What a lovely setting! Beautiful, semi-wild garden, stream with large koi, distant water running over rocks-- peaceful setting for quiet, romantic dinner with that special person. Food always tasty & interesting, eve though not many vegetarian options. Servic attentive but not intrusive. A bit on the expensive side but nice for a special occasion.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful magic garden --- as though you are dining in the outdoors.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We couldn't have had a better
We couldn't have had a better dining experience. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. My wife had the duck and I had the lamb. Both dishes were outstanding. Service was excellent and the setting was beautiful. A great choice for casual dining or a special occasion, as it was for us.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
It did not register in my mind that I had seen the Ranch House featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate until we were there and I saw it mentioned on the menu. The outdoor ambiance is terrific and not at all what I expected with a name like the Ranch House. Everything we had was very good. My wife had the special duck breast with cherries, which was extraordinary. I had the famous scallops, which were delicious, but probably did not live up to the best scallops I ever ate level - not quite enough sear on them for my taste. All in all, quite a lovely dinner.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ranch House never disappoints
This is only my 5th or 6th time to the Ranch House but every time it has been excellent- the food unbelievable, the service excellent, and the setting is still gorgeous. This is my favorite place to go for a special occasion, because it is so special.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ambience, friendly
Wonderful ambience, friendly knowledgeable servers, exceptional food & wines - we had the best dinner in a long time! Highly recommended!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed Every Moment
The Ranch House experience is best enjoyed outside in their garden. Nice music, outstanding service. Ordered a nice wine that the server sent back before tasting because the cork had an acidic smell. Problem quickly and happily corrected.
Great roasted quail salad and diver scallops.
Service was attentive and friendly during a "slammed" night. Certainly one of the top restaurants in the Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara area.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful for a special occasion
My husband and I went here for my birthday. It's not impressive from the road, but once you enter the gardens, it is wonderful. The service was great. Not overbearing, but attentive. All of our food was great and the wine we chose was superb. We will definitely go back for another special occasion.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic, and Relaxed
My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary. From the beginning to end everyone was gracious, professional yet not stuffy, very attentive and made us feel totally at home. I requested our favorite table on the bridge, which sits by itself among a wall of bamboo and greens. Michael, the somalier is so knowledgeable and was gracious with our champagne. l Carol our server for the evening was lovely and Brice our busboy was adorable. We had everything show up on the table before we even realized we needed it. (My guy drinks a lot of water!)
The food was fabulous, fresh garden vegies and subtle flavored sauces.
It is a charming spot and definitely one of Ojai's treasures.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having moved to the area this past year, we had no idea about this restaurant. We ate at The Ranch House for the first time the other night and were totally surprised by the outdoor dining it had to offer. Surrounded by bamboo, tucked away in little corners across a wooden bridge over a pond filled with gigantic coy fish were numerous little tables! The service was impeccable, and my wife said that this impromptu dinner was one of the most romantic I had ever taken her to. I HIGHLY recommend The Ranch House!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ran out of stars
Three family members enjoyed every aspect of The Ranch House, very notably our stroll in their hillside gardens..., herb garden, bamboo forest....
The wine meister displayed a phone book-length wine list and said he would be happy to discuss the offerings. But when I said we just wanted a half-bottle of simple wine, I was not made to feel embarrassed at all. When next in Ojai...!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the most wonderful restaurants period. The setting is spectacular, the food delicious and uncomplicated. Freshest ingredients and delicious bread!
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Grand Night Out
My husband and I visited the Ranch House during a recent getaway to Ojai. The restaurant was fabulous. The setting is idyllic. The service was outstanding - we were greeted immediately, seated right away and offered water as we settled in at our table. The wine list is worth the visit alone, and the "wine guy" was so casual, but so knowledgeable, it made the wine selection an experience. The food is good, the beef is delicious. The desserts excellent- try the new Orleans one with a cappucino. The Ranch House is excellent soup to nuts! The wine is a reason to go - the food and atmosphere the reason to go back. May not be place of choice of typical LA "food snobs", but that's one more reason it is our top pick for a night out when in Ojai!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in-season specials
This chef prepares amazing food with all in season vegetables. When we're in town we make a point of eating here each time.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellence in Ojai
Great food, beautiful setting and an amazing wine list. Michael knows more about wine than anyone I know. Dines there 2 nights in a row and only wish we made it three nights.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in our own world
Was in town for work and checked this place out based on a local recommendation. It was 4 co-workers and we got an awesome table that gave the whole night a special, unique feel. The service was excellent and all food was very good - although one steak was overdone.
Will definitely return if I'm in the area again!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely find
Really enjoyed our meal here. Walking through the gardens with wine was suggested by the staff and I would recommend it. A beautiful scenery with delicious food. I look forward to returning.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fabulous find
The Ranch house was more than I expected. The ambiance is breathtaking.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gem in Ojai
We have been here many times. The Ranch House never disappoints. The lovely garden setting, perfectly prepared food, and a notable wine list ,combine for a most memorable evening.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. the atmosphere is wonderful and the service is good. what more could you ask for.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the romantic atmosphere. From the moment you step through the door, you feel as though you are in someone's garden, dining underneath glowing lanterns. If you are there on a weekend, you are likely to be serenaded by the soft voice and mellow guitar of local artist Alan Thornhill. The food is good and the service is friendly. A feel good experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find
Such a charming restaurant and what a great outdoor dining spot in Ojai . You'd never know from the outside how beautiful and charming this place is on the inside. Tables are under covered patios, verandas, and some are even tucked around the deck for intimate dining. The service is outstanding and so is the food. The menu has something for everyone. Entrée portions are sizeable. In fact, after sharing an appetizer and then having our own entrée, we didn't have room for dessert. But, from the looks of what other diners selected, it all looked good. You won't go wrong dining here.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in a cove of bamboo beside a Koi pond with soft guitar music in the background was most relaxing. Food very good, service attentive. This truly is a place for a special occasion dinner.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great place!
Food was excellent. We had brunch on a quiet, sunny Sunday. The atmosphere with our table overlooking the garden was perfect. The quail appetizer was the best quail I've had this year, and I've had quail at places like Emerils.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The relaxed outside atmosphere overlooking an exquisite garden enhanced our recent "special birthday" dining experience at The Ranch House as it has over the last 25 years. We're second generation customers who never hesitate coming here to celebrate big occasions as did my parents. The Ranch House's fabulous menu and outstanding wine list did not disappoint. We loved the tasty wild mushroom strudel and shrimp remoulade appetizers followed with rack of lamb and an outstanding (affordable) Merlot--a little bit of heaven. The staff, attentive as usual, accommodated our bringing a special birthday cake for our event.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
In choosing to go to the Ranch House, I knew I was taking my grandmother to a favorite haunt. I must admit, the drive was long and tiring, but the food and ambience was well worth the wait. Upon entering the enclosed garden space, I knew the ambience was exactly what I needed after a jostling ride down the 126. At the table, I clinked glasses with the women in my family and laughed, smiled, and quietly munched on amazing homemade bread and soft, light pancakes. Before we left, I took some time to sit in the garden and enjoy the stillness around me. The outside world felt miles away. I was shocked when I walked outside to leave and the road was so nearby. The Road House was truly a haven within a hectic family and travel-filled weekend.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occasion with friends
We have not been to the Ranch House in a while and this most recent experience made us remember what a local fine restaurant is available.
The food was excellent, the choices were outstanding. We were especially surprised that our server was able to tell us about the special items not listed on the menu without referring to notes.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect in every way
My friend and I went to the Ranch House on a recommendation from my boss. I plan to thank her profusely. Every bite was heavenly (wild mushroom strudel, beef tenderloin, lemon blueberry cheesecake...even the baby green beans were wonderful.) Our wines were lovely, the setting is very special. We were visiting from out of town; I will look forward to returning to the Ranch House on every subsequent visit to Ohai.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have never been to this style of restaurant and I have to say it was great. The staff was wonderful, very knowledgeable and professional. The temperature was really not bad for mid-August. Very quite, we loved that. The way the tables are setup where we were are great. The view and the water flowing was very calm and serene. The staff aided in this as well, they had a no pressure and caring attitude. Not too bad on the wallet, $148-1 appetizer, 2 steak dinners,1 bottle of wine and $40 tip. I really have to say as happy as we were who cares about price. Her reaction was all I cared about, she said I did very well :), she was blown away and said "I was going to have to go bigger and that was going to be difficult and am I up to it", :)
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time to the restaurant. The service, food and wine were excellent. It was our wedding anniversary and the staff made it very special. My husband and I have a hard time finding a nice place in Ojai, CA. and can't believe it took us so long to discover the Ranch House. Will definitely go back.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Romantic Getaway Place
You can't beat the Ranch House for a romantic dinner for two. Try to book on a quieter night (Tuesday or Wednesday) like we did for that feeling of having a private restaurant all to yourselves. It was our 20th wedding anniversary and they gave us a beautiful table for two on a raised dais that looked out on the rest of the dining area. This is five-star cuisine served by wonderful staff. My wife and I will return again and again.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner for my wife
Atmosphere was exceptional, with pleasant outdoor dining. Food was superb. extensive wine selection, and service was very good. We come back here often for special occasions and have never had a disappointing evening.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food & service!
Fantastic food & service! Friendly staff, very attentive. Great variety of foods. But, remember to save room for the wonderful desserts!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent and the service perfect! We were seated outside surrounded by huge bamboo and a koi pond. Lovely, lovely . We consistantly have a great experience at this restaurant. We love that we recognize the same professional staff . My husband and I will go back many times.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Repast in a Bamboo Fores
Once inside, you lose all sense of the world outside. The wait staff gives you the impression they're all family and you're their special guest. The food is superb. Be sure to hear and consider the daily specials before deciding what you want.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second to none in Ojai ...
Second to none in Ojai ... or Ventura County for that matter! We have been going for 10+ years and save it for special ocassions once or twice a year.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ojai Ranch House
A unique, fine dining, restaurant. A beautiful garden to stroll through and dining on the terrace with the garden view.
Mix with good service, good food, quiet ambiance and a large wine list and it makes me wish it was closer to home.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
Great food, terrific service and a great place to celebrate our anniversary.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood find...
We were so happy with this restaurant!! We had been staying at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and wanted to eat someplace else. This was an amazing find...driving up to it, we were not sure as it is hidden in a regular neighborhood, but once inside the staff was wonderful, friendly and attentive. Crab cakes were delicious...fresh and favorable. I had the Poulet Brie which was really done well and very very good, served with fresh veggies. My husband had the pork roast and felt the same way as I. Lovely garden setting. Value of the meal...the best! Good prices for good comfort food with a great wine list.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a beautiful experience! Everything was perfect for my husband's 50th
Thanks Ranch House
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A beautiful natural setting overlooking their garden. We watched them pick the herbs for our fresh entrees everything just as everyone has said.....perfect.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I recently had our anniversary here, and they went out of their way to make it special!! The server was so kind. She even brought me blankets in case we got cold! We are definitely going here for our special occasion date nights from now on!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was very good. Love sitting outdoors. Steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. Service was good too. We will definitely be back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Could not have asked for a better evening at a restaurant! Food, service, wine, ambiance, all excellent!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
enjoyed dinner, second time
enjoyed dinner, second time there. great service & food tony
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Ojai Restaurant
I had the steak. Excellent. My husband had the "tornados" little filet mignons. Everything was excellent. Casual but very romantic.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Choices for Thanksgiving
Our party of three enjoyed NY Steak and sea bass for Thanksgiving, great alternatives. The side dishes were excellent and not excessive.
Our waitress was knowledgeable but one young fellow knew very little.
It was a great meal and we were very pleased with our choice of The Ranch House.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been going to The Ranch House since the days of the spoken menu (which I still miss) and 2 dinner sittings per night. They have never failed to delight and impress! The consistency of superb service, ambience & wine list can't be beat.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely site ---*Great* food---service was excellent--overall, a *wonderful* experience
--we'll be back...:)
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Because of its beautiful gardens and world class wine list, and because it is in Ojai, The Ranch House is a magnet for folks in the Central Coast area. It's dinner menu doesn't seem to vary from decade to decade, but the food is quite good. We came or brunch on an icy Sunday morning, so had the place to ourselves. The seating is on a patio overlooking a beautiful garden of bamboo, koi ponds and flowers. With the efficient heaters above our table, we were almost too warm. The brunch menu was fun, less staid than the dinner menu. We had warm bread baked on site, lentil soup with a citrus undertaste, mushrooms in fila dough, orange juice, and crab cakes that melted in one's mouth, Of course with so few diners the service was attentive.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM