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Santa Ynez Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Santa Ynez Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
A photo of Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(944)
$$$$
• American • Santa Ynez Valley
The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured.The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.As chefs, the brothers continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch”, homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers, a wine list that showcases the region’s award-winning wines and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere that takes you back to the romance of the old west. They want you to feel at home, and experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country.
A photo of SY Kitchen restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2715)
$$$$
• Italian • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 60 times today
RESERVATIONS Reservations for parties of 5 or more please call restaurant directly. S. Y. Kitchen requests a credit card to hold a reservation of 6 or more. You may cancel by calling the restaurant by 5 PM two days prior to the reservation. After that cancellation is subject to our policy and fees may be incurred. All credit card information will be processed securely.
A photo of Ellie's Tap & Vine restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(265)
$$$$
• Farm-to-table • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 6 times today
Welcome to Ellie's Tap & Vine... Join us for seasonal cuisine, elegant ranch ambiance and great wine! We are Valley to Table dining, working with many local farms and purveyors; We look forward to seeing you soon! Our menu changes regularly, so please feel free to visit our website: www.elliestapandvine.com or follow us on IG and/or FB.Our restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Ynez. We boast amazing outdoor seating with great views and because it is often a little chilly in the evening, we have heaters. We are also dog and cat friendly.We know re-adjusting to dining out is a strange experience for everyone and we are all slowly returning. For now, we will be suspending lunch service.
A photo of Nella Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(503)
$$$$
• Californian • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 24 times today
S.Y. KITCHENOpened in August 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar offers fresh, modern California cuisine and focuses on 'Roman Pinsas.Meals are served on the front porch overlooking Grand Ave where guests are warmly welcomed, or in the cozy Dining Room which also has a private Wine Room that can host family seating and private parties.Cocktails are focused on classics and served in the Lounge with a lot of bar seating.
A photo of The Ballard Inn restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1033)
$$$$
• Creole • Santa Ynez Valley
Among the most exceptional and sophisticated Santa Ynez Valley restaurants is The Ballard. With its captivating and comfortable atmosphere, The Ballard is the perfect place to come together for a warm, social dining experience celebrating the bounty of the Santa Barbara wine country – wonderful wine and delicious food!We deliver a truly delectable and extensive menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats.Whether you’re reconnecting with family and friends at our communal gathering table, or with that special someone at one of our more intimate tables, you’re in for a truly remarkable dining experience.There's something on the menu for everyone, and all the dishes are small plates and meant to be shared, so come hungry!

Discover Santa Ynez Valley

Just up the coast from Los Angeles, nestled in Santa Barbara County along the Los Padres National Forest, is the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Many of the best produce farms in Southern California grow here, as well as some very accomplished vineyards. The Valley is also just inland from the Pacific Ocean, so there is always a constant influx of high-quality seafood. This leads to some of the best fusion and nouveau-American cuisine, including a variety of innovative and eclectic establishments. Their flair for California style mixed with fresh, high-quality ingredients sets the tone for many of the local restaurants, though you can still find plenty of high-quality traditional places, like steakhouses and great sushi.

Just up the coast from Los Angeles, nestled in Santa Barbara County along the Los Padres National Forest, is the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Many of the best produce farms in Southern California grow here, as well as some very accomplished vineyards. The Valley is also just inland from the Pacific Ocean, so there is always a constant influx of high-quality seafood. This leads to some of the best fusion and nouveau-American cuisine, including a variety of innovative and eclectic establishments. Their flair for California style mixed with fresh, high-quality ingredients sets the tone for many of the local restaurants, though you can still find plenty of high-quality traditional places, like steakhouses and great sushi.

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