Hitching Post II
Hitching Post II

Hitching Post II

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hitchingpost2.com/
  • Phone: 8056880676x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday - Sunday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm. Join us for Hitching Post Wine Tasting: Monday - Friday 4-6 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 3-5 p.m. We're open every night for dinner except for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Frank Ostini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We bring our oakwood grill to you with a crew to serve traditional "Santa Maria Style BBQ" or elegant multi course meals with great Santa Barbara wines.
  • Private Party Facilities: Very limited private and semi-private opportunities. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Twigg 8056880676x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thumbelina
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Hitching Post II
Here, on the Central Coast of California, BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak, a style of cooking that is native to our area and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros. By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, along with fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian options. We also create our own (world class) wines for sale in the restaurant and to the public. Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines have garnered an excellent reputation. Try them here or purchase on our website for your enjoyment at home.

Now featuring Hitching Post Burgers in the HP Sidebar Mondays - Wednesdays! Oak-grilled 1/2 pound ground sirloin on homemade cheese bun with our famous french fries for just $12.
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Hitching Post II reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (116)special occasion (107)fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (87)good for groups (75)vibrant bar scene (50)hot spot (50)kid-friendly (28)romantic (27)late-night find (13)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    overpriced and overhyped but decent meat quality. -----------------------------------------------------------
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  • Great steak and ribs!
    Msugar
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hitching Post is the go to place for steak and ribs. Perfectly cooked, great rub, tasty smoked flavor. The side dishes and dessert options are okay, good wine, steak and ribs are outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner: Hitching Post II
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With today's chains taking over the world, it's so refreshing to have a venue with food and drink crafted to enhance modern eclectic lifestyles. To conquer that is no small feat....and Hitching Post II has achieved that goal repeatedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Over priced, over hyped. Food was worse than mediocre. I wouldn't recommend the place at any price, and certainly not at the prices they charge. The only positive is that it has a nice wine list, well priced, so at least we got to drink good grape juice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste4grapes
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have not eaten at the Hitching Post for a few years. We opted to eat in the bar area, as we were early for our dinner reservations. We were not disappointed . The steaks that we had were perfect ! My wife was totally impressed with the wine choices and suggestions. Since I was the designated driver, we shared the roasted artichoke. Looking forward to another great meal, next time we visit the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First time here and will definitely be back! Entire dining experience was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the price!
    GreatTimeAtHPII
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The price may be a little high compared to other restaurants, but the quality cannot be beat. The ingredients were very fresh. The steaks were prepared perfectly. Our food was outstanding! Great cooks! Great ambiance! Great place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good burgers. Very good Pinot.
    DaveR
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The burger was good (we went on burger night, which is Monday-Wednesday). The wine list is great. Seven or eight different Pinot Noirs by the glass. This is the place to come in the area of Pinot. We tried four Pinots ranging from good to very good. Wines are pricey (about $15 a glass for the better Pinots) but worth it. I'd happily come back here any time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Lena2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wonderful food and atmosphere! The service was amazing and the appetizers were great...mostly included in entree meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first ever disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    been to the Hitching Post for my birthday for the last 3 years... its been everything I expected. I never minded paying the prices cause the food was always excellent. This time, I'd have to say it dropped down a notch. Artichoke - flavor and texture was perfect but $ 11.00 for a smaller artichoke. I eat a steak once a year and always feel like I should get the best possible cut so that meant Ribeye but they didn't have the rib eye. ..so I got the "chef's choice" new York medium rare. Cut the steak in half... in the middle it was medium rare but by the time I got to eating the edges, it was a little more cooked and chewy and too late to send back. Salad great, baked potato great, Pinots very good but too bad about the meat.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Dellagoe5517
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe our evening here. From the moment we walked in, they couldn't do enough for us. The rib chop was too much for the two of us and was the best beef we had ever eaten. The veggie tray they serve is such a nice touch. I wish we lived closer so we could go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • T Bird Mark, Valencia, ca
    Mark
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    excellent. go there every year for the Solvang car show................wish had ribs on Saturdays!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aloha
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have never been disappointed. We always feel welcome. Both Angel and Chris provide a great dining experience. The steak was simply delicious!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    Bluefam13
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We came here for our anniversary and were very disappointed. We were sat right away, but It took 35 minutes to take our order. They were busy but had plenty of staff. Our server was nice but rarely checked on us. The food was good, but the service and ambiance ruined it.
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  • 2nd time here in 2 weeks
    Sue1162
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Although we live 4 hours away when we're in the area we go to Hitching Post for dinner. We have never been disappointed in service or food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite stop
    TedfromTorrance
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We always make time to get to the Hitching Post. The food and service are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatly Disappointed
    TLChVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Because of positive reviews, I looked forward to dining here for the first time. I was greatly disappointed. My meal began inauspiciously with a nondescript pork posole soup. It was followed by a cloyingly sweet salad -- I had ordered both blue cheese and Italian vinaigrette dressings for the salad, which the waitress declared was "continental," but the single dressing she brought tasted neither like blue cheese nor like vinaigrette! The worst part was my 10 oz. sirloin steak. I had ordered it rare, but it was overcooked to medium. Even worse, it was dry and virtually tasteless -- probably a low grade of meat. I was greatly disappointed, so I went to Harris Ranch later 2 days later for a PERFECT sirloin steak and wedgie salad! Ah!
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  • Dr Beck
    freqtravels
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Walked in and was seated Food was excellent Great place
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food beats the service
    Mike
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was a single diner and requested an out-of-the-way table. Apparently, it made me kinda invisible to my server as the service for the entire dinner was just okay — surprising for a place with such a reputation. Fortunately the food made up for it. Great salad, tasty rice pilaf and a steak that was perfectly cooked and hot from the wood-fired grill. I ordered two glasses of HP wine (the "pink" and the cabernet sauvignon, both excellent) but got the second half way through my steak instead of with my steak as requested. Really, my waitress may have just been having a bad day. All in all, a mixed experience — go for the food; good service may be a hit or miss affair.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    O1Ngirl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Hitching Post was recommended to us by someone who lives in Solvang. We were disappointed that they were out of their artichoke appetizer, which was one of the reasons why we went. But we were very happy with the lamb, which was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. We will definitely go again the next time we visit the area.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iconic Steak House
    Bezman
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Hitching Post is one of those iconic places. Simple but amazing steak and someway limited sea food menu. We are not huge beef eaters, though enjoy an amazing steak a few time a year, so we appreciate being able to get a smaller portion size. Most of the offered steaks are available in three sizes. Relish plate, soup, salad, and bread are all included with your entree........no foo foo a-al-cate nickel and diming. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • judgenot80
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always great food and very good wine. The range of Pinots is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Outdoor waiting......
    CelticDublin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You really need to think about a permit from the city to serve wine in a fenced off patio area. My rib-eye special was only fair, we all agreed the service was just fair and there were no artichokes. Probably the most pleasant part of the evening was sitting outside (illegally....) sipping the Bien Nacido and watching the turkey vultures nesting in the trees. Spectacular!
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    special occasion
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  • Great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A delicious meal with very friendly service. Lovely atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The perfect "Sideways" experience
    StGold2112
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Grilling always makes anything taste better. My wife had the ribeye special which was unbelievably delicious as every bite melted in our mouths. I had the turkey steak which through some magical mysterious process they keep the breast moist and juicy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • excellent as usual
    Jetler
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always fantastic steaks, great wine, great service, I freaking love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic
    Yukon
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    You really need reservations any time of the week. The food is amazing though. A but pricey, but worth it. It's a fun scene inside, especially by the bar which was featured in Sideways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great restaurant
    Sue1162
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything was great, service, food and staff. Definitely return here next time in the area b
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    a little chaotic when we got there. Was confused on who was our waiter, but found out manager was trying to help out. Waiters seemed to have too many tables to handle? Food was great, and service got better when Chris came on the scene. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recomended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place was awesome, service was excellent. Food was great, we ordered : BBQ Sauteed Mushrooms, Smoked Prime Rib Pork, very tender and juicy , also the grilled Texas Quail a must.
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  • Great food, but noisey
    graver77
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great. Since it's such a popular place, there were lots of people and lots of noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed
    travelinman1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have always heard about the famous steaks at the Hitching Post in Buellton, CA; the 5 oz filet did not meet my expectations, the meal with all the good trimmings and a glass of wine for $50 would have been worth it if the steak was good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    BigAl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It's been 20 years since I ate at this restaurant and It's as good as ever. Our party of 6 had different meals and everyone loved what they got. Being we like wine, the selection was excellent. It was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ROXY
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. We both had the Duck Breast and it was outstanding. The server was excellent. They are usually super busy and because of that we arrived at 5 PM and were the first ones seated. When we left there were people waiting and the parking lot was full on a Wednesday night. Friday & Saturday nights are like a zoo, without reservations. The Hitching Post II specializes in steaks but the duck we had was the best duck I have ever tasted, not dry and not over cooked - just perfect. We did not order wine but they bottle their own wines. An outstanding restaurant worth traveling for. When we go to Solvang we always go to the Hitching Post II in Buellton CA.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Memories and delicious steaks!
    AJMG60
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have been dining at the Hitching Post for over 20 years. Every time we pass through Buellton we have to stop in. The steaks are excellent and so is the Hitching Post Pinot Noir. Be sure to order your steaks according to the menu instructions. I usually order medium, but I order medium-well here. Dinner includes soup and salad. Everything is home made. No cans or bottles. The garlic toast served with a full dinner is wonderful. We are usually too full to order dessert. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kiddr
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Get the steak! Good char and crust. Very well cooked. Decent cuts of meat. The accompaniments are ok: very good french fries, good soup/salad, save your dollar and skip the shrimp cocktail (trust me).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jeannieVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Hitching Post never fails to impress. Driving from Los Angeles to Buellton to have the food at HP is well worth it. The service is always top notch and we look forward to going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    great baby back ribs and pork chops. actually great food
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  • Great Food, Not so good service
    Njoy2dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I were visiting the area and made a reservation based on our watching the movie Sideways. We both had steak (filet and flat iron) and they were excellent, tender, perfectly cooked. However, it took over an hour to get to that part. Mussells were orderd first and it took 40 minutes to get to us. The waitress was covering way too many tables and two large groups. She checked in on us only once when it became obvious something wasn't right. We could have been real jerks about the situation and been totally in the right but we decided not to. Manager comp'ed the mussells without us asking and by the way...the mussels were very good too and I highly recommend. Service was the only shortcoming here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Riley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I come to the hitching post every year to celebrate a birthday. This year did not disappoint!!! we were greeted and taken to our table right away. We were greeted by Robin our very friendly server. She knew that we were celebrating my birthday and she greeted us with a very big smile. She let us take our time and got our beverages and let me open up my envelopes for my birthday. She assured us we could take as much time as we wanted. I ordered the special, the ribeye steak 12 ounces and my husband ordered the Porkchop. The steaks were grilled to perfection. We had the soup of the day which was cream of mushroom. Robin brought out a birthday plate with a candle with ice cream berries and with cream. Robin truly made our night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.