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Hitching Post II

4.6
4.6
4457 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 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 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 4,457 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!
  2. F

    Fred

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    BusinessTraveler

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful foods and wines, very attentive service- overall a great meal. The pork ribs, filet and garlic spread appetizer were delicious.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always yummy!
  5. CL

    ChristineL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Historically a must do, but seems to have changed a bit. Artichoke appetizer was tiny and expensive. Our food was a but over cooked.
  6. B

    Baysailor

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A timeless and wonderful place that reflects the best of California ranch cooking.
  7. LN

    LucyN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the food, the service was good, and the ambiance was wonderful. We will come back again. Thank you to all your staff.
  8. CL

    CaseyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was cooked to perfection! The blue cheese dressing … superb!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sat outside under the large tent. Looks like seats are still social distanced which makes for a less crowded and quieter experience. Overall, food was enjoyed by the entire table.
  10. t

    tinad

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hitching Post never disappoints, our New York was amazing cooked to perfection. Only thing I have to say is that I don’t get the raw veggies , that you get complimentary in the beginning , at least serve them with a ranch dressing or something . Wine was great so was the service , we love this place and will continue to come back . Thank you .
  11. SM

    ScottM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very tasty…maybe a bit too much salt. Great service. Mostly steaks, some fish and poultry. Great atmosphere inside and outside. Not cheap. Over 100 for both of us. We will go back for sure, just not weekly!
  12. NH

    NeilH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food we had was good, especially the steak. Good wine choice and enjoyed my flight. Service was efficient but without personality. We felt like a number as opposed to a customer celebrating a birthday.
  13. c

    chrissyzav

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They really haven’t changed in quality of food for the price and great service. Steak was cooked to perfection and perfectly seasoned. They have a great dinner salad with delicious home made blue cheese dressing and these tasty croutons! The roasted vegetables were just what we needed after a long day of wine tasting. Shrimp was tender and wonderfully seasoned. I highly recommend this place for the nostalgia factor and the great food!
  14. C

    Couldbebetter

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We were overcharged for meal by $40. Feel the food was overpriced. The filet was very good but side dishes etc left a lot to be desired.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Solid good food to get you by. Nothing fancy. The decor is stuck in the early 90's. Great and empathic service and fantastic wines.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved how rustic it is. So fun to be where they filmed that movie - Sideways!
  17. SY

    SteveY

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    Great food as always, but our server was weak. He completely ignored us, then tried to give us a lame excuse about how it wasn't really his fault, but ours for ordering steaks cooked "medium". We will definitely return, however, as this was the only time we've ever had poor service.
  18. PB

    PatriciaB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outside was great but we got into the tail end of a wedding reception. It was loud. But got much better after they all left.
  19. OM

    OhanaMama

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! I am so glad I looked at reviews on YELP, such a fantastic place and we sat right next to where all of the meats are cooked. It was such a fantastic experience, we had the ONO and it was fabulous. A very large piece of ONO that was cooked to perfection. Can't wait to return to try the steaks, looked fabulous. The chef was so sweet to let us take his photo and the waitress was the best! Excellent meal, excellent service, excellent night!
  20. WC

    WilliamC

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    HP slipping a bit. Steak not up to par. Other small deficiencies noted.
  21. d

    duane

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Very expensive for mediocre steak. Go to Flemings for less expensive very high quality steak. Outside dining in a huge circus type tent on a parking lot with no ambiance.
  22. RK

    RickK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great meal with Great Service, at a very good price. Nicole, our server was fantastic. Great service, good recommendations, super friendly, and very attentive. The Hitching Post should be in your dinner rotation. It's a great place to eat, with great service.
  23. JI

    JohnI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Had the Rib Eye, should have had New York. Rib Eye had WAY TOO MUCH connective tissue. Cut, chew, cut chew, repeat. Service was very good.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Date night - had reservations and the service was very slow. Filet mignon was charcoaled and tough on the edges when I asked for it to be medium well. Not our first time there, so we were disappointed on the experience and what we were expecting.
  25. HP

    HPfan

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    FANTASTIC as always. It had been a many years since I had been, and I was worried it might have declined. No way! Still incredible and classic, with an improved wine list and warm, friendly service. One quibble -- I feel like the interior needs a refresh. Now, I can hear the protests: "It's classic! Don't change a thing!" I agree...and I'm not saying anything needs to change, exactly. Just a re-fresh, knowwutImean? Anyway, go eat there! And pair your meal with the incredible local wines!
  26. NB

    NicholeB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I did not think I would have to confirm a reservation that I called about in 30 mins. We went to check in to be seated and the front staff said she cancelled my reservation. Not the best welcoming for a special occasion. We it server Jeneive was awesome!
  27. s

    shirleyh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The highlight of going to the Hitching post is the fillett, although everything I've tried over the years has been wonderful. Reservations are a must
  28. s

    saraj

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Their “outdoor” seating for dinner is non existent. It’s in a fully enclosed large tent on a parking lot, so it’s basically inside. Food is average, no frills American steak house. Overpriced for what it is. Wine list is great and extensive, though our server was not knowledgeable about the wines.
  29. BG

    BGTG

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have an amazing experience at the Hitching Post!
  30. BR

    BobbyR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    No ambiance with minimal, outdated decor. Food was ok with the exception of the mandatory veggie plate (avoid) and bread that tasted like it had been soaking in butter all day. Steak knives need to be replaced as they were dull and sawing through the meat and not spilling your wine was challenging.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great. Place I judge all steak houses against
  32. LS

    LenaS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The outdoor seating was low quality, felt cheap.
  33. RB

    RoxanneB

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love getting the chance to have their fabulous bbq steak whenever we are in Solvang..the sauteed mushrooms, mussels...all so good and the service e is fantastic. We only eat in the restaurant, have not eaten in the tent in the back
  34. CC

    CharlesC

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a winner! The food keeps getting better, and a Lamb rack is great for two when the wonderful appetizers and added. H-O wine (like the movie Sideways) is always excellent. The selection is large — many more varieties than can be found in the cities — of course the winery is cross the parking lot!
  35. SN

    SteveNice20

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    I expected a lot more for the prices they were charging. The baked potato was bland, the bread was ok, the vegetable platter was laughable and the service was bad. I wouldn't recommend going to this place unless you can't find any food in Solvang.
  36. T

    Travelbabe

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was outstanding! Food also so good but the wines were fantastic. Our waitress, Genevieve, suggestions were perfect. So glad we came a little early.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service Anniversary Wish fish and beef and meat were cooked less filet wasn’t medium rare more med I think the fire flame on grill too high? Fish was dry same maybe on grill a min to long?
  38. TD

    TheDoctor

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The fillet was excellent, and the service was good. The mussels were a bit bland, and the wine is overpriced, but a hood selection.
  39. LM

    LindaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were 3 couples dining together and asked prior to ordering for 3 checks. Server informed us she could not do separate checks for more than 5 people. We tried to explain that we were 3 couples, 3 checks not 6 checks but she said those were the rules. We would have ordered more if each couple were not cognizant of not over ordering as we had to split the bill. Bad decision on our servers part as she would have made much more in tips.
  40. K

    Kellyeobe

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We had a reservation for weeks. I received multiple emails and texts regarding the reservation. We were a few minutes early, but had to stand up and wait for at least 20 minutes. Our waitress was pleasant, but dismissive of requests. My steak-a 5 ounce filet mignon-ordered medium rare was cooked to medium well. We will most likely not go back. Sad, because we used to like this place a lot.

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 4457 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 22 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–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 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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