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About Hitching Post II

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.

Now featuring Hitching Post Burgers in the HP Sidebar Mondays - Wednesdays! Oak-grilled 1/2 pound ground sirloin on homemade cheese bun with our famous french fries for just $12.

406 E. Hwy 246
Buellton, CA 93427
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday - Sunday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm. Join us for Hitching Post Wine Tasting: Monday - Friday 4-6 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 3-5 p.m. We're open every night for dinner except for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day.

Cross Street:
Thumbelina

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 688-0676

Website:
http://www.hitchingpost2.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Frank Ostini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

The Hitching Post II will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and NY Day.
Now taking reservations for NY Eve!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

The Hitching Post II will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and NY Day.
Now taking reservations for NY Eve!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be open New Years Eve with our regular menu. Come and start the new year with your favorite steak and wine pairing! We will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

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Hitching Post II Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Notable Wine List (40)
Worth the Drive (39)
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Good for a Date (39)
Authentic (36)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Comfort Food (35)
Bar Seating (30)
Casual (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Local Ingredients (25)
Fun (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Cozy (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
People Watching (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
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Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

A must place to go when in Santa Barbara County.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We were able to sit promptly with our reservation and our server, Robin, was great. The swordfish and the steak were also good. Would definitely come here again. Also making a reservation with open table definitely saved us time as it seemed there was a wait for those who came without a reservation.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

DAMN this place is BUSY!!! And for a good reason......
You'd expect nothing less than GREAT food and service
on any given night!!! Genevieve (sp?) did a fantastic job
serving us.... and she was hustling!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesomeness

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My dinner was OK but nothing spectacular. Wines offered by the bottle very impressive but I struggled to find one by the glass. My experience fell short of my expectations.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Been wanting to try this place for a while and it did not disappoint! Best steak I've had in a long time and cooked perfectly. Also had the quail, very delicious! Great, fast service. I will be eating here again!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love the Hitching Post II! If you want the old school steakhouse experience this is the place! Excellent steaks, salad, wine, vegetable tray, mini shrimp cocktail, and garlic bread with salsa. Best steak dinner experience we have had since the last time we were here. Simply preapared delicious food. Our server Anna and the whole staff were attentive and engaging. Thank you HP II!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent steaks and sea food. Delightful staff. Always a delight.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was very bad. We had a reservation at 7;45 and they let us in by 8:30 !! And the food came an hour later ! So we didn’t eat the food ! It was too late for us !! The worst !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband and I always plan a visit to Hitching Post and the visits have been great. This past visit was a bit disappointing, perhaps due to the Thanksgiving weekend and they were just bombarded with too many bookings. We waited 45 minutes after our salad plates were picked up before we saw our steak plates. The appetite was gone by then. Great steaks its just unfortunate with the wait.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food, service, and wine list. Make reservations for dinner. Weekdays, the bar is fantastic for burgers and wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tried and true. We have been eating here for years and have never been disappointed. This is nothing fancy to look at, but what comes off the pit grill is delicious. There is something for everyone. Service is top notch. With a familiar menu and order of courses, the staff is always on top of things like offering to pour more wine, refilling water, clearing dishes, asking if everything is to your liking. When ever we are in the Buellton area, we make a reservation for dinner here. Some day we'd like to try lunch and one of their famous burgers.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The first time I went to the Hitching Post was the one in Casmalia when I was a preschooler over 40 years ago. I started bringing my husband and sister to Buellton's HP2 last year. If you like a good Santa Maria styled BBQ steak, you've found your spot. The steaks are cooked over a traditional Santa Maria BBQer with wood being thrown underneath it at intervals. As you sit down, you are presented with a basket with various types of crackers, a dish of individually wrapped butters, an old school relish dish with carrots, celery, green onion, pepperonchini, radishes. (See you get some veggies!) My sister and I both got rib eyes while my husband got a NY strip. For starters we got the roasted garlic as an extra but it came with a salad and a shrimp cocktail. We all three asked for our steaks medium rare. We also all got baked potatoes - they come with sour cream and chives on the side. My husband's steak was spot on medium rare. My sister and I had our rib eyes well done on the edges and medium to medium rare in the middle. Still very tasty. We got desserts - my sister got a quite moist in a good way chocolate cake, my husband had the cheese plate which was very nice and I had the cheesecake which was light and not obsessively sweet. Hurrah! Coming on a very, very busy post Thanksgiving dinner may have been ambition because they were slammed. I may have to come back en famille when it's not a crazy night. It's still a fun experience and the food is pretty awesome if you like yourself some dead cow.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Steak was tough and under done. Get there early for seating.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and food always consistent and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wonderful food. Great service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food great service!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I absolutely love the Hitching Post II. It is one of my favorite places to go when visiting the area. The service is always great and the food is on point at any given time. They cooked all of our steaks perfectly!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal at one of my favorite places to eat :)

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

BEST. STEAK. EVER. And I have had some great steaks: Morton's, Mastro's, Ocean Prime, Michael Mina's, etc., but this one was at the top. I had the New York, my friend had the Ribeye, wife had the Rack of Lamb and her buddy had the Prawns. All were cooked and served perfectly, Bonus - the fries are to die for and the bread pudding in sinful. YUM!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Got into Buellton a little earlier than planned, so we started with the Pinot Noir tasting at the bar. Wine was fine but did not compare to what we enjoyed in Paso Robles earlier in the day. Three steaks for the four of us - a petite filet, ribeye, and rib chop (split) - all cooked as ordered. I was pleasantly surprised by the the suggestion to use salsa as steak sauce... nice! Ambiance was as advertised on Yelp and Open Table. Saw the cast pictures from Sideways. Everything was okay, probably will not return.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The atmosphere was rustic with a western flair. The wait staff were very friendly and wanted us to be happy with our experience. Oak grilled meats are awesome! If you like steak and game, this is your place!

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

There was 13 of us, and we were well taken care of. 😃🎉

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very enjoyable early birthday celebration for a dear friend. Excellent service & delicious hot food. The birthday girl really enjoyed herself & the candle ice cream as other patrons & I sang happy bday to her. We will be back....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

one of the best steaks I've every had. We split the bone-in prime rib angus cut. Extra charge of $6 so that spouse could also have a potato and salad. Great value. Only complaint is lettuce was wilted and a bit warm on the salad

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience. Great service.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

As always had a awesome dinner and great HP wine! Seated right before our reservation.
Service was great, food very timely. Had the grilled artichoke appetizer sooo good!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love coming here, great steaks! My wife and I also love the wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Cannot beat this restaurant for the steaks! Always cooked just the way you order. The flat iron is extra special and the roasted garlic starter is fantastic. The only negative is the noise. It is very loud to the point of making conversation difficult. Nevertheless, this place is a find, especially if you are a carnivore!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great steaks. The whole meal was delicious. The pecan brownie with ice cream was delicious too. It can be a little noisy though. Worth the drive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

SO we had the "table with the view." This was both good and bad. We could see the incredible comradery at the restaurant. They're doing something right! There was not even a bit of stress behind that window. The food was great. The bad? We could see every bit of our food being soaked in A LOT of butter. This is not in any shape of the imagination a healthy meal. But delicious! Genevieve was fantastic. Made our meal even better.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Most tender filet mignon we've ever had. Fork-tender and melts in your mouth.
Reservation was for 8pm, confirmed by opentable's email. Restaurant had us down at 8:15 and we weren't even seated then. Service was only ok and the restaurant is very loud on a Saturday night. Amazing food, though.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service and quaint atmosphere. It was very easy for our party of 8 to hear each other which made for a nice dinner. Unfortunately we didn't think the food was off the charts as we had expected. The ones who ordered flat iron steak were fairly pleased. There were several of us who ordered the filet and agreed we wouldn't order it again. It just wasn't good and for the price we expected better.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Stopped by for a grilled artichoke and some Pinot Noir and wound up staying for dinner. Some of the best wine in the area, and, without the attitude or prices. Great steak, oak grilled is a nice treat for those of us used to cedar smoke. Too full for desert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Hitching Post always delivers. You will get way more food than you can eat, but it will be the high quality food your body craves. The service is always stellar as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quality meat, cooked just right. We stop by every year on our way down the 101 to visit friends. It's become a tradition and we always look forward to it. Cozy environment and great service, too. Highly recommend a visit.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Ofcourse Sideways was the main reason to visit the place 😊.

Everything felt more or less like eating at your local restaurant. Very warm and cosy.

One of the best flat iron steaks in my life. So tender and moist.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

meal was very good, definitely worth the drive and will stop by again if I have the chance.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great bone in prime rib eye. Enough for two to share. Nice local wine Pinichio Cabernet. Friendly wait staff and manager. Sat in middle of dining room and it was noisy. Need to install noise dampening system. Low ceiling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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