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
240 reviews since June 3, 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 (119)special occasion (106)fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (89)good for groups (84)hot spot (56)vibrant bar scene (54)kid-friendly (29)romantic (28)late-night find (15)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The good old days
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alem das expectativas !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    great lamb chops, and top sirloin, oscar behind the bar is a gem-fun, always a must stop when in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same
    KellyGirl22
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had dinner with my parents and husband here this week. Not sure if there is different management, but the experience was not the wonderful time we've had in the past at the Hitchingpost. The service was terrible- the waitress came to our table at least 5 times apologizing for not bringing drinks, appetizers, salad, the main course, or to check in on us. The place was crowded and loud. The food was mediocre at best. My husband's lamb chops were plain and boring. My petit filet was full of grizzle and fat. My Mom's steak was so tough, she had to saw through it to cut the prime rib. Just very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great steak
    steaker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service and food were fantastic. There is no better fillet on the central coast! Very generous Birthday sundae.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Down home dining
    JontVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is a great off-beat dining experience. The decor will take you back a few decades and into the Midwest and Western steakhouses of the past. Fun and quirky to experience, the steaks are terrific. The wine selection is great, and our waitress was as professional and attentive as you'll find in any fine restaurant. Not to miss if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    CamDaddy623
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I went to HP II on a recommendation from people that we met at the Flying Flags RV Resort. We took their advice and we are so glad we did! HP II's claim to fame is a movie that was made inside the restaurant 12 years ago, but the food and wine should get all the attention. We both had filet mignon and they were cooked perfectly. Hitching Post has their own wine, which was very tasty. Instead of bread, the server brings an assorted vegetable plate to munch on. We highly recommend the artichoke appetizer! If you are in the area, make sure you eat here, and ALWAYS secure a reservation time. We walked in for our 7:15pm Saturday night reservation, and they were quoting 1.5 to 2 hour wait for anyone who did not have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Djay
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was wonderful.The seating was awesome,next to the fire pit.The service was very good.They also have great wine!!!My wife loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service
    Glenn
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Waitress rattled off specials so fast had to ask her to repeat the whole thing. Brought out soup before salad. Brought out dinner before appetizer. For a $200 dinner, didn't feel special. More like a fast-paced cafeteria.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails to impress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been to this Hitching Post for almost two decades and it's been consistently delicious. The meat might not be prime nor dry aged, but it's cooked so perfectly over that oak grill, it takes on a character that transcends the traditional steak house. Combined with the charming service and timeless decor, it makes for a uniquely Central Coast experience. If you're looking for the singular greatest piece of marbled Kobe beef, go back to Beverly Hills. That said, they treat their beef in a singular way that is phenomenally delicious. Combine it with skewers of grilled shrimp that are cooked with the perfect snap and you have a perfect meal. Also, take advantage of the fabulous Hitching Post wines. Delicious exclusive pinot noirs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Head and Tails Above the Rest
    Climbingjunkie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Hitching Post is one of favorite dining dstinations. We live in the L.A. area, and look for reasons to come to the area, just so we can have dinner at the Hitching Post. With Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley wineries in the area, it's not hard to do. Great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ and Wine
    WineandFood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our fourth visit to the Hitching Post and we have never been disappointed. Delicious food, and an overall great experience. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing!
    x3517x
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    GET THE FRIES! The reason why they taste so good is that the fries are double fried in Beef Fat. So delicious and krispy! Because the food was sprinkled with the magic dust, the seasoning on the food was amazing! Bought some magic dust for home use as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delivers on "Sideways" expectations
    wineguy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    HP "PERFECT SET" pinot noir was indeed perfect! Service was outstanding and dinner and appetizer were memorable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    overpriced and overhyped but decent meat quality. -----------------------------------------------------------
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's the Hitching Post! Bustling, noisy, good food, reasonable price and the usual service. Famous for 'Sideways' and Pinot Noir. Not to be missed if you are in the area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner: Hitching Post II
    Flowerguy
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    PepperVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had poor quality meat. The meat was tough and the filet was fatty
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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!!
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    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic