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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Hitching Post II reviews from OpenTable diners
243 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (121)special occasion (103)fit for foodies (103)neighborhood gem (97)good for groups (86)vibrant bar scene (55)hot spot (55)romantic (31)kid-friendly (25)late-night find (12)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    VERY noisy, VERY expensive for average food, very slow service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great fun, nice people, and most of all the steak and wines were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The juiciest most flavorful steak I have ever had. A gem of the valley. A must stop for any special occasion. Oh, and the cheese cake it's to die for.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant went "Sideways"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    For my wife's birthday, I took her up to Solvang for a romantic weekend, including a meal at the Hitching Post. Reservation was for 7:15, we arrived @ 6:50, hoping for an early seating. NOT A CHANCE. We weren't seated til almost 7:30. Once seated, the dining room was very noisy; we couldn't have a conversation without shouting. Our sever was excellent. The food was good, not great. Overall, not worth the value for what I paid. One gets the impression that one is dining at the Hitching Post at their permission, not that they should be serving you.
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  • Hitching Post Worth The Trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our dining experience at The Hitching Post was outstanding. Service was excellent and the food was delivered promptly in courses from the relish dish to the appetizer, soup, salad and the dinner plate. High Recommendation. Return? YES!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    luvfood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Top Sirloin.....Perfection! Great place for a special occasion
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place so far on our trip
    Eastcoast
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have been traveling from Pheonix to San francisco. Have stopped at several steak places but this place had everything. The steaks were absolutely fantastic cooked perfectly, baked potato, salad and the soup. Our waitress Jackie was wonderful she had everything timed perfectly so we didn't wait between courses and we were not rushed. I would recommend this place in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hitching Post II
    Travel2eat
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Simply the best streak house and the best house wine!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Nice Dinner
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    After going here over 15 years, the food, wine, service are always consistently very good. Pasilla pepper is great; we had a good filet and rack of lamb; apple tart was terrific. Owners and staff are always friendly. It's worth our drive from Montecito.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time there, i recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Love the food and wine - best cheesecake and chocolat cake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous !
    Delish
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoy dinner at the Hitching Post every year (for the last 8 years). We never had a bad meal here and the wait staff is just super nice. Try their Prime Flat Iron steak and the Rib Eye (one of their specials) - you will so not regret it. The meat has that smoky taste to it - perfect. Their wine list is superb and any drink from the bar will want you to have another one. Will be back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aspen
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Was in the area on a weekend trip; had Saturday night reservations. Prices are high, but the quality is outstanding ~ best steak I have ever had! Ample portions and everything is fresh; loved the relish tray which is something you rarely see in restaurants any more. Could view the cooking area from my table which was an added treat. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2WineLovers
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are fans of the movie Sideways. Remembering that this was a famous spot from the movie, Miles' favorite spot and where he meets Maya. We figured we had to give it a go. - Service was wonderful. Our waitress probably touched our table about every 7-8 minutes. She saw when we needed items and brought them without us having to ask for them. - The steaks were delicious. Loved the smokey oak flavoring from the BBQ. A different, yet welcomed, flavor than what you get from a steak house like Mortons, Flemings, or Donovan's. - We tried the Hitching Post's Cabernet Sauvignon. Ehh,that left a little to be desired. It was not great, just OK. Thankfully.....the food and service was way better. We'd definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DB2503
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I was with a group of 4 guys on a golf weekend and made sure we visitied Hitching Post II for dinner due a previous great experience. We ate at the bar and the service, food, and wine was excellent. Will be coming back again when in that area again for sure.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Superb
    fansofhitchingpost2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We only get to come occasionally from Monterey as we pass through for a night and we always eat there. My filet mignon was cut with a fork and my wifes flat iron was the same way. Sat near the chef's window and enjoyed watching him cook and we took several pictures , even got invited back with the chef for a picture. Our waitress was the best ever, she had a great sense of humor. Smiling always, suggestions for wine was spot on - she made our evening sooooo enjoyable. Enjoyed the table of (12) next to us because of the waitress. Thank you for another amazing evening. Oh and lets not forget the bar area and bar staff they were also the best and knowledgeable of all wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, both food and wine.
    Charmed9
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is my second time in the Buellton/Solvang area and after eating at the Hitching Post II the first time through, felt it was a "must stop" the second time around. I was not disappointed. I went with a group of friends so our meals ranged from fish to steak and everyone loved the preparation and taste. We also ordered wine with our meals and bought a few bottles to take home. The HP Rose is perfect for both white and red palates and the Pinot Noir is their specialty. I'll likely be back in the area in 2015 and will make this a priority stop once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply delicious ...
    Shae
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The steaks: DELICIOUS!! Ambiance: rustic, rancher, wooden cabin feel Service: depends on who you get. Ranges from satisfactory to great. I like being able to see into the kitchen from Theron dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive food
    GS4DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed the scene and wonderful steak at Hitching Post II, but found it far more expensive than we recall paying at Hitching Post I about seven years ago. The wine, however, was much better.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • server Chris
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Outstanding service from Chris!!!! so often people on the "front lines" dont get the credit desert.!!! He was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service decent food
    VeniceButterfly
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was a little dissapointed by the steak. The appetizers were great and the quail is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We finally visited and were not disappointed! What a place to eat meat, but don't forget to order the chocolate layer cake...to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ajm1154
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time, Ambiance lacking. There were 4 of us and no one enjoyed the "special" goat cheese salad. 2 of the 4 steaks were acceptable. The food was very overpriced. My filet was dry but I am not one to complain so when the (very cheerful) waitress took away the plates she did not seem to notice that 90% f my steak was untouched. My check for 2 was $120.00 inc. tip and 1 glass of house wine, for that price I can get a great filet at Ruths Chris and for another $30.00 could have had a great steak at Maestros.
