Even after two emails and a confirming phone call they had us down as a no- show because they had us in their computer system for 6 instead of 8 pm. Irked me quite a bit to start off the evening but I calmed down after a brief delay. Besides getting a table that was just ok, everything else was as I've come to expect from Stonehiuse. Pork chop with fig reduction was the best, wife also liked her salmon. Almost perfect.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The spectacular wine list and the amazing ambiance almost make up for the poor quality of food. When I dine at a restaurant where the average entrée is $50 I expect excellency ...and i sadly have to say it just wasn't that.
The Artichoke salad was disappointing ...mostly lettuce and shaved carrots. The pork belly was too fatty. I generally don't like it when I order a bone in meat and it is pre cut on my plate... but i also ordered my pork chop medium and it was cooked to a point were it was so dry that i could neither cut or chew it...unacceptable !! How can any chef cut this meat and not see of feel that it is way overcooked???? My friends lamb was grizzly and fatty as well.... such a let-down. The deserts however were amazing !!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lamb and carbonara were
The lamb and carbonara were just ordinary and did not have a huge amount of flavor. Hamachi and tomato consommé appetizers were amazing.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stonehouse is a very special place. I dine here every year on the last day of the annual Santa Barbara trip and this restaurant never disappoints. Great ambiance, great service and the best food! An after dinner stroll through the beautiful gardens is a must!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Dinner at the Ranch
The lower outdoor patio under the loquat trees is a great place to dine during the summer. We have been going here for 20+ years and is our favorite in SB county. Plough & Angel is casual and you don't need a reservation; Stone House is more formal.
Service is knowledgeable and friendly. I had the little gem salad, roast chicken, brussel sprouts and truffle fries. One of the top roast chickens in town and the best brussel sprouts. Halibut and lobster also very good.
Nice wine list and bar knows how to make a cocktail correctly. Our average bill for two here is $250-$300 and worth it!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful restaurant.
This is a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful view, outstanding service and tremendous food. Yes it is expensive, but you would not be booking it if you could not afford it! It is one of the best places worldwide we have have ever been and look forward to returning when in the area again.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very special restaurant.
This is a very special restaurant. We dined on a beautiful terrace, and the food and service can't be beat!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always love coming to the
We always love coming to the San Ysidro Ranch. How lucky we are to have this gem in our town! Eric is the best!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an exquisite meal with an excellent French Burgundy wine selected from an amazing cellar. The service was attentive and friendly and the outdoor patio was a beautiful setting.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Dinner on the Patio
After 20+ years the consistency of the total experience is still there! Our #1 pick in SB: outdoor patio under the locquat trees. Adam did a nice service job, and car valets always take care of our Packards!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top notch service and venue. Great food. We went for our anniversary and sat in garden near the fireplace. Appetizers and coctials among the best we ever had. Very romantic setting. I have already recommended this Resturant to several friends. Very attentive staff.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kindest waiter ever!
My daughter and I enjoyed our quiet lunch, which was tasty and relaxed. Matt, the waiter, was an unexpected delight - both attentive and kind! Thanks for a sweet time!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very comfortable setting with superb service and very good food.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stonehouse @ YSR is heavenly!
I cannot say one bad thing about this place. Simply amazing. I felt like I was in Capri, Italy, and the food was out of this world! I'm defenitely going back!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a client here for dinner and the restaurant exceeded all expectations. The atmosphere, service, food and wine list were all incredible. I would highly recommend the Stonehouse to anyone looking for a secluded restaurant in a beautiful setting in the Santa Barbara area.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Engagement Dinner!
I proposed to my fiancé before we had dinner with her Mother and Step-Father. Everything was awesome! From the appetizer to the Alaskan Halibut to the Cherries Jubilee flambeed table side! This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara County and it has never, ever disappointed us!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment you drive through the olive trees and the gates of San Ysidro Ranch you know you are somewhere special. Its a stunningly beautiful property with mature gardens and trees overlooking the Pacific ocean in the distance. The staff were courteous and the three course set menue for $38 good value for the standard of the food. We sat near a roaring log fire which added to the old world ambience of the stonehouse restaurant.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully situated in the foothills with gorgeous gardens. Wine list is massive yet staff is knowledgeable throughout the regional offerings. Very professional and attentive service without bother - just the right touch for a magical evening in the gardens. Food was perfectly prepared and artistically presented. Wonderful, transporting evening. Thank you!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience. The food was outstanding, as was the service. Very attentive staff. Prompt service. One of the greatest dining experiences we have ever had. Wine list was superb. Ambience was wonderful. This is the fourth time I have been here, and the consistency of all aspects of dining was great. Despite the cost, I would recommend this restaurant highly in every area.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Dinner!
What better way to spend your Montecito evening having dinner under the loquat trees. Great food and service, as usual. Glad music was turned down or off on the patio. Another new receptionist, seems like there's been 20 different ones in the last 12 months; don't know why the high turnover.
Kudos to the valet crew, they always take care of my Packards.
8/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
First rate in all respects.
First rate in all respects. Wonderful food, incomparable service, beautiful setting. Expensive and worth every penny.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect in every way! The service, food and the atmosphere were all incredible! I will recommend this restaraunt!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived with our baby in her stroller this time, and the staff were terrific in arranging a table where we'd have more space for the stroller.
As usual the food and service was top notch.
Thank you for a memorable 5th wedding anniversary lunch!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal. Wonderful service.
My husband said it is the best meal he has ever had. I loved every second of it and the service takes care of every detail.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
A wonderful evening in a beautiful setting. The hostess, waiter and all the staff were welcoming and exceptional. The red wine suggestion was perfect. The Grand marnier souffle was outstanding.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to celebrate two birthdays
We went to celebrate two birthdays and it was perfection. The patio was lovely and the service superb! The food was delicious and beautifully plated. The lemon tart is the best I have ever eaten.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a wonderful
My husband and I had a wonderful dinner celebrating our anniversary. The patio is so romantic and beautiful. Our dinner, wine and dessert were amazing. This will always be a special memory for us. Thank you Stonehouse!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sitting at a garden table at the Stone House is a quintessential California experience. The loquat trees, the bay, the flowers--too gorgeous! Service is top notch, much of the produce is from the property, or locally sourced, and the wine list is thoughtfully chosen. I enjoyed a grilled peach and San Ysidro Ranch tomato salad with creamy Meyer lemon dressing, garnished with edible flowers and Carmody cheese, a perfectly grilled pork chop with succulent SYR fig jam, and roasted baby beets with orange blossom honey and Humboldt Fog cheese. Fantastic with a glass of local Syrah. A perfect meal in a fab setting.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Charming and delicious
First-class cuisine and service in a beautiful locale. Pricey, but worth it.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 STARS ALL THE WAY AROUND
Excellent in all respects - it doesn't get much better than this
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Time
Every time I dine here is a true pleasure. Each dish is a treat to all the senses. The divers scallop appetizer, baked in the shell, literally pops when the top shell is removed, revealing the carmelized scallop and succulent garnish. The rack of lamb, perfectly pink, is elegant comfort food with texture and sweetness from bits of lamb bacon. Finishing with classic Bananas Foster rounded out a near-perfect meal.
The wine list is a bit overwhelming, but well organized by region and varietal. The service was impeccable - helpful, friendly and knowledgable without being overly intrusive or solicitous. All in a truly beautiful setting, where the Pacific can be glimpsed from the arch-ceiling patio through the trees and flowers at sunset.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh what a night!
Everything and more than expected.
From walking up the steps to leaving
our experience was magic.
Wanted this to be a very special birthday for
my very special man. And it was.
Menu choices were excellent as well as the wine.
Presentation beautiful, food excellent dessert
a wonderful ending. Thank you and will be back.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Night on the Patio
A nice warm September evening is a great time for the patio! Always great food, wine list and Matt's service was always top notch. Thanks to valet crew for always taking care of my Packards.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another Nice Night on the Patio
The usual great food, beverages and service at the prettiest setting in town. The special fig salad was outstanding, my wife had it twice in a week: in the top 5 of all time::great job chef! Thanks for substituting: I like brussel sprouts instead of mashed with my roast chicken.
Hostess was very efficient and helpful (turnover is so high, you never know who's at the desk:::hope this one sticks around)
Adam did his usual terrific serving job and valet crew haven't dented any of my Packards yet!
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a wonderful,romantic
What a wonderful,romantic venue. Food was outstanding as was the service and atmosphere. Would absolutely return and highly recommend.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Location and the grounds were spectacular, a 5 star dining experience with the best garden vegetable course presented. I had the Sea Bass that was a little over cooked, yet my wife's Halibut was perfect. The service was great all around and they added a nice presentaion to our souffle for our special occasion. The wine menu was quite extensive and my opinion over priced, leaving the bill quite high for most. Overall a memorable experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Your wife will love it
Everyone knows about The Stonehouse. It must not be much of a guy place, but your wife week lover it.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous. The combination
Fabulous. The combination of food, service & setting was spectart
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great October Night on the Patio
One of my favorites is the roast chicken with brussel sprouts; probably the best in town with Lucky's a close 2nd. Always a capable bartender and extensive wine list. Marcus did his usual great serving job!
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Anniversary Spot
We spent our 30th anniversary traveling the PCH from San Francisco to San Diego, stopping along the way at lovely spots like Santa Barbara. One of the best locations we've come across -- and best restaurants -- is San Ysidro's Stonehouse. Outstanding views, great food and tucked away in the hills overlooking the valley. Just perfect. Foodie wife made her dinner almost entirely out of sides, which were outstanding -- from creamed potatoes to cauliflouwer to beet salad. I had rack of lamb (cooked to perfection at medium rare).... Not to be missed.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this place is fabulous. It is very beautiful, cozy and friendly. We felt the service was impeccable, the food absolutely delicious and the ambiance would be hard to beat. Even the drive in from the main roads was beautiful.
The grand marnier souffle was a perfect ending to a great meal.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went their for our honeymoon,
Went their for our honeymoon, amazing food, outstanding wine list, great service, beautiful location. If able get there early and walk the grounds, quite, romantic, photo opportunities.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Magical dinner spot
We stayed on property at the San Ysidro ranch, and enjoyed dinner here twice. The setting itself is just magical. Outdoors, covered with twinkling lights, a fire and heaters so you are comfortable. We enjoyed the appetizers, had the Halibut and Salmon one evening, and the Dove Sole special the second trip. The soufflés were not as good as those we enjoy at Morton's in Chicago, but were wonderful. The waitstaff is just wonderful. Truly a place to relax, enjoy a wonderful meal, some delicious wine and good company. It doesn't get much better than this!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Stonehouse for my birthday lunch. It is a perfect place for a beautiful experience. I cannot wait to return,
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
What an incredible find! Such a beautiful setting with terrific food and service. We had a wonderful evening.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
As the title entails, I went there for my 2nd anniversary with my girlfriend, needless to say, it was quite astonishing. From the seating, view, and the ambience, to the service which was of another time, they don't treat you as well anywhere else, and the food, no matter what you go with, you will find a good argument for living.
We're pescatarian, so we only had fish, we started with the sashimi, and we both had the halibut for main course, the portions were just right to keep you going through the courses, and leave room for their exquisite desert. Overall, just excellent.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bordering on excellence
Everything about our evening was enjoyable. The food was very good, though not overly distinguishable from many other fine dining choices. The service was sufficiently attentive though not quite as personable as it could be. The ambiance was a bit too dark, and was crowded and thus noisy. Next time, the option to dine outside will be more appealing. Because this restaurant is bordering on excellence, we will return.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time better than first!
My daughter and I visited Santa Barbara a few years ago and ate at the Stonehouse Restaurant. I loved it so much that when my husband and I were planning a trip to SB over Thanksgiving I was determined to return for dinner. It was even better this time - in large part due to the fact that we were the beneficiaries of all of the beautiful holiday decorations and lighting on the temperature controlled outdoor porch. The decorations added to the elegant and romantic ambience of the experience. The food and service were just as excellent as I remembered previously. I look forward to a third visit in the near future!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything I expected
What an absolutely beautiful property. I loved how quaint and not overly crowded it was. It makes this place a real gem to dine at. It rained earlier in the morning so my friend and I were worried it would be too cold to sit outside. They had heat lamps and a fireplace to keep us cozy. They also had clear wall plasters to block the wind.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Long History of Excelence
I have loved the Ranch for decades. It is the biggest gem in Santa Barbara.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM