Ellie's Tap & Vine
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
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!
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 :-)
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.
Great food and wonderful service! Couldn’t have been a better night. Thank You!
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!
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!
We shared a delightful meal with a great bottle of wine! We will be back!!!
Slow service food was very good
Excellent meal with wonderful ambience. The chef even spent some time with us which was wonderful. We will definitely go back
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.
Thank you for your wonderful words!
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.
We had a delicious dinner and the ambiance is decorated so beautifully!
We will definitely come again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful ambiance and very good food and service.
Everything was phenomenal. Highly recommend the crab cakes and halibut.
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!!
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.
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!
The duck was succulent, and the crab cakes stellar as always. One of our favorite local restaurants to frequent, we always have a fantastic experience. ❤😋
A hidden super secret. What a gem! Joy is top notch in her service and the staff are all exemplary. The wine list is ridiculous and the food amazing.
The food was outstanding and the setting gorgeous. Staff was welcoming and professional. Wish I was in town longer and could have eaten there more than once. Highly recommend!
We had an amazing dinner and experience here very romantic staff was awesome!!!
Ellie's is really coming into there own! The Pandemic was not kind to this fledgling but perseverance has paid off. Like all restaurants in the Valley they are short handed but good attitude makes up for it and lets face it the food is worth waiting for.
Thank you for your grace, support and kindness! We are giving it every last drip of our all...thank you for noticing! Cheers! Joy
The absolute best restaurant in the santa Ynez valley for any occasion. I was able to bring to friends to a new place they haven’t been for the most amazing food & great dining experience. They both loved everything & have told me they have to go back soon. Perfect place to gather for any type of dinner-from a must because dinner to a very special occasion. The setting and ambience is incredibly beautiful yet inviting. The staff is extremely kind and create the best dining experience. And the food is some of the absolute best food I have ever had! If you haven’t been yet you need to go and if you have gone you know you’re going back soon!
Joy was amazing. She came out to check on us, the food, and our overall experience several times even though she was short staffed. We loved the food and our whole evening.
We loved our anniversary dinner at Ellie's Tap & Vine. Although we'd requested and appreciated an outside table, the inside of Ellie's was really lovely--rustic chic, according to my husband. The wine list was huge, and my pour was generous. The farm-to-table food was creatively prepared and presented, and the flavors were fresh and complex. Outdoors, the atmosphere was relaxing and natural. We would highly recommend a night out at Ellie's.
Excellent food and lots to choose from - beautiful inside decor, although we sat outside on a perfect summer evening and looked across the Santa Ynez hills,
Delicious, friendly, great vibe all around. The staff was awesome. The wine selection had so many choices and the sangria was so refreshing too. Highly recommend the fried green tomatoes snd the filet mignon was mouth watering along with sea bass. We will definitely be back. Joy the owner was a pleasure to meet and have a great conversation with.
I want to begin with a positive note and I can say that in spite of the COVID induced labor shortages our server did a wonderful job taking care of us. The wine list had a good variety and was reasonably priced. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Paso Cab. Our disappointments lay with the food. The salads were wonderful. We had two and both were delicious. Unfortunately, we had the second salad because both our entrees were inedible. I tried the Vietnamese pork chop and found it had more grizzle than meat. My wife's fish was likewise disappointing. I would hope that a restaurant which charges for bread would serve warm, freshly baked bread. Not the case. I've had better bread with a Von's french bread loaf. Having been warned off one of the desserts by a nearby table we closed our meal with a peach dessert which was marvelous. We had high expectations for Ellie's but left very disappointed.
Ellie's tap and vine was AMAZING! We were staying in Slovang for the night and I made reservations for dinner here on a whim. Everything from the food, service, atmosphere, and vibe was fantastic. Our party consisted of 2 adults and a 7 year old. We had the sardine starter, crab cake entree, lamb sausage pot pie entree, and peach cobbler with vanila ice cream, a couple of draft beers and the house lemonade. Everything was delicious, tasted healthy and homecooked, seasoned to perfection (not laden with unnecessary butter or salt), and exceeded our expectations. The service was just as amazing and they were attentive and friendly. The vibe, chic rustic decor, and beautiful flower arrangements really enhanced our experience.
I would definitely return and recommend Ellie's to anyone!
Wanted to try a new restaurant and this was great. Will definitely be back.
Love the atmosphere! Food and service was wonderful. A great find.
Always love Ellie’s. Can’t wait for next time!
Thank you for this!!!!!
Always great food. Portions are big enough to share. Love that the chef changes her menu often, so we can go back regularly!
I hate to leave a review that isn’t entirely positive, but we had a disappointing experience at elli’s. I’m fairly certain our server forgot to submit our order to the kitchen as we waited over and hour and 15 minutes for our meals that were not particularly time intensive to prepare. I saw her at the bar during the three times I had to walk in myself for things like water, the check etc. in fact, we had wanted to order dessert and never even got an opportunity to because nobody even came to ask us if we were alright. If we needed anything else, etc. the food was good with a decent menu, but the service literally impeded our ability to enjoy the experience.
Thank you for your review. As the owner/chef, it disappoints me that you had less than a stellar experience at my restaurant. We pride ourselves on service and we missed the mark with you. Significantly. It's no secret that restaurants are desperately in need of staff. It's not an excuse but it is very much our current reality. I am deeply sorry for your dining experience. Please allow us another opportunity to wow you. Please contact me and I will take care of you. joy@elliestapandvine.
It was a wonderful meal! Fresh, local and high quality produce/ingredients and so beautifully prepared and DELICIOUS! Fun to see the owner and chef working right there who greeted us as we walked in and thanked us on the way out.
The service was friendly, attentive and professional on a charming deck. We’ll definitely return with friends… so happy they’re still here!
Lovely, very good food, wonderful vibe. Highly recommend.
Ellie's Tap & Vine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 390-3595.
Ellie's Tap & Vine is rated 4.8 stars by 111 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.