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The Deer Lodge
The Deer Lodge

The Deer Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ojaideerlodge.net/
  • Phone: (805) 646-4256
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:45am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: No
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 from 11AM until 10PM. We feature a great wine list made up of Ojai and regional wines. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Table was ready for us. Food was good. Service was very good. Seperate checks were no problem."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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. :)"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We went to the Deer Lodge for dinner over a weekend getaway to celebrate my wife's birthday. They tried to seat us outside away from any heat lamps, so I told the host we had to have some heat lamps since it was too cold for my wife. They were very accommodating. The biggest downside was the extremely slow service, which had nothing to do with the food being cooked-to-order and lots to do with the fact there was live music that night and the place was a bit of a zoo. The food itself was very average. We got the bison ribs and the tritip as main courses, the beet salad, and the deviled duck eggs. Nothing blew us away, it was all good but not great. We won't come back, but we're glad we went for the experience and the ambiance."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a fun spot for drinks & entertainment. Service was friendly but very slow. Food was just okay, not noteworthy except to say both of our dishes (BBQ tri tip and flat iron steak) were cold by the time we were served. We made reservations and were seated after a short wait. We were placed at a table for 4 in front of the stage. We came for dinner and did not intend to stay for the full show but because of slow service we were still at the table well after the band came on stage. We felt extremely awkward being a party of 2 taking up a prime table for 4 with people crowded around us wanting a seat who clearly came for drinks and to hear the band. As we were getting up to finally leave, folks literally pounced on the table. Yikes!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A local party spot for food, bar room and music in Ojai. I made a dinner reservation a Saturday night because two of my favorite singers playing that night. I specially request a dinner table stage center in the music room, before making the 70 mile drive up from Los Angeles. When I arrived no table had been reserved, and a single side table was set up for me in a corner off to the side of the stage with a big speaker hiding my view of the stage. The big dinner tables in front of the music stage were reserved for bigger dining parties with no interest in the music, while one remained empty all evening. With the headline performer on at 10:30 all the tables were removed and it was a jammed, noisy standing room bar scene only. Food: mediocre."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The Deer Lodge was a fun place to dine, with an interesting menu and good food. Recommended for a fun evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have no idea where this restaurant gets off charging as much as they do. Aside from gorgeous outdoor area there's not much else there. I paid $32 for three scallops and they weren't even that good. I would never come back and I would encourage others to stay away from this place is well I told adjuster prices to the quality of their food or vice versa."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Reservations made for Valentines Day. Not able to order off the regular menu as they had a Prix Fix menu. Although my filet was delicious, the meal was very expensive, $50 per person plus wine. Did not expect to pay that much and would have liked to know it was a preset menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Grabbed lunch after hearing local buzz about Deer Lodge.Has kind of a biker bar feel outside,and lots of people on the patio for lunch, with a huge grill in front churning out grilled fare.Started with gouda mac & cheese - to die for.My husband got the tri tip sandwich with sweet potato fries.Meat was very tender, and the fries were good.Buffalo burger was overcooked and requested side of quinoa loaf (it has received great reviews), but I think they just gave me a side of quinoa -- and it was not noteworthy at all.If you go, make sure they don't overcook your burger, and your experience may be better!Overheard a large party nearby say no one was pleased with their meal, also noticed lots of happy salad eaters, so maybe that's the way to go!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Chairs are not comfortable, the tops of the log legs cut into the thighs. Good guitar player on first night but it was loud. Second visit had large party and service was not very good. Steaks are outstanding and fresh salad with veggies are terrific."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food was great, and the people were very friendly. The only issue was the waitress was very slow. She was very pleasant,but forgot our drinks and forgot our waters, and seemed to be busy with other things. Like I said, she was very pleasant."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The place we were staying at recommended it so we drove by in the afternoon just to see if we wanted to try it. I was a little scared of the look, it was pretty funky with an older 'lodge' feel and look to it. Husband insisted we tried it and I'm sooo glad he did. We split a beautiful 20+ oz rib eye that was to die for, I like my meat on the bloody side but still warm, they did it perfectly, the spinach salad was also very good as was the bread the wine and the flour-less chocolate cake. The waitress was knowledgeable about her menu and friendly without being silly. I love it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Had a great time and food was great. Nice outside seating for our large group. They even brought me free dessert for my birthday."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The Deer Lodge is not just a restaurant, it is an experience! My husband and I took our 3 sons ages 13,11 and 8 for dinner and we all left with a smile. The menu is creative with something for everyone. I find it rare for a vegetarian to be just as excited about the menu and a meat eater! The menu, the decor and the wait staff are are fabulous. We wish this restaurant was in our home town. Now we will be gong to Ojai just to eat at the Deer Lodge."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "The Deer Lodge seems to be back to its old, great, tradition of good food and fun ambience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Kitschy place better as a bar than a restaurant. Awful service!!!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Our waitress Mellanie was attentive and personable. Everything was made to order. I had a chopped salad with grilled salmon and my wife had a grilled shrimp salad. Great beers on tap. We sat under the heaters outside which i was worried wouldnt do it at first but turned out perfect. Thanks to Tim the GM."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Food was quite good but buffet barely warm and was so dark, very difficult to choose foods. Took long time to get bread w/ one butter and chairs were uncomfortable. Thought meal was overpriced; waitress good."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The T-bone was excellent, the service was great, and the drinks were tasty!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "great food, yummy burgers, fun atmosphere, and thanks to the guy who turned on the disco ball sending colored lights out everywhere. Our almost 2 grandson sat with his head back, saying "WOW, WOW, WOW" Good job"
    Dined on 10/19/2013