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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
(1441)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

We were a little skeptical that it would be very touristy because of the association with the movie Sideways, but were so surprised and impressed with the quality and mouth watering flavor of the food. We had the shortribs and the mushroom ravioli and were completely enamored with our dishes. We actually chose from the Sideways price fixe menu and for the value it was amazing! Included in the price were a great glass of pinot noir or white wine, soup or salad (the white bean pancetta soup was fantastic on a cool, windy evening), a choice of 3 entrees: shortrib, salmon or ravioli, and dessert, flourless chocolate cake with ice cream. It was really busy/noisy inside so we preferred the patio seating with pretty lighting, very quaint and lovely looking out at the little town scene. We will absolutely go back next time we are up wine tasting in the area! More

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Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos
Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos
(105)
$$$$
American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

Excellent experience! Outstanding service and delicious food and drinks! More

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Santa Ynez Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
1. Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(668)
$$$$
American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

This was a Birthday Celebration lunch. As always, really good food! More

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SY Kitchen
2. SY Kitchen
(1485)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

My husband and I had a dinner reservation but decided to sit at the bar instead because it looked so inviting and fun. It was! The bartender was terrific and I had the delicious mezcal drink on the menu which was so so good! One of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. More

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The Gathering Table
3. The Gathering Table
(676)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

I would and have recommended this restaurant to many of our friends. The food is always superb, as is the service. We recently had a "Date night" there and were thrilled with the meal. Their Hamachi was the best we have had ( and it is always what we order if it is on the menu). The fish was out of the world. The Ling cod was prepared with fresh corn and basil and served with a Beurre Blanc sauce that was so good there are no words. The wines are excellent and often are from local vineyards. The staff is excellent at recommending the best wine to go with each course. The chef is personable and often comes out to visit with diners and is always happy to discuss the food, and describe the preparations. It is just a great, fun place to dine. A real Local Gem More

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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn
4. Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(817)
$$$$
American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

Our server Andrea Cantrell is outstanding! Very personal, makes our experience enjoyable. Although we are only in town once or twice a year she remembers our names and what cocktails we enjoy She is an exceptional employee. More

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Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
5. Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(484)
$$$$
Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley

We had the most amazing dinner. It was for a friends birthday. Our server was Shaun and he was so helpful with choices of food and wine. He gave me two different wines to taste and then brought me a wonderful Pinot noir. And the end we were able to meet Leonardo and he graciously took a picture with us. Next time we are in Solvang we will definitely er here again. Living in Temecula we have many wineries but the wine I had that night was perfect. More

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Discover Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is tucked in a lush paradise known for California wines. The Valley is also home to a number of exceptional dining choices that make the most of the rich agricultural region and local produce. Visit a classic street food-style pizzeria with a menu packed with local products. Taste a beef tongue pastrami sandwich or Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella. If you're looking for healthy, an array of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available. There is no shortage of cafes and bistros with seasonal menus featuring octopus salad, mushroom pasta, and lamb shanks for a Greek-American fusion. Start your day with Danish pancakes and various fresh-fruit toppings.

Discover Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is tucked in a lush paradise known for California wines. The Valley is also home to a number of exceptional dining choices that make the most of the rich agricultural region and local produce. Visit a classic street food-style pizzeria with a menu packed with local products. Taste a beef tongue pastrami sandwich or Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella. If you're looking for healthy, an array of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available. There is no shortage of cafes and bistros with seasonal menus featuring octopus salad, mushroom pasta, and lamb shanks for a Greek-American fusion. Start your day with Danish pancakes and various fresh-fruit toppings.