Ellie's Tap & Vine

4.7
47 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 47 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Deron
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was divine the wine selections extensive the whole experience delightful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had Salmon and it was to die for! It
was cooked to perfection. It was served on a bed of asparagus and spinach, with a scrumptious sauce underneath. The decor was beautiful! They have indoor and outdoor seating, all very comfortable. The server was so friendly and kind. She checked in with us regularly and was so accommodating! The chef, Joy, even came out after our meal to introduce herself answer any questions and to make sure our meal was outstanding. This restaurant was a 5-star dining experience that we’ll be sure to frequent often!

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Carla
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a bit of a wait when you got there, but that's understandable - Joy (the owner and chef) makes all the dishes herself and with everything opening back up, it was a bit slow. That being said COMPLETELY worth the wait. The olive tapenade was amazing, and the filet was so tender, it melted in your mouth.

The servers were friendly and accomodating. When I asked about some of the red wines, she brought me out some tastes to I could order what I liked.

The outside booths have high sides, so it's pretty intimate. Great for a night with friends or a date night. A total gem!

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LocalFoodie
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST restaurant in the valley!!! EVERYTHING about it is on point!
I can’t wait to visit again and again!
Ps. THE best STEAK I have had!!

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JCdines
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joy and her friends at Ellie's offer a wonderful, warm evening with delicious food. Like visiting a good friend's house for a fun evening!

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vipjoblow
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about this place. It's apparent that everyone here loves what they're doing and want to be the best. I hope the Michelin restaurant reviewers are looking at this place to give it a star

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vipBeachlife
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary was excellent. Atmosphere was perfect food yummy!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 21, 2021

Thank you for stopping in and for acknowledging my staff publicly! See you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and great service! If you are in town you must try you will not regret it! Best salmon and steak I’ve ever had!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you so much! Come back and visit!

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vipDocB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! I highly recommend Ellie's Tap & Vine!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you so much, DocB! We love all serve all!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server informed us that the beef short rib was unavailable; however, we ordered a Pinot Noir, which they were also out of and substituted for a Syrah, not once but twice. That wine was great as well. We just would have liked to have a choice. And the owner should check her facts we were never offered a different choice in wine. Your cooking of the salmon dish also leaves much to be desired.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 16, 2021

Shawn: Gosh, if only you wouldn't have slept through your first reservation, due to wine tasting all day, you would have been able to enjoy the short rib entree! You were poured a Syrah instead of the Pinot but your server informed you of the replacement and you even ordered a second bottle. What I do take issue with is that you were incredibly rude, mean and condescending toward my server...so much that another guest came inside to get me...Please do not return. Kindness rules.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating overlooks flowing vineyards and smoky mountains giving it a very rural peaceful vibe. This fits perfectly with the rustic decor. The food is very fresh and excellently prepared. The menu is quite unique and original. I wanted to order one of everything just to taste it all!
The tables are separated by corrugated aluminum dividers. I think this amplifies the conversations around you making it a little loud.
I would definitely return if I travel back to this part of the country again!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful comments! We think the view is pretty fabulous, too!

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GOPJenn
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great hidden gem in the Santa Ynez Valley. The food is amazing, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is delightful. The patio is perfect no matter the weather and the views are almost as expansive as the wine list.

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vipNicolie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambiance and even better dinner fare. Love being at Ellie’s 🥰

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 7, 2021

Thank you for your extra comments! Hope to see you soon!

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vipkathym
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The first dish on the menu that caught my I was the halibut in a coconut and carrot puree it sounded so unusual I had to try it. It was amazing! Can't wait to return and try another of the chef owner's creations.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you, Kathy! Look forward to your return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great new find for us. The food and service was absolutely amazing. They have a great wine menu as well. Will be going back next time we are in Santa Ynez for sure.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your visit! We look forward to hosting you in the future! Cheers!

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SteveS
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

COVID safe here! Food was delicious and clean. The salmon was cooked perfectly and my daughter loved her filet.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback! We take COVID seriously. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always great food with lovely services. Smaller menu which means everything on it is done well.

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vipDeanG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife, food was fantastic and will definitely go back again

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on December 5, 2020

Thank you, Dean! Great to see you both and I am so glad your wife enjoyed her birthday! We all need a little enjoyment, right now! We will be moving to Take out and delivery this next week, Thursday - Saturday, from 4 - 7pm. Hope you will continue to support us through what will hopefully be our final phase! Cheers! Joy

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JessaShorts
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner out even during these uncertain times. All the COVID protocols were in place including dividers between the booths. The food was outstanding. We will definitely return.

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jtrwallace
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, unique and perfect portion sizes. Highly recommend.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on November 30, 2020

Thank you for taking time to leave a review and for your generous feedback! Cheers! Joy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on November 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your generous comments!

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vipRyanD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

So started off ok. A little odd being on the patio with a gym class going on underneath you, but hey, it's COVID no biggie, we're all doing our best. Overall meal decent, but definitely a tad overpriced for what you get. Biggest problem however was the fact that the "salad" which really tasted like a dessert, was just too sweet and asked for something different. Understanding that it was caramelized (which we have had thousands of times), but it was just too much. They promptly replaced it with a Greek salad, all good. Fast forward to check time, and I happened to noticed we were charged for the sent back salad and the replacement. When confronted, the owner/chef states that she wouldn't budge. We dropped almost $500 there for a party of 5, so it is the principal not the $14 for the salad (hence the lower rating for value)... So decent meal, but won't be back. Much better places/experiences in town FOR SURE. This ended up being the worst of the 3 meals we had in town.

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vipvalerieg
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

weekly menus. I had the chicken pot pie...very good

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you, Valerie! We appreciate your business and your review! See you soon! Joy

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vipextynct
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was marvelous. The chicken was excellent. The soup perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on November 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your thoughtful private and public reply! I am over the moon that you felt safe, welcome and that you enjoyed your meal. Hope to see you very soon! Cheers! Joy

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MayB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Like most people during COVID, we were excited to enjoy a meal out with friends. The service was excellent, the ambiance was great. I ordered shrimp and grits, and although the shrimp was good, the grits were undercooked. Our friend ordered the beef stroganoff and said it lacked flavor. His wife ordered the bean and sausage soup/stew and also said it lacked flavor. My husband ordered the pork chop, and it was excellent! The weather was chilly and we had some wind that day, but our outside booth was protected and the overhead space heaters provided a cozy ambiance. I'm mixed on whether I would recommend to others; I'd say get the pork chop. It was great!

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on November 18, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you weren't exceedingly pleased with your food...My only protest is that I wish you would have said something, so I could have corrected it for you; thereby, allowing everyone to enjoy their meals much more. Sometimes it is just a simple tweak. I do hope you will return and give Ellie's another go. Our menu changes regularly and I take note of guest favorites. We are small but mighty. We rely on positive feedback & reviews. Joy

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GOPJenn
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Along with some standards, there is always something new to try. Tonight it was the Mongolian Beef. Simply put, Amazing! We also had Ellie's Meatloaf with whipped potatoes and a persimmon salad. Food, ambiance and service were great and Joy, owner/Chef, came to check on the meal. Can't wait to go back.

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vipBHReviewer2
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very comfortable eatery catering to locals and visitors. Joy the owner, aside from being a great chef, offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Everyone was very well cognizant of social distancing making for a comfortable dining experience. We are vegetarians and found many options on the menu. The vegan entree of mixed fresh vegetables was delicious as were our salads and the sardines. Definitely leave room for dessert, the mini apple pie a la mode was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio and view, fantastic food and large servings

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KenA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love Ellie's - it's the quintessential neighborhood restaurant with great food and friendly staff that make it obvious how much they want you to enjoy your time there. Joy, the owner/chef, sources almost all her ingredients from local farmers and suppliers and it's all top notch. There's a terrific wine list too. Check out Ellie's Tap & Vine - you won't be disappointed.

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vipeatdrinknaprepeat
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner. We came here on what appeared to be an especially busy weekend. Our server was wonderful from the moment we sat down. The food was delicious. The view from the back patio as the sun set was the cherry on top.

And, its the little extra that the proprietors of a restaurant are willing to do, that help set the tone for the night. Joy (owner / chef) was very kind and allowed us to drop of our cake at her house so it wouldn't melt in the heat of the trunk - THANK YOU!

We had a wonderful time. Would recommend to anyone and will very likely be back soon!

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table42
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie’s is my new favorite restaurant in Santa Ynez when visiting from Las Vegas. Fabulous food with a warm and pleasant vibe!

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LocalFoodie
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem is AMAZING! I brought a friend here to celebrate his 70th. ( He hadn’t been out to dinner since COVID started) He said he felt SO safe, like we were the only ones there (and I think every seat was full). Here’s why I started with this, The attention and care that obviously went into assuring that customers feel safe & ARE safe, is an example of the attention and care that obviously went into the foods s ambience. (The inside is absolutely stunning by the way.....a MUST see)
Our meals were PERFECT! Everything!! I had the Salmon, I’m 50 and it was seriously THE best I’ve had.... EVER! My friend had the filet. We’ve had filet at every restaurant in the valley and he said this was his new favorite “go to”. (He also said the mashed potatoes were unbelievable)
There were SO many creative options on the menu, the WINE LIST was extensive, the ambience and care we received was top notch and with the prices, we are going back again this weekend! (Seriously)
I actually went inside after our meal to compliment the chef! Joy was very gracious, she obviously has such a passion for her food! I was amazed to find out, she lives here in Santa Ynez, SHE designed the restaurant, SHE is THE chef, she creates and makes every meal, SHE owns the restaurant (as a tribute to her mother “Ellie”) AND she’s a veteran!!
Can I just say, WOW!
Ellie’s is a GEM!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu wasn't typical, yet there was something for everyone. Food is sourced locally and the service was friendly. The music was also solid. Great beer and wine choices, as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

You have to get there early otherwise they will run out of stuff

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on October 11, 2020

I appreciate your feedback and apologize. I am sure you were disappointed. Last night was unexpectedly busy, which caused us to run short on a few of the popular items. I appreciate your frustration and I am beyond sorry. As a small and independent restaurant, we try to plan for the unexpected flow of guests but with Covid-19, we just never know how business will flow and definitely need to watch our margins. Please PM me on my website and I will make your next experience fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor and visit this tasty restaurant. The staff cares about your experience and gives great recommendations. The food is absolutely amazing (especially the goat!) - everything we tasted melted in our mouths. We appreciate that Joy sources her veggies and meats from local farms. Absolutely the best meal we’ve had in a while. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie's Tap and Vine is a great little find. The service was top notch and the menu was eclectic, interesting and delicious....try the goat! The owner recommended the perfect wine pairing with our dinners and then sent us out caramelized peaches, "just because." I will definitely return!!

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viphungry
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The worst meal I've had in a very long time. It's unclear why such uninventive, poorly cooked, and bad tasting food costs so much.

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. I am beyond sorry that your experience was less than what you expected or anticipated from us. Unfortunately, we are human and occasionally it means we may miss the mark. I want you to be happy, especially during these challenging times. Please feel free to email me with the details of your experience, so I may address your issues directly. Due to business levels last evening, I was unable to speak to you directly but would love the opportunity to do so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Covid-19 Adaption we have experienced so far

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on October 4, 2020

Awesome! We put a lot of thought into the design and implementation, so our guests would feel safe and cared for. See you soon.

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vipJohnR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our 25th anniversary here and it was the best. They called a the day before to check on any special arrangements that we may need. The food and service was amazing. Could not be happier!!’

Ellie's Tap & Vine
Responded on October 4, 2020

Anniversaries are the best and we are all huge romantics at Ellie's. Love wins. Always.

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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 4.7 stars by 47 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.