Ellie's Tap & Vine

4.9
130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 130 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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JamesM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dinner was outstanding and service was a lot of fun as well...very attentive and helpful...we'll be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
242 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice experience on food and people and service. However it was a small space with kitchen next to it, and we could smell cooking.

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vipIndyDavid
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly warm and accommodating service plus spectacular food made with love equals perfection. Thank you for having us! It was a privilege to dine with you.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie’s remains my go-to special occasion restaurant. I have never been disappointed.

The food is outstanding, the service is great, and the wine list is both very good and a good deal.

It is also one of the few places I will save room for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place in the Valley.

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vipJessaShorts
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding. Always the freshest ingredients resulting in delicious flavors.

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worldtraveler14213
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were a bit underwhelmed by the food and our server failed to mention the specials before we ordered. We subsequently overheard another server tell a neighboring table and we would have been interested. The restaurant itself is gorgeous. Perhaps we just hit an off night.

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vipAberg
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't been to Ellie's since Covid and we were delighted to see that they are not only surviving but thriving! There were three of us dining and we were all quite satisfied with our meals: Eastern Crab Cakes, Chicken Pot Pie, and Mixed Greens with Bacon and Date Salad. Our service was great, the food was outstanding, and the ambiance was lovely. We had our dog with us and we sat outside on their lovely warm patio. The waitstaff was welcoming, friendly, and efficient. They even brought a bowl of water for our dog. We will definitely return and add Ellie's to our short local rotation list.

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wildebor
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful service, quiet and nice background music, we loved it!

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vipEileenC
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent, locally sourced, absolutely fresh meal at Ellie’s!

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vipTRUFFS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambience. Will definitely be back.

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vipsyvlocals
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re locals and we love Ellie’s. We try to go as often as we can and it’s always the top of our restaurant list.

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JoeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed meeting Joy. This was the best dinner that we had on our two week vacation in California.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! I have no other words.

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theredbaron
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at Ellie's! It's our new favorite restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The menu had so many great options that it was hard to choose. The quality and taste of the food was great, as was the presentation.

We enjoyed a leisurely evening, celebrating our anniversary. We are so glad we found this great jewel.

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vipups2011
Palm Springs
49 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie’s is a beautiful rustic restaurant with delicious food and great service. The chicken pot pie and brined pork chop were both done to perfection. Can’t wait to visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great experience. The chef whipped up an amazing dish off menu for us due to dietary restrictions we had. Definitely went above and beyond.

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CarlaM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time to Elle's and both times, it was fantastic. The menu changes regularly, so check out the website for updates, but everything we have had has been perfection.

This time, we got the beef tartare, which was unusual; we haven't had anything like that before. We think it was the parmesan! Then, we had the duck sausage pot pie, which was off the charts savory and delicious. I had the spicy crab cake (not TOO spicy) with vegetables, which came with this creamy, bacon sauce. It was detectible. I could put that sauce on everything! (The chef, Jay, was kind enough to make me more!)

Joy (the owner) and Jay come to the tables and check on how your meal is going and chat with you. It honestly feels like you are at friends' house for dinner; everyone is so warm and welcoming.

For two people to go out for great service, a bottle of sparkling, have two appetizers, two entrees, plus dessert for well-under $200 is unheard of, but that was exactly our experience. This place is definitely a hidden gem of the SYV.

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vippmjedwards
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am excellent wine list, with many local notables. I had the BLT salad followed by the steaks then finished with the rhubarb crisp for dessert. Was a random choice but turned out to be a great find. The staff/owners are very friendly and happy to provide advice if needed. Would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joy and Jay, owner and chef, were wonderful. The food was excellent - thoughtful and not pretentious. The flavors on the plate were delicious and well prepared. The staff was personable, kind, generous, and enjoyable to interact with. Great wines, including bubbly wines for pre-dinner. A classic California meal without the fuss and the right portions. A truly enjoyable experience and date :-)

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vipSantaYnezEllies
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Farm to table, chef owned restaurant.
Started with steak tartar, w capers and lettuce, very tasty. Then had the warm apple salad w blue Roquefort cheese, walnuts and a warm honey dressing…most tasty. Followed by 8 oz filet au poivre, sauce was wonderful w green peppercorns, on top of sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes. Steak was cooked perfectly! Finished the meal with the rhubarb crisp topped w a scoop of vanilla ice cream, just the right balance of sweet and sour. All in all, loved the dinner.

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ChrisP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service! Couldn’t have been a better night. Thank You!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible all around! My mom and I were visiting from San Diego and we are coming back again tomorrow. The best crab cakes and salmon we’ve ever had… wonderful service and ambiance. Love that twin brother and sister (Veteran too) own the restaurant and took the time to ensure that we were enjoying everything. Can’t sing praises high enough for Ellie’s Tap and Vine!

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RyanK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough positive things about Ellie's Tap & Vine. We were driving from LA, and our day was delayed a bit and they were able to accommodate a change to our reservation quickly and easily. When we got there, I parked down the hill in the lot (because our GPS showed to go back there) but I'd recommend parking in the lot nearest to the main street. They had a lot of outdoor seating with heaters, and their indoor seating was well-spaced and very cozy. They were playing awesome, recognizable-but-easy-to-eat-to music and when we arrived, we were promptly greeted by our server as well as the owner. Though we were told (verbally and on the menu) that they were short staffed, we didn't feel that at all. Our server was hustling, but we certainly didn't feel rushed at all. The owner, Joy, and her brother, Jay, were working hard alongside our server to make sure their guests felt appreciated, which we very much did. Everyone was lending a hand for cleaning up, and answering questions, and we were even followed up with during the meal to check in. And the meal - oh man. It was so good. When we sat down, we were informed that the menu changes very regularly but there were a few things that were always on it. We ended up ordering the warm apple salad as well as the olive tapenade - both of which were perfect to share as appetizers. My girlfriend got the filet, and Jay came out and asked how she would want it prepared, and he was able to butterfly it and cook it exactly as she wanted. The mashed potatoes that came with it were fluffy and delicious. I got the chicken cacciatore - which I've never tried before - and it was wonderful. So much chicken and stew, and the polenta was perfect. We rounded out the meal with the bread pudding, which was honestly some of the best I've had. The wines were top notch and appropriately priced, and they even had dessert wines, which is a favorite. Again, I can't recommend this place enough. They're doing things right. Thank you so much!

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AllysonH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared a delightful meal with a great bottle of wine! We will be back!!!

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zbar
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Slow service food was very good

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JimT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with wonderful ambience. The chef even spent some time with us which was wonderful. We will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely adore this restaurant! The food was to die for, the chef was incredible. The staff are all fantastic, very attentive and sweet. They play soft music with dim lighting for a nice relaxing ambience.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on September 25, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful words!

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vipJoeE
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic dining experience. It is all locally sourced food with wonderful options.

Our challenge was trying to decide which items to order. They all sounded great. The service was incredibly friendly and a visit by the chef was an added bonus. The wine list was extensive. We chose one of our Santa Ynez Valley favorites.

The location is a couple miles outside the tourist hustle and bustle of Solvang. We highly recommend making the short drive to support a small local restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and the ambiance is decorated so beautifully!
We will definitely come again.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on September 25, 2021

Love this!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were in France the minute we walked in. Beautifully decorated restaurant. Food outstanding and all the staff was very attentive. Super romantic spot as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find in Santa Ynez. Fantastic food and wine. Very friendly staff attentive to our dining pace, which is easygoing, not rushed. The owner/chef stopped by our table near the end of our meal and was curious about our visit to the area and provided great suggestions on wineries and other locations to visit on our current trip and future visits to the area. This is the type of smaller, high quality restaurant with such personal investment in hospitality that I love to spend time and savor a meal.

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vipNG3054
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie’s has become our favorite place to dine on the Central Coast. We love the fresh, seasonal dishes, the ambience, and friendly staff. Each week, Joy offers a different variety of delicious starters, main courses, and desserts., and the wine selection is fabulous! My only complaint is that Ellie’s isn’t open more days of the week.

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LTR94556
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and service at Ellies. Crab cakes, duck and deserts were excellent. Would not hesitate coming here again. Very impressed with wine list and wines by the glass.

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Foodie
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and very good food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Highly recommend the crab cakes and halibut.

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LocalFoodie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie’s is where I bring all my guest when they come into town! They are ALWAYS amazed that this quality of restaurant is here in OUR little valley! Ellie’s always has a versatile and ever changing menu, the ambience is gorgeous but relaxed and comfortable. Another reason I love Ellie’s is We never feel rushed! We can take our time savoring our food and wine. (The wine list is stellar) Owner & Chef Joy actually comes out to our table and chats a moment! Where else does that happen? My guests ALWAYS love that!
NOTE ** I had the Ahi appetizer.... immediately ordered ANOTHER ONE!! PERFECTION! We also had the spicy crab cake and halibut!! Hands down, my favorite restaurant!!

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Barbara
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have dined here several times since she opened. Usually quite good. Last night was OUTSTANDING!! Knocked it out of the park. Baby Back Ribs were some of the best we have ever had. The Au Poivre Filet was excellent. Wine by the glass selection is one of the best in the Valley- not the usual suspects.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on August 28, 2021

Hi Barbara: Thank you so much for your review! I also want to thank you for your patience for our less than five star service. Staffing is challenging right now, as I am sure you are aware and my staff...although mighty, is stretched incredibly thin. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers!

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FAQs

Ellie's Tap & Vine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 390-3595.

Ellie's Tap & Vine is rated 4.9 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.