicious. Her 3-meat sampler came in a single plate. Each was on top of some kind of puree or side with sauce. It was “rich on rich” – would have preferred salad or pickled vegetables as sides. as stated above, if it had been served as a 3-parter, rather than all on one plate, that would have lessened the all-at-one-time impact of the plate. But again, the meats were fabulous.
I had a wine pairing with the meal, and I have to say it was a very nice addition. 7 wines for 7 courses, just enough of each to go with each course. And the price point for that was good too.
Our coffee and espresso came after we had finished our desserts (would have been nice to sip coffee with the desserts). And the cake that came with the Chef’s tasting tasted blah. The bourbon ice cream was good, though.
A last addition was the service, which was good all throughout. No issues with the server or food runners. I do hope the parking valet had a warm place to stay, though.
I am a long time patron of Saddle Peak L ...
I am a long time patron of Saddle Peak Lodge and experienced some of its glory days, where the food was spectacularly prepared by notable, name chefs.
The fun of the decor is still there but the level of cooking is sadly lacking and little remains of the previous stellar quality.
Also, for some unknown reason, there is now uninspiring background music, at a disturbing volume.
We hosted a family pre-Thanksgiving get ...
We hosted a family pre-Thanksgiving get together here. Saddle Peak was our choice because it is a very unique restaurant with a game orientation to the menu. Four of our party had the game trio (a must try for 1st time diners to this restaurant). It featured elk, buffalo short rib and your choice of either emu, or (for a modest surcharge) a venison chop. All got rave reviews (except for the person who asked that the emu be more cooked--it gets tougher with extra cooking). Garrin (our lead server) did a wonderful job of being helpful and available without being intrusive. The meal took about and a half hours --they can accommodate a faster pace-but we wanted to spend the time together and were in no hurry. It is pricey, but they deliver a great dining experience every time.
My husband loves unusual food, so the Sa ...
My husband loves unusual food, so the Saddle Peak Lodge is a great opportunity for him to try items not normally found in other restaurants (emu, buffalo, elk, venison, camel). He had octopus to start, followed by a selection of three game meats. He could not have been happier. My fuji salad appetizer was lovely, but the $38 chicken was dried out, tough, and required A LOT of chewing to get it down. I would have sent the chicken back, but the waiter never came back to check on us. You are paying top dollar, and this meal was definitely hit and miss. Sadly disappointed.
Lovely mountain ambiance. So unusual and ...
Lovely mountain ambiance. So unusual and beautiful. Wonderful for special occasions. Love it. One of our favorites for a romantic night out or just enjoying time with friends. The food is excellent as is the attentive service.
Still as wonderful as ever. From the mo ...
Still as wonderful as ever. From the moment you get out of the car, the night air is fragrant and welcoming. The bar is great & the manhattans are mean, thanks to Anthony! We had our dinner in the upstairs Library, and were provided several lovely options to dine. Our waiter, Garrin was terrific, knowledgeable about the food & wine list, & very attentive. It was positively a beautiful evening & experience.
My wife and I had a wonderful evening. ...
My wife and I had a wonderful evening. I had wanted to come to this restaurant for over 10 years and it met the expectation. Make sure you take a walk around the place, I hadn't realized it was three stories of dining.
Overall the experience and execution rem ...
Overall the experience and execution remains top notch. On the other hand, I really disappointed my date with the gamey meats.
Unless you are a true lover of game; I'd refrain from trying the Meat tasting platter. I liked the Emu. The rest tasted like the food of ravens.
Overall: Fun drive...fun surroundings...pro staff...don't get the meat sampler unless caveman.
Jeff and Sue Holt of Simi Valley invited ...
Jeff and Sue Holt of Simi Valley invited Joe and Sandy Locke of Ojai for Sandy's birthday Celebration. We all loved the appetizers and specialty dinners. We sampled about everything on the menu. Our favorite was the buffalo! Very sweet and tasty.
The deserts were great also. We will be back!
Very interesting restaurant that has bee ...
Very interesting restaurant that has been around for ages in Malibu Canyon. It's specialty is game meat and fish. I had a tasting plate of Emu, Venison and Buffalo short ribs. You must like meat to go there! There are great seating areas outside and two levels inside. It feels very much like and old lodge. The upstairs is like a library. Some of the seating isn't very comfortable.
I've had positive experiences before, bu ...
I've had positive experiences before, but on my last visit, the food was cooked incorrectly for 3 out of the 4 diners. The service was lacking and inattentive in a half-filled dining room. It was the kind of negative experience that made me want to never return.
Saddle Peak Lodge has great food (especi ...
Saddle Peak Lodge has great food (especially the unique selection of wild game), but the #1 reason to come here is the ambiance. It used to be a hunting lodge and has been transformed into a beautiful, secluded getaway for a romantic evening out. I did a lot of research before booking this reservation to find just the right spot for an anniversary dinner, and it was everything I hoped for!
Really a great experience. Expensive bu ...
Really a great experience. Expensive but not over-the-top. Service is superlative without being intrusive. Inventive dishes. Great wine list and staff is super-knowledgeable. Very good food. The ambience is great too. Perhaps a bit too much on the "1930's California hunting lodge" theme - lots of trophies on the walls and antlers everywhere. Vegans need not apply. ;-)
Saddle Peak never fails to enchant or to ...
Saddle Peak never fails to enchant or to offer an escape or brief respite from the hectic pace of the busy city. It literally is like stepping back in time, being on vacation, yet so close and convenient that you can make it a weekly dinner out or special occasion venue. The supper menu is such a great addition.
Did not get seated as requested in the n ...
Did not get seated as requested in the notes. I even got a call the day prior confirming my reservation and again mentioned I wanted outside seating. Food was average, nothing special honestly. Nice vibes and very quiet. Our waiter was very attentive. But some of other staff did not seem to want to be there.
Great atmosphere, so-so food. Filet mign ...
Great atmosphere, so-so food. Filet mignon was dry and over cooked and not room temperature. Bison short ribs were tasty, but room temperature. Sides were better. Great main dining room. Good valet service. It was my first time and will not be returning.
Enjoyed brunch with attentive service an ...
Enjoyed brunch with attentive service and tasty meal options. Good wine choices both by the glass and by bottle. Would love to have a view of the outdoor canyon rather than a doghouse, bushes and a large no smoking sign...perhaps a better ambiance in the evening?
celebrated grandmother and daughter birt ...
celebrated grandmother and daughter birthdays. excellent food (quiche was really good); quiet room was great for conversation, but required two flights of stairs. I had requested main dining room (no stairs) when I made the reservation--that wasn't available due to a private event the day we were there, but we didn't know that until we arrived at restaurant...server and hostess were both very friendly. great cheese plate to finish.
Food is excellent. Service starts out st ...
Food is excellent. Service starts out strong and as the evening progressed it got worse. Entertainment for business guests are critical to set the right mood. Having to ask for water at what I would consider a 4+ star restaurant is upsetting.
My guest ordered the chefs choice. A dessert should have come and the end. My other guests got their dessert. He service help forgot. They apologized.
I question on why I should leave a 70.00 tip. So the reason for the complaint. Food was excellent! Manager should have stopped by our table. At sometime during the meal.
Saddle Peak Lodge has been our #1 favori ...
Saddle Peak Lodge has been our #1 favorite place to celebrate special occasions for over 20 years. If you are looking for a special place with an excellent menu that has emphasis on game meats (elk, venison, emu, buffalo, squab and others from time to time), you will not be unhappy with Saddle Peak. They do have regular steaks, fish, and a vegetarian option, so everyone is likely to find something yummy. It is expensive, but they deliver.
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