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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

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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Notable Wine List (44)
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Authentic (37)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for a Date (34)
Casual (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Comfort Food (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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·Dined 7 days ago

A perfect meal in every way. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Unpretentious. Friendly staff. Amazing food. A perfect day in Solvang for me is Paula's Pancake House for breakfast and Hitching Post II for dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I had a great time @ the HP 2! The food was fabulous and the steaks were cooked perfectly. In addition we had a house bottle of pinot noir that was one of the best we have ever had! I highly recommend this restaurant as we will not forget how nice everyone was to us and made us feel like we really mattered. THANK YOU!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had a great time, loved our dinner & wine. Everyone was so friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food has really gone downhill! They are resting on their reputation from the past at this point. Not really worth going there.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

My family and I went to celebrate my 35th Birthday. I ordered the filet mignon medium well. It was one of the best steaks I’ve had. Everything else was just average from the baked potato to the vegetables and the soup and salad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was so tasty. Filet was amazing. The Magic Stuff spices is so good. Place is a little dated but the food makes up for it.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great steaks, quirky with other food offerings. Puddings quite big after a hefty steak.
Pricey but worth it. Would happily return, roll on next visit to Solvang!👍

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We enjoyed our visit; fabulous service & delicious food. We're come again tonight before heading to Seattle. I think the young folks want more artichokes with Donner! Lol

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As usual, AMAZING! We have been going to the Hitching Post for more than 25 years. We live locally, so if you want a beef experience, then look no further than the Hitching Post. It is the premier spot to go in the Santa Ynez Valley. Reservations are a must, but you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of our favorite dinner restaurants. Service was great, accommodating. We love the swordfish and rack of ribs, always perfectly done.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic wine and dining experience in an iconic setting. I'd recommend to anyone. Fantastic A++++

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

This restaurant is nice for a casual dinner. The steaks here are excellent; cooked to perfection and not over seasoned. The salads are fresh and the quality of the produce is apparent. The appetizers and side dishes are not as impressive though. They are well portioned but not very tasty (perhaps a personal preference). However, the deserts are outstanding.

The service is good. This place gets very busy so it may be some time before your server returns to your table to check on you or return with a small request (extra napkins, dressing, etc.). Do not go there if you are in a hurry.

If you are dining with young children, take note crayons and coloring menus are not provided as other restaurant do. Since it can be a considerable wait before the food arrives, you may want to bring something to keep them entertained. However, the children's menu is very reasonably priced ($10) and ice cream/drinks are included!

The adult beverage menu is somewhat limited with the exception of the wines, especially pinot noir. If this is your choice for wine then you are in luck. The wine here is decent and reasonably priced.

Overall, this place is a good value and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a great steak.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great steak as always. This is a must stop any time we are in the area.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I got exactly what I wanted - a quality "retro" experience. The 2006 Hitching Post Pinot was also terrific!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner there on New Years Eve for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Our waiter was very attentive and even surprised us with an ice cream anniversary dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The hostess was terribly unfriendly and in fact in the process of seating me she almost ran over a man in a walker , whom I waited for and she was beyond irritated she had to wait for him now. They shoved me next to a table with a screaming kid and that was it. The server was good but again not friendly and even in the patrons were snobby and rude. The vibe just sucked to be honest and for me if i am going to spend that kind of money I want to be valued as a customer.

The food itself was ok, very salty and just not very flavorful .

I won’t be back

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We generally like the Hitching Post II, but this time the experience was terrible. We cheeked in at the front desk and the hostess said they were 10 minutes behind, which was ok considering it was the New Year weekend. Well after waiting over 30 minutes and seeing people seated that came in after us we checked with the hostess again. Instead of checking us in the hostess evidently put us down as a no show. We were seated with a half-assed apology. Not even any sympathy from the server. We were basically ignored, no water refills no checking up on us to see if we needed anything. Make me not want to go back. There are other good steak houses in the area.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place. The Hitching Post never disappoints:)

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was excellent. Service adequate. Very noisy and chairs were hard and not comfortable at all. But the food will bring me back whenever I am in the area

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A must every time we are in the area. Ask for a table where you can watch the grill

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I've wanted to eat here for a while. I was worth it.
Steaks are fantastic, the Ribs are good but be warned, They do not put any sauce on them, either while they are being cooked, or after.
If you leave hungry, it's your own fault.
The house Pinot Noir is great.
It was our Anniversary and they made it special

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and service Perfect for impressing a date. Top notch all the way. Staff were incredibly nice and helpful.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The Hitching Post is a family favorite. As per usual, our dinner was delicious and the service fantastic. We just love everything about this restaurant and so look forward to sharing special occasions here with good friends and family. Cheers!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The Hitching Post is one of our favorite places to go out to dinner whenever we go up to Solvang. The food is always great! The service is always wonderful. We love the grilled artichokes. I always save room for the home made chocolate cake.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It's all about the BBq. Serious meat options include quail and duck, but come for the steaks. Of course start with grill artichoke. Get a bottle of HP's own wines. Even the Pink a home run!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food. Loved the smoked flavor. Service was rushed which was a definate negative. Ambiance was awesome. Two extra dollars for that tiny shrimp salad was a joke though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My girlfriend ordered the babyback ribs & I ordered the pork chop both are dishes were excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Hitching Post sets the bar when it comes to food cooked over a live oak wood fire. Coupled with the awesome flavors derived from the oak is the use of the chef's special (secret) Magic Dust aka seasoning that is applied to the meat, fish, etc.

The plates arrive in "simple mode" as there is no "fu-fu garnish or other fillers adorning the plate - just the main entree & potato or rice and that's it! It's all about the food & not the plate distraction that is so often common these days.

Along with the entree, you have the choice of a super-fresh salad, shrimp cocktail or soup and all are top notch. Frankly, I get the salad and the shrimp.

The dessert menu varies as all are homemade in-house, so no frozen cheesecake or packaged Costco delicacy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always great food, great wine, great fun - we go every chance we get

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The Filet Mignon took a long time to arrive but it tasted delicious. The waitress could have checked in with us more often than she did. But overall a good meal and experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had some friends visiting from Vegas and took them to the hitching post. They loved it! Delicious steaks, great cocktails, soup was delicious . Highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great grilled shrimp and Hsm cheddar chowder. The crime brûlée was also tasty. Wait staff was nice. The beef was mot as tasty as advertised. Just did not care for the spices used.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A must place to go when in Santa Barbara County.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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