Hitching Post II

4.5
4441 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.

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
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 4441 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJamesH
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and staff.

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vipmontyh
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Wasn't aware we'd be dining at such a price in a parking lot. Wait staff was inattentive and the food was just so so compared to previous visits.

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vipRockinRobin551
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent quality meat and expert preparation! Will come back again.

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BruceE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The rib-eye was not up to what it normally is. It was tender, juicy but not seasond well . The garlic bread had no garlic. Sorry to see the shrimp cocktail was not on the menu. We normal come 2-3times a year. I think we will go to hitching post 1 the next time.

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vipgolfgirl
Central Coast
65 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot find smoked meats anywhere else like you get here! Tonight we ordered ribs, duck breast and filet mignon. We are three happy diners! Always excellent in a warm, casual environment. Even in Covid times.

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vipGolfers4ever
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced!! Ribeye steak and seasoned mushrooms were delicious but rest of meal mediocre at best. Garlic bread somewhat soggy. Salad tasteless. Creme brûlée very nice.

Interior of restaurant dark and needs updating even while maintaining the theme of the restaurant.

Would not rebook!

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vipRichU
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is never disappointing! It ranks as one of my tops in regards to steakhouses. I just wished I lived closer to Beulton!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Always have enjoyed our meal and service but last night was a disappointment. It felt like we were at a coffee shop with below average service from our waitress and freezing at our table in the tent area. Our relish tray had some old carrots. Our garlic appetizer was tasty as it has been in the past. Our salad was served on a bread plate so it was difficult to even keep the lettuce and the croutons on the plate. Our filet was so charcoaled it made the experience with the filets all we could taste.
This was our anniversary and wish we had made reservations elsewhere. We were in and out in about an hour.

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DRHarp
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Was really looking forward to enjoying a special dinner to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We added in the reservation that it was our anniversary but no one in the restaurant ever acknowledged or asked. Service was really disappointing in that we had a tiny table and was very noisy due to large groups. Wait staff was not as attentive as we would have liked. The food was excellent, as well as the House Red wine that we ordered. Would not recommend eating here if you are looking for a romantic spot, best for groups of people.

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DBlais
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Disappointed with the food . The quail was dry but the rice pilaf was good.

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SandraS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was impeccable, our server was very accommodating. Was surprised with a Birthday dessert ( Might have put birthdate on Open Table. Husband said he knew nothing about it

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ValerieH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing as always.... Celebrated my husband’s birthday and he was truly satisfied... This is our “go to spot” when wine tasting in the Santa Ynez valley!!!

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TaraM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly the best steak I've ever had. It was very tender and cooked perfectly, rare on the inside with a nice crust on the outside. The rest of the meal was great too, I especially loved the salad and garlic bread. We came here because of the movie Sideways, so had no idea how the food would be and were very happy! Our waitress and the rest of the staff were really friendly. The decor is tacky but doesn't take away from the ambiance, and its a steakhouse near Solvang, so thats to be expected. Also $8 martinis! We will go out of our way to come back to the Hitching Post II.

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AliceK
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made this reservation for my nephew and his significant, they had never been to the Hitching Post. It was magnificent !! they said. The meal was cooked to perfection

Thank you Hitching Post for giving my family a wonderful dinner

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vipTomS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We were worried when we checked in because there were a lot of people waiting for tables. But after a short delay, we were seated at a nice table indoors as we had specified on the open table reservation. Steaks were cooked to our liking. We also had the pork chop which was savory. Two desserts, both excellent. All in all a great evening at a classic!

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AmeerahM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Did not care for the cocktail (Old Fashion) we had.
It had a maraschino cherry large slice of orange and taste watered down.
The meal we had was excellent!!

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JoeW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great steak, wine, server Gina, not super busy and clean.

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vipBRDEEEE
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Morgan was a wonderful server!

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clmfamily
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was terrific, staff very accommodating & outdoor space was adequate with nice tent, but it was very cold & breezy without sufficient heaters to provide enough warmth.

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DENISEL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Please bring back the cracker basket and include the soup. Stop using Covid as an excuse for everything.

