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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: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm -1:00am; Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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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 nightlyContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "loud. noisy. out of desired items early evening. waitress with attitude. food mediocre."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Been here many times and never leave disappointed. The food and service are always great."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Table was ready for us. Food was good. Service was very good. Seperate checks were no problem."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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