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Hitching Post II

4.7
4.7
4603 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

9:00 PM


Booked 41 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 4,603 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Service

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Value

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at an iconic Valley restaurant!
  2. D

    Doldi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant week at The Hitching Post was perfect! Excellent value for delicious food.
  3. D

    Dave

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must go-to for every Solvang/Buellton visitor...Our Filet & Pork Chops had a delicious smoked flavor in every bite! Be sure to order a bottle of Hitching Post Highliner Pinot, too!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed pleasant atmosphere. Excellent food and drink.
  5. PS

    PaulS

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Pork Chop delicious and Top Sirloin as well.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We don’t eat meat often so when we do, we want to make it count. This might be the best ribeye steak we’ve had in a looooong time, if not ever. Well worth every penny. The restaurant it old and well worn but cozy. A must while in Solvang.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven’t been able to travel to Buellton due to winter storms. Restaurant Week was a perfect excuse to go to Hitching Post 2. They have a great list of wine and dinner specials to celebrate the week. Bottles of their wines as low as $30. Same for full dinners including dessert. I had the filet at $45 cooked perfect medium rare and key lime pie dessert. My husband had the sirloin which was tender and flavorful with the bread pudding. Everything was tasty and the staff is friendly and helpful. Our server even let us know about a case of special wines at an incredible price that we picked up on the way out.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service from the beginning at check-in was excellent, the wait time was only 5 minutes, and our waiter was attentive and told us the special of the day, our food came fast and we were checked upon. My family and I were very satisfied overall.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Great dinner! Excellent food, service!
  10. RC

    RandyC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Wait staff was pleasant. Steaks were tough and had gristle.
  11. SZ

    StephenZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved my table because I could watch them grill the food and see the TV in the bar. My waiter was great and the food was cooked to perfection.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s birthday! We always have a great experience here. Love the steak and wine and trying their specials, always the best. It’s our favorite restaurant and we come frequently throughout the year visiting from LA County
  13. J

    Judyl

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great. I can always depend on a great meal.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to the hitching post. The food is always consistently good and our waitress was awesome
  15. RB

    RogerB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    New Years Eve dinner. Waitress was excellent. Split a big Fillet Mignon. Good piece of meat, but not excellent. Potato with ham soup was excellent. Creme Brulee was big and good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice evening, great service, decent beef.
  17. BD

    BrettD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hitching Post III is the best steak in California. We have been going to the Hitching Post II since 1999. Twelve ounce Filet Mignon cooked medium over Santa Maria Oak grill with a side of house made salsa is steak heaven on Earth. Eight to ten ounce Australian lobster grilled to perfection is a go to favorite. A side of grilled quail goes nicely with any meal. We get to Hitching Post when the bar opens (usually 3pm on weekends and 4 pm weekdays) to devour grilled artichoke with a remoulade dip and grilled garlic with crunchy bread slices served with a roasted red pepper relish. If you love Pinot Noir, I highly recommend Hitching Post Highliner at the bar. After bar appetizers, we then go eat at the restaurant. Ask for the dining room with the view of the chefs cooking in the grill behind a large glass window. Hitching Post I is our must go to when we are taking a trip to Solvang or Santa Barbara. You truly haven’t had Oak fire grilled steak until you have experienced the Hitching Post II. We’ll be back.
  18. r

    rona

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed meal. Loved coming back here got to our reservation a little earlier
  19. A

    Anthony

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visit to Solvang. We enjoyed the excellent food and services.
  20. CC

    CaitlinC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Just wasn't what I expected from the last time I was there in the main indoor restaurant.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great dining experience… the steak was a bit rare but our lovely waitress had the cook fix it and everything was great!
  22. j

    johnt

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Hitching post is consistently a high quality and tasty meal. Especially good salads. Meat is lean and tender. We will return.
  23. LB

    LoriB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal and best service we've had in a long time.
  24. CP

    ClaudiaP

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time there. It was fabulous
  25. BL

    BrianL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not just about as perfect as you could ever hope for, every visit is memorable :D
  26. AD

    AaronD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Yummy grilled artichokes. Excellent New Zealand lamb. Price has gone up since last visit. But what do you expect?
  27. TG

    TinaG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good solid steak house. Kinda pricey but to be expected. Service and food were good and we’d return again if we were in Solvang. Highly recommend reservations.
  28. K

    Kids4biz

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A get away weekend with my wife
  29. CL

    CLewis

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both excellent. This is obviously a local favorite: the crowd grew after 6:00 pm. I ordered a Filet Mignon (medium well) & shrimp combination with baked potato. Excellent: just the way I ordered it. My wife ordered baby back ribs and was similarly very pleased. We’ll be back whenever we’re in the area.
  30. JW

    JayW

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Best steak & lobster around! Service and staff are awesome.
  31. t

    tinad

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Steaks are always amazing , the best ever and never disappoints . Our server was not very friendly or personable, which was a little disappointing. We will still come back on our annual trip up to Santa ynez regardless, bc the steaks are that good .
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place is an institution in Buelton, but they’ve earned it. Their food is some of the best in the Santa Maria valley. Their ribs are out of this world and don’t need any sauce at all! It’s truly a place that you can come back to over and over again.
  33. RS

    RyanS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The Hitching Post II is a kitschy but very tasty favorite of ours. We shared a NY steak and couldn't finish it. Everything else was wonderful too.
  34. RC

    RogerC

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the second time we've been seated in an area - next table! - where we were in August of this year. It also meant that we had the same server, Gina S.. Like the last time her service was absolutely spot on: attentive; engaging; serving our orders at exactly the pace we requested; and always kept an eye on our table. Gina is a standard setting server. The food was as good as always with our steaks cooked perfectly rare is we like them letting the beef taste shine. Over the years this restaurant has been consistenly outstanding in food and service and is a must for anyone coming to the area. We were one of the last to leave waiting for our ride. The manager kindly asked if we had transport coming and was willing to find some if we did not. Nice touch!
  35. KC

    KittyC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!
  36. PE

    PasoEd

    Central Coast

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    In spite of reading some negative comments recently about this restaurant, we found the food to be very good. Steaks were tender, flavorful and perfectly prepared. Service was a bit on the sterile side but totally efficient. We dined on a Sunday evening at 6pm and the place was pretty much solidly booked, and when we left after 7, there were patrons waiting to get in still.
  37. h

    healthy805

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a business promotion
  38. MM

    MadisonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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.
  39. LC

    LutherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service

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 4.7 stars by 4603 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 41 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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