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.
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: 8055651702x
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 are never disappointed. The Stonehou ...
We are never disappointed. The Stonehouse Inn is our favorite place! Only wish we lived closer. We love Neil. He is the most wonderful server and always has the perfect recommendation. We will return as soon as it is possible. Thank you!
I had a lovely dinner at Stonehouse with ...
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!
It was a magical evening with longtime f ...
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 p ...
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 ...
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
It was a perfect evening to celebrate a ...
It was a perfect evening to celebrate a big birthday. Beautiful view of the coast at sunset, great food and service. It's worth the drive and walking around the lovely grounds. Yes, it's expensive but worth it for special occasions.
This is our fourth time visiting San Ysi ...
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. 😘
Simply spectacular. We have dinner here ...
Simply spectacular. We have dinner here every 6 months when we visit Montecito. Food is always great, fantastic atmosphere. Foie gras appetizer is wonderful as are the scallops. Black cod is my favorite entree. The mac n cheese from the Plow and Angel menu is a must.
What a fantastic restaurant. The servic ...
What a fantastic restaurant. The service was fantastic from the get go, from the valet, then a quick stop by the bar for a drinks to take while walking the the garden area, unbelievable. Service level was fantastic, then came the food !!!!! Dessert to die for!!!! A truly great experience .
'Had another wonderful lunch with a frie ...
'Had another wonderful lunch with a friend - a favorite place to chat leisurely over delicious food on the terrace. The market menu was excellent as usual. The sashima was very fresh tasting and perfectly accented by avocado. The fish entre (bass?) was also very good, served over cannellini beans. I usually opt for the lemon tart, but I must say that it could be made better if the filling were not so soft and almost-runny; however, the flavor has the perfect tartness and crust is well made. The market menu could use a third choice for dessert. I'm already looking forward to another lunch.
Was visiting Santa Barbara for one day a ...
Was visiting Santa Barbara for one day and told by a friend about this restaurant. Realized later he was talking about downstairs restaurant probably. Loved the scenic view as we ate outdoors. Service was impeccable but food was average. Tried chicken tortilla soup because was touted as a specialty recipe and if was less than stellar. More like a cream based tomato soup. Also had fish (was eating off prixe-fixe menu. Dessert was fabulous! My friend has a highly touted salad and it was very average. Expected higher quality food, especially st this price level.
The abalone with delicate mushroom sauce ...
The abalone with delicate mushroom sauce was excellent. The hint of lemon in the sauce was delightful. Unfortunately the watercress underneath was bitter. The scallops served on a bed of corn were good. The corn was too sweet and too starchy for the scallops. The table side prepared beef sauce was fun to watch, not so much fun to eat. It tasted as though it came from a bottle. The garden fresh mint ice cream was quite intriguing. The vanilla bean ice cream was missing the bean! I guess I should not be surprised at the lack of depth to the wine. I know better than to order a glass of wine. The Nebbiolo was uninspired and without depth.
I only wish I had been told the restaura ...
I only wish I had been told the restaurant was closed for a wedding. I would have come back another time verses sitting in the garden. Was hot , no umbrella and flies everywhere. The benches don't match up to the tables so if you're tall its very uncomfortable.
Absolutely one of the most beautiful hotels in the world though and I will certainly be back. Next time I will ask more questions though before booking.
Liked the little flashlights provided as ...
Liked the little flashlights provided as the lighting is more romantic than illuminating. Staff very warm and friendly. Nice wine list. The food was well prepared, nicely plated and the menu varied but felt the flavors muted. Lovely, relaxed atmosphere and pretty setting (although our taxi driver had trouble locating it after dark). Expensive.
This was our first time at this restaura ...
This was our first time at this restaurant and it was wonderful! We went to celebrate my birthday and it was a perfect night out. We got there 15 minutes early and had a drink at the bar first. Lots of good choices and the blood orange margarita was great. We had a wonderful waiter, super sweet and attentive. The food was delicious and even though we opted to skip dessert, he brought us two salted caramel truffles that were out of this world! I can't wait to eat here again!
The Stone House restaurant is very charm ...
The Stone House restaurant is very charming with excellent ambience. My complaints have been about their service. It can be quite slow, and if ordering a white wine there is frequently a long wait for them to chill it. This time I pre-ordered to have a chilled bottle waiting at the table. It made it a better experience.
Went here during honeymoon on recommenda ...
Went here during honeymoon on recommendation. Setting incredible; main courses sensational. Wine list hefty in content and cost. Would recommend for a very special occasion as it's pretty hefty on the wallet. Almost fully justified. Almost. Both lower and upper deck seating breathtaking.
We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the Ston ...
We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the Stone House while visiting Santa Barbara. The setting is so beautiful and the staff are warm and professional. Most importantly, the food was outstanding. If we had the time, we would have gone back again or to Plow & Angel for dinner. Oh well, something to look forward to!
Wine list is notable, but relatively exp ...
Wine list is notable, but relatively expensive. A person with good knowledge of wine will be able to find some reasonably priced, older vintages, though.
Our server, Adrian, was in the top three we've had at the best restaurants in cities like Paris, London, New York, Singapore, Houston or New Orleans. Simply fantastic.
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