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
The food was divine the wine selections extensive the whole experience delightful!
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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
Mary was excellent. Atmosphere was perfect food yummy!
Thank you for stopping in and for acknowledging my staff publicly! See you next time!
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!
Thank you so much! Come back and visit!
The food and service were excellent! I highly recommend Ellie's Tap & Vine!
Thank you so much, DocB! We love all serve all!
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.
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.
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!
Thank you for your wonderful comments! We think the view is pretty fabulous, too!
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.
Fabulous ambiance and even better dinner fare. Love being at Ellie’s 🥰
Thank you for your extra comments! Hope to see you soon!
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.
Thank you, Kathy! Look forward to your return!
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.
Thank you so much for your visit! We look forward to hosting you in the future! Cheers!
I would recommend it.
COVID safe here! Food was delicious and clean. The salmon was cooked perfectly and my daughter loved her filet.
Thank you so much for your feedback! We take COVID seriously. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Always great food with lovely services. Smaller menu which means everything on it is done well.
Birthday dinner for my wife, food was fantastic and will definitely go back again
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
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.
Amazing food, unique and perfect portion sizes. Highly recommend.
Thank you for taking time to leave a review and for your generous feedback! Cheers! Joy
Thank you so much for your generous comments!
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.
weekly menus. I had the chicken pot pie...very good
Thank you, Valerie! We appreciate your business and your review! See you soon! Joy
The prime rib was marvelous. The chicken was excellent. The soup perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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
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!
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
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.
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!
Great patio and view, fantastic food and large servings
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.
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!
Ellie’s is my new favorite restaurant in Santa Ynez when visiting from Las Vegas. Fabulous food with a warm and pleasant vibe!
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!
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.
You have to get there early otherwise they will run out of stuff
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
Best Covid-19 Adaption we have experienced so far
Awesome! We put a lot of thought into the design and implementation, so our guests would feel safe and cared for. See you soon.
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!!’
Anniversaries are the best and we are all huge romantics at Ellie's. Love wins. Always.
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.