Hitching Post II
great timeOur steaks were cooked to perfection. The service was top notch.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently Great SteaksWe arrived early for our reservations and were promptly seated. We had a wonderful dinner and I recommend the rib eye cooked to perfection and very tasty and I paid what I would have paid in most steak houses for just the steak, here you get a full meal. We love going here when we are in town for the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. Additionally, we had great service but I don't recall the name of the waitress. It was a very busy night.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectly cookedEverything we had was cooked to perfection. We enjoyed steak, lamb, duck, and quail. At about $50 per person, it was worth every penny.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMIt doesn't get better!Santa Maria BBQ at its finest! HP II is the epitome of using good quality ingredients, keeping it simple, and letting the food sing for itself with an orchestra of red oak and their simple seasonings. HP II is unpretentious with a friendly staff. Very reasonably priced too. Request a table near the pit so you can see how it's done. Truly one of my favorites.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a must when visiting SolvangThe food is never a disappointment and the service is always top notch. The only complaint I have for this visit is we were say right next to the entrance/hostess booth and since our reservations were for 730pm, a lot of people were near there so it was LOUD but after about a half hour things settled down and it was an enjoyable ambiance. Definitely wouldn't deter me from going back but I do think I'd ask to be seated deeper into the restaurant.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dinner!I have been to this restaurant before and this time was even better. Very busy, but we were seated promptly with our reservation. Our server was excellent and the food was really good. We will surely return.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMnoise levelThe noise level is too loud, our waitress had to yell in order to be heard.
We wanted to go to the bar after our dinner, but when attempting to take a seat when it became available, we were told we had to go on a waiting list to sit down.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect finishWe are on vacation staying in Santa Barbara. Hitching Post was the place we wanted to dine after a day of sight seeing in wine country. We had 6:00 reservations, but arrived before 5:00 to take advantage of their wine flights. We got the last seats at the bar and Barbara served our tasting. Great wine and enjoyed getting to know Barbara. We were ready for dinner a few minutes early and were seated at our table without delay. Everything delicious!! Wonderful steaks prepared just as ordered. Purchased a couple of bottles of wine to take home. All staff attentive. Enjoyed ourselves. Wish we lived in the area so we could return.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBaby RibsThis is so far the best tasting ribs I have ever eaten. They are so tender and tasty and wish I could get the recipe. My wife loves the shrimp dinner. Every time we travel to Solvang, we make a point to dine at the Hitching Post II. Also we make sure to make reservations and we get there early so we can enjoy a drink or two at the bar.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was fun to watch the windowIt was fun to watch the window where they grill the steaks over wood...the steak is one of the best I have ever had!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant was recommendedThe restaurant was recommended by our hotel and also by a cashier at a local store. We were not disappointed. The food and the service were excellent. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection. I ordered grilled shrimp and they were delicious. The atmosphere was quiet and we enjoyed our evening very much.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you love a good steak, read onHitching Post 2 does't look like much from the outside, and the interior is perhaps best described as quaint. But don't let appearances be your judge! This place makes the BEST steak anywhere out there. Tender, cooked to perfection, melt in your mouth goodness. Have the Highliner Pinot Noir with it! Other members of our party had the duck and chicken, and they raved about these dishes as well. The nights we were there, they had a salted caramel chocolate ice cream dessert that was excellent. The movie Sideways brought us to Hitching Post, but the restaurant itself will keep us coming back whenever we visit Solvang.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe quail was crispy and tasty,The quail was crispy and tasty, The grass fed beef was done to perfection. They accommodated our small group, and they have an excellent selection of Pinot Noir.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best places forOne of the best places for Central Coast / Santa Maria style BBQ. A widely raved about wine list for those who are interested.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's been 15 years since ourIt's been 15 years since our first visit to Hitching Post and it was just as good as we remember it to be! The food is very good and the service was top of the line! Happy we finally made it back.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food and a veryVery good food and a very nice wine selection. Best to make reservations and go early. Service is very nice. If going to just hang out at the bar, go early.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe travel two and a half hoursWe travel two and a half hours to dine at Hitching Post II. We come back again and again for the great food and excellent wine. The New York steak is juicy, well seasoned, and just melts in your mouth. The servers are very attentive with excellent customer service skills!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time dining. We hadFirst time dining. We had early Saturday dinner reservations.
Dated interior, ambience was nothing special. Wife's prime top sirloin was chewy. The smoked duck was melt in
your mouth delicious. French fries were uniquely delicious! We love extra crispy!
Wine list was phenomenol.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place if you are in Buellton.Very popular place. Reservations way in advance might be needed. We enjoyed our dinner immensely.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent steaks to be hadExcellent steaks to be had here, and the Pinot is also fantastic and worthy of note. A great restaurant in a beautiful area, exceeded our expectations!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, old time service,Great food, old time service, i.e. cares whether or not you are pleased.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best steak placesOne of the best steak places on the West Coast. A great stop when you are visiting Santa Barbara wine country. Perfectly cooked, top quality steaks.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMServices were great. I hadServices were great. I had the best quail in my life with Hitching Post II. Food quality were fabulous and the style of cooking the quail was gorgeous. The quail was so juicy and fresh and I finished them all. I like their home made style of cooking in the restaurant and I will definitely visit the restaurant again during my next visit and highly recommend to my friends.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best yetI really did enjoy this place, the filet was tender and well seasoned, plus all the side were great. The place is very relaxed and comfortable and it's great after a day of exploring.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFive Star BeefThe best steak we've had in years. The informal atmosphere at this iconic venue attracts tourists and regulars alike. The mid-western beef is expertly barbecued and can be accompanied by the award-winning Hitching Post wine for a perfect meal. Their original restaurant in Casmaila near Santa Maria is equally outstanding.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBack from the brink.This place has returned to its former status as a great steak house. The Hitching Post Highlander Pinot Noir is outstanding, and our steaks were cooked to perfection. The house made salad dressing over organic, locally grown greens was a real pleasant surprise. We will return here whenever we are in the area for a really good steak dinner.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe all had a great time.We all had a great time. The food was good. The selections plentiful and the service was excellent. It was fun talking to the waitress about the movie "Sideways."3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe stories are trueFantastic steaks grilled over hot hot mesquite. My NY strip was delicious. My friends filet, sirloin, babyback ribs (just a rub and not slathered with sauce) and duck breast was very good. The whole grilled artichoke was good with a nice smokiness imparted by the wood fire. It was not as fantastic as it some other friends indicated but not bad. Planning to go back and try the hamburger -which apparently is not on the menu.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I belong toMy husband and I belong to the Kalyra Wine Club, so we come up to the area (from L.A.) frequently for wine tastings. We've been talking about going to this restaurant for years, having learned about it because of the movie Sideways. It really lived up to the reputation we had built up for it! The mixed greens salad and tomatillo soup starters were excellent. My husband ordered some kind of steak and it was delicious, perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful. I ordered the shrimp and it was perfectly seasoned and grilled. We each had a glass of cabernet sauvignon and it was also excellent. Get a reservation, or you may be waiting a while, as this is popular spot.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a pleasure to eat atAlways a pleasure to eat at The Hitching Post. One of the best steaks around if not THE best!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a terrific time!!We had a terrific time!! No nonsense, old-time diner vibe with top notch food & service!! (quail appetizer was delicious).3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBest steak I have ever hadBest steak I have ever had at a restaurant. Unbelieveable. Cut of meat, preparation, and flavor were spectacular. Sirloin and Rib Chops are both incredible. Rib Chop serves two. The atmosphere is what it is...if you are looking for an upscale hotspot this isn't the place, but if you are looking for great food, wine and service this is definitley your place. If you are in Santa Ynez area this is a must stop. All of the beef options are spectacular.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM