Best American Restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley

Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(644)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(622)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(415)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(175)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(1065)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(375)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(201)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1519)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(817)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(85)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraThe Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(239)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2231)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(135)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(561)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley

SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1197)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(310)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tre LuneTre Lune
(519)
$$$$
Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(486)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1927)
$$$$
Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2368)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(1060)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(955)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(625)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(853)
$$$$
Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
ConvivoConvivo
(532)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(108)
$$$$
Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Specials at top restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley

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Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosNorman at the Skyview Los Alamos
36 reviews
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

This was our first time at Norman's in the Skyview Motel (itself worth a stay!) We started at the bar with cocktails and then moved to a table for dinner. There was limited space, but our maitre d'hotel was more than gracious to let us sit at a larger table side by side. Nice accommodating customer-focused touch. We began with the charcuterie plate that was beautifully served on a wooden pallet. We then had the skirt steak entree and one of the other hors d'oeuvres lamb meatballs. We topped dinner off with a tasty apple tart. The food here is beautifully prepared and is simply delicious. Add to this attentive and superb service this restaurant is worth the drive and visit. More

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Carlitos Cafe Y CantinaCarlitos Cafe Y Cantina
96 reviews
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Mexican | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Always excellent. food is very authentic and delicious. More

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Mosto CrudoMosto Crudo
14 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

New favorite in SB. Scott was fantastic and the food is fresh, interesting and perfect proportions. More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Santa Ynez Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
The Gathering Table1. The Gathering Table
523 reviews
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Californian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

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Mad & Vin2. Mad & Vin
175 reviews
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Californian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley

Mad & Vin -one of Solvang’s great restaurants. Details mean everything. On a Tuesday in Dec it was full of locals and hotel guests. My Gluten Free requirement was accommodated well and maintained the quality of every course. My husband had the Seafood Pot and without asking, Chef placed his toasted bread on the side in case he wanted to share with me. The Farmers Salad was one of the best salads I’ve had. Ribeye was perfect followed by a lovely GF Pot de Creme. Even the decaf coffee was freshly brewed. Bar has an extensive selection of whiskeys and 18 yr single malts reasonably priced. Lastly but not least, Service was spot on. Next best thing to dining in Copenhagen. More

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Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn3. Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn
644 reviews
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

Great restaurant for special night out Food it extra special and yummy More

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Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria4. Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
310 reviews
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley

Incredible food and fun atmosphere! The staff is super friendly and the food is the best! They made my husband‘s 71st birthday a fun evening to remember! We love going local and supporting our local businesses and Leonardo’s is an awesome restaurant! More

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Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant5. Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
622 reviews
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

We have been coming to sides annually for more than five years. The service and food are consistently excellent and very good respectively. We began with their signature mac and cheese starter which, we found, was enough as an entree! Absolutely delicious! As a result we decided to split an entree of sea scallops that were superb and cooked rare as we requested. In addition to bottles Sides has "draught" wines that you can order by the glass, or 25cl, 50cl and litre pitchers. Our chardonnay was a perfect accompaniment with the scallops. The consistency of service and food makes Sides truly worth visiting...often! 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.