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LongN
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there! Great food! Great service! Definitely come back...

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vipLovesgoodfood
Miami
99 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

No shrimp cocktails. Big tent with no ambiance. Prices rise, rise, rise and portions shrink. Not a fun experience.

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vipSDatLarge
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Covid tent was COLD-bring a warmer coat than you think you need! Parking lot decorated as best they could, appreciated the safety precautions.

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LoriJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Great food, great service..decor could use updating..especially the restroom

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Mojendi
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love and enjoy their food and this time was no exception. Filet, filet, filet! Yummmm😁
Always excellent service and very well spaced out inside and lovely outside patio area.

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Ydude
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Server was not very friendly at the beginning. Very dry. Didn't explain the menu very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Steaks are cooked to perfection! Always a pleasure dining here.

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Bmntnz20
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came here for our anniversary dinner. Steak was so delicious, I highly recommend. The place is very close to Solvang.

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SepidehH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was outstanding! The food was not up to our expectations.

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ecpoc
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hitching Post II is always a treat when we are in the area.
The food and the service are great.
We chose to eat inside this time. They have the tables spaced for proper occupancy.
There is a big tent with outdoor heated dining available as well.

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vipGrouchoarn
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to the Hitching Post II on Friday and were due to sit outside in the outside tent, but I took a chance to go inside and have a glass of wine while we waited for our table. The best move I could have made. I was pleased to find out that our party of four could enjoy dinner at the bar and it was a truly enjoyable experience! The bartenders Art and Bart (I hope I got their names right) were great servers, hosts and ambassadors for the Hitching Post.

We had a great meal (as always), great Pinot Noir (as always) and a great time (also as always). If you ever want to feel welcomed, appreciated and well taken care of and COVID safe, just belly up to the bar, grab a chair and have a fun evening. It was a wonderful way to bring an end to a terrific day of wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Cheers to the Hitching Post and to their great team of bartenders/servers!

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CHRISM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The tent structure in the parking lot was set up nicely. It was clean and all the tables were distanced properly. The food was fantastic as usual and the staff was great. It was terribly windy so the chill in the tent was a little overwhelming, even with the heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great and service was good, nothing great.

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Polly
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our anniversary and had not been to The Hitching post since before covid. They have set up a large tent for “indoor” dining. We were sat quickly and greeted by our lovely waitress. She was attentive and steered us in the right direction drink wise. We chose a bottle of Marjoram Rose. Just what was needed. Crisp, delicious not too dry. After listening to the specials and figuring we could split the 2lb bone in rib-eye at a bargain price and have enough for leftovers the next day we went for it. The meal came with soup or salad. We Decided on the salad w/bleu cheese dressing. Grilled garlic bread and baked Potato with everything please. The sides were enough to share. Holy cow 🤣 The steak! Omg! grilled crispy on the outside and a perfect tender Med rare on the inside. Full of Smokey flavor it was the Best steak we’ve ever had! We finished off this amazing meal with a rich chocolate cake vanilla ice cream on the side. Delivered with a candle for our special night. It was so moist, tender and just enough chocolate frosting. A wonderful way to celebrate our 44th. Thanks Hitching post!

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vipbrennie
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it and our server was so sweet and helpful. we'll be back again!

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ChristinaR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Freezing in the tent. It wasn’t until we were leaving that they began to turn on heaters despite wind and cold drafts (evidenced by servers and guests wearing parkas). I had a sweater and jacket and was still cold. I realize this is hard on everyone and I’m pleased they’re open but I’ve had many other outdoor experiences at less expensive places that were handled far, far better.

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JimD
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hitching Post has the best steak I've ever had, accompanied by the best Pinot Noir I've ever had. They're doing well serving people in a big tent outside, and it's a little noisy sometimes, but it's just as much fun as ever. Hats off to Harley Ostini and the crew for giving us a wonderful meal during these tough times!

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Junes
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best wine and steaks. Be sure to have the Highliner and the Grilled artichoke

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vipRichDaniel
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For being COVID, they are doing the best they can do in the current situation. It would have been better to eat inside.

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

Hitching Post II is rated 4.5 stars by 4441 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.

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