SY Kitchen
SY Kitchen

SY Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sykitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8056919794x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
SY Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (54)notable wine list (41)hot spot (35)good for groups (32)romantic (28)vibrant bar scene (24)great for outdoor dining (19)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (9)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Our regular spot.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    As part time Valley residents, we've been coming to the SY Kitchen since it opened and we continue to enjoy the friendly ambiance, good service and terrific food. The cocktails are great and the wine list is fairly priced and has a very good selection. This place has proved to be a worthy addition to the dining scene in the Santa Ynez area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stars Didn't Lie
    MolliemogoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were in town for the weekend for a wedding and I just checked open table for an available table. SY didn't have anything at the exact time we requested (which I generally take as a good sign.) I tried the truffle special with their gluten free pasta instead of the pappardelle but that looked AMAZING. My fiancé had the ragu special with fusilli and it was gone before I even got to steal any of it. Special note: try the pea salad, it was AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended by locals
    Mysterri4u
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    During our visit at Fess Parker winery, we asked for restaurant recommendations and were sent here. We were looking for a place to have a special romantic evening out and this was perfect. If you are looking for a place to bring a large family with small kids, skip it. The food is carefully prepared. So are the amazing handcrafted cocktails. The mushroom pappardelle pasta was excellent. Excellent wine list featuring local wines. Cozy atmosphere. You can enjoy a drink on the outside patio by the fire pit first. Very friendly staff. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvtodinewithu
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A charming place. An awesome recommendation from a local winery. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect again
    greggg
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    From the unusual shaved beet salad to the homemade pastas with everything from short rib to goose rag us, simple, but delicious pizzas, to an amazing berry and coconut gelato dessert, we had another amazing meal at SYK. They welcomed our kids, gave perfect service and left us looking very much forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best on the Central Coast of CA
    LuluLolita
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Santa Barbara Co
    Tommy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Spot
    NolaWonVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic
    MzCorona2004
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Rustic Italian Cuisine
    ItaliangemVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kbgonzalez
    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).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best!
    Mary
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patron4ever
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Belmontian
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgable. All dishes were wonderful. I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, again (4th visit)
    LocalFan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best italian restaurant
    Verona
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!!
    Gail
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great evening
    PWSolvang
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Birthdaydinner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Donny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SY Kitchen Experience
    Olywa
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best experience !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian Restaurant in Cali
    luvitalianfood
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food!
    Letzeatout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fabulous food, but pretty noisey inside. Maybe the patio is quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first time in Santa Ynez
    Patrick
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    GTfromLA
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our 2nd visit
    shelleype
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous and Fresh
    WhatsForDinner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a wonderful meal and great service and would absolutely come back. Loved everything about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food, excellent service !
    snewjersey
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    sciencegirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed feelings
    GratefulEd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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  • Thoughtful Italian
    Lucy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FG was here
    OCwinos
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SY Kitchen is the best!!
    foodgaloreVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SY Kitchen -- A gem in Santa Ynez
    Local
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    Foodluv
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic