The Deer Lodge
The Deer Lodge

The Deer Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.deerlodgeojai.com/
  • Phone: 8056464256x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 3:00pm -1:00am;
    Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Menus designed based on party needs with a range of pricing and options.
  • Entertainment: Live music 7 nights a week.
  • Special Events: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Bachelorette, Bachelor, Birthdays, Corporate

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking spaces available in lot as well as abundant street parking for free.
A word from The Deer Lodge
Legendary in Ojai since 1932, The Deer Lodge is now under new ownership as of Jan. 2, 2013 and serving great locally raised grass fed steaks and American classics made with the best of Ojai farm-sourced ingredients seven days a week. We feature a great wine list made up of Ojai and regional wines. Live music nightly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Deer Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (18)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (9)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (8)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (7)special occasion (6)scenic view (6)great for lunch (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • What happened to the burgers?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Deer lodge has always been a cool laid back place we've gone to for a burger and a beer. I was really disappointed when we showed up with out of town friends and discovered that not only were there no burgers on the menu, there wasn't anything in that price range anymore for dinner. Luckily, I made a comment about it to our waitress, and she wrangled us all some watkin & buffalo burgers anyway! They were great! I probably won't be going back for dinner though. Maybe lunch, or maybe cocktails & snacks while I watch a band, but we weren't thrilled by menu changes. It's too bad! I love that outdoor patio and the vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pleasant and surprizing
    RedFireVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    p.s. the brownie sundae was too die but, ask for no melons...ew!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CAN'T GO WRONG W THE DEER LOUNGE
    SERGE86
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really great service, great food, and nice location...I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot for vacation dinner!
    CMW4
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My mother and I spent a "girls' weekend" in Ojai and found this place. It was perfect. Great food, great service. Live music. Farm-to-table and local wine choices were major bonuses. I definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deer Lodge
    Vincent
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great experience! The Filet was the best steak meal I've had in many years and I've had steaks in many places. Good food in a roadhouse type atmosphere made it interesting and enjoyable. Staff was friendly and service was excellent. My wife had the veggie stir fry and said it was good too. Sampled my steak and claimed I got the better of the deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Deer Lodge actually looked just like the advertisement. We sat outside on a very slow evening. The owner popped over for a chat. The waitress made good suggestions. The band was great. It was everything I hoped it would be and my guests were delighted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be cool spot but...
    JoJi
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our server wasnt very attentive! The host Nate however was awesome and greeted us with such a warm welcome!! The food was just fine. Seemed like the menu, neither food or drink were up to date!! They kept saying "oh it's not on there, ask the server" or the item I wanted was blacked out with a marker. The hotel discount we received was not applied to the bill & I had to go find Brooke to make the adjustment. The busboy was cool tho tending to us for the latter part of our visit. Wish i would have had one of the guys serving us since they seemed more attentive, the gals not so much. It is a cool, rustic spot and if u don't have high expectations then it can be a cool experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    goodfoodlvrVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was amazing both times we've been here... even with a massive bike crowed on a Sunday, we were well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, inventive food selection!
    MarieB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We arrived a few minutes late, but had called ahead. Our table was near the fireplace, but not well lit. We had to use the flashlights on our phones to read the menu. The waitress was friendly and confirmed our choices were her favorites. The food was fabulous! We had a wonderful time. The environment was fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat Disappointed
    CaliGirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been coming to The Deer Lodge for lunch for years. This was the first time for dinner. We met friends there on a Friday night. The service was somewhat slow, and when the meals arrived were only lukewarm. I had ordered the Bison Short Ribs, I literally could barely cut them, they were extremely dried out and nearly jerky. Another person in the party ordered the Salmon, and it wasn't cooked all the way through, she ate the ends and left the uncooked center of the filet. In the end, they took my dinner off the check, as it was virtually untouched and barely edible. How there could be such a difference between lunch and dinner, is a mystery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better than expected
    ellasky
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    After reading multiple reviews on this place from Yelp I was unsure what to expect but because I wanted to see the band playing that night decided to give it a chance. I am glad we did. I sat outside for dinner and the noise level was low. The service was excellent. Food was delicious. Later we went inside to watch the band and really enjoyed ourselves. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    we were pleasantly surprised! Not only great food, but live music! Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique, delicious, great!
    RoboRider
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Deer Lodge is wonderful! Established in the 30's, it has a rustic appeal, an amazing menu, surprising selection of vegetarian options while known for their organic meat choices. Live music in the evenings, dining outside on the patio (with the neighbors and their pets) or inside (a bit dark, but what do you expect in a lodge! :-) ) and a decent wine and beer selection. Set in the mouth of a beautiful canyon in the town of Ojai, and just off the border of the Los Padres National Forest (a spectacular scenic drive before or after the meal), it's a "MUST" visit if you're in the area, and worth the drive even if you're not!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Atmosphere was really nice. It was a good place to hang out with friends or family. service was ok, pretty standard. we asked for bread that never came. the food was a little disappointing, especially the bison.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enchanting Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    What a great spot. The entire evening was made by the incredible service, ambiance and great music. It was our last night in Ojai and will be a a tradition from now on.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Music saved the night
    neomia
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    If I could give the food 3.5 I would. Nothing was amazing, my husband liked his ribs alot but I thought my jerk chicken was odd and over citrusy. The stuffed mushrooms were one of the blandest things I have ever tasted. Desserts were good though. The whole night was made awesome by discovering the amazing Becca Fuchs though. Go on a Sunday night to see her if you can!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 53 reviews are from the The Deer Lodge reviews archive.
  • Not going back any time soon
    foodie88
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    loud. noisy. out of desired items early evening. waitress with attitude. food mediocre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The restaurant was awful; the service was non-existent and the food was horrible. Will never go there again. The place was empty, reservations were totally unnecessary. Parking was limited and backed out to a road that was dangerous.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    liquidhair
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This Restaurant is the new destination experience. With a cabin feel you sense the ambience the moment you park and smell the sage and oak trees. A mix of hippie biker and connoisseur you will not be disappointed. What really seals the deal is the amazing farm to table food. Where else in California is the menu stocked with wild game choices fit for a michellin 5 star. I highly recommend this place and would give it 6 stars if there was an extra one.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall experience!
    Cynthia
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It's a farm to table restaurant, their Chili tastes very good, rich and spicy taste! Service was really good, lots of friendly bikers, and really liked the ambience and surrounding. I don't often recommend a restaurant but this is an overall very great experience! We have been back there as well!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, music, and service
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our elk and filet mignon, served by Trisha, the waitress with the great attitude. The bands were so good (especially "Send Medicine") that we hung out and listened to them after dinner. A great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deer Lodge
    elaineVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    W have recently moved to Santa Barbara and have taken advantage of as many Living Social offers as possible to acquaint ourselves with local restaurants. A group of 3 of us went for lunch and all ordered burgers. While the place is certainly unique in its atmosphere, the food left alot to be desired. The meat was overcooked (we all asked for medium rare and only one came out that way) and seemed unusually dry. Would be a fun place to go perhaps for a drink but probably wouldn't go back for the food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very disappointing experience. The food pretty much came all at the same time even thought we ordered salads to start. Got my glass of wine half way through dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paradox
    Outandabout
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Went for 24th wedding anniversary. Greeted nicely and seated quickly. Rustic furniture very uncomfortable, table wobbly, shelf next table dusty. server was nice but young and inexperienced. Had to check if wine was in stock, after awhile returned to say was not, bumped us up to higher $ wine, nice. Not very busy, but lots of time in between touches. No water served, had to ask. $10/$12 salads took long time to arrive, then less than 5 mins later main courses show up. Food was ok, but seemed warmed after sitting or something. Took long time to get check then longer to get cashed out. Owner walked by 3 or 4 times, greeted, seated regulars while we sat waiting to be cashed out, not even a hello. Perhaps good roadhouse but not WC dining...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Been here many times and never leave disappointed. The food and service are always great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    Bart
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The location is great, nice outdoor patio and live music inside. I would go there for happy hours or for a cocktail on the terrace. Food is ok, fresh and organic produce for sure, you can feel it but I was not too impressed by the dinner we had there.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where great food + music meet.
    amcomins
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I was in Ojai for a quick over night trip. I was looking forward to hearing one of my favorite bands play... local and national sensation "Lissie". Food terrific; staff accommodating; music venue surprisingly intimate and energetic. A blast!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and entertainment
    Galerie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We went to watch local star Lissie play a gig at The Deer Lodge. We decided to eat there ahead of the show and were totally impressed with the whole evening. The food was superb and the service excellent. Needless to say the show was incredible, so the whole evening was a total success!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much fun
    BonnyK
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have lived in Ventura for several years now and finally went to the lodge with friends who just moved here. Dinner was spectacular and we definitely are making plans to go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disapointed
    sadpartyofsixVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had heard that the Deer Lodge had new owners and was a great place to dine. We made reservations, we seated immediately upon arrival and then went down hill from there. The appetizer was served when the main meal arrived (we had long since given up) which was an hour after we ordered. We did not even see a server to take drink orders until 30 minutes after we were seated. The wine they recommended was not available. The salads were all wrong the meal took forever and when they came to apologize they offered 2 free deserts for a party of 6. The service needs a lot of work. The main entrée when it finally came was delicious. But from start to finish it was a 4 hour meal...really? They need to send their staff to Sea Fresh to train.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUCH A FUN SPOT!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is such a fun place! The service was great, drinks were delicious....and who doesn't love onion rings? Would recommend this for anyone staying or passing through Ojai!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go if you like great food
    buckster
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Visited during mid-week for lunch. old and rustic, Liked the setting. the craft beer selection is good, the food is good as well. Had the chicken fried sandwich with blue and bacon. passed on the spicy sauce. The sandwich was a little dry, should have added mayo. regardless, still was tasty. The burger looked great and the entire party had a good time. Will certainly be back on my next visit to Ojai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bison Short Ribs - The Best!
    JRNMEL
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Moist, flavorful, meat, falling off the bone. Mmmmmm, I ready to go back. Our server, Daniel, along with the rest of the crew took good care of us. The sitar player and band were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very trendy lodge like restaurant
    SofiaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Very trendy lodge like restaurant in a very rural part of Ojai, CA. Has very original décor, and a live band every night. The food was good, but the service could be better. Overall you should definitely visit when in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food in ojai
    karen
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Don't miss going to this restaurant in Ojai. It's worth the trip to this little town. Best bison burger I've ever had. Husband had a cheeseburger and said it's the best he's ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Although I was amused at the
    NoBikerBaby
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Although I was amused at the biker scene at noon on a Sunday, with their shots of whiskey and beer as they stood around their "bikes" I really can't call this a lovely place for dining. My dish had butter stuck to the rim of it when I didn't even have butter. The service was slow because there wasn't enough help, and our waitress tried her best. Everything just look old and neglected. It really needs a facelift. I guess at night you wouldn't see as much gunk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • organic buffalo burgers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We went on Sunday evening and loved the buffalo hamburger so much, we went to Deer Lodge on Monday night, the staff there is very friendly and helpful. The bands that play in evening are entertaining, not to disruptive to conversation at dinner table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Handled party of 8 well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Table was ready for us. Food was good. Service was very good. Seperate checks were no problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem in the Middle of Nowhere
    Morenos
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    this little gem is in the middle of what appears to be a residential area. The food was excellent and the service was great. Would definitely eat there again on my next trip to Ojai
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Big fan of the place. Not loving the TV sets - very distracting and makes it hard to be present, but other than that this place has a lot going for it. Customer service, great food, ambiance is priority, and I believe the owners value that as well. Thanks -- will tell friends. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate