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Hitching Post II

4.6
3197 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
  • Notable Wine List
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, American
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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.
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Phone number
(805) 688-0676
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Ostini
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thumbelina
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3197 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.2
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Excellent experience. Service is local and superb. Food is good to very good. Well done interior. Keep it up.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

So fun and the food was great!

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JoanneD 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The quality of meat was exceptional. The split pea soup was the best we ever tasted. All the food was fresh, the portions were generous and the service was perfect. There is a large parking lot in the back of the restaurant. It is a comfortable place to indulge in a fabulous meal. Thank you to all the people who made our evening special.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Second time we’ve been to this location and both times have come away amazed. Great service, great ambiance, great food. On our list as a must visit any time we’re in Buellton.

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vipKaren (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The service was impeccable, food and wine was also great. We will be back.

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AgentBrent (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Although we don't get to the Hitching Post often enough it was well worth the drive from Ventura.
The staff is great and the waitress was very helpful in our decisions! Always added to the experience is to watch your order being cooked on the barbeque by the most experienced chef's. The artichoke is to die for as well as the filet mignon cooked to perfection! Don't leave without the magic stuff!

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Duncan 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My favorite restaurant. Food is not a value but in this case you get what you pay for. Wines choices made by the owner are great. Tell your server if you are on a date you want slow dinner and they don't mind. Gone 2 times and while not everything on the menu is a home run every thing is good. Highly recommend the top sirloin. Will make a point of stopping here for dinner if anywhere near this area.

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vipKevin (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We have been to this location 5 times in the past, service has been 2-3 stars. Last night Robin helped the HitchingPost set themselves apart. She was friendly, attentive, helpful and made our dining experience an A+ occasion.

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wjg01 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

our server was very friendly and competent. the steaks were excellent; very tender and flavorful. we would come back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was average (or below), but the prices were high. We didn't eat a single thing we loved. We went for Valentine's day, but it was a disappointment. We expected a fine dining experience, but it was nothing like that. We won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a valentines reservation at 6:50 for a time of 7:15. It wasn't there before so there must have been a cancellation. We live in Buellton, so we just drove over. We have been there a number of times and always enjoy it. The shrimp appetizer is very good. The baked potato is always cooked perfectly. I also always enjoy the filet mignon.

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vipTad3016 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful value and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great wine.
Great food.
Great service.
(Could turn the music up a bit)
Fave restaurant in California.
LOVE.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great meat

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We ate at the bar because the Olympics were on TV, but our meal was really, really great, from artichoke all the way to lemon dessert! The guys at the bar took great care of us. We also enjoyed one of the Hitching Post's pinots, which was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Overall, we love to visit the Hitching post... We try to go regularly, however, because of the slightly higher priced menu, we have to limit our visits to accomodate our budgets. Otherwise, we recommend the Hitching post for those special occasions.

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vipGoodfood (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

6:30 reservation. Sat at exactly 6:30. Restaurant was packed, reservations full, and the hostess did a great job handling it. Food was excellent, wine was good, steaks were cooked perfectly!! Love this classic place!!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food is always amazing, restaurant vibe is casual and comfortable, wine list is awesome. Always a terrific dining experience from start to finish.

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Finefoodiefreak1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

All food selections were terrific. Especially loved the dry rubbed baby back ribs. Also we were expressed with the designated driver program that allows the non-drinker to be eligible for a free appetizer of bbq marinated mushrooms which were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Absolutely fantastic as usual! Look forward to going back soon. Burgers were amazing, and the desserts-to die for!

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