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SY Kitchen
SY Kitchen

SY Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sykitchen.com
  • Phone: (805) 691-9794
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday through Sunday: 5:00 pm - closing

    Lunch - Wednesday through Saturday: 11:30 - 2:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Luca Crestanelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sagunto St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from SY Kitchen
“There—in the front room, dining room, or porch of the charming farmhouse—diners can spend the evening lingering over warm octopus salad, a wood-fired pizza or hearty dish of wild mushroom pappardelle……. paired with a bottle of Italian or local wine, of course.” Santa Barbara Magazine

S. Y. Kitchen requests a credit card to hold a reservation of 8 or more. A minimum gratuity of 20% will be added. Please contact the restaurant at 805-691-9794. You may cancel by calling the restaurant by 5 PM two days prior to the reservation. After that cancellation is subject to our policy and fees may be incurred. All credit card information will be processed securely.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We love this place. It is obvious a lot of care has gone into training the personnel on the art of making their customers feel welcome. We have been there twice for dinner and every dish we have tried has been wonderful. The two young, cute, Italian chefs are very visible and obviously happy to see their customers enjoying the food. Sitting at the bar is fun, observing the many steps necessary to produce beautiful, infused cocktails. The entertaining head bar tender is a whirling dervish that is great fun to watch. As you might guess, it isn't cheap. We look forward to our next visit there."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "This is our 3rd dining experience at the SY Kitchen and we have been impressed each time. The ingredients are always fresh and well seasoned and the pastas are wonderful. You could make a meal off of the the appetizers and salads with no problems. You have to get the Globe artichoke which is grilled. We are "foodies" and have been to some wonderful restaurants throughout the world, and this definitely ranks in the top 10 ever."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We headed here from Solvang to escape the hoardes of tourists. The owners are right there and involved. We sat on the porch at very comfy and relaxed bench seating. Menu at lunch was limited but they immediately suggested just what would work for our group. Every single vegetable was perfectly ripe and cheeses were at the right temperature to be at their best.The chef executed each dish expertly. Service was exceptional. Only reason for four stars not five is that nothing was totally new or inventive. Just really tasty. I save five stars for the combo of delicious and creative."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food is fantastic. The drinks were amazing. The server was great. It was very loud but a great place to dine with a group of friends. I definitely recommend SY Kitchen. This is my top favorite restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A friend recommended Santa Ynez Kitchen as "the best food in the valley". We had tickets to the Solvang Theaterfest, so we had to eat early. Our reservations were at 5:45 and we were the first ones in the restaurant. It was quiet when we sat down and the waiter was very attentive. They had several specials in addition to the menu items. They have a halibut pasta that was exceptional as well as the highly recommended Gnocchi. The restaurant got very busy about 6:30 and soon every table was full. It got a bit noisy, but you could still carry on a conversation. They want you to stay and enjoy your meal, so don't go there if you are in a hurry. We will recommend it and certainly go back."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Dessert was amazing! Tryed two of the Dinner specials of the night, (a bit pricey) will be back to try something off the regular menu. Nice location and outside seating area."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Creative selections that feature fresh ingredients and authentic rustic Italian selections. Not your typical menu of standard Italian dishes. Very typical of food found in Italian country restaurants. A gem in the Santa Ynez Valley."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We visited on 8/17 (first time for all of us). I liked the vibe and the service was impeccable. I was with my parents and we were seated in the bar area of the restaurant. Pros: Very attentive and knowledgeable service, and my lamb dish and grilled veggies were awesome. We arrived early, the local movie ended early and the restaurant was very gracious about letting us come in 1/2 hour early to hang out until they opened for dinner. Cons: Very noisy in the bar area (for my folks). We could have asked to move to the second dining area and I'm sure the restaurant would have accommodated our request if we had made it. NY steak was tough and the presentation of the pork sausage was bland (it was tasty, just not pretty)."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We go here as often as we can; the food is definitely the best in the Valley. The menu choices are always interesting, and they have great daily specials. Very creative dishes. Service is impeccable - they really try to please."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First-time patron, and definitely will be a repeat patron. Waiter definitely knew all about the menu specialties. Foods prepared by the Chefs were all excellent! This restaurant is a hidden secret, but won't be for long!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgable. All dishes were wonderful. I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Robert waited on our table and when asked about any dish he always started by saying "Yumm". I thought his opinion might have been a little biased but everything we had was "Yumm" or better. My friend had the Cushion Steak and it was amazing (we were sharing tastes) and huge. My wife had the Gnocchi in a ragu sauce. That was one of the best Gnocchis I have tasted. I had the Pappardelle with Boar ragu. I wiped the plate clean of the remaining sauce with the wonderful bread. For dessert we all shared an Affogato (vanilla gelato in espresso) and a bowl of fresh fruit and coconut gelato in a balsamic reduction. Wow"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Finally, we are feeling like home in Italy. The gnocchi and pasta were amazing. The menu is authentic not alfredo sauce or chicken on your pizza. It is the best italian restaurant around. Glad to finally meet the 2 chefs from Verona where I grew up. Home sweet home."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "By far, the best food we've had for a long time! My grandparents were from Naples, Italy, and this food reminds me of grandma's cooking."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "SYK never disappoints, in our experience. The pastas are home made, creative, and delicious. The chef offers interesting and varied specials every night as well. Excellent salads and vegetables, mostly from local farms. The wine list offers a range of interesting local selections, and the Italian section is remarkably broad and original. We were able to enjoy a terrific Ribolla Gialla and a rich Umbrian red BTG! Corkage is reasonable. Service can be a little scattered but is always cheerful and energetic. We are looking forward to our next visit. Note to cocktail aficionados: SYK has one of the best mixologists on the Central Coast."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Everything was great. Sorry only one negative server spoke to fast describing specials when I asked him to slow down he acted annoyed and kept talking fast, which led me to not order a special."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The only difficulty we had was trying to decide. Every special sounded delicious, and when we got the food, it didn't disappoint. Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit to SY kitchen after seeing lines at the door on multiple occasions. The menu selection is eclectic and traditional at the same time. Our dinner guest had the yellow watermelon salad and we tried shaved yellow beets. Both were delicious. We enjoyed lamb chops, Grilled Salmon Puttenesca and fusili pasta with thin slices of pork cheeks. All were very enjoyable. The noise factor is high so come prepared to chat briskly as you may have to speak loudly across your table to any guests. The tables are very close together so there is little room for a special dining experience. It is fun, high energy with great ambience for a great evening. Parking is available but it fills up quickly around the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is our new FAVE!!! Food was superb and the service attentive but not overwhelming. Great knowledge of wines and diverse selections. Will return again before we head back East....really looking forward to it!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were told this was an excellent Italian restaurant and after coming here we give it 5 stars. If you love good Italian food this is definitely the place to go. You will not be disappointed. The staff is wonderful."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fabulous food, but pretty noisey inside. Maybe the patio is quieter."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A friend who had been here recently recommended it, and I'm glad I took his suggestion. I made a 7:00 reservation for a Tuesday night - arrived 1/2 hour early, and they were happy to seat me right away. I'm glad they did - by the time I was finished, the place was packed, and the noise level was going up accordingly. The server was extremely solicitous and helpful, and the food was fantastic. Especially loved the shaved beet salad and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had - and imaginatively presented. Very casual atmosphere - shorts & flip-flops were in evidence, and kids were welcomed. I even shared bites of my dessert with the next table."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Food is great here - it's my third time at the restaurant but first time for lunch. A little disappointed at the limited lunch menu...since the dinner menu was fantastic. However when I inquired about a dinner menu item that I had before at lunch, the waiter said that the cook will make it for us! It was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We tried a new route to the restaurant, so we were running late , called the restaurant, they happily told us we could be accommodated an hour later. When we arrived only 15 minutes late, they were still able to seat us. My husband says this is his favorite place. The special salads were fresh: caprese and watermelon/balsalmic. He had a nice pasta dish. The marscapone/ gelato dessert is always a must."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We live on the East Coast, but visit often as we have family here. We always make time to have dinner or lunch at SY Kitchen whenever we are in town. The octopus salad is outstanding (and this says a great deal as I am typically not a fan of octopus). The pastas are all wonderful (even the gluten free)! If they have the duck ragu with porcini mushroom pasta on special when you visit - order it! You will be so happy! The salmon is always great too - with various preparations (this time was a salmon puttanesca - outstanding!). We typically order wine, but the cocktails are beautifully made with fresh ingredients. They even make their own bitters! Make your mouth happy and go to SY Kitchen!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal and great service and would absolutely come back. Loved everything about it!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious food, excellent service and attention to detail and the diner all add up to a first class experience at SY Kitchen! Wish we lived closer to sample even more of the innovative yet classic Italian dishes the chef has to offer.. Will be dreaming of the handmade pasta on a regular basis! Spectacular wine list and consideration to a basic children's palate upon request make it all the better. Thank you SY Kitchen!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "SY Kitchen was a five star experience all around! The service was wonderful, the food was unbelievable, the ambience of the place is romantic, cozy. When the waiter would describe the dishes, you could visualize each dish, and feel your mouth start to water with each detail. I recommended SY Kitchen to my family and friends, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a 5 star restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My spaghetti al pesto with mussels was excellent. My wife's penne bolognese was too salty and relatively small. The lunch menu is pretty limited but does have some very creative items. The server was annoying and overcharged for my glass of wine."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Animated and rather noisy, quite informal. The building is banal--used to be a real estate office. No table cloths, and unfortunately a TV on all the time. The food was carefully prepared--we had the excellent octopus and asparagus appetizer, one pasta dish, a pizza (so-so), and a lamb dish, accompanied by a simple red. The fresh berries with coconut gelato was truly delicious; the panna cotta so-so. The waiter knowledgeable and competent if not particularly welcoming. Overall the quality of the food is high, with some thoughtful touches, like the balsamic on the gelato, though nothing particularly creative, innovative or memorable, especially considering the steep price (90 dollars per person, including just 1 inexpensive bottle of wine)."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, as was the service. Grilled artichoke as appetizer was very flavorful, as were the daily specials. This new restaurant really passed the test. A large group was seated behind us and the noise level became deafening, but we were nearly done and left, while other people were re-seated. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Suffice it to say that we had three nights in SY valley. Went to HP - my fav hangout - the first night and SY the second night. Cancelled our other res for night 3 and went back to SY Kitchen. Love the town, loved the outdoor lounge, loved Robert our server, loved the octopus salad, loved the carbonara, LOVED the cocktails and bar, lot of veg options if you ask. If you're going, book the front room for the energetic bar scene, the enclosed patio room for lovely ambiance and conversation, and the back room for larger parties."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Santa Ynez his birthday weekend. We loved SY kitchen so much...we ended up going back another night. The octopus appetizer was amazing as well as the fish dishes. Great local wine list. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Loved our dinner at SY kitchen. The food was consistently good. The service is knowledgable and quality. My one complaint is that the tables are really close together and the room can get rather loud."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had heard good things about this restaurant, but it didn't live up to hype. We felt that the flavor profiles were a bit off and that the dishes lacked finesse. Seemed like the chef was trying too hard to do something different instead of doing the basics well. For example, the gnocchi with shortrib ragu was overpowered with smokiness, which was not described on the menu. It's not something you would expect or welcome in a ragu sauce. The sausage in the other pasta dish was dense and chewy...not very appetizing. Too bad."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Delicious, inventive, fresh cuisine. Warm and welcoming. The scenic drive to get there is beautiful (via 154). worth going."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant I have been to in a long time, the food was outstanding and so fresh. The mixologist Alberto made amazing concoctions and did it with passion. I would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent! We had the asparagus soup. It was hot and delicious. The mushroom parpadilla was so yummy! I can't wait to have it again. Short rib special rich and delicious . Sat in the patio on bench seat it was very comfortable and we could cuddle."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "SY Kitchen never disappoints. We have eaten here half a dozen times and each meal has been wonderful. Give them the highest recommendation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at SY Kitchen this past weekend. This was out first visit to the restruant, but definitely not our last. The restraint staff was kind, courteous and passionate about the restruant and food. The food was excellent and the drinks were too. You must visit this nieghborhood gem!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014