The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ojairesort.com/dining_at_ojai.html#
  • Phone: 8056402100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;
    Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Georg Paulussen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ray Jalili 8056461111x6109

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 150 (Ojai Avenue)
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Oak Grill features breakfast and lunch.


Sit outside and take in the dramatic views overlooking 200 year old Oak trees, the golf course and the mountain vistas beyond from our vine covered pergola on the terrace.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (28)scenic view (24)special occasion (19)romantic (18)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (11)kid-friendly (9)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent evening
    Luv2dinewellVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The views are magical. The building, staff, service, and food were all outstanding. This should not be missed when looking for a special evening and dinner out. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service and ambiance make this restaurant a wonderful place. Not to miss.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    William
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A little pricey, but it's the Ojai Valley Inn, so what would you expect? Wine choices were limited and ALL high end. Great food, service and ambience!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need new hostesses
    Mamallama
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We arrived on time for our 7:30 PM reservation. We saw the beautiful outdoor dining patio which appeared mostly full with a couple of empty tables. However, the hostess walks us over to an indoor dining area, opens the door and ushers into an absolutely empty room. No one else there, no music, very warm, I'm not even sure the tables were set. We thought she was joking. We asked how long for outdoors, we were told 20-45 mins. and someone would get us in the bar. One hour later, we finish our drinks, go back to the hostess who says, "perfect timing." She starts walking to our table and then leaves us standing for 5 mins. because the table wasn't set. We had obviously been forgotten. Wait staff was great so we did enjoy the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance great but misses on food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love the setting and service very good. The food was very good overall but a few stumbles marred the experience. First, my wife ordered the cod dish with bok choy. It came instead with sauteed kale. Server wasnt sure if they ran out or what but looked and tasted terrible. Also I ordered a side of grilled aspargus and got only 4 stalks for $10. Huh? Lastly wine list prices are outrageous. Salmon was very good and so was branzino special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Romantic Dinner
    Ojaifoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love this place, been here many times and this time, celebrated anniversary dinner with my wife. Beautiful location, fabulous food and outstanding service -- the staff could not be more efficient or attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And the improvements keep coming!
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great ambiance. Attentive staff. Very good food. The Oak Grill recently changed their menu and the four of us really enjoyed our meals. Fresh ingredients and solid, diverse menu. Started with a wonderful kale salad (definitely split worthy) and enjoyed a very nice halibut entree. My husband had a miso sea bass, I believe, and it was delicious too. It's a little pricey...not your everyday place. But when you want to step it up a notch and enjoy a nice meal with great ambiance, splurge a little and go to the Oak Grill at The Inn. The dining experience there has really improved over the years and we now go there 2-3 times a month.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    BETH
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    we like to go to the Inn because it does not disappoint. This time the service was, as always, friendly however the meal was a bit slow in coming to the table. It was a "full house" so perhaps that slowed the kitchen down. Otherwise...a perfect time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overly conscientiousnes bussing
    BobinOjai
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Only complaint would be that the staff worked a little too hard at clearing partially finished plates - especially when one or two in the party are clearly still eating. Positive comment is the 15% Inn Crowd savings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa reviews archive.
  • Sitting on the golf course - almost
    Kimber19335
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service here is always great but the it's the views and the patio that are spectacular. Have dined here twice now and both times the servers were great. Will definitely be back again and again when I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • magical evening
    luvmyojai
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    we celebrated my dad's 88th birthday with a party of 5 on the terrace. with perfect weather, the fading evening sky was accented by the twinkling lights in the adjacent grand oaks. our gracious server, annette, had excellent timing and attention to detail. bar tender mario personally delivered his delicious cocktails. dad especially enjoyed the spontaneous conversation with manager, ray, who made sure the birthday dinner was special. the lamb chops, tender and flavorful, exceeded what I've enjoyed in france. we all loved the local ojai winery pinot. each of our hand crafted main courses delighted all the senses. an overall delightful experience, which we look forward to repeating many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgot my leftovers again!
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had the best dinner! The shortrib is amazing - so tender, not over-seasoned, succulent...and I forgot half of it. I just left it there abandoned in a nicely packaged to-go box on my table while I strolled the grounds inhaling lavender and patting my happily full belly. Sigh. I may never get over it. Please tell your bussers to chase down fools like me so we aren't left with this sort of hysterical searing regret.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Kingsfan
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I had dinner there on May 3rd. We were given a table outside overlooking the walking path and the golf course. It was very nice. The food was good, although not anything special. I had a half chicken and my wife had a chopped salad with grilled chicken. We had the artichoke flatbread as an appetizer and it was very good. We shared the black forest cake for desert and it was very tasty. The Grill isn't inexpensive but then again most things at the Ojai Valley Inn are fairly expensive. We shared a glass of wine and my wife had coffee. The total bill (with tip) was approximately $110. Overall, it was a good meal but not extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    vhrlVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Little gem and slice of heaven. EVERY member of staff was amazingly courteous and helpful. Can not wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant for lunch
    SofiaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great restaurant for lunch at the Ojai Valley Resort and Spa. It has a scenic view of the resort and gold course. The food is very good, but the service is a little slow. Also, their choice of music is too old school for me. All in all it was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always perfect.
    BETH
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We always bring or out of town guests to the Oak Grill....you cannot beat the quality, service and atmosphere of this 5 Diamond resort! I have had only top flight experiences at the Inn.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love Ojai
    PumpkinsLA
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I love the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and the Oak Grill is a great dining option. Definitely recommend over the more pricey option there. Food was great, service was great and the ambiance cannot be beat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous in every way!
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We were staying at the resort and ate at this restaurant twice....once for dinner and once for breakfast. Both times were over the top exceptional! The menu for dinner is very broad and offers many choices. We all had something different. My halibut with pork belly was recommended by our waitress and it was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. The flavors were fabulous. For breakfast, a buffet is offered but we chose to order off the menu. The steak and eggs was wonderful, all egg dishes prepared perfectly and the service was once again fantastic. The setting is comfortable, yet offers great views. I highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely setting for lunch
    Eclectictastes
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This is a beautiful setting and the lunch menu is varied and moderate for the surroundings. But we had problem with food delivered and had to wait a very long time to get anyone from the wait staff to return to our table. Similarly, we ran out of bread and had to flag several people down before they replenished. Perhaps it was understaffed the day we went. What we ordered was tasty and would definitely go again, but hope the service improves.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pros and Cons from a Regular Diner
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Pros: EXCELLENT service from Mario and Mark! Cons: My Hendrick's martini went from $14 to $19 - WHOA! And the chicken and short rib were both well presented but very salty. Chocolate dessert was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service!
    Sooz
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was amazing! The view was so beautiful with the trees lit up.The outdoor seating area felt so cozy. And the service here was incredible! The staff is beyond words here. I would definitely come back here again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    330toSRT8VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The Big Mouth Burger was gigantic and delicious! I also tried the Pork Belly, which was tender and rich. Finally, the Caramel Pecan Turtle Cake dessert was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a romantic eve!
    Whale123
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Impeccable service, great food, wonderful live music, and a special anniversary dessert provided a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    vcarvajal78
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Food was horrible and over priced... Not one thing on the menu was worth choosing a Big Mac over.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as should be/has been
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I always rate the Inn 5 stars, but sadly couldn't this time. Everything was wonderful as usual: cocktails made with care at the bar with Mario, a lovely dinner and appetizers on the patio (my favorite was the crispy halibut with roasted pork belly, home fries and salsify!), but what deflated the whole evening was the frozen pumpkin dessert (so frozen that even after lingering over coffee, we still had to chip away at it). I expect five-diamond homemade desserts at a five-diamond resort. Bummer. Oh, and no more Parker House rolls! We still recommend and will definitely be back and hope this was just a one-off experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice special occasion dinner
    birthdayfor9
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We had a birthday gathering and the flowers we had ordered were there, the birthday cake requested was there, and delicious, and the service was warm and welcoming. Food was lovely, delivered a bit slowly. We were pleased overall, and had a nice time. This occasion was incidental to a wedding we were attending at Ojai Valley Inn, which was spectacular, and our birthday occasion was appropriately low key but special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for breakfast not for dinner
    GrandmaDVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Ate here while staying at the Ojai valley inn and spa. Dinner at Oak Grill was only disappointment during our otherwise wonderful stay. Food ranged from mediocre to terrible. Service inattentive. Surprising because breakfast was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration
    BrendeVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We had a delicious dinner and especially impressed with staff.......couldn't have been nicer. We had a delay getting there from our room at the Ojai Inn, and since the restaurant knew it was my birthday...went overboard to make it a wonderful meal......
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wonderful 45th anniversary!
    Bonnie
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Your server and everyone working there made us feel very special. The scenery is spectacular too. We're bringing our kids and grandkids back for more special times....!! Thank you, Bonnie Edwards
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible
    Erika
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Our food was terrible, we ordered a Halibut and it was over cooked. They redid it but we had to wait another 15minutes while one of us had finished our food. The cocktails were terrible too. The bus boys were the only efficient part of the evening eager to remove plates that were still being used and full of food! We will never go there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed review
    PaliDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The food was ok, but I ordered my dish with no salt and it seemed they interpreted this to mean add lots of extra salt. Food was overpriced for what it was, but that's to be expected at a high end resort. service was very slow, had long waits between courses and had to ask repeatedly for various items and for bill. View over golf course is great so very pretty if you are outside. You are captive there, unless you want to drive out for dinner, so this is probably the more reasonable of the places to eat (others are more formal dining room and what amounts to a pub/bar, which is very noisy). Definitely would not eat here if I wasn't staying at the resort
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Service and View
    Kimber19335
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Beautiful seating outside and view of the golf course. Food was good but not great. Very pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We had a really pleasant dinner. Our server, Mark, was excellent. My favorite dish of the night was the scallops with oyster mushroom orzo - such great flavors. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Service
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Mario at the Maravilla bar and Alyssa at the Oak Grill deserve special recognition for their friendly knowledgeable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful escape
    JulieD
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    This restaurant at the Ojai Valley Inn is perfect when you want good food, good scenery and comfortable atmosphere. We ate there for breakfast and dinner both days we stayed at the Inn and it offered enough variety to suit our tastes. The food was delicious and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow but good.
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    This was the night of the now-famous fireworks (which were fun to see, but the GM's apology in the paper later was insincere). Service was pleasant, but very slow (almost 2.5 hours for three courses). If you see our previous reviews, we always give OVI high marks, and of course we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    WineandDiner
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Had expected a fine dining experience to match the quality of the Ojai Valley Inn. Not the case. While the setting under the oak trees is spectacular and the guitar playing a nice background touch, the long wait for dinner was inexcusable. The warm bread was good, but not enough to hold us for the next hour waiting for our entrees. I had the salmon which was good, but not outstanding. We finally spoke to the manager who gave us excuses, but seemed only mildly concerned. May or may not try it again. Would not recommend at this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful, as always
    DishingOjai
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Special thanks to Robin and Gaby. What a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's not to like?
    hkl7
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Set on the property of one of the most beautiful resorts in the country (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa), the Oak Grill is a fantastic setting for a nice yet casual dinner. Beautiful large patio overlooking their breathtaking golf course, the menu has a nice mix of casual fare to gourmet cuisine. Our server (Kory) couldn't have been any nicer or more accommodating. The guitar player added sweet sounds in the background, enhancing the experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    This was a birthday celebration dinner for a 19 year old....she LOVED it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate