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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
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
Our dining experience overall was most enjoyable. Our wait person excellent, but the flow of the other helpers was spasmodic & they ran around, didn't pay attention to guests as they were walking around. They seemed very focused on they're work but no attention to other things going on around them. They reached across us in serving instead of to the right or left as they placed or removed items on the table.
This meal was a mixed review- our waiter was wonderful- he gave us great information and stories that were charming and made the experience much richer. The negative part of the service was that we had to ask for everything 3-5 times- butter, coffee, bread- each of these things had to be repeatedly asked for- each time the answer was" of course- right away- and it never came" this really is unheard of in a fine restaurant- and to have it keep happening was truly amazing-
Also of the three meals we oredered only one was fabulous- the halibut entree and the abalone app /both amazing- the chicken tagine was not very good at all- chicken was good but the couscous and veg were terrible- the pasta dish was very ordinary at best
All of the desserts tho were stellar as was the wine and the coffee and you can not beat the atmosphere
BUT- for the money they really need to up their game for service on the back end and their meals need help-
It is an experience. The beautiful ranch surrounded by the mountains, flowers, fruit trees, the cottages is unique and explains the ratings this property has. The menu and quality of the food is excellent. the service could be improved as attentiveness left some room to be desired.
Great memories are made here, besides the incredible food and grounds. Not much better than this from my life experiences. Food is fit for a King and his Queen. Great service and incredible dining room or patio seating. We came for a late lunch and enjoyed the inside fireplace room almost to ourselves and a great meal. Outside after our foodie fun we enjoyed a walk on the grounds and incredible gardens.
Enjoyed anniversary lunch with family on May 11. Lovely setting on covered porch with garden setting. Everyone commented on the delicious tortilla soup and the chocolate souffle was terrific. Service was professional and attentive.
What a treat! My husband and I looked for a romantic location for a dinner during our Santa Barbara stay, and The Stonehouse turned out to be exactly what we wanted. Delicious cocktails and dinner, more than professional and attentive staff, and a great romantic ambience. Definitely worth paying for a nice dinner to experience The Stonehouse and San Ysidro Ranch. The only thing we will do differently next time is come earlier to enjoy more time in the lounge or gardens before dinner!
This restaurant was on our wish list 40 years ago but we couldn't afford it then when we lived in Santa Barbara. Now that we could afford it as visitors, it did not dissappoint. It was a lovely, warm night on the upper terrace with impeccable service. We had the special sea bass & the soufflés & Brussels sprouts, all wonderful!
My friend who is a chef came from the east coast for a special lunch. We loved everything Chomari was our sever and he did a great job! Also Robert, Jaime, and Francisco made our day very special. The Manager Jonathan was great and the chef Matthew Johnson was amazing! The most delicious food and fantastic ambience in California. We will come back as soon as possible!
A very special spot-the setting is amazing. Outdoor dining at its best! A historic site, it is worth the money! We love the Steak Diane, prepared table side. The breads are amazing-our favorite is the seeded lavosh. All of the entrees and first courses are excellent. We have never made it to the dessert because we are too full! A real gem and wonderful treat for dining.
The Stonehouse was wonderful. The setting is beautiful. My husband and I toured the grounds at the San Ya Sidro Ranch prior to having lunch at the Stonehouse. The farm to table food was outstanding and the views we're breathtaking. I would recommend a visit!
Very good, just a couple things that won't stop nagging me. One is being told that the earliest reservation available was 8:00 and then see half the restaurant empty when we get there at 7:45. Then having one of the waiters take a glass away for a refill and never seeing the waiter or the drink again. Little things can happen but you are not expecting it when you are paying the premium price. Romantic place. I like the appetizers better than the main dish.
Great time, took my fiance there after the proposal. Lots of fun excellent food and service in amazing surroundings. Richard, our waiter, went above and beyond ten-fold! Be prepared to spend your life's savings! Two SODAS, an appetizer, two entrées, and a side came out to $175 dollars, before tipping out the waiter and valet another $50. I can only imagine the shocking check people who drink get! I think it was overpriced, but I was expecting as much from the richest part of Santa Barbara, CA. I enjoyed the experience immensely, all except for the bill. Next time we will go for dessert only. It gets a ten out of ten otherwise, probably more like an eleven out of ten.
The most beautiful setting for this amazing restaurant. The food was the best I had ever had in my entire life and I travel a lot. We saw Ellen Degeneres walk by, a wedding, and a proposal all on the same night. The grounds are so fragrant. You don't want to leave. If you are vegetarian/vegan, they have another menu for you. Just ask! Highly recommend the gnocchi. Expensive, but worth it for an anniversary or special occasion.
The food and ambience is amazing! Checking in was a bit odd- the maitre-d couldn't find our reservation even though I showed him my open table app. At times it felt a bit impersonal, as if our server was pitching us to upsell- instead of genuinely interested in our personal dining experience. But we ignored him and had a great meal. The space is truly the most romantic.
Might be the best meal we ever had. Seriously. Very romantic spot for a date.
Our server, Eric, was superb. Perfect level of professionalism mixed with friendliness.
Franco, who I believe manages the restaurant, is doing an incredible job. He even gave us tips for an upcoming trip to Rome.
Very memorable night- book a table, you won't regret it.
Breaks my heart but so disappointed in our evening. My husband and I had our wedding reception here. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary at the Stonehouse. We have NEVER celebrated a nice anniversary!
We rented a car to pick us up. We showed up and found out that the Stonehouse had been rented out for a special event and we were eating in the restaurant below (which is quaint BUT NOT what we wanted for our ONE nice anniversary in years). Surprisingly, they had called to confirm only two days prior AND had NOT mentioned this.
My husband and I would have picked a different weekend for our anniversary dinner!!!
The experience we had at the Stonehouse was sublime. Attention to detail from the time you enter the property until the time you leave catapults this establishment above all others in the area. The meal was delicious and our server was patient and giving. A must do splurge when visiting the Santa Barbara area!
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