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  • Consistently great!
    N2Fotos
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A gem in the Santa Ynez Valley! We were finally up there on a Monday so I could get the great burger in the bar that I've heard so much about! And it did not disappoint . . . super yummy! My husband's Ono fish was also great and a nice portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great steak and wine!
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Awesome appetizers, extremely tender steaks, and stellar pinot noirs. Service is friendly. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!!
    CampbellGirl
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Awesome experience overall! Would highly recommend this place to anyone staying in the area. The food, wine, and service were all fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobbyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always enjoy! They were out of artichokes which was a bummer! But had the filet which was cooked perfectly and had a lot of flavor. The other star of the meal were the mushrooms the BEST!!! Dip with bread and could almost make a meal out of that! Too full for dessert!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful BBQ flavor
    Valligirl
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We thought this place had typical BBQ sauce type food but not at all. The salmon and filet we had there had a surprising "oak wood" flavor. Best salmon I've had. It's not a fancy place so go comfortable, the deli tray was different too, instead of just bread and butter or crackers. It's a definite stop going through Buelton or Solvang, Ca.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HP 2 Food=good service=bad
    chief
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The Hitching Post II was recommended by several colleagues we were visiting about 30 miles away so we made a reservation for a group of 10. The attitude of the wait staff was not great prior to ordering but it went down hill from there.
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  • HP2 a hit and a miss
    malinatr
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were there on a Monday night which happened to be burger night. It was pretty crowded but fortunately we had reservations. Seeing how expensive the steaks were (Ruth's Chris territory) we went with the steakhouse burgers which were pretty good. Somehow the owners think they can get away with not investing one cent into décor as the carpets and window treatments are shabby and clearly 30 years old. The server was very nice and the wine list featured many good local wines albeit for $15 a glass and up. Overall we enjoyed ourselves but the menu and wine list are a total mismatch with the décor and atmosphere. Fancy Steakhouse or Divey Road House?
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The good old days
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place is a throwback reminds of places we went to years ago good food very busy dated decor average prices
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner! The food and wine were great and our server was very attentive. It was a Friday night and very busy but everything was very timely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great!
    RAL3
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Hitching Post II is always great. I eat there every couple of years when traveling near Buellton, when I want the best steak ever. They do something magic to their beef. All their food is high quality and tastey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone's Favorite Steakhouse
    JohnB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton California is my favorite steakhouse, and deserves to be on everyone's list of favorites. Ask for Table #5, and Watching the "grill pro" at work is almost as fun as eating the prime grade steaks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal Enjoyed
    07Pas03
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have eaten at The Hitching Post in Buellton 8-10 times during our trips in the region. We always look forward to our white tablecloth dining experience there and it is always the highlight meal of our trip with it's old school relish tray and full meal offerings. We always order steaks: I have the New York and my wife has rib eye, each and every time our steaks are grilled to flavorful perfection with wonderful seasoning and are done just right on that wood stoked grill. A relative was with us and had rack of lamb and raved about how it was prepared and it's great flavor. We guide all our friends to The Hitching Post, if they don't try it out they only have themselves to blame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Thriving on the Movie Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Overall a solid good. The seating was a bit disappointing. We ended up right by the kitchen even though we'd made the reservation a week in advance and this dinner was for a birthday celebration. The restaurant is over subscribed by tourists, like us, who are still aware of it from the film Sideways. That notwithstanding, the food was well prepared and plentiful. The duck breast had very nice smoke flavor, but the accompanying sauce tasted like a sugary dip - it killed the flavor of the duck. Our steaks were cooked to order and of good but unremarkable quality. The wine list is very well rounded and prices are quite reasonable for bottles, but not glasses. The highlight was the service, which was attentive and not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    LittleSad
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were seated and then ignored. We had to asked for our server. When she did come over, seemed a little rushed but was very nice. Food was a major disappointed. Have heard nothing how food was great but really just very plain. I could have made the same dinner for a whole lot less.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic Restaurant
    CettsVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here on a busy Friday night. This is the classic restaurant from Sideways where Mya worked as a waitress. Although we were from out of town, there were a lot of locals and the atmosphere was energetic. . The food and service were excellent as were the Hitching Post wines. Portions are very generous. Great for steak, duck and quail.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the Best
    jld3
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant simply has the best steak I have ever had anywhere. I have eaten at hundreds of steak houses and nobody is close to the consistency of excellence that HP2 achieves. Big statement ?, try for yourself.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alem das expectativas !!
    ZSimoes
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Fomos atraídos pelas informações do lugar (Sideways), mas a comida é muito boa. A carne estava simplesmente ótima e o vinho local perfeito. Para os brasileiros, que estão em viagem entre LAX - SAN FRAN, vale a pena o desvio e fazer um almoço ou jantar !! Atendimento perfeito e simpático. Uma surpresa, pois tiveram a paciência de esperar a nossa tradução do cardápio e ajudaram na formulação dos nossos pedidos.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meats
    RedondoBeach
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wonderful barbecue steak and ribs. The homemade corn chowder was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.