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Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
  • Address:
    900 San Ysidro Lane
    Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    Santa Barbara
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sanysidroranch.com
  • Phone: (805) 565-1724
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: San Ysidro Ranch offers three unique Private Dining Rooms. The Adobe, a Santa Barbara County historical Landmark, can accomodate 10 guests. The beautiful Wine Cellar can accomodate up to 30 guests. Our spacious Hydrangea Cottage can comfortably seat 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Maxine Rutledge (805) 565-1702

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch
Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, the Stonehouse Restaurant features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with a crackling fireplace and creek side views. Chef Matthew Johnson evocative regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Consistency in the restaurant game is tough, but after going here 25+ years, the Ranch continues to deliver a great experience. During this time of the year, we enjoy eating under the loquat trees. Chef keeps tweaking the menu which makes each visit interesting: strawberry salad was great (still like last year's watermelon salad), risotto very good, and thanks for keep delivering a nice roasted chicken. They have no problem substituting ingredients on any dish (I like their Brussels sprouts instead of mashed). Marciano did his usual great serving job, and thanks to valet crew who keep my cars up front."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant to try for a special occasion. The ambience was beautiful on the patio and the food was outstanding. However it was very very pricy for what it was at the same time. For what you are paying your expect to have good service and when that doesn't happen you feel like your money could have been better spent elsewhere. There seemed to be a lot of demanding customers sitting around out table too which probably was the reason for the service. Great place but considering State street nearby was filled with other beautiful restaurants with wonderful food as well I would probably look around first before trying this place in the future especially for what you pay to have dinner here. However it was a great experience! :)"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We truly had a great experience at San Ysidro Ranch. The staff was tremendously friendly and attentive. We were celebrating a "Babymoon" in Santa Barbara and the combination of the setting and the food made for a perfect evening. We are now looking at coming back for our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The appetizer and the entrée were good but the chocolate soufflé was extraordinary. The service was impeccable and the setting spectacular"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Nice setting with a french country side feel. Interesting menu served by well trained staff."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is by far our favorite special occasion restaurant in the Santa Barbara area, it is incredible in every way. The setting is just magical up in the hills of Montecito, and if you book a table at 7:30 you have a wonderful sunset while enjoying the open air patio. Service was amazing and relaxed allowing us to pace our evening slowly to enjoy it all. The halibut with parmesan crust was beyond description, and the Steak Diane at table side made for a great course as well. Wine list is just amazing, and Sommelier was very helpful finding us an amazing Chablis for our seafood course a lovely Cab for the steak. This is what a romantic, fun restaurant should be and we cannot recommend it highly enough."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Impeccable service with delicious food. The wine list is world class and the atmosphere is romantic. I highly recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "When we arrived for our lunch, we discovered that the restaurant was only serving a mended brunch for a set price. The Mimosas, Bellinnis, and sparkling wine were bottomless...a wonderful treat. There was a starter, an entre and a dessert on the menu from which to select. I will say the fired chicken and waffles with berries main entre was superb. The duck spring roll was also quite nice and very tasty. My friend's ordered the lobster omlette and they were not disappointed. Then more sparkling wine, Belinnis and Mimosas. Coffee with our desserts was an absolute must before our travels home."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great experience. Very professional staff. Loved it"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Simply wonderful. Food is fantastic. Service is great. Very romantic."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "A wonderful place. The staff was very attentive, knowledgable about menu. Mellow and beautiful surroundings, it was like Heaven. Luxurious. Best restaurant I have ever been to. I hope to go back again someday!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated my birthday here while visiting Montecito/Santa Barbara. It was an absolutely magical evening. The food was fabulous, the server a character who made us smile."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very romantic. Incredible wine list. Service was top-notch but not stuffy. Really enjoyed it and glad we went. Will definitely go back for a special occassion."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were a party of six for lunch. It happened to be my first cousin Donna's, my wife and granddaughters birthdays, and they had a BALL. The food was better than good, it was PHENOMENAL in every way. The service was just a good as the food. The setting could not have been better. Everyone had a great, fantastic time. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The Stonehouse was stellar. Highlight of a romantic trip to Santa Barbara. Sitting in the lower garden was wonderful. Food, service snd ambiance were just perfect. Flawless. Expensive but worth it. Fun to walk through the gardens before dinner. Such a beautiful spot."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed a perfectly crafted & delectable 3 course market menu lunch in the beautiful dining room during our recent stay in Santa Barbara. The heirloom tomato salad, pan seared Alaskan halibut & roasted organic chicken were all delicious & expertly prepared & the SYR Meyer lemon tart & trio of sorbets completed a memorable dining experience. A special thanks to Matt, our server, for his mastery."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is the type of restaurant that goes on your bucket list. It is a must. It's a little pricey but worth every dime. It's also a little hard to find, so use GPS"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The wait staff was very attentive and the food was of exceptional quality. Reasonably priced. Beautiful venue and ambiance. The wine list was very complete and well rounded. The sommelier was knowledgable and easy to work with in selections. Would return without doubt."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The ambiance of that place is perfect for date nights because it's so romantic especially with twinkly lights all around the patio and fireplace going. The flavors of the food all were excellent. The only thing I would say that wasn't up to expectation was the fish. I thought it was a bit dryer than expected. Our server was excellent with great customer service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I love eating in the garden at SYR. But this time the service was not good (forever to come around to us on every course) and the food was good but not as great as it usually is. And for those prices, it should be outstanding...and usually is."