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Hitching Post II

4.6
4.6
4489 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Here, on the Central Coast of California, BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak, a style of cooking that is native to our area and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros. By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, along with fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian options. We also create our own (world class) wines for sale in the restaurant and to the public. Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines have garnered an excellent reputation. Try them here or purchase on our website for your enjoyment at home.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 688-0676

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Frank Ostini

  • Catering

    We bring our oakwood grill to you with a crew to serve traditional "Santa Maria Style BBQ" or elegant multi course meals with great Santa Barbara wines.

  • Private party facilities

    Very limited private and semi-private opportunities. Please call for details.

  • Neighborhood

    Buellton

  • Cross street

    Thumbelina

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,489 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EL MEJOR LUGAR DEL MUNDO! Cené dos días seguidos de tan bueno. Saludos a Ángel, Arturo y Jesús!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food as usual. Can’t get better than this red oak grilled meat.
  3. DE

    DeniseE

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out. The food and service was excellent.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ¡EL MEJOR LUGAR DEL MUNDO! ¡TODAS SON PERSONAS INCREÍBLES! Muchas gracias por hacerme sentir como en casa.
  5. JH

    JHmom4

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. My husband got the special that was a Rib Steak and he said it was the best steak he ever had!!
  6. Q

    Qball

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    I’m in from out of town for my birthday and always love to stop in for there steaks. As always they were great. And I treated myself to a lobster tail and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had and I’m old. We all had a great meal as always. It’s a must visit in my opinion A little disappointed that they didn’t comp the birthday dessert especially on a $400 dinner bill.
  7. JL

    JimL

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food from the relish tray to the filet. The wine list is laden with great wines at reasonable (for a restaurant) prices. Service was excellent.
  8. SJ

    ShayJack

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was good, but wine was bland. There is not huge selection for meals. Atmosphere was fair being somewhat dark and very noisy.
  9. JT

    JudyT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Been thinking about eating there for a long time. Food was good, not great. Disappointed in ambiance. Like walking back in time. If you love expensive wine, it's the place. Very pricy for steak and potatoes. Truthfully, Applebee's steak dinner was better. Lesson learned.
  10. BT

    BruceT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    food is consistently very good. Have not been there for several years, but it was as good as I expected
  11. MS

    MarcS

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food as always, a must stop when in Solvang area!
  12. T

    Tess

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service was excellent!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for too many years to admit ;) Harley and staff are the best. Excellent food whether you’re into steaks or not. Some of the finest wines you’ll ever taste. Ill never be able to say enough good things. Dining here is like coming home. ❤️✌️
  14. SD

    ShDo

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food & service were absolutely fabulous, highly recommend the ribs and corn quesadillas.
  15. D

    Dining

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the staff were so friendly…the food was perfection as always. The service was amazing!!!
  16. B

    Bacchus

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The steak was really excellent. Perfectly cooked, smoky and delicious. Grilled artichoke was delicious too. The service was helpful, patient, generous. Surroundings a bit dowdy, but it feels cowboy!
  17. DW

    DaddyW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The NY strip was mouthwatering and delectable. The ribs were overly salted and by the 4th/5th bone the dry rub was overpowering. Shared their Pinot flight but decided on a bottle of their Syrah. Fuller bodied and velvety on the pallet. The Hitching Post never disappoints. Been frequenting since 1990 when my parents introduced me at 15yrs old.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My girlfriend and I like to go out 2-3nights a month for a nice dinner . The Hitching Post II was great . I had the grilled shrimp and it was amazing . My girlfriend had the " catch of the day" ( Sea Bass) and it was delicious. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable and helped her decide what to eat .
  19. JA

    JulieA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had not been to the Hitching Post in years. A surprise change in our travel plans in Pismo Beach landed us in Solvang, Sunday the 24th. Reservations were easy to come by on Open Table. All was as we had experienced before. Warm, gracious staff. The cold veggie tray, icy cocktails, a “just as you like it” cooked filet mignon, and a perfectly baked potato with all the toppings. Plus, I’m always amazed at how the grill master cooks so many varieties of steaks, chicken, and fish to perfection. Watching him is fascinating! We’ll be back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  21. NA

    NatalieA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we wanted and more! Great food and service!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Really enjoyed it overall. Been several times. Few notes: -Waiting staff lacked personal care -Baked potato was pretty plain - could use a little extra add ons -Quail was very small portion for the price tag -Flights of Pinot were great -Pork Chop amazing -Some friendly to go bottle pricing would be great -Loved that we could buy the glasses
  23. RC

    RobertC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome! He was knowledgeable about the menu. He gave us wonderful wine recommendations.
  24. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Very good wine list. It is fun watching your steak being grilled.
  25. B

    Bunks

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bone in Rib Eye with the premium flight of wine was amazing. Going back hopefully soon. Worth the drive from San Diego.
  26. MT

    MarkT

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the Hitching Post II. Been coming here for years and it never disappoints. The food is amazing, and so is the service. One of my all time favorite places.
  27. MM

    MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were hosting family from out of town. Food and service were excellent. Really enjoyed our experience at this iconic restaurant. Will definitely be back soon.
  28. TN

    TNguyen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was cooked correctly to medium-rare, and flavorful. Service was attentive and to the point.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sideways!!!!!!!
  30. J

    Jack

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great chicken
  31. SS

    StephanieS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had the filet and lobster tail. Everything was prepared perfectly!
  32. j

    jjp1

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal Excellent service Steaks are the best ever Wonderful valu
  33. LT

    LTSAI

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic steak. Nice grilled quails and artichoke. Kids steak is great too. Rice pilaf is by far the best I have had.
  34. SM

    SheilaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere. The Hitching Post II has become our favorite pit stop on the way home to the Bay Area. Worth staying the night just to have dinner there. It feels like home and has the best steak and cheesecake anywhere! Love it!
  35. JM

    JML1234

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, wine and service! The server recommended a nice bottle of wine and the filets and peanut butter mousse cake were wonderful.
  36. LJ

    LesJ

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The menu prices were very much higher than our last visit. Too high. Steak not cooked properly. Our favorite artichoke now 17$ and dry and burnt. Very skimpy relish tray. No longer any fun shrimp cocktails. They are using a much smaller martini glass. Restaurant used to be packed but was not very busy. Service was excellent with friendly staff!!
  37. TR

    ThomasR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite whenever we visit Santa Barbara county
  38. DW

    DouglasW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This is a California establishment. Best steaks in California (and quite possibly best steaks in United States). Sides are outstanding too - especially the grilled Artichoke.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, this place never disappoints!!! Such great food, ambiance, and staff. Thank you Hitching Post for a scrumptious meal. We’ll be back!
  40. F

    Fred

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is awesome and the smoke is a welcoming aroma outdoors!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Hitching Post II offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 688-0676.

Hitching Post II is rated 4.6 stars by 4489 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Hitching Post II

406 E. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Thumbelina

  • Neighborhood

    Buellton

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Ostini

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 688-0676

  • Catering

    We bring our oakwood grill to you with a crew to serve traditional "Santa Maria Style BBQ" or elegant multi course meals with great Santa Barbara wines.

  • Private party facilities

    Very limited private and semi-private opportunities. Please call for details.

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