About Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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.
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
Private Party Facilities:
San Ysidro Ranch offers three unique Private Dining Rooms. The Adobe, a Santa Barbara County historical Landmark, can accomodate 10 guests. The beautiful Wine Cellar can accomodate up to 30 guests. Our spacious Hydrangea Cottage can comfortably seat 50 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Maxine Rutledge: (805) 565-1702
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
We had a beautiful dinner on the outdoor patio. It was raining. Here to celebrate a baby shower. Had the black cod and halibut. A punched filled plate of flavor! Great customer service by Lisa! Great selection of cocktails and wine. The ambience was so romantic and the stone house had so much charm!!! Will look to book for my anniversary dinner!
I'm always happy at the Stone House. They have a $43 3 course lunch of very high quality. Its a great way for someone like me, who could never afford the elegance of San Ysidro Ranch rooms, to experience this beautiful property. Service is always impeccable from valet to bussers, real pros here.
We'd been to a lovely wedding with excellent food here previously, but were disappointed on our return for dinner the next year. The main draw is the scenery-high in the hills over Santa Barbara-a beautiful and romantic setting in historical buildings. Food was good (although not outstanding as I would have expected given the price you are paying for dinner). The wine list was inaccessible unless you were willing to pay well over $100 for a bottle of wine (we were but others more budget conscious should take note-dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine is well over $300). The main complaint was the service. Our waiter basically took our order and then ignored us. We had to flag down other servers and even the sommelier to get any sort of follow up. Not acceptable for a restaurant supposedly of this type of calibre. We likely won't return as there are better values in lovely settings in Santa Barbara and Montecito.
We came here for brunch on Sunday after a romantic getaway in Santa Barbara for our 27th wedding anniversary. We woke up and hiked the San Ysidro trail and this brunch was the perfect place to head after we got cleaned up and ready for brunch. It has a $75 per person menu with choices of appetizers, main course, and dessert. We loved the choices, unique flavors, and the ambiance in a historic setting were ideal. It was very comfortable.
We've been to the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch for at least five different occasions now and each time our experience is so memorable and 5 star delicious! The Stonehouse will remain one of our all time favorite spots to meet with friends and loved ones for a special dining experience.
We were celebrating a six year anniversary of our first date. And the Ranch is just beautiful and a perfect choice in many ways. Our greeting was warm and easy, and our server was wonderful, the atmosphere is just beautiful, and my halibut was very nice, but the menu was heavy. We were tempted to order several appetizers, but even then if you tend towards vegetarian or light options you are basically left with one (sweet) choice). No lighter options, even grilled veggies seemed to have tons of butter or some fat though I am not sure. The timing was off - food did not come out hot or even warm really. Another table of at least six all returned their dishes - I am assuming because they were not warm. The seasonings were not well balanced, and even in an attempt to put less sugar in something (Chocolate Pot de Creme) somehow just ended up not sweet enough to hit dessert - the chocolate became too powerful when not cut by any other strong flavor (the creme on top was unsweetened so it was more texture). I didn't hate any of the food, and I would give the fish and cherries jubilee high ratings, but I wish the rest of the food came closer to the incredible standards of the atmosphere and very nice servers. Something is off in the kitchen.
Dined at The Stonehouse for our wedding anniversary. Impeccable service by Adrian and his support team. Very romantic setting. That said, food a bit under expectations. Myself and my husband work at a 2 Michelin star restaurant, and knowing SYR reputation, we were surprised by the somewhat underwhelming cuisine. But all is forgiven when you're cared after so well, I suppose. Just wished for some more thoughtful food to round out the experience; that would have made a memorable visit Amazing.
This is our second trip to SYR and the Stonehouse. My starter was good but not outstanding: Mushroom Soup. My entree the same: Halibut. But, the service was top notch. The atmosphere exquisite. A great special occasion place. And, if you go more for seeing the ranch and the ambiance (which are quite special), rather than the food, you will be very very happy.
I arrived early and they were nice enough to seat us early for Sunday Brunch. The hostess marked me as a no show on open table so I received an email and phone call about missing my reservation.
The waiter gave good recommendations on what to order. I enjoyed the Duck egg rolls as recommended. The Eggs Benedict was cooked well , the sauce did not have too much flavor. Probably because the prociutto was salty and to balance it out. I would prefer the benedict with ham or spinach or crab. The lemon tarte was presented nicely and was perfectly tarte and nice texture.
Stonehouse seems to be a nice place to lunch with a friend during the day.
Evening would be a different experience.
Waiters and staff were attentive and friendly.
The gardens are peaceful to walk around after.
Stonhouse is skating on its once -deserved reputation for fine dining and impeccable service...but no more. Uni appetizer a work in minimalism, one entre served warm, at best, with signs of having been held under heat lamp waiting for hot vegetable. Other entre severely undercooked. Wait staff has forgotten who is customer and who is server- guests are on their schedule, not other way around. Definitely not worth the price.
We have eaten at fine places like this all over the world. The food is very good, but not for the price. The dining rooms are lovely. But no one greets you beyond asking for the name on the reservation. The waiter was down right unfriendly, definetly not helpful. Everyone rushes around but no one asks if you need anything. We waited almost an hour for our entrees with no explanation beyond, "sorry it's taking so long" 45 minutes after the appetizers were cleared. We were dressed up and excited when we arrived and afterwards we felt the valet guys were the only nice people we encountered. Never going back.
I had not visited the restaurant for a few years. I was so very happy I had dinner there with a friend over the holidays. Sat in the patio and the overhead patio lights were twinkling and I felt like Inwas in a high rise building with the rain coming down pretty hard. It was very romantic. The service and food was exceptional. I had the Foie Gras appetizer and as an entree had the Miso Cod and for dessert had the Pumpkin Soufflé. It was so great that I went back for lunch the following week and took friends from out of town. The Lemon Tart was creamy and Tart and a definite must have if your into Lemon.
It was so great I made reservations for Valentines Day!,
We held an intimate wedding reception here in the wine cellar room. It was perfect. Service and food were excellent and it was a great, un-rushed atmosphere. One guest remarked that those were the best pork chops he'd ever had - cooked just right. New York steak was good, but less special - get that if you want classic no frills - otherwise I recommend the pork chops, chocolate cake (Amazing - surprisingly unique), and fig beet salad.
I had a lovely dinner at Stonehouse with my husband and two adult children. Unfortunately, we were there on the rare evening when it was pouring rain, but we still enjoyed dining on the covered patio under the plentiful heaters. We were offered a place to park our wet umbrellas, but not a place to hang coats, which we just draped over the backs of our own chairs. The rain hitting the roof was somewhat loud at times, but we could have a conversation above the sound. The food was delicious (including: mushroom soup, chicken tangine, tuna, scallops, pork, cod, Brussels sprouts, and 2 dessert soufflés) as was the variety of wine glasses and cocktails we ordered. While we had no complaints, this would not be my choice for one of the best restaurants in the U.S. It was not very crowded, but we were seated right next to the door and by the waiters' station (not the best spot, but it was okay in this restaurant). We found the service to be very good. Our main waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, though we didn't appreciate his repeating what we said with his own pronunciation, as if to correct us (though we still believe he was pronouncing one dish wrong). My son had just moved to the area and we were just visiting, so we requested a few leftovers for him to take home. At the end of the meal, as we were about to leave, I asked the waiter about the to-go food and he explained that it would be given to us outside of the dining room (with a short explanation regarding how it would not be in good taste to deliver such a bag to the table). We had to ask the hostess about the to-go bag when she requested our car from the valet. There was one bag with food in it and she gave it to us. When my son opened the bag at home, it turned out to be someone else's dinner! It was pizza and some other kid-friendly items. So, while we were disappointed that our extremely expensive leftovers could not go to my son, we figure the kid who got the Brussels sprouts was even more unhappy!
San Ysidro Ranch is amazing, while it is definitely out of my weekly price range, we do like to try and treat ourselves here and there every few months.
Service, food, ambiance, everything is exceptional.
In terms of value - you don't go here for value, you go for phenomenal service, expertly prepared dishes and a setting most people can only dream of.
Price is what you pay (and the price is high), but the value is definitely there. :)
It was a magical evening with longtime friends. An absolutely gorgeous spot outdoors with sparkling lights everywhere, candles, and the balmy air in the evening of a warm November day. Three had the halibut and found it spectacular (well it should be for $50) I decided to have the Chicken Tangine and was completely disappointed. It had all the ingredients but no flavor at all. I left three quarters of it and certainly wasn't going to take it home. Obviously no one tasted it before giving it to the public.
Took some clients for lunch and it was perfect! The service and atmosphere made for a great place to connect and talk. The grounds were stunning!
The food was outstanding! Especially the fried chicken sandwich. I was afraid to order that because it say "fried" but it was light and not an ounce of oil left like you'd think.
Overall it was gorgeous and I'll certainly be back for a romantic weekend with the husband!
The table bread was no better than that from Albertsons bakery, left out at the end of the day. Pork belly appetizer was well cooked, good flavors and the orange marmalade complimented it well. Jerusalem artichoke soup (on special) was average, would expect as much from Panera. The lamb rack entree was a hit- entire dish worked well. The halibut entree was a joke. More flavor from the shoe lace in a well worn pair of tennis shoes - at least a hint of salt in a tennis shoe lace. Halibut was well over cooked, so the dry shoe lace seems very comparable the more I think about it. Nice location but that's no excuse for serving up average food on a friday night. Maybe the head chef was ill and the grunts were running the show. Otherwise my recommendation- Get a trained head chef that didn't just receive their plastic certificate from Cordon Bleu
This is our fourth time visiting San Ysidro and the restaurant has never disappointed. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed the candle lit setting while sipping fabulous wine from their extensive wine list. The food as always was superb and there's always a creative element for us "foodies" to enjoy. Can't wait to come back again on our next vacation through California. 😘
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