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "If you are going to Santa Barbara for a special occasion you must have lunch here. Drinks are great and bottomless"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Very romantic and scenic setting. Quiet and peaceful. Outstanding meal preparations, small menu, but each dish well designed and presented. Prices aren't for the faint of heart and the corkage fee is an outrageous $50. Claimed it is on par for similar restaurants in the LA area, but it is at the top of the list, a $35 corkage fee would be more fitting for this restaurant. Would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion, not for a monthly dinner out, based on the expense. You can get equally as good meals for less in the area, but not the ambiance. With a reasonable corkage maybe would go to more often then once every few years."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had the best meal of our vacation here! My husband and I stayed in Santa Barbara for Four nights and ate out every night! At the Stonehouse I enjoyed a really special Margarita, followed by the Ceviche appetizer, Quail special and Bananas Foster for dessert. My husband had the Abalone appetizer, followed by Steak Dianne and the Chocolate Soufflé. Everything was absolutely superb! A perfect evening! ~ we stayed at the Bacara Resort and also dined at the Fishhouse, Lark and Buchon (see our other reviews)."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "the meal was very average, close to poor, the dinner we had last year was 5 stars, for the price the meal/dinner it must be better than most high end restaurants to go to and it wasn't we probable won,t return. Also we drove a distance to get there."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Always exceptional!!!! Nothing more needs to be said."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Last year when my wife and I celebrated our anniversary, we stayed at the San Ysidro Ranch and had our anniversary dinner at the Stonehouse. Since we both really like Steak Diane, we ordered it and it was prepared at our table as it should be and it was PERFECT. This year was a totally different experience. What they call Steak Diane (and charged $62 per person for it) was absolutely horrendous. It was NOT steak diane but some precooked piece of unknown meat with a mushroom sauce (which steak diane does NOT call for). The waitress had NO IDEA what we were talking about when we tried to explain what Steak Diane was and how it was prepared at the table. This was a VERY disappointing experience and we decided right then never to return."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a delightful brunch on Sunday. We have been at SYR many times, and as usual we were very happy with the entire experience."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The Stonehouse is a great getaway from the day to day. The entire experience was top notch from the patio, service, food, and wine. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "After 25 years, we've seen the chef's come and go here, and now we like Chef Matt but wish he didn't turn the menu upside down over the last 2 months. Our favorite roast chicken with kale, Brussels sprouts with sea salt, salad with watermelon, lobster in light broth, are all gone! The Prosciutto chicken is not as good as the old chicken so I will have the 2nd best at Lucky's; the cognac lobster had such a heavy "winter" sauce that I couldn't finish it (the old lightly prepared lobster was better, so I'll have my 2nd choice at 4 Seasons), I don't like the maple Brussels sprouts and wish the old sea salt standby was still offered. Mixed greens and the strawberry salad were both very good. Our server Eric and the valet crew did a great job"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Top notch food quality here. Great professional service, beautiful location"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed our afternoon at the Stonehouse. Both the food and the scenery were wonderful. I only wish we could have been seated on the lower patio."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "A gorgeous venue but horrible service. Ignored for most of the meal no one came to check up on us, offer refills of water or drinks. When trying to establish eye contact servers would look away. Manager not doing his job. Appetizers on Market menu were decent; main courses were over seasoned (chicken) and the fish was fishy tasting. Desserts were awful. I don't think this is a one off -- there are larger systemic problems here. Servers are either clueless or just don't care and have major attitudes. Go elsewhere and save your money!!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend of one (wonderful and amazing) month here on a Wednesday night...lemme 'splain my thoughts. Ok, I did read precious reviews and I expected the menu prices to be high...they were but I would offer the advice...if you ask what kind of gas mileage the car gets you likely should not be driving it...the same holds true with this fine establishment. The menu prices are a tad on the high side but the ambiance, service and view are priceless. Oh sure...you could spend $3000 on a bottle of wine (no, that's not the top end either) but they have reasonably prices glasses too! I would highly recommend this place but know that you can not see the ocean...does not matter tho as the grounds are beautiful. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Great food and excellent wine selection in a beautiful setting. The service was everage I thought"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The service and food were outstanding, but, after having some trouble finding the place, I found lacking and unreadable signage to be frustrating. I recognize that, given the beautiful landscape, they want to keep signs low-key, but I didn't know that valet parking was the only option and, given the ranch's various roads and paths, I didn't know where to go upon entry. Some low-key, inexpensive, and clear signage would go a long way."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This place is simply amazing. Food, wine, staff and incredible food. Don't travel to Europe. This may be the best place in the world."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We celebrated our Anniversay dinner at The Stonehouse. It was an amazing experience. We could have done without the table behind us as they were obnoxious, moved their table 3 times! Our server gave great recommendations for everything. Their wine list is a little intimidating (I'm not huge wine drinker) but it was HUGE, and came with a table of contents!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Rustic but sophisticated. Wealthy crowd. Rarefied Santa Barbara experience. Low lighting at night. Fire places and candle light Excellent chef Californian food. Expensive but worth the money. The only dish which did not work was the duck Roll appetizer. Which should be avoided. Not a place for little kids."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you are looking for a perfect evening meal in every way...look no further! From the moment we walked in till heading back to valet, the experience was nothing short of exceptional. We agreed that the meal was one of the best we have ever had! Every course was memorable. The view was breathtaking...sunset was a treat. Our waiter was an expert on not only the menu, but on customer service and making you feel right at home. The vibrant flowers, the wine selection, and the rest of the staff we encountered were icing on the cake. Thank you for a memorable night...I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "One of the best in Santa Barbara and has been for a very long time. We continue to dine at the Ranch for special dinners and just for fun down in the bar. My out of town friends can't believe a place like this exists. Truly a jewel in beautiful Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 3/15/2014