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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
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.
My experience was terrible. I have traveled the world and spent a lot of time in big cities like Miami, New York, San Francisco, London so I am accustomed to what one would expect as one of the top hotels of the world and supposedly one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara/Montecito. When I told the waiter that I cannot eat onions or garlic, he basically told me there is nothing on the menu and I can just eat a piece of grilled chicken and steamed vegetables which defeats the entire purpose of going out to eat. When I go to other 5 star restaurants I have never had a problem before finding something that fits in with my dietary needs. Instead of asking the chef to recommend some ideas he refused to bring him out to talk to me and just said he can tell him anything I want to say- even the Maître D brushed me off. Finally, the chef came out and told me the waiter is stressed out (as if it’s my fault)- he then offered some great ideas for food and did a great job with the food, but only after the waiter and maître D had made me feel completely uncomfortable and unwelcome and created such a scene. It was so embarrassing and uncomfortable -instead of being accommodating I was ostracized. In addition, the service was extremely slow - we waited a very long time for drinks and bread took more than 30 minutes. They blamed it on a private party that night so basically our patronage isn't important, even though we live in the area and have been to hotel and restaurants before. I would not go back. For the prices the restaurant charges, one would expect a much better experience than this.
Terrific, Fabulous,Can't wait to return
This is my third time here and I am never disappointed. This time I was able to bring my spouse and he too went crazy. We couldn't have been treated nicer. The wine was out of this world, as was the food. The ambiance just brings it all together.
As long-time Santa Barbara residents, eating at the San Ysidro Ranch has long been on our to-do list. We were not disappointed. It was the perfect anniversary celebration. We had a small corner table in the patio, under a loquat tree (The waiters had to duck to reach the table.) It was quiet, and we could talk privately, but also had pleasant exchanges with our near-neighbors. The staff was attentive, and readily available to help in any way they could. Now we have memories, and something we want to do again for a very special occasion.
This was such a great place to bring my boyfriend for his birthday! The view was amazing. I was worried that it was going to be hazy and smoky due to the recent Whittier fire we had. The food was delicious and their wine list was like a book. We didn't really take any pictures until after the dinner under their arch. A really fine dining experience!
Inspiring location and views especially in the upstairs dining patio. Unparalleled experience for the wine, drinks, food, and service. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary and it was nothing short of perfect for the occasion. So grateful to the wait staff for treating us like royalty.
The Stonehouse Restaurant has won many awards for a reason. You pretty much can't go wrong no matter what the occasion. It is of course an expensive restaurant but the three dining options (dining room, patio, or garden) have something for everyone. Give yourself enough time to stroll the incredible grounds and take pictures in front of the amazing landscaping. It will be a very memorable meal.
Perfection on the west coast! We were visiting Santa Barbara for the weekend and drove to this beautiful resort. The setting was amazing- gorgeous gardens and sweet cottages. We loved sitting outside on the patio- very romantic ambience. The service and food were outstanding. We look forward to visiting again and staying there.
This visit was our second time dining at the Stonehouse. It's a lovely location, and Richard, our server, was very good. The food, while well prepared is good, but nothing earth shattering. One misstep was the Tagine, a very specific meal and always presented in the signature Tagine Dish. I was excited to order this dish as we were celebrating a special occasion and it would be a festive choice. Well, when mine was delivered, it was in a white soup bowl, no Tagine. When I asked the food runner about the presentation, he said they're all out now. Immediately two things came to mind, the meal is cooked in another pot and then just ladled into the Tagine, and second, at a restaurant of this caliber, the dish should always be available in the signature style. While the management was very accommodating, no accommodation would have needed to be made at all had attention to detail been paid to plating, this comes from the chef or the food expeditor. I would recommend dining here to anyone once for the beauty of the setting and the experience, but it is unlikely we'll be back for another visit.
My husband and I have just dined at a Michelin star restaurant Addison in Del Mar few weeks ago and gave it a high rating; however, Stonehouse just topped that review, it was the best dinner we've had by far! The classic steak Duane flambé was so unbelievably tender, and my hubby's rack of lamb was equally delicious. Our server was very informative, although I had to remind her of my husband's glass of Cabernet that took a bit longer to be brought out and we had to wait to make a toast to his birthday when I already had my martini! Be that as it may, truly an enchanting dinner. We'll definitely go back in the near future!
Amazing setting at San Ysidro Ranch overlooking Santa Barbara. The service was spot on. Available but didn't feel rushed in the least. Food was excellent start to finish. Exhaustive wine list but some good sommelier recommendations at the start that helped. Pricey but worth it. Great for a special occasion.
This is our absolute favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. And we have been to several of them (Bacara, Four Seasons, Belmond). Every single time we go to SB we always go there. The entire Ranch is absolutely beautiful, the food is amazing and all staff is friendly. We always get the same waiter, Chovani who is amazing. He always remembers us. They have customers in us for life. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
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