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Hitching Post II

4.6
4.6
4565 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 33 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 4,565 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Service

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Innovative

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

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  1. MM

    MadisonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE BBQ SAUTEED MUSHROOMS WERE HEAVENLY! And then I poured the left over sauce from that on my perfectly cooked filet mignon. It was such a satisfying meal, and we had great service.
  2. LC

    LutherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the steak was excellent but the ribs werent very tender for being pork
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Great Server we Had. Food was very good, Loved my salad.
  5. GK

    GeorgeK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    We sat in the “inside” room which was a problem trying to get over the pungent smell. The food quality was mediocre to poor My pork chop was phenomenally salty, might as we have been ham from Ralph’s The salad dressing had some kind of emulsion on it of unknown taste The wait staff only cared to take our still full plates out of our table without asking why we didn’t touch it Not the place to have a steak in Solvang
  6. RM

    RibMonkey1

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing woodfired steaks, fresh, delicious vegetables, wonderful service, and of course had to try both Pinots. Highly recommend if you’re in the Santa Barbara area.
  8. NF

    NicholasF

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experience. The Hitching Post never disappoints.
  9. IA

    ItsAboutFood

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the BEST experience at Hitching Post II. From the welcoming attitude of the front of house to the service from both the servers and assistants, we are always treated like friends and family. The steaks are cooked perfectly, as requested and the sides are delicious. Coming from San Francisco - and always making a stop specifically to have dinner at the Hitching Post II, we find the wine list very fairly priced, especially the remarkable house labeled Pinot Noirs. Thank you to everyone for another memorable meal at one of our favorite road-trip standbys.
  10. j

    jacques

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We've been coming there for 15 years. A lot has changed from no bread sticks, to $1 shrimp cocktails, soup and salad. Not as much fun as the old days.
  11. AL

    AbeLincoln

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you haven’t tried them yet, get the baby back ribs, they are phenomenal.
  12. GW

    GWENNER

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've have dinner at Hitching Post 2 whenever we are visiting the area. Great food, service and ambience.
  13. C

    Caligirl

    Orange County

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you want a great steak, this is where you come! Always consistently delicious. My husband and I ordered filet mignon and they were perfect. We also really enjoy the relish tray beforehand. The only negative is they missed my comment about it being my husband’s birthday even after I told the hostess as a reminder.
  14. KC

    KCsMom

    Los Angeles

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Santa Barbara mussels were excellent. Steak was cooked to perfection. Still pretty noisy but very good food.
  15. f

    foodconnesur

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. My girlfriend and I have gone here for many years and have always had a great experience, and this time was no exception. Would recommend the indoor seating vs outdoor.
  16. R

    Randy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pork ribs and sirloin steaks were excellent like always.
  17. e

    efisch

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places! We drive up from LA to dine here!
  18. CG

    ChipG

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ono was amazing as were the pork baby ribs
  19. F

    Frank

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would decorate more with sideways movie memorabilia. People go there the get a glimpse of the movie.
  20. CH

    ChrisH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This was our 2nd time dining at this Hitching Post and found food and service to be excellent! The hard wood chairs need some sort of padding, I was able to swap chairs with an unused table and enjoyed rest of dinner. The web site prices do not match in person / actual prices. These should be updated. Way too many notifications from OpenTable IMHO.
  21. r

    robertr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Superfriendly staff, super food, super value, and a bit of nostalgia with Sideways movie filmed there. Loved the whole experience.
  22. JP

    JimP

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    HP has a long-running reputation for preparing good food – especially their meats. Hadn't been there in many years (mostly thanks to Covid) and while the food was good (not exceptional IMHO), the service was confusing. My guest for dinner is well-known to the staff so she received endless greetings and checks on how things were. They never, really never, looked at or talked to me except to take my order and credit card. I suppose this is a minor thing, but I doubt I would rush back there. I'm not panning the restaurant though I would encourage the chef to use a pinch less salt on the Ribeyes.
  23. AW

    AngelaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We loved our meal at the Hitching Post - all of our courses were delicious, prepared as requested and nicely presented. We love the old school ambience and a laser focus on the highest quality food & wine - the Hitching Post is not following interior design or menu trends and that is part of what makes it such a special dining experience.
  24. j

    jacquio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been several times and the food is always outstanding, the service is always excellent and some of the best wines in the area.
  25. JL

    JohnL

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Opt for the steak here. The relish tray is an ode to the past and everything is well done.
  26. r

    rich

    Los Angeles

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Steak was good but a little stringy and not excellent - the ribeye. My wife had pheasant and artichoke which was excellent.
  27. GS

    GiovanniS

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There is a reason to go here. The food—beef, is some is then best one can have in America and the pit master, George, is a treasure. How he does it is beyond comprehension. Then the wines. Take your pick. Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley are serious wine makers. Then the service. We had the lovely and gracious, Gina. It’s a rustic out post in Santa Barbara county that delivers every time.
  28. J

    Jena

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious
  29. EW

    EricW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is great at what they do. Is it fancy with a gourmet menu? Nope. Just a good ole simple steak house with good wine and local charm.
  30. r

    raulo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and staff was really friendly. Would definitely have dinner again at the Hitching Post. Thanks
  31. S

    Spencer

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the place my boys always choose when we go to dinner. I do wish they would offer the shrimp cocktail again, miss that.
  32. G

    Gina

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always tip your bartender;))
  33. SZ

    SilvijaZW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Yum. Always good.
  34. LS

    LisaS

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointing. We have loved the Hitching Post II in the past but everything has significantly declined since we were last there. We had a 6:15 reservation checked in and were asked to wait only to have the 6:30 reservation check In and be seated immediately before us. Our server was pleasant however not as attentive as The service we received in the past. The steak was good and cooked to our specifications however, the rest of our food was tasteless, the rice was over cooked, and We were served burnt bread. The Hitching Post Pinot was a disappointment compared to our last experience.
  35. d

    drmft

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We made our annual visit from San Diego, and continue to love it ! All was excellent, as usual.
  36. KH

    KayH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely dinner when we are up in Buellton The steaks are perfectly cooked. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend this place.
  37. DG

    DarrylG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I ordered the top sirloin with the shrimp. The sirloin was so tough I couldn’t eat it. The shrimp was good. I also had an appetizer. The sautéed mushrooms in that with sauce was very good. But just very disappointed in my sirloin. Darryl Ginos
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to when in Buellton. Great steaks and service. Always consistent.
  39. P

    Pharm73

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service and delicious food. The filet mignon was perfect!
  40. c

    chris

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We weren’t familiar with the Hitching Post II in Buellton , Ca., and made a reservation blindly. Boy were we happily surprised. The special “grilled turkey” with a delicious relish, baked potato and yummy soup made for a great meal. The waitstaff was superb and the bar drinks were tasty. It’s moderately expensive but worth every penny.

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
  • 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 4565 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 33 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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