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About Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, the Stonehouse Restaurant features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with a crackling fireplace and creek side views. Chef Matthew Johnson evocative regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch Ratings and Reviews
Terrific birthday lunch. Everything delicious, from strawberry salad to hamachi, to mains of scallops and steak. Complimentary dessert to cap our celebration. Attractive presentations. Attentive but not cloying service. Historic, classic ambiance, yet casual.
This is one of the finest dining experiences I have had in my lifetime. From the moment you drive up the tree lit driveway, to the valet parking, and magically lit grounds, it is all perfect. The service was impeccable. The food was exquisite. We will be back to celebrate more special occasions at this very delightful restaurant.
Every single bit of fabulous. So romantic and the gardens for a stroll is a lovely way to enjoy a fresh mixed cocktail. The food was Devine and our server, Dave, was so knowledgeable but not pushy in the least, he knew when we needed something but gave us all the space and time we needed for conversation and savoring every bite. Excellent in every way, I would recommend it to anyone who will listen.
Again another wonderful dining experience at The Stonehouse Inn. What a beautiful setting! We all thoroughly enjoyed our tasty meals and desserts. This is our favorite restaurant, hands down. It never disappoints. The staff is friendly and so professional. Thank you again Stonehouse Inn! We love you!
We visited the Stonehouse Reataurant on Sept 27, 2017! I had not been to the San Ysisro Ranch since 1964, when I was at the Plow and Angel Bar, The atmosphere was superb, the food was excellent, and the architecture of the Main Dining space was memorable!
The evening starts off not well. We weren't seated on the upper terrace, where we have been seated in the past, but down underneath where I was already chilly and no view. The menu was very odd. What I would call trying too hard gourmet. No soup offered for a first course and I think only one over thought salad, other offerings read like main course fair. We thought about leaving, I remembered that in the stone cave the food was more casual. We asked to be reseated and had a delicious dinner with wonderful service.
We recently had a very special dinner at the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch. I booked the table at the Stonehouse with a little bit of trepidation. From reading other online reviews I knew it was expensive, but had delicious food and could be less than friendly to diners who were not guests at San Ysidro Ranch. But since this was a special evening for my wife's birthday I decided to go ahead and make the reservation for a Saturday evening. It turned out to be a very wonderful celebration.
We arrived on time for our 6:30 PM reservation.It is a good idea to have a reservation before sunset so that you can enjoy the outdoor dining area while it is still light enough to see the gardens. And, even though we were not guests at San Ysidro Ranch we had a wonderful outside table that was nice and large and we were able to sit side by side for our meal.
The Stonehouse has a reputation for a large and expensive wine list. But we had arrived in the Santa Barbara area with a special bottle of champagne we had been saving for a special occasion. Even though I knew there would be a $50 corkage charge we decided to bring our champagne with us.
The food was absolutely delicious and pricey. I started off with the abalone appetizer and then the rack of lamb. My wife selected the duck spring-rolls appetizer and then halibut for her entree. All of the dishes were delicious.
I thought the service was a little slow, but we just decided to linger over our meal and enjoy the lovely evening.
Great place for a special occasion celebration. Just know it is going to be an expensive evening.
We were advised by friends not to miss The Stonehouse Restaurant at San Ysidro Ranch for a family reunion. The restaurant met or exceeded all expectations. Service and food were outstanding. We were able to arrange seating inside rather than on the patio during a heat wave, and that was huge towards enabling a relaxed evening. Wine list is impressive but not cheap. We brought some wine and paid the $50 corkage, then bought a few bottles of excellent reds off the menu. Be prepared to pay for this unique experience, which is well worth it for a special occasion or event with those that matter in your life.
Although the food was delicious and the service impeccable, as outside guests we were made to feel like second class citizens. All other diners were seated on the patio, we were inside, the only diners there, seated at a table with no window or view with waiters walking past serving all the others. Very disappointing.
I love this place and have been here several times. You would have to travel abroad to get the same sense of a country house with it beautiful gardens. I love the patio dining but the indoor tables are lovely too. On this occasion we celebrated a birthday. The spaghetti puttanesca delicious, the lavender lemon tart yummy. The waiter, Eli was attentive and gracious. What a lovely place to spend the afternoon!
This is the time for outdoor patio dining: always beautiful, quiet, great service and very good food. Efficient and friendly valet crew. We're 25 year regulars.
Food highlights: downstairs octopus, soup of the day, special order brussels sprouts with sea salt, Hamachi crudo.
Food challenges: 1. have had the fried chicken twice, both times it's dry. nice coating but looks like maybe it's finished or parked in the oven too long. 2. bring back the gran marnier soufflé, it was the best in town until taken off the menu!!
This restaurant has a beautiful garden. It sits high on a hill. It has a patio section in addition to indoor restaurant. It is maintained very well. It is very elegant.
The food was prepared well and tasty. It did not have a tasting menu like other fancy and expensive restaurants.
We sat in the patio this time. The fruit flies bothered us. Our glasses of fine wine attracted the fruit flies. All 7 glasses had flies dropped into our wine. The waiter took the flies out of our glasses and gave us napkins to cover the top of our glasses. He did not considered it unhealthy; so we drank them. Our neighboring tables had similar problems and also covered the wine glasses with napkins. I had digestive problems the next morning and went to the toilets 3 times around my breakfast time.
This is not good for a fine restaurant. Similar problems must have happened before in the patio. They should have alerted us at the beginning and advised us the option to cover the wine glasses with napkins. They should also study the health issue of drinking the wine with fruit flies. I had irregular bowl movement afterwards and they could have more serious public health problems in the future.
I also find it strange that there was no indication of apology from the waiter nor the manager. It is like a standard practice and nothing abnormal in having fruit flies in your expansive wines.
A truly special experience that is the essence of not only its unique location but a definition of quiet elegance that is increasingly lost in today's "reality tv" world. Nothing flashy or ostentatious, just the same essence of indoor/outdoor that defines life in Montecito. If the lore and the romance are not enough of a temptation, then go for the gardens, the ideal "appetizer" to any meal. Fine dining to be sure, but they also offer a kids' menu and my 10-year-old was enchanted by the Baked Alaska.
The outdoor seating view at the Stonehouse was beautiful with flowers in bloom all around. Service was impeccable. Had a peach sangria which I'm afraid tasted very watered down. The peach Bellini was much better. I had the organic chicken entree. It was excellent, very tender and tasty. A very nice memorable meal with friends.
My wife and I went to Stonehouse for a romantic dinner for our 5 year anniversary and we were very impressed with the ambiance and service.
However, we had a bottle of wine we had saved since our wedding to drink on our 5 year anniversary and they charged a $50 corkage fee, which is probably more than the bottle was worth. For dinner, I ordered the duck and my wife ordered the special which was Yellowfin tuna. We were both very unimpressed with the meals and contemplated sending the Tuna back because it was that bad. If Stonehouse is going to charge that much for their food with such limited options, I would think that it would taste better.
Looking back we should have ordered a dessert so we might have hopefully left with a better opinion of the food at the restaurant.
For $245 I would expect a little more out of the food. I'm sure there are better options for food at half the price in Santa Barbara.
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